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Pakistan slams India’s demand for more permanent seats in UNSC

“The demand is based on “poor logic” and reflected the “self-serving national ambition” of a few,” said Pakistan’s envoy to the UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi.

According to Hindustan Times, Ms Lodhi, at the informal meeting of the General Assembly on Inter-Governmental Negotiations on Security Council reform, said the objective of the Council’s expansion should be to respond to the concerns and “aspirations of all, not just a few.”

A statement issued by the Pakistan mission here said that Lodhi last week “exposed” the G-4 position on Security Council expansion.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, speaking on behalf of the G4 nations –Brazil, Germany, India and Japan — had said at the meeting that the problem of “imbalance of influence” in the Council cannot be corrected if only non-permanent members are added to the powerful UN body.

The statement by the Pakistan mission said Lodhi “exposed the poor logic of India and its allies” by saying that the G4 formula of adding more permanent seats “reflected the self-serving national ambition of a few at the expense of the world body’s wider membership.”

“To propose allocation of 4-6 seats permanently to that many countries, while handing over only 4-5 seats to the rest of the membership is not only poor mathematics but also poor logic and even poorer rationale for a just and meaningful reform,” Lodhi was quoted as saying by the statement.



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