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Pak maritime trade to further boost as China accelerates planning to re-connect Maritime Silk Road -
BEIJING, April 17 (APP): The maritime trade of Pakistan will get further boost through inter-connectivity as the Chinese government is stepping up the planning of reviving the Maritime Silk Road in the 21st century, with port construction as the priority, according to local media.The plan is expected to focus on infrastructure construction of countries along the route, including ports of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the China Securities Journal said.China will coordinate customs, quality supervision, e-commerce and other agencies to facilitate the scheme, which is also likely to contain attempts to build free trade zones.


In memory of Naga Parbat tragedy, a women expedition team starts climbing Mount Everest -
BEIJING, Aril 17 (APP): A four members of the first ever private Chinese women expedition to Mount Everest (Qomolangma) left from Kathmandu Tuesday to fulfill their dream of conquering the world’s highest peak from the south, reports state media.Ma Liyamu, the team leader, is a Muslim woman from Xinjiang, which is located in the northwest of China. She started doing outdoor sports in 1996, and if she successfully reaches Everest’s 8,848-metre-high peak, she will be the first woman from her region and community to achieve such a feat, said Xinhua news agency in a dispatch from Kathmandu.


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.


Sport News
National Shooting trials for Asian, CW Games on May 10
KARACHI, Apr 17 (APP): Second phase of trials to select Pakistan sharp shooters for this year’s Asian Games and Commonwealth Games will be held at Naval International Shooting Range here on May 10, National Rifle Association of Pakistan (NRAP) announced on Thursday. “Trials will be conducted in all events like Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun,” Executive Vice President NRAP Razi Ahmed Khan told APP here.
 
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.
 
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Turkey time-tested friend of Pakistan: Ayaz PDF Print E-mail
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ISLAMABAD, Apr 10 (APP):Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said on Thursday friendship between Pakistan and Turkey was time tested and has roots in history.  The speaker said this while talking to a Turkish delegation comprising of former parliamentarians, philanthropists and educationists called on him here. “Fact cannot be denied that Turkey has always been a friend in need and stood by Pakistan in difficult times” he added. The Speaker underlined the need for enhanced interaction between the parliamentarians and people of both the countries for further cementing the fraternal relations between the two countries.
 
DAR meets US Deputy Secretary of State PDF Print E-mail
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ISLAMABAD, April 10 (APP): Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Federal Minister for Finance, on Thursday met William J. Burns, US Deputy Secretary of State in Washington at the State Department and discussed matters relating to enhancement of trade and investment between the two countries. Ambassador of Pakistan to the US, Jalil Abbas Jilani, accompanied the Finance Minister while Deputy Secretary Burns was assisted by Ambassador James Dobbins, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan during the meeting, said a message received here from Washington.
 
Envoy conveys PM’s felicitations to Afghan vice president PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Apr 10 (APP): Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Syed Abrar Hussain on Thursday called on the first Vice President of Afghanistan, Mohammad Younus Qanooni in Kabul and conveyed to him a message of felicitations from Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, on his appointment. Qanooni thanked Prime Minister Sharif for his message of good wishes and for Pakistan’s support to Afghanistan, says a message received here from Pakistan embassy in Kabul.
 
Govt. takes steps to fulfil gas demand of industrial sector: Abbasi PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD April 10 (APP) Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday said that the government realizes the importance of industrial sector and would take possible steps to accomplish gas demands of the sector. Addressing the participants of the function arranged by the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), the minister said “We know the importance of industrial sector and would take all possible steps to meet the energy requirement of the sector that would help to generate more job opportunities and eradicate poverty from the country. “
 
SECP takes action against non-compliant market participants PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, April 10 (APP): The development of transparent and efficient securities market is one of the prime objectives of the  Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). Accordingly, Securities Market Division of the SECP took enforcement actions and penalized the market participants for non- compliance with the regulatory framework during the month of March. Subsequent to the onsite inspections, enforcement actions were taken against three brokerage houses of the Karachi Stock Exchange  Limited.
 
Hamza visits PIMS to inquire after health of blast victims PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Apr 10 (APP): Leader of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Hamza Shahbaz Sharif Wednesday said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was making sincere efforts for maintaining long term peace across the country. The elements against the process of peace talks with Taliban were creating obstacles to sabotage it. He was talking to media persons during visit to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) along MNA Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, PML-N leaders Hanif Abbasi and Anjum Aqeel to inquire after health of the injured of Furit and Vegetable Market Blast.
 
Misbah Tunio appointed MD Security Printing Corporation of Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Apr 10 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday approved the appointment of Misbah Tunio, an officer of Pakistan Administrative Service as the Managing Director of Security Printing Corporation of Pakistan. The President gave the approval on the advice of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

 
PR heritage being preserved: Minister PDF Print E-mail
News - National
RAWALPINDI April 10 (APP): Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafiq  on Thursday said that the Pakistan Railway (PR) is preserving its heritage as two separate museums at Lahore and Karachi would soon be set up. Talking to mediapersons after inaugurating new rake of Tezgam  Express here, he said that the heritage and those articles having historic nature would be preserved and funding for the project is presently being managed from the existing resources of the PR.
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Nawaz-Li 3rd meeting within a year signifies warmth in bilateral relations PDF Print E-mail
News - World
BEIJING, Apr 9 (APP): All eyes will be focused on the meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Premier Li Keqiang on the fringes of Boao Forum for Asia on Thursday as both leaders will sit across the table for 3rd time within a span of less than a year.  Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei, in a regularly press conference here on Wednesday, said that the meeting between the two leaders will give further impetus to our all weather friendship and enhance cooperation.
 
President stresses national harmony to counter challenges PDF Print E-mail
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app23-09president-quetta.jpgQUETTA, April 9 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday stressed the need for promoting national harmony and close association among the provinces to foil nefarious designs against the country. “We Pakistanis, living in all federating units are brothers of each other and have to play our due role to make our country most respectable and developed among other countries of the world,” he said while talking to journalists at the Governor House here. President Mamnoon said the country is facing the challenges of terrorism and economy, and the government would steer it out of all  crises.
 
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