October 29th, 2011
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Pak grateful towards India for UNSC

Abdullah-Hussain-HaroonKarachi: Pakistan recognized the significant role India played, in supporting Pakistan’s successful bid to become a non-permanent member of the powerful UN Security Council. Islamabad’s envoy to the world body Abdullah Hussain Haroon said, “Many of the countries that Pakistan had considered as friends were no longer friends but India supported us in becoming a non-permanent member of the 15-member Security Council.”

Pakistan will replace Lebanon which currently occupies the Asian seat, on January 1, 2012, for a two-year term. Pakistan, which was challenged by Kyrgyzstan, was backed by 129 of the 193 member states in the UN General Assembly. Kyrgyztan received only 55 votes. Pakistan has been on the Council six times earlier — 1952-53, 1968-69, 1976-77, 1983-84, 1993-94 and 2003-04. It’s new term would overlap with India — which began its two-year tenure on January 1 this year — for the fourth time.

Pakistan and India had earlier shared terms on the Security Council in 1968, 1977 and 1984.”I think we should not be discouraged by the reaction by some of the nations in the UN because I can say the world wants Pakistan to play its positive role in the global scenario,” he said. “Pakistan is committed to multilateralism and promoting principles and purposes enshrined in the UN Charter,” he added.


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