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Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Masood Khan.—File Photo
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Masood Khan.—File Photo

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.”

Comments (16) Closed

S. A. M. Jul 24, 2013 07:56am

good one

S. A. M. Jul 24, 2013 08:02am

good stance

Jalaluddin S. Hussain Jul 24, 2013 08:50am

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

Ali Jul 24, 2013 10:38am

Who is listening?

shakir Jul 24, 2013 11:01am

Mr Khan

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

wizarat Rizvi Jul 24, 2013 11:44am

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.

mazharuddin Jul 24, 2013 04:03pm

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.

Ray Jul 24, 2013 04:55pm

@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.

mim Jul 24, 2013 05:15pm

"Guns are not going to win the war

Yousaf Jul 24, 2013 05:33pm

Pakistan should worry about itself.

nabil Jul 24, 2013 05:55pm

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.

Imran Jul 24, 2013 06:35pm

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 Jul 24, 2013 07:12pm

@Ali: The podium - it always listen.

a Jul 24, 2013 08:17pm

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

Mustafa Jul 24, 2013 08:53pm

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.

amber Jul 25, 2013 05:31am

@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