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UNSC to hold emergency meeting on North Korea missile launch -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 7 (APP): The United Nations Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss the North Korean missile launch, as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Pyongyang to  halt its "provocative actions and return to compliance with its international obligations. Following a request by United States, Japan and South Korea, the 15-nation Council  will hold closed-door consultations on Sunday, the U.N. press office said.



Migration, multilateralism will be hallmarks of 2016: UN official -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 6 (APP): The top United Nations migration official has called for deceive multilateral action to tackle "the global issues lurking behind today's vast movement of people" fleeing war, instability or persecution. The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration, Peter Sutherland, said in Geneva Friday that 2016 "is the year of migration and multilateralism," and that series of comprehensive initiatives was needed to drive home - and effectively address - the global nature of the issue.



European speakers oppose India's bid for UN Security Council, call for resolution of Kashmir issue -
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (APP):  Speakers at a gathering on Friday to mark the Kashmir Solidarity Day in the United States strongly opposed attempts by India to seek a seat in the UN Security Council and called on New Delhi to honor UN resolutions on Kashmir that recognized right of Kashmiri people to self-determination. Mr. Lars Rise, a former Norwegian lawmaker and Founding Chairman of Norwegian Parliamentary Kashmir Committee and  European Parliament member Eija-Riitta Korhola were the guest speakers at the function held in the state of Virginia which was attended by a large number of Kashmiri leaders and people from all walks of life.     


Speakers at event in Chicago call for UN-supervised plebiscite in Kashmir -
CHICAGO, Feb 6 (APP): Speakers at a large gathering of Pakistani and Kashmiri community members in Chicago on Friday fervently called for a just and equitable settlement of the decades-old Kashmir dispute on the basis of United Nations resolutions that call for a plebiscite for the Kashmiri people to decide their future The gathering marked the Kashmir Solidarity Day which is held to  commemorate the struggle of the Kashmiris people  for their right of self-determination and to remember the countless sacrifices of those who had laid down their lives in the quest to attain their inalienable right to freedom.



Pakistan to stand by Kashmiris as they struggle for freedom: Maleeha -
maleeha.jpgNEW YORK, Feb 6 (APP):  Pakistan will continue to support the valiant struggle of Kashmiri people for freedom and self-determination as it has always done, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told a large gathering of Kashmiri and Pakistani community members on Friday evening. "Until Kashmir is free, our moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people will continue," Dr. Lodhi, Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations, declared at the meeting organized by the Consulate General of Pakistan to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day.  



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Pakistan victorious in squash quarterfinals
ISLAMABAD, Feb 6 (APP): Pakistan earned victories in squash quarter finals of the South Asian Games (Men & Women) played at Guwahati, India. In the Men Event (Individual) Farah Zaman (Pakistan) beat Ravindu H Laksiri (Sri Lanka) 11/8, 16/14, 11/9. Nasir Iqbal (Pakistan) beat Arhant Keshar Simha (Nepal) 11/4, 12/10, 11/0.
 
Irfan, Bacha to face Nouman, Taimur in Men Badminton doubles final
PESHAWAR, Feb 6 (APP): Irfan and Bacha Khan of Tarnab village will face Nouman and Taimur Khan of Palosia village in the final of the Peshawar District Inter-Club Men Badminton Championship played here at local Hujra at Landi Arbab, a suburban village of Peshawar, on Saturday. In the first semi-final Nouman and Taimur Khan defeated Sajid and Sana Ullah of Tehkal Payan by 3-1, the score was 21-18, 21-19, 21-16 and 21-19 while in the second semi-final Irfan and Bach outclassed Tahir and Arif of Landi Arbab village by 3-0, the score was 21-19, 21-15 and 21-19.
 
