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UNICEF launches largest-ever appeal to reach over 60 mln children worldwide -
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 30 (APP): The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has launched its largest-ever appeal for 3.1 billion U.S. dollars to help  62 million at risk children affected by humanitarian crises worldwide.


Libyan parties agree ‘in principle’ to move UN-mediated political talks from Geneva to Libya -
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 29 (APP):  Participants in the United Nations-facilitated Libyan political dialogue in discussions in Geneva this week have agreed "on the principle"ť of convening future dialogue sessions in Libya, provided that logistical and security conditions are available, the U.N. said Thursday.


US terms Afghan Taliban armed insurgency, ISIS terrorist organization -
WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (APP): The White House has termed the Afghan Taliban as armed insurgency, differentiating it from the ISIS terrorist organization operating in Iraq and Syria, as a spokesman reiterated longstanding American position that rules out giving any concessions to terrorists.


Javed Malik welcomes Pakistani healthcare exporters in UAE -
DUBAI, Jan 29 (APP): Pakistan’s Ambassador at Large Javed Malik Thursday visited Arab Health Exhibition and welcomed the Pakistani exporters taking part in the largest healthcare exhibition in the Middle East, being held here. 


UN’s ME envoy ‘outraged’ by attack on world body’s Gaza compound -
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 28 (APP): The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process, Robert Serry, has expressed outrage by the assault on the UN premises in Gaza on Wednesday.


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Petroleum ministry contradicts Imran Khan’s statement
ISLAMABAD, Jan 30 (APP): The spokeperson of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources taking exception to the statement of Imran Khan has said that the statement made by him about petroleum prices in Pakistan is devoid of facts.
 
Junaid, Saeed excel in UBL’s win in President’s Silver Cup
KARACHI, Jan 30 (APP): Junaid Ilyas grabbed four wickets and Saeed Bin Nasir hit an unbeaten half century as United Bank Ltd (UBL) defeated Quetta Bears by seven wickets in President’s Silver Cup One-Day Cricket Tournament at UBL Sports Complex Ground on Saturday.
 
National Snooker explodes in action from Saturday
KARACHI, Jan 30 (APP):The 40th edition of Jubilee Insurance National Snooker Championship goes into action at the Shopping Arcade of Movenpick Hotel here from Saturday with 45 cueists in the fray for the crown.
 
Zia, Raza bowl NBP in President’s Gold Cup final
KARACHI, Jan 30 (APP): Zia-ul-Haq and Raza Hasan shared seven wickets between them to bowl National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) in the final of President’s Gold Cup One-Day Cricket Tournament when they defeated Khan Research Labortories (KRL) by 48 runs in the second semi-final on Friday.
 
PIA to lock horns with NBP in COAS Challenge Hockey Cup final
RAWALPINDI, Jan 30 (APP):Â Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will  lock horns with National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) in the final of First Chief of the Army Staff Challenge Hockey Cup on Sunday.
 
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US drone attack scuttled talks process with Taliban: Nisar PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Nov 2 (APP): Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Saturday that the US drone attack in North Waziristan killing Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud was a major setback to the dialogue process. Addressing a news conference here, he said the Friday’s drone attack had scuttled the entire peace talks process with Taliban. The minister said meetings of the Federal Cabinet and Cabinet Committee on National Security would be convened soon after the return of Prime Minister from abroad to review the relations and coopeartion with the United States. He said the entire political leadership would also be taken into confidence on the emerging situation. He said it had been decided at a high-level meeting that the country’s ambassadors would brief the governments of five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council on the latest development and its impact on the peace in region.
He said the US Ambassador was being summoned to serve ademarche and convey formal protest of the Government of Pakistan over serious damage done to the dialogue process with Talibanby the drone attack.
Chaudhry Nisar said the Friday’s drone attack was in fact an ambush against the dialogue process and regional peace.  It was carried out on the eve of visit of a three-member Ulema delegation, which was scheduled to leave for North Waziristan on Saturday to formally invite the Taliban leadership for dialogue. The Taliban leaders had already been informed in this regard, he added.
Giving details of the efforts for peace talks, the minister said in a meeting a few weeks after assuming the charge of his ministry, he told the US Ambassador that the United States should take the government’s stance on stopping drone attacks serious. “ Had the drone attacks not ended there would be a standoff in relations between the two countries.”
The minister said the dialogue process was being pursued keeping in view the national interest and not that of the US.
He said the US leadership had assured of not carrying out drone attacks during the process, except targeting only Hakimullah Mehsud and those Taliban, who would crossed  the border into Afghanistan. However, the Pakistan government turned down the condition, saying that it would harm the talks process, he added.
He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had held a good meeting with the US President, who too assured to back the dialogue process.
“ The leader of the outfit with whom the government was going to talk, has been eliminated. Is this extending support to the dialogue process?” he questioned.
He said now was was the most difficult and critical time.  “ We have to differentiate between friends and foes, and to know that who is responsible for present crisis in Pakistan,” he added.
He said the visit of Ulema delegation to Waziristan was the first step, which was going to be materialized after seven-week intense efforts, which had gone wasted after the drone attack.
The minister said Hakimullah Mehsud had never been target of the US. He had entered Afghanistan several times and could have been easily targetted. His killing a day before the start of dialogue process was aimed at sabotaging the initiative, he added.
Chaudhry Nisar said despite killing of army top officials, attack on the church and bus in Peshawar after All Parties Conference, the government showed patience and remained determined to continue the dialogue process and now he hoped from the other side to show same patience as the drone attack was not carried out by Pakistan.
He thanked all the political parties, amry and Ulema for faciliting and supporting the government on initiating peace talks with Taliban and evolving national consensus.
 
 

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