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New European curbs on refugees violate human right: UN chief warns -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 25 (APP): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned Balkan States that border restrictions based on a refugees' or migrants' nationality infringed human rights, with the U.N. refugee agency reporting that 1,000 people are already stranded, 60 of them on hunger strike and 11 reportedly stitching up their mouths in protest.

Pakistan urges UNSC to act on Mideast as prospects for 2-state solution 'fading' -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 25 (APP): Pakistan has warned of fading prospects for a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while the Security Council, which is responsible for maintaining international peace, continues to "procrastinate and dither for political reasons."

Aamir Khan says his family feels insecure in amid rising Hinduism in India -
WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (APP): India’s leading Muslim actor Aamir Khan says that his family is feeling insecure in India in the backdrop  of rising violence and intolerance in the Hindu-majority country,  blaming the government for failing to take action against those who are taking the law in their own hand, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

UN deputy chief urges action to break Israeli-Palestinian impasse, deplores settlements -
UNITED NATIONS,  Nov 24 (APP): UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has voiced concern that “security and hope in Gaza and in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, remain at a very low point.”

UN chief calls for stronger cooperation from Southeast Asian countries to tackle global crises -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 22 (APP):  United Nations Secretary-General Ban  Ki-moon Sunday called for stronger partnerships between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the UN to achieve sustainable development, tackle climate change and eradicate violation of human rights.

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Babar bags six wickets for Hyderabad Region
ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (APP): In the Pool A, Babar Khan of Hyderabad Region bagged 6 wickets for 59 restricting Islamabad Region to a total of 211 runs in their first innings in the round five of the Quaid-e-Azam Cricket Trophy match here at the Diamond Ground.
Hafeez positive for T20s series
ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (APP): Robust batsman Mohammad Hafeez is optimistic that Pakistan will deliver an outstanding performance in the back-to-back Twenty20s against England from Thursday and Friday at the Dubai International Stadium.
Amir Sohail wants Afridi to focus on batting
ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (APP): Former Captain Amir Sohail has urged the Twenty-20 skipper Shahid Afridi to focus on his batting saying the all-rounder needs to score runs on the board in order to lead the team from the front.
Islahuddin wants matches against European sides
ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (APP): Olympian Islahuddin Siddique on Tuesday urged the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) to organize the junior team’s matches with the European sides in order to prepare them for the next years’ Junior Hockey World Cup in India.
Pakistan to defend its position on ICC Rankings
ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (APP): Pakistan will be defending its number-two position on the ICC Twenty-20 Team Rankings when it goes head to head with England in a three-match series in Dubai on Thursday (November 26).
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Salim Shahzad death source of concern for entire nation: ISI official PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Jun 1 (APP): The unfortunate and tragic death of Syed Saleem Shahzad is a source of concern for the entire nation but the incident should not be used to target and malign the country’s security agencies, said an ISI official Wednesday on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the job. “The reported meeting between the journalist and ISI officials of the Information Management Wing was held on 17th October 2010 to discuss a story he had done for Asia Online on  15th October, and the meeting had nothing sinister about it,” said the official.
“It is part of the Wing’s mandate to remain in touch with the journalist community. Main objective behind all such interactions is provision of accurate information on matters of national security. ISI also makes it a point to notify institutions and individuals alike of any threat warning received about them”, he said.
The ISI official further said that “the reported e-mail of Mr. Saleem Shahzad to Mr Ali Hasan Dayan of HRW which is being made the basis of baseless allegations leveled against ISI has no veiled or unveiled threats in it.”
The official pointed out that in the words of Mr. Syed Saleem Shahzad himself, “the conversation was held in an extremely polite and friendly atmosphere and there was no mince word in the room at any stage”.
It is regrettable that some sections of the media have taken upon themselves to use the incident for targeting and maligning the ISI, said the official. Baseless accusations against the country’s sensitive agencies for their alleged involvement in Shahzad’s murder are totally unfounded. In the absence of any evidence and when an investigation is still pending, such allegations tantamount to unprofessional conduct on the part of the media.
The “ISI offers its deepest and heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and assures them that it will leave no stone unturned in helping to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice,” the official stated.
At the same time, said the ISI official, the media should act with responsibility to avoid any possible legal course. It should refrain from baseless allegations against the ISI that seek to deliberately malign the organization in the eyes of the people of Pakistan, he said.
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