Pakistan’s stance on Ukraine Quagmire

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Amid escalated Ukraine crisis, Pakistan neutral stance and pledged to avoid bloc politics.  Pertinent to mention Pakistan is committed to the fundamental principles of the UN Charter: self-determination of peoples, non-use or threat of use of force, sovereignty and territorial integrity of States, and pacific settlement of disputes. Equally, Pakistan upholds the principle of equal and indivisible security for all. These principles must be consistently and universally respected.  At the UNSC session, Pakistan also showed Pakistan’s deep concerns at the recent turn of events. This reflects a failure of diplomacy amongst the great powers. Even Prime Minister Imran Khan has regretted the latest situation between Russia and Ukraine and said that Pakistan had hoped that diplomacy could avert military conflict. Islamabad without any hesitation repeatedly stressed the need for de-escalation, renewed negotiations, sustained dialogue, and continuous diplomacy. Furthermore, it called for efforts to avoid further escalation of violence and loss of life as well as military, political and economic tensions which can pose an unprecedented threat to international peace and security and global economic stability. As consistently underlined by Prime Minister Imran Khan, the developing countries are hit the hardest economically by conflict anywhere. We hope the talks initiated between representatives of the Russian Federation and Ukraine will succeed in bringing about a cessation of hostilities and normalization of the situation. A diplomatic solution in accordance with relevant multilateral agreements, international law, and the provisions of the UN Charter is indispensable. Pakistan also supports all efforts to provide humanitarian relief to civilians in the affected areas. Indeed, Pakistan is most concerned about the safety and welfare of Pakistani citizens and students in Ukraine.

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