Khawaja Asif presents national report at UNHRC in Geneva

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GENEVA: Pakistan on Monday presented its third national report on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Pakistan has presented two reports in 2008 and 2012 since the inception of UPR process in 2006.

Presenting the report before the council, Foreign Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif outlined the wide range of legislative, institutional, administrative and policy measures to advance and safeguard human rights in Pakistan.

The FM highlighted the substantial progress that the country has made and reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to promote human rights in the spirit of constructive dialogue, engagement and cooperation.

Pakistan’s active role and contribution as a consensus builder within the international human rights policy debates was also underscored.

An overwhelming majority of states welcomed Pakistan’s advancement of Human Rights Agenda and made suggestions. 117 countries participated in Pakistan’s UPR.

The foreign minister was accompanied by a high-level delegation, which included Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Law Barrister Zafarullah Khan, Minister of Human Rights Punjab Khalil Tahir Sindhu, and Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Farukh Amil.