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UNICEF, EU begin airlift of 80 metric tonnes of humanitarian supplies to quake-hit Nepal -
UNITED NATIONS, May 5 (APP): Humanitarian supplies to meet the emergency needs of some of the 1.7 million children affected by the April, 25 earthquake in Nepal are being airlifted in to the capital, Kathmandu, as the United Nations children's agency works with the European Union (EU) to provide much needed relief from  effects of the disaster.


Yemen conflict death toll nears 650 as UN rights office spotlights plight of 3 million disabled -
UNITED NATIONS, May 5 (APP): The conflict in Yemen has now taken at least 646 civilian lives and injured more than 1,300 others, according to UN human rights monitors who also drew attention on Tuesday to the desperate plight of persons with disabilities who are facing increasing difficulties in meeting their basic needs.


Good governance a precondition for livability: Dar -
BAKU, May 5 (APP): Federal Minister for Finance, Muhammad Ishaq Dar on Tuesday said that good governance was a precondition for livability.


Dar meets Nepalese Finance Minister -
BAKU, May 5 (APP): On the sidelines of the 48th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of Asian Development Bank (ADB), Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar met with Finance Minister of Nepal, Ram Sharan Mahat here Tuesday.


Ishaq Dar meets Tajik Deputy PM -
BAKU, May 5 (APP): On the sidelines of the 48th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of Asian Development Bank (ADB), Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Federal Minister for Finance met with the Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan, Davlatali Said here Tuesday.


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Bowling Championship from May 20
ISLAMABAD, May 6 (APP): Pakistan Tenpin Bowling Federation (PTBF) is organizing All Pakistan Open Tenpin Bowling Championship from May 20 here at Leisure City Bowling Club.
 
Super 8 T20 cricket tournament from May 11
FAISALABAD, May 06 (APP): The Super 8 T20 day and night cricket tournament will be played at Iqbal Stadium here from May 11 under the aegis of Pakistan Cricket Board.
 
Afridi for London on May 11 to play in Blast T20 cricket
KARACHI, May. 5 (APP)- Dynamic all-rounder Shahid Afridi is due to leave for London on May 11 to play for Northamptonshire in the English cricket's 2015 T20 Blast competition.
 
Time needed for regaining confidence: Saeed Ajmal
KARACHI, May. 5 (APP)- Pakistan's premier off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has said that he needed some time to regain confidence.
 
Pathway to Test cricket to begin for Associate Members from May 10
KARACHI, May. 5 (APP)-  The International Cricket Council (ICC) Tuesday announced the dates for the first round of fixtures for the four-day first-class ICC Intercontinental Cup 2015-17.
 
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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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