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Community gathering called off under PM's direction to exercise austerity -
WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (APP): A community gathering in the honour of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has been called off after he desired to follow strict austerity measures during his upcoming visit to the United States.

Pak stresses political process complement UN efforts toward preventing conflicts for world peace -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 13 (APP): Reaffirming its commitment to UN peacekeeping, Pakistan has backed a recommendation that political processes should take pre-eminence in conflict prevention for maintenance of international peace and security.

UN chief urges intíl community to give girls opportunities -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 12 (APP): On International Day of the Girl Child, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the world to give girls all the opportunities they deserve as they mature to adulthood.

Afghan Taliban's reach is widest since 2001: UN says -
NEW YORK, Oct 11 (APP): The Taliban insurgency has spread through more of Afghanistan than at any point since 2001, The New York Times reported Sunday, citing data compiled by the United Nations and interviews with numerous local officials in areas under threat.

Spying case against U.S. diplomat Robin Raphel unravelling: NYT -
NEW YORK, Oct 11 (APP): The nearly year-long federal Investigation against Robin Raphel, a veteran American diplomat, for allegedly spying for Pakistan has all but fizzled, The New York Times reported Sunday.

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Hanif applauds Younis, but wants him to focus on 10,000 Test runs
KARACHI, Oct 13 (APP): Country’s iconic cricketer Hanif Muhammad has  applauded Younis Khan’s feat for breaking Javed Miandad’s long standing record of highest Test runs for Pakistan while playing against England in Abu Dhabi.
Give youngsters coaching to Miandad: Ijaz Butt
ISLAMABAD, Oct 13 (APP): Former Chairman Ijaz Butt has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to give the full coaching charge of youngsters to Javed Miandad as he is deeply involved in cricket and is the best man available.
Iftikhar qualifies for quarter finals of Judo
ISLAMABAD, Oct 13 (APP): Pakistan Judoka Iftikhar Ahmad has qualified  for the quarter final of the Asian Cadet Judo Championship underway at Thailand.
PJF congratulates Bukhari for good performance
ISLAMABAD, Oct 13 (APP): Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF) on Tuesday congratulated Pakistani Asian Continental Qualified Referee, Syed Qamar Shakeel Bukhari for good performance in the 9th Asian and 16th Junior Judo Championship.
Shane Watson joins PSL
KARACHI, Oct. 12 (APP)- Star Australia all-rounder, Shane Watson, has now become the 152nd foreign player to join the Pakistan Super League (PSL), it was announced on Monday.
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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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