Pakistan urges efforts to implement UN peace plan for Africa’s Sahel -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 13 (APP): Pakistan has called on the international community to step up its efforts to mobilize resources for the implementation of UN Integrated Strategy for Africa’s Sahel that sets out major national and regional development priorities aimed at stabilizing the region. “We will continue to provide full political support to the UN strategy ... for the long-term peace and stability in the Sahel region,” Ambassador Masood Khan told the UN Security Council on Thursday. Speaking in a discussion on peace and security in Africa (the Sahel Strategy), the Pakistani ambassador underscored the need for the regional states to demonstrate continued political will to implement their commitments and translate this strategy into tangible and meaningful dividends for the region.
Global malaria fight needs greater resources to ensure success, UN officials stress -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 13 (APP): While financing has increased substantially and enabled great progress in the fight against malaria, much more is needed to prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths a year from this disease, United Nations officials has stressed.. While over 3 million lives have been saved between 2000 and 2012, there are still an estimated 627,000 people dying each year from malaria, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). “Thatâ’s needless because for a $5.00 bed net, a 50 cent diagnostic test and a $1.00 anti-malarial treatment, there really is no reason in 2013 for anybody to die from this disease,” Dr Robert Newman, Director of WHO’s Global Malaria Programme, told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York.
Indian diplomat in New York arrested for visa fraud -
NEW YORK, Dec 13 (APP): A mid-level Indian diplomat was arrested Thursday for allegedly presenting fraudulent documents in support of a visa application for an Indian national employed by her, Manhattan’s top federal prosecutor Preet Bharara announced. Devyani Khobragade, Deputy Consul General at the Indian Consulate General in New York, was held on charges that she allegedly caused a materially false and fraudulent document to be presented, and materially false and fraudulent statements to be made, to the US Department of State in support of a visa application for an Indian national employed as a babysitter and housekeeper at her home in New York.
UN team finds ‘credible information’ on more cases of chemical weapons use in Syria -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 13 (APP): The United Nations team probing the use of chemical weapons in Syria, which in September found “clear and convincing evidence” of Sarin gas attacks against civilians, including children, in the Damascus area, Thursday reported “credible information” that such weapons were used against soldiers and civilians in other parts of the country. “The United Nations Mission collected credible information that corroborates the allegations that chemical weapons were used in Khan Al Asal on 19 March 2013 against soldiers and civilians,” according to the final report, which team leader handed over to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at UN Headquarters in New York.
US asks Pakistan, India to resolve Kashmir, Afghanistan discords -
WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (APP): The United States has been urging Islamabad and New Delhi to resolve their differences on Kashmir dispute and Afghanistan, America’s top envoy for the region James Dobbins said, while underscoring that improved Pakistan-India ties are critical to Afghan stability. Testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ambassador Dobbins also recognized that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s government has been trying to improve relations with both India and Afghanistan. He told lawmakers that the greatest contribution that New Delhi and Islamabad could make towards Afghan stability is through improvement in the two South Asian neighbors’ own bilateral relationship.
ISLAMABAD, Dec 12 (APP): Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) on Thursday announced the national team for the Davis Cup tie against Vietnam to be held from February 14 to 16, 2014 at Vietnam.
ISLAMABAD, Dec 12 (APP): The pools, venues and fixtures of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2014 will be announced in Dubai on Saturday. The event will be attended by members of the Pakistan and Sri Lanka cricket teams, who have played in previous ICC U19 Cricket World Cups, as well as officials of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and the International Cricket Council (ICC), says a press release issued here.
MIRPUR, Dec 12 (APP): Attiya Rani, the AJK-origin triumphant table tennis star who bagged gold medal in the recent Asia Pacific Olympics held in Australia, was accorded historic rousing reception on her arrival at her native town here late Wednesday.
ISLAMABAD, Dec 12 (APP): Pakistan Professional Boxing League (PPBL) will organize “Night of Champions” on the occasion of Punjab Youth Festival to be started from next month in Lahore. President Pakistan Professional Boxing League (PPBL) Syed Nauman Shah said this in a press statement issued here on Thursday. He said that the “Night of Champions” would provide unique opportunity to the young Pakistani boxers to show their talent and capabilities. He also asked the talented boxers to approach the officials of PPBL for enlistment for professional boxing category.
ISLAMABAD, Dec 11 (APP): Former Selector and Test Batsman Mohsin Hassan Khan said Junaid Khan was the best bowler of the national team but not being utilized properly by the team management. Talking to APP on Wednesday, he said the left-arm medium fast bowler was either dropped every now and then from the team or brought at later stages of the game which could affect his bowling.
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Ulema term Hillary Clinton’s visit successful
ISLAMABAD, Oct 31 (APP): Terming the US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton’s visit to Pakistan as successful, several ulema have hoped that
it would help promote goodwill friendship for US among the Pakistani masses.
They expressed these views during a meeting with Chairman
Tehrik-e-Akhuwat-e-Islami (TAI), Allama Inayat Ali Shakir here Saturday at his
residence, the organization said in a press release.
The Ulema said that US Secretary of State’s visit to
religious and spiritual places gave a positive message about Islam and Pakistan.
Talking to the ulema, Allama Inayat Ali Shakir said that
basic purpose of the visit was to reach out to the people of Pakistan and remove
misunderstandings about the US.
He hoped the visit would have positive impact on Pak-US
ties and said that it helped remove misgivings regarding Kerry Lugar bill.
He felicitated US Secretary of State on and also applauded
the endeavors of Ambassador Ann W. Peterson and Political Councilor Mr. Bryan D
The TAI chairman said the visit reflected President Barrack
Obama’s postive approach towards relations with Muslim world and towards. He
said there was need to promote interfaith harmony to foil nefarious designs of
He also said people have taken a sigh of relief after Swat
operation and Waziristan operation would also yield positive results.
Chinese Premier Visit to Pakistan
Presidential address to the joint sitting of parliament