Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says international terrorism should be fought on two levels.

General Musharraf told the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday that apart from confronting terrorists, the international community should also resolve the conflicts afflicting the Islamic world.

He said unless those conflicts are resolved and suppression of Muslim peoples is ended, terrorism and extremism will continue to find recruits among alienated Muslims.

The Pakistani leader said it is also imperative to end what he called racial and religious discrimination against Muslims and to prohibit the defamation of Islam. 

In an apparent reference to the controversy over Pope Benedict's recent remarks about Islam, he said it is disappointing to see that personalities of high standing are oblivious of Muslim sensitivities.