Aamer bags first hat-trick in PSL
ISLAMABAD, Feb 5 (APP): Mohammad Aamer becomes the first bowler to bag a hat-trick in the ongoing Pakistan Super League 2016 after he dismissed Dwayne Bravo, Zohaib Khan and Kevon Cooper. It was the 19th over of the second match of PSL 2016, when Aamer entertained the crowd with PSL’s very first hat-trick, a private news channel reported.
 
Saleem Rajput elected chairman of Karachi Softball Association
KARACHI, Feb 5 (APP): Muhammad Saleem Rajput has been elected unanimously as chairman of the Karachi Softball Association. An announcement on Friday said that the decision to this effect was taken at the annual general body meeting of the Karachi Softball Association (KSA) chaired by its president Asif Azeem.
 
Board decides to review ICCís constitution and governance structures
KARACHI, Feb 4 (APP): The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board considered amendments that had been made to the ICC’s constitution in 2014 and agreed that, ICC announced on Thursday. “In order to avoid any potential conflicts of interest and to follow best practice principles of good governance, it would seek to re-establish as quickly as possible the independent position of ICC Chairman,” world governing body announced in a statement.
 
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President Zardari to present Pakistanís point of view on promoting religious harmony at UNGA PDF Print E-mail
NEW YORK, Sept 24 (APP)  :President Asif Ali Zardari, who had arrived here on Sunday evening will highlight the challenges being faced by the international community to promote peace and security at global level and present Pakistan’s point of view to promote religious harmony when he will address the 67th General Assembly session on Tuesday. “President Zardari will present Pakistan’s efforts and measures taken by Pakistan government for ensuring peace and security in the regional and at international level,” said Ambassador Masood Khan while briefing the media persons here on Sunday night regarding the salient features of President’s Zardari’s address to the General Assembly session.
Ambassador Masood Khan, who especially flew into New York for the session of General Assembly, said due to the importance of Pakistan and being a key player in the war against terror, the international community will listen the address of the President.
He said Pakistan is very important and key player in maintaining peace and security in the region and its sacrifices had been acknowledged by the international community.              
Answering a question, he said, Pakistan always supported Afghan owned and Afghan led reconciliation process and would continue to so in future to ensure peace and security in the region.
He said due to neighboring countries, peace in Afghanistan will have direct impact on Pakistan.
Ambassador Masood said Pakistan is member of the Security Council of the United Nations therefore it has great concern about peace and security in the region and in the world.
He said President Zardari will meet foreign ministers of China and United States besides holding an important trilateral meeting with leadership of Afghanistan and Britain for finding a permanent solution to the present Afghan crisis.
Replying to a question, Ambassador Masood said, although U.S.  is an important partner  of Pakistan for resolving the Afghan crisis, but any consultation with other partners always helpful in resolving the issues and avoids conflicts.
Ambassador Masood said President will especially highlight the reaction of the Muslims Ummah, particularly shown by the people of Pakistan, on the sacrilegious film that has created unrest among the Muslims of the world.
He said Muslim countries especially at the platform of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have the support from the European Union, African Union and Arab League regarding the improvement of international laws to stop the events of disgracing of any religion.
He said Pakistan wants that there should be some strict laws made by the international organizations like United Nations to face the challenges like hatred on the basis of religion.
He said President Zardari will highlight the need to amend the laws so that no one case plays with the religious feelings of any religion.
Ambassador Masood said participation of President Zardari in the 67th General Assembly session and his address will improve Pakistan’s image in the international community as Pakistan has been playing an important role.              
Commenting on Pak-US relations, Ambassador Masood said, these ties are now going back on track and all the important issues were discussed during the meeting between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar held in Washington.
He said both the foreign ministers reviewed full spectrum of the bilateral relations in all fields and agreed to continue this dialogue process in future.              
Earlier, President Asif Ali Zardari was given warm welcome when he arrived here on Sunday evening to attend the General Assembly Session.
Besides the U.S. President Barack Obama, leaders from the member states of United Nation will be attending the General Assembly session which will start with the address of President Obama.
 
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