Pakistan’s Strategic Opportunities


Would you discuss your tenure as Pakistan’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations?
It is a prestigious post for any country and any diplomat. When I moved to New York in September 2012, Pakistan was already a member of the Security Council, which meant more responsibility. The Council’s agenda was dominated by war in Syria and a deteriorating situation in Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Central African Republic, and South Sudan, and eruption of fresh clashes between Palestine and Israel. There was no time to lose. In January 2013, I assumed the Presidency of the Security Council. We organized two debates: one on counter-terrorism and the other on peacekeeping, which culminated in a Presidential Statement and a resolution respectively.