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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”. 


Pakistan rejects claims of its role in deteriorating situation in Afghanistan -
NEW YORK, Feb 12 (APP): A Pakistani diplomat has debunked allegations made in an article published in a leading American newspaper last week  that Pakistan had facilitated the recent Taliban offensive in Afghanistan. The article, titled ‘Pakistan’s Hand in the Rise of International Jihad’, was written by Carlotta Gall, a New York Times correspondent who reported from Pakistan from 2001-13.


US says security assistance to Pakistan contributes to counter-terrorism operations -
WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (APP): The US security assistance to Pakistan contributes to counter-terrorism operations, a State Department spokesman said on Thursday, adding that the country was an important partner in the region in achieving a stable and secure Afghanistan. At a regular press briefing at the State Department, spokesman Mark Toner said counter-terrorism operations by Pakistan reduced the ability of militants to use Pakistani territory to carry out terrorist attacks and as a base of support for insurgency in Afghanistan. 


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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.

 
Zeeshan/Saif steers Pakistan 5th spot in ICC U19 CWC
KARACHI, Feb. 12 (APP)- Pakistan ended its campaign in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup on a winning note, defeating England by seven wickets in Fatullah on Friday to finish fifth in the 16-nation tournament. Batting duo of opener Zeeshan  Malik and Saif Badar starred in their team's triumph with sizzling batting.

 
TDCP Cholistan Jeep Rally starts
BAHAWALPUR, Feb 12 (APP): Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) 11th Cholistan jeep rally has started here Friday. A total of 80 vehicles have got registered in 8 different categories. Two female drivers are also participating in the event. Qualifying round of the rally will be held on Saturday.

 
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Kaira briefs Kashmiri leadership on Gilgit-Baltistan package PDF Print E-mail
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ISLAMABAD, Sept 4 (APP):‑Minister for Information and Kashmir Affair and Northern Areas Qamar Zaman Kaira on Friday briefed the kashmiri leaders here in the Foreign Office along with other issues on Gilgit‑Baltistan self‑reliance and empowerment Ordinance. The briefing was also attended by Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Zulqarnain Khan, Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, representatives of Indian Occupied Kashmir leaders and other Kashmiri leaders.

 

Kashmiri leadership appreciating Pakistan’s efforts to resolve the  Kashmir issue expressed their resolve and commitment to continue their efforts to find a just and peaceful resolution of the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

They emphasized the need to resume dialogue process between Pakistan  and India and added that both Islamabad and New Delhi would benefit from the resumption of dialogue process which is in the interest of peace and security in South Asia and added that Kashmiris must be associated with these talks.

Expressing concern and regret to put ‘pause’ by India on the Composite Dialogue process they stressed the need that the dialogue process should continue.

The participants noted the steps taken by government of Pakistan to grant empowerment to the people of the Northern Areas and they endorsed the action taken by the government in this regard.

The meeting expressed full solidarity with the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir underlining that Pakistan will never abandon the Jammu and Kashmir issue.

The meeting called for resolution of the water issues between Pakistan and India in accordance with the Indus Treaty of 1960.

Appreciating the holding of the ceasefire along the Line of Control the Kashmiri leaders termed it an important Confidence Building Measures (CBM).

They also noted that CBMs on Kashmir including cross LoC travel and trade were positive development.

The meeting said the elections in Indian Occupied Kashmir are not a substitute for the right to self‑determination. The low vote turnout in the elections was a clear message to New Delhi that the people of Jammu and Kashmir have rejected all steps by India to force its will on the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The meeting endorsed the holding of a conference on Kashmir early next year.

Earlier, the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi while speaking on the occasion said, “Pakistan remains committed to finding a just and peaceful solution of the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and aspirations of people of Kashmir.”

He said Pakistan will continue its moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir.

The Foreign Minister said all political parties in Pakistan speak with one voice on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

Qureshi said the Kashmir issue needs to be projected more vigorously and the role of the Kashmiri Diaspora is extremely important in this context.

He said it was also a unanimous view that India must put an end to the human rights violation in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

The minister said Kashmir holds the key to a durable peace in the region.

“We feel that Kashmir dispute is central to Pakistan‑India relations which highlights the need for the Kashmiris to be associated with the dialogue process.

He said the Kashmir issue remained key factor in all the rounds of composite dialogue process between Pakistan and India so far held.

The Minister said Kashmir issue remained focused in all the meetings of President or Prime Minister or at foreign minister level with the Indian leaders.

Referring to the recent meetings between the two prime ministers at Sharm‑El‑Sheikh the Foreign Minister said, it underlines that “the two prime ministers recognized that dialogue is the only way forward.”

He said, “We feel that the reaction in India to the Pakistan‑India talks in Sharm El‑Sheikh and the subsequent joint statement has been emotional.”

Referring to elections held in IOK in April‑May 2009, the Minister said, “In our view elections in IOK are an administrative measure and not a substitute to conflict resolution.”

The Minister assured the Kashmiri leaders that Pakistan has been making consistent efforts to project the Kashmir cause at the national and international levels.

He said the Special Committee on Kashmir of the National Assembly has proposed to hold a conference on Kashmir early next year in Islamabad.

On the water dispute, the Minister said, “We have emphasized to the Indian side that there is a need to ensure respect to Indus Waters Treaty and the commitment to address concerns related thereto.

Qureshi said a major step has been announced by the government recently to grant empowerment to the people of the Northern Areas now Gilgit‑Baltistan and termed it indeed an important development.

 
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