PIA plane crashes near Abbottabad, all passengers feared dead

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan International Airlines plane carrying 47 people crashed Wednesday on a domestic flight from Chitral to Islamabad, aviation authorities said.

All the passengers on board the passenger jet are feared dead. Military said 21 bodies were retrieved from the debris of the plane and being Shifted to Ayub Medical Complex,where a special cell has been set up. An aviation official said it was too early to say anything about the cause of the crash, but it probably occurred due to engine failure.

The Islamabad bound flight PK-661 took off at 3:30 pm from Chitral and went missing near Abbottabad before the pilots lost control over the aircraft and contact with control tower around 4:22 pm . A thick cloud of smoke was also seen billowing from the area where the aircraft came down.

Former famous Pakistani singer Junaid Jamshed and wife Nahya, were also among the passengers on the ill fated plane. According to family members, he was in Chitral on a preaching tour. 31 men, nine women and two children were on board the flight, including at least three foreigners, according to local media reports.  

Civil and military rescue teams were dispatched to the scene of the crash. Five members of the crew were identified as Saleh Janjua, Aly Akram, Ahmed Janjua, Sadaf Farooq and Asma Adil. 

“We regret to inform that PIA’s ATR-42 aircraft operating as PK-661, carrying around 40 passengers  lost its contact with control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad a short while ago,” PIA spokesman Danyal Gilani said.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan have directed the concerned federal departments to immediately initiate rescue efforts and help provincial government, said a statement.

Pakistan´s last major air disaster was in 2015 when a Pakistani military helicopter crashed in a remote northern valley, killing eight people including the Norwegian, Philippine and Indonesian envoys and the wives of Malaysian and Indonesian envoys.

The deadliest crash was in 2010, when an Airbus 321 operated by private airline Airblue and flying from Karachi crashed into hills outside Islamabad while about to land, killing all 152 on board.

Below are the pictures of crew members 

One shoot dead two are injured in Kalasha Desh on forest disputes

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​Kalasha valley; recent clashes between two villages Batrik and Darasguru (Phelwanadeth) on forest dispute in some parts Ac’hagha valley, the tension two groups became violent last night. According to initially sources; the people of Batrik village were constructing a building for livestock at Kandajaw area, the people of Darasguru village are claimed that the areas is their ancestral property and both side of the people are fighting case in the judiciary for a long time. According to police station Mumuret (Bumboret) the incident happened this morning around three to four A.M when they people of Darasguru interfered and tried to destroy the newly constructed livestock place, in resistance the people of Batrik opened bullet fire on the opposition and shut death a young man named Mujaidin son of Sahi Noor. He was shut on chest, and two others left injured. They injured were identified as Wali Shah Son of Taygon Shah and Najim Son Ambar Shah.

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The clash happened in dark, so it is pre-mature to say anything that, who had opened bullet fire on the deceased. Police station Mumuret under the leadership station house officer Mr. Sultan Baig, police have been left for the valley to ascertain the first investigation report on complained of Mengal Khan.

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One shoot dead two are injured in Kalasha Desh on forest disputes

​Kalasha valley; recent clashes between two villages Batrik and Darasguru (Phelwanadeth) on forest dispute in some parts Ac’hagha valley, the tension two groups became violent last night. According to initially sources; the people of Batrik village were constructing a building for livestock at Kandajaw area, the people of Darasguru village are claimed that the areas is their ancestral property and both side of the people are fighting case in the judiciary for a long time. According to police station Mumuret (Bumboret) the incident happened this morning around three to four A.M when they people of Darasguru interfered and tried to destroy the newly constructed livestock place, in resistance the people of Batrik opened bullet fire on the opposition and shut death a young man named Mujaidin son of Sahi Noor. He was shut on chest, and two others left injured. They injured were identified as Wali Shah Son of Taygon Shah and Najim Son Ambar Shah.

