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UN leader calls on defence chiefs for ‘unity and backing’ on UN peacekeeping -
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 27 (APP): At the first-ever United Nations Chiefs of Defence Conference Friday, the Secretary-General appealed to senior military officials for more troop contributions from States around the world and for political will and purpose.


Afghan leader ‘cautiously optimistic’ about improved ties with Pakistan -
NEW YORK, Mar 27 (APP): Visiting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has told an American audience that he was “cautiously optimistic” about bringing about a fundamental change for the better in the relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which he considers key to peace efforts with the Taliban.


High Commissioner to UK decorates Malala with Sitara-e-Imtiaz -
app04-26london.jpgLONDON, Mar 26 (APP): High Commissioner to United Kingdom,  Syed Ibne Abbas has conferred Sitara-i-Shujaat on Malala Yousafzai on behalf of the President of Pakistan.


Pakistan calls for effective response to end armed groups’ violence against children -
UNITED NATIONS, March 26 (APP): Pakistan has underscored the need for evolving a counter narrative to defeat the twisted ideology of terrorists who are now intentionally targeting and attacking children, and called for an effective response to put an end to their violence.



US to delay troops pullout from Afghanistan to aid drone strikes: NYT -
NEW YORK, March 25 (APP): President Barack Obama's decision to maintain  troop levels in Afghanistan through 2015 is partly to bolster counterterrorism efforts in that war-torn country, including the C.I.A's ability to conduct drone strikes, The New York Times reported Wednesday.



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President SFP serves notice on Haider Lehri for holding illegal elections
KARACHI Mar. 26 (APP): President Softball Federation of Pakistan (SFP) Mohammed Saleem Khan has issued show cause notice to federation’s secretary general Haider Lehri for holding unconstitutional elections of the federation at Lahore on March 21 last.
 
Afghan players studded ICMS club win 23rd Governor Gold Cup
PESHAWAR, Mar 26 (APP): Having services of four World Cup returned Afghanistan players ICMS stunned Shama club in the final by 26 runs and lifted the coveted trophy of the 23rd Governor Gold Cricket Cup being played at Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
 
Hafeez must be made captain: Sarfraz Nawaz
ISLAMABAD, Mar 26 (APP): Former Test Cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz on Thursday urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to make Muhammad Hafeez the captain of the One Day side saying currently the all-rounder suits best to lead the team.

 
Police defeats Railway in Kabbadi match
MULTAN, Mar 23 (APP): Punjab police defeated Pakistan Railway Police in a  "Kabbadi" match played in line with the Pakistan Day at Police Lines here.
 
Peshawar District U-19 trials on Mar 27
PESHAWAR, Mar 22 (APP): Peshawar District Under-19 Cricket trials at Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium on March 27 here, said Secretary Peshawar District Cricket Association Asghar Khan told APP on Sunday.
 
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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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