akistan has expressed “deep regret” over theUNSC president’s decision not to invite it to a session on Afghanistan despite a request, while categorically rejecting all allegations levelled during the session.
The UNSC met on Friday to discuss the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and concluded the session with a joint call urging all parties including the Taliban to reduce violence and seek a political settlement. Pakistan had also requested the UNSC chair – currently held by India’s permanent representative – to allow it to participate in the session in order to present its perspective on the Afghan situation.
But the UNSC president did not accept the request, prompting the Pakistan’s Foreign Office and Pakistan’s permanent ambassador to the UN to issue strong statements.
“It is a matter of deep regret that, as the closest neighbour of Afghanistan, whose contribution in the ongoing peace process has been recognised by the international community, Pakistan’s request to the president of the Security Council to address the council’s session and present its perspective on the Afghan peace process and the way forward was not acceded to,” according to an Pak FO statement issued on Saturday, a day after the UNSC session.
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“On the other hand, the council’s platform was made available to enable the peddling of a false narrative against Pakistan,” the statement added.
The Pak FO also referred to the statement made by Afghanistan’s representative at the UNSC meeting, saying the envoy spread disinformation and levelled baseless allegations against Pakistan with a view to mislead the international community.
“Pakistan categorically rejects these accusations. Pakistan’s position on the issue has been shared with the Security Council members,” the FO noted.
According to the statement, Pakistan had repeatedly shared its perspective on peace and stability in Afghanistan in clear and unambiguous terms with the international community.