United Nations: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday declared at the United Nations that his country has suffered more than any other nation in the "epic struggle" against terrorism, with US drone strikes on its territory adding to complexities and it should not be asked to do more.
"No country and no people have suffered more in the epic struggle against terrorism, than Pakistan," he told world leaders in his speech at the 67th session of the UN General Assembly here.
He said regular drone strikes against terrorist targets in his country have made it difficult for him to explain the fight against terror to his people.
"Drone strikes and civilian casualties on our territory add to the complexity of our battle for hearts and minds through this epic struggle," Zardari said.
He said a lot of questions are asked of Pakistan but he will not answer any of those.
"The people of Pakistan have already answered them. The politicians of Pakistan have answered them. The soldiers of Pakistan have answered them," he said.
Zardari said instead he will ask questions on behalf of its people.
He said asking Pakistan to do more on terrorism is akin to insulting the memory of those who have been killed due to extremism.
"To those who say we have not done enough, I say in all humility: Please do not insult the memory of our dead, and the pain of our living. Do not ask of my people, what no one has ever asked of any other peoples. Do not demonize the innocent women, and children of Pakistan. And please, stop this refrain to do more.
"The simplest question of all is: How much more suffering can Pakistan endure," he said.
Zardari listed the number of casualties Pakistan has suffered due to extremism, saying the country has lost over 7,000 Pakistani soldiers and policemen and over 37,000 civilians.
Pakistan also lost its Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti and Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer to the "mindset of extremism."