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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.


UN rights expert urges Israel to prevent settlers’ takeover of West Bank building near Ibrahami Mosq -
UNITED NATIONS, April 15 (APP): A United Nations human rights expert Tuesday urged Israel to prevent settlers from taking over Al-Rajabi House, a building in the West Bank city of Hebron that was built by Palestinian families but whose ownership was granted to the settlers after a protracted legal battle. The four-story building capable of housing 40 families is located  strategically between the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba and the Ibrahami Mosque, also known as Cave of Patriarchs, in the old city of Hebron.


Iran protests UN Ambassador's visa denial -
UNITED NATIONS, April 15 (APP): Iran has lodged a protest at the United Nations over the U.S. refusal to grant a visa to its new U.N. ambassador, saying the move sets a "dangerous" precedent. The White House has said that Iran's selection of Hamid Aboutalebi to be  its United Nations envoy is not "viable". Aboutalebi was reportedly involved with a group of Iranian students responsible for the 1979 takeover of the U.S.



Pakistan set to reap benefit from Chinese experience -
BEIJING, Apr 15 (APP): Pakistan enthusiastically participates in all regional cooperation initiatives led by China whether they are strategically important or economically crucial, such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA). Equated by some with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the latest BFA just concluded in South China’s Hainan Province, reports infuential English daily Global Times. Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif delivered a plenary speech titled “Reviving the Silk Road.” The forum reflects the major contours of the Asian Century under the dynamic leadership of a rising China. Chinese


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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.
 
Kabir looking forward to build Afghanistan team for Cricket World Cup
KARACHI, Apr 16 (APP): Afghanistan chief coach Kabir Khan said on Wednesday that he was looking forward to build the team for next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup. “Its my endeavour to build-up Afghanistan team for World Cup showpiece event,” he told APP on arrival here from Peshawar. 2015 World Cup is co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand in February-March and Afghanistan is among the qualfiers for the event.
 
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BISP beneficiaries withdraw Rs 9 billion through debit cards PDF Print E-mail
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ISLAMABAD, April 14 (APP): Beneficiaries of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) have withdrawn Rs 9 billion through Benazir Debit Card (BDC). The total amount of Rs 15.93 billion was released to approximately 4.31 million beneficiaries by BISP for the third quarter of January to March 2014, out of which approximately 3.7 million beneficiaries were to receive payment through BDC, said a press release.
 
Govt believes in freedom of minorities: Sardar Yousaf PDF Print E-mail
News - National
WAH CANTT, Apr 14 (APP): The present government believes in freedom of minorities and giving equal rights to them as per 1973 constitution. Talking to media persons he said that the government would extend all resources for up keep of the Sikh religious places and their welfare. The Federal Minister for religious affairs and interfaith harmony Sardar Mohammad Yousaf Chief Guest at “Bhog” the concluding ceremony of Sikh religious festival Besakhi here on Monday. On this occasion Gurdwara Punja Sahib Hassanabdal Chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board Ilyas Khan, additional secreatray, Ch Riaz, Advisor to CM KPK on minority affairs Sardar Soran Singh, President Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak committee Sardar Sham Singh were also present. 
 
Dar says IFIs agree Pakistan’s GDP growth to surpass earlier projections PDF Print E-mail
News - World
WASHINGTON, April 14 (APP): Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said things are shaping up for Pakistan’s economic boost as macroeconomic stability has earned the country huge confidence of international investors and financial institutions. Wrapping up a hectic visit to Washington, during which he had a series of meetings with World Bank, IMF and U.S. officials, Senator Dar also said major financial institutions now agree with Islamabad that Pakistan’s GDP growth would surpass their earlier projections. “The World Bank and the IMF now agree that the country would chalk up a better economic growth than earlier projections and our projection for the year  is 4 percent plus”, he told Washington-based Pakistani journalists.
 
