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AT U.N., Pakistan calls for delinking terrorism from religion -
maleeha_lodhi.jpgUNITED NATIONS, Feb. 14 (APP): Pakistan is making “focused efforts” to stamp out violent extremism and terrorism, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi has told the U.N. General Assembly, while slamming attempts by unprincipled politicians to build their political fortunes by spreading fear and the deliberate mischaracterization of people of other faiths or cultures. Speaking in the 193 member Assembly’s debate on the proposed UN Secretary General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, the Pakistani envoy regretted that the rising tide in the West of Xenophobia, in particular Islamophobia, had so far gone unchecked.


UN voices concern over Europeís restrictive measures as refugee and migrant influx continues -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 (APP): With the number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe showing no signs of easing in 2016, the United Nations refugee agency has expressed its concern over increasing restrictive measures on the part of European Member States and called for protecting the human rights of the more than 2,000 people who continue risking their lives every day to reach Europe. Speaking at a press briefing in Geneva, Melissa Fleming, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), underscored that despite rougher seas, harsh winter weather and numerous hardships endured upon arrival, more than 80,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe by boat during the first six weeks of 2016, with more than 400 dying in their attempt. Comparably, large numbers began arriving in Europe only by July 2015.


Pakistan snubs NYT for allegation over ISIS, Afghanistan -
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12  (APP): The Pakistan Embassy in the U.S. rejected a report carried out by the New York Times  (NYT) that blamed Pakistan for  deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, adding such accusation would harm the reconciliation process in that country. In a strong rejoinder to the editor, a spokesman for the embassy challenged the assertions made in the report titled "Pakistan's Hands in the Rise of International Jihad" and drew the attention of the author to the world praise for Pakistan for its role in fighting global terrorism.     



UN marks 1st Intíl Day of Women and Girls in Science -

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 12 (APP): More than ever today, the world needs science and science needs women, the head of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said Thursday, marking the first International Day of Women and Girls in Science. “UNESCO’s message is clear “the new [2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development] will not meet its promise without investing in women’s and girls’ empowerment through and in science,” Director-General Irina Bokova highlighted in a message.



At Chicago event, Pakistani diplomat says ending polio top national priority -
faisal_niaz_tirmizi.jpgCHICAGO, Feb. 12 (APP): Over 500 people in Chicago on Thursday attended an event organized by Rotary International, in collaboration with the Pakistani Consulate Genetral, to honour the ‘selfless commitment’ of the people and the government of Pakistan for their tireless work to eradicate polio from the country. “Polio eradication is our national priority and the prime minister of Pakistan is supervising efforts to eliminate this debilitating disease,”  Pakistani Consul Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, told the gathering in the course of discussion on “Ending Polio in Pakistan”. 


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Shaharyar welcomes Afghan players to use boardís facilities
ISLAMABAD, Feb 14 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan has welcomed the Afghan players to use the board’s cricketing facilities saying Afghanistan team will go a long way in the days to come. Shaharyar said the Afghanistan team has got a lot of talent and have improved their cricket skills a lot. “Afghanistan showed impressive performance in the series they won against Zimbabwe,” he said while talking to a private news channel.
 
Shaharyar welcomes Afghan players to use boardís facilities
ISLAMABAD, Feb 14 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan has welcomed the Afghan players to use the board’s cricketing facilities saying Afghanistan team will go a long way in the days to come. Shaharyar said the Afghanistan team has got a lot of talent and have improved their cricket skills a lot. “Afghanistan showed impressive performance in the series they won against Zimbabwe,” he said while talking to a private news channel.
 
Pakistan beat India 1-0 to claim hockey gold in SAG
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Pakistan continued their supremacy in men's hockey in the region as they defeated historical rivals India 1-0 in the summit clash to clinch gold in the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) at the Moullana Tayabullah Hockey Stadium Guwahati, India on Friday. According to information received here, Awais-ur-Rehman scored the lone goal of the match in dying moments of the first half as Pakistan clinched a hat-trick of titles in the SAG.

 
BCCI has banned me without any evidence: Asad Rauf
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf Friday hit out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for imposing a five-year ban on him for corruption, saying that the Indian Board did not have any evidence to pronounce him guilty. "What authority does the BCCI or IPL have to ban me when the court in Mumbai told the police they had no evidence against me," Rauf asked.

 
World Champion Asif gearing up to regain National Snooker crown
KARACHI, Feb. 12 (APP)- Former IBSF World Amateur Snooker Champion Muhammad Asif was gearing-up to regain his crown in the 41st edition of National Snooker Championship which break-off here from February 15. "Yes I am fully ready to regain my crown after last winning it in 2012," country's premier cueist told APP in an interview on Friday as he prepared to travel to Karachi from Faisalabad to figure in prestigious national event.

 
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Masood Khan urges renewed global partnership to achieve development targets PDF Print E-mail
NEW YORK, June 8 (APP): Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Masood Khan, has called for renewed global partnership in a bid to eradicate extreme poverty and achieve sustainability and equality for all through the new post-2015 development agenda. “Global commitment is needed to support developing countries in implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs), he said, referring to the eight targets agreed by world leaders in 2000 to improve people’s lives around the world. The Pakistani envoy was delivering the keynote address at retreat held on Friday afternoon at Tarrytown, a northern suburb of New York City, to review “The Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. 
Ambassador Joy Ogwu, Nigeria’s permanent representative to the U.N., presided over the session attended by a large and distinguished audience. A report, compiled by a High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which outlines a new framework to build on the MDGs, was delivered to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week by Panel co-Chair Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on behalf of his fellow co-Chairs, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and British Prime Minister David Cameron.
In the report, the 27-member Panel calls for the new post-2015 goals to drive five major transformational shifts: move from “reducing” to ending extreme poverty, leaving no one behind; putting sustainable development at the core of the development agenda; transforming economies to drive inclusive growth; building accountable institutions, open to all, that will ensure good governance and peaceful societies; and forging a new global partnership based on cooperation, equity and human rights.
“To get to the world we want “one with no poverty, hunger and suffering and one with a healthy planet “ we’ll need more effective institutions, including a stronger Economic and Social Council,” Ambassador Masood Khan, who is also Vice President of ECOSOC, said.
ECOSOC, the economic arm of the United Nations, he said, had taken steps in recent years towards greater efficiency and effectiveness. “Long recognized for its unmatched inclusiveness, the Council is also putting its abundant store of good will to better use,” the Pakistani envoy said. “For example, we’re forging closer ties with the trade and financial institutions and intensifying our dialogue with them throughout the year. “We are becoming more innovative; and we are promoting broader engagement... ECOSOC is also scaling up its outreach to the private sector, such as through our recent Partnership Event,” he added, referring to some of the activities of the 54-member body.
Masood Khan said, “The world is counting on the UN to deliver, to be a catalytic force and to set the direction for the road ahead. This means that we have to work with the Millennium Development Goals not yet achieved and at the same time look beyond 2015 and the new sustainable development agenda. “Let us work together to demonstrate that the UN can deliver on the present MDGs and on sustainable development “ in Africa, yes, as well as throughout the whole world.”
 
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