Permanent UNSC seat for India unacceptable: Pak PM

  • Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times, Islamabad
  • Updated: Feb 14, 2015 01:33 IST

“India does not deserve to be a permanent member of the United Nations,” Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told US President Barack Obama late Thursday.

Obama, who called up Sharif the night before Prime Minister Narendra Modi dialled the Pakistani leader, also told him that New Delhi would soon re-engage with Islamabad, a Pakistan foreign office official said Friday.

According to the state-run Pakistan Television, Sharif told Obama a permanent seat for India in the UN Security Council (UNSC) was unacceptable as it has not complied with UN resolutions on Kashmir. He also took up Pakistan’s case for membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), officials said.

On his second visit to India last month as chief guest of the Republic Day parade, Obama had reiterated his support for a reformed UNSC with India as a permanent member.

He had also reaffirmed Washington’s position that India was ready for NSG membership.

Officials in Pakistan said phone call between Obama and Sharif lasted almost half-an-hour during which the latter updated the US President on Pakistan’s anti-terror operation, Zarb-e-Azb, and the former discussed his India trip.

(With agency inputs)

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