Imran Khan officially nominated for PM

In this file photo, Pakistan’s cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) speaks to the media after casting his vote at a polling station during the general election in Islamabad on July 25, 2018. (AAMIR QURESHI/AFP)
Updated 06 August 2018
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Imran Khan officially nominated for PM

  • Tahreek-e-Insaf leader Arif Alvi said Khan was formally nominated on Monday at a party meeting in Islamabad
  • Khan’s party won most parliament seats in last month’s general elections, but fell short of a majority in 342-seat assembly. It’s expected to form a governing coalition later this month

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was formally nominated on Monday as the party’s official candidate for the post of prime minister.
The resolution nominating him was presented by Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi at the PTI’s first parliamentary committee meeting in Islamabad. 
The resolution was accepted by all the party’s leaders, who congratulated Khan on the nomination.
“The issues over why the nation voted us into power need to be addressed as a priority,” he said at the meeting. 
“The country is in an economic crisis and we need to steer it out of it. We will approach overseas Pakistanis for repayment of debts.”


‘Key issues unresolved’, UN chief warns climate talks

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‘Key issues unresolved’, UN chief warns climate talks

KATOWICE, Poland: “Key political issues” deadlocking UN climate talks “remain unresolved,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday after an unscheduled stop at the troubled negotiations in Poland.
The fight against climate change is a “matter of life and death today,” he told ministers and delegates at the 195-nation UN forum tasked with beating back the threat of global warming, barely 48 hours before the meet in the coal town of Katowice was set to adjourn.
The two-week talks are tasked with breathing life into the 2015 Paris Agreement, which vows to cap global warming at “well under” two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) and funnel hundreds of billions of dollars to poor countries already feeling the sting of deadly storms, heatwaves and droughts made worse by climate change.
But efforts to elaborate a “rule book” for the Paris pact and to boost the carbon-cutting pledges of all nations have run aground, even as a barrage of scientific reports have warned that only immediate and radical measures can avert catastrophic climate impacts.
“The eyes of the world are upon us,” said Guterres, who had not planned to return to the talks after addressing the opening plenary 10 days ago.
“To waste this opportunity would compromise our last best chance to stop runaway climate change,” he said.
“It would not only be immoral, it would be suicidal.”
A major report called for by the UN climate body concluded in October that Earth’s rise in temperature must be capped even lower — at 1.5C — to avoid the danger of runaway warming.
But several countries at the talks, led by the United States and Saudi Arabia, have blocked efforts to endorse the report, which many developing countries see as essential.
“The IPCC report on 1.5C is the basis for all future action, on what we need to do,” Vanuatu Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu told AFP.
Endorsing the report’s findings at the conclusion of the UN forum “is a red line issue for us.”