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PM attends CHOGM's opening ceremony -
VALLETTA (Malta) Nov 27 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif  Friday joined leaders from 53 countries to attend the opening ceremony of 24th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the Maltese capital.

Child brides in Africa could more than double to 310 million by 2050: UNICEF -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 27 (APP): Nearly half of the world's child brides in 2050 will be African, if current trends persist, due to the continent's rapid population growth and lagging social reforms, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned.

PM condemns attack on Akram Durrani's convoy -
VALLETTA (Malta) Nov 26 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday strongly condemned the attack on the convoy of Federal Minister Akram Durrani.

PM arrives in Malta to attend CHOGM -
app70-26pm-malta.jpgVALLETTA, Malta, Nov 26 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif arrived here Thursday to participate in the 24th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) being held on Friday and Saturday.

PM leaves for Malta to attend CHOGM -
ISLAMABAD, Nov 26 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif left here Thursday on a three-day visit for Malta to lead Pakistan delegation at the 24th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM-2015).

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Richardson praises CA, NZC for playing historic day-night Test
ISLAMABAD, Nov 26 (APP): The International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson on Thursday was all praise for Cricket Australia, New Zealand Cricket and their teams for having the vision to engage the historic day-night Test milestone for world cricket.
The show must go on: Afridi
ISLAMABAD, Nov 26 (APP): Pakistan's Twenty20 skipper Shahid Afridi believes the show must go on referring to the Pak-India series but said it will be great if India tours Pakistan in this difficult time for support.

MSMST Football team wins series in Bahrain
PESHAWAR, Nov 25 (APP): Football Team of Malik Saad Memorial Sport Trust (MSMST) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa currently on the visit to the state of Bahrain won three matches series against Al-Shabab Football Club by scoring 6 goals at International Football Stadium at Essa Town in Bahrain.
Coaches Jayasuria, Buchanan, Prasad sign for PSL
KARACHI, Nov. 25 (APP): Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya, former Australian World-Cup winning coach John Buchanan, and former Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad are the latest signing on the Pakistan Super League (PSL) coach roster, it was announced on Tuesday.
Babar bags six wickets for Hyderabad Region
ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (APP): In the Pool A, Babar Khan of Hyderabad Region bagged 6 wickets for 59 restricting Islamabad Region to a total of 211 runs in their first innings in the round five of the Quaid-e-Azam Cricket Trophy match here at the Diamond Ground.
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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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