UNITED NATIONS - With obviously Kashmir in mind, Pakistan asked the UN Security Council Thursday to implement its resolutions uniformly and without discrimination so as to uphold its credibility.

"Concerted efforts should be made to ensure that the resolutions and decisions of the Security Council are implemented uniformly and without discrimination," Raza Bashir Tarar, the Pakistani deputy permanent representative to the UN, told the 15-member Council.

"Selective implementation must be avoided as it creates an unjust environment, which deepens conflicts and compounds sufferings of peoples," he stated in his remarks during a debate on the rule of law and transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict settings.

"It (selective implementation) also erodes confidence in the UN system and undermines credibility of the organization," the Pakistani delegate added.

Tarar said the international community’s efforts to define and implement the rule of law reflected the march of civilization, and today, the rule of law was considered a critical component in the broader effort to build a durable system of peace and prosperity for all.  It was also central to the concept of global peace and security and the promotion of fair practices in the struggle for social and economic justice.

Upholding the principles of justice and the rule of law, sovereign equality, settlement of disputes by peaceful means, the conduct of international relations without threat or use of force, and non-interference in domestic affairs was essential for the maintenance of international order, the Pakistani delegate said.

The Security Council must lead by example, he said, and relevant articles of the UN Charter must be used to determine the existence of any threat to peace or breach of peace.  In particular, the use of force should be consistent with the Charter’s principles relating to collective security.

Continuing, he said that the Security Council, in all its work, must adhere to the principles of the Charter and international law.  The institutions which were responsible for the implementation of the rule of law must strengthen first through their own decisions and actions.

“If the Council’s decisions are informed by the same norms for fair play and justice which it seeks to promote, that would rebound to the benefit of implementation on its decision and manifold increase in the Council’s effectiveness,” he said.