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No food left in besieged Palestinian refugee camp in Syria: UN -
UNITED NATIONS, April 20 (APP): The United Nations has renewed its  demand for unimpeded humanitarian access to the besieged Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, warning that there is no UN food aid left there as  escalation in the Syrian conflict prevented the delivery of desperately needed assistance.

UN envoy voices concern over disruption of Easter procession by Israeli forces -
UNITED NATIONS, April 19 (APP): A senior United Nations envoy on Saturday said he was dismayed that a peaceful Easter procession led by Palestinian Christians through Jerusalem’s Old City was disrupted by Israeli security forces.

CPJ slams attack on TV news anchor Hamid Mir in Karachi -
NEW YORK, April 19 (APP): The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a New York-based independent watchdog body, has voiced concern over the attack on Geo News senior anchor Hamid Mir in Karachi on Saturday and called for bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Ambassador Jilani highlights Islamabadís policies, Pak-US ties -
WASHINGTON, April 18 (APP): Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani addressed the faculty and participants of 2014 National War College, encompassing a wide range of subjects including positive trajectory in Islamabad-Washington relations, ongoing transformations in Pakistan and developments in the region.

Youths are torch bearers of Pak-China friendship: Masood Khalid -
BEIJING, Apr 18 (APP): Ambassador Masood Khalid has said that youths from both the countries are the torch bearers and have the responsibility to take forward the legacy of Pak-China friendship that built up over past 60-years.

