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UN marks World Polio Day with determination to eradicate the disease -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 24 (APP): The World Polio Day is being observed around the world, with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)  putting the spotlight on Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria where the crippling disease is still prevalent.


On UN Day, Ban celebrates Organizationís continuing commitment for a better world -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 24 (APP): As multiple crises ranging from poverty and disease to terrorism and climate change continue to afflict the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the 69th anniversary of the United Nations Friday, declaring that the Organization is needed now more than ever. 


Hatchet-wielding man shot dead after attacking NYC police officers -
NEW YORK, Oct. 24 (APP): A New York City police officer was critically wounded and another was hospitalized in an attack by a man wielding a hatchet, who was shot dead in the course of Thursday’s melee.


Right to online privacy at risk as governments engage in mass surveillance: UN expert -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 24 (APP): States must be transparent about the nature of their electronic mass surveillance programmes, a United Nations counter-terrorism expert said Thursday as he warned about the impact such measures might have on individuals' right to privacy.


Greater effort needed to eradicate extreme poverty in world's poorest nations on UN report -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 24 (APP): While the world's 48 most vulnerable nations continue to make in-roads into poverty reduction, a far greater effort is needed if these countries are to eradicate extreme poverty by 2020, according to a new United Nations report.


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Second seed Abid falls to Imran Shaukat in NBP Subh-e-Nau Cíship
ISLAMABAD, Oct 24 (APP): Second seed M. Abid was thrashed out of NBP Subh-e-Nau National Tennis Championship in semifinal of men’s singles by an unseeded player on Friday here at PTF Complex.
 
ICC empowers umpires in unfairplay
KARACHI, Oct 23 (APP): International Cricket Council (ICC) is empowering umpires to use their discretion in unfairplay, according to reports published in cricket’s leading website carried on Thursday. 
 
PCB Chairman, BoG congratulate Younis on double landmark
KARACHI, Oct 23 (APP): Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar M. Khan Thursday has congratulated Younis Khan on achieving two significant landmarks on day one of the first Test Wednesday against Australia at Dubai International Stadium.
 
47th Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amateur Golf Championship start on Friday
PESHAWAR, Oct 23 (APP): The 47th edition of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amateur Golf Championship will tee-off at 6666-yards PAF Golf Course today (Friday) over 54-hold, 18-hole each day.
 
PCB extends remedial work on Saeed Ajmal
KARACHI, Oct 22 (APP): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB has decided to extend Saeed Ajmal’s remedial work under Saqlain Mushtaq’s watch by another 15 days.
 
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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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