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Pakistan calls for boosting efforts to protect journalists -
UNITED NATIONS, May 28 (APP): Stressing the crucial role journalists play in providing authentic information, Pakistan has called for stepped up efforts to ensure safety and security of media professionals, especially in the situations of armed conflict.


UNSC adopts resolution violence against journalists, urges end to impunity -
UNITED NATIONS, May 28 (APP):  The United Nations Security Council Wednesday adopted a resolution condemning the frequent attacks against journalists worldwide and strongly deploring impunity for such acts.


Pakistan embassy disappointed over NY editorial over Axact scandal -
Washington, May 27 (APP): A spokesman of the Pakistan Embassy in Washington expressed disappointment over a recent editorial by the New York Times suggesting Pakistan's government complicity in a case of bogus-degree that allegedly involved Axact, a Pakistan-based company.


Rate of world hunger dropping amid wider eradication efforts: UN report -
UNITED NATIONS,  May 27 (APP): The number of the world’s chronically undernourished has dropped below the 800 million mark as an increasing number of countries hit their Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets on hunger, according to a new United Nations report released Wednesday by the Organization’s three food agencies. 


Pakistan rejects US paperís allegation of govtís complicity in degree-fraud case -
NEW YORK, May 27 (APP): A spokesman of the Pakistan Embassy in Washington Wednesday rejected an insinuation in a recent New York Times editorial about Pakistani government’s complicity in the alleged involvement of Axact, a software company, in bogus-degree fraud.


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Youth volleyball, badminton teams to undergo training in China
ISLAMABAD, May 28 (APP): Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Youth Volleyball and Badminton teams are participating in a 12-day training-cum-competition course in Beijing, China.
 
Iran's Vehedi win Asian 6-Red snooker crown
KARACHI, May. 28 (APP)- Sohail Vahedi clinched the Asian 6-Red Snooker Championship when he defeated Ehsan Hyderinezhad 7-4 in all Iranian final in Kish Island (Iran), according to informations received here on Thursday.
 
Atiq hopes Amir get an international recall
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COAS presents cash award to 17-year old boy for winning gold medal in Asian Jr AthleticsChampionship
ISLAMABAD, May 27 (APP): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday congratulated Muhammad Afzal, 17-year old young boy who won the first ever gold medal for Pakistan in Asian Junior Athletics Championship held at Doha, Qatar in the current month.
 
International golfer Munir wins Nur Khan Memorial Open Golf Championship
PESHAWAR, May 26 (APP): International golfer Muhammad Munir with his gross 11 under 205 over 54 holes clinched the trophy of the Air Marshal Nur Khan Memorial Golf Championship after playing a vital last day round of four under 68 here at lush green 6666-yard PAF Golf Course on Wednesday.
 
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Sherry Rehman rejects impression Pakistan allowing drone attacks after US apology PDF Print E-mail
WASHINGTON, July 10 (APP): Pakistan has not okayed any American drone strikes on its territory in exchange for Washington’s apology over the Salala attacks, Pakistani ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman said.The ambassador told CNN that Pakistan continues to deem unilateral unmanned aerial attacks a violation of humanitarian and international law.Referring to the complexities of the drone programme, she said it tests the relationship at every juncture.“And we honestly feel that there are ‘better’ ways now of eliminating al Qaeda, which has been done with our help. We have been doing that consistently, ridding high and medium value targets consistently. We’re the heavy lifters in this relationship.”Although, the drones may appear as a precise tool to target militants, the damage they do in radicalizing people and challenging the bilateral relationship far outweigh the benefits, she said.

She said the drone strikes were not only radicalizing a large population, but was also seen as predatory.“It’s seen as against the law. And it continues to challenge a relationship that can actually accomplish a lot more on the ground than we are doing today in eliminating terrorism.”The Pakistani envoy, who, according to CNN played an instrumental role in resolving the dispute over Salala attacks, reiterated serious concerns the Pakistani people and Islamabad have over drone strikes on its territory.
Sherry Rehman said Pakistan considered the drone program counterproductive and said “the concerns over drones ‘can’t just be brushed aside.”
She said the last week’s expression of remorse by the United States - over killing of Pakistani soldiers in November 26, 2011 in American cross-border attacks on the Salala posts has certainly opened the way for constructive discussions on bilateral relations, but “no, we have not agreed on anything,” she said, and added that many conversations were yet to happen.
“As I said, the apology has opened the space for an opportunity where we can have constructive conversations on several strategic issue,” Ms Rehman told the American news channel’s Christiana Amanpour in an interview.
The Pakistani ambassador drew attention to the need for acknowledgement of her country’s huge sacrifices and successes in the fight against terror.
“We need to understand that Pakistan is looking for some amount of strategic sympathy in the losses we have incurred over the last 10 years. We didn’t have more than one suicide bombing before 2001.”
“So it’s not that we are saying that all our troubles or  volatility, even within parts of Pakistan, have come as a result of joining force with the United States and NATO. But much of it has.  I think there needs to ‘be less tough talk in public’.”
Ambassador Rehman also pointed out the need to bridge the lingering trust deficit between the two countries. “There’s a trust deficit that you know about ‘between’ the two countries, and we must work to build that, because both people are quite able to work together.”
Regarding Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor employed by the CIA in hunt for Osama bin Laden before the al-Qaeda chief’s death in an American cross-border operation last year, the ambassador said the doctor had no knowledge about the goal that he was working for he knew he was contracting with a foreign intelligence agency, but he had no knowledge that he was seeking to bring Osama bin Laden in.
“So let’s not lionize him.”
The envoy said Dr Afridi was known to contract with terrorist outfits. He was even kidnapped by one, and he was in many transactions on the ground, all over the place. She said no country, including the US would allow its citizens to work with a foreign intelligence agency in secret, whatever the cause.
“His conviction is really for contracting with one of the terrorist groups that is waging or attempting to attack our soldiers. We’ve had several martyred recently.”
The Ambassador forcefully articulated Pakistan’s position against terrorism by saying that “they haunt our own people and our own children, our girl schools, our hospitals, our Sufi shrines.  They have bombed our people almost every day, including our police and security services.”
She said that its not something Americans see, since Pakistan’s sacrifice was not the staple of international television, but over the last ten years, terrorism has transformed the daily reality of its people.
“We are a resilient people but it doesn’t help to tell us to ‘continue’ to do more. It is our fight as much as anyone else’s, because we are committed to eliminating terrorism at its root and source,” Sherry Rehman said.
 
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