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Syrian government dismisses report on sarin attack

BEIRUT: The Syrian government on Saturday dismissed a report by the international chemical weapons watchdog that said the banned nerve agent sarin was used in an April attack in northern Syria, saying it lacked “any credibility”. Western governments including the United States have said the Syrian government carried out the attack in the town of…

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July 1, 2017


Pakistan to continue support for Afghanistan peace: Maleeha Lodhi

UNITED NATIONS: At the United Nations, Pakistan has reiterated its continued support for the efforts to bring sustainable peace in Afghanistan. Speaking in a debate on Afghanistan in UN Security Council, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Dr. Maleeha Lodhi said enduring peace in Afghanistan is imperative for the stability in the region. She said Pakistan hosted millions…

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June 22, 2017


UN approves creation of new world body’s Counter-Terrorism Office

UNITED NATIONS: The UN General Assembly has approved the establishment of a new United Nations office to help Member States implement the Organization’s global counter-terrorism strategy. Adopting a consensus resolution, the 193-nation body also welcomed  Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ initiative to transfer relevant functions out of the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) and into the…

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June 16, 2017


Pakistan calls for reforms in UN Security Council

UNITED NATIONS: At the United Nations, Pakistan has called for reforms based on democratic principles in the Security Council to enhance non-permanent members. Addressing the inter-governmental debate in New York, Pakistan’s permanent representatives at the United Nations Dr. Maleela Lodhi said Pakistan belongs to a group of countries which form a negotiating group which favors…

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June 14, 2017


Qatar, UN reject Saudi-led bloc’s ‘terror’ list

DOHA: Qatar and United Nations have rejected Saudi Arabia’s “terror list” after the kingdom named several high-profile individuals and organizations as ‘terrorists’. A joint statement by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE has placed 59 individuals and 12 organisations – Qatar-based or funded by Qatar – on a “terror list”. The list, released on…

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June 11, 2017


Country population to reach 242 mln by 2030: Economic Survey

ISLAMABAD: The population of the country is expected to reach 242 million by 2030 and half of the population will live in urban areas. The facts and figures shows that the estimated population in the rural areas decreased from 62.1 percent in 2013 to 59.46 percent in 2017. According to data available on Economic Survey…

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June 11, 2017


Pakistan participates in UN Bazaar for Syrian refugees

UNITED NATIONS: A range of Pakistani products, both food and merchandise, were on “display and for sale” on Thursday at the annual United Nations International Bazaar held at the rain-swept UN Headquarters in New York. Despite wet and dreary weather, a number of people visited the bazaar, which was organized by the UN Women’s Guild…

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May 26, 2017


Five Pakistani peacekeepers honoured with UN medals posthumously

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations has honoured at a solemn ceremony 117 military, police and civilian personnel from 43 countries, including five Pakistanis, who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations during 2016.  Wednesday’s ceremony marked the annual International Day of Peacekeepers during which the Dag Hammarskjold Medal was awarded posthumously to the peacekeepers…

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May 25, 2017


Intl courts cannot halt executions in countries where death sentences are allowed: Sartaj Aziz

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said international court cannot halt executions in those countries where capital punishments are allowed, Samaa reported. Speaking to media, Aziz said that Pakistan decided to go to International Court of Justice (ICJ) for Kulbhushan Jadhav case after thorough consultation. “Issuing stay…

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May 21, 2017


UN chief lauds Pakistan for hosting millions of Afghan refugees

NEW YORK: UN Secretary General António Guterres has lauded Pakistan for hosting millions of Afghan refugees for about four decades. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed his appreciation for Pakistan’s role at the UN. He was addressing a dinner hosted by Pakistan Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi in his honour in…

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May 5, 2017


UN praises Pakistan for hosting afghan refugees

ISLAMABAD: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has lauded Pakistan for hosting millions Afghan refugees and providing them basic necessities of life for decades.   The appreciation was conveyed by a high-level delegation of UNHCR headed by UN Assistant high commissioner Volker Turks, in a meeting with Minister for States and Frontier Regions Lt Gen (R)…

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April 27, 2017


U.N. silence on Kashmir issue

By: Maemuna Sadaf U.N was made in 1942 in World War II when 26 countries marked a settlement of holding hands in war against the others. This arrangement was marked after the endeavors of U.S president Roosevelt. Later on more countries have joined lastly in 1945 this association was formally made. Kashmir is drawn out…

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April 19, 2017


CJ takes notice of Mardan student lynching

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nasir has taken suo-moto notice of Mardan student lynching, Samaa reported. The country’s top judge, taking notice of the lynching of Abdul Wali Khan University student Mashal Khan, has sought a report from Inspector General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had also condemned the incident in…

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April 16, 2017


Maleeha Lodhi praises President Xi’s OBOR vision

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Ambassador to United Nations Maleeha Lodhi has said President Xi’s vision of One Belt One Road is win win for the whole region. In an interview to Xinhua News Agency , She said it is certainly a cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which is part of “One Road, One…

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April 13, 2017


Pakistan, India should negotiate to resolve all disputes: Stephane Dujarric

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations has called for a dialogue between Pakistan and India to resolve their disputes. In a briefing in New York, UN Secretary-General’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric said the world body will continue to underline the need for both sides to hold dialogue to find peaceful solution to their issues. The spokesman declined…

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April 13, 2017


UN Security Council to vote on Syria gas attack probe

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council is set to vote Wednesday on a resolution demanding that the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of the suspected chemical attack in Idlib province, but Russia is likely to veto the measure, diplomats said. Britain, France and the United States put forward the draft text which was slightly…

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April 12, 2017


Malala Yousafzai appointed UN messenger of peace

UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai a UN Messenger of Peace to promote girls education. A ceremony to this effect was held at the U.N. headquarters in New York. Speaking on the occasion, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres praised her unwavering commitment to peace and resolve to…

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April 11, 2017


UN chief bestows Malala with highest honour for global citizen

NEW YORK: Malala Yousafzai has been selected as the UN Messenger of Peace by the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. This is the highest honour that is bestowed on a global citizen by the UN chief. Stephane Dujarric, the UN spokesman, said that Malala will be officially designated on Monday in an official ceremony following…

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April 8, 2017


Pakistan welcomes US mediation offer over Kashmir dispute

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has welcomed the US offer for mediation to resolve the Kashmir dispute. In an interview, Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said India had been rejecting mediation on Kashmir by any third country due to its hegemonic designs in the region. He said United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres had also made a similar…

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April 6, 2017


Iraqi forces battle to Mosul mosque, 17 killed in Baghdad

MOSUL: Iraqi special forces and police fought Islamic State militants to edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul on Wednesday, tightening their control around the landmark site and in Baghdad a suicide truck bomb killed at least 17 people. The close-quarters fighting is focussed on the Old City surrounding the mosque, where Islamic…

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March 30, 2017


UN to ‘urgently’ send rights probe to Myanmar

GENEVA: The UN rights council agreed Friday to “urgently” launch an investigation into violations against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, including torture, murder and rapes allegedly committed by troops. The Geneva-based body decided to “dispatch urgently an independent international fact-finding mission” to Myanmar, particularly focused in northern Rahkine state, in a resolution adopted by consensus. The mission…

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March 25, 2017

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