Pak cabinet slams Obama's support for India's UN Security Council permanent seat bid

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Islamabad, Nov 11(ANI): Pakistan has passed a resolution against United States President Barack Obama's support of India's bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), saying that it would disturb the balance of power in the region.

The resolution was passed in a cabinet meeting chaired by Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in Islamabad.

"This decision has grave ramifications for the direction and prospects of the system of multilateral cooperation as envisaged by the founding fathers of UN Charter," the Daily Times the resolution, as saying.

"This is most explicitly illustrated by India's disregard of Security Council resolutions on Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and gross and systematic violations of the fundamental human rights of the Kashmiri people," it added.

The resolution further stated that Pakistan, along with a large number of members of the international community, supported a principled process of reform of the Security Council.

"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," the resolution said.

"This process should be based on respect for the cardinal principles of the UN Charter, including the principle of sovereign equality of states," it added.

Earlier, Obama had backed India for a permanent seat on the UNSC while addressing a joint session of Parliament in New Delhi.

"The just and sustainable international order that America seeks includes a United Nations that is effective, efficient, credible and legitimate. That is why I can say today: In the years ahead I look forward to a reformed U.N. Security Council that includes India as a permanent member," Obama had said. (ANI)

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