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    Peeved over America's strong backing for India's quest for a permanent United Nations Security Council berth, the Pakistan government on Wednesday slammed Washington over the move, claiming it would have "implications" for peace and stability in South Asia.

    The government expressed its opposition to United States President Barack Obama's endorsement for India's efforts to gain a seat at the high table during a meeting of the cabinet chaired on Wednesday afternoon by Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani

    The cabinet said "politics of expediency" should not be allowed to decide the future of the international order. "The Cabinet expressed its serious concern and strong disappointment on the decision of the US to support a permanent seat for India on the UN security council," said a statement issued by the Pakistan foreign office following the meeting.

    "This decision has grave ramifications for the direction and prospects of the system of multilateral cooperation as envisaged by the founding father of UN charter. It also has implications for peace and security and stability in Asia, particularly South Asia," it added.

    The cabinet claimed it was "incomprehensible that the US has sought to support India, whose credentials with respect to observing UN Charter principles and international law are at best chequered."
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