UNITED NATIONS Even though the General Assemblys Special Session was not billed as a donor conference, the $200 million-plus pledged at Thursdays meeting for Pakistans flood victims hardly matched the kind of response to what the UN chief described as a slow-motion tsunami. The day-long session of the 192-member assembly produced new pledges of $60 million from the US, $50 million from the UK, $32 million from Germany and $38.5 million by the European Union. There were no pledges in response to the UN appeal for funds from any of the Islamic countries. Experts say that Pakistan would need many billions of dollars to overcome the gigantic disaster that has uprooted millions of people and inflicted huge economic losses on the country. Still, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called those pledges very encouraging, saying that the international community was only now beginning to comprehend the true scope of the flood ravages. In a statement, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, The generosity of countries and individuals will make a real difference in the daily lives of millions of people. We must keep it up. This is not just Pakistans hour of need - Pakistan is facing weeks, months and years of need. Now is our chance to turn the tide towards hope and a better day for all of the people of Pakistan. Meanwhile, ABC-TVs This Week anchor Christiane Amanpour asked the foreign minister during an interview about news reports that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), had come to the conclusion for the first time in over 60 years that India was not considered Pakistans greatest threat. Before the floods, we were focused on fighting the extremists and the insurgents within Pakistan, said Qureshi. As far as India is concerned, yes, we have outstanding issues with India, and both sides have agreed that we can settle them through peaceful negotiations. The immediate challenge is extremism, terrorism, Qureshi told Amanpour, acknowledging that the victims of the floods in Pakistan must be a top priority as well. We need help now, said Foreign Minister Qureshi. Do it urgently so that people who want to create instability are not given the room to do so. Do you have any evidence that the Taliban or other militant groups are sort of preparing for any kind of major offensive right now, taking advantage of the situation? Amanpour asked. Any enemy would try and exploit a situation, said Qureshi. Since we are fighting them, they would want to pounce on an opportunity if it comes their way. Meanwhile, the General Assembly adopted a resolution by consensus expressing solidarity with the Pakistani people and calling on governments to help the flood-hit country. Under the resolution, the 192-member Assembly urged the international community, particularly donor countries and world financial institutions, as well as the private sector and civil society, to help Pakistan cope with the impacts of the worst rains and floods to hit the country in decades and to meet medium and long-term needs. Foreign Minister Qureshi said afterwards that he was fully satisfied with the outcome of session, as he complimented Secretary-General Ban and President of the UN General Assembly Ali Treki for organising it. The people of Pakistan would not feel that the international community had forgotten them, he said. Thursdays resolution requested the Secretary-General and the United Nations system agencies to further intensify their efforts to sensitise the international community to Pakistans humanitarian, recovery and reconstruction needs and to mobilise effective, immediate and adequate support to the country, a call echoed by the ministers and senior government officials attending the meeting. The text also noted, as did several speakers, that the scale of the destruction, triggered by torrential rains in an otherwise arid region, reflected the adverse impact of climate change and the growing vulnerability of countries to that phenomenon.