Pak slams US for backing India’s UNSC bid

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Islamabad: Peeved over the strong backing of the US for India’s quest for a permanent UNSC  berth, the Pakistan government slammed Washington over the move, claiming it would have “implications” for peace and stability in South Asia.

The government on November 10 afternoon expressed its opposition to US President Barack Obama’s endorsement for India’s efforts to gain a seat at the high table during a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

The Cabinet said that “politics of expediency” should not be allowed to decide the future of the international order.

“The Cabinet expressed its serious concern and strong disappointment on the decision of the United States to support a permanent seat for India on the UN Security Council,” said a statement issued by the Foreign Office following the meeting.

“This decision has grave ramifications for the direction and prospects of the system of multilateral cooperation as envisaged by the founding fathers of the UN Charter.

“It also has implications for peace and security and stability in Asia, particularly South Asia,” the statement said.

The Cabinet claimed it was “incomprehensible that the US has sought to support India, whose credentials with respect to observing the UN Charter principles and international law are at best chequered.”

The Pakistan government claimed the future of the UN and of “succeeding generations cannot and must not be premised on considerations of power politics, politics of expediency, bereft of morals and ideals, which must be the guiding spirit for an enlightened international order.”

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