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Migration, multilateralism will be hallmarks of 2016: UN official -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 6 (APP): The top United Nations migration official has called for deceive multilateral action to tackle "the global issues lurking behind today's vast movement of people" fleeing war, instability or persecution. The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration, Peter Sutherland, said in Geneva Friday that 2016 "is the year of migration and multilateralism," and that series of comprehensive initiatives was needed to drive home - and effectively address - the global nature of the issue.



European speakers oppose India's bid for UN Security Council, call for resolution of Kashmir issue -
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (APP):  Speakers at a gathering on Friday to mark the Kashmir Solidarity Day in the United States strongly opposed attempts by India to seek a seat in the UN Security Council and called on New Delhi to honor UN resolutions on Kashmir that recognized right of Kashmiri people to self-determination. Mr. Lars Rise, a former Norwegian lawmaker and Founding Chairman of Norwegian Parliamentary Kashmir Committee and  European Parliament member Eija-Riitta Korhola were the guest speakers at the function held in the state of Virginia which was attended by a large number of Kashmiri leaders and people from all walks of life.     


Speakers at event in Chicago call for UN-supervised plebiscite in Kashmir -
CHICAGO, Feb 6 (APP): Speakers at a large gathering of Pakistani and Kashmiri community members in Chicago on Friday fervently called for a just and equitable settlement of the decades-old Kashmir dispute on the basis of United Nations resolutions that call for a plebiscite for the Kashmiri people to decide their future The gathering marked the Kashmir Solidarity Day which is held to  commemorate the struggle of the Kashmiris people  for their right of self-determination and to remember the countless sacrifices of those who had laid down their lives in the quest to attain their inalienable right to freedom.



Pakistan to stand by Kashmiris as they struggle for freedom: Maleeha -
maleeha.jpgNEW YORK, Feb 6 (APP):  Pakistan will continue to support the valiant struggle of Kashmiri people for freedom and self-determination as it has always done, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told a large gathering of Kashmiri and Pakistani community members on Friday evening. "Until Kashmir is free, our moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people will continue," Dr. Lodhi, Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations, declared at the meeting organized by the Consulate General of Pakistan to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day.  



UN officials call for ending “violent practice” of female genital mutilation by 2030 -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb, 5 (APP): Top United Nations officials are urging the world to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2030, calling it a “violent practice” that scars girls for life, endangering their health, depriving them of their rights, and denying them the chance to reach their full potential.  “Never before has it been more urgent  or more possible to end the practice of female genital mutilation, preventing immeasurable human suffering and boosting the power of women and girls to have a positive impact on our world,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) marked annually on February, 6.


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Pakistan victorious in squash quarterfinals
ISLAMABAD, Feb 6 (APP): Pakistan earned victories in squash quarter finals of the South Asian Games (Men & Women) played at Guwahati, India. In the Men Event (Individual) Farah Zaman (Pakistan) beat Ravindu H Laksiri (Sri Lanka) 11/8, 16/14, 11/9. Nasir Iqbal (Pakistan) beat Arhant Keshar Simha (Nepal) 11/4, 12/10, 11/0.
 
Irfan, Bacha to face Nouman, Taimur in Men Badminton doubles final
PESHAWAR, Feb 6 (APP): Irfan and Bacha Khan of Tarnab village will face Nouman and Taimur Khan of Palosia village in the final of the Peshawar District Inter-Club Men Badminton Championship played here at local Hujra at Landi Arbab, a suburban village of Peshawar, on Saturday. In the first semi-final Nouman and Taimur Khan defeated Sajid and Sana Ullah of Tehkal Payan by 3-1, the score was 21-18, 21-19, 21-16 and 21-19 while in the second semi-final Irfan and Bach outclassed Tahir and Arif of Landi Arbab village by 3-0, the score was 21-19, 21-15 and 21-19.
 
