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Pakistan loses UNHRC seat

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Pakistan on Wednesday failed to win a re-election to the top UN human rights body, garnering just 105 votes in the 193-member General Assembly.

A total of 18 members were elected to the UN Human Rights Council through a secret ballot. Pakistan’s current term is set to expire on December 31 and it was seeking re-election to the 47-member Council.

Sources attributed the loss to the way the Pakistani delegation fought the election, adding that it could not lobby effectively for the vote.

The new members, who will start their three-year terms from January 1 next year, are Belgium, Burundi, Cd’Ivoire, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Kenya, Panama, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Togo, Slovenia, Switzerland, UAE and Venezuela.

Pakistan lost the seat in the Asia-Pacific category in which five seats were vacant. India is also a member of the Council and its term will end in 2017.

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