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UN agency calls for urgent action to protect global soil from depletion, degradation -
UNITED NATIONS, July 25 (APP): The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling for urgent action to improve the health of the world’s limited soil resources to ensure that future generations have enough supplies of food, water and energy.


US wants Pakistan, India to work together to improve relations -
WASHINGTON, July 25 (APP): The United States believes Pakistan and India should work together to improve their bilateral relations and would welcome any steps towards that goal, the State Department said as the two South Asian neighbors prepared for a top diplomatic level meeting next month.


Fatemi says enduring US-Pak partnership vital to regional security -
WASHINGTON, July 25 (APP): Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi has underscored that an enduring Pakistan-U.S. partnership is vital to regional and international security.


Pakistan ranks 146 on UNís Human Development Index -
UNITED NATIONS, July 24 (APP): Pakistan is ranked at 146 - the same spot as in the previous year—among the 187 countries in UN’s 2013 Human Development Index (HDI)’s annual rankings that is worked out by combining indicators of  life expectancy, educational attainment and income.


Persistent vulnerability threatens human development, warns flagship UN report -
UNITED NATIONS, July 24 (APP):  Reducing vulnerability and strengthening resilience are critical to securing human development progress, the United Nations said in a flagship report released Thursday that examines the risks posed by natural or human-induced disasters and crises and offers ways to tackle them.


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India-Pakistan not to participate in Asian Games Men Cricket
ISLAMABAD, July 22 (APP): India and Pakistan would not be participating in the September’s Asian Games giving a massive loss to the Games as their presence would have guaranteed massive interest and wide television coverage.
 
Pakistan pursuing policy of peaceful relations in region: Tariq Fatemi
WASHINGTON, July 21 (APP): Pakistan is pursuing a policy of promoting peaceful relations with all neighboring countries including Afghanistan, India and wants to resolve all outstanding issues with New Delhi through dialogue, Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to Prime Minister, said.
 
T-20 floodlight fund raising cricket match on 24th
FAISALABAD, July 20 (APP): A T-20 floodlight fund raising cricket match for IDPs of North Waziristan will be played at Iqbal stadium here on July 24, in collaboration with Punjab Sports Board and Pakistan Cricket Board.
 
Umer Akmal to improve his shot selection in Test matches
KARACHI, July 20 (APP): Pakistan's highly rated batsman Umer Akmal is looking to improve his shot selection after being recalled in the Test team after three years.
 
Pakistan A beat Hamza Shahbaz XI by 60 runs
ISLAMABAD, July 19 (APP): Pakistan A beat Hamza Shahbaz XI by 60 runs in a fundraising cricket match kept for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) at Rawalpindi Cricket 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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