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Pakistan renew its commitment to UN peacekeeping at first-ever defence chiefs conference -
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 (APP): Pakistan has renewed its commitment to the “noble cause” of United Nations peacekeeping, the world body’s flagship activity that helps countries torn by conflict to create the conditions for lasting peace.


At UN, Pakistan urges action to end violence against religious, ethnic minorities in Mideast -
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 (APP):  Pakistan Friday called for U.N. Security Council action to end the religiously and ethnically-motivated violence sweeping the Middle East by promoting a global consensus for resolving the challenges confronting Iraq, Syria, Yemen and “most importantly” Palestine.


US says Pakistan making sincere effort for Afghan peace -
WASHINGTON, March 28 (APP): Pakistan is making a “sincere effort” towards Afghan peace and it wants to make the best use of the “new environment” by aiding a negotiated political settlement to the conflict in the neighboring country, U.S. Special
Representative Dan Feldman said.


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,  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to senior military officials for more troop contributions from States around the world and for political will and purpose.


IMF okays release of $ 501.4 million for Pakistan -
WASHINGTON, March 27 (APP): The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Friday approved immediate release of $ 501.4 million tranche for Pakistan as the Fund’s Executive Board completed the sixth review of Pakistan’s economic performance.


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Australia skipper Clarke decided to quit ODI cricket after World Cup

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MELBOURNE, March 28 (APP): Australian skipper Michael Clarke has decided to retire from One-Day Internationals after Sunday’s Cricket World Cup (CWC) final against New Zealand here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

 
Aussies enjoys edge but Kiwis can topple them with fighting spirit in CWC final on Sunday

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MELBURNE, March 28 (APP): Though Australia enjoyed the edge but fighting qualities, innovative brand of the game and flair can help New Zealand to topple the favorites in the final of Cricket World Cup (CWC) here on Sunday.

 
NZ captain McCullum rates his team’s chances as 50-50 in World Cup final

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MELBOURNE, March 28 (APP): New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum Saturday rated his team’s chances against Australia in the Cricket World Cup final as 50-50.

 
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 breaking records, capturing hearts: Richardson
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President Zardari to present Pakistan’s 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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