NEW YORK (APP) - US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday officially launched a Global Counterterrorism Forum designed to enhance international counterterrorism cooperation to fight terrorism, an initiative Pakistan welcomed. In a speech, Clinton said as successful as military actions had been in decimating al-Qaeda, they were not enough especially in addressing the root causes of terrorism. The GCTF is a new multilateral counterterrorism body with 30 founding members (29 countries plus the European Union) from around the world - a major initiative of the Obama administration to build the international architecture for dealing with 21st century. It will use 'smart power such as more development, diplomacy and democracy to fight terrorism. The forum will provide a platform for senior counterterrorism policymakers and experts from around the world to work together to identify urgent needs, devise solutions and mobilise resources for addressing key counterterrorism challenges. With its primary focus on capacity building in relevant areas, the GCTF aims to increase the number of countries capable of dealing with the terrorist threats within their borders and regions. Secretary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu co-chaired the launching ceremony which was attended by heads of delegations of the forum including Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. Welcoming the launch of the forum, Hina Rabbani Khar underscored the resolve of Pakistan to fight the menace of terrorism and highlighted the countless sacrifices rendered by the people of Pakistan and its security forces to counter this scourge. Pakistan lost 35,000 citizens, 5,000 security personnel and suffered billions of dollars in economic damage. She advocated three Ds - deterrence, development, and dialogue for effective counterterrorism. The de-legitimisation of terrorism by democratic process is a long-term counterterrorism strategy that must be given chance in spite of all short-term odds we have to face in its implementation, she said.