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Resolution of Gaza crisis key to achieving Mideast peace: UN envoy -
UNITED NATIONS, March 3 (APP): Peace in the Middle East hinges on resolving the ongoing crisis in Gaza, where reconstruction efforts are faltering and the blockade continues, the U.N.’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process, Robert Serry, said Monday.


Japanese media enjoys complete freedom: CEO Kahoku Shimpo Publishing -
By Karim Madad

SANDAI CITY (Japan) March 2 (APP): The Chief Executive Officer  (CEO) and Chief Editor of Kahoku Shimpo Publishing Takada Shinichi said that Japanese media was enjoying complete freedom.


Obama to host Afghan president on March 24 -
WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (APP):  President Barack Obama will host Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah, and key members of their unity government for meetings and a working lunch at the White House on March 24.


Women must be at the decision-making table at all levels: UN chief -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 28 (APP): The world must unite to end violence and discrimination against women and girls, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged at a high-level event in Chile on women and decision-making Friday, citing that progress over the past two decades has been made slow and uneven.


UNESCO chief condemns IS’s “cultural cleansing” in Iraq, urges international action -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 28 (APP):  The head of the United Nations agency mandated to protect heritage sites has voiced her dismay at the “destructive fury” exhibited by militants of the Islamic State in their recent assault on the Mosul Museum.


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Irfan, Misbah improves in ICC ranking
KARACHI, Mar 2 (APP): Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq climbed two place following his stubborn knock of 73 runs against Zimbabwe in their ICC Cricket World Cup match in Brisbane on Sunday.
 
CM felicitate national team on 1st win in WC
PESHAWAR, March 1 (APP): Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has congratulated the national cricket team on its 1st win in World Cup it played against Zimbabwe.
 
5-member Ski squad off to South Korea
ISLAMABAD, Feb 28 (APP): A five-member national ski squad, including one coach flew to South Korea on Saturday to chip in the Asian Alpine Ski Championship there, starting from Monday.
 
Gilgit-Baltistan Minister assures row-free Shandur Polo Festival
PESHAWAR, Feb 28 (APP): The caretaker Minister for Information, Tourism and Sports for Gilgit-Baltistan Inayat Ullah Shumali here Saturday announced a row-free Shandur Polo Festival  also known as sports event at rooftop ground of the world.
 
FOA seeks Governor KP help in holding First FATA Games
PESHAWAR, Feb 28 (APP): Secretary FATA Olympic Association Shahid Khan Saturday appealed to Governor Khyber Pakthunkhwa to direct the concerned quarters for releasing of fund to hold first ever FATA Games.
 
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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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