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UN unveils alternative policy agenda to make gender equality a reality -
UNITED NATIONS, April 27 (APP): A major new report released Monday in seven locations around the world by the United Nations entity for gender equality and women's empowerment, known as UN Women, calls for the transformation of economies to make women's rights and equality a reality.


PM approves package for deceased, injured in KP rains -
LONDON, Apr 27 (APP): While extending condolences on the loss to life and property due to torrential rains in Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday approved a package of Rs. 500,000 for the family of each deceased person and Rs. 50,000 for each injured person.


Prime Minister condemns firing at pilgrimsí bus in Quetta -
LONDON, Apr 27 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday strongly condemned the incident of firing at a bus of pilgrims in Quetta.


UN responds to destruction, displacement in wake of Nepal earthquake -
UNITED NATIONS, April 27 (APP): The United Nations said Monday its relief agencies are working with humanitarian partners in earthquake-hit Nepal, supporting the Government and other partners in the operations to rescue people and provide relief to the affectees.


PM grieved over Talal Bugti's demise -
LONDON, April 27 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday expressed grief over the demise of head of Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti.


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Pakistan must win convincingly to avoid slip in Test table
KARACHI, Apr. 27 (APP)- Pakistan will be aiming to change its fortunes when it goes head to head with Bangladesh in a two-Test series in Khulna from Tuesday.
 
Team Masood wins Swiss team bridge crown
KARACHI, Apr. 27 (APP)- Team Masood mustered 63.36 Victory Points (VPs) to take Karachi Bridge Association’s weekend Bridge Tournament here at Aslam Hall housed here at the National Stadium on Sunday night.
 
Ahmed Iqbal fails to find a place in Emerging Players
KARACHI, Apr. 27 (APP)- Talented Karachi and KPT all-rounder Ahmed Iqbal Khan failed to find a place among the 18 emerging players called by the selection committee for fitness test/trials at National Cricket Academy in Lahore on April 28.
 
Rashid victorious in Thailand
ISLAMABAD, Apr 26 (APP): Pakistan Davis Cup Captain Rashid Malik has added another feather to his cap by winning the 55+ Singles title of the ITF Seniors Pro Circuit, Grade 4 Tournament held at Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club, Thailand.
 
Pak Army wins one day, T-20 cricket series against Australian Army cricket team
RAWALPINDI, April 25 (APP): Pak Army won the one day and T-20 cricket series against Australian Army cricket team.
 
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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to visit Pakistan next month PDF Print E-mail
Guangzhou, Nov. 12 (APP): Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will visit Pakistan next month to what he said, “deepen strategic cooperation” and proposed establishment of a mechanism for formal and structured dialogue to ensure smooth and real time communication on all issues of common interest. “ We looking forward for establishing contacts between the political leaderships of the two countries,” Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Friday during bilateral meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines of the 16th Asian games. Two rounds of talks were held; the first with aides of both sides and the second a thirty minute one on one meeting between the two leaders. The one on one meeting was also attended by Pakistan’s Ambassador Masood Khan. 


