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Pakistan looks at future of its relations with India with hope: Ambassador Jilani -
WASHINGTON, April 16 (APP): Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani addressed the faculty and students at the Harvard Kennedy School on  ‘Pakistan-India Relations: The Way ahead,” saying there is a strong realization in South Asia on the imperative of an uninterrupted peace process. He explained the history of the relationship and the underlying issues that have shaped the events and policies in South Asia. Highlighting the current trends, Ambassador Jilani informed a large


New York police scrap Muslim spy unit -
NEW YORK, April 16 (APP): The New York Police Department (NYPD) has disbanded a secret programme under which detectives were sent to spy on local Muslims at places frequented by them. The Demographics Unit’s operations became highly controversial and was  the subject of two federal lawsuits in the past.  Civil rights groups denounced police targetting of the Muslims community. “This reform is a critical step forward in easing tensions between the  police and the communities they serve, so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys,” the office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote in a statement on Tuesday.


American Muslim leader says inter-faith dialogue critical to fostering peace -
WASHINGTON, April 16 (APP): A prominent American Muslim leader has urged a sustained inter-faith dialogue effort towards fostering mutual understanding, peace and socio-economic development in the post-9/11 world, riddled with wars and violent extremism. Frank Islam, a leading entrepreneur and philanthropist, was speaking  at premiere screening of acclaimed Pakistani scholar Akbar S Ahmed’s play Noor, which focuses on implications of conflict between forces of moderation and extremism within the Muslim societies and the United States’ strained relationship with some Muslim countries.


UN rights expert urges Israel to prevent settlers’ takeover of West Bank building near Ibrahami Mosq -
UNITED NATIONS, April 15 (APP): A United Nations human rights expert Tuesday urged Israel to prevent settlers from taking over Al-Rajabi House, a building in the West Bank city of Hebron that was built by Palestinian families but whose ownership was granted to the settlers after a protracted legal battle. The four-story building capable of housing 40 families is located  strategically between the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba and the Ibrahami Mosque, also known as Cave of Patriarchs, in the old city of Hebron.


Iran protests UN Ambassador's visa denial -
UNITED NATIONS, April 15 (APP): Iran has lodged a protest at the United Nations over the U.S. refusal to grant a visa to its new U.N. ambassador, saying the move sets a "dangerous" precedent. The White House has said that Iran's selection of Hamid Aboutalebi to be  its United Nations envoy is not "viable". Aboutalebi was reportedly involved with a group of Iranian students responsible for the 1979 takeover of the U.S.



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Army excels in National Taekwondo
KARACHI, Apr 16 (APP): Pakistan Army swept all the 30 gold medals at stake in the National Taekwondo Championship at the Rangers Training Centre & School here, said a news release issued here on Wednesday. Army martial arts players dominated the event from start to finish with superb technique and power.
 
First round of Inter-Media cricket tournament ends
ISLAMABAD, Apr 16 (APP): The Inter-Media Cricket Tournament organized by Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) continues in full swing here. The tournament, organized in collaboration with National Press Club, comprises of teams belonging to national and international print and electronic media. The first round saw thrilling matches between various teams which competed fiercely to reach the second round.
 
Army excels in National Taekwondo
KARACHI, Apr 16 (APP): Pakistan Army swept all the 30 gold medals at stake in the National Taekwondo Championship at the Rangers Training Centre & School here, said a news release issued here on Wednesday. Army martial arts players dominated the event from start to finish with superb technique and power.  Army player ended with 30 golds, two silvers and as many bronze medals to accumulate 797 points.
 
Sports diplomacy to highlight Pakistani talent in UAE
ISLAMABAD, April 16 (APP): Prime Minister’s Special Envoy, Ambassador Javed Malik said on Wednesday sports played an important role in connecting people and promoting a sense of healthy interaction aimed at building positive relations between the communities. “We always support such initiatives that bring people together,” he  said while speaking as the guest of honour alongwith diplomats from Sri Lanka and India who were joined by the Chairman of Dubai Cricket Council at the launching ceremony of T-20 Super stars cricket tournament being organized in Dubai under the auspices of Dubai Cricket Council.
 
Kabir looking forward to build Afghanistan team for Cricket World Cup
KARACHI, Apr 16 (APP): Afghanistan chief coach Kabir Khan said on Wednesday that he was looking forward to build the team for next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup. “Its my endeavour to build-up Afghanistan team for World Cup showpiece event,” he told APP on arrival here from Peshawar. 2015 World Cup is co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand in February-March and Afghanistan is among the qualfiers for the event.
 
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NUST awards honourary doctorate degree to Egyptian President Morsi PDF Print E-mail
app51-18pm-islamabad.jpgISLAMABAD, Mar 18 (APP): The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Monday awarded degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) to the visiting Egyptian President Dr. Mohamed Morsi at a special convocation ceremony held here at the NUST campus. The degree was awarded to Egyptian President in recognition of his achievements and significant contribution towards promotion of peace and harmony in the world and strengthening relations with the Muslim countries specially Pakistan. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf was also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Mohamed Morsi said Islam urged the Muslims to seek knowledge and get enlightened by the development of science and technology.
The Egyptian President urged the new generation to get scientific knowledge despite challenges.
He said Muslim scientists made many achievements in the field of science in the past and now it is the responsibility of the young generation to follow the suit.
He said European philosophers also appreciated the successes of the Muslim scientists.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf speaking on the occasion lauded the struggle of Dr. Morsi for democracy and to ensure the basic rights of the people through a peaceful struggle.
He said Pakistan is looking forward to new vistas of cooperation with Egypt in various fields including agriculture, health and higher education.
He congratulated Dr.Morsi for honorary PhD degree from the NUST,a prestigious educational institution of Pakistan.
He said being the Prime Minister of Pakistan and the Chancellor NUST he extended his heartiest felicitations to Egyptian President on receiving this degree.
Referring to maiden visit of President Morsi,the Prime Minister said he is confident that this visit will serve as a basis to further deepen,diversity and strengthen bilateral relations between Pakistan and Egypt.
He said Pakistan and Egypt have a rich history of time-honoured diplomatic relations.
He said Egypt’s support and solidarity with the people and government of Pakistan have always been exemplary.
Prime Minister Ashraf said both the countries stand by each other on war against terror and at times of crises.
He also acknowledged the relief consignments for Internally Displaced People from Egypt and added that being the members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation, both the countries have joint cooperation at different fronts.
“We have been actively involved in trade in the past and look forward to the future prospects,” he added.
Prime Minister Ashraf said Pakistan has positively anticipating the  profiting investment between the two countries and therefore, cordially invite Egyptian enterprises for investment in the Pakistani market.
“We do have a rich textile industry, while Egypt has a diversified telecom sector,” he added.
Regarding educational sector, the Prime Minister said both the countries have  good traditions of exchanging talented students adding that Al-Azhar University has played a pivotal role in this regard.
He said Pakistan is looking forward to opening up new vistas of cooperation in various fields including agriculture, health and higher education.
 

     

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