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Pakistan urges UNSC to act on Mideast as prospects for 2-state solution 'fading' UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has warned of fading prospects for a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while the Security Council, which is responsible for maintaining international peace, continues to "procrastinate and dither for political reasons." "A just, sustainable and equitable resolution of the Middle East conflict is only possible through an independent and viable State of Palestine, based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital," Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, permanent representative of Pakistan to the UN, told the General Assembly. "The Security Council has an obligation to play a role," she said while speaking in a debate on the question of Palestine."It must act on this most potent threat to international peace and security," the Pakistani envoy added.Ambassador Lodhi expressed her support for the Palestinian demand for international protection, and insisted that pressure be mounted on Israel to immediately lift the blockade on Gaza; irrevocably end all illegal ...

Three policemen injured in Quetta blast QUETTA: At least three police personnel were injured in a blast at Qambrani Road near Kachibaig area of the provincial capital on Wednesday. SSP Sariab Police Abdul Waheed Khatak said that the blast was occurred when a vehicle of patrolling police team was crossing the area.As a result, three police personnel received wounds and were rushed to civil hospital.The SSP said that 3 kg improvised explosive devices (IED) was planted beside the road by unidentified ...

President halts implementation of convict's death sentence for two months ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Tuesday stopped for two months implementation of capital punishment awarded to Abdul Basit, a paraplegic convict, and directed for an inquiry to determine his physical health.The President issued directive due to the physical conditions of the convict whose body was affected by a disease.The President observed that the standards of human rights should be maintained at all costs, said a press release.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015

PAC, PSOA meeting held LAHORE: A meeting of Parents Action Committee (PAC) and Private Schools Owners Association (PSOA) was held here Tuesday.The meeting presided over by Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed agreed upon the way of categorization of private schools for resolving the rate of increase in fees. The schools will be authorized to make fixed annual increase in fees with regard to their category. Ordinance of keeping the fees of private institutions at the level of ...

IRSA shows interest for collaboration with PCRWR in remote sensing technology ISLAMABAD: Indus River System Authority (IRSA) has showed keen interest for collaboration with Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) in the field of Remote Sensing technology applications for water resources management.Chairman IRSA, Rao Irshad Ali Khan during his visit on Tuesday met with Chairman PCRWR, Dr Muhammad Ashraf and discussed various water related issues and possible solutions.The areas of mutual interest for future cooperation were discussed particularly, the applications of Satellite Remote Sensing ...

Govt deptts working vigorously to control dengue: Kh Salman LAHORE: Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Kh. Salman Rafique on Tuesday said that all the government departments had been working vigorously to control dengue virus. Presiding over a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Dengue in Civil Secretariat Committee Room here, he said that doctors of government hospitals of Rawalpindi and Multan have saved hundreds of lives by providing medical treatment to dengue patients. He advised the departments to continue their efforts for controlling ...

Sundar factory architects remanded LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) Tuesday handed over two architects who were among main nominated accused in Sundar Industrial Estate factory collapse case, to police on seven days physical remand.Earlier, police produced accused architects Tahir Mehmood and Rana Munir Hussain before ATC-II Judge Khawaja Zafar Iqbal.Police apprised the court that the accused finalised the building plan of collapsed factory and were nominated in the case. The court was requested to hand over the accused for ...


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