Do more for terrorism-hit Pakistan: Zardari
* President says Pakistan anticipating composite dialogue with India
* Kashmir solution necessary for durable peace in South Asia

NEW YORK: Stressing that Pakistan’s democracy has begun to deliver, President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday urged the world to do more for the peace and development of people affected by militancy and terror.

“We are doing more in our self-interest. We urge the world democracies to do more for peace and for the development of people affected by militancy and terror,” he told the United Nations General Assembly. “Surgery alone would not be enough. We need to build immunity to contain, reverse and cure the disease,” he said, adding the root causes of deprivation, poverty and illiteracy should be addressed.

The president said Pakistan would continue to play a constructive role in promoting conflict resolution and strategic restraint in South Asia and would foster initiatives on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation on the basis of non-discrimination.

Better ties: Zardari said Islamabad desired friendly relations with India. He said Pakistan believes that dialogue is the only way forward. The absence of dialogue leads to tensions that must be avoided, he added. “We look forward to the resumption of the composite dialogue process. We seek a peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues with India.

Meaningful progress towards resolution of the Kashmir dispute is necessary for durable peace and stability in South Asia,” he said. The president also thanked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for constituting a committee to investigate the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto