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Pakistan expresses solidarity with flood-hit Bosnia; lauds Somali efforts to disrupt Al-Shabab -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 23 (APP): Pakistan stands ready to extend all possible technical assistance to the efforts aimed at strengthening Bosnia and Herzegovina, while reiterating strong support for the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said.


Pakistan earnestly working to implement population control strategies: Sartaj Aziz -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 23 (APP): Pakistan has told the United Nations that it was continuously raising awareness, providing healthcare and building capacity for effective implementation of population control strategies in the country.


Sartaj Aziz hold talks with Australian foreign minister -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 23 (APP): Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, on Monday held a meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at the U.N. Headquarters during which they discussed bilateral relations.


World leaders to meet at U.N. amid Islamic State, Ebola crises -
IFTIKHAR ALI
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 22 (APP): Leaders from around the world, including Pakistan's Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif,  gather in New York this week to tackle a host of crises: the situation created by Islamic State militants' attacks in Iraq and Syria, the rapid spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa and framing of a post-2015 economic and social development agenda.



Sartaj Aziz, Iranian FM Zarif discuss bilateral, regional issues -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 22 (APP): Adviser to Pakistan's Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz,  and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif discussed subjects of  bilateral interest, including the Pak-Iran gas-pipeline, at a meeting on Monday.



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Intíl handball challenge trophy in December
ISLAMABAD, Sep 23 (APP): The International Handball Federation (IHF) Challenge Trophy South Men and Women will be held at the Agriculture University Faisalabad from December 2-8.
 
Pakistan team for Blind CWC to be announced on September 30
ISLAMABAD, Sep 23 (APP): The national team to feature in the Fourth Cricket World Cup of the Blind to be staged in Cape Town, South Africa from November 25 to December 9 will be announced on September 30.
 
Have to improve as a fielding unit: Hafeez
ISLAMABAD, Sep 22 (APP):Mohammad Hafeez the Lahore Lions captain in Champions League Twenty20  2014 in Hyderabad said that we believe the way they are showing their talent in the field, as batsmen and bowlers, it's really good but we have to improve as a fielding unit, we really have to raise the standard of fielding against Kolkata Knight Riders.

 
Mohammadan Club outclass Youngman in Rawalpindi Soccer
RAWALPINDI, Sept 22 (APP): Mohammadan Club beat Youngman Club 2-1 in the Rawalpindi District A Division Football League on Monday at Municipal Stadium.
 
Pak judokaís father optimistic his son will show talent in Asian Games
ISLAMABAD, Sept 22 (APP): Pakistan’s Japanese-raised judoka, Shah Hussain’s father is hopeful that his son would show talent in the ongoing Asian Games.
 
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Complete text of address of Bilawal Bhutto PDF Print E-mail
NAUDERO, April 3 (APP): Following is the complete text of the speech of Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari delivered during the Central Executive Committee meeting of the PPP on the eve of 33rd death anniversary of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto on Tuesday.

