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Trafficking in children on the rise, says new UN report -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 24 (APP): One in three known victims of human trafficking is a child, and girls and women are particularly targeted and forced into "modern slavery," according to the 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, released Monday by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC).


US defence secretary Hagel submits resignation -
WASHINGTON, Nov 24 (APP): U.S. President Barack Obama Monday announced that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel would step down from his position upon confirmation of his successor, and praised the former Republican senator as an exemplary official.


UN chief condemns latest terrorist attack in Kenya -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 23, (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has  condemned the brutal killing of 28 people on a bus in Mandera, Kenya, in the latest spate of terrorist violence to afflict the East African nation.


UN committee approves resolution calling for promoting safe environment for working journalists -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 22 (APP):  A committee of the UN General Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution on the safety of journalists that calls on States to promote a safe environment to journalists to work independently.


Obama signs order expanding US Afghanistan role: NYT -
NEW YORK, Nov 22 (APP): President Barrack Obama has quietly expanded US military's role in Afghanistan from the previous guidelines that were to limit its troops' involvement in the war-wrecked country starting this year, The New York Times reported Saturday.


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Sultan Shah re-elected as President of World Blind Cricket Council
ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (APP): Chairman of Pakistan Blind Cricket Council Syed Sultan Shah again earned the most prestigious post of the World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC) when on Monday he
was re-elected unopposed as President of the council for the second consecutive term.
 
PTA organizes first telecom football league tournament
ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (APP): Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) on Monday organized the first Telecom Football League Tournament which was won by Telenor defeating Mobilink in a tough match with 4-0.
 
Saeed Ajmal target return in ICC World Cup
KARACHI, Nov 24 (APP): Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is pleased with the progress he has made with the remedial work on his bowling action, and has said he is targeting the 2015 World Cup for his international comeback.
 
Sajjad storms in World Snooker knockout rounds with 5th straight win
KARACHI, Nov. 24 (APP): Dazzling Muhammad Sajjad maintained his unbeaten run by assuring a place in the knock-out round with his fifth win in row in IBSF World Snooker Championship when beat ex-compatriot Farhan Mirza of Sweden in Bangalore (India) on Sunday night,according to message received here on Sunday.
 
Toss to play a vital role in 3rd Test: Sarfraz Nawaz
ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (APP): Former Test Cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz believes the toss will play a vital role in the result making of the third and final Test against the Kiwis saying skipper Misbah-ul-Haq should implement a straightforward winning and aggressive mentality while entering the field.
 
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ISLAMABAD, Jul 9 (APP): The Foreign Office on Thursday confirmed the planned meeting between Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of Non-Aligned Movement summit in Sharm El Sheikh next week with a hope to resume composite dialogue process between the two countries. “Prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani will be meeting, in addition to his Indian counterpart, several other heads of government and state on the sidelines of the NAM summit,” said Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit at his weekly briefing.

The spokesman said prior to the prime minister level meeting, the foreign secretaries of the two countries will meet to finalize the agenda for the meeting.

He said, “We are going with an open mind and hope that the composite dialogue is resumed.”  He said the meeting between two primes ministers will be open ended and without any specific agenda.

“We need comprehensive strategy to resolve the issues between the two countries through dialogue,” said the spokesman.

He said the Gilani-Singh meeting could not be considered as revival of composite dialogue process between the two countries but “the two leaders will hold talks over the composite dialogue and bilateral issues”.

Basit said it is necessary for both the countries to restart the stalled peace process to resolve the disputes.

The spokesman said, “We still believe that it is absolutely necessary for two countries to return to the negotiating table because without talking to each other it will be simply impossible to resolve the issues that the two countries are facing.”

He said Pakistan has received the English translation of Kasab’s statement from India and now prosecuting was underway by the Pakistani security agencies.

The spokesman said Pakistan has been conducting investigation into the Mumbai attacks with full seriousness and proceeding systematically.

About difference in Bush and Obama administration’s policies towards Pakistan, the spokesman said Bush administration engaged with Pakistan to evolve long term partnership while the Obama administration has bene engaged with Pakistan on issues of people and willing to have continuous process in this regard.

On the issue of recovery of Iranian diplomat, the spokesman said Pakistan government has been making sincere efforts for the safe release of the Iranian diplomat and exchanged details with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran who is visiting Pakistan.

Referring to statement of President Asif Ali Zardari regarding achieving tactical objectives in war against terrorism, the spokesman clarified that the statement has been quoted out of context.

The spokesman further said President Zardari was talking about the situation following the withdrawal of the Soviet troops from Afghanistan that created a gap and its influence on Pakistan.

“After the incident of 9/11, we are confronting new challenges and due to spill over effect of Afghanistan, Pakistan has been suffering,” he said.

On the question of appointment of new ambassador to Paris, the spokesman said Pakistan has conveyed its decision to the French government and now waiting reply from France.

 

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