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Snow creates messy conditions on New York area roads -
NEW YORK, Feb  9 (APP): Another storm bringing snow whipped by strong winds is moving through the New York area Tuesday, creating treacherous driving conditions and disrupting flights. Temperatures throughout the northeast region were below zero mark.Road crews were out all night pre-treating the roads in anticipation for  the second round of snow in two weeks.


Pakistan urges 'more effective' implementation of drug control conventions -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 9 (APP): Pakistan has called for stepped up efforts to implement the three conventions on drug control that are aimed at preventing the use of drugs for non-medical purposes. "What is needed is more effective implementation by member states and  international drug control agencies," Nawab Mohammad Yousaf Talpur, a Pakistani National Assembly member,  told a parliamentary hearing on 'The World Drug Problem', pointing out that Pakistan was a member of the UN conferences that adopted the three conventions.



Pakistani delegation arrives for IPU-UN hearing on world drug problem -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 8 (APP): A two-member Pakistan parliamentary  delegation has arrived in New York to participate in a hearing at United Nations Headquarters organized jointly by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the U.N. on the world drug problem.The delegation is composed of National Assembly members -- Nawab Yousuf Talpur (leader) and Ms. Asiya Nasir.


U.N. Security Council slams North Korea's missile launch -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 7 (APP): The U.N. Security Council Sunday strongly condemned North Korea's missile launch and vowed to "expeditiously" adopt a new resolution with "significant" new sanctions against Pyongyang. In a statement issued statement after an emergency meeting on Sunday, the 15-member Council underscored that launches using ballistic missile technology, "even if characterized as a satellite launch or space launch vehicle" contribute to North Korea's development of systems to deliver nuclear weapons.



Highly radioactive leak found at NY nuclear plant -
NEW YORK, Feb 7 (APP): New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for an investigation after an apparent overflow at a nuclear power plant spilled highly radioactive water into an underground monitoring well, but nuclear regulators said the public was not at risk. Officials at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, New York,  reported that water contaminated by tritium leaked into the groundwater under the facility.



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Pak female swimmers win bronze in South Asian Games
ISLAMABAD, Feb 9 (APP): Pakistan Swimming Team (Female) won a bronze medal in 4x200 m Freestyle Relay in the South Asian Games at India. The team included swimmers Lianna Kiran, Bisma and Areeba, says a press release issued here.

 
Umar Akmal believes PSL help to perform in Int'l cricket
ISLAMABAD, Feb 9 (APP): Lahore Qalandars star batsman Umar Akmal believes that Pakistan Super League will help him perform well in the Twenty20 format. "PSL is a good step and we hope it will help us in international cricket," said Umar. Umar scored a blistering 93-run knock off just 40 balls against Quetta Gladiators.

 
WAPDA players shine in South Asian Games, clinch 3 gold, 5 silver medals
ISLAMABAD, Feb 9 (APP): The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) players, who are representing Pakistan, continue to bring laurels for their country in the 12th South Asian Games, being played in India. WAPDA players so far have won 3 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals for Pakistan in different games. According to the details, WAPDA player Nasir Iqbal won gold medal in squash (men's single) while Muhammad Inam and Zaman Anwar clinched gold medals in wrestling.

 
Hira, Saif Ullah win Peshawar District Badminton Women, Men singles titles
PESHAWAR, Feb 9 (APP): Hira Shaheen and Saifullah Tuesday clinched Women and Men Singles titles of the Peshawar District Badminton Championship organized by District Sports Officer here at Tariq Wood Hall, Qayyum Sports Complex. President KP Billiard and Snooker Association Zulfiqar Ali Butt was the chief guests on this occasion.

 
Muay Thai Association KP players showcase stunning skills
PESHAWAR, Feb 9 (APP): The players of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa showcased their skills in the Muay Thai, a mixed Martial Arts of Pakistan with martial art sports such as boxing and wrestling styles here at Lala Rafique Sports Arena on Tuesday. The Muay Thai Association KP under the aegis of Directorate of Sports KP and Pakistan Muay Thai Federation organized Individual and Team Katas along with group fight only to give a stunning show to the large number of spectators present on this occasion.

 
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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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