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Spectacular fireworks along New York City's East River mark U.S. Independence Day -
NEW YORK, July 5 (APP): Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers braved tight security to celebrate the U.S. 239th birthday with the traditional Fourth of July fireworks display Saturday night.


UN cites Cooperatives as vehicle to make sustainable development a reality -
UNITED NATIONS, July 4 (APP): Cooperatives will play an invaluable role in the international community's roll-out of a sustainable development goals, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said Saturday while marking the International Day of Cooperatives.


UN welcomes new Southeast Asian States' proposals on region's refugee and migrant issues -
UNITED NATIONS, July 4 (APP): The United Nations refugee agency Saturday welcomed proposals by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to set- up a task force and trust fund to respond to the irregular movement of refugees and migrants in the region.


Afghan Ambassador called to Foreign Office -
ISLAMABAD, July 3 (APP): The ambassador of Afghanistan was called to the Foreign Office Thursday evening and a demarche was made regarding detention of an official of Pakistan Consulate General at Kandahar by Afghan authorities.


Prime Minister to visit Norway on Tuesday -
ISLAMABAD, Jul 3 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif  will visit Norway on Tuesday (July 7) at the invitation of Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg to participate in the Oslo Summit on Education for Development.


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Leghari's ton powers Brothers CC in last-8 of in KG Ramazan cricket
KARACHI, July 3 (APP): Imtiaz Leghari smashed a whirlwind century to power Brothers Cricket Club Dadu into the last eight stage of Omar Associates 30th Karachi Gymkhana Ramazan Cricket Tournament when they inflicted 96 runs defeat on Karachi Whites Blues here at the KG Ground on Friday.
 
Pakistan's Tariq to play for Bengal Warriors in PKL
ISLAMABAD, July 2 (APP): Pakistan's Mohammad Tariq will play for Bengal Warriors in the cash-rich Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) this season.
 
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.
 
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Pakistan, Iran Presidents vow to take concrete steps to bolster bilateral trade PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Nov 22 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Thursday vowed to take concerted and concrete steps to bolster Pak- Iran bilateral trade to new heights while vigorously pursuing mega projects in all areas particularly energy, trade and economic fields for the mutual benefit of the two brotherly countries.Briefing about the meeting, Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that during the bilateral meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Presidency on the sidelines of the Eighth D-8 Summit in Islamabad hosted by Pakistan, President Asif Ali Zardari proposed to Iran that preferential tariff and free trade arrangements and removing tariff and non-tariff barriers between the two countries would further enhance bilateral trade and investment.

He said that Pakistan has entered into currency swap agreement with a number of countries and emphasized the need for Pakistan and Iran to encourage trade in local currencies.
President Zardari urged businessmen of the two countries for optimum utilization of the tremendous trade and investment potential existing between the two countries to achieve the bilateral trade target.
On barter trade, President Zardari said that agreement on export of wheat and rice to Iran was a testimony for our barter trade and called for its replication in other areas to the mutual benefit.
The President said that Pakistan was in dire need of energy resources and was taking all possible steps to meet the growing demands of power.
In this context the two leaders also discussed bilateral energy projects including the Iran-Pakistan Gas pipeline, the 1000 MW Taftan-Quetta power transmission line and the Gwadar power supply project.
The Spokesperson said that during discussion on regional situation particularly Middle East, Syria and Afghanistan, the President said that his country desires peace, stability and security in Syria, adding that it would continue supporting any initiative aimed at bringing peace and stability to Syria in accordance with aspirations of the people of Syria and without any foreign interference.
On situation in Afghanistan, President Zardari said that Pakistan would continue to support an Afghan-led, and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation and process in Afghanistan and stressed the need for the two countries to work closely for peace and security both in Afghanistan and Syria as it was in the interest of the two countries.
From Iran side, those who attended the meeting included among others Ali Akbar Salehi, Foreign Minister, Baghaei, Vice President of Executive Affairs, Rostam Ghasemi, Minister for Petroleum, Heyder Moslehi, Minister for Intelligence, Mojtaba Samreh Hashemi, Chief advisor to President, Dr. Bashmani, head of the Central Bank, Alireza Haghighian, ambassador of Iran to Pakistan and other senior officials.
From Pakistan side, the meeting was attended among others by Hina Rabbani Khar, Foreign Minister, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Finance Minister, Nazar Muhammad Gondal, Federal Minister for Capital Administration and Development, Senator Mir Israrullah Zehri, Minister for National Food Security, Makhdoom Shahabuddin , Federal minister for Textile Industry, Dr. Asim Hussain, advisor to PM on Petroleum and Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar.
 
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