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UN peacekeepers detained by armed group amid fighting in Golan Heights -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 28 (APP): Fortythree United Nations peacekeepers serving in the Golan Heights were detained this morning amid increased fighting in the area between Syrian Government forces and armed elements, the U.N. said Thurday.


Ban alarmed by “dangerous escalation” in Ukraine crisis; UNSC holds emergency talks -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 28 (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday he is alarmed by what seems to be a “dangerous escalation” in the crisis in Ukraine with reports that the fighting in the eastern part of the country has spread near the border with Russia.


President arrives Turkey to attend Presidential handover ceremony -
11.jpg ANKARA, Aug 28 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain Thursday arrived here on a two-day official visit to Turkey to represent Pakistan at the Presidential handover ceremony for President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan.



Ongoing Libyan fighting unprecedented in gravity: UN envoy -
UNITED NATIONS,  Aug 27 (APP): In recent days, armed battles, inflamed by airstrikes and fuelled by deep divisions among Libyan political factions have been “unprecedented in their gravity and very alarming,” the outgoing United Nations envoy to that country told the Security Council today.


Majority of Pakistanis back PM Sharif’s economic policies: Report -
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Aug 27 (APP): A big majority of Pakistanis backs economic policies of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government that has seen the country’s economy rebound from stagnation, an American newspaper said Wednesday, citing a recent extensive public survey.


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Nasir to clash with Danish in Memorial International Squash final
PESHAWAR, Aug 27 (APP): Top seeded Pakistan No. 1 Nasir Iqbal will clash with Danish Atlas in the final of the 10,000 US $ Hashim Khan Memorial Pakistan International Squash Circuit-II Championship being played here at PAF Squash Complex on Wednesday.
 
Ushna and partner breeze into QF of ITF Pro Circuit in Egypt
LAHORE, Aug 27 (APP): Pakistan’s female tennis star,Ushna Suhail paired with Yuanyi Yu of China breezed into the doubles quarter finals of the ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Sharmal Sheikh, Egypt on Wednesday.
 
Miandad wants players to just think of making runs
ISLAMABAD, Aug 27 (APP): Legendary batsman Javed Miandad want national players to understand the sheer honour of representing millions of Pakistanis in and outside the country saying stop thinking about being senior or junior and just think of making runs for the country.
 

 
PCB cancels PSL bidding process
KARACHI, Aug 26 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) canceled the bidding process of Pakistan Super League (PSL), it was announced on Tuesday.
 
PCB working to develop exclusive women cricket ground
ISLAMABAD, Aug 26 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is working on a project to develop an exclusive women cricket ground with all modern allied facilities.
 
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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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