Pak opposes UNSC seat for India, brings up Kashmir

Written by: Samyuktha
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Islamabad, Nov 11: Using Kashmir as an instance to prove India's "chequered" stance, Pakistan has expressed strong opposition to United States' decision to back India for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Slamming US President Barack Obama"s endorsement for India"s efforts to gain a seat at the high table as “politics of power and expediency", the Pak cabinet opined that this move would have “implications" for peace and stability in South Asia.

“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 a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

“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 added.

Arguing that the move was "incomprehensible" considering India's "credentials with respect to observing the UN Charter principles and international law are at best chequered", Pakistan brought up Kashmir.

To substantiate this, the cabinet cited India"s “disregard of Security Council Resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir and gross and systematic violations of the fundamental human rights of the Kashmiri people".

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