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The lesson of peace that Jesus sent

The lesson of peace that Jesus sent

Lahore Bishop Alexander John Malik held a midnight vigil mass at the Cathedral Church of Resurrection. The brightly lit church was filled with several people who settled into silence as the service began at about eleven thirty at night.
The Bishop in his service said that the Christmas was a time for love and joy. He said, “The atmosphere of the world and especially Pakistan is full of violence, aggression and destruction. It is up to all of us, to fill ourselves with love so

United States doubts Mideast peace

PARIS: Fresh leaks of diplomatic cables from 2009 by online whistleblower Wikileaks on Monday showed US doubts over Israel’s commitment to the Middle East peace process due to disagreement over Israeli settlements.
A US cable from November 2009, published online by Wikileaks and by French newspaper Le Monde, said Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu wanted to negotiate with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, known as Abu Mazen.
But it added: “it remains unclear to us how

Resolution of all Indo-Pak issues a must for durable peace: Nawaz

LAHORE: PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has underlined the need for resolving all pending issues between Pakistan and India, including the Kashmir dispute, to achieve sustainable peace and progress in the region. He was talking to Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan, Sharat Sabharwal on Tuesday. Matters of mutual interest, current situation in the region, terrorism and other issues of importance came under discussion during the meeting. Nawaz said the two governments should take concrete

Jailed Chinese dissident awarded Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO: Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in an Oslo ceremony derided by Beijing as a farce, and dedicated it from his prison cell to the “lost souls” of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.
In Beijing, police stepped up patrols at key points on Friday, including Tiananmen Square, where witnesses say hundreds or thousands were killed when troops crushed reform protests, and Liu’s apartment where his wife is believed to be under house arrest.

Israel, Palestinians turn to US to rescue peace talks

JERUSALEM: Israel and the Palestinians are sending top officials to Washington for talks, the two sides announced on Wednesday, to try to rescue a Middle East peace process in crisis.
The peace process appeared to be in tatters after Washington on Tuesday admitted defeat in its efforts to secure an Israeli freeze on settlement building, the Palestinians’ condition for resuming direct peace talks.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat is to meet US Secretary of State

Pakistani peace keepers return

LAHORE: A batch of more than 285 Peace Keeping troops of Pakistani contingent arrived from Congo on Wednesday, while Brigadier Saif Ullah Orakzai welcomed them at the Allama Iqbal International Airport.
The arrival of this batch was part of the relief-rotation programme under the UN Mission in Congo, said a press statement of the ISPR. The Pakistani peace-keeping were serving in this war ravaged African country since the last four years.
They were deployed in the most

ME peace efforts in ‘crisis’ as US freeze bid fails

JERUSALEM: The Middle East peace process lay in tatters on Wednesday after Washington admitted defeat in its efforts to secure an Israeli freeze on settlement building, the Palestinians’ condition for resuming talks.
Speaking late on Tuesday, US officials admitted top-level efforts to coax Israel into imposing new curbs on West Bank settlement construction had gone nowhere, prompting Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to declare a crisis in peace efforts but backslapping among

Tutu, Havel urge China to release Nobel Peace Prize winner

LONDON: Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Czech president Vaclav Havel on Sunday demanded “the unconditional release” of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, in an article published by a British newspaper.
Ahead of the Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo on Friday and writing in The Observer, Tutu and Havel said the dissident’s imprisonment was “sadly emblematic of the Chinese government’s intolerance to individual expression”.
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in October

Qureshi, Bopanna win peace and sport award

MONACO: The India-Pakistan tennis duo of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi on Thursday were honored for their partnership with a Peace and Sport award.
The two players featured on the ATP Tour this year wearing warm-up gear with the slogan “Stop War, Start Tennis” to publicize their belief that friendship between India and Pakistan is possible.
When he presented the award, Joel Bouzou, founder of Peace and Sport, appealed to the governments of India and Pakistan to

Taliban should join Afghan peace talks, says Karzai

KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday urged the Taliban to join talks to bring peace to the war-torn country, despite the insurgents’ leadership ruling out negotiations.
“On this holy day of Eidul Azha I once again call on those compatriots who are unhappy, I request them to join the peace efforts,” Karzai said in a statement to mark the festival.
Karzai has previously appealed to the Taliban to come to the negotiating table and low-level commanders are said to

Obama’s visit to India – Pakistan hopes for peace

WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s envoy to the United States on Saturday sounded an upbeat note on President Barack Obama’s visit to India, voicing hope that it will help bring peace to the region.
“Pakistan looks forward to President Barack Obama’s visit in 2011 and hopes that his trip to India will create opportunity for lasting peace in the region,” Ambassador Husain Haqqani wrote on Twitter, the micro-blogging service.
For many US experts, it would have been inconceivable for Obama

Clinton says K Rouge court vital for peace in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday hailed the work of a Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal as “painful but necessary”, despite Cambodian opposition to pursuing more regime leaders.
Clinton praised the nation for confronting its dark past after an emotional visit to Phnom Penh’s genocide museum, where she saw photos of gaunt-faced prisoners, dozens of skulls of victims and paintings of people being tortured. The court “is bringing some of the people who

Netanyahu to fly to US for peace talks

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he will fly to the United States next weekend for talks on Middle East peace efforts and to speak of the need to combat international terrorism.
“Next Sunday, I shall leave for the annual assembly of Jewish communities in the United States,” Netanyahu told reporters at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, referring to a congress to be held in New Orleans on November 7-9.
“I shall meet there with Vice

Peace talks with Afghan Taliban set to break down

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and UAE, the main facilitators of US-backed Karzai-Taliban peace talks, fear that the reconciliation process in Afghanistan is heading for a breakdown due to Obama administration’s failure to extend certain guarantees to the Taliban, including a clearly laid down timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops.
These three key players in the Afghan conflict have now been trying for months for some sort of a breakthrough in the ongoing

End to corruption and police injustices vital for peace: Shahbaz

LAHORE: The equitable distribution of resources, elimination of corruption and curbing police injustices is essential for setting up a peaceful society, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Thursday.
He made these comments while addressing a large gathering of people after the distribution of vouchers of free fertilizers, seeds and quilts among the flood victims in Esa Khel in Mianwali district. The CM said that it was unfortunate that the poor, backward regions were the

Haqqani group in peace talks with Turi tribe

ISLAMABAD: The Taliban are negotiating a peace deal with a Pakistani tribe in the northwest, tribal elders said on Thursday, adding that the deal in this regard could give militants access to remote strategic areas on the Afghan border.
The talk of a deal between members of the Haqqani network – one of the most dangerous Taliban factions – and the Turi tribe in Kurram Agency is likely to raise concerns in the US, which has been demanding Pakistan get tough with the militants

Peace with Palestinians would help US on Iran: Peres

Israel needs good ties with the US to survive and must be more understanding of US demands over securing peace with the Palestinians, Israeli President Shimon Peres said on Friday.
Peres said an end to the Palestinian conflict would improve the US’ own security position in the Middle East and help isolate Iran. His comments came as a diplomatic deadlock deepened over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal to bow to demands from Washington to extend a freeze