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UN voices concern over Europeís restrictive measures as refugee and migrant influx continues -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 (APP): With the number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe showing no signs of easing in 2016, the United Nations refugee agency has expressed its concern over increasing restrictive measures on the part of European Member States and called for protecting the human rights of the more than 2,000 people who continue risking their lives every day to reach Europe. Speaking at a press briefing in Geneva, Melissa Fleming, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), underscored that despite rougher seas, harsh winter weather and numerous hardships endured upon arrival, more than 80,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe by boat during the first six weeks of 2016, with more than 400 dying in their attempt. Comparably, large numbers began arriving in Europe only by July 2015.


Pakistan snubs NYT for allegation over ISIS, Afghanistan -
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12  (APP): The Pakistan Embassy in the U.S. rejected a report carried out by the New York Times  (NYT) that blamed Pakistan for  deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, adding such accusation would harm the reconciliation process in that country. In a strong rejoinder to the editor, a spokesman for the embassy challenged the assertions made in the report titled "Pakistan's Hands in the Rise of International Jihad" and drew the attention of the author to the world praise for Pakistan for its role in fighting global terrorism.     



UN marks 1st Intíl Day of Women and Girls in Science -

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 12 (APP): More than ever today, the world needs science and science needs women, the head of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said Thursday, marking the first International Day of Women and Girls in Science. “UNESCO’s message is clear “the new [2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development] will not meet its promise without investing in women’s and girls’ empowerment through and in science,” Director-General Irina Bokova highlighted in a message.



At Chicago event, Pakistani diplomat says ending polio top national priority -
faisal_niaz_tirmizi.jpgCHICAGO, Feb. 12 (APP): Over 500 people in Chicago on Thursday attended an event organized by Rotary International, in collaboration with the Pakistani Consulate Genetral, to honour the ‘selfless commitment’ of the people and the government of Pakistan for their tireless work to eradicate polio from the country. “Polio eradication is our national priority and the prime minister of Pakistan is supervising efforts to eliminate this debilitating disease,”  Pakistani Consul Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, told the gathering in the course of discussion on “Ending Polio in Pakistan”. 


Pakistan rejects claims of its role in deteriorating situation in Afghanistan -
NEW YORK, Feb 12 (APP): A Pakistani diplomat has debunked allegations made in an article published in a leading American newspaper last week  that Pakistan had facilitated the recent Taliban offensive in Afghanistan. The article, titled ‘Pakistan’s Hand in the Rise of International Jihad’, was written by Carlotta Gall, a New York Times correspondent who reported from Pakistan from 2001-13.


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Pakistan beat India 1-0 to claim hockey gold in SAG
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Pakistan continued their supremacy in men's hockey in the region as they defeated historical rivals India 1-0 in the summit clash to clinch gold in the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) at the Moullana Tayabullah Hockey Stadium Guwahati, India on Friday. According to information received here, Awais-ur-Rehman scored the lone goal of the match in dying moments of the first half as Pakistan clinched a hat-trick of titles in the SAG.

 
BCCI has banned me without any evidence: Asad Rauf
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf Friday hit out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for imposing a five-year ban on him for corruption, saying that the Indian Board did not have any evidence to pronounce him guilty. "What authority does the BCCI or IPL have to ban me when the court in Mumbai told the police they had no evidence against me," Rauf asked.

 
World Champion Asif gearing up to regain National Snooker crown
KARACHI, Feb. 12 (APP)- Former IBSF World Amateur Snooker Champion Muhammad Asif was gearing-up to regain his crown in the 41st edition of National Snooker Championship which break-off here from February 15. "Yes I am fully ready to regain my crown after last winning it in 2012," country's premier cueist told APP in an interview on Friday as he prepared to travel to Karachi from Faisalabad to figure in prestigious national event.

