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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.

Pak-China universities ink students exchange agreement -
GUANGZHOU, Apr 18 (APP): National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Islamabad and China’s Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), Guangzhou, Friday concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on Academic Cooperation and a Student Exchange Agreement. The documents were signed by Maj Gen (Retd) Masood Hasan, Rector NUML and Prof. Zhong Weihe, President GDUFS. The initiative of the MoU and the agreement between the two Universities was launched and facilitated by the Consulate General of Pakistan in Guangzhou. Under the MoU on Academic Cooperation, the NUML would set up a NUML International Center of Education (NICE) on the premises of GDUFS. NUML will initially assign academicians/ instructors at the NICE for English and Urdu languages and subsequently extend it for other languages.

UN Envoy urges fresh talks with besieged Syrians, authorities -
UNITED NATIONS, April 17 (APP): Regretting the abrupt halt in talks between the Syrian authorities and the negotiating committee representing civilians and fighters trapped in the Old City of Homs, U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi Thursday urged all the parties to return to the negotiating table and complete the deal that had been on the verge of being signed.

On first visit to Gaza, UN official calls for end to Israeli blockade -
UNITED NATIONS, April 17 (APP):  On his first official visit to the Gaza Strip, the new head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East underscored the need to lift the seven-year Israeli blockade and end the ‘illegal collective punishment’ unleashed on the population there.

Sport News
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.
PCB advertises for spin bowling consultant for Pakistan team
KARACHI, Apr 18 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday placed an advertisement in some newspapers for positions as the coaching staff in Pakistan cricket.
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Political leadership, armed forces on one page on all matters: Khawaja Asif PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, April 2 (APP): Federal Defence Minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif said on Wednesday that both political leadership and armed forces were on one page on all matters including the internal situation of the country. “This unanimity is proving as our strength and will help bring us out of our problems,” he made these remarks during his meeting with National Security Advisor of the United Kingdom (UK), Sir Kim Darroch in his office here.
Visit of Sir Kim Darroch, National Security Adviser of UK to Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Apr 2 (APP):Adviser to the Prime Minister on National  Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz led delegation level talks with visiting National Security Adviser of the United Kingdom, Sir Kim Darroch at the Foreign Office on Wednesday.  Stressing the importance of bilateral ties, Adviser Sartaj Aziz said  that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with UK which are based on mutual respect, interest and understanding of each other’s perspectives.
Gen. Nicholas Houghton, Gen. Rashad discuss regional security PDF Print E-mail
News - National
RAWALPINDI, April 2 (APP): Chief of Defence Staff, United Kingdom (UK), General Sir Nicholas Houghton called on General Rashad Mahmood, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Rashad Mahmood here on Wednesday. According to ISPR here, the two dignitaries discussed matters related to regional security and mutual cooperation between the two Armed Forces.
Govt committed to put country on back to track: Shahbaz PDF Print E-mail
News - National
LAHORE, Apr 2 (APP): Chief Minister Punjab Muhammed Shahbaz Sharif said on Wednesday the PML-N government was committed to put the country back to road of progress and prosperity. “The party (PML-N) do not believe in assuming power for the sake of power rather it considers power as the best source of service to the people,” he added. Talking to assembly members and party workers, he said, revolutionary development agenda for the welfare of masses had been implemented while dozens of development schemes had also been launched throughout the province.
France provides 61 million euros (Rs. 8.5 Billion funding to Pakistan for two hydropower projects PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Apr 2 (APP): France has granted Euro 61 million (Rs. 8.5 Billion) funding for two hydropower projects in Pakistan.  The two projects were Mohmand hydropower project (740 MW) located in Mohmand agency, KPK and harpo hydropower project (35 mw) in the Gilgit-Baltistan, Skardu region. Agreement to this effect was signed by Ms. Nargis Sethi, Secretary of Economic Affairs Division (EAD) and Philippe Thi’baud, Ambassador of France to Pakistan, and Denis CASSAT, Country Director of the French Development Agency (AFD), under the Credit Facility Agreements (CFAs) for the establishment of Pakistan 02 Hydropower projects.
Leaders Summit to highlight significance of trade diplomacy PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, April 2 (APP): Leaders Summit will be held here at Serena Hotel on Thursday to highlight the significance of trade diplomacy in modern times as one of the most important mediums through which diplomatic relations between nations can flourish. Prime Minister’s Special Envoy Ambassador Javed Malik, who is also the President of Diplomat Business Club (International), will be the keynote speaker on the second session of the Leaders Summit. More than 600 delegates from different countries are likely to attend the summit. National and international speakers, including cabinet members and heads of major companies in the country, are expected to participate. 
High Commissioner Abdul Basit presents credentials to Indian President PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Apr 2 (APP): Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit presented his credentials to President of India, Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony held in Rashtrapati Bhavan (President House) in New Delhi on Wednesday.  The ceremony was attended by the officers of the Ministry of External Affairs, Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Pakistan High Commission, says a message received here from Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.
Govt to establish Urban Planning and Policy Center PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Apr 2 (APP): The federal government is establishing Urban Planning and Policy Centre at the Planning Commission of Pakistan with an aim to promote sustainable Urban development in the country, Federal Minister for Planning Development and Reform, Prof, Ahsan Iqbal said here Wednesday. “Pakistan is fastest urbanizing country in South Asia, so considering the rapidly growing population and corresponding challenges of urbanization the center is being established to ensure excellence in urban policy formulation,” he said while addressing the award distribution of Institute of Architects Pakistan (IAP).
UK National Security Advisor, Chief of Defence Staff call on Gen. Raheel Sharif PDF Print E-mail
News - National
RAWALPINDI, April 2 (app): Sir Kim Darroch, National Security Advisor of United Kingdom (UK) and General Sir Nicholas Houghton, Chief of Defence Staff British Armed Forces called on Chief of Army Staff  (COAS), General Raheel Sharif at General Headquarters here on Wednesday.
Japan contributes $6 mln in support of UNHCR refugee programme in Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, April 2 (APP): The Government of Japan has announced a generous contribution of US $ 6 million in support of the UNHCR’s refugee programme in Pakistan. “The new funding will bolster UNHCR’s interventions in the areas of education, healthcare and the provision of legal assistance to some 1.6 million Afghan refugees in the country”says a statement issued by the Embassy of Japan here Wednesday said. The largest portion of this amount, USD 2.3 million will go to the health sector and benefit approximately 600,000 Afghan refugees residing in 76 refugee villages, through improved healthcare services.
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