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UN-facilitated Libyan political dialogue set to resume in Geneva -
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 26 (app): Libyan stakeholders will return to Geneva this week for a new round of United Nations-facilitated dialogue aimed at resolving the war-torn country's longstanding political crisis, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has announced.


US can play significant role for settlement of Kashmir dispute: Ali Raza -
BRUSSELS, Jan 25 (APP): Chairman Kashmir Council EU Ali Raza Syed Sunday said, suitable settlement of Kashmir dispute is essential for peace and development in the region of South Asia and US can play significant role in the settlement.


UN chief strongly deplores latest deadly attack in Ukraine -
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 25 (APP):  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Saturday’s rocket attack in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol which reportedly killed dozens of civilians and left another one hundred injured.


Obama likely to raise question of resuming India-Pakistan dialogue with Modi: Report -
NEW YORK, Jan 24 (APP): US President Barack Obama is likely to raise with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the issue of how the two nuclear-armed neighbours can resume dialogue and reduce their hostilities when the two leaders hold talks during the American leader’s shortened trip to India, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.


Peshawar school massacre reflects Muslim suffering at hands of terrorists -
WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (APP): The United States has welcomed the additional Pakistani steps to wipe out militants operating on its soil and citing December 16, 2014 atrocious attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School underscored that more Muslims have been victims of terror than anybody else.


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UAE being considered as venue for Pacquiao- Amir Khan title fight
ISLAMABAD, Jan 25 (APP): UAE is being considered as a venue for a title fight between Manny Pacquiao and British boxer of Pakistan origin Amir Khan, if the proposed May 2 showdown between Floyd Mayweather and the Filipino ring legend doesn’t happen.
 
PIA jumps to top of points table in First COAS Challenge Hockey Cup
RAWALPINDI, Jan 25 (APP): Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) moved to the top of the points table in pool A after a 4-2 thrashing of Police in a match of the First Chief of the Army Staff Challenge Hockey Cup (COAS) here at the Army Hockey Stadium on Sunday.
 
Ajmal optimistic of getting cleared after retest
ISLAMABAD, Jan 25 (APP): Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who underwent official ICC retesting on his remodeled bowling action in Chennai on Saturday, believes that his “doosra” is within the legal limit now and is hopeful of being cleared to bowl again in international cricket.
 
Rookie Seifert, Nicholls tons stun Pakistan
KARACHI, Jan. 25 (APP): The batsmen duo of Tim Seifert and Henry Nicholls banged contrasting centuries as New Zealand Board President’s XI inflicted a six wickets defeat on touring Pakistan team in a practice game at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln, near Christchurch on Sunday despite captain Misbah-ul-Haq’s century.
 
ICC to take up to illegal bowling actions on Jan 28
ISLAMABAD, Jan 25 (APP): Issues relating to illegal bowling actions, anti-corruption and anti-doping matters will be discussed at the ICC Board Meeting to be held at its headquarters in Dubai on January 28-29.
 
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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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