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Migration, multilateralism will be hallmarks of 2016: UN official -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 6 (APP): The top United Nations migration official has called for deceive multilateral action to tackle "the global issues lurking behind today's vast movement of people" fleeing war, instability or persecution. The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration, Peter Sutherland, said in Geneva Friday that 2016 "is the year of migration and multilateralism," and that series of comprehensive initiatives was needed to drive home - and effectively address - the global nature of the issue.



European speakers oppose India's bid for UN Security Council, call for resolution of Kashmir issue -
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (APP):  Speakers at a gathering on Friday to mark the Kashmir Solidarity Day in the United States strongly opposed attempts by India to seek a seat in the UN Security Council and called on New Delhi to honor UN resolutions on Kashmir that recognized right of Kashmiri people to self-determination. Mr. Lars Rise, a former Norwegian lawmaker and Founding Chairman of Norwegian Parliamentary Kashmir Committee and  European Parliament member Eija-Riitta Korhola were the guest speakers at the function held in the state of Virginia which was attended by a large number of Kashmiri leaders and people from all walks of life.     


Speakers at event in Chicago call for UN-supervised plebiscite in Kashmir -
CHICAGO, Feb 6 (APP): Speakers at a large gathering of Pakistani and Kashmiri community members in Chicago on Friday fervently called for a just and equitable settlement of the decades-old Kashmir dispute on the basis of United Nations resolutions that call for a plebiscite for the Kashmiri people to decide their future The gathering marked the Kashmir Solidarity Day which is held to  commemorate the struggle of the Kashmiris people  for their right of self-determination and to remember the countless sacrifices of those who had laid down their lives in the quest to attain their inalienable right to freedom.



Pakistan to stand by Kashmiris as they struggle for freedom: Maleeha -
maleeha.jpgNEW YORK, Feb 6 (APP):  Pakistan will continue to support the valiant struggle of Kashmiri people for freedom and self-determination as it has always done, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told a large gathering of Kashmiri and Pakistani community members on Friday evening. "Until Kashmir is free, our moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people will continue," Dr. Lodhi, Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations, declared at the meeting organized by the Consulate General of Pakistan to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day.  



UN officials call for ending “violent practice” of female genital mutilation by 2030 -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb, 5 (APP): Top United Nations officials are urging the world to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2030, calling it a “violent practice” that scars girls for life, endangering their health, depriving them of their rights, and denying them the chance to reach their full potential.  “Never before has it been more urgent  or more possible to end the practice of female genital mutilation, preventing immeasurable human suffering and boosting the power of women and girls to have a positive impact on our world,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) marked annually on February, 6.


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Pakistan victorious in squash quarterfinals
ISLAMABAD, Feb 6 (APP): Pakistan earned victories in squash quarter finals of the South Asian Games (Men & Women) played at Guwahati, India. In the Men Event (Individual) Farah Zaman (Pakistan) beat Ravindu H Laksiri (Sri Lanka) 11/8, 16/14, 11/9. Nasir Iqbal (Pakistan) beat Arhant Keshar Simha (Nepal) 11/4, 12/10, 11/0.
 
Irfan, Bacha to face Nouman, Taimur in Men Badminton doubles final
PESHAWAR, Feb 6 (APP): Irfan and Bacha Khan of Tarnab village will face Nouman and Taimur Khan of Palosia village in the final of the Peshawar District Inter-Club Men Badminton Championship played here at local Hujra at Landi Arbab, a suburban village of Peshawar, on Saturday. In the first semi-final Nouman and Taimur Khan defeated Sajid and Sana Ullah of Tehkal Payan by 3-1, the score was 21-18, 21-19, 21-16 and 21-19 while in the second semi-final Irfan and Bach outclassed Tahir and Arif of Landi Arbab village by 3-0, the score was 21-19, 21-15 and 21-19.
 
Aamer bags first hat-trick in PSL
ISLAMABAD, Feb 5 (APP): Mohammad Aamer becomes the first bowler to bag a hat-trick in the ongoing Pakistan Super League 2016 after he dismissed Dwayne Bravo, Zohaib Khan and Kevon Cooper. It was the 19th over of the second match of PSL 2016, when Aamer entertained the crowd with PSL’s very first hat-trick, a private news channel reported.
 
