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World Bank President condoles tragic loss of life in Peshawar -
WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (APP): World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim has expressed deepest condolences over this week's tragic loss of children and staff in a terrorist attack on Peshawar's Army Public School.


Pakistan, Afghanistan strengthening their ties and promoting regional economic cooperation -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 19 (APP): Afghanistan, under the new leadership, and Pakistan are strengthening their cooperation in a number of fields and boosting regional economic cooperation, a senior Pakistani diplomat has said.


UN General Assembly adopts Pakistan's resolution reaffirming peoples' self-determination right -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18 (APP): The UN General Assembly on Thursday stamped its approval on a Pakistan-sponsored resolution reaffirming that  the universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination was a fundamental condition for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights.


UN chief urges greater attention to 'precarious' situation of migrants -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18 (APP): Far too many migrants still live and work in precarious and unjust conditions, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has said Thursday in a message to mark International Migrants Day.


US-based Muslim body calls Peshawar attack against 'every Islamic value' -
NEW YORK, Dec 18 (APP): The Islamic Circle of North America strongly  condemned the" senseless and brutal attack" on the Army Public school in Peshawar, which killed 141 individuals, 132 of them children, and injured 124 others.


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Younis Khan becomes oldest Pakistani to score a century in ODI
ISLAMABAD, Dec 18 (APP): Although Younis Khan’s hundred in the third ODI against New Zealand at Abu Dhabi went in vain, he did create a record on the way, becoming the oldest Pakistani batsman to score a one-day hundred.
 
Pakistan A, Kenya series to continue as per schedule
ISLAMABAD, Dec 17 (APP): Kenyan cricket team will complete its ongoing series against Pakistan A, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said on Wednesday.
 
Murtaza Javed Abbassi congratulates boxer Amir Khan
ABBOTTABAD, Dec 15 (APP): Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi congratulated British born Pakistani boxer Amir Khan on becoming champion in Silver Welterweight category.
 
Hockey team to get a warm welcome: Rana Mujahid
ISLAMABAD, Dec 15 (APP): Secretary General Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Rana Mujahid Ali said Monday that national hockey team would be given a warm welcome at Wagah border on its arrival back at home from India.
 
International Zahid Tufail of Army wins National Skeet Shooting Championship
PESHAWAR, Dec 14 (APP): International shooter Zahid Tufail of Army clinched the gold medal after a two times tie-breaker with Imdad Sherpao of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the final super round of the National Skeet Shooting Championship played here at Army Shooting Range, Garrison Park on Sunday.
 
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Pak-India talks focus on peace, CBMs, Kashmir issue PDF Print E-mail
NEW DELHI, July 5 (APP): Pakistan and India in their two-day foreign secretary-level talks focused on peace and security with emphasis on promoting greater trust and mutual understanding through constructive dialogue. A joint statement issued at the conclusion of the two-day second round of the resumed dialogue process between Pakistan and India said the talks held in New Delhi focused peace and security including CBMs (Confidence building measures), Jammu and Kashmir and promotion of friendly exchanges. “The talks were held in a frank and constructive atmosphere.  Both sides reiterated their desire to carry forward the dialogue process in a purposeful and result-oriented manner,” the statement added.

The Foreign Secretaries reviewed the ongoing implementation of the already adopted Nuclear and Conventional CBMs. It was decided that separate meetings of the Expert Level Groups on Nuclear and Conventional CBMs will be held  to discuss implementation and strengthening of the existing CBMs.
The meetings will suggest additional mutually acceptable steps that could build greater trust and confidence between the two countries, thereby contributing to peace and security. The dates for the meetings of Expert Level Groups will be determined through diplomatic channels.
The Foreign Secretaries noted that both countries recognize that terrorism poses a continuing threat to peace and security. They reaffirmed the strong commitment of the two countries to fight and eliminate terrorism in an effective and comprehensive manner so as to eliminate the scourge in all its forms and manifestations.
The Foreign Secretaries had a “comprehensive exchange of views” on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and agreed to continue discussions in a purposeful and forward looking manner with the view to finding a peaceful solution by narrowing divergences and building convergences.
Both sides recognized the need to strengthen the existing Cross-LoC CBMs for streamlining the arrangements to facilitate travel and trade across LoC. They decided to convene a meeting of the Working Group on Cross-LoC CBMs on July 19, 2012 in Islamabad to recommend steps for strengthening, streamlining and effectively implementing the existing trade and travel arrangements and propose modalities for introducing additional cross LoC CBMs.
Both sides underlined the importance of greater people-to-people contacts and friendly exchanges in building a relationship of trust and friendship between the two countries. They noted that the text of a revised bilateral Visa Agreement has already been finalized and decided to work for its early signing.
They emphasized the importance of greater parliamentary exchanges; promotion of cooperation in various fields including facilitating visits to religious shrines; and cessation of hostile propaganda against each other.
The Foreign Secretaries also emphasized the need to promote media and sports contacts.
The Foreign Secretaries will meet again in Islamabad, on a date to be decided through diplomatic channels, to prepare for the meeting of the Foreign Ministers in September 2012.
 

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