UNITED NATIONS - Reaffirming its commitment to fight terrorism, Pakistan on Tuesday called for a comprehensive approach that boost efforts to settle long-standing disputes spawning extremism in order to deal with this menace.“For sustainable solutions, we need to intensify our efforts to resolve long festering conflicts and crisis that spawn extremism,” Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told the UN Security Council, which she presided. Pakistan holds the Presidency of the 15-member Council, the UN’s most powerful body, for the month of January.“We should address the root causes of terrorism,” she said in a speech at the start of a Ministerial-level debate on counter-terrorism. She said Pakistan took the initiative to select this “difficult” subject because the threat was evolving and needed matching steps to combat it.“Pakistan’s initiative for this debate is rooted in our shared objective of global peace, security, stability and development,” the Foreign Minister told the high-level delegates.“As a threat to international peace and security, terrorism has a direct bearing on all of our countries and regions; as well as on individuals and societies. The last decade has shown that terrorism knows no geographical boundaries”.Hina said: “terrorism and extremism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, race, region, value system, or society. Attributing encouragement, incitement or inspiration of terrorist acts to any religious tradition or doctrine is unacceptable. An honest dialogue between different religions and civilisations is, therefore, a continuing political imperative.’’She said one lesson learnt during the past 10 years was that a lopsided or uni-dimensional approach will not work to defeat “this hydra-headed monster of terrorism”, which also has tentacles around the world. “This is truly a global threat. Our strategies and responses must also be global,” she added. “What we are looking for is a comprehensive and interlocking approach which is much more effective than our present effort and which is geared towards not only winning the battles but the war,” she said.“In the past decade, we have collaborated, as international community, to impede, impair, isolate and incapacitate the terrorist threat,” she stated.“We must attack and dismantle terrorist networks because they defy the writ of the State and kill civilians. And we must continue our efforts to deter and defeat terrorists militarily.”“And yet our success is - at best - only been partial,” she pointed out.It is conventional wisdom and a compelling reality that terrorism will not be defeated alone by law-enforcement measures, or intelligence operations or military and security strategies, she said.“For sustainable solutions, we need to intensify our efforts to resolve long festering conflicts and crisis that spawn extremism,” the Foreign Minister added.In Pakistan, she said nothing worked better as an effort by the international community in this regard than allowing preferential market access to products produced within the region hit by terrorism.Underscoring the need for dialogue, she said, “all those who have chosen the path of terrorism but are willing to renounce violence should be brought back to national and societal mainstreams.” Reconciliation must be promoted. Fissures must be bridged, she said. “We also have to foster a culture of promotion of the rule of law, protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and prevalence of good governance and tolerance.”Hina also underscored the need for regional cooperation. “Pakistan and Afghanistan have taken steps towards a strategic relationship to jointly fight terrorism. This is a multi-pronged approach to counter terrorism. We are supporting an Afghan-led and Afghan-driven reconciliation process; and efforts aimed at creating a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. We believe that peace and stability in Afghanistan will have a direct salutary impact on Pakistan.”Referring to the sacrifices made by the people of Pakistan in fighting terrorism, she said: “much of the success in global fight against terrorism has been made possible with Pakistan’s support and active cooperation. This success has come with a heavy cost for Pakistan and our people.The valiant Pakistani Armed Forces and law-enforcement officials have defended Pakistan, and the rest of the world, against the terrorist threat at great cost. Some 150,000 troops are deployed on the Pak-Afghan border to detect and degrade these terrorists who are enemies of our people. About 7,000 brave Pakistani soldiers and policemen and over 37,000 innocent civilians, including women and children, have fallen victim to terrorism. Thousands have been injured and disabled.”Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa leader and senior Minister Bashir Bilour were among the victims of terrorists and Malala Yousafzai could not escape the bullet of a terrorist.“She survived and we hope her life will be a testimony of the resilience of the Pakistani people,”she added.