The President also held bilateral meeting with Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and another meeting with the Chairman of Guangdong Automobile industry before leaving for the venue of 16th Asian Games spectacular inaugural ceremony.
The meeting with Chinese Premier was also attended from Pakistan side by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Malik Amad Khan Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Masood Khan Ambassador, Syed Mehdi Shah Chief Minister G-B, Saleem Mandviwalla Chairman BOI and Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar.
Briefing journalists about the meetings today Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said that Chinese Premier also announced beginning of the second installment of free commodity aid to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan from next week. The consignment of aid consists of diesel, coal and food commodities which will be supplied free by China as part of its aid to the flood victims in GB.
China has donated US $ 250 million for flood relief and reconstruction besides assistance to stranded people in upper Hunza Attabad Lake region.  The Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan also accompanied the President to thank the government and the people of China.
During talks President Asif Ali Zardari called for a currency swap agreement with China and taking full advantage of the Free Trade Agreement to take the bilateral trade between the two countries to 15 billion dollars soon.
The President said the 14th session of JEC early next month in Islamabad was a great opportunity to review the entire range of bilateral economic relations for closer economic cooperation.
The President also stressed the need for enhancing connectivity by working together closely on developing pipelines, rail links and fibre optic link.
The President also urged Chinese investment in water and energy projects in Gilgit-Baltistan and Thar coal project in Sindh and called for the setting up of China-Pakistan Energy Corporation to institutionalize cooperation in the energy sector.
Farhatullah Babar said that the President recalled his last visit to China in July and said that the visit was most reassuring as were his discussions with the Chinese leadership confirmed total unanimity of views between the two countries on all major issues.
The President congratulated the Chinese Premier and people on the successful inauguration of 16th Asian Games and thanked them for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to the delegation. He said Pakistan was looking forward to jointly celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations next year.
About Pak-China relations the President said that Pakistan-China friendship is a factor of peace and stability for the region. Relations with China are of very special importance for the People’s Party government not the least because it was the Party’s founder Chairman Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who together with Chairman Mao and Premier Zhu Enlai laid the foundation of this friendship.
The President reiterated Pakistan’s full support to China on a host of issues including Tibet, Taiwan and Xinjiang and described Pakistan- China strategic cooperation vital for defending common interests and to counter the forces of destabilization.
“China’s support for Pakistan’s stability and social development in these challenging times is a source of strength for us”, the President said.
President Zardari also thanked China for its steadfast support and solidarity with Pakistan and expressed appreciation for China’s assistance during the current devastating floods in Pakistan.
Pakistan had now entered the phase of post-flood reconstruction. We are mobilizing our own resources but also need greater international assistance, he said.
He said that Mega-projects like Gwadar, KKH, HMC and Neelum-Jhelum Hydro-electric Plant, are shining symbols of our friendship.
The President said that Pakistan is firmly committed to fight the evils of terrorism and extremism.
Pakistan is committed to the peace process with India and desires to have friendly and good relations with India. We sincerely wish to hold meaningful dialogue with India to resolve all outstanding issues including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said that Pakistan was doing its best to help Afghanistan achieve peace and stability and suggested closer consultations between Pakistan and China on Afghanistan. Afghanistan-China-Pakistan can promote trilateral cooperation particularly on Trans regional development projects and regional integration, he said.
We would welcome Trans-regional cooperation involving economic project cooperation between China, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Chinese companies can use Pakistan as a logistical and transportation base for their investment in Afghanistan, the President remarked.
Welcoming President Zardari the Chinese Premier said, “Every visit of the President has further deepened the Pak-China cooperation”.  On the sidelines of the 16th Asian Games opening ceremony the President also held a bilateral meeting with Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.
Talking to the Thai Prime Minister the President called for early implementation of the Agreement on ‘Exchange of Offenders’ due to humanitarian considerations and offered to host next meeting between officials of the two countries on Combating Terrorism and Certain Other Crimes.
The President said in order to achieve true potential of trade between the two countries there was a need for early conclusion of Free Trade Agreement.
The bilateral trade between Pakistan and Thailand stood at US$ 800 million last year.
The President thanked Thai government for supporting Pakistan’s efforts to attain the Full Dialogue Partnership (FDP) with ASEAN and expressed the hope that efforts will continue in future as well. The President also apprised the Thai Prime Minister of Pakistan’s role as a frontline state against terrorism, of how Pakistan was a victim and how it was determined to root out militancy.
Talking to the Chairman of Guangdong Automobile industry the President offered the Chinese automobile giant incentives to invest in Pakistan. The President asked the Chairman Board of Investment to stay behind in China for further discussions on prospects of Chinese investment in the country’s auto sector.
Earlier the President and his entourage attended the banquet hosted by the government of Guandong province and Guangzhou city leadership at the Baiyun International Convention Centre in honour of the guests to the 16th Asian games inaugural.
 
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