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UoP, LU, IU, UoK, SU advance to next round in All-Pakistan Inter-University Cricket
PESHAWAR, Apr 20 (APP): University of Punjab, Lahore University, Islamia Bahawalpur, University of Karachi, and Sargodha University moved to second round after registering victories against their respective rivals on the opening day of the All-Pakistan Inter-University Cricket Championship organizing by the Directorate of Sports Abdul Wali Khan University at five different venues in Peshawar and Mardan on Sunday.
Mehran, Laiba Ijaz lifted KP Boys, Girls Junior Squash titles
PESHAWAR, Apr 19 (APP): Current National Champion Mehran Javed and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa No. 1 Laiba Ijaz clinched titles after defeating their respective rivals in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Boys and Girls Junior Squash Championship played here at PAF Hashim Khan Squash Complex on Saturday.
National Women Softball Championship-2014 starts
RAWALPINDI, April 18 (APP): A three-day National Women Softball Championship-2014 started at Pindi Cricket Stadium here on Friday.
Army wins national netball championship title
LAHORE, Apr 18 (APP): Army routed Higher Education Commission 27-17 in the final and won the title of the 13th national men’s netball championship at Islamabad’s PSB complex on Friday.
Afghan cricket teamís training camp starts
KARACHI, Apr 18 (APP)- A short training of Afghanistan team in preparations for ACC Premier League 2014 began here at the Arabian Sea Country Club (ASCC) at the outskirts of the city on Friday.
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COAS visits Sonmiani Ranges, witnesses air defence firing exercises PDF Print E-mail
News - National
RAWALPINDI, Apr 11 (APP): Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif on Friday visited Sonmiani Ranges and witnessed air defence firing exercises. Full range of Air Defence Weapons including guns and surface to air missiles were used in the exercise. The COAS greatly appreciated the professionalism of participating units and standards achieved in engaging aerial targets. While interacting with the troops, the COAS reiterated that the multidimensional security threats, faced by the country, required a high state of preparedness at all times. “Highest standard of training and professionalism must remain our hallmark to accomplish the mission,” he emphasized. Earlier, on arrival at the Range, the COAS was received by Lieutenant General Muhammad Zahid Latif Mirza, Commander Army Air Defence Command.
Korean PM arrives on April 13 PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Apr 11 (APP): Prime Minister of Republic of Korea Chung Hongwon, at the invitation of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, will arrive here on April 13 on a 4-day official visit. Federal Minister for Planning Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal will receive the Korean Prime Minister and his delegation at Nur Khan Base. This will be the first-ever prime minister level visit to Pakistan from the Republic of Korea since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1983.
Dar discusses Joint Economic Commission timeframe with Iranian counterpart PDF Print E-mail
News - World
WASHINGTON, April 11 (APP): Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in a meeting here with his Iranian counterpart Ali Tayyeb Nia discussed the timeframe of the Joint Economic Commission that is scheduled in the next quarter. According to the Pakistani embassy, the two sides will discuss about  50 agenda items at the upcoming JEC meeting and implementation of the outstanding agenda items by both sides will result in strengthening economic ties between the two countries and bilateral trade.
Finance Minister Dar apprises US Deputy Secretary Treasury of economic recovery PDF Print E-mail
News - World
WASHINGTON, April 11 (APP): Finance Minister Ishaq Dar met with Deputy Secretary Treasury Sarah Bloom Raskin on the margins of IMF-World Bank Spring meetings and briefed her about the economic recovery plan of the government.  Senator Dar said that all macro economic indicators were pointing towards a strong resurgence of Pakistan economy.
UNIDO representative calls on Sartaj Aziz PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Apr 11 (APP): Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Friday asked the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to establish an International Packaging Center in Pakistan by introducing the best packaging practices to bolster Pakistani exports through quality improvement and value addition. He was talking to newly appointed UNIDO Representative to Pakistan Mr. Esam Alqararah who paid courtesy call on Sartaj Aziz here at Foreign Office today. Sartaj Aziz underscored the importance of value-addition, technology transfer and capacity building and appreciated the efforts of UNIDO in this regard. The Advisor also stressed the need for adoption and promotion of best practices as well as the replication of successful projects elsewhere in the country instead of launching only pilot projects.
Canadaís ambassador for religious freedom meets Sardar Yousaf PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Apr 11 (APP):Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf Friday said government believes in religious freedom and Pakistanis enjoy equal rights as per constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.  Talking to Canada’s Ambassador of Religious Freedom, Andrew Bennett and High Commissioner in Pakistan Greg Giokas - the minister said Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony plays important role in bringing closer the people belonging to all religions. Pakistan plays its role in obviating misperceptions about the Muslims.
US ambassador supports development programmes in AJK PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD Apr, 10 (APP): U.S. ambassador Richard Olson visited Muzaffarabad on Friday to highlight his country’s support for bilateral trade opportunities, educational exchange, and development programmes in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). Ambassador Olson’s visit first to the region, was an opportunity to renew ties with the government leadership of AJK and to meet with local

Islamabad fully focused on addressing energy shortfall: Dar PDF Print E-mail
News - World
WASHINGTON, April 11 (APP): Finance Minister Muhamamd Ishaq Dar has said Islamabad is fully focused on addressing the energy challenges facing the country and will facilitate investment into the key sector. He was speaking at a discussion hosted by the Business Council of International Understanding that includes members from more than 150 world-leading companies and is dedicated to promoting dialogue and action between the business and government communities. Senator Dar said since its inception, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif-led government in Islamabad has taken the lingering issue of energy shortages head on, and is working to overcome energy shortfall through a focused approach.  
Dar holds productive meeting with IFC leader PDF Print E-mail
News - World
WASHINGTON, April 11 (APP): Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar held a cordial and productive meeting with the Executive Vice President of International Finance Corporation Jin Yong Cai and discussed cooperation. The IFC official said the Corporation was planning to set up a company in South Asia for infrastructure projects, which will specially benefit the energy sector of Pakistan.
SECP launches online payment facility for stakeholders PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Apr 11 (APP): The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) is pleased to announce the launch of online payment facility for its stakeholders.  An arrangement has been made with MCB Bank Limited whereby MCB customers can make payments to SECP through MCB’s internet banking facility. Now customers with accounts of MCB bank can make payments to SECP through online funds transfer facility without the hassle of visiting a bank or the SECP offices.
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