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Pakistan to host International Cotton Advisory Committee in 2016 -
WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (APP): Pakistan will host the 75th Plenary Meeting of the International Cotton Advisory Committee in 2016, the Pakistani embassy said here after the ICAC Standing Committee accepted the country's offer in this regard.


Increased pension coverage key to future global development agenda, says UN agency -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 1 (APP): In order to promote economic recovery and prevent pensionable citizens from relapsing into poverty, social protections must be placed at the forefront of the future development agenda currently being framed by member states, the United Nations labour agency says.


Obama hails BSA with Kabul as framework for targeting al-Qaeda, training Afghan forces -
WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (APP): US President Barack Obama on Tuesday hailed the formal conclusion of Bilateral Security Agreement with Afghanistan, saying it provided American forces the legal framework to target al-Qaeda remnants beyond 2014 and training the Afghan National Security Forces.


Kashmiris protest outside White House as Modi begins Washington visit -
WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (APP): Hundreds of Kashmiri-Americans protested  India's blatant violation of human rights in the Indian Occupied Kashmir, holding a vociferous demonstration outside the White House when President Barack Obama hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a private dinner Monday evening.



Pakistan seeks improved ties with Afghanistan under new leader -
NEW YORK, Sept 30 (APP):  Pakistan hopes to work with Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani to reverse a recent deterioration in its relations with Kabul, Sartaj Aziz, the adviser to Prime Minister on national security and foreign affairs has said.


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Trials to select final lineup for Sultan of Johor Tournament on Saturday
ISLAMABAD, Oct 1 (APP): The trials to select final lineup for Fourth  Edition of Sultan of Johor Junior Hockey Tournament will be held at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium Islamabad on Saturday.
 
Pakistan face formidable Iran in Asian Games Kabaddi semis on Thursday
INCHEON, South Korea, Oct 1 (APP): Pakistan Kabaddi team will face formidable Iranian team in the semifinal of XVII Asian Games at Songdo Global University Gymnasium on Thursday.
 
Pakistan Rugby suffers third major defeat in Asian Games
INCHEON, South Korea, Oct 1 (APP): Pakistan Rugby team Wednesday suffered third defeat against Malaysia in classification match of XVII Asian Games for 9-12th place at Namdong Asiad Rugby Field.
 
Naseer leads Pakistan to 11th spot in Asian Games Volleyball
INCHEON, South Korea, Oct 1(APP): Spectacular Naseer Ahmed scored 20 points to spearhead Pakistan to 11th position when they defeated Saudi Arabia 3-0 in Asian Games Volleyball classification match of the 17th Asian Games at Ansan Sangroksu Gymnasium on Wednesday.
 
Waseem eager to make Asian Games boxing final
INCHEHON, South Korea, Oct 1 (APP): Pakistan's top pugilist Muhammad Waseem is fully geared-up to reach the final of his flyweight division bout of XVII Asian Games Boxing Tournament on Thursday.
 
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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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