Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday conveyed to the
US administration the parliament`s opposition to President
Barack Obama`s endorsement for India`s bid for permanent
membership of the UN Security Council.
Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir informed US envoy
Cameron Munter about the Pakistani parliament`s opposition to
America`s backing for India`s bid to join the UN`s most
important decision-making body.
The move came in the wake of the National Assembly or
lower house of parliament adopting a resolution on the issue.
"In conformity with the unanimous resolution adopted
by the National Assembly on the issue of Security Council
reforms, the sense of the parliament, as reflected in the
above mentioned resolution, was conveyed to the US
administration today," said a statement issued by the Foreign
"The Foreign Secretary conveyed this to the US
Ambassador and the text of the resolution was also given to
the US Embassy in Islamabad," the statement added.
The resolution, tabled by a lawmaker of the ruling
Pakistan People`s Party and passed unanimously by treasury and
opposition member, said the US endorsement of India`s bid "is
a counterproductive move that disregards Pakistan`s principled
position and sensitivities" related to UN reforms.
It expressed "serious concerns and strong
disappointments" on the decision by the US, which it said
would have "grave ramifications" for multilateral cooperation
and peace, stability and security in South Asia.