Pakistan recognises South Sudan

Published: July 22, 2011

Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani on Friday approved the recognition of Republic of South Sudan by Pakistan. PHOTO: APP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani on Friday approved the recognition of Republic of South Sudan by Pakistan.

The United Nations General Assembly added the candidacy of South Sudan as the 193rd member state after it declared independence from Sudan on July 9. So far 88 countries have accorded recognition to the newest independent country.

In a message to the President of the Republic of South Sudan, the Prime Minister conveyed heartiest felicitations on behalf of the people and the government of Pakistan.

He expressed best wishes for success in nation building efforts as well as in socio-economic development of South Sudan.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan looked forward to working closely with the South Sudanese government both at bilateral and multilateral fora to advance shared objectives of peace, prosperity and development of peoples of both the countries.

South Sudan’s independence comes after more than 50 years of conflict between the southern rebels and successive Khartoum governments.

The 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that finally ended the conflict, and which was signed under intense pressure from foreign countries, particularly the US, Britain and Norway, paved the way for a referendum on southern independence in January.

Around 99 per cent of southerners voted to split from the north.

Reader Comments (34)

  • M Ali Khan
    Jul 22, 2011 - 8:04PM

    So why hasn’t Pakistan recognised Kosovo yet when most of the world already has?!

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  • KLA
    Jul 22, 2011 - 8:25PM

    what about kashmir??????????????????

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  • Bangash
    Jul 22, 2011 - 8:30PM

    South Sudan is a validation of the Two-Nation theory on which Pakistan was founded. Indian Hindus still don’t like Muslims in India and oppose Pakistan’s existence.

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  • PakiCritical
    Jul 22, 2011 - 9:37PM

    Why so delay in sending greetings and recognition , does not want to dispaleasure Sudan and Bhasir?
    Pak always says chapion of Will of the people ( except Baluchistan),
    Be stright and honest, will improve Pak image, no spin in any situation.
    –PakiCritical

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jul 22, 2011 - 10:00PM

    It is unfortunate that differences between southern rebels and Khartoum could not end during 50 years paying the way for declaration of independence of South Sudan on July 9, 2011.

    Similar differences occur between the states and within the states in many countries.

    People talk a lot about “Conflict Resolutions” in the world but I think that there is no resolution of conflict when the reasons of conflict are based on principals.

    Some of the similar conflicts are going on between Palestine and Israel over accepting Palestine as an independent state and between Pakistan and India over occupied Jammu and Kashmir which has also crossed more than 60 years.

    Why not the world powers give a nod to accept Palestine as 194th member state and occupied Jammu and Kashmir as 195th member state in the world so that conflicts should be resolved once and for all.

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  • Rock
    Jul 22, 2011 - 10:13PM

    @Bangash: First tell me, Indian muslims call you as separatist how will you respond to them?

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  • antony
    Jul 22, 2011 - 10:14PM

    @bangash, who told you about india .come to india then you will understand about india’s secular nature

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  • Arijit Sharma
    Jul 22, 2011 - 10:16PM

    @Bangash: ” South Sudan is a validation of the Two-Nation theory on which Pakistan was founded. Indian Hindus still don’t like Muslims in India and oppose Pakistan’s existence.

    Another way to look at it – nobody wants to live with Muslims.

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  • Incredible
    Jul 22, 2011 - 10:36PM

    @bangsh
    Please stay in your cave.

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  • Paras Vikmani
    Jul 22, 2011 - 10:37PM

    Indian Muslims are loyal to the state and true patriotic-at least most of them[99%]

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  • Secrecy
    Jul 22, 2011 - 10:49PM

    Arijit Sharma! People like you ignite the hatred and then expect something positive to happen. People if you have to post similar comments then please refrain from coming here.

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  • Ved
    Jul 22, 2011 - 11:03PM

    @ Bangash We don’t like Muslims of India, but we spent hard earned money on Bollywood Khans to see their movies. Come on mate!………Come to India and see the true nature of Indian society. Don’t only believe on the people who are bent on to prove the “Two nation theory”. Indian Hindus are not like Muslims or Christians otherwise neither Christians nor Muslims would have been able to settled and proselytized indigenous population and carved out separate Pakistan. We would have loved Pakistan if it will content with what ever it had and leave us with whatever we have.

    There are always social issue like every society and Indian society also has its share of social issues but never shied away of accepting it. Also we don’t persecute our religious brethren in the name of sects. We only have major social issue which separate us from other religion is untouchability but due to politics of Majority it is also disappearing gradually . Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jul 22, 2011 - 11:47PM

    If the Muslim countries condemned the Darfur Genocide and put pressure on Sudan yrs ago this split may not have been necessary. The tendency of Muslims to defend other Muslims regardless of the atrocity has diminished the Worldwide reputation of Muslims. Many regard this split as another example of the intolerance of Muslims for other faiths.

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  • Bangash
    Jul 23, 2011 - 1:31AM

    Arjit Sherma and other Indian commentators has validated that Muslims are disliked in India. Worse off than Indian Muslims are Kashmiris who have been violently oppressed by Indian army for 60+ years.

    May God grant Kashmiris their freedom like South Sudan.

