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New envoy for Parliamentary Assembly of Mediterranean presents credentials to UN chief -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 3 (APP):  Qazi Shaukat Fareed, a former senior  Pakistani diplomat who also served the United Nations, has presented his credentials as Ambassador and Permanent Observer of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) to UN Secretary-General Ben Ki-moon at UN Headquarters in New York.


Eight million civilians living in 'state of fear' in IS-held territory: UN expert -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 2 (APP): The Islamic State has engaged in widespread and systematic human rights violations of the most serious kinds in Syria and Iraq, brutally forcing some 8 million people to 'assimilate, flee or face death,' according to a United Nations expert.


UNHCR's Angelina Jolie, on visit to Mynamar, meets Rohingya Muslim representatives in Yagon -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 1 (APP): During her just-concluded 4-day visit to Myanmar, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie met with representatives of Rohingya Muslims, the South-East Asian country's persecuted minority community,  in Yangon on Friday, according to a UN press release and media reports.


UNHCR's Angelina Jolie, on visit to Mynamar, meets Rohingya Muslim representatives in Yagon -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 1 (APP): During her just-concluded 4-day visit to Myanmar, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie met with representatives of Rohingya Muslims, the South-East Asian country's persecuted minority community,  in Yangon on Friday, according to a UN press release and media reports.


US appreciates Pakistan's constructive role in Afghan reconciliation process -
Washington, July 31 (APP): Appreciating Pakistan's constructive role in the Afghan reconciliation process, a U.S. State Department spokesman on Thursday encouraged the Taliban to seize a 'moment of opportunity' to make genuine peace and become part of the legitimate political system of Afghanistan.


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Anwar Ali - an emerging all-rounder
By Muhammad Atif Noor
     
ISLAMABAD, Aug 2 (APP): Down and out, but still manages to emerge victorious, only the green shirts, the unpredictable, can do such wonders.
 
Special Olympians bring great honour for Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Aug 2 (APP): All praises for Pakistan Special Olympians who brought great honours for the country as  they continued their habit of winning medals, adding one more gold to their medal tally on the last day of Special World Games held in Los Angeles.
 
Pak futsal team leaves for Thailand
LAHORE, July 31 (APP): Pakistan futsal team left here on Friday for Thailand to participate in a 4-Nation Futsal Tournament being played in Bangkok.
 
PTTF name Pakistan team for Asian Table Tennis
KARACHI, July 31 (APP): Pakistan Table Tennis Federation (PTTF) Friday named a 11-member squad for the 22nd Asian Table Tennis Championship being staged at Pattaya (Thailand) from September 26 to September 3.
 
Wasim Akram to train young Pakistani pacers
ISLAMABAD, Jul 31 (APP): The Pakistan Cricket Board named 12 young fast bowlers to attend the camp with Wasim Akram at Karachi's National stadium from August 1.
     
 
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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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