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High Commissioner to UK decorates Malala with Sitara-e-Imtiaz -
app04-26london.jpgLONDON, Mar 26 (APP): High Commissioner to United Kingdom,  Syed Ibne Abbas has conferred Sitara-i-Shujaat on Malala Yousafzai on behalf of the President of Pakistan.


Pakistan calls for effective response to end armed groupsí violence against children -
UNITED NATIONS, March 26 (APP): Pakistan has underscored the need for evolving a counter narrative to defeat the twisted ideology of terrorists who are now intentionally targeting and attacking children, and called for an effective response to put an end to their violence.



US to delay troops pullout from Afghanistan to aid drone strikes: NYT -
NEW YORK, March 25 (APP): President Barack Obama's decision to maintain  troop levels in Afghanistan through 2015 is partly to bolster counterterrorism efforts in that war-torn country, including the C.I.A's ability to conduct drone strikes, The New York Times reported Wednesday.



Obama underscores Pakistanís importance to Afghan peace -
WASHINGTON, March 25 (APP): While appreciating Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s working in cooperation with Pakistan on Afghan reconciliation, U.S. President Barack Obama has said it is vitally important to pursuit of peace.



American official pledges support to Pakistan in fighting terrorism -
CHICAGO, Mar 25 (APP): A top official of the U.S. State of Illinois has denounced acts of terrorism being perpetrated in Pakistan, especially the attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, while assuring Islamabad of Washington’s support in fighting the menace.



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President SFP serves notice on Haider Lehri for holding illegal elections
KARACHI Mar. 26 (APP): President Softball Federation of Pakistan (SFP) Mohammed Saleem Khan has issued show cause notice to federation’s secretary general Haider Lehri for holding unconstitutional elections of the federation at Lahore on March 21 last.
 
Afghan players studded ICMS club win 23rd Governor Gold Cup
PESHAWAR, Mar 26 (APP): Having services of four World Cup returned Afghanistan players ICMS stunned Shama club in the final by 26 runs and lifted the coveted trophy of the 23rd Governor Gold Cricket Cup being played at Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
 
Hafeez must be made captain: Sarfraz Nawaz
ISLAMABAD, Mar 26 (APP): Former Test Cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz on Thursday urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to make Muhammad Hafeez the captain of the One Day side saying currently the all-rounder suits best to lead the team.

 
Police defeats Railway in Kabbadi match
MULTAN, Mar 23 (APP): Punjab police defeated Pakistan Railway Police in a  "Kabbadi" match played in line with the Pakistan Day at Police Lines here.
 
Peshawar District U-19 trials on Mar 27
PESHAWAR, Mar 22 (APP): Peshawar District Under-19 Cricket trials at Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium on March 27 here, said Secretary Peshawar District Cricket Association Asghar Khan told APP on Sunday.
 
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FS asks India for evacuation of injured Pakistani Sanaullah PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, May 3 (APP): Foreign Secretary, Jalil Abbas Jilani Friday spoke to his Indian counterpart asking for evacuation of Sanaullah, Pakistani prisoner who was injured in a jail in Occupied Kashmir, to Pakistan for treatment. Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry in his weekly briefing said, besides direct connection at the level of foreign secretaries of the two countries on this issue, Pakistan’s mission in New Delhi had contacted Indian authorities and seeking details of the attack and consular access.
Indian Deputy High Commissioner was also summoned to Foreign Office today and lodged a protest at the attack on Pakistani prisoner.
Replying to a question whether the attack on Sanaullah was a tit-for-tat for attack on Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, the spokesman said this seems to be a retaliation to Sarabjit Singh incident.
He pointed out that Sarabjit was injured as a result of scuffle but Sanaullah seems to be a victim of direct assault coming in the wake of death of Sarabjit.
The spokesman said Pakistan has expressed its deep concern that Sanaullah, who was serving life imprisonment in a jail in Occupied Kashmir was attacked this morning and as a result received grievous injuries.
He said after getting information, Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi sought immediate consular access to visit Sanaullah, who is presently in hospital in Jammu and in a critical condition.
He said Pakistan has also called upon the Indian government to take all measures to ensure that Sanaullah receives best available medical treatment, investigate the matter thoroughly and punish perpetrators of the atrocity.
He said Pakistan has also reminded Government of India of its responsibility to ensure safety and security of Pakistani prisoners lodged in Indian jails.
The spokesman said there are approximately 700 to 800 Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails.
Replying to a question why India was not forthcoming in granting consular access and other facilitation as Pakistan did in case of Sarabjit Singh, the spokesman said, “Pakistan certainly hopes that India would cooperate as much as Pakistan did.”
He said consular access has been agreed in principle and Pakistan is waiting for India to identify the place where access would be given.
The spokesman said, “We have learnt that the prisoner may be shifted from Jammu to Chandigarh.”
When the spokesman was asked to comment on the reward announced both by Central and State Governments of Indian for the family of Sarabjit Singh, which amounts to treating them heroically, the spokesman said, Sarabjit Singh was a terrorist who took many innocent lives in Pakistan.
He said sarabjit was awarded punishment in accordance with the laws. He said the issue would be taken up with Indian authorities.
Replying to another question, the ways and means how the two countries can avoid such incidents in future and ensure safety of prisoners, the spokesman said there are mechanisms available to them and there is need to strengthen and implement them in letter and spirit.
Answering a question, the spokesman said Pakistan has always raised its voice for political, moral and diplomatic support for Kashmiris.
He said Pakistan has also called for protecting and promoting human rights of Kashmiri people.
“We have stressed the need to stop the high-handedness of security authorities in Occupied Kashmir,” said the spokesman.
He said, “Pakistan believes that their voice for right of self-determination cannot be suppressed through use of force.
Replying to another question, the spokesman said Pakistan has always stressed the need for the two countries to have sustained, uninterruptable and structural dialogue.
The spokesman told a questioner that Pakistan has agreed to accept 355 foreign election observers hailing from 12 countries and three organizations.
 

 

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