United Nations Archive

The BBC World Service: A mouthpiece of the British establishment – By Shiraz Paracha: On 24 September 2010, the BBC World Service television broadcast an interview with the US President Barack Hussein Obama in which the U.S. leader trashed the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his comments at the UN General Assembly the
Kashmir Bleeds, Does Anyone Heed?- by Hafsa Khawaja: Befittingly termed once as ‘Heaven on Earth’, with millions martyred since the past 6 decades, thousands of half-widows, orphans and missing – Kashmir today is a Palestine-in-the-making of Asia. As the Kashmir intifada continues, anyone keeping a keen eye on
UN Holds High Level Meeting on Pakistan, Few New Contributions: A high-level meeting on Pakistan’s flood crisis held at the United Nations yielded only a few new contributions to a $2 billion humanitarian appeal.  U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted the meeting Sunday evening ahead of the U.N.’s annual gathering
UN issues largest-ever disaster appeal at over $2 billion for flood victims: The United Nations and its partners today launched their largest-ever natural disaster appeal, seeking more than $2 billion for millions of Pakistani flood victims devastated by nearly two months of massive inundations in what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the
President resolves to ‘further strengthen democracy in Pakistan’: President Asif Ali Zardari hoped that the observance of the International Democracy Day would lend strength to the pro-democracy forces throughout the world and discourage potential dictators from curbing the aspirations of the people through political adventurism. President Asif
International Day of Democracy: “Let us recognize that democratic governance is a yearning shared and voiced by people the world over.  Democracy is a goal in its own right, and an indispensable means for achieving development for all humankind.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Message
Rehman Malik, who do you represent? – by Imtiaz Baloch: While Rehman Malik statements regarding the peace process in Balochistan of threatening aggrieved Baloch elements of using more force was responded by the sensible Baloch political leadership as Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal and Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo,  Newspaper
Explosion at Shiite Protest Kills at Least 40 in Pakistan: ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A blast ripped through a Shiite protest, the second such attack in three days, in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Friday, killing at least 40 people and wounding 80, police and rescue officials said.
Floods and humanitarian medicine — by Dr Mohammad Taqi: “Bani Adam aaza’ e yak o deegarand, Keh der aafreenesh ze yak gauharand. Choon uzvi ba dard aaward rozgar, Digar uzvha ra na manand qarar. Tu keh az mehnat-e-deegran beghami, Nashayad keh naamet nahad aadmi.” (Human beings are members
US designates Pakistani Taliban as Foreign terrorist group: The US designated Pakistan-based Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) as Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO), paving the way for overseas travel ban on its leaders and financial restrictions on the dreaded group. US prosecutors have charged the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud,
A call for help in flood-ravaged Pakistan -by John Kerry: THIS IS Pakistan’s Katrina. I just returned from that country, where the devastation created by the recent floods was gut-wrenching. Five years after floods washed over the southern United States, Pakistan is suffering from an epic disaster. And we
Three Christian humanitarian workers killed by Taliban: Three humanitarian workers operating in the Swat Valley, in the northern part of the country, have been killed by Pakistani Taliban while working to bring aid to flood victims. The attack of the fundamentalists, which has also caused several
Accepting foreign help — by Ishtiaq Ahmed: In an interview given to Lyse Doucet of the BBC and shown on August 16, 2010, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi pleaded passionately for help from the international community for the unprecedented monsoon floods that are wreaking havoc in
Looking beyond the calamity – by Imtiaz Alam: Indeed the natural and no less man-made calamity of the floods is still continuing across Pakistan. The scale of devastation is so horrendously huge and still so incalculable that no government or agency of any capacity could cope with
President sees devastation, handed out aid, and promised homes would be rebuilt: Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari yesterday made his first visit to areas hit by devastating floods. He toured the Sukkur dam in southern Sindh Province, Pakistan Television reported, to see the damage firsthand, after being criticized by the opposition
Pakistani Floods Affect Millions, But Level Of International Aid Pitiful- By Vilani Peiris: With monsoonal rains continuing, the worst flooding in Pakistan in 80 years is still spreading. Pakistani relief organisations and government agencies are stretched to the limit. Yet despite urgent appeals from the UN and other aid organisations, the level
Are UN Sanctions a gift to Iran’s regime?: (ria novosti) The UN Security Council’s approval of a fourth round of sanctions against Iran on June 9 has led to more not fewer questions about Tehran’ s nuclear program.
