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Top tennis player Novak Djokovic appointed new UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 27 (APP): Novak Djokovic, the world's top ranked tennis player, was today appointed Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), after having served as the agency's Serbia Ambassador and promoting children's rights within his own private foundation.


PM leaves for home at end of two day visit to Kazakhstan -
leaving.jpgASTANA, Aug 26 (APP): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left here for home at the conclusion of a two-day official visit at the invitation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.


Pakistan, Kazakhstan agree to build long-term economic cooperation -
ASTANA, Aug 26 (APP): The leadership of Pakistan and Kazakhstan on Wednesday expressed mutual resolve to further strengthen bilateral trade and investment, and build long-term economic cooperation between the two countries.


Water must not be used to achieve'military and political gains'in Syria: UNICEF -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 26 (APP): Amid the unending brutality of the war in  Syria and a scorching heat wave, there is increasing evidence that parties to the conflict are using water to achieve military and political gains, warned the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).


Pakistan, Kazakhstan sign agreement, MoU for cooperation in defense,trade -
ASTANA, Aug 26 (APP): Pakistan and Kazakhstan on Wednesday signed an Agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the areas of defense and trade.


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Bodla breaks another World Record
ISLAMABAD, Aug 28 (APP): Pakistani Taekwondo black belt Ahmad Amin Bodla his own Guinness World Record by striking 852 kicks in three minutes.
     
 
Pak-India series matter of both countries cricket boards, Zaheer Abbas
LAHORE, Aug 24 (APP)- President, International cricket council, Zaheer Abbas Monday said that Pak-India cricket series was an internal matter of both the cricket boards and ICC could not play a role in this regard.
 
Farooq wins Badminton championship
ISLAMABAD, Aug 23 (APP): Farooq Ali clinched the National Disabled Badminton Championship played here at the Rodham Hall of Pakistan Sports Complex.
 
Emirates Board seeks dates for Pak-India series
ISLAMABAD, Aug 23 (APP): The Emirates Cricket Board has sought from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) dates for the proposed Pakistan-India series likely to be held in December.
 
Int'l Murad enters into 4th NBP Badminton Championship semi-finals
PESHAWAR, Aug 23 (APP): Top seeded and international Murad Ali entered into semi-finals after defeating Khian Ahmad of Dera Ismail Khan in the first quarter-finals of the Men Singles event of the 4th NBP Badminton Championship being played here at Tariq Wadood Hall, Qayyum Sports Complex on Sunday.
 
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Sufis’ message of tolerance, inclusion has universal relevance: Sherry PDF Print E-mail
WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (APP): Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman told an American audience at a cultural event Saturday night that Sufism embraces the spirit of tolerance and inclusion, and its message is increasingly relevant in this age of competing ideologies. She was speaking at the Smithsonian Institute, where popular Pakistani Sufi singer Sanam Marvi gave a mesmerizing performance, attended by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. The new US ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson, senior American officials and a large number of Pakistani and American followers of the mystic poetry and music attended the performance by the acclaimed singer.
In her remarks, Ambassador Sheery Rehman made it clear that Sufism is not a sect of Islam.
“Its practice encapsulates the very essence of our faith,” the envoy said. “For over a decade now,” she said, “we have seen the marketplace of global ideas distorted by new walls of hatred and prejudice... This negativity causes many to lose hope in the project of peaceful civilizations, that instead of clashing, nurtures the best in humanity.
She said that Pakistan’s founding father, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, actively advocated a plural model of citizenship, asserting that all Pakistani citizens shall enjoy the same rights and privileges, regardless of their religious affiliation. Sherry Rehman explained to the attentive audience the  message of Sufism as she observed that “being grounded in the mystical connection between the individual and the divine, Sufism embraces the spirit of tolerance and inclusion in both its discourse and practice”.
This is one of the reasons why Sufi saints played a central role in the spread of Islam, especially in South Asia, making it the second biggest and the most practiced religion in the world, she added.
“The Sufi doctrine is simple and universal, that the light of God abides in the heart of each person. The Sufi ‘tariqa’ or the Sufi way guides us on the roads of the inner journey towards discovering the self, for the ultimate goal of reaching the divine light and wisdom that each one of us carries within.”
“What could, indeed, be a more appropriate and opportune time to think and reflect about the message of unity, peace, togetherness and patience exemplified by the life and teachings of Sufi saints and their philosophy of life?” Ambassador Rehman stressed.
 
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