Cabinet working smoothly: Khaqan PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, April 14 (APP): Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbassi has said there was no division in the Federal Cabinet and it was working smoothly. Differences among political parties on different issues were a routine matter and part of the democratic system, he said while talking to a private television. Replying to a question, the minister said negotiation was a continuous process. The government had initiated the dialogue process with Taliban in consultation with the political parties, he added. To another question, he said Gen (Retd) Pervez Musharraf would have to face courts for violating the Constitution. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had faced courts in the false cases fabricated against him during the period of dictatorial regime, he added.
 
Comprehensive dialogue with Taliban in a couple of days: Nisar PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app75-13islamabad.jpgISLAMABAD, April 13 (APP): Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Sunday said comprehensive dialogue with Taliban would start from next meeting, to be held in a couple of days. “Talks between the government side and Taliban were formally started in a couple of weeks ago and the next meeting will be held with comprehensive agenda,” the minister said while addressing a press conference. He said there was no deadlock in the dialogue process. Nisar said there was no difference of opinion between the government and the army regarding the dialogue. Release of 19 non-combatants prisoners was carried out with consensus, he added. He said so far there was no plan to release combatant prisoners and even no such demand had been made by Taliban. He contradicted the news item that a Taliban commander had been released.
 
President meets Governor, CM Punjab PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app82-13president-lahore.jpgLAHORE, Apr 13 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain Sunday met with Chief Minister Punjab, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and Governor Punjab, Chaudhry  Muhammad Sarwar at the CM House here.  Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah was also present on the occasion.  During the meeting, overall situation in the province was discussed.
 
Korean PM arrives on four-day official visit PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app70-13rawalpindi.jpgISLAMABAD, April 13 (APP): Prime Minister of Republic of Korea Chung Hongwon Sunday received a red carpet welcome as he arrived here on a four-day official visit. Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal welcomed the Korean PM and his delegation at Nur Khan Airbase The Korean Ambassador in Pakistan was also present.  Clad in traditional dresses, a young boy and a girl presented bouquets to the dignitary. Chung Hongwon is visiting Pakistan at the invitation of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
 
US, Pakistan see opportunity for innovative financing of Diamer Bhasha Dam PDF Print E-mail
News - World
WASHINGTON, April 13 (APP): Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator USAID on Sunday agreed that, with positive mood on the turnaround in Pakistani economy and successful launch of Eurobond, it is an opportune moment to explore innovative financing for Diamir Bhasha Dam. They also discussed programme portfolio and future priorities when Dr. Raj Shah along with his team, called on Finance Minister Dar at the World Bank. Senator Dar was assisted by Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani, Secretary Finance Dr. Waqar Masood Khan, Secretary Economic Affairs Division Ms. Nargis Sethi, Acting Governor State Bank Ashraf Mehmood Wathra and Additional Secretary (EF) Shahid Mahmood, according to the Pakistani embassy.
 
Pakistan to emerge into rapid growing economies: Rana Tanvir PDF Print E-mail
News - National
LAHORE, Apr 13 (APP): Federal Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanvir Hussain on Sunday said that Pakistan would be emerged in to rapid growing economies of not only Asia but also of the world. Talking to mediamen before leaving for Malaysia at Sheikhupura, he said that “Pakistan can earn enormous revenue by introducing its defence equipments to the world”. The Minister said that foreign investment worth billions of dollars, adding that increase in rupee value against the dollar was the result of the best economic policies of the PML-N government. He added that investment-friendly policies of the present government had restored the confidence of foreign investors.
 
Cabinet working smoothly: Khaqan PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, April 13 (APP): Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbassi on Sunday said there was no division in the Federal Cabinet and it was working smoothly. Differences among political parties on different issues were a routine matter and part of the democratic system, he said while talking to a private television. Replying to a question, the minister said negotiation was a continuous process. The government had initiated the dialogue process with Taliban in consultation with the political parties, he added. To another question, he said Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf would have to face courts for violating the Constitution. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had to face courts in the false cases fabricated against him during the period of dictatorial regime, he added.
 
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