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UN chief calls for postponement of Yemen peace talks -
UNITED NATIONS, May 27 (APP):  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked his Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, to postpone the planned consultations aimed at seeking a peaceful and Yemeni-led political transition process in the war-torn country, according to a United Nations spokesperson.


UN warns of "alarming" spike in suicide attacks by women and girls in Nigeria -
UNITED NATIONS, May 26 (APP): Northeast Nigeria has witnessed a sharp increase in suicide attacks involving women and girls this year, the United Nations children's agency warned Tuesday, calling on the country's incoming Government make the safety and well-being of children a political priority.


UN chief calls for strong international cooperation to overcome global challenges -
UNITED NATIONS, May 25 (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the international community was enduring a “time of test” amid explosion of world conflicts, humanitarian crises and human rights problems, and called for strong international cooperation and bold action to overcome those challenges.


US Senate blocks extension of Patriot Act -
WASHINGTON, May 23 (APP): The United States Senate early Saturday rejected the extension of the Patriot Act, which was enacted in 2001 to help the government in preventing future terrorist attacks.


UN to recognize peacekeepers service in world's hot spots; five Pakistanis to get posthumous awards -
UNITED NATIONS, May 23 (APP): The United Nations is set to honour at a solemn ceremony next week the sacrifices of more than one hundred peacekeepers, including five Pakistanis, who paid the ultimate price in serving the cause of peace in hot spots around the world last year.


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PBSA to hold IBSF snooker championship
ISLAMABAD, May 27 (APP): Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) will hold IBSF World 6-Red and Team Snooker Championship (Women, Men & Masters) in the month of August.
 
SNGPL Ranking Championships from June 7
ISLAMABAD, May 27 (APP): Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) will hold 1st SNGPL All Pakistan Ranking Tennis Championships 2015 from June 7 to 12 at the Grass Courts of Cosmopolitan Club, Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore.
 
KP in Boys, Punjab in Girls wins trophies of PSB Inter-Provincial Athletic Championships
PESHAWAR, May 26 (APP): Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Boys and Punjab in Girls clinched the winners trophies of the Pakistan Sports Board Inter-Provincial Athletic Championship played here at Tartan Track of the Qayyum Sports Complex on Wednesday.
 
PM felicitates Pak cricket team
ISLAMABAD, May 26 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has felicitated Pakistan cricket team on winning today's one day international match against Zimbabwe.
 
Top four batsmen set huge total of 375
LAHORE, May 26 (APP): Pakistan, showing excellent bating performance after a long time, set a target of 376 runs and broke a six years old record of highest runs in an innings of ODI with Zimbabwe at Gaddafi Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
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Pakistan urges talks on nuclear disarmament, instead of pushing for limited goals PDF Print E-mail
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 21 (APP): Pakistan has called for redoubling efforts to revive a global consensus that ensures elimination of nuclear weapons “within a specified time frame,” while meeting the security concerns of all states. “We must strive to evolve a rules-based, equitable and non-discriminatory international order that must pursue a comprehensive disarmament agenda,” Pakistani delegate Khalil Hashmi told the General Assembly’s First Committee, which deals with disarmament and international security matters.
Speaking in a thematic debate on nuclear weapons, Hashmi stressed the meed for commencing negotiations on the larger issue of nuclear disarmament instead of pushing for a treaty to ban production of fissile material used as fuel for atomic weapons, which, he said, was not even a non proliferation measure.
Asserting that eliminating nuclear weapons must be achieved by ensuring equal security for all States, he said that the efforts of major nuclear-weapon States had focused mainly on areas where their own security would not be compromised, such as by eliminating biological and chemical weapons, or by banning nuclear tests and fissile material.
The Pakistani delegate said that some of the major Powers promoted a fissile material cut-off treaty (FMCT) only after producing so much of that material that they did not need any more. But no effort had been made to eliminate nuclear weapons or to pursue genuine nuclear disarmament.
Instead of half measures, he said, or disowning obligations to disarm and advocating a treaty banning only the future production of fissile material which was not even a non-proliferation measure there should be a reduction of existing fissile material stocks as well, which would be a genuine step towards the elimination of nuclear weapons.
The search for security was the main driving force for the acquisition and development of nuclear weapons, he said. Because nuclear arsenals were seen as the ultimate weapons, they were therefore considered the ultimate guarantor of security.
But the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had demonstrated the horror of such attacks, which were an atrocity, he said. Despite high-sounding and moralistic assertions, the Pakistani delegate said, the fact was that nuclear weapons remained integral to strategic doctrines of military alliances and also provided extended deterrence to non-nuclear-weapon States that were members of military alliances.
Pakistan, he added, recognized that nuclear disarmament would not happen overnight or even in a lifetime, however the effort to eliminate those weapons must start now.
 
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