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The clash happened in dark, so it is pre-mature to say anything that, who had opened bullet fire on the deceased. Police station Mumuret under the leadership station house officer Mr. Sultan Baig, police have been left for the valley to ascertain the first investigation report on complained of Mengal Khan.
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documentary film "Unveiled: The Kohistan Video Scandal

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Canadian Filmmakers has produced an international featured documentary film on a very complex honour killings case of Kohistan’s mobile video in which five girls have been brutally murdered just for clapping. Regarding this they launch its first screening in Pakistan which had been held at National Press Club, Islamabad on 27th October, 2016.
 
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Photo Caption: Ambassador of European Union to Pakistan Jean Francois Cautian, Sonia wife of EU Ambassador, Journalist Haseeb Khawaja, and Victim  Afzal Kohistani are watching Canadian documentary on Kohistan’s  honour killings in Pakistan at National Press Club.

This has been inaugurated by Jean-Francois Cautain, Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Pakistan.

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This documentary film “Unveiled: The Kohistan Video Scandal” is all about Pakistan’s mega, high profile and complex, girls’ slaughtering for Honour by Jirga; which features victim Afzal Kohistani’s sufferings for seeking justice; the remarkable humanitarian efforts of renowned Human Rights Activist, Dr. Farzana Bari to take this case to a logical end and phenomenal role of an investigative journalist, Haseeb Khawaja, who vowed to expose by re-investigating all the cover-ups of the case of girls’ so-called Honour killings/ Jirga’s misogynistic approach and his selfless continuous help to the victim, Afzal Kohistani throughout the case.
 
This film has been produced by Digital Warriors Production (Canada) with the cooperation of Super Channel (Canada based TV Channel), British-Columbia-Arts-Council, Canada-Media-Fund & Creative-BC and its worldwide (except North America) distributor is Java-Films (France based international company).
 
HaseebKhawaja, the organiser in Pakistan for Digital Warriors Productions (Canada) & Java Films (France) who arranged everything regarding this screening gave his welcome speech in which he told the audience that, “This film portrays Pakistan’s positive image. I request to those people to must watch our documentary, who always keep criticise that foreign community only portrays Pakistan negatively. This documentary has been made with pure positive humanitarian intention by internationally renowned Canadian filmmakers. We have started a campaign across Pakistan for spreading awareness through this documentary film on Jirga’s inhuman role regarding women’s so-called Honour Killings. While on international level let me inform you, this film will be released on different big TV channels of several countries and also Canadian filmmakers will present this movie on several international film festivals worldwide.
 
Canadian Filmmakers, Brishkay (Director) spoke to the audience through Skype video call, “I hope this film reveals the larger story to the public and I hope investigative journalist Haseeb Khawaja and activist Dr. Farzana Bari and victim Afzal Kohistani get more support from the public and media because they have each worked hard to bring the whole truth out and to have justice served. Amina, Begum Jan, Shaheen, Bazigah, and Shireen (names of five murdered girls) are Pakistani citizens like all of sitting in this room. They deserve the same rights that you all have and that you all deserve. Please don’t just associate them with ideas of village life and tribal customs. They are Pakistani nationals and they deserve the same rights that you all have. I can only make a film about it. But you all can really help these five girls and women & girls across Pakistan by seeking justice.” she said.
 
While another Canadian Filmmaker, Elizabeth (Producer) spoke to the audience through Skype video call, “We want to show the world that Pakistan is not a kind of place where just bad people live, this country is also full of wonderful peaceful progressive people like Haseeb Khawaja (Journalist & Women Rights Activist), Afzal Kohistani (Victim) and Dr. Farzana Bari (Academic & Human Rights Activist) who stand against inhuman activities and performing their responsibilities to protect and promote the humanity.” she said.
 
Moreover, Human Rights Activist, Dr. Farzana Bari said, “I don’t want to see more bloodshed. Government must provide protection to me, Afzal Kohistani and Haseeb Khawaja because our lives are also in serious danger by following the Kohistan Video Case.If something happens to us or if we are not alive then the case should be registered against male family members of the murdered girls and their Jirga’s head.”
 
