Pakistan opposes India’s quest for seat

Published: November 6, 2010
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File photo of United Nations before a vote on the election of the five non-permanent members of the Security Council October 12, 2010 at the United Nations in New York. PHOTO: AFP

File photo of United Nations before a vote on the election of the five non-permanent members of the Security Council October 12, 2010 at the United Nations in New York. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has opposed India’s bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council on the eve of US President Barrack Obama’s visit to India, where the issue is likely to figure high up on the agenda during his talks with the Indian leadership.

Obama, who begins his three-day maiden visit to India today, will skip Pakistan, as he promised to tour the country separately in 2011.

However, the visit is being followed very closely in Pakistan as the National Assembly’s Kashmir Committee met on Friday and was given a detailed briefing by the Foreign Office about the US president’s trip.

The Foreign Office informed the meeting that Pakistan believes any two sovereign states are entitled to develop their bilateral relations along lines that they deem fit.

However, it cautioned the US president against taking measures that disturb the regional balance.

“It is Pakistan’s considered view that anything that militates against the regional balance in South Asia is counterproductive and not in the interest of the region and the world,” said a Foreign Office statement.

In response to a question about the US endorsing India’s permanent seat, the Foreign Office officials told members that Pakistan’s approach to the reform of the Security Council was based on principles.

The committee was informed that Pakistan believes that decisions impacting global systems of inter-state relations based on the charter require consensus.

“The spirit and the principles of the charter should not be compromised. The principle of sovereign equality is a cardinal one.”

In a clear message to the US president, Pakistan said that any endorsement of the Indian bid for a permanent seat in the Security Council will have serious implications.  It will also have negative impact on issues relating to peace and security in South Asia.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 6th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Anoop
    Nov 6, 2010 - 10:42PM

    Does it really matter what Pakistan thinks or doesn’t think?Recommend

  • zahid
    Nov 7, 2010 - 3:36PM

    yes dear and it will continue to matter. despite your desire and wish. Recommend

  • Vic
    Nov 7, 2010 - 4:24PM

    Let Pak first take care of itself and then give its opinions about others.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Nov 8, 2010 - 3:15PM

    Pakistan IS taking care of itself by opposing India’s permanent position in the UN dear. Despite Pakistan’s internal problems, a nation that has not conducted a plebiscite it agreed to in 1947, conducts human rights abuses in Kashmir and then stifles opposing voices like Arundhati Roy, has internal strife from the Naxalites due to obvious marginalization, had its army raid a minority’s religious center (Op Bluestar), has decisions like the one on Ayodhya passed through its judicial system while claiming secularism at its core and a nation that refused to grant duly divided share of resources to a seperate dominion in 1947 under legal requirement simply can not be allowed to have veto power at the UN while it stays that way. Good luckRecommend

  • Anoop
    Nov 8, 2010 - 3:50PM

    @Jibran,

    So your argument is countries which have border issues,human rights issues should not have the Veto power. Dont you see a big hole in your argument?

    Lets take China, it has issues with India, Vietnam, Japan,Taiwan,etc.. Major issues.. It is playing a bully role in South China sea. Its human rights abuses are far,far more greater than any country in the world. It has a veto power. Russia has human rights issues in Chechnya and issues with Georgia, China and other neighbours. It has Veto powers. Even US is allegedly abused Human Rights in Iraq and Afghanistan, say the Muslims of the world. It has Veto power.

    So, India certainly deserves a veto power for being a giant and representing 1/6th of the world population and deserves it more than any other country in the world.

    When you argue for something think it through. Recommend

  • Ronit
    Nov 8, 2010 - 6:45PM

    @Jibran- that was over exaggerated…seriously, China is facing more internal problems than India. from Tibet to Xingiang to internal uprising for democracy and growing revolt by slave labour, it still has 200 million below poverty line and had more of them when it actually got that permanent seat and yes unlike India, China was and still is not a democracy…yet it is on UNSC as a permanent member.

    @Zahid- no, it doesn’t matterRecommend

  • Ravi
    Nov 8, 2010 - 6:58PM

    Jibran, You get to hear Arundati’s remarks because, she’s from INDIA. If had she been in China (veto Power), by now she would have been in some distant jail. Or if in pakistan, fatwas would have killed her by now.Please dont talk of minority issues … Operation Blue star ? A Sikh is a prime minister of India :) & a muslim Vice President. & about Ayodhya, no muslim in india is worried about it, why are you so concerned. And people in INDIA have jobs in hand & little time to fight about pitty things u suggest.Recommend

  • Rosh
    Nov 8, 2010 - 7:10PM

    Issue resolved! India gets US support for Permanent VETO membership on the UNSC. Pakistan can keep cribbing and run all the way crying to China that its Wish has been disbanded.Recommend

  • Nov 8, 2010 - 9:46PM

    In a clear message to the US president, Pakistan said that any endorsement of the Indian bid for a permanent seat in the Security Council will have serious implications. It will also have negative impact on issues relating to peace and security in South Asia.

    OK. Now that Obama has announced backing India for a permanent Security Council seat, we should be thinking about using “coercive” diplomacy for better ties with India. Patience is essential because reversing the damage from six decades of “conflict resolution” can’t be reversed overnight. A future is possible where a dehyphenated India and Pakistan are a beacon of peace and stability not only in the region but a joint peace-keeping force the world will come to respect. Let’s control the rage and think positive because tremors from a negative impact will be felt most in Pakistan. Emotional intelligence is a pre-requisite.Recommend

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