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Actor DiCaprio named UN Messenger of Peace -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 16 (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has tapped top Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio as a United Nations Messenger of Peace to help promote global action on climate change.


Nearly 300,000 children head back to school in conflict-torn Syria, Gaza: UN agency -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 16 (APP): As the school year kicks off around the world, nearly 300,000 children Monday returned to U.N.-run classrooms in Gaza and Syria, where in both instances, the UN is trying to meet the emergency education needs of Palestine refugees in war-ravaged areas where many of their schools damaged and destroyed.


UN urges young people to engage in democracy -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 16 (APP): The United Nations has marked the annual International Day of Democracy with calls on young people to lead a major push for inclusive democracy around the world.


John Kerry holds out strong support for democracy on International Day -
WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (APP): Emphasizing that democratic societies are strong and better-positioned for progress towards a stable future, the United States has reaffirmed support for people struggling around the world for democracy.


UN refugee chief, envoy Angelina Jolie, warn of mounting crisis in Mediterranean -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 15 (APP): Urging European countries to take action to alleviate the harsh and often deadly conditions migrants face on the high seas, the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie Monday warned about the mounting crisis in the Mediterranean.


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Pak hockey team to feature in Indian hockey tournament
LAHORE, Sept 16 (APP) :Pakistan hockey team will take part in the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy-2014 to be held in Bhubaneswar, India from December 6-14.
 
PHF honours Tayyab Ikram on becoming CEO of Asian hockey
LAHORE, Sept 16 (APP) : Hockey community of Pakistan in general and the Lahorites in particular honoured their scion Tayyab Ikram on his appointment as the Chief Executive of Asian Hockey Federation (AFH) in a graceful ceremony organized by Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) at a local hotel here on Tuesday.
 
Asjad, Sajjad, Imran, Sattar in NBP Cup Snooker semis
KARACHI, Sept 16 (APP): Defending Champion Asjad Iqbal, Muhammad Sajjad, Imran Shahzad and Abdul Sattar advanced in the semi-finals of 6th NBP Cup National Ranking Snooker Championship after contrasting victories here at the NBP Sports Complex Billiards Hall on Tuesday.
 
Country’s premier Regional T20 Cup opens from Wednesday
KARACHI, Sept 16 (APP): Country’s premier Regional Twenty20 Cup Cricket Championship goes into action here at the National Stadium from Wednesday with four matches slated for the opening day.
 
Cheema bowls Lahore Lions to big win in CLT20
KARACHI, Sept 16 (APP): Discarded Pakistan Test paceman Aizaz Cheema snapped-up three wickets in four balls as Lahore Lions beat Sri Lankan Champion Southern Express by 55 runs in Champions League T20 Cricket Championship at Indian city of Raipur on Tuesday.
 
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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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