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Pakistan to work for constructive engagement after UN election win: PM

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ISLAMABAD, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) — Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday his country is committed to upholding human rights for all, prioritizing advancement of tolerance and constructive engagement after Pakistan has been re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) with an overwhelming majority.

The Foreign Ministry of Pakistan said that elections were held in New York on Tuesday and among the five candidates from the Asia-Pacific region vying for four seats, Pakistan secured the highest number of votes.

Pakistan bagged 169 votes in the 193-member UN General Assembly, according to a foreign ministry’s statement.

Pakistan has been serving on the HRC since Jan. 1, 2018. With its re-election on Wednesday, Pakistan will continue as a member for another three-year term commencing on Jan. 1, 2021. Since the HRC’s establishment in 2006, this is the fifth time that Pakistan has been elected to the United Nations’ premier body on Human Rights.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Khan said he is pleased with Pakistan’s re-election to the UN Human Rights Council for another three-year term.

“We remain committed to upholding human rights for all, prioritizing advancement of tolerance & constructive engagement. We stand resolute against Islamophobia & in support of mutual respect,” Khan tweeted.

He said Pakistan will continue the efforts towards consensus-building and ensuring HRC’s work is guided by principles of universality, impartiality, dialogue and cooperation.

Khan also commended the Pakistani Foreign Ministry and Pakistan’s missions abroad in yet another diplomatic achievement, enhancing Pakistan’s profile and recognition on the international stage.

On Tuesday, a foreign ministry statement said that the international community has once again reposed confidence in Pakistan, recognizing its contributions to the national and global human rights agenda and strong credentials as a consensus builder in the HRC.

“Pakistan remains firmly committed to upholding, promoting and safeguarding human rights and fundamental freedoms for all. Pakistan will sustain its efforts towards ensuring that the HRC’s work is guided by the principles of universality, impartiality, dialogue and cooperation. In line with Pakistan’s commitment, we will prioritize advancement of tolerance, respect and constructive engagement in the HRC,” the statement said.

The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body based in Geneva within the United Nations system responsible for promoting and protecting all human rights around the globe. Enditem

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