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UN Security Council condemns sexual violence as 'tactic of war' in Iraq and Syria -
UNITED NATION, Aug 29 (APP): The United Nations Security Council has condemned the use of sexual violence, in particular sexual enslavement and sexual violence related to or resulting from forced marriage, committee, including as a tactic of war, in Syria and Iraq, and urged all parties to armed conflict to take all feasible steps to protect civilians from such abhorrent acts.


More than 300,000 make perilous Mediterranean crossing in 2015 - UN -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 29 (APP):  The number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe has surpassed 300,000 this year, up from 219,000 during the whole of 2014, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.


UN urges all states to sign, ratify Nuclear Test Ban as 'critical step on road to nuclear-free world -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 28 (APP):  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed voluntary moratoria on testing imposed by nuclear-armed states but stressed that these cannot substitute for a legally-binding treaty.


Maleeha highlights Pakistan's investor-friendly policies as she rings N.Y. Stock Exchange's opening -
NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (APP): Pakistani Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, Friday rang the opening bell at the NASDAQ Stock Exchange in New York to signal the ceremonial start of trading, saying Pakistan's economy is on the upswing as it pursues liberal economic and investor-friendly policies.


Top tennis player Novak Djokovic appointed new UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 27 (APP): Novak Djokovic, the world's top ranked tennis player, was today appointed Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), after having served as the agency's Serbia Ambassador and promoting children's rights within his own private foundation.


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Mansehra upset Abbottabad Red in Inter-Club Soccer
PESHAWAR, Aug 29 (APP): Mansehra upset Abbottabad Red and Abbottabad Blues recorded victory against Haripur in the ongoing District Abbottabad Inter-Club Football Tournament being played at Gunj ground under the aegis of District Sports Officer Abbottabad on Saturday.
 
I still have some thing to offer: Saeed Ajmal
ISLAMABAD, Aug 29 (APP): Ace off-spinner Saeed Ajmal still has hopes to make a comeback to the national team as he has some thing to offer for his country.
 
Bodla breaks another World Record
ISLAMABAD, Aug 28 (APP): Pakistani Taekwondo black belt Ahmad Amin Bodla his own Guinness World Record by striking 852 kicks in three minutes.
     
 
Pak-India series matter of both countries cricket boards, Zaheer Abbas
LAHORE, Aug 24 (APP)- President, International cricket council, Zaheer Abbas Monday said that Pak-India cricket series was an internal matter of both the cricket boards and ICC could not play a role in this regard.
 
Farooq wins Badminton championship
ISLAMABAD, Aug 23 (APP): Farooq Ali clinched the National Disabled Badminton Championship played here at the Rodham Hall of Pakistan Sports Complex.
 
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Firdous Ashiq seeks media help to restore soft image of Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
firdous-media.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan on Saturday sought media help for restoring the soft image of Pakistan in the international community. The minister was talking to media persons after offering Fateha and laying floral wreath at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Memorial at Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi.She said: “at international level there is a wrong perception about Pakistan, and the government and the media will have to work together to restore the soft and true image of the country.”
She reiterated the PPP government stance that it fully believes in right of freedom of speech and would take all possible steps in this regard.
Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the promotion of inter-faith harmony, grant of rights to minorities, women and the deprived classes were the top priorities of the democratic regime.   
The minister said she has come to the memorial of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto as a party worker and to renew the pledge to continue her mission.
“Shaheed Mohtarma throughout her life struggled for the cause of democracy, and for the rights of the masses and sacrificed her life in this struggle”, said the newly appointed minister who before taking charge of her new ministry visited the site of Shaheed PPP chairperson’s martyrdom.
Dr. Firdous Ashiq said that she was thankful to the President and the Prime Minister who reposed confidence in her and assigned her the Ministry of Information. “With the help of the media I will try to come up to the expectations of the PPP high ups”, she said.
The minister said that the country was facing several problems including terrorism, unemployment, inflation and the government was striving to overcome these problems.
She appealed to the print and electronic media to play constructive role and help the government in resolution of the problems being faced by the country.
The minister also said that media being an important pillar of the state has always played constructive role in promotion of democratic process in the country.
While responding to a question about Pervez Musharraf’s arrest warrants by a court, she said that the matter was sub-judice but the government would assist the court whenever the court issues any direction in this regard.     
A large number of PPP workers including women wing activists were also present on the occasion. On her arrival the minister was greeted with slogans of “Zinda Hai BB Zinda Hai”, and “Jiey Bhutto”.
 
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