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  • Khan
    Jul 23, 2011 - 4:21AM

    @Bangash:
    rora Why is this itch for how some humans live in India … you are not from India so why be bothered about their issues .. What ever Kashmiris want or do shouldn’t be our problem as its not going to solve our problems either … This world will become a better place if we accept the fact that we live on a very small planet among billion of other stars .. and we are one and same race. All this unrest is man made due to political short term reasons.
    @Arijit Sharma:
    But yet you are strolling around virtually in a ‘Muslim’ place? Your comments shows how naive and contradictory they are.

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  • Kashmiri
    Jul 23, 2011 - 5:12AM

    I am a Kashmiri from India….we also want seperation. God willing, we will have our freedom one day and break away from clutches of terrorist Indian army

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  • Shabbir Baloch
    Jul 23, 2011 - 6:14AM

    Pakistan recognises south sudan. It shall very soon recognise our Homeland of Balochistan. Inshallah Very Very Soon.

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  • Rock
    Jul 23, 2011 - 8:31AM

    @Bangash: Lol. and you people get angry when you are called as separatist. First save your country then talk about the world.

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  • Rock
    Jul 23, 2011 - 8:32AM

    @Bangash: Don’t worry about kashmir we will make it secular and economically developed one.

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  • xohaib
    Jul 23, 2011 - 9:09AM

    @ Arjit sharma, or may be its the opposite. You may have a history of slavery in your blood and you may be ok with it , but its not the same for us. In palestine if they stay silent ,then its ok, if they demand their rights, then they are not?

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  • Ved
    Jul 23, 2011 - 11:52AM

    @Bangash:
    “May God grant Kashmiris their freedom like South Sudan”

    But……..How many times you will call God. You call the God on even a trifling issues. Do remember that every one is same for God and God helps those who help themselves. And also remember that there are Billion of people who wish to God that Kashmir do not separate from India.

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  • Rock
    Jul 23, 2011 - 1:43PM

    @xohaib: tell me your ethinic background and which part of pakistan you belong? I will tell your clan’s history. If you are an outsider then there is no need to claim the land isn’t it?

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  • Aadersh
    Jul 23, 2011 - 4:16PM

    @Shabbir Baloch….I bet u to have refrendum in Balochistan n majority will b in favor of Pakistan…I m a Baloch n a Proud Pakistani…

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  • xohaib
    Jul 23, 2011 - 4:30PM

    @Rock: I belong to Lahore. We are arabs. We have come from the holy land of jahilia. Though we were hindus earlier, we were saved just in time and now we are arabs. Punjab was earlier part of india, now half of it is with us and we have also successfully ruled over balochistan, sindh and fata. Recommend

  • Shabbir Baloch
    Jul 23, 2011 - 7:43PM

    @Aadersh: We all know you are a lahori punjabi. With a name like that you can never be a Baloch. All you are trying to do is save your punjab.

    I dare every punjabi to come out and conduct a referandum in Balochistan. The world shall see the emergence of the new peaceful country of Balochistan.

    Balochistan has always been an independent country and our culture is being ruined under the thunka culture of you people.

    If any of you punjabis want to get even an iota of genuineness in your claim over kashmir then first conduct a plebescite in Balochistan, Sindh and FATA. I challenge you, you can never do that. Eventually you will fall just like you did when Bangladesh deserted you.

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  • Vicram Singh
    Jul 23, 2011 - 9:41PM

    @xohaib: ” You may have a history of slavery in your blood and you may be ok with it , but its not the same for us. In palestine if they stay silent ,then its ok, if they demand their rights, then they are not? ”

    How much more inarticulate can you get ? The sub-continent has a shared history – ie if we have slavery in our blood, so do you, but now we have different futures.Recommend

  • Aadersh
    Jul 24, 2011 - 2:06AM

    C’mon Shabbir….stop crying…I m a Baloch n I live in Balochistan n I really don’t need any certificate from you for that…& mind you Balochistan’s population is less than whole of Lahore…n in that population there r many Pathans who dont want Azad Balochistan…there is Hazara community who r patriots,there r Sindhis,Seraikis n Balochs like me who say Pakistan Zindabad…people like u r very rare working for RAW,CIA & Mossad…so get a drift

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  • Mastishhk
    Jul 24, 2011 - 3:39AM

    The Prime Minister said Pakistan looked forward to working closely with the South Sudanese government both at bilateral and multilateral fora to advance shared objectives of peace, prosperity and development of peoples of both the countries.
    The people of South Sudan Said……No Thanks !!!Recommend

  • Mastishhk
    Jul 24, 2011 - 3:43AM

    @ Bangash……South Sudan is a validation of the Two-Nation theory on which Pakistan was founded. Indian Hindus still don’t like Muslims in India and oppose Pakistan’s existence….

    Your comment qualifies as the dumbest remark on this forum.Its irrelevant to the subject at hand and indicates your ignorance of current issues as well as the history.

    Take care of Pakistan before you start thinking about Kashmiris !!1

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  • rock
    Jul 24, 2011 - 9:02AM

    @xohaib: LOL. See you are confused about your identity. that’s what I was pointing earlier.

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Jul 24, 2011 - 11:45AM

    Good step taken by our government. Congratulations to the people of South Sudan.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Jul 24, 2011 - 2:05PM

    @KLA:
    We have recognised “Azad Kashmir” as part of India. Happy?

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  • Tony Singh
    Jul 24, 2011 - 2:24PM

    @xohaib:
    What did you have? a gene transplant?

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  • anonymous
    Jul 25, 2011 - 1:05PM

    So what about Libyan NTC??? why hasn’t pakistan recognized them yet???

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