The UN chief arrives in Islamabad to attend a conference on Afghan refugees

ISLAMABAD: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrived in Islamabad on Sunday to attend an international conference on Afghan refugees.

Upon arrival at Nur Khan air base, he was received by the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Munir Akram and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations in Pakistan.

During his four-day stay, the UN Secretary General will call the President and the Prime Minister. He will also hold a meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

During these meetings, Pakistan’s perspective on all aspects of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute will be shared with the UN Secretary General.

A two-day international conference will mark the presence of 40 years of hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

The conference, which is held in collaboration with the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The delegations of Afghanistan and Iran will also attend the Afghan refugee conference.

The other commitments of the Secretary General include interactions with parliamentarians, media and youth. He will give special talks on issues of sustainable development, climate change and peacekeeping.

The Secretary General will visit Lahore. You will also travel to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib.

António Guterres will visit the historic Badshahi Masjid and Shahi Qila in Lahore and the Center for Peace and Stability in NUST. He will also visit the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan during his stay in Pakistan.

Earlier, on his way to Pakistan, the UN chief tweeted that Pakistan is one of the most consistent and reliable contributors to United Nations peacekeeping efforts worldwide.

Praising Pakistan’s contribution to global peacekeeping efforts, Antonio Guterres said he is visiting the country to express his gratitude to the people.

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Two passengers with fake travel documents trapped in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Two passengers were arrested by officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) at Islamabad airport for possessing fake travel documents, ARY News reported Friday.

Sources said passengers arrived in Islamabad from China and Malaysia with fake travel documents. FIA officials have transferred the arrested people to a human smuggling cell for further investigation.

Earlier on January 28, the Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) captured five people for attempting to board a flight with false and forged passports and documents in Islamabad.

According to the details, the detainees were trying to fly from Pakistan to Malaysia.

According to the CAA spokesman, individuals were trying to board the flight with regular paper visas while one of them, Shahid was willing to travel with a fake electronic visa.

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Carbonated drinks are prohibited in all Islamabad schools.

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad administration banned all kinds of soft drinks in federal capital schools on Friday, ARY News reported.

According to a notification issued by the local administration, the ban on soft drinks will apply to all public and private schools and Madaris in the federal capital for a period of two months. The administration has also imposed section 144 in Islamabad.

The prohibition of beverages comes after a survey conducted on social networks about the prohibition of soft drinks voted in favor of the ban. 91 percent of the people voted in favor of the ban.

Explaining the reason behind the imposition of a ban on cold drinks, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad said that according to World Health Organization (WHO) reports, such drinks are harmful to children.

Last year, the Balochistan government had banned the sale and consumption of soft drinks in all educational institutions in the province.

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The decision was made at the first meeting of the recently established Baluchistan Food Authority (BFA).

The government also decided to ban the sale of Ajinomoto (Chinese salt) in the province, declaring it harmful to health, in addition to requesting a strict implementation of the prohibition of the sale of Gutka.

Prime Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani presided over the meeting while BFA Senior General Director (retired) Bashir Ahmed informed him about the operation of the authority. Other BFA members, including Sardar Abdul Rehman Khetran and Asghar Khan Achakzai, and other interested officials also attended the meeting.

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Pakistan will organize a two-day conference on Afghan refugees: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office (FO) announced on Sunday that Pakistan will organize a two-day conference on Afghan refugees to be held from February 17 to 18 in Islamabad, reported ARY News.

FO spokeswoman Aisha Farooqui said in a statement that the Refugee Summit will be held in Islamabad from February 17 to 18, which will be opened by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

He added that representatives from 20 countries and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will attend the next summit.

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In early December of last year, Prime Minister Imran Khan, while addressing the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva, said Pakistan still hosts three million Afghan refugees despite being a state facing serious economic challenges, including poverty and unemployment.

He said Pakistan is proud to host Afghan refugees for more than 40 years. He commended the government of Switzerland and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for organizing the first Global Refugee Forum. The prime minister also congratulated the Turkish president for giving asylum to the largest number of refugees.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan faces several challenges, including poverty and unemployment. He urged the formulation of effective plans that could put an end to the risks of people being displaced throughout the world. He added that Islamabad is doing everything possible for the success of the reconciliation process in Afghanistan for the establishment of peace.

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‘Cases of child abuse in Islamabad decrease as Punjab exceeds the crime rate in 2019’

ISLAMABAD: A total of 777251 cases of criminal activities across the country were recorded in 2019 with more than half of the crimes committed in the province of Punjab, ARY NEWS reported Friday.

The figures were quoted from a report presented by the Ministry of Interior during the question and answer session of the National Assembly today.

He said the total number of cases registered in Pakistan’s largest province, Punjab, is 490,155, while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) witnessed second major criminal incidents in the country with 178,131 registered cases.

A total of 85676 cases were registered in the province of Sindh.

The capital city of the province of KP -Peshawar- led the crime rate among the cities of the country, with 38926 cases registered during 2019.

On the other hand, Kohistan, an administrative district within the province of KP, witnessed the minor criminal incidents with only 222 cases recorded in one year.

Read more: PM wants a broad public awareness against child abuse

The report also details the incidents of sexual harassment of children in the federal capital Islamabad, claiming that it had witnessed a decrease with 60 cases registered in 2019 compared to 66 cases in the previous year-2018.

The report presented in the lower house of Parliament said that 80 people accused of committing the act were arrested during 2018, while 75 were caught in 2019.

However, the report once again sheds light on the lousy prosecution of criminals, saying that only one of the defendants was convicted during 2019 as other cases are ongoing.

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Mainly the cold and dry climate persists in most of the country.

KARACHI: The Pakistan Department of Meteorology (PMD) forecasted mostly dry and cold weather on most parts of the country on Friday with cloudy skies in upper Punjab, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir over the next twelve hours.

The Meteorological Office said light rains are expected in some places in northeastern Punjab, while fog is likely to prevail in flat areas of Punjab during the morning and evening hours.

Mainly cold and dry weather is also expected in Balochistan, while very cold in Quetta, Kalat and Ziarat.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Chitral, Astore, Malamjabba, Dir, Kalam and Kurrum they will probably experience a very cold climate.

Read more: Skardu is still the coldest place in Pakistan with less temperature 18

In addition, an extremely cold and dry climate is expected in Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir.

Karachi will experience a dry climate with cool nights for the past 24 hours, Met officials said, adding that the lowest temperature recorded in the metropolis this morning was 10 degrees Celsius with 51 percent humidity.

Read more: Severe cold weather prevails in northern Balochistan after rain and snowfall

Islamabad and Peshawar trembled at five degrees Celsius, Lahore seven, Muzaffarabad one, Quetta and Gilgit minus one, Ziarat minus eleven, Kalat minus six and Murree two degrees Celsius.

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