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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”. 

Pakistan rejects claims of its role in deteriorating situation in Afghanistan -
NEW YORK, Feb 12 (APP): A Pakistani diplomat has debunked allegations made in an article published in a leading American newspaper last week  that Pakistan had facilitated the recent Taliban offensive in Afghanistan. The article, titled ‘Pakistan’s Hand in the Rise of International Jihad’, was written by Carlotta Gall, a New York Times correspondent who reported from Pakistan from 2001-13.

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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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Women's participation in national development can ensure country's progress: First Lady PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app55-20islamabad.jpgISLAMABAD, Jan 20 (APP): First Lady Mehmooda Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said participation of women in national development can ensure progress of the country. Addressing a gathering of Pakistan Girls Guide Association here at the Presidency, the First Lady said by adopting the principles of discipline and honesty in their lives, women can effectively contribute for the betterment of society and the country.

Qadir Baloch reiterates govt resolve against terrorism PDF Print E-mail
News - National
PESHAWAR, Jan 20 (APP): Federal Minister for SAFRON, Abdul Qadir Baloch on Wednesday condemning terrorists attack on Bacha Khan University said that such cowardly acts of terror could not deter resolve of the government against militancy and terrorism. Talking to media at DHQ hospital Charsadda after inquiring health of the injured, he said it is premature to say anything about perpetrators of the attack or to blame any one.

Western route of CPEC to be completed on priority: Senate told PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Jan 20 (APP): Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms  Ahsan Iqbal Wednesday assured the Senate that the western route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be completed on priority  and CPEC would attract more foreign investment.Replying to a question during question hour, the minister said that  hefty amount would be spent on power projects being set up in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). Dasu, Diamer Bhasha dams and Tarbela 4th Extension Project were included in these power projects, he added.
Operation Zarb-e Azb succeeds to fight terrorism: Sartaj Aziz PDF Print E-mail
News - National
sartaj_aziz.jpgISLAMABAD, Jan 20 (APP): Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said Pakistan would continue its efforts to combat menace of terrorism. Talking to Voice of America (VOA), he said that Pakistan has defeated terrorism and during the last year terrorist attacks have declined significantly. He said military action Zarb-e-Azb has succeeded to fight unrest and terrorism in the region.
Kamal attends Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Jan 20 (APP): Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal Khan attended the fourth Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week-2016 (ADSW) being held in Abu Dhabi from January 18. During his two-day visit, the minister held meetings with United Arab
Emirates (UAE) Deputy Prime Minister, Ministers for Energy, Education and Sports and discussed with them matters pertaining to bilateral interest. Prominent companies from all over the world showcased their latest innovations and products on renewable energy.

Pakistan's foreign policy giving positive message to world:Musadik PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Jan 20 (APP): Spokesperson to Prime Minister Musadik Malik has said that Pakistan was playing a leading role in resolving tensions between Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Iran tension while its foreign policy has given positive message to other countries. Talking to PTV he said both Iran and Saudi Arabia needed to respond positively to Pakistan as it was making serious efforts to resolve the Iran-Saudi tensions.

Ayaz, Abbasi strongly condemn Baacha Khan University attack PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ayaz_sadiq.jpgISLAMABAD, Jan 20 (APP): Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi on Wednesday strongly condemned the attack on Baacha Khan University, Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In their separate statements, the speaker and deputy speaker termed it a barbaric and shameful act of terrorism saying that the elements involved in such activities were enemies of humanity. 

Analysts praise Pakistan's efforts to ease tensions between KSA,Iran PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Jan 20 (APP): Analysts have appreciated Pakistan's efforts for defusing tensions between Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Iran saying Prime Minister's visit to both the countries was of great significance. Pakistan was playing a leading role to bring Iran  and Saudi Arabia close and Pakistan's foreign policy was going in the right direction.
COSA visits Baacha Khan university, inquires health of injured PDF Print E-mail
News - National
PESHAWAR, Jan 20 (APP): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif  Wednesday visited Baacha Khan University and met with law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and troops who carried out the operation. The Army Chief grieved over tragic loss of lives and appreciated the  timely response by the security forces, said a tweet message of Director General ISPR Lt General Asim Salim Bajwa.
DG Russian Helicopters to call on Defence Production Minister PDF Print E-mail
News - National
rana_tanvir.jpgISLAMABAD, Jan 20 (APP): Director General Russian Helicopters Alexander Mikheev, along with a delegation, will call on Federal Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain here Thursday. The Country Representative of Tenel, South Africa is also scheduled to have a separate meeting with Rana Tanveer Hussain.
NA Speaker dismay over absence of federal secretaries during session PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Jan 20, (APP): Expressing displeasure over absence of federal secretaries in the house during question hour, the Speaker National Assembly Wednesday suspended the house proceeding for 15 minutes. NA Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq observed that no federal secretary of  Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Communication were present in the house during question hour.

At UN, Pakistan calls for strengthening measures to mitigate civilian suffering in armed conflicts PDF Print E-mail
News - World
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 20 (APP): Underscoring that civilians have become growing victims in ongoing armed conflicts, Pakistan has called for addressing the root cause of the conflicts and their resolution to promote international peace and security.Speaking in the U.N. Security Council, Pakistan UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi underscored the need for all parties to comply with their obligations and abide by international law to mitigate the "unspeakable" suffering of civilians.

PM Nawaz gets "encouraging response" from Saudi Arabia, Iran PDF Print E-mail
News - World
nawaz-sharif.jpgTEHRAN, Jan 19 (APP): Describing Pakistan's efforts for de-escalation of tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran as a "sacred mission", Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said he was encouraged by the "positive response" from the leadership of two brotherly countries. "We got positive response from the leadership of two countries, who were appreciative of Pakistan's initiative and efforts," Prime Minister Sharif told Pakistani media here before leaving for Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum.
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