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UN urges 'people-centred' approach to migrants and refugees in Southeast Asia -
UNITED NATIONS, July 2 (APP): Senior United Nations officials have strongly urged Southeast Asian countries to back a "people-centred" approach to migration by, among others, expanding avenues for safe and legal migration,while stepping up law enforcement to put a stop to human trafficking.


Pakistan's economic revival attracting investors, says Bloomberg report -
WASHINGTON, July 1 (APP):Pakistan's expanding economy and cheapest borrowing costs was making investors look at the country as a lucrative destination for investment, said a report of Bloomberg News.


Amnesty International slams India for 'rights violation' in held Kashmir -
NEW YORK, July 1 (APP): Amnesty International, a prominent human rights group, has denounced India over a law that has given New Delhi's forces impunity in Indian-held Kashmir.


UN agency to make food aid cuts to Syrian refugees as funds deplete -
UNITED NATIONS, July 1 (APP): A severe lack of funding is forcing the United Nations to implement deeper cuts in food assistance to vulnerable Syrian refugees across Lebanon and Jordan, the Organization has confirmed.


Lack of sanitation for 2.4 billion people undermining health improvements: UN -
UNITED NATIONS, June 30 (APP):  Lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine the child survival and health benefits from gains in access to safe drinking water, a joint WHO and UNICEF report warned while tracking access to drinking water and sanitation against the Millennium Development Goals.


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PCB to appoint former LCCA official as director game development
LAHORE, June 29 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board is all set to appoint a former interim chairman of Lahore city cricket association, Aizad Hussain Syed, as the director game development, national  cricket academy, ignoring the set criteria and merit.

 
PBF distributes sports gears among players
PESHAWAR, June 28 (APP): President Pakistan Badminton Federation Mian Iftikhar Hussain Sunday said that the so called sports pundits being head of various sportsorganizations over the years did nothing apart from their joyrides tours and protocol culture that badly damped Pakistani sports.
 
7th Ramadan Summer Squash League Matches begins
PESHAWAR, June 26 (APP): The 7th edition of the Ramazan Summer Squash League-2015 got under way here at PAF Hashim Khan Squash Complex on Friday.
 
Younis is a source of pride for every Pakistani: PCB Chairman
ISLAMABAD, Jun 25 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan on Thursday termed ace batsman Younis Khan as one of the best produced by the country saying his performance is a source of pride for every Pakistani.
 
National Disabled Cricket Championship to be held in September
ISLAMABAD, Jun 24 (APP): National Disabled Cricket Championship will be played in September here under the auspices of the Pakistan Disabled Sports Association (PDSA).
 
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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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