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Feldman assumes charge as US special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan -
WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (APP): US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Dan Feldman- currently visiting Kabul- Friday assumed charge of office, after his predecessor Ambassador James Dobbins concluded his tenure on July 31, the State Department said.


UN-backed task force set up to reduce risks of flying over conflict zones -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 1 (APP): In the wake of the recent downing of a Malaysia airlines plane over eastern Ukraine, the United Nations and its partners have set up a task force to reduce the risks of civilian planes flying over conflict areas and ensure that the "right information reaches the right people at the right time."


Israel and Hamas agree to 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 1 (APP): Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour pause in their three-week conflict, the United Nations and the United States announced, allowing for both sides to begin talks on a longer-term ceasefire.


Pakistan stresses strengthening peacekeeping and global and regional partnerships -
UNITED NATIONS, July 31 (APP): Pakistan has called for strengthening partnerships between global and regional organizations in the field of peacekeeping to enable the international community to respond more quickly and effectively to violent conflict and promote solutions.


Washington conference explores Pakistan's options to meet exponential energy needs -
WASHINGTON, July 31 (APP): Pakistan's energy crisis could best be addressed through a holistic approach integrating immediate improvement in current generation and supply systems with judiciously planned exploitation of diverse sources, top experts emphasized at a one-day conference.


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Pakistan Test squad leaves for Colombo on Saturday
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National ranking tennis tourney from Aug 2
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FIH announce teams for Youth Olympic Games
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ISLAMABAD, July 30 (APP): Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) will hold Warid National Ranking Tennis Tournament from August 2-7 here at PTF Complex.
 
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US cites continued counter-terrorism support amid House move on Pakistan aid PDF Print E-mail
WASHINGTON, July 20 (APP): The United States continues counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan, the State Department said but had no specific comment on a House of Representatives measure proposing $ 650 million cut in aid for the country in the next fiscal year. Spokesman Patrick Ventrell said the Administration continues to consult Congress but had no particular comment on the ongoing legislative process. “We continue to obviously support our Pakistani counterparts in key areas like counterterrorism,” he said. The House passed a legislation, proposing a cut down in security aid for Pakistan by $ 650 million. The measure will have to be passed by Senate for it to become effective.

The new US fiscal year 2013, starts from October 1, 2012.
Islamabad’s ambassador in Washington Sherry Rehman and her colleagues, including Pakistan’s lobbyists, were engaged with the Hill late into the evening when the voting went on.
The bill has yet to be reconciled with the Senate version, and has some way to go before it becomes a policy.
Meanwhile, the Pakistani diplomat continue to interact with Congressional leaders as part of diplomatic outreach to present Islamabad’s views on various issues straining the bilateral ties.
The relations between the two countries have showed signs of some improvement after the American public apology over Salala airstrikes and Pakistan’s subsequent reopening of key supply routes into landlocked Afghanistan, where the US-led forces are now working toward security transition and drawdown of combat troops by 2014.
 

     

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