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UN dims lights to focus attention on climate change -
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 29 (APP): The United Nations went dark later Saturday evening as the Organization shuts off the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of ‘Earth Hour,’ an annual global event raising awareness about the need to take action on climate change and promoting sustainable energy consumption.


Pakistan renew its commitment to UN peacekeeping at first-ever defence chiefs conference -
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 (APP): Pakistan has renewed its commitment to the “noble cause” of United Nations peacekeeping, the world body’s flagship activity that helps countries torn by conflict to create the conditions for lasting peace.


At UN, Pakistan urges action to end violence against religious, ethnic minorities in Mideast -
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 (APP):  Pakistan Friday called for U.N. Security Council action to end the religiously and ethnically-motivated violence sweeping the Middle East by promoting a global consensus for resolving the challenges confronting Iraq, Syria, Yemen and “most importantly” Palestine.


US says Pakistan making sincere effort for Afghan peace -
WASHINGTON, March 28 (APP): Pakistan is making a “sincere effort” towards Afghan peace and it wants to make the best use of the “new environment” by aiding a negotiated political settlement to the conflict in the neighboring country, U.S. Special
Representative Dan Feldman said.


UN leader calls on defence chiefs for ‘unity and backing’ on UN peacekeeping -
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 27 (APP): At the first-ever United Nations Chiefs of Defence Conference Friday,  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to senior military officials for more troop contributions from States around the world and for political will and purpose.


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Australia skipper Clarke decided to quit ODI cricket after World Cup

From Ehsan Qureshi

MELBOURNE, March 28 (APP): Australian skipper Michael Clarke has decided to retire from One-Day Internationals after Sunday’s Cricket World Cup (CWC) final against New Zealand here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

 
Aussies enjoys edge but Kiwis can topple them with fighting spirit in CWC final on Sunday

From Ehsan Qureshi

MELBURNE, March 28 (APP): Though Australia enjoyed the edge but fighting qualities, innovative brand of the game and flair can help New Zealand to topple the favorites in the final of Cricket World Cup (CWC) here on Sunday.

 
NZ captain McCullum rates his team’s chances as 50-50 in World Cup final

From Ehsan Qureshi

MELBOURNE, March 28 (APP): New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum Saturday rated his team’s chances against Australia in the Cricket World Cup final as 50-50.

 
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 breaking records, capturing hearts: Richardson
MELBOURNE, March 28 (APP): ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has been a record-breaking tournament and has cemented the event’s position as one of the most popular sporting spectacles in the world, according to statistics released here on Saturday.
 
President SFP serves notice on Haider Lehri for holding illegal elections
KARACHI Mar. 26 (APP): President Softball Federation of Pakistan (SFP) Mohammed Saleem Khan has issued show cause notice to federation’s secretary general Haider Lehri for holding unconstitutional elections of the federation at Lahore on March 21 last.
 
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Richard Holbrooke calls on President PDF Print E-mail
a18.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 18 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday appreciated US support for Pakistan’s security and economic development and said that Pakistan values its partnership with the United States.“We need to work more closely in order to broaden the spectra of cooperation for the pursuits of our common goals”, he said, and added that Pakistan looked forward to high level strategic dialogue between the two countries next month in Washington.
The President was talking to US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke who called on him here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Thursday.
Ms. Anne W. Patterson and other senior US officials were also present during the meeting.
From Pakistan side, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan, Secretary General to the President Salman Faruqui, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and other senior officials were also present in the meeting.
Briefing the media, Spokesperson former Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the President said that Pakistan has paid a heavy price in terms of both human and material losses in neutralizing the threat of militancy.
“We, now look forward to our partners in this war to assist us in overcoming our difficulties so that the goal of democratically elected government to meet the expectations of the people of Pakistan could be achieved”, he added.
The President said Pakistan needs trade and market access for its product in order to set its economy on the path of stability and prosperity.
The President urged the visiting delegation that the US assistance to Pakistan be channeled through the government in order to ensure transparency and accountability in its utilization.
He hoped that ROZs legislation be expedited and counter productive labour provision be softened. The President also emphasized on early reimbursement of arrears of CSF of over 1.5 billion dollars which was rising every month.
Talking about war against terror and its implications for the people of Pakistan, the President said that the Government had undertaken an elaborate program for the rehabilitation and resettlement of the displaced persons at a cost of $ 2.5 billion.
It is shared responsibility of the international community to augment our efforts in this regard by providing necessary assistance, the President remarked.
Farhatullah Babar said that the President underlined the need to work further for enhancing the level of trust between the people of both the countries and urged the US administration to review the new screening policy and take out from the list of countries whose citizens are proposed to be subjected to new screening regime.
He also shared the concerns of the people of Pakistan about Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. He said that while Pakistan would provide her legal assistance as the case passes through subsequent stages in the judicial system, the US government may look at the possibility of her repatriation to Pakistan under the Prisoners Exchange Agreement.
The President also said that Pakistan is committed to the peace and stability of the region and would welcome efforts for restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The President said that Afghanistan had remained a war zone for long and now it is time for the international community to synergize their efforts for restoration of peace, stability and prosperity of a war torn country.
Pakistan would complement Coalition’s effort in this regard and would provide all assistance for capacity building of the Afghan institutions.
Ambassador Richard Haobrooke thanked the President for meeting the delegation and said that the government and the people of United States highly appreciate the sacrifices made by the people, the armed forces and other civilian law enforcing agencies of Pakistan in the war against militants.
He said that US would continue to support Pakistan and would provide all possible assistance in strengthening of democracy, security, socio-economic development and welfare of the people of Pakistan. He said that the United States valued Pakistan’s desire for peace and stability in the region.
 

 

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