Pakistan opposes Indian bid to secure permanent UNSC seat

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Islamabad, Jan 23 (UNI) Pakistan today opposed the Indian bid to secure permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council.

''We are against creation of new centres of privileges and support just and equitable reforms of the Security Council that correspond to the interests of all and not just a few member states of the world body,'' Foreign Ministry spokesman Muhammad Sadiq told a press briefing in Islamabad.

He was asked to comment on a statement by French leadership supporting the Indian bid for a permanent seat in the UN body.

He said Pakistan was an active member of the Uniting for Consensus Group of countries that are opposed to expansion in the permanent category of the Security Council membership.

About Indo-Israeli defence collaboration, the spokesman said Pakistan was opposed to introduction of new weapons system in South Asia as the region needs economic progress and prosperity and not new weapons.

On Kashmir, Mr Sadiq said Pakistan's principled position that the issue should be resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions remains unchanged.

He added that the suggestions about out of the box solution were aimed at making a beginning towards resolution of the issue.

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