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Committee approves replacement in Afghan squad
KARACHI, Feb 25 (APP): The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Shafiqullah Shafiq as a replacement player for Merwais Ashraf in Afghanistan’s squad for the tournament.
 
5-member Ski squad to leave for South Korea on Saturday
ISLAMABAD, Feb 25 (APP): A five-member national ski squad, including one coach will feature in the forthcoming Asian Alpine Ski Championship, being held in South Korea.
 
PSB Junior Age Talent Hunt Squash entered semi-finals stages
PESHAWAR, Feb 25 (APP): Humam Ahmad, Ismail Khan, Rohid Asghar and Muhammad Ibrahim Mohib entered into the semi-finals of the ongoing PSB Junior Age Group Under-9 Category Squash Championship being played here at PSB Coaching Center Squash Courts on Wednesday.
 
Indian baseball manager predicts tough contest against Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Feb 25 (APP): Indian baseball manager, Dr Ashma Begum on  Wednesday predicted a tough competition between traditional rivals India and Pakistan when they meet on Saturday in the last fixture of 12th West Asia Baseball Championship here at Pakistan Sport Complex.
 
Yasir, Sarfraz should be given chance: Saeed Ajmal
ISLAMABAD, Feb 25 (APP): Pakistan ace spinner Saeed Ajmal feels Yasir Shah and Sarfraz Ahmed both should be given chance instead of Younis Khan and Nasir Jamshed in the remaining World Cup matches saying the players should now just focus on winning.
 
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Govt committed to ensuring Pakistanís sovereignty, integrity: Dr Firdous PDF Print E-mail
app20-30infominister-lahore.jpgLAHORE, Nov 30 (APP): Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan Wednesday said PPP government was taking all possible steps and supporting those initiatives that guarantee sovereignty, integrity and protection national interests. In a media briefing at Press Information Department (PID) Regional Office here, she said Pakistan People’s Party, after coming into power, had always strengthened the country’s institutions, instead of personalities.    
“Today Pakistan direly needed implementation of the vision and roadmap, given by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who sacrifised his life for dignity and sovereignty of the motherland,” she added.
The Minister said President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani were following the footprints of their great leaders Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed.
She said it was evident from the fact that recent Federal Cabinet meeting took the bold decision of not attending the Bonn Conference, terming NATO’s action as attack on Pakistan’s sovereignty and integrity.
“Our top priority is protection of national institutions and interests, while upkeeping the sentiments and wishes of the masses,” she added.
To question about the US response to Pakistan’s viewpoint on NATO attacks, she said, “Our responsibility is to plead Pakistan’s stance on the subject and to protect our national interest.”
All aspects would become clear after the joint investigation and the Foreign Office would then inform the media in this regard, she added.
To a question about Hamid Karazai’s phone call to Prime Minister, she said Afgan President had appreciated Pakistan for facilitating the Afghan team investigating the assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani.
The Afghan President, she added, also wished that Pakistan participated in the Bonn moot, however, the Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani made it clear that nothing was supreme than Pakistan’s national interest, sovereignty and integrity.
She said decision of not attending Bonn Coference demonstrated that the government, Armed Forces, national institutions and the people were on the same page.
Responding to a query, the Federal Information Minister said that “you (mediamen) better know which government had leased Shamsi airbase to the UAE in 1992,” adding, the present government did not take such decision and step.
The PPP government had given notices to the concerned quarters for vacation of the airbase, in order to ensure national integrity and sovereignty.
Federal Information Minister Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said that now the things were not that easy as were in the past, but the previous regime, bowed down on a single telephone call regarding war on terror.
She said the present democratic government had active support of the people and it took decisions keeping in view the aspirations of masses and country’s interests.
The international community, she said, had now realised that Pakistan suffered a lot and rendered huge sacrifices in the war on terror.
She pointed out that the commitments, even the lip service made with Pakistan, were not fulfilled, while trillions of rupees’ foreign investment could not reach Pakistan besides other financial losses.
To another question, she said, bilateral alliance was always based on mutual interest and respect, and one-sided interest/action could not be termed as an alliance but an engagement, in which they may threat or dictate.
This was negation of Pakistan’s interests through unilateral action, and securities agencies and institutions could not bear such breach of trust any more, she said.  “This is the saturation point,” she added.
Dr. Firdous Ashiq said Pakistan wanted to maintain relations with other countires on equal basis.
To another question, she said, Pakistan government would hold dialogue with those Taliban and militants, who surrender their weapons and follow the country’s Constitution.
She said the Prime Minister had given three-D initiative - (Dialogue, Development and Deterrence) to counter with this challenge.
To another question, Dr. Firdous said today media in Pakistan was enjoying freedom as a fourth pillar of the democratic setup following the efforts of the PPP founding leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, for which they ought to be paid homage.
The present PPP government was also playing an effective role in further strengthening a free media, she added.
She called upon the media to play its effective role in  Pakistan’s image-building in the comity of antions and to eliminate terrorism.
The Minsiter said the people criticising the President were totally ignorant that after the 18th Amendment, the power of Command and Control Authority of Pakisatn nuclear programme had been transferred to the Prime Minister.
These people were discussing sensitive matters in the public meetings for nothing but to have cheap political gains, she added.
Federal Information Minister said PPP has postponed its Foundation Day celebrations due to Ashura.
The Minister directed the PID authorities to make arragnements for facilitation of the media, as the government wanted to channelise the efforts for Pakistan’s image building through PID.
 

 

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