While victim Afzal Kohistani told that all girls in the video had been killed and the girls brought before the commission were not the same, now Supreme Court of Pakistan has finally reopened our Kohistan Video Case which was still waiting for fair justice after passing so many years. Now I am quite hopeful for transparent justice because all five girls have been killed by Jirga.
 
Further Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker and Activist, Haseeb Khawaja said, “I will never forget to do the follow up of Kohistan Video Case and will not let anyone to forget it either. Moreover, I will keep on highlighting it again and again till it reached to its logical end. And Kohistan Video Case is not my personal case and I am from one of those persons who will not get any personal benefit, even if the case gets resolved. So put aside all of your doubts and let’s become the voice of those innocent voiceless girls and set an example against Jirga’s illegal parallel judicial system. Moreover he said, the world premiere of our documentary will be held in some global human rights festival till the end of this year onwards.
 
Besides the EU Ambassador, delegation of the European Union (EU), representatives of the different embassies, NGOs/ iNGOs, Media, United Nations, Advocates, and Universities has also attended the screening.

Two Days Kalasha Language, Artisans at work exhibition and Seminar concludes in Islamabad

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Islamabad (Ishpata News) the Italian Development cooperation Head Mr. Dominico said that ‘Nature has awarded three strengths of this community. They are peace and loving people. Their culture is very ancient and very beautiful with the Kalash valleys of Chitral, and it is right to time to work for safeguarding this unique culture.

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He expressed his views at the two-day conference on the second day of Kalash Language and Culture Preservation Project, Islamabad on Saturday. The minority MNA Isfandiyar Bhandara, Italian consultant Miss Paola Manfredi, leader of the All Pakistan Muslim League Taqdira Khan, Mr. Marco Technical Consultant and expert of forestry, Mr. Murad PPAF assistant Manager program Poverty Reduction , Sanniah Jabeen UNESCO consultant for culture and Member the figures from various sectors attended the meeting. He recently visited Chitral. And happy. The Chitral district administration, various institutions of Pakistan are interested in working with international community.

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Osama Ahmed, Deputy Commissioner Chitral particular person owns a broad vision. Serious to protect the heritage that he said. Italy’s government is with you. However, it should remember that money is not everything. The most important thing is people’s interest. How serious they are to save their culture. They said . The Kalash valleys need to promote tourism. Because culture is alive. It is of interest to all people. The effort of our will. We take practical steps for the protection of Kalasha as UNESCO protected site. Dominico pointed to this risk. The Hindu Kush region is vulnerable to disasters. And the main reason is eliminated Forest. The re-settlement forests are highly important to protect the area.

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Dr. Marco and have extensive experience in this regard. He said . Thirty million euros will be spent to improve the Kalash valleys. The valleys and on the environmental threat posed great difficulties people are having the sort of tourism. Marco made sure to make his speech. The plan not only indicates that the PPP through the work would be completed. But  also will be development. In particular we will be focusing more on forestry. And forests have vanished. We will be trying to get settled. In order to reduce accident risks. They said . We will work through PPAFP. Getting benefits to local community. Minority Member of National Assembly Isfandiyar Bhandara said in his address he said that I am fully awaked of problems the Kalasha people faced. Particularly damaging Valley flood and earthquake last year is beyond description. However, in this regard, I am not unaware of the measures on the state level. He  said . I am opposed to haphazard tourism Kalash valleys. That does not undermine the Kalash culture. We are keeping close ties with UNESCO to preserve its culture. Addressing the Seminar All Pakistan Muslim League women leaders from Chitral in the Taqdira Khan thanks to measures to protect the culture for financial support from USAID. And congratulated  Wazir Zada and Luke Rehmat on holding a successful exhibition and conference held in Islamabad by AVDP. Particularly through the work of PPAF by the Government.

