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Pakistan operation pushing militants into Afghanistan, terrorists know no boundaries: US -
WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (APP): A top US military official in Afghanistan said on Thursday that a military operation in Pakistan has pushed Taliban militants into Afghanistan and described terrorists' sanctuaries along the border as a regional problem. Brig Gen Wilson A. Shoffner, Resolute Support Mission spokesman, while addressing a press briefing via video-conference said that over the past couple of years, Pakistan is putting "increasing pressure on Taliban, both on Pakistani as well as Afghan Taliban operating there."



UN report reveals devastating human toll from weather-related disasters in 2015 -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 11 (APP): A new analysis issued Thursday by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) shows that 2015,  the hottest year on record confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters now dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards. The analysis found that 98.6 million people were affected by disasters in 2015, and that climate often aided by a strong El Nino phenomenon was a factor in 92 per cent of those events.



Pakistan rejects suggestions of facilitating terrorist group, appreciates Congress for support -
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (APP): Pakistan is carrying out a sustained military campaign against all militants without any discrimination, a Pakistan Embassy spokesman said on Thursday, rejecting insinuations that it was facilitating any terrorist group. "Pakistan has been most actively engaged in a sustained military campaign aimed at rooting out the menace in a non-discriminatory fashion," the embassy spokesman in Washington said while commenting on a news report carried out by Wall Street Journal regarding proposed sale of F-16 aircraft
to Pakistan.  



PM leaves for home at conclusion of two-day visit to Qatar -
DOHA Feb 11 (APP) : Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif left for Islamabad, after completing his two days official visit to Qatar. The Prime Minister was seen off by Dr Muhammad bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatari Minister for Energy at the Hamad International Airport, Doha.  



Member of Royal Family of Qatar calls on PM -
app18-11pm-doha.jpgDOHA, Qatar (APP): Feb. 11 (APP): A member of the Royal Family Shiekh Khalid bin Hamad paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif here on Thursday. The Prime Minister said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its close and cordial relations with Qatar, which will be further strengthened after the signing of the recent LNG agreement between the two countries.


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35th CAS Open Golf Championship begins at Airmen Golf Course
PESHAWAR, Feb 11 (APP): The 35th edition CAS Open Golf Championship-2016 began at Airmen Golf Course and Recreational Park, PAF Base Korangi Creek. The Championship will last for four days and 18 holes will be played each day. Air Vice Marshal Salman Ahsan Bukhari, Air Officer Commanding, Southern Air Command, who is also Patron in Chief Airmen Golf Course, inaugurated the Championship.

 
Nasir Iqbal win gold in SA Games
PESHAWAR, Feb 11 (APP): Nasir Iqbal clinched the individual squash gold medal beating compatriot Farhan Zaman in straight games in the final to win gold medal in South Asian Games being held in India. Nasir defeated Farhan Zaman 14-12, 11-7 and 11-9 in straight sets. Former Pakistan Sports Board Weightlifting coach Farman Ali said that he was feeling proud of his son winning gold medal in South Asian Games.

 
Pakistan set to face India in SAG final
ISLAMABAD, Feb 11 (APP): Pakistan Whites will take on arch-rivals India in the final of men's hockey in the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) on Friday at the Moullana MD Tayabullah Hockey Stadium, Bhetapara Guwahati, India. Pakistan's performance has been impressive in the event as they have won all their group matches, including the one against India when they got a 2-1 victory against them.

 
KP Under-23 Games logo and trophy unveiled in Bannu amidst fun and joys
PESHAWAR, Feb 11 (APP): The Sports and Tourism Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa unveiled the logo and trophy on Thursday at Qazi Mohib Sports Complex Bannu of the upcoming mega sports competitions to be starting from February 22 in various district across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Deputy Secretary Sports Adil Safi and Director Sports Tariq Mehmood with their team of government officials from Peshawar were welcomed at Bannu by the Deputy Commissioner Adil Iqbal and Assistant Commissioner Fawad.

 
Pakistan players slides in PSA World Squash Ranking
KARACHI, Feb 11 (APP): Pakistan players further slide in Professional Squash Association (PSA) World ranking available on Thursday.There was no Pakistani among the top 50. Alexandria, (Egypt) based 26-year-old Mohamed Elshorbagy relegated Frenchman Gregory Gaultier to second spot while Nick Matthew of England was occupying third place.

 
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UNODC screens documentary “Not My Life” PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Oct 31 (APP): The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Thursday hosted the screening of the documentary ‘Not My Life’ here at Islamabad Club.UNODC Country Representative Cesar Guedes and Australian High Commissioner Peter Heyward provided introductory remarks at the event, which also included a question and answar session with Robert Bilheimer, the film’s director and Academy Award nominee, said a press release issued.  The documentary was filmed across continents and includes stories from victims, including fishing boys in Africa, and child soldiers in South America.

‘Not My Life’ depicts the cruel and dehumanizing practices of trafficking in persons and modern slavery on a global scale.
Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, “Not My Life” takes viewers into a world where millions of men, women and children are exploited, every day, through an astonishing array  of practices including forced labour, begging and child soldiering.
“Human traffickers are earning billions of dollars on the backs and in the beds of our children,” says Robert Bilheimer, “and yet no one knows this is happening.” We have a huge responsibility, right now, to learn the truth and act on it.
Challenging though it may be, “Not My Life” gives out a message of hope ultimately. Victims of slavery can be set free and go on to live extraordinary lives.
Those who advocate for them are growing in numbers, and increasingly effective. UNODC Pakistan through its Country Programme, is one of the donors assisting the Government of Pakistan in its efforts against human trafficking and migrant smuggling.
The Governments of Austria, Norway and Sweden along with numerous organization from the United States of America contributed to this documentary through UNODC Office in Vienna.
At the screening of this documentary in Pakistan Mr. Cesar Guedes said “the ongoing conflicts in the region (Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq) combined with struggling economies and limited job opportunities provide a conducive environment for traffickers.
Criminal groups usually operate with impunity in absence of a strong and fair criminal justice system.
Vulnerable groups especially women and children are actively preyed upon by criminal syndicates for exploitation purposes.
 
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