Islamabad: Two senior Pakistani federal
ministers, disappointed with US President Barack Obama`s
endorsement of India`s bid for a permanent seat in the UN
Security Council, have claimed that it will not be an easy
task for New Delhi to achieve the goal.
ce Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar said it will
"not be easy" for India to become a permanent member of the UN
He said it would augur well for regional peace if
Pakistan is taken on board regarding the issue of expanding
the Security Council.
Education Minister Sardar Asif Ahmad Ali claimed that
the prevailing international situation would not permit India
to get a permanent seat in the Security Council.
The issue of permanent membership of the Security
Council is "not as simple as envisaged by the Obama
administration", he told Radio Pakistan.
Many countries are claimants for a permanent Security
Council seat but the international situation is not in favour
of India, Ali contended.
Mukhtar, who spoke to reporters in his hometown of
Gujrat on the issue of expanding the Security Council, said
Pakistan and India should work together to uproot terrorism.
Obama had said Pakistan is the biggest sufferer of
terrorism while Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s
reservations against Pakistan were mainly due to the 2008
Mumbai attacks, he said.
Kashmir is the "core issue" between Pakistan and
India, Mukhtar said.
Pakistan`s Foreign Office has already expressed its
reservations about Obama`s endorsement of India`s bid to join
the UN`s most powerful organ.
It said the US backing would add to the complexity of
efforts to revamp the Security Council.
Listing India`s relations with its neighbours and
alleged violations of UN resolutions on Kashmir as reasons for
the country not to be given permanent membership of the
Security Council, the Foreign Office said the US should take a
"moral view" and "not base itself on any temporary expediency
or exigencies of power politics".