Saleem Rajput elected chairman of Karachi Softball Association
KARACHI, Feb 5 (APP): Muhammad Saleem Rajput has been elected unanimously as chairman of the Karachi Softball Association. An announcement on Friday said that the decision to this effect was taken at the annual general body meeting of the Karachi Softball Association (KSA) chaired by its president Asif Azeem.
 
Board decides to review ICC’s constitution and governance structures
KARACHI, Feb 4 (APP): The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board considered amendments that had been made to the ICC’s constitution in 2014 and agreed that, ICC announced on Thursday. “In order to avoid any potential conflicts of interest and to follow best practice principles of good governance, it would seek to re-establish as quickly as possible the independent position of ICC Chairman,” world governing body announced in a statement.
 
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Compensation package for Hunza affectees soon; Gilani PDF Print E-mail
ALTIT (HUNZA), May 21 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said that following the damage assessment a compensation package would soon be announced for the Hunza lake affectees and assured funds from the federal government on priority.Gilani who is here on a day-long visit to assess the situation caused by the landsliding at Atta Abad and the blockage of the Hunza river, said it was important to turn challenges into opportunities.He prayed for those killed in the natural calamity and appreciated the courage with which the people braved the disaster.  He said it was a temporary phase and they would be able to return to their homes soon.

He said the 22 km stretch of damaged portion of Karakoram Highway would be repaired as soon as the water recedes. He also promised generation of economic activity so that the people who have suffered financial loss may stand up on their feet.
Prime Minister Gilani regretted the delay in disbursement of the funds for the Gilgit Baltistan and assured that allocations would be made for the people in the budget.
He said government was committed to empower the people, and particularly the women and would do all to remove their sense of deprivation.
He said the smart cards under the Benazir Income Support Program would help the people meet their basic needs. He said the government of Pakistan Peoples Party would ensure that the promises made to the people by Shaheeds Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto would be kept and they would soon witness a positive change in their lives.
He regretted that due to bad weather he could not visit earlier and said he however kept in touch with the authorities about measures to drain the lake and relief activities.
The lake was created on January 4 as a huge landslide blocked the flow of Hunza river and carried along with it the Atta Abad village. The artificial lake has stretched back to 23 km, submerging a number of low-lying villages, destroying crops and fruit trees.
Estimates put the volume at around 100,000 acre feet and was rising daily as increasing summer heat melted the glaciers upstream.
Prime Minister, accompanied by Minister for Information Qamar Zaman Kaira, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, also had an aerial view of the artificial lake and the affected areas.
He was informed that the boat service has been stopped and stranded people would be ferried through helicopters and supplies dropped.
Earlier he was received at the airport by Governor Gilgit Baltistan, Chief Minister and Federal Minister in charge.
Earlier Chairman NDMA Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed briefed the prime minister about the situation and measures taken to address any eventuality, soon after his arrival in Gilgit.
According to his estimates water will start flowing over the 24 meter deep and 1300 meter long spillway created by the Frontier Works Organisation by May 25 and said arrangements have been made for 24,000 IDPs from 32 villages.
He said camps have been set up at government schools and arrangements made to provide them food, shelter and medical assistance.
He said those killed in the landsliding have been paid a compensation of Rs 0.5 million each, while Rs 100,000 provided for the injured. This total amount of Rs 10.2 million was distributed amongst families of 6 missing, 3 killed and 7 injured people.
The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of the FWO, the NDMA and other agencies and volunteers that made hectic efforts to provide relief to the affected people.
He visited the Control Room and the IDP camp to see arrangements for the displaced people. He met the people and assured that the government would take all steps to take care of them in their hour of need.
Gilani also inaugurated the Benazir Langar at the relief camps of Hunza Nagar and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), established for the Internally Displaced Persons of Hunza Lake, by Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal.
He appreciated the swift arrangements made by the Managing Director PBM Zamurd Khan in this regard. Gilani was informed that some 50 truck loads had been dispatched from Islamabad, that would reach Gilgit in two or three days.
He said milk, sweets and toys would also be provided to the children sheltering in the camps.
 
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