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Pakistan operation pushing militants into Afghanistan, terrorists know no boundaries: US -
WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (APP): A top US military official in Afghanistan said on Thursday that a military operation in Pakistan has pushed Taliban militants into Afghanistan and described terrorists' sanctuaries along the border as a regional problem. Brig Gen Wilson A. Shoffner, Resolute Support Mission spokesman, while addressing a press briefing via video-conference said that over the past couple of years, Pakistan is putting "increasing pressure on Taliban, both on Pakistani as well as Afghan Taliban operating there."



UN report reveals devastating human toll from weather-related disasters in 2015 -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 11 (APP): A new analysis issued Thursday by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) shows that 2015,  the hottest year on record confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters now dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards. The analysis found that 98.6 million people were affected by disasters in 2015, and that climate often aided by a strong El Nino phenomenon was a factor in 92 per cent of those events.



Pakistan rejects suggestions of facilitating terrorist group, appreciates Congress for support -
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (APP): Pakistan is carrying out a sustained military campaign against all militants without any discrimination, a Pakistan Embassy spokesman said on Thursday, rejecting insinuations that it was facilitating any terrorist group. "Pakistan has been most actively engaged in a sustained military campaign aimed at rooting out the menace in a non-discriminatory fashion," the embassy spokesman in Washington said while commenting on a news report carried out by Wall Street Journal regarding proposed sale of F-16 aircraft
to Pakistan.  



PM leaves for home at conclusion of two-day visit to Qatar -
DOHA Feb 11 (APP) : Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif left for Islamabad, after completing his two days official visit to Qatar. The Prime Minister was seen off by Dr Muhammad bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatari Minister for Energy at the Hamad International Airport, Doha.  



Member of Royal Family of Qatar calls on PM -
app18-11pm-doha.jpgDOHA, Qatar (APP): Feb. 11 (APP): A member of the Royal Family Shiekh Khalid bin Hamad paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif here on Thursday. The Prime Minister said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its close and cordial relations with Qatar, which will be further strengthened after the signing of the recent LNG agreement between the two countries.


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Nasir Iqbal win gold in SA Games
PESHAWAR, Feb 11 (APP): Nasir Iqbal clinched the individual squash gold medal beating compatriot Farhan Zaman in straight games in the final to win gold medal in South Asian Games being held in India. Nasir defeated Farhan Zaman 14-12, 11-7 and 11-9 in straight sets. Former Pakistan Sports Board Weightlifting coach Farman Ali said that he was feeling proud of his son winning gold medal in South Asian Games.

 
Pakistan set to face India in SAG final
ISLAMABAD, Feb 11 (APP): Pakistan Whites will take on arch-rivals India in the final of men's hockey in the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) on Friday at the Moullana MD Tayabullah Hockey Stadium, Bhetapara Guwahati, India. Pakistan's performance has been impressive in the event as they have won all their group matches, including the one against India when they got a 2-1 victory against them.

 
KP Under-23 Games logo and trophy unveiled in Bannu amidst fun and joys
PESHAWAR, Feb 11 (APP): The Sports and Tourism Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa unveiled the logo and trophy on Thursday at Qazi Mohib Sports Complex Bannu of the upcoming mega sports competitions to be starting from February 22 in various district across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Deputy Secretary Sports Adil Safi and Director Sports Tariq Mehmood with their team of government officials from Peshawar were welcomed at Bannu by the Deputy Commissioner Adil Iqbal and Assistant Commissioner Fawad.

 
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KARACHI, Feb 11 (APP): Pakistan players further slide in Professional Squash Association (PSA) World ranking available on Thursday.There was no Pakistani among the top 50. Alexandria, (Egypt) based 26-year-old Mohamed Elshorbagy relegated Frenchman Gregory Gaultier to second spot while Nick Matthew of England was occupying third place.

 
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Chinese media widely splashes President Zardariís first state visit: PDF Print E-mail

By Muhammad Naeem Chaudhry/ Masood Sattar

 BEIJING, Oct 16 (APP) - Chinese print and electronic media gave wide publicity and projection to President Asif Ali Zardari’s first  4-day state visit to China highlighting strength and warmth of time-tested bilateral partnership. The English newspaper of mass circulation “China Daily” in its Today’s edition carried front page story with banner headline “Visit cements all-weather partnership” stating that interactions of President Hu Jintao and his visiting Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari lent impetus to the historic friendship between the two countries.

“The only way I could do justice to the memory of my late wife and my late father-in-law was to make sure that my first state visit as President was to China “, the paper quoted President Zardari as saying in its 5-column report published on summit- meeting held at the Great Hall of the People.

“Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto made prominent contributions to the initiation and development of China-Pakistan relationship, which the Chinese people will never forget”, added President Zardari.

Eleven pacts were inked after talks between the two presidents, the Paper stated adding among them, China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), a space industry service provider, was contracted to launch a telecommunications satellite for Pakistan in the first half of 2011 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre.

With regard to the landmark welcome ceremony, held for Pakistani President, the Paper said, Mr Zardari received a red-carpet welcome and a 21-gun salute at the Great Hall of the People before his one-on-one meeting.

Quoting an interview of President Zardari to Xinhua news agency before embarking on his first state visit to China, the Paper said that Pakistani President expected to prioritize economic ties with China during his visit.

The newspaper also published President Zardari’s speech at a business forum he addressed on Thursday, stating that an economic zone would be set up to facilitate Chinese investors in Pakistan.

Bilateral trade was more than $7 billion last year; and the two sides have set a target of $ 15 billion annually by 2011, the paper said while referring to President address at the Business Forum.

The paper also carried a 5-column pictorial display in which President Hu was escorting his Pakistani counterpart for the inspection of guard of honour.

The most influential Chinese language newspaper “Peoples Daily” in its front page news captioned “President Hu Jintao meets Pakistani President Zardari-the two head of states reach consensus on further cementing the all weather Pak-China Friendship enhance all round cooperation, bring China-Pakistan strategic cooperative partnership to new height.”

The CPC organ newspaper also mentioned in its 3-column news report on the significance of President Zardari’s first state visit to China .

The paper also mentioned Chinese President as saying that after  establishment of diplomatic ties 57-years ago, the Sino-Pak relations stood firmly and developed steadily  despite many ups and downs on regional and international scenario.

It also published 3-column photo of President Zardari and President Hu inspecting the Guard of Honour held at the Great Hall of the People yesterday.

A large number of other Chinese language newspapers also gave conspicuous display to President Zardari’s visit to China.

The Chinese electronic media including CCTV, BTV and other networks equally accorded prominence to President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to China . They all aired with distinction President Zardari’s first official visit to China in its main bulletins.

Meanwhile, the CCTV and Peoples Daily also interviewed President Asif Ali Zardari today.

 
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