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US hails PM’s focus on energy crisis and campaign against extremism: Fatemi -
By IFTIKHAR ALI
NEW YORK, July 30 (APP): Tariq Fatemi, a top Pakistani diplomat, has wrapped up his US visit during which he met with senior Obama administration officials, key legislators and think-tanks members, saying there is appreciation for the way Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is tackling the energy crisis and confronting the scourge of extremism and militancy.



“Gaza in critical condition,” while pushing for immediate ceasefire -
UNITED NATIONS, July 29 (APP): UN Secretary-General has once again joined the Security Council in calling on the parties to agree on an “immediate and unconditional” ceasefire, allowing for the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip.


Pakistani-Americans celebrate Eid ul Ftir -
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, July 28 (APP): Pakistan-Americans joined their fellow American Muslims in celebrating Eid ul Fitr on Monday as they offered prayers at hundreds of mosques and Islamic centers and thanked Allah Almighty for blessing them with the opportunity to fast during the holy month of Ramadan.


UNSC calls for 'unconditional' ceasefire in Gaza -
UNITED NATIONS, July 28 (APP):  The U.N. Security Council on Monday, meeting in an emergency session just after midnight, called for an "immediate and unconditional" ceasefire, allowing for the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip.


Key US lawmaker thanks Hawaiian air for facilitating homeward journey of Suleman’s body -
WASHINGTON, July 27 (APP): A ranking American congressman has thanked Hawaiian Airlines for responding quickly to his request for and, on behalf of Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Jalil Abbas Jilani to provide a seat on Monday night’s flight in order to facilitate young Pakistani-American education activist Haris Suleman’s body to be escorted home “with the respect and honour he deserves”.


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FIH announce teams for Youth Olympic Games
ISLAMABAD, Jul 30 (APP): The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced the 20 teams that will be competing in the Hockey competition at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing next month.
 
Sarfraz urges players to focus on physical fitness
ISLAMABAD, July 29 (APP): Former Test Cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz has urged the national players to work on their physical fitness keeping in mind the tough weather conditions of Sri Lanka in August.
 
Sarfraz urges players to focus on physical fitness
ISLAMABAD, July 28 (APP): Former Test Cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz has urged the national players to work on their physical fitness keeping in mind the tough weather conditions of Sri Lanka in August.
 
62 member Pakistani contingent participates in CGames march past
ISLAMABAD, Jul 25 (APP): The 62-member Pakistani contingent, dressed up in traditional shalwar qamiz participated in the march past at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July, 23.
 
T20 fund raising match for IDPs
LAHOR, July 25 (APP): Punjab Minister for Law and Sports Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan has said that Lahorites will show remarkable generosity during the fourth IDPs Fund-Raising T20 cricket match tomorrow , Saturday here at Gadaffi stadium.
 
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Holbrooke urges more support for Pakistan in its anti-terror fight PDF Print E-mail
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WASHINGTON, April 20 (APP):  The United States called for more international economic resources to help Pakistan deal with Taliban insurgency as part of a broader security and stabilization effort in its tribal areas along the restive Afghan border. 

“First of all, I think, you have to go at economic and social roots of the instability in Western Pakistan,” US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke told CNN in an interview.

Citing low economic and literacy indicators in the remote tribal areas he claimed “it is a breeding ground for the kind of rebellion which is now springing up.”

The diplomat said Pakistan is confronted with a “dangerous situation” in the facing of spreading militant influence.

He also expressed concern over the Swat peace arrangement but distanced himself from the scenario projected by security expert David Kilcullen.

“I’ll let him (Kilcullen) speak for himself,” Holbrooke replied when asked to comment on the current situation in the light of the expert’s suggestions.

Ahmed Radhid, a leading Pakistani expert on Afghanistan and Central Asia, also disagreed with doomsday scenarios painted by some experts for the country.

“I dont think it can immediately collapse, it is a big country, 170 million peopole, very many different enthnic groups. But certainly the spread of the Taliban in the Punjab is critical,” Rashid told the same GPS program of the channel.

In his appearance, Holbrooke underscored that it is for the first time Pakistan, India and the United States are facing “a common threat, a common challenge and a common task because of this.”

“So, we need more resources. Senator (John) Kerry (Democratic chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee) and (Ranking Republican) Senator (Richard) Lugar in the Senate and Congressman (Howard) Berman, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs are putting in a bill for $ 1.5 billion dollars of aid for the next five years, each year.

“It should deal with the economic and social issues in the tribal areas.”

The Obama Administration pledged one billion dollars “in quick aid” at last week’s Tokyo conference of Friends of Pakistan, he said, adding that the US assistance requires Congressional approval.

On the military side, he said, Pakisan needs to strengthen its Frontier Corps and other security forces in counterinsurgency operations.

He also pointed out the importance of winning the propaganda war against militants.

At the same time, Holbrooke acknowledged the complexity of the challenge facing Pakistan as he called it a “tremendous set of problems.”

The progress in fight against terrorists in Pakistani border areas is critical to stemming the the tide of violence in Afghanistan, he argued.

 

     

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