Islamabad, November 12, 2012 (PPI-OT): President Asif Ali Zardari has felicitated Foreign Minister Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar and the Foreign Office on the election of Pakistan today as member of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations.
Pakistan has been elected for a three year term to the United Nations Human Rights Council, an intergovernmental body within the UN system by securing 171 votes out of the total 191 votes in the election held today in New York.
Congratulating Foreign Minister Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, the President said that the election of Pakistan demonstrated the trust and confidence of the international community in Pakistan as much as it was recognition of efforts for the promotion of human rights in the country. The victory was a measure of the steady and gradual improvement of human rights record in the country, he said.
The President lauded Foreign office for its efforts to garner international support and in projecting Pakistan’s case. President Zardari also felicitated Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, Advisor Human Rights for his efforts in improving the human rights record and by advocating the signing and ratification of various international human rights covenants.
The President said that the election of Pakistan in UN Human Rights Council would contribute to dispelling the negative impression about human rights violation.
The 47-member UN Human Rights Council is composed of 13 countries from Africa, 13 from Asia, six from Eastern Europe, eight from Latin America and the Caribbean, and seven from Western Europe and other states.
The Geneva-based council is mandated to promote and protect human rights and prevent human rights violations.
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