WASHINGTON, Jul 8 (APP): Describing Kashmir as an “extremely sensitive hotspot” President Barack Obama’s nominee to be US ambassador to New Delhi Timothy Roemer has favored Washingnton encouraging Pakistan-India talks towards resolution of the decades-old conflict. “I think it is an issue. It’s a delicate and sensitive issue. It’s one that—we would diplomatically encourage that the Pakistanis and the Indians first of all improve their relationship, their ties, their trade, their exchanges, to foster peace and more prosperity in that area between their two countries,” he told Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearing on Tuesday.
ISLAMABAD July 8, (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari has taken serious note of reports of the kidnapping and murder of a three-year old girl in Korangi in Karachi. Spokesperson and former Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the President was shocked over the reports of the alleged involvement of two policemen in the incident and asked for a complete report from the provincial government within twenty four hours.
WASHINGTON, Jul 8 (APP): Powerful US business companies and chambers, led by American Apparel and Footwear Association, have urged Congress to revamp the Reconstruction Opportunity Zones program for Pakistan and Afghanistan and extend duty-free treatment to all textile and apparel products. They noted that the present ROZs bill, which was conceived two years ago by the Bush Administration, is outdated. They argued that for the ROZs initiative to be effective, duty-free treatment must be extended to all textile and apparel products, especially to cotton trousers and shorts and cotton knit tops.
ISLAMABAD, Jul 8 (APP): Terming the talk of a separate Seraiki province as “a big conspiracy” against the country, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said the move was aimed to divert the attention from real issues. “When we are talking of NFC Award, provincial autonomy, concurrent list etc., some elements want to divert the attention. This (the move) is ill-timed and meant to divide the country,” Gilani said in an interaction with media-persons here at the PM House.
ISLAMABAD, Jul 8 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday while stressing the need for greater national reconciliation said that he intends to keep all political forces together because Pakistan cannot afford confrontation at this juncture. “Dialogue is our most powerful weapon...we defeated a dictator through the power of dialogue and we intend to continue holding dialogue to resolve various issues confronting Pakistan,” he said in an interactive meeting with former senior civil servants at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
NEW YORK, July 8 (APP): Pakistan will soon get over the difficulties facing it and march towards a bright and prosperous future under the present democratic leadership, Dr. Babur Awan, Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, said on Tuesday. “We have started a journey in the right direction for the welfare of 175 million people,” the minister, who is currently on a visit to the United States, told members of the Pakistani community at the Pakistan Consulate General in New York.
UNITED NATIONS, July 8 (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed Monday’s accord between Russia and the United States that commits the two countries to significantly reduce their nuclear arsenals. The Joint Understanding for a follow-on agreement to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), signed in Moscow by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and US President Barack Obama, commits the two States to cut their strategic warheads to between 1,500 and 1,675 and their strategic delivery vehicles to between 500 and 1,000.
UNITED NATIONS, July 8 (APP): Two U.N. agencies have called on the leaders attending this week’s meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations not to forget the needs of the world’s hungry, whose number is expected to top one billion this year, and to take action to ensure food security. Hunger is among the issues on the agenda of the G8 summit in Aquila, Italy, which comes just two weeks after the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced that there are now more hungry people in the world than ever before.