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Water shut-offs in US city of Detroit ‘contrary to human rights’: UN experts -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 21 (APP): The US city of Detroit must restore access to water for its citizens, who remain unable to pay their bills, two United Nations experts urged Tuesday, adding that a failure to do so would be a violation of the most basic human rights of those residents.


Community, religious leaders must condemn Islamic State’s ‘atrocities’: UN official -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 21 (APP): Civilians continue to suffer atrocities and ‘dramatic’ human rights violations at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), warned United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, as he concluded his week-long mission to Iraq.


Ebola no longer ‘localized emergency,’ UN health officials tell regional summit in Cuba -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 21 (APP):  Ebola is no longer a localized public health emergency, top UN officials said in Havana Tuesday as they commended Cuba for sending doctors and nurses to the affected countries in West Africa, and addressed regional leaders gathering to discuss ways to resolve the emergency and halt spread of the virus to regional States.


Pakistan land of world’s two leading civilizations: Pervaiz -
ROTTERDAM (The Netherlands), Oct 21 (APP): Federal Minister for Information Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid Tuesday said Pakistan was a land of world’s leading two ancient civilizations of Gandhara and Indus that flourished some 5000 years ago.


Holland to extend technical support in museum management -
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, Oct 21 (APP): Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Senator Pervaiz Rashid called on the Dutch Minister for Education, Culture & Science, Jet Bussemaker on the sidelines of the 6th Asia-Europe Culture Ministers Conference here Tuesday.


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Shahbaz bestows Rs 2 lakh each on hockey team
LAHORE, Oct 21 (APP): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif gave away cash award of Rs 200,000 each amongst the members and officials of the national hockey team for their brilliant performance in the recently concluded Asian Gmaes.
 
Quarter finals of Squash held
ISLAMABAD Oct 21 (APP): Quarter finals of Serena Hotels-Chief of Air Staff International Squash Championship were played here at Mushaf Squash Complex on Tuesday.
 
Hamza goes down to Vahedi in Qatar 6-Red Snooker semis
KARACHI, Oct 21 (APP)- Pakistan’s fast improving Hamza Akbar went down fighting 6-5 to Sohail Vahedi of Iran in the semifinals of inaugural Qatar Academy 6-Red Snooker Championship in Doha, according to a message received here on Tuesday.
 
Batting trio of Fazal, Majid, Saad put Karachi Dolphins on top in QAT
KARACHI, Oct 21 (APP): Batting trio of Fazal Subhan, Saad Ali and Majid Khan hit big half centuries to put Karachi Dolphins on top on day three of their 4-day Quaid-e-Azam Cricket Gold League match against Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) here at the National Stadium on Tuesday.
 
O’Keefe set to make debut against Pakistan in first Test
KARACHI, Oct 20 (APP): Steve O’Keefe has a good chance of making his debut in Dubai alongside the incumbent offspinner Nathan Lyon, said a report carried by cricket’s leading website on Monday.
 
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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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