UNITED NATIONS: Fifteen countries, including Pakistan, have been elected to the U.N. Human Rights Council by the U.N. General Assembly.
In a vote Oct. 16, Afghanistan, Angola, Australia, Chile, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Senegal, Slovakia, Spain and Ukraine were elected, a Foreign Office statement said.
They will serve a three-year term starting Jan. 1, 2018. Malaysia, with 129 votes, could not get elected.
“This victory is a ringing endorsement of Pakistan’s strong commitment to human rights,” an elated Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations said.
“Pakistan’s entire leadership, parliament and judiciary have all proactively pushed the human rights agenda,” Lodhi said.
“Pakistan is humbled by and grateful for the overwhelming support received from the world community”, she said, adding, “Pakistan’s election gives the lie to those who claim that Pakistan is isolated.