Ms. Taqdira Khan G.S APML Women Wing recieving a book written about Kalash popl e by Murrine Lines and Published by MNA Ishfandiyar Bhandara

He said. After the 2015 floods and earthquakes have affected the Kalash valleys. People are living in extremely difficult conditions. The financial support of any donor agency is indeed praiseworthy. And I thank them all from the Chitral daughter. He praised the late MP Bhandara Chitral and Kalash were for those services. He said. That the late Bhandara had created a lot of respect on account of their service in the hearts of Muslims not to the Kalash tribe only. That is still alive today.And expressed good feelings and formulate action plans to address the problems of safety and culture in the area. He thanked them for providing small grant from USAID. He said. That helped to secure the disappearance of the historical folk songs Kalash in the project. And today they are the Kalash tribe in book form. The Italian guest, Mr. Dominique, Miss Paola, Dr. Marco and PPAF refers Wazir Zada ​​appreciated interest and services highlighted the MNA Bhandara, services and the government for their efforts and thanked those announced by the Prime Minister for the construction of Chitral Mumuret Road. And demanding goverment of Pakistan Kalash culture that contribute to the provision of the national heritage and World Heritage. After the lunch break minority coordinator to Chief Minister Khyber Ravi Kumar was chief guest. On this occasion tribute by organizing a wonderful conference title and the Kalash community.

Group photo with Ravi Kumar Minorities Coordinator to CK KPK

He said. They found that they can to try to solve community problems. He expressed his condolences over the killing by terrorists of two young Kalash Mumuret. And expressed sympathy. He said . Although there is very little time left. However, they will try to make full allocation for funds for the Kalash valleys. He also salute the Kalash community. That kept alive their culture despite the difficult conditions. The manager AV DP provision at the end of the conference is an example for other minorities, the Ministry of National Heritage and folk plays exclusively provided hall and technical expertise in Lokvirsa Islamabad. That was made possible by the conduct of this successful conference hall of the free provision of technical support. The conference was conducted Luke Rehmat.

Chitral: More than 200 people suffer due to food poisoning after wedding feast

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Chitral: Emergency has been declared in a hospital in the remote Drosh Valley of Chitral district, KPK. More than two hundred people, including women and children, have been rushed to the emergency ward because of food poisoning caused by a wedding feast.

The patients are reportedly vomiting and also suffering due to loose motion (diarrhea).

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Local reporters are saying that the hospital in the region does not have the capacity to handle such a large number of patients. Some of the people brought to the hospital have been sent home after first aid, said a reporter based in Chitral.

This is a developing story. More details will be added.

Pakistan captures one Indian soldier at LoC, several others killed

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MUZAFFARABAD: An Indian soldier has been captured by the Pakistan army, while Indian soldiers have also been killed in the episode of firing across the Line of Control, it emerged Thursday.

Confusion over the capture of the soldier persists as neither Indian nor Pakistani officials are issuing any official statements on the matter, as yet.

An Indian army official based in New Delhi said, “It is confirmed one soldier from 37 Rashtriya Rifles with weapons has inadvertently crossed over to the Pakistan side of the Line of Control”.

Avoiding connecting the capture to today’s firing incident, he said such incidents of people including civilians crossing the frontier by mistake have happened in the past from both sides.

Building a case in favour of India, he added that those who strayed are returned.

“Pakistan has been informed [of the soldier’s crossing] through the DGMO on hotline,” ANI News quoted Indian Army sources as saying.

On Pakistan’s side, two officials based in Chhamb sector said the Indian soldier with weapons was captured at 1330 local time on Thursday.

Separately, security sources confirmed the same to Dawn.com. The sources said a 22-year-old Indian soldier by the name Chandu Babulal Chohan was taken into custody by Pakistani forces.

They added that at least eight Indian soldiers were killed. The bodies of the Indian soldiers have not been recovered by the Indian Army from the site of the skirmishes at the LoC. Security sources claim an attempt to recover the bodies by the Indian Army has not been made yet as they fear coming under fire from Pakistan Army troops.

