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UN ship with vital food aid for war-torn Yemen diverted from Aden -
 UNITED NATIONS, June 2 (APP): A World Food Programme (WFP) chartered ship carrying vital food assistance destined for the Yemeni port of Aden was diverted Tuesday to the port of Hudaydah following reports of ongoing fighting and security threats


Javed Malik host reception in honour of diplomats, businessmen -
DUBAI, June 1 (APP):  Ambassador Javed Malik, President of the Diplomat Business
Club based in the United Arab Emirates, Monday hosted a reception in honour of diplomats and businessmen.
     


10 injured after construction crane collapses in NYC -
NEW YORK, May 31 (APP): At least 10 people were injured on Sunday when a construction crane dropped a massive heating and air-conditioning unit nearly 30 stories on a New York City's sidewalk below, officials said.


UN envoy slams death of at least 70 civilians in Syrian city of Aleppo -
UNITED NATIONS, May 31 (APP): UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has strongly condemned the death of at least 70 civilians in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, reportedly by barrel bombs dropped from government helicopters.


UN launches fight against illicit tobacco trade to save lives -
UNITED NATIONS, May 31 (APP): The elimination of the world’s illicit tobacco trade will not only save millions of lives but also generate billions of dollars in windfall for governments, the World Health Organization (WHO), a UN agency, said Sunday as it marked the 2015  edition of World No Tobacco Day.


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Indo-Pak women to clash for BFAME bridge crown
KARACHI, Jun. 2 (APP)- Reigning Champion Pakistan women’s team clashes arch-rival India in the final of 18th Bridge Federation of Asia and Middle East (BFAME) being held in Amman (Jordan) after securing top two positions after round robin league on Monday night.
 
PFF paying special attention to women football
ISLAMABAD, Jun 2 (APP): Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) secretary Col ® Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi on Tuesday said the federation is paying special attention for the development of women players in the country as we don’t want our footballers to lack behind in the international arena.
 
Over 3000 athletes to participate in first Inter-Provincial Games
ISLAMABAD, June 2 (APP): Over three thousand athletes from all over the country will participate in the 1st Quaid-e-Azam Inter-Provincial Games, scheduled to take place from June 9 to 12 at Pakistan Sports Complex,  Islamabad.
 
Shahnaz Sheikh Hockey Stadium to be ready in December
ISLAMABAD, Jun 2 (APP): Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh said the Hockey Stadium at the Muslim School Rawalpindi will be completed by the end of this year and the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) will be granting a domestic tournament that will be played in December there.
 
Pakistan retains pre-series points after 2-0 win vs Zimbabwe
KARACHI, Jun 1 (APP): Ninth-ranked Pakistan has stayed in touching distance of seventh-ranked West Indies and eighth-ranked Bangladesh in the ICC ODI Team Rankings after completing a 2-0 series victory over Zimbabwe in Lahore.
 
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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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