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Pakistan opposes creation of new permanent seats in UNSC

NEW YORK: At the United Nations, Pakistan has voiced its firm opposition to the creation of new permanent seats in any reformed Security Council. Speaking in a debate in the General Assembly on Security Council reform, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi reiterated Pakistan’s position on representation to the Council. She said that…

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U.N. Security Council urges Myanmar to stop excessive military force

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Security Council urged the Myanmar government on Monday to “ensure no further excessive use of military force in Rakhine state,” where violence has forced more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the Buddhist-majority Asian country, reported Reuters. The United Nations has denounced the violence during the past 10 weeks as…

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Pakistan’s war against terrorism has dismantled many terror groups: Maleeha

NEW YORK: Brushing aside misperceptions about Pakistan not doing enough to combat terrorism, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi has said that Islamabad’s firm commitment to wipe out the scourge has brought about the destruction of many terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda.       “The decimation, for example, of Al Qaeda in our region is entirely due to Pakistan’s efforts,…

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World Cities Day to be mark on Oct 31

ISLAMABAD: World Cities Day will be observed on Oct 31 across the world with an aim to create awareness of the role of urbanization in global sustainable development and social inclusion. World Cities Day aims to highlight the role of urbanization to provide the potential for new forms of social inclusion. These include greater equality,…

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Pakistani troops mark 72nd founding day of United Nations

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan’s armed forces as contributor to UN Peace keeping efforts join UN on its 72nd founding day. Pakistan Armed Forces peacekeepers have a long and distinguished history of serving with the United Nations. Pakistan support to UN Peacekeeping operations began in 1960 when Pakistan deployed its first ever contingent in United Nations’ Operation in…

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Tensions at LoC may jeopardize world peace: Maleeha Lodhi

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi said the tension on the Line of Control with India is a threat to peace in the region. Talking to the president of UN General Assembly in New York, she urged the world body to play its role in bringing the situation to normal….

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Pakistan elected to UN Human Rights Council, polling 151 votes

NEW YORK: Pakistan on Monday won a key election by securing a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council when the General Assembly elected 15 countries to serve on the 47-member body. “This victory is a ringing endorsement of Pakistan’s strong commitment to human rights,” an elated Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the…

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UN fears 2017 will be record year for attacks on schools

UNITED NATIONS: With 500 attacks on schools documented in just six months, 2017 is shaping up as a record year for the number of schools bombed and destroyed in war zones like Yemen, South Sudan and Syria, a UN official said Friday. Last year, the United Nations was able to verify 753 attacks on schools…

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Former UN chief says Rohingya must return to Myanmar

UNITED NATIONS: Former UN chief Kofi Annan urged the Security Council on Friday to push for the return to Myanmar of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have been driven out in an army campaign. Annan, who led an advisory commission to the Myanmar government, said world powers must work with the country’s military…

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UNESCO says it regrets U.S. decision to leave its organization

UNESCO, the cultural and educational agency of the United Nations, expressed regret on Thursday over the United States’ official decision to leave its organization. “After receiving official notification by the United States Secretary of State, Mr Rex Tillerson, as UNESCO Director-General, I wish to express profound regret at the decision of the United States of…

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Iraq forces retake centre of Islamic State bastion Hawija: army

BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces said Thursday they had retaken the centre of Islamic State group stronghold Hawija and were pushing forward in their assault on one of the last IS enclaves in the country. Troops, police and paramilitaries “liberated the whole of the centre of Hawija and are continuing their advance,” the operation’s commander, Lieutenant General…

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Pakistan committed to eliminate terrorism jointly with int’l community: Aizaz Chaudhry

WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said Pakistan is committed to eliminate terrorism jointly with the international community. He was addressing a ceremony at Pakistan Embassy in Washington held in connection with the Defence Day of Pakistan. Aizaz Chaudhry said Pakistan launched indiscriminate and effective operation to curb terrorism and…

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PM Abbasi says his forceful advocacy of Pakistan’s stance getting acknowledged

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi  on Thursday said his visit had achieved its objective of conveying Pakistan’s strong stance against terrorism as “the international community was now showing its understanding and appreciation of the country’s commitment and its sacrifices.” Winding up his four-day visit to New York, Abbasi told a press conference for…

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Pakistan seeks early Kashmir settlement; calls for appointment of special UN envoy

UNITED NATIONS : Pakistan has called for expeditious steps towards the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir with the appointment of a special envoy to promote a just and peaceful settlement of the festering dispute that has led to heightened tensions between India and Pakistan. “The international community must act decisively to prevent the…

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Kim vows to make Trump ‘pay dearly’ for threatening N Korea: KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un Friday mocked Donald Trump as “mentally deranged” — and warned he will make the US president “pay dearly” for threatening the destruction of his country at the United Nations. Kim lashed out after Trump stunned the world on Tuesday when he used his maiden UN General Assembly speech to warn…

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Trump to add sanctions on North Korea, but not on oil: U.S.

NEW YORK: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States will add more sanctions against North Korea, while U.S. allies have called for enforcing existing international sanctions as the best way to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program. The sanctions are not expected to further target oil, a senior Trump…

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North Korea says sanctions threaten survival of its children

PYONGYANG: North Korea told a U.N. rights panel that international sanctions imposed on it over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs would endanger the survival of North Korean children. Han Tae Song, Pyongyang’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, was speaking at a hearing of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the…

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Hollywood stars and world leaders: A round-up of who Malala met at UNGA

NEW YORK: Pakistani Nobel Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai had a ball at the United Nations General Assembly as she got to meet Hollywood stars and Heads of State of various nations across the globe. Here’s a round-up of who the 20-year-old activist from Swat met at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. Honored…

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PM seeks support of World Bank for Diamer Bhasha Dam

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday sought support of the World Bank for Diamer Bhasha Dam and said it was a critical project for the water security needs of the country. “We are prepared to work on some innovative solutions like separating water and power components of the project,” the Prime Minister…

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World afraid of nuclear war with N. Korea, says UN chief Guterres

NEW YORK: Global anxieties about a nuclear war are at their highest level in decades, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday as he opened a gathering of world leaders dominated by the crisis with North Korea. Addressing the high-level debate at the General Assembly, Guterres said millions of people are living in dread as a…

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Rights group urges new Myanmar sanctions over Rohingya crisis

YANGON: A rights group has called for targeted sanctions and an arms embargo against the Myanmar military in response to an offensive that has sent 410,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh to escape what the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing, reported Reuters. The latest spasm of violence in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State began on…

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