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CPJ slams attack on TV news anchor Hamid Mir in Karachi -
NEW YORK, April 19 (APP): The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a New York-based independent watchdog body, has voiced concern over the attack on Geo News senior anchor Hamid Mir in Karachi on Saturday and called for bringing the perpetrators to justice.


Ambassador Jilani highlights Islamabadís policies, Pak-US ties -
WASHINGTON, April 18 (APP): Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani addressed the faculty and participants of 2014 National War College, encompassing a wide range of subjects including positive trajectory in Islamabad-Washington relations, ongoing transformations in Pakistan and developments in the region.


Youths are torch bearers of Pak-China friendship: Masood Khalid -
BEIJING, Apr 18 (APP): Ambassador Masood Khalid has said that youths from both the countries are the torch bearers and have the responsibility to take forward the legacy of Pak-China friendship that built up over past 60-years.


Pak-China universities ink students exchange agreement -
GUANGZHOU, Apr 18 (APP): National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Islamabad and China’s Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), Guangzhou, Friday concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on Academic Cooperation and a Student Exchange Agreement. The documents were signed by Maj Gen (Retd) Masood Hasan, Rector NUML and Prof. Zhong Weihe, President GDUFS. The initiative of the MoU and the agreement between the two Universities was launched and facilitated by the Consulate General of Pakistan in Guangzhou. Under the MoU on Academic Cooperation, the NUML would set up a NUML International Center of Education (NICE) on the premises of GDUFS. NUML will initially assign academicians/ instructors at the NICE for English and Urdu languages and subsequently extend it for other languages.


UN Envoy urges fresh talks with besieged Syrians, authorities -
UNITED NATIONS, April 17 (APP): Regretting the abrupt halt in talks between the Syrian authorities and the negotiating committee representing civilians and fighters trapped in the Old City of Homs, U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi Thursday urged all the parties to return to the negotiating table and complete the deal that had been on the verge of being signed.



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Mehran, Laiba Ijaz lifted KP Boys, Girls Junior Squash titles
PESHAWAR, Apr 19 (APP): Current National Champion Mehran Javed and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa No. 1 Laiba Ijaz clinched titles after defeating their respective rivals in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Boys and Girls Junior Squash Championship played here at PAF Hashim Khan Squash Complex on Saturday.
 
National Women Softball Championship-2014 starts
RAWALPINDI, April 18 (APP): A three-day National Women Softball Championship-2014 started at Pindi Cricket Stadium here on Friday.
 
Army wins national netball championship title
LAHORE, Apr 18 (APP): Army routed Higher Education Commission 27-17 in the final and won the title of the 13th national men’s netball championship at Islamabad’s PSB complex on Friday.
 
Afghan cricket teamís training camp starts
KARACHI, Apr 18 (APP)- A short training of Afghanistan team in preparations for ACC Premier League 2014 began here at the Arabian Sea Country Club (ASCC) at the outskirts of the city on Friday.
 
PCB advertises for spin bowling consultant for Pakistan team
KARACHI, Apr 18 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday placed an advertisement in some newspapers for positions as the coaching staff in Pakistan cricket.
 
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Khar, Clinton discuss bilateral issues PDF Print E-mail
hina.jpgBRUSSELS, Dec.4 (APP) Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met in Brussels on Monday evening as part of their regular consultations.They reviewed the progress the two countries have made during 2012 and expressed their commitment to act jointly to achieve their shared objectives.Both the leaders  discussed counter terrorism, support for the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, the post 2014 transition in Afghanistan and various measures to further strengthen bilateral relations including the need to move the US-Pakistan economic agenda from aid to trade, emphasizing market access and investment. They welcomed the recent meetings of the trilateral Corp Groups and the law enforcement, economic and defence working groups.They also looked forward to meetings of the energy and strategic stability working groups and underlined the importance to continue these engagements in the weeks and months ahead.
Meanwhile, CNN in its report on the meeting between Hillary Clinton and Hina Rabbani Khan reported that the meeting of Hillary with Hina and Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani in Brussels was aimed at further improving Pak-US bilateral ties.
The Senior official of State Department said, this year the United States has tried to improve relations between the two countries by focusing on counterterrism cooperation, Afghanistan’s future and improving market access and trade not aid with bilateral investment treaty.
It may be mentioned that United States accounts for 20 percent of Pakistan’s exports.
The last time Clinton met with Pakistani leadership was in September 2012 at United Nations General Assembly session when she met with President Asif Ali Zardari and also met with President Zardari in Chicago in May during the NATO summit and discussed  five common objectives for further cooperation between two countries.
The five objectives included counter terrorism measures, Afghanistan’s future, bilateral communication, countering improvised explosive devices that are being used against international troops in Afghanistan and the movement towards an economic trade relationship.
Two weeks ago Interior Minister Rehman Malik also met with U.S. Secretary of State Clinton in Washington.
The U.S. State official said there is no sense of continued Pakistani hesitation to work with the United States and Pakistanis are pressing forward because “they recognize that 2014 is not so far away” as the US military withdrawal in Afghanistan is scheduled to be completed in 2014.
 

     

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