February, 2020


INCB calls for increased focus on improving substance use prevention and treatment services for young people  

New York. United Nation.  In its 2019 Annual Report, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB): • Highlights the connection between the use of alcohol & tobacco and the use of psychoactive substances like cannabis, opiates and cocaine by children and adolescents; • Focuses on the physical, emotional and social impact that psychoactive drugs have on young people between the ages of 15-24; • Urges governments to improve services using evidence-based prevention and treatment interventions for young people; • Expresses concern about the fast-changing global landscape of illegally manufactured designer-precursors tailoredRead More

Prime Minister’s Visit to Qatar

43 prison facilities in Punjab automated by UNODC with INL funding Handing over ceremony of PMIS to Punjab Prison Department

Lahore : The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) jointly handed over the formal control and implementation of the Prison Management Information System (PMIS) to the Punjab Prisons Department, Government of Punjab through a special ceremony in Lahore. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Zawar Hussain Warraich, Minister for Prisons, Punjab hailed the automation of prison records as a breakthrough in prison administration across the entire chain of prisons in Punjab. He appreciated the support from UNODC and INL that went beyond the provision of funds and equipment toRead More

Ambassador of Qatar extends invitation to the Foreign Minister for the U.S.-Taliban Peace Deal Signing Ceremony

 Islamabad: Ambassador of Qatar H.E. Saqr bin Mubarak Al-Mansouri called on Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi today. He handed over a special invitation from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar H.E. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, for the signing ceremony of the U.S.-Taliban peace deal in Doha on 29 February 2020. The Ambassador remarked that Qatar looked forward to receive Foreign Minister Qureshi at the signing ceremony. The Foreign Minister appreciated the invitation and stated that he looked forward to the U.S.-Taliban peace deal signingRead More

UN underscores need for continued int’l support to Pakistan for helping Afghan refugees

UNITED NATIONS: A U.N. spokesman has urged the international community to continue helping Pakistan, which has been shouldering the burden of caring for millions of Afghan refugees over the past 40 years. “This is not solely Pakistan’s responsibility; the international community needs to help,” Spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters at the regular noon briefing at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday. The spokesman, who was answering a question from a Pakistani journalist, said that part of the reason for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ visit to Pakistan was to bring attentionRead More

US, Taliban to sign peace pact at end of month: Pompeo

NEW YORK: The United States and the Afghan Taliban have reached an “understanding” that could lead to “a significant and nationwide reduction in violence across Afghanistan” – and ultimately, end America’s oldest war, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday. “After decades of conflict, we have come to an understanding with the Taliban on a significant reduction in violence across Afghanistan,” Pompeo wrote on Twitter, describing the latest development as “an important step on a long road to peace,” and calling on Afghans “to seize this opportunity”. Pompeo, in aRead More

Japan grants US$3.3 million to upgrade PRR Laboratory for polio

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Regional Reference for Polio has been upgraded with assistance from Japan through a grant worth US$3.3 million. The support will boost Pakistan’s capacity to swiftly track and respond to the poliovirus. The laboratory currently tests more than 30,000 stool samples and 950 environmental samples for polio a year from Afghanistan and Pakistan as part of the global effort to end virus circulation in both polio-endemic nations. The assistance from the Government of Japan has helped procure essential molecular-biology equipment for the laboratory; including genetic analyzers, real-time thermal cylinders,Read More

UNDP and Peshawar High Court organise All Pakistan High Court Registrars Conference to promote judicial collaboration and exchange of knowledge

 Islamabad: UNDP and Peshawar High Court have collaborated to initiate a platform that promotes judicial collaboration and exchange of knowledge.  The platform makes it possible for all provincial High Courts, High Court of Islamabad Capital Territory, High Court of AJ&K and Gilgit Baltistan Chief Court to share knowledge, experiences and best practices for effective management, and to enhance coordination.  A two-day conference held in Islamabad in this regard was attended by the Registrars of Peshawar High Courts, Islamabad High Court, Sindh High Court, Balochistan High Court, Punjab High Court, HighRead More

Pakistan creates history: wins Kabaddi World Cup

LAHORE: Pakistan Kabaddi team created history when they dethroned defending champions India by 43-41 in the high-voltage tension-filled final of Kabaddi World Cup 2020 and became world kabaddi champions for the first time at Punjab Stadium here on Sunday before a packed charged holiday crowd. The third place went to the Iranian team which toppled Australia by a margin of 54-33. Both Pakistan and their arch-rivals India demonstrated the best kabaddi throughout the tense final match. India, with a score of 24-18, took a lead of six points in the first half. However,Read More

Guterres commends Pakistan’ contributions towards UN’s charter, objectives

ISLAMABAD: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Sunday commended Pakistan for its immense contributions in strengthening the United Nations charter and objectives across the globe, terming Pakistan as a reliable partner and committed member of the world body. In a joint press stakeout along with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the UN secretary-general said Pakistan had been playing a leadership role in the region with its peaceful efforts especially in facilitating the Afghan peace and reconciliation process. He said Pakistan and its people had been showing generosity by hosting millions ofRead More