UNITED NATIONS - Stating that Pakistan believes in dialogue, President Asif Ali Zardari, speaking in the UN General Assembly Friday, underscored the need for the resolution of Kashmir dispute with India. Meaningful progress towards resolution of the Kashmir dispute is necessary for durable peace and stability in South Asia, the President told the 192-member assembly, which is holding its annual debate on issues of peace and security. The President touched on Indo-Pakistan relations on the eve of foreign secertary-level talks set to take place in New York on Saturday. The foreign secretaries will prepare the ground for foreign ministers expected to meet on Sunday. With a photograph of Benazir Bhutto on the lectern, Zardari covered a number of issues in his 20-minute low-key address in which he said that the world must return to the path of the United Nations. Pakistan desires friendly relations with India, the President said, adding: We look forward to the resumption of the composite dialogue process. Dialogue is the only way forward, Zardari said. The absence of dialogue leads to tensions that must be avoided. Pakistan, he said, sought peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues with India. But the President made no mention of Pakistans well-known stand on Kashmir-a settlement based on UN resolutions calling for a plebiscite to determine the wishes of people of the disputed state. Stressing that Pakistans democracy has begun to deliver, he urged the world to do more for the peace and development of people affected by militancy and terror. We are doing more in our self-interest. We urge the world democracies to do more for peace and for the development of people affected by militancy and terror. We need to create economic opportunities for our people. We urge our friends and partners to help Pakistan with market access for the economic revival and well-being of their people, he added. Pakistan, he said, will continue to play a constructive role in promoting conflict resolution and strategic restraint in South Asia and foster initiatives on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation on the basis of non-discrimination. Equal security for all is important, he emphasised, adding, We support all efforts for arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation. The principle of equal security is of fundamental importance for achieving these objectives. Asymmetries in security especially at the regional levels need to be redressed, he advcoated. The President said democracy in Pakistan is beginning to achieve successes in the fight against militancy. The real challenge now is to make democracy sustainable, indeed irreversible. This requires that democracy should be able to deliver, meet the aspirations of people for progress and prosperity and must give people of Pakistan peace and stability, he stated. Democracy in Pakistan is of great importance, not only for our country, but also for our region, and the world. Pakistan has struggled hard for democracy. My late wife Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto led the fight for democracy and laid down her life for it. Following in the footsteps of her great father Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto she made the ultimate sacrifice, so that our nation may live in democracy, he added. We are now following in her footsteps I, my party, my people and Pakistans democracy are grateful to the international community to our Secretary General, His Excellency, Ban Ki Moon for constituting an International Commission of Investigation into her assassination.We are confident that the Commission will bring out all dimensions of her life, work and tragic assassination. He held out Pakistans commitment to cooperation with the United Nations to fashion a safer and better world; A world in which all children, - yours and mine- live in peace and harmony. This is a world in which we all depend on one another. It demands a return to the path of the United Nations. In Pakistan the will of the people has prevailed; Our people have witnessed a profound democratic transformation. We have entered into a new era of democracy, rule of law and human rights, has witnessed decades of conflict. He told the world leaders that Pakistan has suffered greatly from terrorism and religious extremism. Terrorism and extremism was not known to our society and culture. Religious extremism entered into our society and the region when we all in the free world, decided to confront the rival ideology. The policy was based on the exploitation of religion to motivate Muslims around the world to wage jehad. APP adds: Amid his back to back engagements in the United States, Zardari held meetings with President of Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Secretary General of NATO and the Foreign Minister of UAE after the FoDP summit and discussed wide ranging issues concerning Pakistan. Spokesperson to the President former Senator Farhatullah Babar, briefing the newsmen said that the first dignitary to call on the President on Thursday was Haruhiko Kuroda the President of the ADB who praised the steps taken by Pakistan for the macro-economic stability of the country which he said had borne fruit in a short span of time. Haruhiko exuded the confidence of the bank that with measures already taken for Pakistans economy was bound to grow much faster in the days to come. The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Secretary General to the President Salman Farooqui and Pakistans Ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani. President Asif Ali Zardari appreciated the lead role of the ADB in mobilising resources in coordination with the World Bank and other donor agencies to reform and support Pakistans energy sector. The second leader to call on the President was the Secretary General of NATO who commended the bold measures taken by Pakistan against the militants and appreciated the initiatives taken for the improvement of relations with Afghanistan and India. Referring to the Presidents recent remarks that militants posed the most serious threat to Pakistan, he said that the statesman like remarks reflected a correct appreciation of the threats to the country and was widely commended for its forthrightness. The meeting with the NATO Secretary General was also attended by the ANP President Asfandyar Wali Khan who also made a presentation on the militants threat to the country and how the tens of thousands of international forces stationed in Afghanistan had failed to control the cross-border movement of drugs and weapons. Issues relating to the war on terror also came under discussion during the meeting. Meeting with the NATO boss was followed by a meeting with the Foreign Minister of UAE who also complimented the President on the political support extended by the FoDP to Pakistan. Bilateral issues and the situation in the region also came under discussion on the occasion. Monitoring Desk adds: During meeting between Zardari and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, issues relating to mutual interest came under discussion including Pakistans role in war on terror and situation in Pakistan, private TV channels reported. The President, on the occasion, assured the NATO leader of Pakistans all-out support in war on terror. The NATO Secretary-General assured Pakistan of support from the Alliance, and congratulated the democratic government for its success until now in fighting extremism. Both agreed that the threats in the region are transnational, and that tripartite cooperation, between Afghanistan, Pakistan and NATO, must be strengthened.