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Pakistan Assumes Chair of UN Disarmament Commission, Warns of Regional Instability

Pakistan assumes the chair of the UN Disarmament Commission amid rising tensions, highlighting concerns over India's arms procurement and emphasizing the imperative for regional stability through diplomatic dialogue and disarmament measures.

Pakistan took the helm as the chair of the UN Disarmament Commission amid escalating tensions and global conflicts, emphasizing the need for collective efforts in regulating and reducing armaments. Ambassador Usman Jadoon’s election as the commission’s chair underscores Pakistan’s commitment to disarmament initiatives within the UN framework.

Ambassador Munir Akram, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, raised concerns about India’s extensive arms procurement, labeling it as a threat to South Asia’s security. He highlighted India’s adoption of aggressive war-fighting doctrines like “Cold Start” and its status as the world’s largest arms importer, urging international attention to address the escalating situation.

India’s Arms Procurement

Ambassador Akram articulated Pakistan’s concerns over India’s arms buildup during a session of the UN Disarmament Commission, warning of the volatile implications for regional stability. He emphasized India’s acquisition of destabilizing weapons and its aggressive military policies, urging global intervention to mitigate the risks posed by these developments.

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Despite Pakistan’s proposal for a nuclear-weapon-free zone in South Asia and efforts towards restraint and dialogue, Ambassador Akram expressed disappointment over India’s unilateral nuclear tests and its reluctance to engage in meaningful discussions to resolve outstanding disputes, particularly regarding the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) issue.

Path to Regional Stability

Amid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, Ambassador Akram stressed the urgent need for decisive action by the international community to prevent a potential regional catastrophe. He called upon the UN Disarmament Commission to play a crucial role in enhancing both global and regional security by promoting dialogue, restraint, and disarmament measures.

Pakistan’s assumption of the chairmanship of the UN Disarmament Commission comes at a critical juncture, with rising geopolitical strains globally. Ambassador Akram reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to peace and stability in the region, urging concerted efforts towards disarmament and conflict resolution to avert further escalation of tensions.