UNSC seat revives Pak’s diplomatic image: Gilani

Pakistan will now replace Lebanon as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

Updated: Oct 22, 2011, 11:41 AM IST

Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has termed Pakistan’s victory in contest for the non-permanent berth in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as its great comeback on the international horizon.

Securing 129 out of 193 votes in the UN General Assembly - exactly the two-third majority required to win the seat - Pakistan will now replace Lebanon as a non-permanent member of the UNSC in a term that begins on January 2012 and will end in December 2013.

“It is the resurgence of Pakistan’s diplomatic image in the world body that Pakistan used to enjoy in the golden eras of late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and late Ms Benazir Bhutto,” Gilani said.

“We are now to keep marching on the path that has been determined after great difficulties,” he added.

Pakistan is thankful to all its friends who have supported and voted for it in the UNSC, and the country shall live up to the sacrosanct trust shown by them, Gilani said in an exclusive chat with The News.

Pakistan will continue to strive for the world peace and play its role for stability in all the regions, as it believes in peaceful and negotiated resolution of conflicts, he added.

ANI