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At UN summit, plans announced to boost low-carbon, renewable energy in Africa, small islands -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 23 (APP): A new initiative announced Tuesday at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York is expected to reduce dependency on fossil fuels in eastern and southern Africa at a time when regional demand for electricity is estimated to at least double over the next quarter century.


Uniting for Consensus (UfC) group meets to assess progress in efforts to restructure UNSC -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 23 (APP): The Uniting for Consensus Core Group, which is opposes adding new permanent members on the Security Council, met at ministerial level in New York on Tuesday to assess the current situation of the stalled Inter-Governmental Negotiations aimed at expanding the 15-member body to make it more representative and effective.


US, Arab allies, hit Islamic State targets in Syria -
WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (APP): The United States, along with Arab allies, launched the first airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria Monday night, as the war ordered by President Barack Obama against the militant organization entered a new phase.


Pakistan expresses solidarity with flood-hit Bosnia; lauds Somali efforts to disrupt Al-Shabab -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 23 (APP): Pakistan stands ready to extend all possible technical assistance to the efforts aimed at strengthening Bosnia and Herzegovina, while reiterating strong support for the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said.


Pakistan earnestly working to implement population control strategies: Sartaj Aziz -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 23 (APP): Pakistan has told the United Nations that it was continuously raising awareness, providing healthcare and building capacity for effective implementation of population control strategies in the country.


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Impressive Pakistan crush Qatar 3-0 in Asian Games Team Squash opener
INCHEON, South Korea, Sept. 23 (APP): Pakistan leaving their disappointment of individual Asian Games behind crushed Qatar 3-0 at Yeorumul Squash Courts here on Tuesday.
 
Three more players join kabaddi training camp
LAHORE, Sept 23 (APP): World class raider Shafiq Ahmed Chishti, Musharraf Javed Janjua and Irfan alias Mana, on Tuesday joined the kabaddi training camp at the Punjab Stadium.
 
CA Sports new official Apparel Sponsor of Pakistan Cricket
LAHORE, Sep 23 (APP): CA Sports has been named as the new official ‘Apparel Sponsor of Pakistan Cricket’.
 
Japan thrash Pakistan in Asian Games baseball
INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 23 (APP): Japan outplayed Pakistan 9-1 in their opening match of baseball competition of 17th Asian Games here at Munhak Baseball Stadium on Tuesday.
 
Maratib’s bronze in Wushu put Pakistan on Asian Games medal table
INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 23 (APP): Syed Maratib Ali Shah put Pakistan  on the medal table of XVII Asian Games when he won the bronze medal after losing his semi-final 70 KG fight against Kun Zhang of China in the Wushu sanda event at Ganjhwa Dolmens Gymnasium here on Tuesday.
 
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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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