GLOBAL TIMES – A potential missile crisis in the Middle East has been a controversial topic of discussion in the Security Council.
Attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan have caused unease among Council members over a potential missile crisis in Pakistan. Initial reports were ambiguous; however, what is now known is that a Pakistani government official is alleged to have participated in the attack. New reports suggest that terrorist organisation DAESH is in control or at the very least participated in the theft of the stolen missiles in Pakistan.
In response to this, a majority of Council members have expressed support for increasing monitoring on the Pakistani border. Ukraine and Egypt urged that establishing checkpoints were sufficient to deal with the crisis at hand. This move was supported by China, who cautioned for calm.
Although Saudi Arabia agreed that DAESH was responsible for the attack, the delegate expressed concerns over regional powers, specifically Iran, who might be party to the attack. In response to reports of potential attacks on its capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia warned the body of potential Iranian intervention as a means of destabilising the region. Uruguay, in a surprising move, expressed full solidarity with the Kingdom and even entertained the claims put forward by Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia, supported by Uruguay, expressed concerns that missiles could potentially be transported to neighbouring Qatar, citing their alleged connections to terrorist organisations. In response to these accusations, Saudi Arabia has called for a blockade of Qatar and has sought the support of Western states.
Anonymous sources from the Council have floated the idea that Russian intervention or the government of Pakistan itself was responsible for the missing missiles. Egypt and Ukraine stressed the need to elucidate the exact role that Pakistan allegedly played in the attack. These concerns materialised in calls for an investigation of the Pakistani government officials, however exact details were withheld.
Further anonymous sources suggested that certain Council members were open to the imposition of economic penalties on Pakistan, but were unwilling to reveal specific details due to the sensitive nature of the crisis.
China reiterates the need for calm with regards to the crisis. Several different narratives have spread throughout the Council and official evidence from independent sources have yet to be reported. China further advises against increasing terror levels in the Middle East, rather favouring against causing further alarm in an already vulnerable region.