Wed, Apr 26, 2017 | updated 05:19 PM IST

Pak opposes creation of new permanent seats at UNSC

Updated: Nov 08, 2016 03:52 IST      
Pak opposes creation of new permanent seats at UNSC

Islamabad [Pakistan], Nov. 8 (ANI): Pakistan has opposed the creation of new permanent seats at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), a reform India has continually advocated for.

Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr Maleeha Lodhi, on Monday while addressing the General Assembly session on Security Council Reforms said Islamabad firmly opposes the creation of new permanent seats while terming it as "the antithesis of principles enshrined in the UN Charter", reports the Dawn.

She, however, said: "Pakistan supports expansion of non-permanent seats in the Security Council to make it more democratic, accountable, transparent and effective."

The Pakistani envoy went on to say that the current long deadlock in the Security Council reform process was due to a handful of states seeking to "promote a self arrogated right to an unequal status".

"Adding more permanent seats to Security Council will only serve to satisfy the hunger for power and privilege of a few and not address issue of representation," she said.

Meanwhile, India has raised the issue of UNSC reforms on several international forums.

In the latest development, India and Russia had on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit last month called for comprehensive reform of the UN Security Council to make it more effective and representative of the contemporary geo-political realities.

The G4 - Germany, Brazil, India and Japan - have long pitched for a permanent seat at the UNSC and provided mutual support for each other's bid.

They have been seconded by the United Kingdom, France and Russia.

"I look forward to a United Nations Security Council that includes India as a permanent member," said US President Barack Obama earlier in November 2012. (ANI)

Yerevan (Armenia), Apr 26 (ANI): Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari has said that the countries that have invested in educating their populations, built strong consumer economies, and have democratic institutions that can deal with social change will benefit.

Full Story >>

New York [USA], Apr. 26 (ANI): A California judge has blocked US President Donald Trump's executive order that sought to withhold federal funds to "sanctuary cities", the communities that have refused to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials after detaining illegal immigrants.

Full Story >>

Kabul [Afghanistan], Apr 26 (ANI): Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Tuesday and discussed Afghanistan and regional security.

Full Story >>

China launches first indigenously built aircraft carrier

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 12:36 IST     

Dalian [China], Apr 26 (ANI): China on Wednesday launched its second aircraft carrier, the first to be developed and built indigenously, in a Dalian shipyard in Liaoning Province.

Full Story >>

Peshawar [Pakistan], Apr 26 (ANI): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has accused the Nawaz Sharif-led Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) regime of offering him Rs10 billion to back down from the Panamagate case.

Full Story >>

Karachi [Pakistan], Apr 26 (ANI): Three militants believed to be associated with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Swat (TTS) and Jundullah, a female facilitator and her five-year-old daughter were killed in a paramilitary force operation in Karachi's Urdu Bazaar area.

Full Story >>

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Apr 26 (ANI): Security forces cordoned off a one-storied house at Chapainawabganj's Shibganj upazila in Bangladesh this morning after suspecting the presence of a militant hideout.

Full Story >>

Dawn leaks report to be submitted to PM Sharif today

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 11:12 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], Apr 26 (ANI): Pakistan's Ministry of Interior said has received the Dawn leaks report which will be submitted to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today.

Full Story >>

US' THAAD equipment installation underway in South Korea

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 10:20 IST     

Seoul/Seongju [South Korea], April 26 (ANI): The U.S. troops in South Korea began installing the equipment for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), an advanced missile defense system.

Full Story >>

Moscow [Russia], Apr 26 (ANI): Representatives of the Russian airline Aeroflot have said that it is reasonable for the female flight attendants to face financial penalties if they are deemed overweight.

Full Story >>

Pakistan: 14 killed as landmine blast hits van in Kurram

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 08:34 IST     

Peshawar [Pakistan], Apr 26 (ANI): At least 14 people were killed when a passenger vehicle hit an anti-tank mine in Gudar area of Central Kurram Agency early Tuesday.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 26 (ANI): Law enforcement officials across six cities in Washington, DC, metropolitan area on Wednesday will conduct a full scale drill to prepare for terror attacks.

Full Story >>

Rod Rosenstein set to be next U.S. Deputy Attorney General

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 05:58 IST     

New York [U.S.], Apr. 26 (ANI): After a 94-6 Senate vote, Rod Rosenstein was confirmed to be the next deputy attorney general.

Full Story >>

Canada outsmarted American politicians for years: Trump

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 05:57 IST     

New York [U.S.], Apr. 26 (ANI): In a surprising move, especially after the recent pleasant diplomatic exchange between the two neighbours, President Donald Trump trained his guns on Canada saying the nation has been "very rough on the United States".

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Apr. 26 (ANI): With the Canadian government officially confirming its plans to legalise marijuana with an addendum that it will not include a blanket pardon for those with past pot convictions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admitted that his late brother was once charged with marijuana possession and that their father's connections and intervention helped in making the charges "go away".

Full Story >>

Buckle up! Uber to launch 'flying cars' by 2020

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 05:22 IST     

New York [U.S.], Apr. 26 (ANI): Uber is literally aiming for the skies as the tech company announced that it has struck partnerships with the cities of Dallas and Dubai to demonstrate a network of flying cars by 2020.

Full Story >>

Berlin: Ivanka Trump booed for defending her father

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 04:38 IST     

New York [U.S.], Apr. 26 (ANI): Upon defending her father at a women's panel in Berlin and trying to portray him as a committed individual to women's issues, the U.S. President's daughter Ivanka Trump was met with boos and hisses by the attendees.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.], Apr. 26 (ANI): With the intent of combating 'fake news' in the industry, the founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales has announced the launch of a news platform that will bring journalists together with a legion of fact checkers- the "Wikitribune."

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.], Apr. 26 (ANI): On the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's National Days of Remembrance, President Donald Trump strongly condemned anti-Semitism and swore that he will always stand with the Jewish people and with 'great partner and friend' Israel.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], April 26 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Canada of making business for American dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult.

Full Story >>