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AT U.N., Pakistan calls for delinking terrorism from religion -
maleeha_lodhi.jpgUNITED NATIONS, Feb. 14 (APP): Pakistan is making “focused efforts” to stamp out violent extremism and terrorism, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi has told the U.N. General Assembly, while slamming attempts by unprincipled politicians to build their political fortunes by spreading fear and the deliberate mischaracterization of people of other faiths or cultures. Speaking in the 193 member Assembly’s debate on the proposed UN Secretary General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, the Pakistani envoy regretted that the rising tide in the West of Xenophobia, in particular Islamophobia, had so far gone unchecked.


UN voices concern over Europeís restrictive measures as refugee and migrant influx continues -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 (APP): With the number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe showing no signs of easing in 2016, the United Nations refugee agency has expressed its concern over increasing restrictive measures on the part of European Member States and called for protecting the human rights of the more than 2,000 people who continue risking their lives every day to reach Europe. Speaking at a press briefing in Geneva, Melissa Fleming, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), underscored that despite rougher seas, harsh winter weather and numerous hardships endured upon arrival, more than 80,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe by boat during the first six weeks of 2016, with more than 400 dying in their attempt. Comparably, large numbers began arriving in Europe only by July 2015.


Pakistan snubs NYT for allegation over ISIS, Afghanistan -
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12  (APP): The Pakistan Embassy in the U.S. rejected a report carried out by the New York Times  (NYT) that blamed Pakistan for  deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, adding such accusation would harm the reconciliation process in that country. In a strong rejoinder to the editor, a spokesman for the embassy challenged the assertions made in the report titled "Pakistan's Hands in the Rise of International Jihad" and drew the attention of the author to the world praise for Pakistan for its role in fighting global terrorism.     



UN marks 1st Intíl Day of Women and Girls in Science -

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 12 (APP): More than ever today, the world needs science and science needs women, the head of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said Thursday, marking the first International Day of Women and Girls in Science. “UNESCO’s message is clear “the new [2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development] will not meet its promise without investing in women’s and girls’ empowerment through and in science,” Director-General Irina Bokova highlighted in a message.



At Chicago event, Pakistani diplomat says ending polio top national priority -
faisal_niaz_tirmizi.jpgCHICAGO, Feb. 12 (APP): Over 500 people in Chicago on Thursday attended an event organized by Rotary International, in collaboration with the Pakistani Consulate Genetral, to honour the ‘selfless commitment’ of the people and the government of Pakistan for their tireless work to eradicate polio from the country. “Polio eradication is our national priority and the prime minister of Pakistan is supervising efforts to eliminate this debilitating disease,”  Pakistani Consul Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, told the gathering in the course of discussion on “Ending Polio in Pakistan”. 


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Shaharyar welcomes Afghan players to use boardís facilities
ISLAMABAD, Feb 14 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan has welcomed the Afghan players to use the board’s cricketing facilities saying Afghanistan team will go a long way in the days to come. Shaharyar said the Afghanistan team has got a lot of talent and have improved their cricket skills a lot. “Afghanistan showed impressive performance in the series they won against Zimbabwe,” he said while talking to a private news channel.
 
Shaharyar welcomes Afghan players to use boardís facilities
ISLAMABAD, Feb 14 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan has welcomed the Afghan players to use the board’s cricketing facilities saying Afghanistan team will go a long way in the days to come. Shaharyar said the Afghanistan team has got a lot of talent and have improved their cricket skills a lot. “Afghanistan showed impressive performance in the series they won against Zimbabwe,” he said while talking to a private news channel.
 
Pakistan beat India 1-0 to claim hockey gold in SAG
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Pakistan continued their supremacy in men's hockey in the region as they defeated historical rivals India 1-0 in the summit clash to clinch gold in the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) at the Moullana Tayabullah Hockey Stadium Guwahati, India on Friday. According to information received here, Awais-ur-Rehman scored the lone goal of the match in dying moments of the first half as Pakistan clinched a hat-trick of titles in the SAG.

 
BCCI has banned me without any evidence: Asad Rauf
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf Friday hit out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for imposing a five-year ban on him for corruption, saying that the Indian Board did not have any evidence to pronounce him guilty. "What authority does the BCCI or IPL have to ban me when the court in Mumbai told the police they had no evidence against me," Rauf asked.

 
World Champion Asif gearing up to regain National Snooker crown
KARACHI, Feb. 12 (APP)- Former IBSF World Amateur Snooker Champion Muhammad Asif was gearing-up to regain his crown in the 41st edition of National Snooker Championship which break-off here from February 15. "Yes I am fully ready to regain my crown after last winning it in 2012," country's premier cueist told APP in an interview on Friday as he prepared to travel to Karachi from Faisalabad to figure in prestigious national event.

 
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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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