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Arshad Daad appointed PTI’s new Secretary General

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Monday formally appointed Arshad Daad as party’s new secretary general a few days after the court rejected review petition against disqualification of Jahangir Tareen. Daad was previously serving as PTI’s additional secretary general until Tareen was overseeing the party matters. The party was waiting to fill the position until Supreme Court’s verdict over review petition filed against Tareen’s disqualification. On December 15,2017, a three-judge bench headed by Chief…

PM Sharif calls on UNSG Guterres to resolve Kashmir issue

DAVOS: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday called on the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres to use his leadership and good offices and play in role in resolving the longstanding issue of Kashmir.  The prime minister had his first meeting with the UNSG since the latter assumed office earlier this month, on the sidelines of annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. PM Sharif highlighted the issue of Kashmir saying that it is an international dispute which remains unresolved on…

New UN chief calls for ‘whole new approach’ to prevent war

UNITED NATIONS: New UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called for a "whole new approach" to prevent war, in his first address to the Security Council since taking office. Guterres took over from Ban Ki-moon on January 1 with a promise to shake up the world body and boost efforts to tackle global crises, from the carnage in Syria to the bloodshed in South Sudan. The former Portuguese prime minister and head of the UN refugee agency told a council debate on conflict prevention that too much time and…

Guterres takes reins at UN, looking to make changes

UNITED NATIONS: Antonio Guterres assumes the reins of the United Nations on Sunday hoping to breathe new life into the world body, in the wake of its impotence over Syria's humanitarian catastrophe. The Portuguese former prime minister, 67, will become the first onetime head of government to lead the UN, succeeding South Korea's Ban Ki-moon for a five-year term. His unanimous election has energized UN diplomats who see him as a skilled politician who may be able to overcome the divisions crippling the United Nations.…

Antonio Guterres sworn in as UN chief

UNITED NATIONS: Antonio Guterres was sworn in Monday as the ninth secretary-general of the United Nations, saying the world body must change to better confront global crises such as the war in Syria. During a solemn ceremony at the General Assembly, the former prime minister of Portugal placed a hand on the UN charter and took the oath of office administered by the president of the General Assembly, Peter Thomson. The first former head of government at the UN helm, Guterres takes over from Ban Ki-moon on January 1…

UN appoints Guterres as new secretary-general

NEW YORK: The UN General Assembly on Thursday appointed Antonio Guterres as the new secretary-general of the United Nations, in a shift towards a more high-profile leadership of the world body. The 193 member states adopted by consensus a resolution formally naming the former prime minister of Portugal as UN chief for a five-year term beginning January 1. The socialist politician, who also served as UN refugee chief for a decade, is expected to play a more prominent role as the world's diplomat-in-chief than Ban, the South…

Guterres vows to ‘serve most vulnerable’ as UN chief

NEW YORK: Antonio Guterres, the man set to become the next United Nations secretary-general, has vowed to serve "the most vulnerable" when he takes up the post. "To describe what I feel at the present moment two words are sufficient: gratitude and humility," the former Portuguese prime minister said in an address at the foreign ministry in Lisbon. "Gratitude but also humility. Humility when facing the dramatic problems of today's world and humility that is needed to serve, and especially to serve those that are most…