ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nation in Geneva, Ambassador Khalil Hashmi, has been elected as Chairperson of the Annual Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.
The Convention represents an important arms control framework that envisages prohibitions and restrictions on certain conventional weapons that can cause unnecessary suffering to combatants or affect civilians indiscriminately.
A statement issued by Foreign Office in Islamabad said Pakistan’s unanimous election as Chairperson of the annual meeting of the Convention reflects recognition by the international community of the country’s longstanding contribution to promote international security through arms control instruments.
It is also an endorsement of Pakistan’s strong credentials in multilateral diplomacy.
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On Nov 6, Pakistani actress Mahira Khan was appointed as a goodwill ambassador of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Mahira Khan is the one of Pakistan’s biggest celebrities and she knows how to use her influence to support social causes.
In 2018, the actor started to work with UNHCR to highlight the plight of 1.4 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
In the video shared by Mahira, she said
“I didn’t choose the cause, the cause chose me.”
The actor said Pakistan had set an example for the world by hosting refugees for the last 40 years.
Mahira has participated in field missions, visited the UNHCR’s Voluntary Repatriation Centre in Nowshera and a refugee settlement in Karachi. She accompanied the UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi during a visit too.
ON Oct 29, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights had urged Indian authorities to unlock situation and fully restore rights currently being denied in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
A statement issued in Geneva by spokesperson of OHCHR Rupert Colville had expressed serious concern over continued human rights violations. “The Supreme Court of India had been slow to deal with petitions concerning habeas corpus, freedom of movement and media restrictions,” the statement had read.