Military to raise India UNSC seat issue with Petreaus


ISLAMABAD: The military leadership, perturbed over the US’s endorsement of India’s bid for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council, will raise this issue with General David Petreaus, commander of American and allied forces in Afghanistan, arriving in Pakistan on Thursday.
The government has already conveyed its annoyance over the US move to Washington through diplomatic channels but the country’s military brass will also take up this issue with the US military authorities when General Petreaus holds talks with army chief General Ashfaq Kayani.
Peeved over the US backing for India’s quest for the permanent UNSC berth, the cabinet also approved a resolution on Wednesday slamming the Obama administration for this move.
“Islamabad wants Washington to review its decision of backing India for a UNSC permanent seat and we will use every platform for that reason,” a senior security official said on Wednesday.
He said the US military commander would be informed in detail about Pakistan’s objections to the Obama administration’s move and also the reasons behind that.