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US says no change to deal on sale of helicopters, counterterrorism equipment for Pakistan -
WASHINGTON, April 20 (APP): The United States on Monday said its one billion dollars sale of helicopters and other military equipment is very much on and there is no change in the counterterrorism relationship with the South Asian country.


World Bank praises Pakistans reforms progress; assures support for economic growth -
WASHINGTON, April 20 (APP): The World Bank has expressed appreciation for Pakistans economic upturn and reaffirmed its support for development of the key South Asian country.


UN chief urges finance leaders to 'plant seeds' of post-2015 development agenda -
WASHINGTON, Apr 19 (APP):  Financing will be key for the creation and unveiling of an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared Saturday, as he stressed that 2015 marked a time of global action for people and the planet.


UN chief slams suicide bomb attack in Jalalabad -
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 19 (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Saturday's "barbaric attack" in the Afghan city of Jalalabad, and called for swiftly bringing those responsible to justice.



New Deputy MD IMF applauds Pakistan's economic recovery in meeting with FM Dar -
WASHINGTON, April 19 (APP): Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar met with Mr. Mitsuhiro Furusawa, the new Deputy Managing Director IMF, and briefed him about the excellent economic recovery, the Pakistani embassy said.



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Punjab A stuns PIA to storm in National Junior Hockey semis
KARACHI, Apr 20 (APP): Punjab “A” stunned fancied PIA 4-3 on penalty shoot-out to storm in the last four round of 34th National Junior Under-20 Hockey Championship on Monday.
 
Kizilbash wins Swiss Team event
KARACHI, Apr 20 (APP): Kizilbash accumulated 59.16 Victory points won the Karachi Bridge Association week-end Bridge Tournament, said a news release issued on Monday.
 
Series loss to BD a big blow admits Azhar
KARACHI, Apr 20 (APP): Pakistan captain Azhar Ali has said that the ODI series loss to Bangladesh with a match to go was a big blow to his side.
 
Remount Maroon wins Polo Cup Championship
RAWALPINDI, Apr 19 (APP):  The spectators were treated to a fine brand of Polo during final match of Remount Polo Cup Championship held at Rawalpindi Polo Ground here on Sunday.    
 
Foolproof security to be accorded to Zimbabwe cricket team: Commissioner
KARACHI, April 19 (APP): Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that fool proof security will be ensured to  the Zimbabwe team during cricket matches in the metropolis,  planned for next month.

 
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Pakistan committed to protection of religious freedoms: Sherry Rehman PDF Print E-mail
WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (APP): Pakistan is firmly committed to promotion  and protection of religious freedoms and the democratically elected Parliament and the present Government have been particularly active in pursuing this goal, the country’s ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman said. She was talking to Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, Chair of the US Commission on International Freedom, who called on the ambassador. Dr. Swett apprised Ambassador Rehman of her Commission’s work and interest in promoting religious freedoms around the world. 

She praised Ambassador Rehman for her personal commitment to the protection and promotion of religious freedom and minority rights in Pakistan.
Ambassador Rehman noted that the minorities make invaluable contributions to the development, peace and prosperity of Pakistan and the government is committed to fully harnessing their potential and contributions in all walks of life.
Ambassador Rehman noted that she was particularly pained to see the rise in religious intolerance across the globe including in the  United States. She stressed that interfaith harmony can be promoted  through collective and concerted efforts, which required greater understanding of each other’s sensitivities.
 
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