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Pak UNSC hopes receive setback

Pakistan’s ambition of being elected to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) next year for a non-permanent seat from the Asia region has received a severe blow with the country’s candidate being rejected in an election to the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ).

world Updated: Nov 06, 2010 23:08 IST
Anirudh Bhattacharyya

Pakistan’s ambition of being elected to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) next year for a non-permanent seat from the Asia region has received a severe blow with the country’s candidate being rejected in an election to the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ).

What will possibly irk Pakistan more is that India was easily elected from the Asia region to the ACABQ, with its nominee Namgya Khampa getting the highest number of votes, 164, from the member nations for a three-year term. There were a total of 190 countries that voted for three seats from the region. There were four candidates, India, China, Japan and Pakistan. Other than Pakistan, all the other countries was elected.

This can also be considered a fairly significant victory for India after its comprehensive win when elections for a non-permanent seat to the UNSC were held last month. This is one of the UN's more important organs since it controls the purse-strings.

There are a total of 16 seats on the ACABQ, which is chaired by the US representative.