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UN General Assembly adopts Pakistan's resolution reaffirming peoples' self-determination right -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18 (APP): The UN General Assembly on Thursday stamped its approval on a Pakistan-sponsored resolution reaffirming that  the universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination was a fundamental condition for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights.


UN chief urges greater attention to 'precarious' situation of migrants -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18 (APP): Far too many migrants still live and work in precarious and unjust conditions, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has said Thursday in a message to mark International Migrants Day.


US-based Muslim body calls Peshawar attack against 'every Islamic value' -
NEW YORK, Dec 18 (APP): The Islamic Circle of North America strongly  condemned the" senseless and brutal attack" on the Army Public school in Peshawar, which killed 141 individuals, 132 of them children, and injured 124 others.


UN chief hails US-Cuba decision to normalize relations -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18 (APP):  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the "very important step" taken by the leaders of the United States and Cuba towards normalizing relations between the two countries.


UN to help strengthen vulnerable countries' capacity to combat terrorism, extremism -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18 (APP): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has strongly condemned the Taliban attack on the Army Public school in Peshawar, said Wednesday that the United Nations was planning to strengthen the national capacity of countries to deal with terrorism and extremism.


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Younis Khan becomes oldest Pakistani to score a century in ODI
ISLAMABAD, Dec 18 (APP): Although Younis Khan’s hundred in the third ODI against New Zealand at Abu Dhabi went in vain, he did create a record on the way, becoming the oldest Pakistani batsman to score a one-day hundred.
 
Pakistan A, Kenya series to continue as per schedule
ISLAMABAD, Dec 17 (APP): Kenyan cricket team will complete its ongoing series against Pakistan A, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said on Wednesday.
 
Murtaza Javed Abbassi congratulates boxer Amir Khan
ABBOTTABAD, Dec 15 (APP): Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi congratulated British born Pakistani boxer Amir Khan on becoming champion in Silver Welterweight category.
 
Hockey team to get a warm welcome: Rana Mujahid
ISLAMABAD, Dec 15 (APP): Secretary General Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Rana Mujahid Ali said Monday that national hockey team would be given a warm welcome at Wagah border on its arrival back at home from India.
 
International Zahid Tufail of Army wins National Skeet Shooting Championship
PESHAWAR, Dec 14 (APP): International shooter Zahid Tufail of Army clinched the gold medal after a two times tie-breaker with Imdad Sherpao of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the final super round of the National Skeet Shooting Championship played here at Army Shooting Range, Garrison Park on Sunday.
 
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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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