UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan strongly criticised on Tuesday the continued infusion of arms in Syria and asked the Security Council and the big powers to take steps to halt arms supplies to all sides in the country.

“As we meet in this chamber, Syria is burning. Bloodshed continues.

Guns are not going to win the war – arms will not make peace,” Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Masood Khan said at the Security Council meeting on Middle East. He observed that the dates for the Geneva Conference had been slipping from June to July and now to September, and even beyond, “because each side wants to demonstrate military superiority before moving to the negotiating table”.

Mr Khan called on the international community to bring Syrian government and opposition representatives to Geneva for talks that would lead to a political solution and national reconciliation, adding that the entire Syrian nation was suffering. A meltdown in Syria will fracture the entire region.

On the new push for talks between Palestinians and Israelis by the United States, Mr Khan observed “the best way to give these talks a chance is to keep them away from public glare to the extent it is possible. Critics and cynics are already predicting the failure of the renewed engagement.

“Rumours and refutations continue to stalk the process. It is important to salvage this initiative.”

However, Mr Khan emphasised “two other core concerns: halt to settlements construction in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem; and Israel's recognition of the pre-1967 borders; and using them as a baseline for negotiations.”

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S. A. M.
July 24, 2013 7:56 am

good one

S. A. M.
July 24, 2013 8:02 am

good stance

Jalaluddin S. Hussain
July 24, 2013 8:50 am

The UN members and international community must heed to what Mr. Masood is saying.

July 24, 2013 10:38 am

Who is listening?

July 24, 2013 11:01 am

Mr Khan

Fist look at Karachi, bring peace in karachi and then comment to other countries.

wizarat Rizvi
July 24, 2013 11:44 am

It has been awhile that I would have liked what came from a GOP representative at the UN. Ambassador Masood Khan it takes a lot of courage to have an independent Foreign Policy of any country let alone Pakistan, My congratulations to you and your government; and yes War is never the answer, killing must be stopped.

July 24, 2013 4:03 pm

Most important is to step down by Assad, should have general election and framing the constitution by elected representatives having the mandate of people. Constitution should guarantee minority's rights but not on cost of majority. Right of freedom of expression to all should be accepted. All hateful culture that donot meet to natural justice should not be allowed, considered it as hateful.

July 24, 2013 4:55 pm

@shakir: Mr. Khan, Pakistan is burning and bloodshed everywhere, first fix your internal issues mainly in Karachi and then help others to fix their problems.

July 24, 2013 5:15 pm

"Guns are not going to win the war – arms will not make peace"--Pak says this ?

July 24, 2013 5:33 pm

Pakistan should worry about itself.

July 24, 2013 5:55 pm

Countries itself want to live in peace. These are the super powers who interfere in other countries and make lives of people of those countries miserable.

July 24, 2013 6:35 pm

Pakistan has history of siding with dictators. This is mainly because foreign policy is controlled by military. Therefore, we stand with dictators. We never condemned Egyptian coup, never uttered a word against Mubarak, remained silent on Qazafi, and now again silent on Assad's killing of its people. This is primarily because our military remained close to all these dictators. Likewise military supports the saudi kings and UAE's emirs. Dictators will always stand by the dictators.

Amjad Wyne
July 24, 2013 7:12 pm

@Ali: The podium - it always listen.

July 24, 2013 8:17 pm

@mim: Absolutely. Majority of Pakistani's are peace loving.

July 24, 2013 8:53 pm

All the permanent members of the Security Council are themselves involved in arming Syria. USA, UK and France are arming Al-Qaida, Russia and China are arming the government.

July 25, 2013 5:31 am

@wizarat Rizvi: even the last ambasaddor Haroon said the same thing and was against western interference in Syria

Pakistan is a peace loving country, you read too much indian propergnada. Pakistan doesnt follo SAudi ARabia

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