Press Release No.280/2010

Resolution adopted by the Cabinet on November 10, 2010

Islamabad, Nov 10: 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.

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. It also has implications for peace and security and stability in Asia, particularly South Asia.

It is incomprehensible that the US has sought to support India, whose credentials with respect to observing UN Charter principles and international law are at best checkered.

This is most explicitly illustrated by 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.

The future of 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.

Pakistan, along with a large number of members of the international community, supports a principled process of reform of the Security Council. This process should be based on respect for the cardinal principles of UN Charter including the principle of sovereign equality of states.