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AT U.N., Pakistan calls for delinking terrorism from religion -
maleeha_lodhi.jpgUNITED NATIONS, Feb. 14 (APP): Pakistan is making “focused efforts” to stamp out violent extremism and terrorism, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi has told the U.N. General Assembly, while slamming attempts by unprincipled politicians to build their political fortunes by spreading fear and the deliberate mischaracterization of people of other faiths or cultures. Speaking in the 193 member Assembly’s debate on the proposed UN Secretary General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, the Pakistani envoy regretted that the rising tide in the West of Xenophobia, in particular Islamophobia, had so far gone unchecked.

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”. 

Sport News
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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Regulatory requirements issued for AMCs, investment banks, leasing companies, modarabas PDF Print E-mail
News - Business
ISLAMABAD, Jan 26 (APP): In order to support its goal of investor protection and facilitation, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has introduced standardized regulatory requirements for branches of asset management companies (AMCs), investment banks and leasing companies and modarabas. The requirements stipulate that the AMCs, non banking financial companies (NBFCs) and modarabas shall submit details to the SECP before opening and closing their branches.
Chinese cooperation to help materialize accelerated digitization vision: Anusha PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Jan 26 (APP): Minister of State for Information Technology, Ms. Anusha Rahman on Tuesday said the government believes in Digital Pakistan as Chinese cooperation would help materialize vision of accelerated digitization. She was talking to a high level Chinese delegation led by Chairman, China Investment Promotion Center, Mr. Yan Lijin which called on her here and discussed matters relating to collaboration between Pakistani and Chinese public and corporate sectors in areas of innovation, IT parks, electronic payments and other ICT services and infrastructure of mutual interest.
President condoles death of former FM PDF Print E-mail
News - National
president1.jpgISLAMABAD, Jan 26 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday expressed his profound grief and sorrow over the death of former foreign minister Sahibzada Yaqoob Khan. The President said that his services for Pakistan would beremembered forever. The President in his condolence message prayed for salvation of the departed soul and commiserated with the bereaved family.
PM expresses condolence over death of Sahabzada Yaqoob Ali Khan PDF Print E-mail
News - National
pm_nawaz-sharif.jpgISLAMABAD, Jan 26 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday expressed deep grief and sorrow over the death of Sahabzada Yaqoob Ali Khan, former Foreign Minister and diplomat. The Prime Minister in a message lauded the meritorious services of Sahabzada Yaqoob Ali for the country as a seasoned and refined diplomat during his postings on  Pakistan’s important missions abroad.
Federal Ombudsmanís office opened in Attock PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ATTOCK, Jan 26 (APP): Advisor to Federal Ombudsman, Shah Mehboob Alam has said that the camp office of Ombudsman (Wafaqi Mohtasib) has been set up in Attock to facilitate people of rural and remote areas. Talking to media here Tuesday at his camp office he said that the camp office of Federal Ombudsman is operational now where people may lodge their complaints against the departments working under the federal govt.
Parliamentarians stress resolving Kashmir issue as per aspirations of Kashmiris PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Jan 26 (APP): Kashmir is a core issue betweenPakistan and India and it should be resolved as per the aspirations of the people of Kashmir, parliamentarians of different political parties said Tuesday. Commenting on the observance of Indian Republic Day as Black Day, they urged world powers to come forward and play their role in resolving the lingering issue of Kashmir.
SECP introduces complaint drop box facilities at stock exchanges PDF Print E-mail
News - Business
ISLAMABAD, Jan 26 (APP): The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) is providing complaint drop boxes at Pakistan Stock Exchange Limited (Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi), National Clearing Company Limited, Central Depository Company (CDC) to further facilitate investors to swiftly lodge their complaints. The wall mountable complaint boxes are being placed at these offices so that investors wishing to make complaints with the SECP can lodge their complaints using drop box facility.
Ayaz, Abbasi condole Sahabzada Yaqub Khanís death PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Jan 26 (APP):Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and deputy speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi on Tuesday condoled the death of former Foreign Minister and veteran diplomat, Sahabzada Yaqub Khan. In their separate condolence messages, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Murtaza Javed Abbasi expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Sahabzada Yaqub Khan.
Aziz, Fatemi grieved over Yaqoob Khanís death PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Jan 26 (APP): Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to Prime Minister Syed Tariq Fatemi on Tuesday conveyed their heartfelt condolences over the sad demise of former foreign minister Sahabzada Yaqoob Khan. In their messages, they prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and give courage and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.
Over Rs.316.351 mln released for Industries & Production Division PDF Print E-mail
News - Business
ISLAMABAD, Jan 26 (APP): The government has released Rs. 316.351 million for several developmental projects of Ministry of Industries and Production Division under its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP), 2015-16 for  uplift of industrial sector of the country. According the data of Planning Commission of Pakistan, the government has allocated Rs. 790.881 million for 17 developmental projects under Ministry of Industries Division in the PSDP 2015-16.
UN brokered intra-Syrian talks begin on Friday in Ďuphillí bid for ceasefire PDF Print E-mail
News - World
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 26 (APP):  Intra-Syrian talks that were scheduled to begin in Geneva Monday under United Nations sponsorship will now start on Friday, with the first priority being a broad ceasefire, humanitarian aid, and halting the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). But in announcing the new date, for which invitations will be sent out tomorrow, Special UN Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said he is under no illusions about the difficulties in ending a war that has killed over 250,000 people, sent over 4 million fleeing the country, displaced 6.5 million internally, and put 13.5 million people inside the country in urgent need of humanitarian aid.
US based Kashmiri group asks India to accept ground realities on Kashmir PDF Print E-mail
News - World
WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (APP): A US based Kashmiri organization reminded India on the country’s Republic Day observed on Tuesday that Kashmir was a disputed territory as recognized by the United Nations and its obduracy to accept the ground realities was the major hurdle in peace in the region. “For Kashmiris, this is not a day to celebrate but a day of mourning,a day of catastrophe, when their power of self determination was taken from them by occupiers,” Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General World Kashmir Awareness, said in a statement issued in Washington.
Shehbaz reviews industrialization strategy PDF Print E-mail
News - National
LAHORE, Jan 26 (APP): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif here Tuesday chaired a meeting to review industrialization strategy for accelerating the pace of industrialization, promotion of investment and creation of employment opportunities in the province. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that industrialization strategy was an important element of growth strategy for strengthening provincial economy. He said the Punjab government had evolved industrialization strategy for the promotion of investment and creation of job opportunities and its implementation and achievement of the targets was the responsibility of the concerned departments.
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