New Delhi. The Imagindia Institute, a leading think tank, today called upon the world community to discuss immediate arrangements to place Pakistan under the 1945 Trusteeship Council mechanism of the United Nations.
“There is a Shakespearean tragedy unfolding in Pakistan today. Though, as the state of Pakistan continues to melt down, there are also green shoots of an Olive Revolution on the march in Pakistan. Does this portend a Pakistan Spring? And, even if the Olive Revolution succeeds, will it be able to save Pakistan from becoming a failed state, with dangerous implications for its own people, and the world community?
Most unfortunately, there is no light at end of the proverbial tunnel to Pakistan’s multiple social and economic woes. Speaking of economic morass, the country owes about US$ 25 billion of foreign debt and interest in next 2 years, apart from its own internal needs. IMF, at best will deliver US$ 6billion in next 3 years. Where will Pakistan assemble the remaining US$ 19billion odd that it must pay back to international creditors, and the additional dollars to import wheat, oil, such essentials for its internal needs?
This deadly dance of destruction mixing complete economic dysfunction, raging civic society conflict, and boiling Islamic extremism in the AfPak region, means that Pakistan is a ticking time bomb for itself and for the world of today. Top it with the danger of a nuclear arsenal which could fall in wrong hands or go rogue. Therefore, Pakistan must immediately be placed under the 1945 Trusteeship Council mechanism of the United Nations*. Trusteeship will provide a supervised stability and transition to the birth of a new Pakistan”, said Robinder Sachdev, president, Imagindia Institute.
“The administration of the territories under the Trusteeship system of 1945, was carried out by the ‘administering powers’ – countries designated by the UN, which were often the former colonial powers. These administering powers were responsible for the day-to-day governance of the trust territories, including security and law enforcement. Today, the administrative powers that could be nominated to salvage Pakistan may include the United States, China, and Russia, or as decided by the UN.
In January 2008, I had a meeting with India’s PM, Dr Manmohan Singh and asked him the question – should India ask the world community to place Pakistan under the UN Trusteeship mechanism? Dr Singh’s answer was that he felt the world was not ready for such a step.
Fast forward to 2023, and the situation has grown increasingly alarming. Pakistan is grappling with widespread turmoil and systemic failures, a state that can be described as ‘multiple organ anarchy’. Given the precarious situation, it is in the best interest of Pakistan’s populace and the global community to confront this issue head-on. The world must bite the bullet and urgently consider placing Pakistan under the mechanism of the UN Trusteeship Council,” added Robinder Sachdev
*About – 1945 Trusteeship Council mechanism of the United Nations
The Trusteeship Council was one of the six main organs of the United Nations, established at its inception in 1945. The Council’s primary goal was to oversee the administration of Trust Territories – former colonies or dependent territories – as they transitioned towards self-governance and independence.
In 1945, eleven territories were placed under the Trusteeship Council for supervision and support, with the end goal of achieving self-government or independence. The Council, however, did not directly administer these trust territories, nor did it possess its own army or police force. Instead, the Council assumed a supervisory role. Each Territory was managed by a nation appointed as the administrative power for that specific Territory, which was then responsible for reporting to the Council.
By 1994, the Trusteeship Council had fulfilled its mandate, and is now a dormant agency. The Territories that have been aided by the Council were:
- Ruanda-Urundi (now Rwanda and Burundi) – Administered by Belgium
- Tanganyika (now part of Tanzania) – Administered by the United Kingdom
- Western Samoa (now Samoa) – Administered by New Zealand
- New Guinea (now Papua New Guinea) – Administered by Australia
- Nauru – Administered by Australia, under the authority of the United Kingdom and in accordance with New Zealand
- Pacific Islands (now Palau, Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands) – Administered by the United States
- Cameroons under French administration (now part of Cameroon) – Administered by France
- Cameroons under British administration (now part of Cameroon and Nigeria) – Administered by the United Kingdom
- Togoland under French administration (now Togo) – Administered by France
- Togoland under British administration (now part of Ghana) – Administered by the United Kingdom
- Somalia (Italian Somaliland) – Administered by Italy
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