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UN officials call for ending “violent practice” of female genital mutilation by 2030 -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb, 5 (APP): Top United Nations officials are urging the world to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2030, calling it a “violent practice” that scars girls for life, endangering their health, depriving them of their rights, and denying them the chance to reach their full potential.  “Never before has it been more urgent  or more possible to end the practice of female genital mutilation, preventing immeasurable human suffering and boosting the power of women and girls to have a positive impact on our world,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) marked annually on February, 6.


Saudi Arabia donates $59 million to UN agency assisting Palestine refugees -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 5 (APP): Shelters, schools and health centres in Gaza, the West Bank and Jordan will benefit from $59 million donated by Saudi Arabia to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in the Near East under three agreements signed Friday. The first agreement for $43.5 million will support ongoing projects in Gaza, including the repair of more than 7,500 shelters for Palestinians whose homes were damaged during the 2014 conflict with Israel and the maintenance of three UNRWA schools.


At UN, speakers at Pak sponsored event call for boosting interfaith cooperation -
app01-05newyork.jpgUNITED NATIONS, Feb 5 (APP): Pakistani Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi and other speakers at an event held at the United Nations Thursday voiced serious concern over the increasing hate crimes targeting Muslims in the West, saying that the most effective action to reverse this dangerous trend lay in promoting interfaith cooperation. They also stressed the need for unity among Muslims as they build bridges to other religious communities through stepped up interaction.


Kashmiris and Pakistanis in New York to observe Kashmir Solidarity Day on Friday -
NEW YORK, Feb 4 (APP): Kashmiri and Pakistani people living in and  around New York will gather at the Pakistan House on Friday to show their solidarity and support to the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir struggling for their right to self-determination. The event has been organized by the Consulate General of Pakistan to  mark the annual Kashmir Solidarity Day.


IMF praises Pakistan for robust economic growth, macroeconomic stability -
WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (APP): The International Monetary Fund acknowledged strong performance of the government in the second quarter of the fiscal year 2015-16, after the conclusion of successful review under a three-year Extended Fund Facility which will pave the way for the release of about $500 million to Pakistan. An IMF mission led by Harald Finger, visited Dubai during January 26-February 4, 2016 to conduct discussions with Pakistani officials on the tenth review of Pakistan’s economic program supported by the EFF arrangement. 


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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 ICC’s 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.
 
PSL going to be more like IPL than other leagues: Sethi
ISLAMABAD, Feb 4 (APP): Chairman Pakistan Super League (PSL) Governing Council Najam Sethi has said that the PSL is going to be more like the Indian Premier League IPL than the other leagues.   "I say that because there are 200 million Pakistanis at home and abroad. This is by far the single biggest eyeball market in the cricketing world outside of India," he said in an interview with prominent cricket website ESPNcricinfo.   Sethi expressed the desire to hold to the PSL in Pakistan stating, "That is our aim. It is dependent on two things: the financial success of the PSL, how it catches the imagination of the Pakistanis and the world, and on the security situation."
 
Current generation missing Indo-Pak rivalry: Shoaib Akhtar
ISLAMABAD, Feb 4 (APP): Former pacer Shoaib Akhtar feels the current generation is missing out the unique rivalry of cricket matches between Pakistan and India saying he was looking forward to the Asia Cup where both the countries will meet each other. The cricket lovers around the globe can now take a sigh of relief as they don't have to wait too much to see the Indo-Pak encounter as both the sides will be face to face in the Asia Cup on February 27 in Mirpur, Bangladesh, which will be in its new avatar as a Twenty-20 tournament.
 
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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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