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UN cites Cooperatives as vehicle to make sustainable development a reality -
UNITED NATIONS, July 4 (APP): Cooperatives will play an invaluable role in the international community's roll-out of a sustainable development goals, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said Saturday while marking the International Day of Cooperatives.


UN welcomes new Southeast Asian States' proposals on region's refugee and migrant issues -
UNITED NATIONS, July 4 (APP): The United Nations refugee agency Saturday welcomed proposals by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to set- up a task force and trust fund to respond to the irregular movement of refugees and migrants in the region.


Afghan Ambassador called to Foreign Office -
ISLAMABAD, July 3 (APP): The ambassador of Afghanistan was called to the Foreign Office Thursday evening and a demarche was made regarding detention of an official of Pakistan Consulate General at Kandahar by Afghan authorities.


Prime Minister to visit Norway on Tuesday -
ISLAMABAD, Jul 3 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif  will visit Norway on Tuesday (July 7) at the invitation of Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg to participate in the Oslo Summit on Education for Development.


Dar opens MCB branch in Dubai -
ISLAMABAD, July 3 (APP): Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar has inaugurated a branch of MCB Bank in Dubai heralding its first wholesale banking operations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


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Leghari's ton powers Brothers CC in last-8 of in KG Ramazan cricket
KARACHI, July 3 (APP): Imtiaz Leghari smashed a whirlwind century to power Brothers Cricket Club Dadu into the last eight stage of Omar Associates 30th Karachi Gymkhana Ramazan Cricket Tournament when they inflicted 96 runs defeat on Karachi Whites Blues here at the KG Ground on Friday.
 
Pakistan's Tariq to play for Bengal Warriors in PKL
ISLAMABAD, July 2 (APP): Pakistan's Mohammad Tariq will play for Bengal Warriors in the cash-rich Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) this season.
 
PCB to appoint former LCCA official as director game development
LAHORE, June 29 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board is all set to appoint a former interim chairman of Lahore city cricket association, Aizad Hussain Syed, as the director game development, national  cricket academy, ignoring the set criteria and merit.

 
PBF distributes sports gears among players
PESHAWAR, June 28 (APP): President Pakistan Badminton Federation Mian Iftikhar Hussain Sunday said that the so called sports pundits being head of various sportsorganizations over the years did nothing apart from their joyrides tours and protocol culture that badly damped Pakistani sports.
 
7th Ramadan Summer Squash League Matches begins
PESHAWAR, June 26 (APP): The 7th edition of the Ramazan Summer Squash League-2015 got under way here at PAF Hashim Khan Squash Complex on Friday.
 
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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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