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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.



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.  



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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.

 
ICC bans Yasir Shah till March 27 over anti-doping code violation
ISLAMABAD, Feb 7 (APP): The International Cricket Council (ICC) Sunday banned Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah from playing all types of cricket for a tenure of three months, accepting cricketer's stance in anti-doping code violation case. Following the announcement, Yasir Shah, who was banned from playing cricket on December 27, 2015; will be able to play cricket from March 28, 2016, a private news channel reported on Sunday.

 
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.
 
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Indo-U.S. N.deal aggravates strategic tensions in South Asia: nuclear experts PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Feb. 1, (APP): The U.S. nuclear deal with India has negatively impacted the deterrence stability in South Asia, as it has enabled India to fast track its fissile stockpiles that will enable it to spare more fissile material for its nuclear weapons programme. This was the dominant perspective at a roundtable on ‘Imperatives of Strategic Stability in South Asia: Challenges and Prospects” organized by the Institute of Regional Studies (IRS), here on Tuesday. 
Mr. Toby Dalton, Deputy Director, Nuclear Policy Programme, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, was the guest speaker of the roundtable discussion, which was participated by subject and policy experts, scholars, and serving and retired government officials.
In his talk, Mr. Dalton expressed deep concern over the future of strategic stability in South Asia and strongly felt that “strategic stability is weakening, in particular the crisis stability.”
“Conventional wisdom on South Asian stability among U.S. analysts is that since its nuclearization in 1998, the region’s strategic stability is weakening,” said Mr. Dalton in his opening remarks.
“Pakistani officials plan against worst-case assumptions about Indian intentions and capabilities.”
Mr. Dalton observed that increase in India’s conventional and nuclear capabilities, aided by the U.S.-India strategic partnership are perceived to threaten the survivability of Pakistan’s strategic deterrent.
His pessimism was based on three main challenges to nuclear stability in the region that emerged from improvement in technology leading to growth of nuclear weapons on both sides; evolution of conventional and nuclear postures - moving away from minimum deterrence; shortened crisis time lines as each side (India and Pakistan) ‘seeks to make maximum use of conventional and nuclear advantages; and finally, an open ended question mark whether Sino-India rapprochement will contribute to strategic stability in South Asia or not.
The discussion that followed strongly challenged this U.S. perception and discriminatory policy over nuclear stability regime in the region.
Mr. Adil Sultan said that the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal is a non-proliferation disaster. He pointed out that the Fissile Material Control Treaty (FMCT) is “Pakistan specific” and is meant to restrain Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities. If the international community has any reservations over Pakistan’s position on FMCT, which is entirely based on principles of international law, it may go ahead as Pakistan’s stockpiles are too small and that too in safe hands and thereby pose no threat to international security.
Prof. Nazir Hussain said that if Kashmir issue is resolved, half of the problem would be over. He said that on the one hand, the U.S. is defending the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal and on the other, it is blaming Pakistan on nuclear issues, which is a blatant contradiction of American policies towards South Asia.
Mr Bashir Ahmad, acting President IRS, said that the South Asian region is beset with strategic instability and pointed out that international community is not playing its positive role to ease out strategic tensions in the region. Furthermore, the Indo-U.S. deal has aggravated this problem.
Former ambassador, Asif Ezdi emphasized that the U.S. should assure Pakistan by offering a nuclear energy deal similar to the Indo-U.S.  deal. The U.S. has meted out a discriminatory attitude towards Pakistan by indirectly legitimizing India’s nuclear program in the form of the civil nuclear deal, and de-legitimizing Pakistan’s nuclear programme.
Dr. Shaheen Akhtar pointed out that America’s strategic backing to India is going to create strategic imbalance in South Asia. She said that the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal has fast tracked India’s fissile stockpiles and enhanced Indo-U.S. military cooperation which does not auger well for strategic stability in the region.
Ammara Durrani commented that it seems as if the U.S. is not willing to move on from its “conventional fears” viz-a-viz both India and Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, and highlighted the emerging new role of democratic political leadership and diplomacy - as opposed to conventional security tactics—in defusing the 2008 Mumbai crisis.
 
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