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UN rights expert calls for dual fight against torture, corruption -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 22 (APP): The incidences of torture and ill-treatment around the world have not been diminishing and the need for effective prevention is "as great as it ever has been," a  U.N. human rights expert said Wednesday,  as he urged Member States to do more to tackle domestic corruption in order to prevent such episodes of abuses.


Pakistan calls for resumption of Mideast peace talks to end conflict -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 22 (APP): Pakistan has stressed the urgency of reviving Middle East peace negotiations aimed at resolving the decades-old conflict in that region.


US designates TTP's Khan Said as Global Terrorist -
WASHINGTON,  Oct 22 (APP): The U.S. Department of State has designated TTP leader Khan Said as Specially Designated Global Terrorists under an Executive Order, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.


Malala bags yet another prestigious award for promoting girls' education -
NEW YORK, Oct 22 (APP): Close at the heels of her Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani girls' education activist, was in Tuesday honoured with the Liberty Medal, a prestigious American award.


UN chief calls for honouring pledges for reconstruction of war-torn Gaza -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 21 (APP): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council Tuesday that promises made at a recent donor conference on rebuilding the war-ravaged Gaza must "quickly materialize" into concrete assistance on the ground, especially as winter approaches.


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Shahbaz bestows Rs 2 lakh each on hockey team
LAHORE, Oct 21 (APP): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif gave away cash award of Rs 200,000 each amongst the members and officials of the national hockey team for their brilliant performance in the recently concluded Asian Gmaes.
 
Quarter finals of Squash held
ISLAMABAD Oct 21 (APP): Quarter finals of Serena Hotels-Chief of Air Staff International Squash Championship were played here at Mushaf Squash Complex on Tuesday.
 
Hamza goes down to Vahedi in Qatar 6-Red Snooker semis
KARACHI, Oct 21 (APP)- Pakistan’s fast improving Hamza Akbar went down fighting 6-5 to Sohail Vahedi of Iran in the semifinals of inaugural Qatar Academy 6-Red Snooker Championship in Doha, according to a message received here on Tuesday.
 
Batting trio of Fazal, Majid, Saad put Karachi Dolphins on top in QAT
KARACHI, Oct 21 (APP): Batting trio of Fazal Subhan, Saad Ali and Majid Khan hit big half centuries to put Karachi Dolphins on top on day three of their 4-day Quaid-e-Azam Cricket Gold League match against Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) here at the National Stadium on Tuesday.
 
O’Keefe set to make debut against Pakistan in first Test
KARACHI, Oct 20 (APP): Steve O’Keefe has a good chance of making his debut in Dubai alongside the incumbent offspinner Nathan Lyon, said a report carried by cricket’s leading website on Monday.
 
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UN Working Group, not mandated to conduct investigations, fact-finding : Hina PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Sept 12 (APP): Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Wednesday informed the National Assembly that UN working group on human rights is not mandated to conduct any investigation or fact finding. “This group is neither mandated to fact finding nor investigating,” she clarified in her policy statement regarding visit of UN Working Group which currently is in Pakistan on the issue of missing persons. “There should be no ambiguity about this visit. It has a clear mandate. Pakistan has also been the member of UN Council on Human Rights and presented two reports,” she added.

Furthermore, this Group has also visited over a dozen countries and 91 countries have extended standing invitation for a visit, she said. “The working group is visiting Pakistan on our invitation”, she added.
The Foreign Minister said : “Pakistan has a mechanism in place for protection of human rights. The commission on missing persons is working, the Supreme Court has taken suo moto and the government is all sincere in protection of human rights”.
She rejected the notions about fact finding or investigation by the Group and said there is no need to overemphasize this visit.  The government is taking all measures for protection of human rights, she added.
She said Pakistan has also ratified many protocols and conventions of the UN regarding human rights and that shows the commitment of the government to protect rights of women, children, minorities and other vulnerable segments of the society.
Hina Rabbani Khar said the mandate of the working group is to engage with the governments to promote human rights. “It is not mandated to fact finding or investigation”, she added.
About the approval of the visit, the Minister said, the matter was discussed with all major stakeholders. Later, it underwent an inter-ministerial process and the summary was sent to the Prime Minister for approval, she added.
She mentioned three phases of the special procedure regarding the visit and said, the first one was a visit in May 2012, the second one was by UN Human Rights Council Chief in June 2012 and the present is the third one.
She said after the visit, the UN Human Rights Council Chief had appreciated Pakistan goverment’s steps and also raised the drone attacks issue with the US government.
She said the visit in conformity with the global norms and Head of Pakistan’s Commission on Missing Persons, Justice ® Javed Iqbal had also met the Group at Geneva.
“We should not be defensive to visit. We are a democratic and pluralist country where judiciary is independent, media is free and civil society is robust. All these features manifest that we protect human rights,” she added.
Hina Rabbani said “We in Pakistan are doing a commendable job and should be proud of the mechanism in place and the steps taken to meet the human rights challenges”.
She reiterated that the working group has a clearly crafted mandate and “we are sure that they will work within their mandate”.
“Pakistan remains committed to protect human rights regardless of color, creed, race and social status,” she said and recommended that especially the parliamentarians need to be careful and take the visit in its true context. “We need not to confuse it and be clear and mention to it in right context”,she added.
 

     

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