ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has congratulated the nation on Pakistan's election to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. Prime Minister Gilani said that it demonstrated acknowledgement of Pakistan's importance in the comity of nations. It is a proof of Pakistan's support in the comity of the nations, and effectively rebuts allegation of Pakistan's isolation as claimed by some circles. The Prime Minister also congratulated Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and her team for this success. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar congratulated the nation on Pakistan's election for a two-year term. According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan will assume its seat on the Security Council from 01 January 2012. Pakistan's election with a two-third majority of votes in the United Nations General Assembly reflects the importance and respect that Pakistan enjoys in the international community. Pakistan will take its seat on the UN Security Council at a time when the world in general and our extended region in particular is witnessing developments of far-reaching implications. The foreign minister said that as in the past, Pakistan would play its constructive role in the Security Council for the maintenance of international peace and security. She thanked the international community for reposing trust in Pakistan. She also congratulated the Foreign Office and Pakistan's Permanent Mission in New York for their hard work in projecting Pakistan's constructive role in the world.