United Nations: Pakistan is willing to resolve all outstanding issues, including Kashmir with India, with which it is engaged in a “substantive dialouge" process that it hopes should be “uninterrupted", foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said.

Khar was addressing the 193-member UN body on behalf of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani who could not attend the 66th session due to floods in Pakistan.

Foreign minister S M Krishna with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar during a reception hosted by Khar in New York on Monday. Photo by PTI.

“I am happy to note that both Pakistan and India are now engaged in a substantive dialogue process.

A dialogue process that we in Pakistan hope will be uninterrupted and uninterruptable.

We certainly intend to make this engagement fruitful and premise it on the promise of a mutually rewarding enterprise that would enable us to optimally avail the complementarities that exist," she said in her maiden speech.

Khar said Pakistan looks forward to “resolving all outstanding issues including Kashmir," which is among the oldest on the United Nations agenda and has been the subject of several Security Council resolutions.

“A peaceful resolution that accords fully with the aspirations of the Kashmiris is indispensable for durable stability as is the need for safeguarding of their fundamental human rights," she said, adding that Pakistan will “support" the human rights of Kashmiris.

Khar further said the reality of a “nuclearised" South Asia imposes on Pakistan and India the “onerous" responsibility to work together for creating mutual confidence, avoiding an arms race and enhancing strategic stability.

“We look forward to moving in this direction in the dialogue process."

She told the international audience that Pakistan attaches “highest importance" to promoting the goals of peace, security and stability in the world.

“In our own region we have relentlessly endeavoured towards creating an environment of shared prosperity and shared peace.

“A democratic, progressive and prosperous Pakistan embedded in a stable, secure and prosperous region guides the framework of our foreign policy."

“As a democratic country, Pakistan will continue to do its best for the cause of global peace and prosperity," she said.

“We will remain unflinchingly democratic. We will defeat those that seek to terrorise us," the foreign minister added.

Pakistan will not only work to empower women, it will also protect the weak and the vulnerable in its midst, especially minorities as well as those abroad she said.

Khar said Pakistan will overcome challenges and will be a “peaceful and prosperous society".