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At UN summit, plans announced to boost low-carbon, renewable energy in Africa, small islands -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 23 (APP): A new initiative announced Tuesday at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York is expected to reduce dependency on fossil fuels in eastern and southern Africa at a time when regional demand for electricity is estimated to at least double over the next quarter century.


Uniting for Consensus (UfC) group meets to assess progress in efforts to restructure UNSC -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 23 (APP): The Uniting for Consensus Core Group, which is opposes adding new permanent members on the Security Council, met at ministerial level in New York on Tuesday to assess the current situation of the stalled Inter-Governmental Negotiations aimed at expanding the 15-member body to make it more representative and effective.


US, Arab allies, hit Islamic State targets in Syria -
WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (APP): The United States, along with Arab allies, launched the first airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria Monday night, as the war ordered by President Barack Obama against the militant organization entered a new phase.


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.


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Impressive Pakistan crush Qatar 3-0 in Asian Games Team Squash opener
INCHEON, South Korea, Sept. 23 (APP): Pakistan leaving their disappointment of individual Asian Games behind crushed Qatar 3-0 at Yeorumul Squash Courts here on Tuesday.
 
Three more players join kabaddi training camp
LAHORE, Sept 23 (APP): World class raider Shafiq Ahmed Chishti, Musharraf Javed Janjua and Irfan alias Mana, on Tuesday joined the kabaddi training camp at the Punjab Stadium.
 
CA Sports new official Apparel Sponsor of Pakistan Cricket
LAHORE, Sep 23 (APP): CA Sports has been named as the new official ‘Apparel Sponsor of Pakistan Cricket’.
 
Japan thrash Pakistan in Asian Games baseball
INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 23 (APP): Japan outplayed Pakistan 9-1 in their opening match of baseball competition of 17th Asian Games here at Munhak Baseball Stadium on Tuesday.
 
Maratib’s bronze in Wushu put Pakistan on Asian Games medal table
INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 23 (APP): Syed Maratib Ali Shah put Pakistan  on the medal table of XVII Asian Games when he won the bronze medal after losing his semi-final 70 KG fight against Kun Zhang of China in the Wushu sanda event at Ganjhwa Dolmens Gymnasium here on Tuesday.
 
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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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