Geneva: Pakistan has failed to file a request for a resolution on Kashmir at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. September 19 was the last date for filing any draft proposal for the council to take up. The 42nd session of the UNHRC is underway in Geneva. The rules say, Proposers of a country resolution to have the responsibility to secure the broadest possible support for their initiatives (preferably 15 members), before action is taken; Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had promised a resolution on Kashmir before he left Islamabad for Geneva.
In the 47-member UNHRC in Geneva, Pakistan had three options: a resolution, an urgent debate or a special session. Resolution is out of the question now.
According to media reports that Pakistan could not even get the minimum numbers required for a resolution to be admitted in the council. Pakistan didn’t file because it failed to garner the minimum support required following which adoption of the resolution would have required a minimum of simple majority in the council of members present and voting (in a 47-member full house it would have meant 24 if there are no abstentions).
With 15 members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as full members of the UNHRC, Pakistan had some hope. But, even after managing a joint statement on the issue of Kashmir, Islamabad could not manage the votes.
Pakistan on September 10 had also submitted a joint statement on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir to the UNHRC claiming that the document had support of some 60 countries. But, it failed to make public the list of countries that supported it.
A special session would be the strongest mechanism that a country can look at but that also is ruled out. Sources say, special session is not held in the normal course of an ordinary session (which will continue till September 27). For a request to be admitted, Pakistan would require support of one-third of the member states (16) but for an outcome Pakistan would need a simple majority of those present and voting (24). Right now Pakistan does not have the support of even these many nations.
A special session is the strongest mechanism that a country can look at. For a request to be admitted, Pakistan would require support of one-third of the member states (16) but for an outcome Pakistan would need a simple majority of those present and voting (24). Right now Pakistan does not have the support of even these many nations.