Pakistani novelist Nadeem Aslam wins prestigious Yale Literary prize -
WASHINGTON, Mar 9 (APP): Pakistani writer Nadeem Aslam has won the Yale University’s prestigious 2014 Windham Campbell Literature Prize for his fiction works, which “explore historical and political trauma with lyricism and profound compassion”. Aslam is among eight winners in the three categories - fiction, non-fiction, and drama who will receive $150,000 each in recognition of their achievements and to support their ongoing work. The writers didn’t know that they had been nominated, and their responses to winning the prizes ranged from shock to gratitude, the University said on its website.
Pakistan for focused efforts to stop use of children in armed conflicts -
NATIONS, Mar 8 (APP): Pakistan has emphasized focused efforts to stem
the use of children in armed conflicts and also reiterated its call for
end to all drone strikes since they infringe the rights of children to
life and education. Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN
Ambassador Masood Khan noted in a Security Council’s debate on ‘Children
and Armed Conflict” that children are often coerced to take part in
active hostilities. “Pushing children into combat situations is
inhuman. As a soldier, a child becomes both the subject and object of
crimes. This scourge can be, and must be, stopped,” the diplomat
underscored, while saying that the testimony by Alhaji Babah Swaneh, a
former child soldier, “has touched our hearts.”
China’s Tianjin to host int’l conference on Afghanistan in August -
Mar 8 (APP): Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday that China
will hold the Foreign Ministerial Conference of the Istanbul Process on
Afghanistan in August. “We will send invitations to the Istanbul
Process’ 14 member states and 28 supporting parties,” Wang told a press
conference on the sidelines of the annual session of the top
legislature. “We hope that through the process we can help the
parties build consensus, work together to support efforts to complete
the triple transitions, and encourage the situation in Afghanistan to
move toward lasting peace,” he added. The first one to be held in
China, the Fourth Foreign Ministerial Conference of the Istanbul Process
on Afghanistan was slated for August in China’s Tianjin.
Pakistan-US defence partnership critical to regional security, stability: Ambassador Jilani -
WASHINGTON, Mar 7 (APP): Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani has said a robust and forward-looking defence partnership between Pakistan and the U.S. is critical for security and stability of the region. He made these remarks addressing officers of the Staff Course and War course at Marine Corps University in Quantico. Ambassador Jilani noted that Pakistan and the United States have together made valuable gains in fighting al-Qaeda and other terrorist networks and there is a mutual desire to further build on this fruitful cooperation.
Ambassador Jilani discusses Pak-US ties with key Congressman -
WASHINGTON, Feb 7 (APP): Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Jalil Abbas Jilani visited the Capitol Hill to meet with Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, a Republican from New Jersey, and Chairman Defense Appropriations sub-committee and discussed Pakistan-U.S. relations. Ambassador Jilani had a wide-ranging discussion with Congressman Frelinghuysen on Pakistan-US bilateral cooperation, the Pakistani embassy said Thursday. Congressman Frelinghuysen appreciated Pakistan’s sacrifices in the fight against terrorism. He also noted that a vibrant Pakistani-American community in New Jersey was playing an active role in strengthening the bilateral relationship.
KARACHI, Mar 09 (APP): Four Karachi-based cricketers - Shahid Afridi, Fawad Alam, Anwar Ali and Sharjeel Khan returned here Sunday evening after finishing runners-up in the Asia Cricket Tournament held in Bangladesh. Defending Champion Pakistan went down to Sri Lanka by five wickets in the final on Saturday. Team members were accorded a warm welcome at the Quaid-e-Azam International Airport by dozens of supporters of the team. Speaking to reporters at the airport, Shahid Afridi said he will be taking a week’s rest to be ready for ICC World T20 which is starting in Bangladesh from March 16.