Aamer bags first hat-trick in PSL
ISLAMABAD, Feb 5 (APP): Mohammad Aamer becomes the first bowler to bag a hat-trick in the ongoing Pakistan Super League 2016 after he dismissed Dwayne Bravo, Zohaib Khan and Kevon Cooper. It was the 19th over of the second match of PSL 2016, when Aamer entertained the crowd with PSL’s very first hat-trick, a private news channel reported.
 
Saleem Rajput elected chairman of Karachi Softball Association
KARACHI, Feb 5 (APP): Muhammad Saleem Rajput has been elected unanimously as chairman of the Karachi Softball Association. An announcement on Friday said that the decision to this effect was taken at the annual general body meeting of the Karachi Softball Association (KSA) chaired by its president Asif Azeem.
 
Board decides to review ICC’s constitution and governance structures
KARACHI, Feb 4 (APP): The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board considered amendments that had been made to the ICC’s constitution in 2014 and agreed that, ICC announced on Thursday. “In order to avoid any potential conflicts of interest and to follow best practice principles of good governance, it would seek to re-establish as quickly as possible the independent position of ICC Chairman,” world governing body announced in a statement.
 
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USAID chief assures complete assistance for flood hit areas’ rehabilitation PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Aug 25 (APP): The Administrator U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Dr. Rajiv Shah Wednesday said America would extend full help and assistance in reconstruction, rehabilitation and revival of normal life in the flood affected areas of Pakistan through long term partnership.Dr. Rajiv Shah, who especially came here to witness the damage caused by floods and discuss the future cooperation between Pakistan and United States while talking to APP said, “US is willing to reprogramme its support and financial assistance to deal critical situation in the wake of devastated floods in Pakistan.”


He said US was the first country to respond to provide help and assistance to Pakistan following the worst floods in Pakistan and sharing 50 percent expenditures to provide flood to 1.8 million people affected in these floods.
He said more than 6,000 people have been evacuated by the US helicopters engaged in the rescue operation in different areas besides providing food to the marooned people.
Dr. Shah is the most senior U.S. official to travel to Pakistan since the floods began last month and it is his third trip to Pakistan in five months.
He visited different affected areas in Swat while he will also visit some other parts of the country to review the needs and requirements of the people affected due to flood.
Dr. Shah, also held meetings with representatives from National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and other leadership from the United Nations and other disaster response organizations.
He said USAID is coordinating extensively with other U.S.  agencies to expand pre-existing programs in flood-affected areas, and to mobilize significant U.S. civilian resources to help rescue victims of the disaster and deliver needed supplies.
Dr. Shah, said these efforts underscore the U.S. commitment to strengthen its partnership with the Pakistani people and government for long-term reconstruction of the country.
He especially mentioned the immediate and generous response of United States to Pakistan’s call for assistance following the tragic and devastating floods that began July 29.
He said, the United States has been providing approximately $150 million to support relief efforts in Pakistan, including funding for the operations of the NDMA, the United Nation’s emergency relief plan, and the many local and international organizations responding to this disaster.
Referring to immediate need for drinking water, shelter and medicines, he said, US has been doing its best to provide all these facilities to maximum number of affected people.
He said six plants to provide clean drinking water to the affected people have been installed while eight are coming in next few days while more such plants would be installed in other affected areas.
Replying to a question, Dr. Shah, who is expert in agriculture said, so far according to initial estimates, 4.3 million acres of land directly affected due to the flood water and 23 percent crops have been damaged. He said America would extend full help and assistance, using all the sources, to enable the farmers to stand own their feet and make them able to ready for next wheat crop.
He said Pakistan’s agriculture sector has the resilience and expressed the hope that with assistance from United States and other countries, the farmers would be able to produce the crops more than the past.
Dr. Shah said better and improved seeds would be provided to the farmers with introducing better water management system, the USAID would work together with Pakistan government to revive and improve Pakistan’s agriculture produce when the flood water would receded.
Regarding availability of funds, he said, the USAID had the funds under KLB while more funds could be allocated as there has been public campaign by the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to generate funds from the American people.
Dr. Shah assured that the United States would extend full help in making Pakistan to produce its own food through introduction of improved way of agriculture system.
 
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