Pakistan took strong initiative at top UN forum for Palestinians

Pakistan took strong initiative at top UN forum for Palestinians

In this United Nations context, Pakistan, along with various Arab and OIC nations, co-sponsored a resolution drafted by Russia, which called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. However, the UN Security Council did not approve this resolution. Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN, Munir Akram, expressed disappointment that the balanced text of the resolution was not adopted, emphasizing the urgent need for a ceasefire in the region.

The Russian draft resolution fell short of the necessary nine votes required for adoption. The final vote count was 5 in favor (China, Gabon, Mozambique, the Russian Federation, and the United Arab Emirates), 4 against (France, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States), and 6 abstentions (Albania, Brazil, Ecuador, Ghana, Malta, and Switzerland).

The Arab and OIC countries that co-sponsored the Russian draft resolution included Pakistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Lebanon, Yemen, Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Bangladesh, Maldives, Mauritania, Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Mali, as well as Zimbabwe, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

Diplomats noted that the State of Palestine also supported the Russian draft resolution. However, the resolution's failure to mention Hamas was a point of contention, with Western countries opposing it.

The U.S. Ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, stated that her country could not support the resolution because it did not address Hamas' terrorism and was seen as dishonoring victims.