UNITED NATIONS - The UN General Assembly has urged the government of re-elected Afghan President Hamid Karzai to press ahead with strengthening of the rule of law and democratic processes, the fight against corruption (and) the acceleration of justice sector reform. The 192-member assembly made that call Monday night by unanimously adopting a resolution that also declared that Afghanistans presidential election credible and legitimate, despite allegations of widespread fraud that led Karzais main challenger Abdullah Abdullah to pull out of the run-off round of the election. But the UN assembly raised no doubts about Karzais mandate or his right to continue leading the war-torn country. The resolution welcomed the efforts of the relevant institutions to address irregularities identified by the electoral institutions in Afghanistan and to ensure a credible and legitimate process in accordance with the Afghan Election Law and in the framework of the Afghan Constitution. It appealed to the international community to help Afghanistan in countering the challenges of the militants attacks that threaten its democratic process and and economic development. Before the assembly approved the resolution, 24 countries, including Pakistan, spoke in the debate on the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan in which they stressed the need for the Afghan Government and the global community to work closely together. Pakistans Acting Permanent Representative Amjad Hussain Sial said the core of violence and conflict in Afghanistan emanated from terrorist groups, foreign militants such as Al-Qaeda, and militant Taliban who were not prepared to reconcile and give up fighting. The nexus with drug traders was increasingly discernable. The key to long-term stability in Afghanistan, he said, was capacity-building of the countrys security institutions. Equally important was building the civilian institutions at the central and subnational levels. Stressing that Pakistans economic and trade potential remain untapped without peace and stability in neighbouring Afghanistan, Ambassador Sial said it was time for multinational corporations to partake in development projects in Afghanistan. The growth and innovation of the international corporate sector over the last few decades had eluded Afghanistan and large-scale investments in mining, agriculture and infrastructure were necessary to promote development not only between those two countries but throughout the region. He said that inseparable bonds of geography, history, faith and culture linked Pakistan with Afghanistan and no other country had suffered more than Pakistan from the consequences of the conflict and human tragedy in Afghanistan. The people of Pakistan have shared the sorrow of their Afghan brethren. Therefore, in the prosperity of Afghanistan, we see our own prosperity, he said. Their common strategies and economic interests positioned Pakistan and Afghanistan to play to their rightful role as the hub for trade in raw materials, goods and energy among Central States, South and West Asia, and beyond. Pakistan valued the presidential and provincial council elections recently held in Afghanistan and welcomed their outcome. He pointed to several examples of the cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan in the political, economic and cultural realms, such as the third regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan, held in May. Pakistan was engaged in security and intelligence cooperation, including through the Tripartite Commission, which included the United States and the ISAF. It was essential to cement gains in the campaign against terrorism and extremism. To interdict illegal cross border movement, Pakistan had established 1,000 border posts and more than 100,000 troops were deployed on the Pakistani side of the border, he said. Turning to the refugee situation, the Pakistan delegate said Afghan infants born in refugee camps in Pakistan during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan had now grown to become fathers. Pakistan housed more than 3 million Afghan refugees for the last three decades and its enormous social, economic and security costs should not be underestimated. Sial stressed the need to strengthen reintegration programmes for refugees within Afghanistans development strategy and expected the United Nations and international community to assist in this endeavour.