UNITED NATIONS - President Asif Ali Zardari and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will discuss Pakistan's growing humanitarian crisis as the military offensive to flush out militants from Pakistan's north-west intensifies, a U.N. aspokesman said Tuesday. The president is due to meet the secretary-general this afternoon as reports came in that U.N. agencies were ramping up emergency aid to hundreds of thousands of Internally Displaced People (IDPs). Responding to questions at the regular noon briefing, spokesman Farhan Haq said that the U.N. response to the humanitarian situation would be one of the topics that would come up for discussion at the meeting, which will take place at UN Headquarters in New York. Together with government authorities, a UN press release said UN agencies in Pakistan are working to provide the affected families with basic necessities, such as food and nutrition assistance, shelter, water, sanitation facilities, primary health care and education. In a statement to the press, PPP MNA Farahnaz Isphahani said the President would urge the the secretary-general to garner international support for the IDPs. Meanwhile, foreign ministers of France and Britain Monday threw their full weight behind Pakistan's drive to root out extremism when they held separate meetings on Monday with President Zardari, who is on a visit here. Bernard Kouchner, the French foreign minister, especially lauded the leadership and courage demonstrated by President Asif Ali Zardari during the challenging times, according to a press release issued by the Pakistan Mission to the United Nations. The president said that Pakistan's democratic government had galvanized the people of Pakistan and created their ownership, so vitally needed for the success in the war against obscurantists. He hoped that the international community would continues to show its understanding and support for the government and people of Pakistan in meeting the challenge posed by the menace of terrorism. David Miliband, the British foreign secretary, reiterated Prime Minister Gordon Brown's backing for the policies of Pakistan, with the hope that the Pakistani government would succeed in overcoming the challenges facing them. Kouchner and Miliband were in New York attending the U.N. Security Council meeting on the Middle East convened by Russia, the president of the 15-member body for this month. France's U.N. Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert and senior officials of the Foreign Ministry, including Mr Pierre Lelloche, accompanied Kouchner during his talks with President Zardari. The British Secretary was assisted by Sir John Sawyers, his U.N. ambassador, besides other senior officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth office. President Zardari was assisted by Secretary-General to the President, Salman Farouqi, Pakistan U.N. Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon, his deputy Farukh Amil and other officials. The president is scheduled to meet U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday afternoon before his departure for London.