UNITED NATIONS - Reaffirming its commitment to fight extremism and terrorism, Pakistan on Tuesday emphasized that no foreign troops would be allowed to operates on Pakistani territory. "No foreign troops will be allowed to operate inside Pakistan," acting Pakistani Ambassador Farukh Amil told the UN Security Council on Tuesday. "Such actions are not helpful in eliminating the terrorist menace and actually serve to empower the forces against which we fight together," he said in the course of a debate in the 15-member council on the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan The democratic government in Islamabad, Amil said, is in the process of reaching the national consensus necessary to confront and defeat the terrorists." Pakistan was following a new holistic strategy against extremism and terrorism, employing political dialogue and socio-economic measures, but retaining the option to use force whenever required. The ambassador said Pakistan remained committed to working together with Afghanistan and the international forces towards defeating terrorism, but it expected reciprocal cooperation based on goodwill and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of both countries. "No foreign troops will be allowed to operate inside Pakistan," Ambassador Amil said with an emphasis. "Such actions are not helpful in eliminating the terrorist menace and actually serve to empower the forces against which we fight together." He said there was no "quick fix" to the challenges of Afghanistan, which required the sustained engagement of the international community.  A truly comprehensive strategy, owned by the Afghan people, was required to address the remaining intricate questions of reconciliation, security, drugs, governance and development. On the issue of security, the Pakistan envoy said the UN Secretary-General's report provided a myopic view of the cross-border issue; he expected due caution to be exercised in that regard in the future.  Security, he said, must be addressed in all its aspects, including the threats posed by the Taliban insurgency, Al-Qaeda, lingering warlordism, factional rivalries, and criminal and other illegal armed groups, as well as the increasingly strong nexus with the drug trade. Security, he added, could not be detached from the wider issues of reconciliation, improved governance, development and reconstruction. He said UNAMA (the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan) had a central role in international efforts, having a mandate well beyond reporting on the situation.  In that regard, it would be helpful if the report were to shed more light on the measures that the Mission had deployed to carry out its overall coordinating role to facilitate a more robust and delivery-oriented support process. The report's recommendation to bring about a "political surge" hits the right cord, Ambassador Amil said. It underlined the need to look beyond the military option, which though necessary, was not the sole solution. "In our view this should be complemented by an 'economic development and reconstruction' surge. The promises need to be translated into tangible benefits for the Afghan people, which is the surest way to win their hearts and minds," he added. Aside from its Afghan brothers, Ambassador Amil said, no country or people had suffered more than Pakistan from the direct consequences of the decades of instability in Afghanistan.  Peace would enable Pakistan to restore calm in its frontier regions, enable the dignified repatriation of remaining Afghan refugees and allow the two countries to serve as the hub for inter-regional trade and supply of energy. Unfortunately, as a result of Pakistan's role in the counter-terrorism campaign, its security environment had deteriorated sharply, he said. "Thousands of innocent civilians have fallen victim to terrorism in Pakistan," he said, citing  the attack last Friday on a jirga in Orakzai Agency as the latest of these condemnable acts. On the other hand, he welcomed ongoing initiatives to strengthen avenues of dialogue and cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan following the meeting between President Asis Ali Zardari and President Hamid Karzai in New York last month.  The two sides had already agreed on a comprehensive engagement on multiple tracks, including political, military, intelligence and economic cooperation. Most speakers voiced concern over the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and also urged continued vigilance in avoiding civilian casualties as much as possible. Most also supported broad national reconciliation, while some specifically ruled out including jihadists in that dialogue. US Ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad said Washington deeply regretted the loss of civilian lives. "We do not take this lightly," he said. "I want to assure the council members that we will do everything in our power to ensure that (coalition forces) take every precaution to prevent civilian casualties." Last week the U.S. military said 33 Afghan civilians had been killed in a US air raid in August, up from an original estimate of five to seven. The incident put a strain on U.S. relations with Kabul and the United Nations. UN's top envoy Kai Eide welcomed US assurances that "whatever can be done will be done" to avoid civilian deaths.