Text beings:
Bismillah-ir-rahman Rahim
When we mourn Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, we mourn, more than just a great man, the first popularly elected Prime Minister and first ever Sindhi President and Prime Minister of Pakistan.
We mourn the murder of democracy.
We mourn the murder of justice.
We mourn for our country.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan sentenced Shaheed Bhutto to death by hanging for a crime he did not commit. This judicial murder was not the first nor the last flawed decision our courts have made.
Unfortunately our courts have often stood on the wrong side of history. From the Doctrine of Necessity, to the judicial murder of Shaheed Bhutto and the continued legitimization of violations of our constitution our court shave not performed the role required of them by the constitution of Pakistan.
In 2007, in the final months of the Dictatorship of the day, our courts gave us hope. The brave stance adopted by our judges and the support of the lawyers movement gave us hope that Pakistan would have a truly independent and impartial judiciary.
The restoration of these judges by our Prime Minister was a truly historic milestone for our country.
Now it is up to the courts to redeem their institutions sullied reputation in the eyes of history. Was their brave stance evidence of the beginning of a new era in Pakistan where the judges of our courts will be remembered for dispensing justice, supporting democracy and refusing to do the bidding of our establishment? Or was their stance in 2007 just the exception that proves the rule, were our hopes raised for naught? Must we learn the hard way that once a PCO judge always a PCO judge?
Time will tell. I am confident that the PPP will finally get the justice we deserve in the eyes of history. I am confident the Supreme Court will deliver us this justice. I am confident the Supreme Court will not stand in the way. The Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto reference case is a golden opportunity for the Supreme Court. I expect the Supreme Court to finally provide us justice. Justice in the eyes of history - the court must set the record straight. Justice in the eyes of the law - the unholy judgment and the precedent set by it must be revoked. Justice in the eyes of the People, the PPP and Shaheed Bhutto’s family - we expect the Supreme Court to apologise for the role it played in the judicial murder of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
The Supreme Court once told us Shaheed Bhutto was
Guilty. The court of history is on our side and has proved his innocence.
There have been some positive developments in the decisions taken by the court to right the wrongs of the past. These developments give me the confidence to believe that the Bhuttos of Larkana will also get the justice they deserve.
The Sharifs of Lahore have had their trumped up charges squashed by the courts. I do not believe there will be double standards. I do not believe that Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Larkana is hanged but he does not get justice from these courts while the Sharifs of Lahore are vindicated.
Similarly the Asgar Khan case has finally been taken up by the Supreme Court. Shaheed Benazir Bhutto fought for more than a decade for this case to be heard. It is a positive development that following Imran Khan of Lahore’s demand the case has finally been heard. I have no doubt the forces that conspired against the PPP and Shaheed BB shall finally be exposed.
Despite these positive developments there are also some worrying signs. More than 50% of terrorists presented before our courts have been freed. I am told there is a lack of evidence and the fault lies with the prosecution.
The rapists of our sister Mukhtara Mai have been freed by the courts. Presumably for the same reasons. How can there be enough evidence to hang SZAB but not enough evidence to keep terrorists and rapists in prison. How can there be enough evidence to keep Benazir Bhutto Shaheed, President Zardari and Prime Minister Gillani in prison for so long without a conviction but rapists and terrorists are set free. How can there be enough evidence to attempt to try the grave of Shaheed Mohatarma Benazir Bhutto but rapists and terrorists are set free? I urge the courts to proceed with caution. I urge the courts to revisit their flawed decision in the Mukhtara Mai case. I urge the court to help keep our country safe by convicting terrorists for the atrocities they have committed.  I urge the court to remember how they got where they are today. On May 12, 2007, 40 members of my party lost their lives supporting this Chief Justice and the cause of an independent judiciary. Is this what they deserve? When will we get justice?
The courts are dangerously close to repeating the mistakes of the past. They should resist the temptation to obey the dictation of the establishment.
We cannot allow the court to dig up my mothers grave and put her martyred corpse on trial.
Mr. Prime Minister you will not violate Vienna convention, you will not violate the Constitution of Pakistan, you will not desecrate the graves of our martyrs. You may lose your office. You may lose your government but you must do what is right. There is not only the Supreme Court, there is also the court of the people and the court of history.
The Supreme Court told us Shaheed Bhutto was guilty. They hanged Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Larkana, but the court of the people and the court of history was on our side and we have been vindicated. Just as Shaheed Bhutto was vindicated, you too shall be vindicated.
They can threaten to send Yousuf Raza Gillani of Multan to prison but he is a follower of Bhutto Shaheed. We do not fear prison cells.  We do not fear death cells. As Shaheed Bhutto said. We would rather die at the hands of a dictator than at the hands of history.
Let us pray that cooler heads prevail. Let us pray that our Supreme Court will once again choose to stand on the right side of history.  Let us pray that there will not be double standards. That Shaheed Bhutto of Sindh was hanged but another Prime Minister from Punjab is freed. That Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto fought in every court in this country and around the world to maintain her innocence. While a former Prime Minister from Punjab, a self confessing, convicted accused is vindicated, while Shaheed BB is put on trial from her grave.
That a Prime Minister who ransacked the Supreme Court is given better treatment over our Serikie speaking prime minister who obeys the constitution and presents himself before the court is stripped of his constitutional rights.
I have faith in the Pakistan Peoples Party. I have faith in democracy. I have faith in Pakistan. I have faith in you Mr. Prime Minister. You will make Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto proud. We will get justice. If not now. If not by this court. We will be vindicated in the courts of history.
The people have spoken. We are all agreed.
“Hum Benazir Bhutto Shaheed ki Qabar ka trial nahi honay den gay” “Ya Allah, Ya Rasoolh, Benazir Bayqossor.”
 

     

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