The UN Commission’s Report: What next? – by Ahsan Abbas Shah:
Report of the UN commission on Benazir Bhutto’s assassination: General Musharraf and the ISI indicted: Commentary/summary by Abdul Nishapuri The UN Commission’s report clearly identifies General Pervez Musharraf, the ISI and the Punjab Police (collectively the powerful security establishment of Pakistan) as responsible for the tragic murder of Benazir Bhutto and also for impeding
Blasphemy in a human world — by Sikander Amani: Whether you like it or not, the notion of blasphemy, or of ‘defamation of religion’, creates a hierarchy of beliefs which is simply incompatible with the plurality of the world, and the very right to hold a belief The
Benazir Bhutto murder case takes new turn as officials hunt for retired and serving army men: میں کس کے ہاتھ پہ اپنا لہو تلاش کروں Investigators are searching for four military personnel who had disappeared just before the assassination of the former prime minister. New twist in Benazir’s assassination probe ISLAMABAD: Investigations into murder of
As the noose tightens – by Usama Bhutto: Since December last when the Supreme Court of Pakistan started hearing the petitions for NRO, political climate of the country took a revolve. Newspapers were littered with twisted facts about the controversial ordinance and the eletronic Media celebrated an
UN team grills close aide of Musharraf in Bhutto murder: By Amir Mir LAHORE: The United Nations’ Inquiry Commission probing the assassination of the former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto recently posed some tough question to the former director general of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and a close associate
Hope Persists? – by Nimer Ahmed: Denmark had hosted the 15th UN’s Climate Change Conference from 7th December till 18th December 2009. At Copenhagen 193 countries negotiated to strike a much-needed deal to save entire human civilization but failed to deliver the answers for climate
Benazir Bhutto Case: Access Denied is Justice Denied – by Anas Muhammad: This year began with a blow to the UN investigation into Benazir Bhutto’s murder, as the commission was denied access to the top brass military and intelligence officials. The three member commission, which was investigating the facts and circumstances
Report: Kidnapped UNHCR official John Solecki killed in Pakistan: Update: UNHCR official is alive: BLUFUpdated at: 1350 PST, Monday, February 23, 2009 QUETTA: The Balochistan Liberation United Front (BLUF) has denied the reports of making phone call to press club regarding killing of abducted United Nations High Commission
Kidnapping of John Solecki: A joint act of terror engineered by Taliban and ISI, disguised as Baloch nationalists?: Based on various media reports, mainly compiled by Malik Siraj Akbar: According to a recent internet survey in Pakistan, the majority of people do not believe that Baloch nationalists are involved in the kidnapping of John Solecki. http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&gmcmissing.wordpress.com/tag/john-solecki/ A
Ban announces UN commission on Benazir’s murder: Can we hope to see criminals such as Hamid Gul, Baitullah Mehsud and other supporters/leaders of Taliban and Al Qaeda soon in a court of law? Ban announces UN commission on Benazir’s murder * Chile’s UN Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz
UN condemns Pakistan school attacks: Wed, 21 Jan 2009 08:17:04 GMT A UN special representative condemns the increasing attacks on schools in northwestern Pakistan by Taliban and other armed groups. In a statement issued in New York, Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN secretary general’s special
UN rights council condemns Israeli offensive in Gaza: GENEVA (AFP) — A divided UN Human Rights Council voted on Monday to condemn Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip and set up a probe into “grave” human rights violations by Israeli forces against the Palestinians. The resolution setting
Benazir Bhutto’s UN murder probe —by Khalid Hasan: A UN source who wished to remain anonymous said that he doesn’t know what goes on in meetings between Foreign Minister Qureshi and Ban or Zardari, but from the papers the impression at the UN is that the Pakistani
Robert Fisk: Bring in the peacekeepers? It’s not as easy as it sounds: Tuesday, 6 January 2009 (The Independent) UN peacekeepers in Lebanon, where they have had mixed success Do I hear the braying of the UN donkey in Gaza? On his Middle East tour, the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, may well
An advice for the UN: Investigate the murder of Benazir Bhutto: Investigate, please WHATEVER one’s political persuasion, it is impossible to deny that Benazir Bhutto’s assassination was a cataclysmic event for Pakistan. Ms Bhutto was no ordinary person: internationally, she was one of the few Pakistanis who had instant name
The UN General Assembly confers the prestigious UN Human Rights Award on the late Benazir Bhutto: Our heroes and heroines ON Wednesday, the UN General Assembly conferred the prestigious UN Human Rights Award on the late Benazir Bhutto. Her son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, received the award from the UN Assembly chief Miguel D’Escoto Brockman. Benazir
UN to confer top human rights award on Benazir: Wednesday, November 26, 2008By our correspondent WASHINGTON: The United Nations has decided to confer its top human rights award posthumously on former prime minister Benazir Bhutto for promoting democracy and fundamental freedoms in Pakistan, informed sources at the UN
Pakistan opts out of isolationism, Zardari’s address at the UN: President Asif Ali Zardari’s address at the General Assembly of the United Nations on Thursday has to be rated as a good speech that fairly expressed Pakistan’s point of view on the problem of terrorism while avoiding the kind