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UN voices concern over Europeís restrictive measures as refugee and migrant influx continues -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 (APP): With the number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe showing no signs of easing in 2016, the United Nations refugee agency has expressed its concern over increasing restrictive measures on the part of European Member States and called for protecting the human rights of the more than 2,000 people who continue risking their lives every day to reach Europe. Speaking at a press briefing in Geneva, Melissa Fleming, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), underscored that despite rougher seas, harsh winter weather and numerous hardships endured upon arrival, more than 80,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe by boat during the first six weeks of 2016, with more than 400 dying in their attempt. Comparably, large numbers began arriving in Europe only by July 2015.

Pakistan snubs NYT for allegation over ISIS, Afghanistan -
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12  (APP): The Pakistan Embassy in the U.S. rejected a report carried out by the New York Times  (NYT) that blamed Pakistan for  deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, adding such accusation would harm the reconciliation process in that country. In a strong rejoinder to the editor, a spokesman for the embassy challenged the assertions made in the report titled "Pakistan's Hands in the Rise of International Jihad" and drew the attention of the author to the world praise for Pakistan for its role in fighting global terrorism.     

UN marks 1st Intíl Day of Women and Girls in Science -

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 12 (APP): More than ever today, the world needs science and science needs women, the head of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said Thursday, marking the first International Day of Women and Girls in Science. “UNESCO’s message is clear “the new [2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development] will not meet its promise without investing in women’s and girls’ empowerment through and in science,” Director-General Irina Bokova highlighted in a message.

At Chicago event, Pakistani diplomat says ending polio top national priority -
faisal_niaz_tirmizi.jpgCHICAGO, Feb. 12 (APP): Over 500 people in Chicago on Thursday attended an event organized by Rotary International, in collaboration with the Pakistani Consulate Genetral, to honour the ‘selfless commitment’ of the people and the government of Pakistan for their tireless work to eradicate polio from the country. “Polio eradication is our national priority and the prime minister of Pakistan is supervising efforts to eliminate this debilitating disease,”  Pakistani Consul Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, told the gathering in the course of discussion on “Ending Polio in Pakistan”. 

Pakistan rejects claims of its role in deteriorating situation in Afghanistan -
NEW YORK, Feb 12 (APP): A Pakistani diplomat has debunked allegations made in an article published in a leading American newspaper last week  that Pakistan had facilitated the recent Taliban offensive in Afghanistan. The article, titled ‘Pakistan’s Hand in the Rise of International Jihad’, was written by Carlotta Gall, a New York Times correspondent who reported from Pakistan from 2001-13.

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Pakistan beat India 1-0 to claim hockey gold in SAG
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Pakistan continued their supremacy in men's hockey in the region as they defeated historical rivals India 1-0 in the summit clash to clinch gold in the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) at the Moullana Tayabullah Hockey Stadium Guwahati, India on Friday. According to information received here, Awais-ur-Rehman scored the lone goal of the match in dying moments of the first half as Pakistan clinched a hat-trick of titles in the SAG.

BCCI has banned me without any evidence: Asad Rauf
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf Friday hit out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for imposing a five-year ban on him for corruption, saying that the Indian Board did not have any evidence to pronounce him guilty. "What authority does the BCCI or IPL have to ban me when the court in Mumbai told the police they had no evidence against me," Rauf asked.

World Champion Asif gearing up to regain National Snooker crown
KARACHI, Feb. 12 (APP)- Former IBSF World Amateur Snooker Champion Muhammad Asif was gearing-up to regain his crown in the 41st edition of National Snooker Championship which break-off here from February 15. "Yes I am fully ready to regain my crown after last winning it in 2012," country's premier cueist told APP in an interview on Friday as he prepared to travel to Karachi from Faisalabad to figure in prestigious national event.

Zeeshan/Saif steers Pakistan 5th spot in ICC U19 CWC
KARACHI, Feb. 12 (APP)- Pakistan ended its campaign in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup on a winning note, defeating England by seven wickets in Fatullah on Friday to finish fifth in the 16-nation tournament. Batting duo of opener Zeeshan  Malik and Saif Badar starred in their team's triumph with sizzling batting.

TDCP Cholistan Jeep Rally starts
BAHAWALPUR, Feb 12 (APP): Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) 11th Cholistan jeep rally has started here Friday. A total of 80 vehicles have got registered in 8 different categories. Two female drivers are also participating in the event. Qualifying round of the rally will be held on Saturday.

