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Pakistan refrains from taking stance on UN resolution for Russian troop withdrawal from Ukraine

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Pakistan abstained from voting in the UN General Assembly’s resolution calling for Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine. The resolution, sponsored by 75 countries, received support from 141 members, surpassing the two-thirds threshold for its passage.

Seven countries, including Russia, voted against the resolution, while 32, including Pakistan, abstained. Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Munir Akram said that despite efforts by co-sponsors to moderate its tone, he abstained from the resolution because some provisions were inconsistent with Islamabad’s principled position.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recently called his Pakistani counterpart seeking support for the resolution, which calls for respect for the principle of sovereignty, sovereign equality, and territorial integrity of states, and non-acquisition of territory by the use of force or threat. The Pakistani envoy affirmed that states cannot be torn apart by force.

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