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UN ship with vital food aid for war-torn Yemen diverted from Aden -
 UNITED NATIONS, June 2 (APP): A World Food Programme (WFP) chartered ship carrying vital food assistance destined for the Yemeni port of Aden was diverted Tuesday to the port of Hudaydah following reports of ongoing fighting and security threats


Javed Malik host reception in honour of diplomats, businessmen -
DUBAI, June 1 (APP):  Ambassador Javed Malik, President of the Diplomat Business
Club based in the United Arab Emirates, Monday hosted a reception in honour of diplomats and businessmen.
     


10 injured after construction crane collapses in NYC -
NEW YORK, May 31 (APP): At least 10 people were injured on Sunday when a construction crane dropped a massive heating and air-conditioning unit nearly 30 stories on a New York City's sidewalk below, officials said.


UN envoy slams death of at least 70 civilians in Syrian city of Aleppo -
UNITED NATIONS, May 31 (APP): UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has strongly condemned the death of at least 70 civilians in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, reportedly by barrel bombs dropped from government helicopters.


UN launches fight against illicit tobacco trade to save lives -
UNITED NATIONS, May 31 (APP): The elimination of the world’s illicit tobacco trade will not only save millions of lives but also generate billions of dollars in windfall for governments, the World Health Organization (WHO), a UN agency, said Sunday as it marked the 2015  edition of World No Tobacco Day.


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Indo-Pak women to clash for BFAME bridge crown
KARACHI, Jun. 2 (APP)- Reigning Champion Pakistan women’s team clashes arch-rival India in the final of 18th Bridge Federation of Asia and Middle East (BFAME) being held in Amman (Jordan) after securing top two positions after round robin league on Monday night.
 
PFF paying special attention to women football
ISLAMABAD, Jun 2 (APP): Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) secretary Col ® Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi on Tuesday said the federation is paying special attention for the development of women players in the country as we don’t want our footballers to lack behind in the international arena.
 
Over 3000 athletes to participate in first Inter-Provincial Games
ISLAMABAD, June 2 (APP): Over three thousand athletes from all over the country will participate in the 1st Quaid-e-Azam Inter-Provincial Games, scheduled to take place from June 9 to 12 at Pakistan Sports Complex,  Islamabad.
 
Shahnaz Sheikh Hockey Stadium to be ready in December
ISLAMABAD, Jun 2 (APP): Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh said the Hockey Stadium at the Muslim School Rawalpindi will be completed by the end of this year and the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) will be granting a domestic tournament that will be played in December there.
 
Pakistan retains pre-series points after 2-0 win vs Zimbabwe
KARACHI, Jun 1 (APP): Ninth-ranked Pakistan has stayed in touching distance of seventh-ranked West Indies and eighth-ranked Bangladesh in the ICC ODI Team Rankings after completing a 2-0 series victory over Zimbabwe in Lahore.
 
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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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