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UN chief condemns latest terrorist attack in Kenya -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 23, (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has  condemned the brutal killing of 28 people on a bus in Mandera, Kenya, in the latest spate of terrorist violence to afflict the East African nation.


UN committee approves resolution calling for promoting safe environment for working journalists -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 22 (APP):  A committee of the UN General Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution on the safety of journalists that calls on States to promote a safe environment to journalists to work independently.


Obama signs order expanding US Afghanistan role: NYT -
NEW YORK, Nov 22 (APP): President Barrack Obama has quietly expanded US military's role in Afghanistan from the previous guidelines that were to limit its troops' involvement in the war-wrecked country starting this year, The New York Times reported Saturday.


Pakistan slams UN Council's silence over July's Israeli attacks on Gaza -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 22 (APP): Pakistan has sharply criticized UN Security Council's "conscious reticence" on the deadly Israeli aggression against Gaza in July, saying the massacre that followed could have been averted had the 15-member body taken timely action.


Pak calls for boosting investment in children, UN marks 25th anniversary of child rights convention -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 22 (APP): The United Nations marked the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by holding a special meeting of the General Assembly Friday to assess its progress, with Pakistan making a strong case for more investment in children to help them fully realize their human rights.


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PTA organizes first telecom football league tournament
ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (APP): Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) on Monday organized the first Telecom Football League Tournament which was won by Telenor defeating Mobilink in a tough match with 4-0.
 
Saeed Ajmal target return in ICC World Cup
KARACHI, Nov 24 (APP): Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is pleased with the progress he has made with the remedial work on his bowling action, and has said he is targeting the 2015 World Cup for his international comeback.
 
Sajjad storms in World Snooker knockout rounds with 5th straight win
KARACHI, Nov. 24 (APP): Dazzling Muhammad Sajjad maintained his unbeaten run by assuring a place in the knock-out round with his fifth win in row in IBSF World Snooker Championship when beat ex-compatriot Farhan Mirza of Sweden in Bangalore (India) on Sunday night,according to message received here on Sunday.
 
Toss to play a vital role in 3rd Test: Sarfraz Nawaz
ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (APP): Former Test Cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz believes the toss will play a vital role in the result making of the third and final Test against the Kiwis saying skipper Misbah-ul-Haq should implement a straightforward winning and aggressive mentality while entering the field.
 
Ajmal confused over ICC technology used to assess bowling actions
ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (APP): Pakistan ace-bowler Saeed Ajmal while confused over the technology being used to assess bowling actions said he hopes the technology is 100% accurate as careers are at stake and any slight error could be catastrophic for a cricketer.
 
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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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