In his show Capital Talk on Geo News, Hamid Mir said that 14 Indian soldiers were killed in two sectors. Defense analyst Major General (Retd) Ijaz Awan, who was on his show, confirmed his claim.

Early morning firing

Exposing Indian Fake Attack

An exchange of fire between Pakistani and Indian LoC troops began at 2:30am and continued till 8:00am in the Bhimber, Hotspring, Kel and Lipa sectors in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the ISPR statement said.

“Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing on the LoC.”

Shortly after the exchange of fire, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Defence held a joint press conference in New Delhi in which DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh alleged that surgical strikes were conducted by the Indian army on “terror launch pads along the LoC”. The strikes will not continue, he said.

The Indian DGMO claimed that “some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launchpads along the Line of Control”.

“The Indian army conducted surgical strikes last night at these launchpads. Significant casualties have been caused to these terrorists and those who are trying to support them… The operations aimed at neutralising the terrorists have since ceased.”

Pakistan rubbished the Indian claims of conducting a surgical strike.

“The notion of surgical strike linked to alleged terrorists bases is an illusion being deliberately generated by Indian to create false effects,” a military statement said.

“This quest by the Indian establishment to create media hype by rebranding cross-border fire as a surgical strike is fabrication of the truth. Pakistan has made it clear that if there is a surgical strike on Pakistani soil, the same will be strongly responded.”

Also read: What is a ‘surgical strike’?

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said Pakistan’s airspace would be safeguarded at any cost. “PAF is always alert and ready to issue a befitting response to foreign aggression,” a spokesperson said.

Faces of Kalasha a photo exhibition by UNESCO and Norwegian Embassy to highlight the Kalasha culture.

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ISLAMABAD, Sept 27 (IN): “Faces of Kalash”, a photographic show featuring glimpses of life and cultural heritage of Kalash valley was put on display here Tuesday.

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The event was jointly organized by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Norwegian Embassy at Satrang Art Gallery to showcase the photographs captured in 1929 by Georg Morgrnstierne, a Norwegian linguistics professor who visited the region and documented the culture of Kalash extensively.

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UNESCO representative to Pakistan, Vibeke Jensen highlighted the urgent need for safeguarding the unique culture of the Kalash people.

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Ambassador of Norwegian Embassy, Torr Nedrebo commended UNESCO’s efforts to support the exhibition and highlighted the achievements of the photographer who captured and documented the life of Kalash people.

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Secretary to ministry of national heritage and integration Mr. Kawani also spoke on the occasion. He emphasis to preserve the unique culture of Kalasha  people. Joint secretary Mr. Mashood Ahmad Mirza was also present on the occasion. The honourable secretary said that by next year the concern ministry will be submitting dossier for the inscription of Kalasha culture on world heritage list as per 2003 convention for safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage.

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Representing Kalasha community Mr. Luke Rehmat highlighted the Kalasha culture, festivals, history and issues of Kalasha peoples. He urged government and international community to come forward to take serious step to protect Kalasha culture. He asked government to prepare some good steps and also emphasis to provide legal protections and submission of dossier to UNESCO as earlier possible.

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Youhana Kalash, Parwana Jan Kalash and Rumi Khan Kalash were also participated the exhibition.

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The photo exhibition will continue for a week . People can visit the venue at Sereena hotel (Satrang Art Gallery)

 

Indigenous Australians most ancient civilisation on Earth, DNA study confirms

Indigenous Australians most ancient civilisation on Earth, DNA study confirms

Clues left in genes of modern populations in Australian and Papua New Guinea enable scientists to trace remarkable journey made by first human explorers

A new population analysis of Indigenous Australians and Papuans shows they can trace their origins back to the very first arrivals on the continent about 50,000 years ago.

A new population analysis of Indigenous Australians and Papuans shows they can trace their origins back to the very first arrivals on the continent about 50,000 years ago. Photograph: Matt Turner/Getty Images

Hannah Devlin Science correspondent

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Claims that Indigenous Australians are the most ancient continuous civilisation on Earth have been backed by the first extensive study of their DNA, which dates their origins to more than 50,000 years ago.

