KARACHI - Pakistan contested International Maritime Organisation (IMO), a UN body on maritime affairs, council election held Nov 27th but suffered a defeat by only scoring 50 votes and that too in the lowest level of Category 'C. A member of Pak delegation confided that Pak delegation lead by Chairman Gwadar Port Aslam Hayat failed to muster support and thus suffered a defeat. While India and Bangladesh scored more than 130 votes out of 167 member countries of IMO in the Category 'B, and Nigeria, Kenya, Indonesia won scoring more than 100 votes in Category 'C due to their intensive lobbying. It was learnt that 6-member delegation stayed in London for about a month and spent almost Rs 3.75 million only in terms of rents charged by the hotels there. It is pertinent to mention that the rent for a day of a normal category hotel in London is 200 British pounds. It is a serious set back for Pakistan and it seems that tax payers money is only meant for such unskilled governmental officials to spend on their pleasure and luxury, he added. He further said that the Ministry of Ports and Shipping should immediately constitute a committee to investigate this failure of its delegation to win the councils membership. It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan has won this honour of winning the councils seat in past, but this time it has turned into shame by losing against India, Bangladesh and Nigeria. IMO President Georg Boomgaarden announced the results of the Councils elections at 4.45pm local time on Nov 28th at the organisation headquarters in London. More than 1,000 delegates from IMOs 169 member states as well as international and non-governmental organisations attended the assembly. According to details, the Assembly of IMO has selected 40 states in all categories to be the members of its Council for the 2010-2011 biennium. The Category 'A has 10 states with the largest interest in providing international shipping services and those are China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, UK and US. The Category 'B also has 10 states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade, and those states are Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. While the Category 'C has 20 states that are not elected under category 'A and 'B, which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world. The selected states of the Category 'C are Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, and Turkey. The Council is the executive organ of IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the organisation. Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except that of making recommendations to Govts on maritime safety and pollution prevention. The Assembly is IMOs governing body, and all 169 member states and three associate members are entitled to attend the sessions. The Assembly normally meets once every two years in regular session, and it is responsible for approving the work programme, voting the budget and determining the financial arrangements of the organisation. It also elects the Council. A specialised agency of the United Nations with 169 member states and three associate members, IMO is based in the UK with around 300 int'l staff.