UNITED NATIONS: - Pakistan has told the U.N. Security Council that it will not permit foreign troops inside the Pakistani terrority while reiterating its commitment to fight terrorism. "Pakistan will not allow its territory to be used against other countries. However, no foreign troops will be allowed to operate inside Pakistan," Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said while participating in the 15-nation Council's debate on the situation in Afghanistan on Wednesday afternoon. Qureshi spoke in the council hours after The Houston Chronicle reported that United States commandos are prepared to stage raids into Pakistan's  Tribal Areas to stem mounting Taliban attacks against US troops in Afghanistan and to disrupt resurgent Al Qaeda operatives' efforts to map strikes against the US. "We can assure greater success in containing terrorism and insurgency on both sides of the border through more effective cooperation and matching military measures. This is a joint responsibility," the foreign minister said. "We are prepared to consider suggestions to enhance the effectiveness of such cooperation." At the same time, he said Pakistan's partners, especially Afghanistan, too could contribute to enhancing operational cooperation by undertaking the  measures such as: expansion military deployments and check posts on the Afghan side of the border to match Pakistan's 100,000 military personnel and 1200 check-posts; real time intelligence sharing; caution in the use of artillery and aerial attacks; supply of counter-insurgency equipment requested by Pakistan; more effective check of the 40,000 daily legal crossings, and relocation of Afghan refugee camps close to the border from Pakistan to controlled sites in Afghanistan. More needed to be done to overcome suspicion and distrust, Qureshi stressed.  Initial steps could include declaring mutual respect for each other's sovereignty and territorial integrity, avoidance of provocative statements and the revival and reinvigoration of the Jirga process.  The Ankara Process as well as Afghanistan-Iran-Pakistan tripartite cooperation should be supported.   He said Pakistan had condemned the terrorist attack against the Indian Embassy in Kabul and deeply regretted the loss of life and damage caused by that unacceptable suicide bombing.  Pakistan supported the central coordinating role of UNAMA in accordance with its mandate, which was specific and limited to Afghanistan.   Bilateral relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan would continue to be conducted between the democratically elected Governments of the two countries, he said. The foreign minister said the gains made since the Bonn Agreement must be consolidated and the challenges addressed effectively, in particular the intensifying threat posed by terrorist violence and militant insurgency.  The continuing insecurity and violence in several parts of Afghanistan could be attributed to a complex interplay of several factors, including the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, lingering warlordism, factional rivalries and criminal activity.   Peace and stability in Afghanistan were in Pakistan's vital interest as the two countries faced the common threat of extremism and terrorism, Qureshi said.  "Peace and stability are essential to enable Pakistan and Afghanistan to serve as the hub and corridor for trade and economic cooperation between the dynamic regions of South Asia, Central Asia, China and the Gulf region".  Apart from the Afghan people, he added, the people of Pakistan had suffered the most from the decades of conflict in Afghanistan. Pakistan's contribution to the fight against terrorism and extremism was well known, the foreign minister said.  The country had lost more soldiers than any other in that effort, but it would remain determined to defeat and eliminate terrorism and its root causes.   An end to conflict in Afghanistan would help to restore normality, he said, adding several measures had been taken to prevent cross-border infiltration.  However, the security environment had deteriorated sharply as a result of Pakistan's role in the counter-terrorism campaign.  In 2007, Al-Qaeda- and Taliban-linked groups had turned on Pakistan.  Pakistan had suffered more suicide bombings than Afghanistan, resulting in 2,000 civilian casualties, and the terrorist onslaught continued.  There was popular disenchantment with the terrorists and extremists, including in the frontier region. Qureshi said Pakistan's new holistic strategy sought to restore peace in the frontier regions, halt and reverse extremism and eliminate terrorism and violence through political dialogue and socio-economic measures, while retaining the option to use force.  Political reconciliation and economic reconstruction and development were priority options to win over the frontier tribes and the moderates, and to isolate the terrorists and violent extremists.   Pacification would require a painstaking, region-by-region effort to win the trust and support of local people and their leaders, he said.  Negotiations were ongoing with tribal leaders and other influential people, but not with terrorists.  "Reconciliation and reconstruction are the only sustainable solutions to insurgent violence and instability."   The economic relationship with Afghanistan was already intimate and intense, with trade amounting to around $1 billion, and the potential far greater, the foreign minister said.  Pakistan had committed $300 million to Afghanistan's reconstruction and pledged $20 million for the resettlement of refugees.  Despite shortages in Pakistan, 50,000 tons of wheat would be exported to Afghanistan at subsidized rates. He said economic cooperation could be enhanced by jointly establishing reconstruction opportunity zones along the border; implementing Pakistan's plans to import electricity from Central Asia; and implementing the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.   "Afghanistan and Pakistan can succeed in achieving their objective of peace, stability and prosperity through mutual cooperation.  They can succeed only if they enjoy the unconditional support of the international community."   A cooperative strategy for success must combine military containment with political reconciliation, administrative control and rapid socio-economic development, Qureshi said.  The military option should be used, but as a last, not first, resort.  Dialogue and reconciliation together with the calibrated use of force, were the best means to promote peace. Eralier, Afghan foreign minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta said Afghanistan had witnessed a spike in terrorist acts in recent months, including the assassination attempt on President Hamid Karzai, the Kandahar jail-break and a drastic increase in the loss of international forces. He said that those behind the Taliban and Al-Qaeda had enhanced their support, increased the pace and scope of terrorist activities and shifted their focus to Afghanistan as a part of their psychological war to sabotage the peace process in the country and affect regional and global public opinion.   One of the contributing factors, Spanta said, was the de facto truce in the tribal areas beyond the border.  The terrorists were sustained by a complex set of networks and infrastructure, and therefore could not be defeated by military operations inside Afghanistan alone.  Terrorism could not be defeated unless its root causes were addressed.  Success would be achieved only by a coherent, integrated, regional and global approach.   The Afghan security forces, alongside their allies from ISAF and the international coalition against terrorism were bearing the brunt of that effort, Spanta said.  They were fighting an enemy that was transnational in composition and international in focus, based outside Afghanistan's borders. Meanwhile the UN special envoy for Afghanistan, Kai Eide, stressed the need for a "strong presence of international forces for the foreseeable future." He told the council that the UN mission he leads was engaged in talks with talks with NATO's 40-nation International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to enhance civil-military cooperation. ISAF numbers about 53,000 soldiers.