Scientists were able to trace the remarkable journey made by intrepid ancient humans by sifting through clues left in the DNA of modern populations in Australia and Papua New Guinea. The analysis shows that their ancestors were probably the first humans to cross an ocean, and reveals evidence of prehistoric liaisons with an unknown hominin cousin.

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Prof Eske Willerslev, an evolutionary geneticist who led the work at the University of Copenhagen, said: “This story has been missing for a long time in science. Now we know their relatives are the guys who were the first real human explorers. Our ancestors were sitting being kind of scared of the world while they set out on this exceptional journey across Asia and across the sea.”

The findings appear in one of four major human origins papers published in Nature this week, which together give an unprecedented insight into how humans first migrated out of the African continent, splintered into distinct populations and spread across the globe.

Willerslev’s findings, based on a new population analysis of 83 Indigenous Australians and 25 Papuans, shows that these groups can trace their origins back to the very first arrivals on the continent about 50,000 years ago and that they remained almost entirely isolated until around 4,000 years ago. “They are probably the oldest group in the world that you can link to one particular place,” said Willerslev.

En route to Australia, early humans would have encountered a motley assortment of other roving hominin species, including an unknown human relative who has now been shown to have contributed around 4% to the Indigenous Australian genome. Previously, scientists have discovered that prehistoric couplings have left all non-Africans today carrying 1-6% of Neanderthal DNA.

Willerslev said the latest findings added to the view that Neanderthals and other now extinct hominins, traditionally portrayed as low-browed prehistoric thugs, were “in reality not particularly different” from our own ancestors.

Adding to this picture, a second study found that the advent of modern human behaviours around 100,000 years ago, indicated by cave art and more sophisticated tools, does not appear to have been accompanied by any notable genetic mutations.

“Your genome contains the history of every ancestor you ever had,” said Swapan Mallick, a geneticist at Havard Medical School who led the analysis of the genomes of people from 142 distinct populations.

The study also suggests that the KhoeSan (bushmen) and Mbuti (central African pygmies) populations appear to have split off from other early humans sooner than this, again suggesting that there was no intrinsic biological change that suddenly triggered human culture.

“There is no evidence for a magic mutation that made us human,” said Willerslev.

Chris Stringer, head of human origins at the Natural History Museum in London, said the findings would be controversial in the field, adding: “It either means that the behaviours were developed earlier, they developed these behaviours independently, they acquired them through exchanges of ideas with other groups, or the estimated split times are too old.

Willerslev’s study also resolves the apparent discrepancy between genetic findings implying that Indigenous populations have been in Australia for tens of thousands of years and the fact that the languages spoken by these populations are only around 4,000 years old. “You see a movement of people spreading across the continent and leaving signatures across the continent,” said Willerslev. “That is the time that this new language has spread. It’s a tiny genetic signature. It’s almost like two guys entering a village and saying ‘guys, now we have to speak another language and use another stone tool and they have a little bit of sex in that village and then they disappear again.”

Aubrey Lynch, an Indigenous elder from the Goldfields area, said: “This study confirms our beliefs that we have ancient connections to our lands and have been here far longer than anyone else.”

Full Speach of Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at UNGA

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His Excellency Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif,
Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,
at the General Debate of the 71st Session
of the UN General Assembly
21 September 2016

Mr. President,
Excellences,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen.

We congratulate Mr. Peter Thomson on his election as President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly. We agree that implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda should be the focus of this Session.

We also pay tribute to Mr. Mogens Lykketoft for his capable stewardship of the 70th Session.

Mr. President,

Today, three decades after the end of the Cold War, our multipolar world is more free and vibrant, yet still chaotic and turbulent; more interdependent, but more unequal; more prosperous, yet still afflicted with poverty.

We see spectacular progress, but also unprecedented human suffering.

The world is at a historic inflection point.

The international order established after the Second World War is passing away, but a new order has yet to emerge.

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