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Pakistan, Afghanistan strengthening their ties and promoting regional economic cooperation -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 19 (APP): Afghanistan, under the new leadership, and Pakistan are strengthening their cooperation in a number of fields and boosting regional economic cooperation, a senior Pakistani diplomat has said.


UN General Assembly adopts Pakistan's resolution reaffirming peoples' self-determination right -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18 (APP): The UN General Assembly on Thursday stamped its approval on a Pakistan-sponsored resolution reaffirming that  the universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination was a fundamental condition for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights.


UN chief urges greater attention to 'precarious' situation of migrants -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18 (APP): Far too many migrants still live and work in precarious and unjust conditions, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has said Thursday in a message to mark International Migrants Day.


US-based Muslim body calls Peshawar attack against 'every Islamic value' -
NEW YORK, Dec 18 (APP): The Islamic Circle of North America strongly  condemned the" senseless and brutal attack" on the Army Public school in Peshawar, which killed 141 individuals, 132 of them children, and injured 124 others.


UN chief hails US-Cuba decision to normalize relations -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18 (APP):  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the "very important step" taken by the leaders of the United States and Cuba towards normalizing relations between the two countries.


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ISLAMABAD, Dec 18 (APP): Although Younis Khan’s hundred in the third ODI against New Zealand at Abu Dhabi went in vain, he did create a record on the way, becoming the oldest Pakistani batsman to score a one-day hundred.
 
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ISLAMABAD, Dec 17 (APP): Kenyan cricket team will complete its ongoing series against Pakistan A, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said on Wednesday.
 
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Aafia didnít shoot at US agents, no fingerprints on gun: Defence lawyer PDF Print E-mail
NEW YORK, Jan 12 (APP) “A lawyer for Aafia Siddiqui, the Pakistani neuroscientist accused of shooting at FBI agents in Afghanistan, told a pre-trial hearing on Monday that the defence team rejected the charge since there were no fingerprints or other forensic evidence that she even picked up the gun. “We’re not saying she did it in self-defence. We’re not saying it was an accident. We’re saying she simply did not do it,” Defence attorney Linda Moreno told U.S. District Judge Richard Berman ahead of Ms.  Siddiqui’s trial on January 19.
At a previous pre-trial hearing, Ms. Siddiqui, 37, had also forcefully denied the charge. “I didn’t fire any bullets,” she had told the court. “I am innocent of all the charges and I can prove it, but I will not do it in this court.”
Meanwhile, Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher La Vigne Christopher Levine made it clear that the government will not argue that Ms. Siddiqui was a member of Al-Qaeda, Taliban or any other terrorist organization.    
Lawyer Moreno argued that a jury, which will be selected on Wednesday, should only consider whether Ms. Siddiqui fired a weapon not her motive.
Under questioning from the judge, the lawyer indicated that the defence would question the credibility of the eye-witnesses that the prosecution will call to testify in support of the charge.
Since the very beginning, Ms. Siddiqui has said that she has no confidence in the American judicial system or the lawyers appointed for her by the court—even those retained by the government of Pakistan—and that she wants to make peace and knows how to do it.
“They are not my attorneys,” Ms. Siddiqui said moments after being escorted into a Manhattan courtroom Monday. “I have fired them many times.” She later said: “There’s too many injustices in this court.” Ms. Siddiqui is accused of grabbing a U.S. Army officer’s rifle during an interrogation in Afghanistan in July 2008 and exchanging gunfire with U.S. soldiers and FBI agents.
No American was hit, but she survived a gunshot wound to the stomach and was brought to the United States in August to face federal charges of attempted murder and assault.
On Monday, defence attorneys asked judge Berman to bar testimony and evidence from Siddiqui’s capture in Afghanistan the day before the shooting.
Prosecutors allege she was carrying a list naming the Stature of Liberty and other New York landmarks, and notes about chemical and biological weapons.
La Vigne, the government attorney, told the judge that the material found on Siddiqui should be allowed as evidence to “provide context to these events.” The judge said he would rule Wednesday morning before jury selection begins.
 

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