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Pakistan's economic performance very impressive: World Bank President PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ishaq_dar.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 10 (APP): Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar received the World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim and his accompanying delegation, for a meeting at the start of the latter's two day visit to Pakistan. The Finance Minister briefed the World Bank President on the economic reforms undertaken by the government which had led to macroeconomic stability in the last two years under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Two Pakistan Americans running for US Congress PDF Print E-mail
News - World
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (APP):Two Pakistani Americans are running for US Congress in 2016, as the country enters the crucial race to elect the next President of the United States. Dean H Malik, 44 is a Republican candidate for the 8th Congressional District of Pennsylvania while Ali Mirza, 54, is a Democratic candidate for the 5th Congressional District of New York. Currently Republicans are in control of House of Representatives.
Raza Rabbani announces four-member panel of chairpersons PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Feb 10 (APP): Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani Wednesday announced a four-member panel of chairpersons to conduct the business of session of the House in the absence of chairman and deputy chairman. Senators Muzaffar Hussain Shah, Muhammad Saleh Shah, Ahmed Hassan and Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari would chair the house proceedings in absence of the chairman and deputy chairman during the ongoing session.

National Assembly to meet on Friday PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Feb 10 (APP): Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has summoned 29th session of Lower House of the Parliament  on Friday at 10am. The speaker summoned the session in exercise of powers conferred by clause (3) of Article 54 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,  a press release said.
Queen Maxima visit to provide added stimulus to all stakeholders: PM PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app105-09pm-islamabad.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 9 (APP): Appreciating Queen Maxima's devotion to promoting financial inclusion for development, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Tuesday said that her visit to Pakistan would provide an added stimulus to all stakeholders to achieve the goal with full zeal and spirit. The Prime Minister was talking to Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, who is also UN Secretary General's Special Advocate (UNSGSA) for Inclusive Finance for Development, called on him at the PM House.

CPEC to be beneficial for all Central Asian States: PM PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app93-09pm-islamabad.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 9 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), being developed with the help of China, would be beneficial for all the Central Asian States, including Kazakhastan. He was talking to First Deputy Defence Minister / Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Republic of Khazakhstan, Colonel General Zhasuzakov Saken Adikhanovich, who called on him here at the Prime Minister House. The Prime Minister said that Pakistan valued close and cordial relations with Kazakhstan. Both the countries had immense mutual goodwill and understanding to bring them closer,he added.

Queen M xima urges Pakistan to bring poorest, most marginalized people into financial system PDF Print E-mail
News - National
queen_m_xima_of_the_netherlands.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 9 (APP): Queen M xima of the Netherlands as the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA) urged Pakistan to bring poorest, most marginalized people into the financial system. She arrived here on a three-day visit on Monday, main purpose of his visiting Pakistan in support of the implementation of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy, said a press release here.

Envoys of seven countries present credentials to President PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app01-09president-islamabad.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 9 (APP): Envoys of seven countries on Tuesday presented their credentials to President Mamnoon Hussain at an impressive ceremony here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. Those who presented the credentials included the envoys of Iraq, India, Czech Republic, Afghanistan, Thailand, Ireland and Cambodia.
Govt. creating ideal business environment for private sector: PM PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app04-09pm-islamabad.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 9 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said his government believed in liberal and private sector-driven economy and was creating an ideal business environment for the private sector. Talking to Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President World Bank here at the PM House, the Prime Minister said when private sector is adequately facilitated, the business benefits reach to the entire country.
Opponents of development projects launched by present govt not well-wishers of Pakistan: Pervaiz PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app73-09infominister-kohat.jpgKOHAT, Feb 9 (APP): Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Pervaiz Rashid Tuesday said the present government under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had launched  development projects in various fields and those opposing the same were not the country's well-wishers. Talking to newsmen here at the residence of Senator Abbas Khan Afridi, he said today's Pakistan was far better than that of 2013 with considerable decrease in terrorist incidents and power loadshedding.

Queen Maxima attends meeting of NFIS Council PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Feb 9 (APP): UN Secretary General's Special Advocate (UNSGSA) on Inclusive Finance for Development, Queen Maxima of Netherlands on Tuesday evevning attended the meeting of National Finance Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) Council here. Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired the meeting.

Pakistan formally launches National Financial Inclusion Strategy PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app79-09islamabad.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 9 (APP): Pakistan on Tuesday formally launched its National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) in the presence of World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), Queen M xima of the Netherlands and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was present on the occasion.

Credit for success of PML-N AJK workers convention goes to Nawaz Sharif's vision: Kirmani PDF Print E-mail
News - National
kirmani.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 9 (APP): Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Affairs, Dr Asif Kirmani on Tuesday said that credit for success of PML-N AJK Workers Convention goes to the vision of Nawaz Sharif and hardwork of party workers. Dr Asif Kirmani in a statement said the decision of awarding party tickets for AJK elections would be taken by Nawaz Sharif after consulting the PML-N's parliamentary board, which would be constituted at an appropriate time.

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