Pakistan in UNSC shows country not isolated: minister

November 4th, 2011 - 12:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Nov 4 (IANS) The election of Pakistan as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council has proved that the country is not isolated, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan has said.

Addressing a joint press conference with Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Abdullah Hussain Haroon here Thursday, the minister said Pakistan has been elected to UNSC for a two-year term along with Azerbaijan, Morocco, Guatemala and Togo.

She said that there was a tough competition.

“The overwhelming victory of Pakistan in the UNSC elections will bolster the country’s image all over the world and dispel the impression about diplomatic isolation,” Associated Press of Pakistan quoted her as saying.

Abdullah Haroon said this time Pakistan launched its campaign without support of any superpower and won comfortably.

On Indian support for Pakistan in the UN, he said: “Neighbours have voted for us which means that our relations are improving.”

He said that now the time had changed and the world powers could not dictate Pakistan on any issue like the past.

He said that there was an impression that Pakistan was isolated diplomatically, but it defeated Kyrgyzstan with a margin of 74 votes managing support from South America, Africa, Europe and Asia including the neighbours of Kyrgyzstan.

Abdullah Haroon said that India had tried to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group but Pakistan strongly resisted the move. Three years ago, when India launched a signature campaign for its permanent seat in UNSC, it got support of 142 countries but could muster the backing of only 88 members of UN General Assembly for its second drive.

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