Pakistan and Right of Self-Determination
Pakistan, as UN member nation, has always focused on abiding by the international laws including the right to self-determination. Pakistan has raised its voice about the right to self-determination of Palestinians and Kashmiris on international form. Recently, during the meeting‚ President Mamnoon Hussain assured that Pakistan will continue to provide diplomatic‚ moral‚ and political support to the Kashmiris’ struggle for right to self-determination. Regarding the right to self-determination of Palestinians, reaffirming its full support for the Palestinians’ just struggle for self-determination and against Israeli occupation, Pakistan has called for urgent efforts to resolve the festering Middle East conflict. “Denial of the Palestinian right to self-determination is at the heart of unrest in the region,”
Ambassador Abdullah Hussain told a high-level meeting of the 15-member Council chaired by the British Foreign Secretary and attended by the Foreign Ministers of France, Guatemala, Russia, Portugal and Germany,as well as the US Secretary of State. “For lasting peace in the Middle East, progress on Syria-Israel and Lebanon-Israel conflicts is necessary as well,” the Pakistani envoy said in a debate on the Middle East situation on March 12, 2012 last year.
Talking about the US pressure on gas pipe-line project between Iran and Pakistan, Pakistan should enjoy the right to decide its destiny without any kind of external pressure. Pakistan rejects US pressure,
to go ahead with gas pipeline from Iran. But there’re hindrances which hold Pakistan back from doing this project. It must be discouraged by other peoples of the world as per the right to self-determination given in articles of ICESCR.
During the last year confused situation about the signing of the controversial Pak-US Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) by the Minister of State and Chairman of Board of Investment, Mr Saleem H.Mandviwalla, in the absence of consultation with the stakeholders,including the Foreign Office, has established how pressure is used in international relations by a stronger state to dictate its agenda,secure its own interests as well as to protect the interests of its subjects vis-à-vis the weaker state. North Waziristan issue has been subject of international pressure on Pakistan for a long time.
Recently a meeting between President of Pakistan and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) has been held on this. Sources told online that the President and COAS agreed that no external pressure would be accepted regarding North Waziristan operation and they said that Pakistan itself would decide whether to start operation or not as per the right to self-determination.
Right to self-determination states that there should be no’weaker-stronger-nations’ concept for discrimination. International laws must not be made such that abides by the presently described concept, here. There should be ‘collective-benefit’ concept while building such laws. The theory of ‘Most Favorite Nation(s)’ must be rejected to assure the collective benefits in the international scenario. Despite the self-determination right presented in ICESCR,Pakistan faces external pressure on internal issues from different capital-rich nations. It seeks international care.
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