UNITED NATIONS - Despite opposition from some major Western powers, Pakistan on Friday pulled off a win against Kyrgyzstan in the contest for a non-permanent seat on UN Security Council, the world bodys power centre. Pakistan, a six-term candidate, barely managed 129 votes, the margin required for victory, in the 193-member General Assembly. Kyrgyzstan, a small Central Asian country with no record of service for the UN, received 55 votes. The gold-and-blue hall of the General Assembly erupted in applause as the Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser declared Pakistan a winner. An elated Pakistan UN Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon stood up and waved to delegates jampacking the hall. 'Its a great moment for Pakistan, Ambassador Haroon, who spearheaded the campaign for a seat on UNs high table the 15-member Security Council said after the vote. Pakistans victory, he said, was an acknowledgment the countrys services towards the maintenance of international peace and security. 'The support extended to Pakistan also reflected the confidence of the international community in the democratic government of Pakistan, he added. He thanked the international community for support, especially China, saying that Pakistan accomplished the target without the backing of some major Western powers. He also thanked India and while the Pakistani Ambassador was speaking to the Press, he received a call from New Delhi from his Indian counterpart Hardeep Singh Puri, who congratulated him. Last year, Pakistan voted for India when New Delhi contested and won a seat on the Security Council. Asked whether Pakistan would raise the Kashmir issue at the Security Council, Ambassador Haroon said the decades-old dispute was on the agenda of the 15-member body. Pakistan and India, he said, were discussing all outstanding issues, including Kashmir. 'We believe that through dialogue and discussions, well be able to come to a just settlement, he said. Pakistan has been on the Council six times earlier 1952-53, 1968-69, 1976-77, 1983-84, 1993-94 and 2003-04. It would be thus the seventh time Pakistan would be on the Council, and the fourth time its term would overlap with India. India and Pakistan have shared terms on the Security Council in 1968, 1977 and 1984. Since joining the United Nations in 1947, Ambassador Haroon said Pakistan has shown a strong commitment towards multilateralism and promoting the principles and purposes enshrined in the UN Charter. As a non-permanent member of the Security Council in the past, he said Pakistan made significant contribution to its work. Over the last 50 years, Pakistan has been a leading contributor to United Nations Peacekeeping Missions. Currently, it has over 9,000 troops and other personnel deployed in 8 UN Peacekeeping Missions around the world. 'This amply demonstrates the countrys commitment to global peace and security, Haroon said. Pakistan is joining the Security Council at a time of great international upheaval and challenges, he pointed out. Pakistans extensive experience and active participation in the UN system makes it uniquely qualified to positively contribute towards addressing the current problems. In other races, Guatemala received 191 votes and was duly elected to the Latin America and Caribbean seat, Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser announced after the conclusion of the first round of voting. Morocco received 151 votes and was elected. Togo (119 votes), Mauritania (98), Kyrgyzstan (55) and Fiji (one) did not receive enough votes, and a second, restricted round of voting will now take place for the third seat in that region. In the Eastern European category, Azerbaijan received 74 votes, Slovenia picked up 67, and Hungary received 52, which means a second round of balloting must be held for that seat. Todays elections are being held to replace the departing members of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria. The new members will join Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal and South Africa, whose terms end on December 31st 2012, and the five permanent Council members, which each wield the power of veto China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.