UN’s role


Sir: The role of the UN since its inception has not been positive and productive so far as the problems of the Muslim world are concerned.
It was founded in 1945 after World War II with the aim to stop wars between countries and promote and facilitate the noble cause of human rights and civil liberties.
At its founding there were 51 member-states; now there are 193. Five countries were made the permanent members of the Security Council.
They were the US, France, England, Russia and China. They have veto power.
If one member vetoes any resolution, it cannot be passed. It is a sheer discriminatory provision.
The Muslims have no representation in the Security Council as a permanent member. There are 10 temporary members for a two-year period in the Security Council but without veto power.
Pakistan is a nuclear Muslim state. It should be made a permanent member of the Security Council. The UN needs reconstruction of its structure. The veto power of the five above mentioned countries must be abolished.
All decisions should be made by a one-third majority of the 193 members of the UN, otherwise it will meet the fate of the League of Nations. In the case of Namibia, East Timor and South Sudan, the UN under US influence took rapid steps and these states emerged on the world globe. But in the case of Palestine, the US had been exercising veto power while Russia vetoed the debates in the case of Kashmir.
The Palestinians and the Kashmiris are victims of unprecedented atrocities being inflicted upon them by the Israeli and Indian predators and aggressors.
Both Israel and India have violated UN resolutions. The world conscience is either dead or slumbering on these burning issues.
Therefore it is imperative that it must not be used as a handmaiden of any country and all member-states should have equal share and power.
As the UN charter claims to maintain peace, how about peace in the Middle East and the subcontinent?


DR MAQSOOD JAFRI


Islamabad

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