Pakistan Re-Elected To UN Human Rights Council With a Huge Majority

Pakistan Re-Elected To UN Human Rights Council With a Huge Majority

Pakistan was re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) for another three years by securing 169 votes in the 193 member UN General Assembly, this Tuesday.

Pakistan managed it with an overwhelming majority even though India was opposed to it and voiced it out many times.

The election for 15 new members was held in New York. Pakistan received majority votes among the five candidates vying for 4 seats from the Asia Pacific Region.

"Pakistan's success in this important election is a reflection of the country's high standing in the international community," Pakistani Ambassador Munir Akram said before the election to Geo.

"It was due to the personal outreach to the world leaders by Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the skillful guidance of the foreign ministry and the contribution of all Pakistan Missions abroad and my team here at the United Nations. The country’s re-election to the UN body is a success to our policy of progress,” He said later according to Geo.

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Federal Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in his tweet, “Our re-election is a manifestation of the international community’s confidence and trust in Pakistan’s commitment to a progressive national & global human rights agenda. Pakistan Zindabad.”

Pakistan first won the election in the council in 2006, the year UN General Assembly first created it and since then, it was Pakistan’s fifth success.

In order to win Pakistan needed 97 votes, to which Pakistan was successful in bagging 169 of 193 total members. The election was done through a secret ballot system.