New York: Pakistan was on Friday elected
to the powerful UN Security Council as a non-permanent member
for a two-year-term beginning on January 1, 2012, putting it
in the club of 10 nations which currently includes India.
Pakistan won 129 votes in the 193 member General
Assembly. Pakistan was vying for the seat against Kyrgyzstan
in the Asia pacific category. There were no abstention.
To win a seat on the UN Security Council, a country must
receive the support of at least 129 members.
Pakistan was one of the nine countries vying for five
non-permanent seats on the Security Council that will fall
vacant on December 31, 2011.
Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the UN,
Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon said, "It is a great day
for the subcontinent. We have an opportunity to bring things
"The Indian ocean is important, Africa, Asia, we are
going to work together and on the Indian subcontinent we have
great opportunity as there are people here who are willing to
talk and lead by example," he said.
"So we are looking forward to something good for not just
the sub continent but also for Africa and the Indian ocean,"
he said here.
India joined as non-permanent member of the UNSC on
January 2011 and its term will end on December 31, 2012. The
two nuclear-armed neighbours have thrice before been together
in the Council in 1968, 1977 and 1984.
Haroon said "with India we have worked together for two
years why should we not do it for a third."
Morrocco, Guatemala also claimed non-permanent seats.
Referring to last year's US Open when Rohan Bopanna of
India and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan played on the same
team, Haroon said "if Bopanna and Aisam can play the US open
together, we can take that sort of position in politics as
well," Haroon said.
India's Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep Singh
Puri congratulated Haroon over the phone.
Haroon and Puri had famously sat together to watch the
men from their countries play the tennis tournament.
"I am very grateful to him and I would like to
appreciate the reciprocation of India to Pakistan. This will
help in getting a lot of things moving forward," Haroon said.
First Published: Saturday, October 22, 2011, 00:22