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Sartaj Aziz meets Podesta on sidelines of Istanbul Process -
BEIJING, Oct 31 (APP): Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz met with US Adviser to the President, John Podesta here Friday on the sidelines of the 4th ministerial conference of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan hosted by China.


Pakistan fully supports China’s contribution for Afghan peace process -
BEIJING, Oct 31 (APP): Pakistan on Friday fully supported China’s constructive contribution and five point proposal envisaged by Premier Li Keqiang for Afghanistan’s peace and economic development.


Sartaj Aziz meets turkish Foreign Minister -
BEIJING, Oct 31 (APP): National Security and Foreign Affairs  Adviser Sartaj Aziz met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mr. Mevlut Cavusoglu here Friday on the sidelines of the Ministerial Conference on Istanbul Process.


On first-ever World Cities Day, UN spotlights need for sustainable urban planning -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 31 (APP):  As the world’s urban areas inevitably  expand, growing both in size and in population, they will also need to transition into better planned and better managed environments or risk exacerbating negative trends, the United Nations warned Friday.


Pakistani actress Reema honored with American Abroad Media Award -
WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (APP): Pakistani film actress Reema Khan has been  honored with 2014 American Abroad Media Partner Award in recognition of her role in series ‘Reema Khan’s America,’ as the organizers also appreciated her efforts towards fostering people-to-people understanding.


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PN wins Inter Service Sailing Championship-2014
KARACHI, Oct. 31 (APP): Pakistan Navy has won the Inter Services Sailing Championship- 2014 held here at Sea Survival School PAF Base, Korangi Creek. 
 
Anwar to lead Pakistan “A” team vs NZ
KARACHI, Oct 30 (APP): Two Karachi players Saad Ali and Junaid Ilyas were picked in Pakistan ‘A’ squad to play 3-day games against New Zealand at Sharjah from November 3-5, Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Thursday.
 
Nauman, Irfan dismiss Hyderabad for 213 in QAT Silver League
KARACHI, Oct. 30 (APP)- Lanky Pakistan fast bowler Muhammad Irfan and Nuaman Ali took three wickets each as Hyderabad Hawaks were bowled out for 123 in their first innings on first day of their 4-day Quaid-e-Azam Cricket Trophy Silver League match against Khan Research Labortories  at Niaz Stadium , Hyderabad on Thursday.
 
Fiery Waqas, Bhutta shoot out Karachi Dolphins for 80 in Quaid Trophy
KARACHI, Oct. 30 (APP)- Pace duo of Waqas Maqsood and Muhammad Ali Bhutta shared ten wickets between them to shoot out Karachi Dolphins for 96 and then WAPDA consolidated their position by reaching 148-3 in their first innings on the opening day of their 4-day Quaid-Azam Cricket Trophy Gold League at National Stadium on Thursday. 
 
28 players report at National Hockey camp
KARACHI, Oct. 29 (APP)- As many as twenty eight players reported for National Hokey camp in preparations for Champions Trophy which commenced at Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium from Wednesday.
 
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Pak-Iran ties need to be further strengthened: Naek PDF Print E-mail
farooq.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 7 (APP): Chairman of Senate Farooq H. Naek on Tuesday stressed the need for escalation of people-to-people contacts via exchange of parliamentary, business and student delegations etc, between Pakistan and Iran.He was talking to an Iranian high level delegation, led by Iranian Deputy President Ali Saeedlou which  called on him at the Parliament House here on Tuesday, said a press release.The Senate Chairman stressed for increasing economic and technological cooperation and establishing connectivity through rail and road linkages for ultimate progress and prosperity of their people as well as of the whole region.He declared the visit of Iranian delegation a milestone to boost bilateral relations for strengthening fraternal ties, which are rooted deeply in historical, geographical, cultural and religious commonalities.
“Cooperation between our two countries is on a positive trajectory and it is high time to give impetus to our bilateral cooperation in the important areas of economy, energy, trade and investment, road and rail connectivity and implementation of important bilateral initiatives and projects,” Naek added.
He reiterated the need to take effective measures for enhancing the trade volume up to $10 billion dollar to fully exploit the existing potential, such as enhancing exchange of business delegations, relaxing visa restrictions, ending tariff and non-tariff barriers and concluding a currency swap arrangement to further facilitate the trade between the two countries. 
Naek also asked for uplifting of ban on import of Kinnos by Iran as well.
Iranian Deputy President Ali Saeedlou said,”There is a lot of capacity to explore and new vistas of cooperation exist for the development of the two nations and we should engage full for mutual benefit”.
He said that there was no limitation of cooperation between Iran and other neighborly countries, particularly the brotherly Muslim country of Pakistan. “The more we work together, the more we realize our capabilities and potentials and can assist each other in various fields for our development and progress,” he added.
Naek appreciated Iran’s relief assistance to Pakistan’s flood victims.
The Chairman Senate said,”We should ensure expeditious completion of IP gas pipeline and 1000 MW electricity transmission line to address energy crisis in Pakistan”.
Talking about Pakistan’s sacrifices for eradication of terrorism and militancy, Naek highlighted the losses suffered in men and material. “We lost our great leader Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, our Governor Salman Taseer and minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti along with 30,000 innocent civilians and 5,000 brave personnel belonging to Army and law enforcing agencies at the hands of various acts of terrorists.”
Inspite of all this Pakistan is committed and will fight terrorism till its logically end for regional peace and the world at large, he added.
Both Iran and Pakistan must coordinate closely on the regional and international issues of mutal concerns’, Naek said.
Ali Saeedlou agreed with the Chairman Senate and said that both Pakistan and Iran must join hands for regional peace and prosperity. He said that Iranian President Ahmedinejad would soon visit Pakistan for Pakistan-Iran-Afghanistan trilateral summit carrying a message of peace, friendship and regional cooperation.
Naek said,”We are looking forward to the Iranian President’s visit, which will further cement our historical relations”.
 

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