 
Zeeshan/Saif steers Pakistan 5th spot in ICC U19 CWC
KARACHI, Feb. 12 (APP)- Pakistan ended its campaign in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup on a winning note, defeating England by seven wickets in Fatullah on Friday to finish fifth in the 16-nation tournament. Batting duo of opener Zeeshan  Malik and Saif Badar starred in their team's triumph with sizzling batting.

 
TDCP Cholistan Jeep Rally starts
BAHAWALPUR, Feb 12 (APP): Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) 11th Cholistan jeep rally has started here Friday. A total of 80 vehicles have got registered in 8 different categories. Two female drivers are also participating in the event. Qualifying round of the rally will be held on Saturday.

 
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President administers oath to new Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Jun 22 (APP): Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, a member of Pakistan People Party was administered oath as the 23rd Prime Minister of the country on Friday here at Aiwan-e-Sadr.President Asif Ali Zardari administered the oath at a special ceremony. It was attended by Senate Chairman Nayyer Hussain Bokhari, Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza, former prime minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Governor Punjab Sardar Latif Khan Khosa, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Barrister Syed Masood Kausar, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amir Haider Khan Hoti,President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, Prime Minister of AJK Abdul Majid Chaudhry, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Mehdi Shah, senators, members of the National Assembly, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, services chiefs, diplomats, political leadership and a large number of party workers.
Raja Pervaiz Ashraf is the 23rd elected prime minister of the country while technically he is the 26th chief executive of the country according to the data available at the National Assembly, as former prime ministers Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif remained prime ministers twice and General Pervez Musharraf declared himself as Chief Executive of the country, so these three tenures are not included in the list of the prime ministers of the country.
However, according to the data available at the National Assembly, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf will be 26th Chief Executive of the country. Following are the previous prime ministers/chief executives along with their tenures, since 1947.
1-Liaqat Ali Khan (15-08-1947 To 16-10-1951)
2-Khawaja Nazimuddin (17-10-1951 To 17-04-1953)
3-Mohammad Ali Bogra (17-04-1953 To 11-08-1955)
4-Chaudhry Mohammed Ali (11-08-1955 To 12-09-1956)
5-Hussain Shaheed Suharwardi (12-09-1956 To 18-10-1957)
6-Ibrahim Ismail Chaundrigar (18-10-1957 To 16-12-1957)
7-Malik Feroz Khan Noon (16-12-1957 To 07-10-1958)
8-Noor-ul-Amin (07-12-1971 To 20-12-1971)
9-Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (14-08-1973 To 05-07-1977)
10-Muhammad Khan Junejo (23-03-1985 To 29-05-1988)
11-Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto (02-12-1988 To 06-08-1990)
12-Ghulam Mustafa Khan Jatoi (Caretaker) (06-08-1990 To 06-11-1990)
13-Mian Mohammed Nawaz Sharif (06-11-1990 To 18-04-1993)
14-Mir Balakh Sher Mazari (Caretaker) (18-04-1993 To 26-05-1993)
15-Mian Mohammed Nawaz Sharif (26-05-1993 To 08-07-1993)
16-Moin Qureshi (Caretaker) (08-07-1993 To 19-10-1993)
17-Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto (19-10-1993 To 05-11-1996)
18-Malik Meraj Khalid (Caretaker) (06-10-1996 To 17-02-1997)
19-Mian Mohammed Nawaz Sharif (17-02-1997 To 12-10-1999)
20-Gen. Parvez Musharraf (Chief Executive)(12-10-1999 To 23-11-2002)
21-Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali (23-11-2002 To 26-06-2004)
22-Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain (30-06-2004 To 26-08-2004)
23-Shaukat Aziz (28-08-2004 To 15-11-2007)
24-Muhammad Mian Soomro (Caretaker)(16-11-2007 To 24-03-2008) 25-Syed Yusaf Raza Gillani (Disqualified by the Supreme Court order on 19-06-2012) and his tenure was (25-03-2008 To 25-04-2012).  26-Raja Pervaiz Ashraf (22-06-2012......).
 
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