Mar 9 (APP): University of Peshawar, Sargodha University and University
of Central Punjab, Lahore recorded victories against their respective
rivals in the ongoing All-Pakistan Inter-University Men Hockey
Championship being played here at Lala Ayub Hockey Stadium on Sunday. In
the first match University of Peshawar defeated Government College
University Lahore on penalty shoot-out by 5-4. The two teams were tied
1-1 in the stipulated 70 minutes time and to get the result of the match
both were awarded five each penalty strokes on which University of
Peshawar recorded victories.
PESHAWAR, Mar 9 (APP): Post Graduate Department University of Peshawar defeated Government Degree College Matra, Peshawar in the final of the University of Peshawar Inter-College Boys Badminton Championship played here at University Campus Gymnasium on Sunday. In
the first singles Zia-ur-Rehman was beaten against Hammad of Government
College Matra by 3-1, the score was 21-19, 23-21, 16-21 and 21-18. It
was the doubles when PG staged a strong come back and defeated GC Matra
pair of Ijaz and Abdullah.
KARACHI, March 8 (APP): Defending champion Hamza Akbar and Sohail Shehzad shocked fancied cueists Muhammad Asif and Imran Shehzad respectively to advance in the semi-finals of Jubilee Insurance 39th National Snooker Championship at Karachi Gymkhana Billiards Hall on Saturday. It will be all Punjab affair in the last four rounds of the competition as Asjad Iqbal and Muhammad Toba also won their quarter-finals. Hamza produced the biggest shock of the championship so far, when he came from 1-2 behind to beat former IBSF World Amateur Snooker Champion Asif 5-2.
PESHAWAR, Mar 8 (APP): Defending Champion Islamic University Bahawalpur and Government College University Lahore recorded victories in the penalty shoot out battle on the second day of the All-Pakistan Inter-University Men Hockey Championship being played at Lala Ayub Hockey Stadium on Saturday. Chairman Sports and Sciences Department Sargodha University Dr Asghar Javed was the chief guest on this occasion and before the start of the matches the players of all the teams were introduced to him. Organizing Secretary Bahre Karam, Director Development KP Sports Board Arshad Hussain, former manager Pakistan team Shahid Javed Mirza, officials and players were also present.
التركي يؤكد دعم بلاده المتواصل والثابت لباكستان
إسلام آباد: 10 مارس 2010م ـ (واب ـ APP
). أكد عبد الله غل الرئيس التركي دعم بلاده المتواصل والثابت لباكستان، جاء
التأكيد من قبل الرئيس عبد الله غل أثناء اجتماعه مع الوفد البرلماني الباكستاني
الذي أجرى اللقاء معه بقيادة الدكتورة فهميدة ميرزا رئيسة الجمعية الوطنية
الباكستانية التي تزور تركيا حاليا، ووصف الرئيس عبد الله غل الصداقة بين باكستان
وتركيا بأنها اتحاد تاريخي، وأضاف بقوله بأن الشعب التركي لن ينسى تضحيات المسلمين
من شبه القارة الهندية خلال حرب تركيا للحرية، مشيرا إلى زيارته المقبلة لباكستان
في نهاية الشهر الجاري قال بأنه سيرافقه رجال الأعمال التركيين والمستثمرين، وذلك
لتوطيد المزيد من العلاقات الاقتصادية والتجارية الثنائية بين البلدين، وأشاد
الرئيس التركي بمساعي الحكومة الباكستانية بقيادة الرئيس الباكستاني آصف علي
زرداري ورئيس وزرائه يوسف رضا جيلاني لإخراج البلاد من الأزمات الحالية، من جانبها
أطلع فهميدة ميرزا رئيسة البرلمان الوطني الباكستانية الرئيس التركي على مساهمة
البرلمان الباكستاني في مخاطبة عدة قضايا يواجهها الشعب خلال العامين الماضين،
وأضافت بقولها بأن قادة كافة الأحزاب السياسية في باكستان متحدون على القضايا
الرئيسية مثل الديمقراطية والحرب على الإرهاب والأمن في المنطقة.
Chinese Premier Visit to Pakistan
Presidential address to the joint sitting of parliament