UNITED NATIONS In a sharply worded speech to the UN General Assembly, Pakistan on Tuesday strongly condemned Indias repression in Kashmir and called for resolving the decades-old dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions. Pakistan reaffirms its complete solidarity with the Kashmiri people, and urges the international community to persuade India to end its repression in Kashmir, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told the 192-member assembly. Diplomats noted the pointed references to UN resolutions in the Foreign Ministers speech. In the past few years, Pakistan merely called for a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir issue through negotiations. The human rights of the Kashmiri people must be respected, and their voices be heard to create an enabling environment for a peaceful solution of the longstanding Jammu and Kashmir dispute, Qureshi said. The Foreign Minister has so far avoided meeting his Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna insisting that the talks must be meaningful and result-oriented. He told reporters Monday that he has made some proposals to the Indian side through diplomatic channels. If the response is positive, I would have no hesitation to enter into talks, he said. At the outset of his wide-ranging address to the assembly, Qureshi drew attention to the huge human and material damages caused by the unprecedented floods in Pakistan and thanked the UN, the countrys development partners and other friends for standing up with us in coping with the difficult challenge. He called for an early conclusion of the climate change negotiations, noting Pakistans vulnerability to the impact of global warming. Dealing with the deteriorating situation in the occupied Kashmir, he voiced grave concern over the recent developments marked by the killing by Indian security forces of more than 100 Kashmir seeking their legitimate right to self-determination. We strongly condemn this brutality, he told representatives of member states arranged in front of him in the gold-and-blue hall. The Jammu and Kashmir dispute is about the exercise of the right to self-determination by the Kashmiri people through a free, fair and impartial plebiscite under the UN auspices, he reminded his audience. Pakistan reaffirms its complete solidarity with the Kashmiri people, and urges the international community to persuade India to end its repression in Kashmir, Qureshi said. Pakistan, he said, was willing to engage India in a comprehensive dialogue to normalize relations between the two countries by finding amicable solutions to all outstanding issues, including the core dispute of Jammu and Kashmir. A peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Resolutions and taking into account the aspirations of the Kashmiri people would create a conducive atmosphere for durable peace and stability in the South Asian region, he added. On other subjects of concern to Pakistan, the Foreign Minister reaffirmed his governments supports to the just cause of Palestinian people for the restitution of their inalienable national rights, including their independent Palestinian state, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital. The brazen use of force against the humanitarian Freedom Flotilla on 31st of May 2010, which resulted in the killing of humanitarian workers, was a flagrant violation of international law and norms, he said of the Israeli military raid. We look forward to a prompt, impartial and transparent inquiry of the incident by the UN Secretary Generals panel. Pakistans commitment to the promotion of peace, security and stability; development of friendly relations with other nations; respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity and promotion of economic and social development was unwavering, he said. It is this firm conviction that has enabled our democratic government to remain steadfast in its resolve to fight terrorism and extremism, even as we have to deal with the massive destruction caused by catastrophic floods. Our national consensus and resolve to fight extremism and terrorism remains unshaken, Qureshi said. The world recognises and applauds the important successes achieved by our security forces against terrorists, he said, adding that in the process Pakistan lost more than 20,000 innocent civilians to terrorism and over 2,500 personnel of the security forces involving material losses of nearly US $ 50 billion. He also underscored the need for addressing the root causes of terrorism, which are often found in poverty, deprivation, injustices and oppression. Terrorists recognise no borders; have no religion and no creed. It is, therefore, absurd to malign a whole people or a region or any religion on this account. Pakistan strongly rejected the stereotyping of Muslims as terrorists, Qureshi said. Islam is a religion of peace, compassion and brotherhood. Terrorism is a complete antithesis to Islams humanistic outlook and noble values. On Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister told the member states that no country has suffered more than Pakistan from the direct and indirect consequences of decades of conflict in Afghanistan. We, thus, have an abiding stake in peace and stability in Afghanistan. Our commitment to this objective remains firm. The time has come to transform Afghanistan from the centre stage of proxy wars, interference and confrontation into a hub for international cooperation and development. Restoring the societal equilibrium in Afghanistan is an Afghan responsibility and cannot be imposed externally, he said. We support all efforts at national reconciliation that are Afghan-owned and Afghan-led. On the issue of disarmament and non-proliferation, the Foreign Minister said, We believe that this should be pursued in an equitable and non-discriminatory manner. Asymmetric build-up of conventional weapons and espousal of aggressive doctrines, impact negatively on regional security... We have consistently pursued a policy of conventional and nuclear restraint, along with conflict resolution in South Asia. We reaffirm our proposal for a Strategic Restraint Regime as an important modality to promote the cause of peace, stability and security in our region. On the reform of the 15-member UN Security Council, Qureshi said the process must be guided by the principles of equality and democracy, which could conform to a dynamic future, not entrenched in the historical mistakes and individual privileges of the past. India, Brazil, Germany and Japan and aspiring for permanent seats in an expanded council. Pakistan, a leader in the Uniting for Consensus (UfC) group, opposes any additional permanent members. Instead the group supports more non-permanent members with the possibility of re-election. We should look for an outcome that unites rather than divides the membership; strengthens rather than weakens the organization, the Foreign Minister said. Our collective search should culminate in a consensus solution that corresponds to the interest of entire membership; particularly small and medium states, the developing countries and Africa. On the domestic front, Qureshi told the assembly, With an active and empowered Parliament, a vigilant and well-informed civil society, free media and independent judiciary, the democratic government is putting in place mechanisms to ensure good and accountable governance at all levels in the country. The democratic government, inspired by the vision of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, attaches special attention to the promotion and protection of human rights of all segments of society; particularly women, children and minorities.