Pakistan Criticizes US on India UNSC Seat
Pakistan criticized US President Barack Obama for supporting India’s bid for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council. The UNSC now has five permanent members; the US, Britain, France, Russia and China. Apart from India, Germany and Japan are also aspiring for a permanent seat in UNSC.
Obama said in his speech in Indian Parliament that he would back India for permanent membership as part of overall reforms at the U.N. But, that could take years as Obama linked India’s seat to an overall UN reform process.
“Pakistan believes that U.S. endorsement of India’s bid for its permanent seat in the Security Council adds to the complexity of the process of reforms of the Council,” Pakistan foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said in a statement soon after the Monday evening address of Mr. Obama on November 8. He urged the US not to resort to temporary expediency or exigencies of power politics.
But, interestingly, Obama did not receive backlash from Pakistan on his comment of safe havens of supposed terrorists in Pakistan. Moreover, Abdul Basit said his country was committed to dismantle terrorist safe havens on their land. It seems Pakistan is satisfied that Obama did not ask Pakistan to stop supporting terrorism, which is India’s main contention.
Obama was clear on his mission, “jobs for Americans and charming India without committing anything practically,” during his visit to India from November to 6 to 8. His mission was accomplished successfully.