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Pakistan vows to help restore Afghan peace

Pakistan vows to help restore Afghan peace

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Sunday stepped up efforts to engage Afghan leadership in initiating reconciliatory process in the war-torn neighbouring country, assuring the leadership in Kabul that it would take all possible steps for the success of ongoing peace and reconciliation process between the Karzai administration and the Taliban.
Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir extended the assurance during his meetings with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other senior officials on the first

Israel destroying chance for peace: Palestinians

RAMALLAH – Israel is destroying any chance of a return to peace talks by carrying out demolitions in annexed east Jerusalem, a spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Sunday.
“By doing this, Israel has destroyed all the US efforts and ended any possibility of a return to negotiations,” Nabil Abu Rudeina said in a statement after Israeli forces demolished part of a former hotel in east Jerusalem. The Hotel Shepherd is being partially demolished to make way for 20 new

Afghan peace delegation meets Hizb-e-Islami

ISLAMABAD – In a significant development on Thursday, the visiting delegation of Afghan High Council for Peace met the representatives of the Hizb-e-Islami, one of the major insurgent groups in the Afghanistan.
“Hizb-e-Islami, which is led by former Afghan prime minister and now one of the main insurgent leaders, Gulbadin Hekmatyar, presented its 15-point peace formula to the Afghan delegation,” said a diplomatic source, wishing not to be named.
The Afghan delegation was

Aman Ittehad takes out peace rally

ISLAMABAD – People from various walks of life participated in Aman Ittehad’s peace rally and marched from the National Press Club to the Parliament House to express solidarity with those suffering from violence and repression.
The participants of the rally demanded that the government must take strict action against state and non-state actors that break the law and propagate or encourage militancy and extremism by their words or actions.
Addressing the participants, Ali

Walk for peace and security in Balochistan

QUETTA – Aman Etahad organised a walk on Saturday to promote peace in the province and demanded of the government to provide security to the citizens against terrorism and crimes in the country.
The walk started from Assembly Chowk and ended in front of the Quetta Press Club. The participants were carrying placards and chanted slogans for peace, recovery of missing persons, curbing abduction like arrests of Balochis and against the military operation in the province, besides

Peace activists rally against terrorism

PESHAWAR – The peace activists from different walks of life staged peace rallies on Saturday in Peshawar and Mingawara Swat to denounce the trends of militancy and terrorism.
The peace rally was jointly organised by Aman Tehrik and Aman Ittehad in Peshawar whereas in Mingawara, the rally was held under the auspices of Global Peace and College of Youth Activitism. Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain attended the rally in Peshawar and expressed solidarity

Pope to hold peace summit with religious heads

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict, worried over increasing inter-religious violence, will host a summit of world religious leaders in Assisi in October to discuss how they can better promote peace, he announced on Saturday.
Benedict told pilgrims and tourists in St Peter’s Square the aim of the meeting would be to “solemnly renew the commitment of believers of every religion to live their own religious faith in the service of the cause for peace”.
He made the announcement hours

Israel says direct negotiations best path to peace

JERUSALEM – Face-to-face negotiations are still the best path to peace with the Palestinians, an Israeli official said Saturday dismissing calls for a new peace plan as premature.
On Friday, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas called for the international community, spearheaded by the peacemaking Quartet of the United Nations, the United States, Russia and the European Union, to come up with a new approach.
“We demand that the Middle East Quartet and the various UN bodies,

Rallying for ‘peace’ and ‘justice’

LAHORE – Aman Itehad and activists of civil society organised a ‘peace and solidarity’ rally from the GPO to Charing Cross on the first day of 2011. Similar rallies were also organised under the banner of Aman Ittehad in 108 locations all across Pakistan to raise voice against various issues and to high light the demands of people of Pakistan.
Supreme Court Bar Association President Asma Jahangir, Hina Jillani, Khawar Mumtaz, IA Rehman, Mohammad Tahseen and Irfan Mufti addressed

Peace in region due to forces’ sacrifices: CM

PESHAWAR – The sacrifices of police and other security forces in the ongoing war on terror lead to normalcy in the region, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti has said.
He was talking to the journalists after attending a ceremony at Malik Saad Shaheed Trust in Peshawar on Tuesday.
Hoti opened Malik Saad Shaheed Trust Website and distributed Rs 75,000 Sifwat Ghayoor Shaheed scholarships among the students from all boards of intermediate and secondary

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