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Pakistani delegation arrives for IPU-UN hearing on world drug problem -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 8 (APP): A two-member Pakistan parliamentary  delegation has arrived in New York to participate in a hearing at United Nations Headquarters organized jointly by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the U.N. on the world drug problem.The delegation is composed of National Assembly members -- Nawab Yousuf Talpur (leader) and Ms. Asiya Nasir.


U.N. Security Council slams North Korea's missile launch -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 7 (APP): The U.N. Security Council Sunday strongly condemned North Korea's missile launch and vowed to "expeditiously" adopt a new resolution with "significant" new sanctions against Pyongyang. In a statement issued statement after an emergency meeting on Sunday, the 15-member Council underscored that launches using ballistic missile technology, "even if characterized as a satellite launch or space launch vehicle" contribute to North Korea's development of systems to deliver nuclear weapons.



Highly radioactive leak found at NY nuclear plant -
NEW YORK, Feb 7 (APP): New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for an investigation after an apparent overflow at a nuclear power plant spilled highly radioactive water into an underground monitoring well, but nuclear regulators said the public was not at risk. Officials at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, New York,  reported that water contaminated by tritium leaked into the groundwater under the facility.



Highly radioactive leak found at N.Y. nuclear plant -
NEW YORK, Feb. 7 (APP): New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for an investigation after an apparent overflow at a nuclear power plant spilled highly radioactive water into an underground monitoring well, but nuclear regulators said the public is not at risk. Officials at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, New York, reported that water contaminated by tritium leaked into the groundwater under the facility.


UNSC to hold emergency meeting on North Korea missile launch -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 7 (APP): The United Nations Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss the North Korean missile launch, as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Pyongyang to  halt its "provocative actions and return to compliance with its international obligations. Following a request by United States, Japan and South Korea, the 15-nation Council  will hold closed-door consultations on Sunday, the U.N. press office said.



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PCB seeks more time in announcing T20 squads
ISLAMABAD, Feb 8 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday sought a couple of days time from the International Cricket Council (ICC) in announcing squads for the Twenty-20 World Cup and Asia Cup. The T20 World Cup will be held in India from March 8 to April 3 while the Asia Cup will be staged in Bangladesh from February 24 to March 6. Feb. 8 was supposed to be the deadline for World Cup-bound squad.

 
WI stun Pak to storms in ICC World U19 CWC despite Umairs' ton
KARACHI, Feb 8 (APP): Umair Masood smashed a fighting century but his grand effort went in van as West Indies stunned Pakistan by five wickets to storm into the semi-final of ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Fataullah (Bangladesh) on Monday. Batting first, Pakistan posted 226 for the loss of six wickets in their 50 overs.West Indies in reply romped home for the loss of five wickets with 10 overs to spare.

 
Indo-Pak Friendship Cup Snooker series would be revived: Alamgir
KARACHI, Feb 8 (APP): The popular Indo-Pak Peace Cup Snooker series would be revived, President Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) Alamgir Shaikh said here on Monday. "We are working on plan to resume the series after lapse of six years," he told reporters during the launch of 41st National Snooker Championship at Karachi Gymkhana.

 
Lianna grabs another medal
ISLAMABAD, Feb 7 (APP): Lianna Swan won another medal for Pakistan in swimming in the South Asian Games at India. Lianna won a silver medal in 100m Breaststroke, says a press release issued here.

 
Naveed bags bronze in swimming
ISLAMABAD, Feb 7 (APP): Naveed Hussain won a bronze medal for Pakistan in swimming during the South Asian Games in India. Naveed won the bronze medal in 200 m Backstroke with time of 2.19:57, says a press release issued here.

 
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FM arrives in Washington for strategic dialogue PDF Print E-mail
WASHINGTON, March 21 (APP): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi flew into Washington Saturday evening for a five-day visit during which he will co-chair US-Pakistan strategic dialogue with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as Islamabad seeks greater American cooperation for development in wide-ranging areas. Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani and State Department officials welcomed the foreign minister.During his stay in Washington, the foreign minister will also meet with some key American lawmakers and interact with the media and members of Pakistani-American community.
He will also attend events marking Pakistan Day at the country’s embassy.
On the Capitol Hill, Qureshi will meet with members of influential congressional panels including the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee and apprise them of the strides Islamabad has made in its ongoing anti-militancy endeavors, officials said.
He will also highlight the sacrifices and economic cost that Pakistanis have paid in the fight against terrorism in the region, where US has is hoping for a successful outcome of its Afghan mission. 
Pakistani and American officials have said cooperation in areas including economy, security, education, science and technology and energy will be among the major subjects at the March 24 strategic dialogue.
Defense Minister Ahmed Mukhtar, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and senior officials including advisers and secretaries of various ministeries will form the Pakistani delegation at the discussion.
The US side will include Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman Joint Chiefs Staff Admiral Mike Mullen and senior officials from a host of relevant departments.
The US-Pakistan strategic dialogue will be the first under the Obama administration and takes place in the backdrop of some vigorous and successful Pakistani anti-militant actions.
Over the past one year, Pakistan has cleared Swat valley of Taliban militants, launched an effective operation in South Waziristan while cooperative efforts along the Afghan border have seen elimination of some top al-Qaeda operatives and the militant organization weakened.
Pakistn has also earned appreciation in Washington for a string of arrests of senior Afghan Taliban militants.
Meanwhile, Defense officials will have meetings with their US counterparts on security cooperation.
Richard Holbrooke, US special representative for the region, indicated at a special briefing this week that the US would enhance its cooperation with Pakistan to help the key South Asian ally deal with economic development and energy-related requirements. He says the strategic dialogue will mark “major intensification” in the US-Pakistan partnership.
According to US ambassador in Islamabad Anne Paterson President Barack Obama’s administration is keen to have a “new relationship” with Pakistan that would be “much broader onthan security” and aid. The Pakistan-US ties are “getting better” and “fairly significant changes” are in the offing shortly, she said in an interview.
Islamabad says it is fighting terror in its own interest but has also made a number of successful efforts towards curbing violent extremism and getting rid of terror operatives that posed threat to regional and world security. Pakistani officials expects Washington to reciprocate the country’s critical efforts with long-term tangible partnership in economic, trade, energy and security areas.
 
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