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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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Barjees visits construction site of AJK Council building PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Feb 11 (APP): Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhry Muhammad Barjees Tahir Thursday visited the under construction building of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council (AJKC) here and reviewed pace of the work. During the visit, the minister was briefed on the building structure and facilities like Masjid, library and cafeteria being provided there, a press release said.
Govt sets target to achieve SDG's 2030: Baligh PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Feb 10 (APP): Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Egr. Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman on Thursday said the federal government has set a target to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) by 2030 in collaboration with the provinces.  He was addressing a press conference here Thursday at the end of the 7th Inter Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) at Higher Education Commission.

Egyptian companies keen to invest in Pak construction sector: Envoy PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Feb 11 (APP): Ambassador of Egypt to Pakistan, Sherif Mohamed Kamaleldin Shaheen has said that Egyptian companies considered Pakistan’s construction sector a promising area for investment and they were looking for partners in Pakistan for investment and joint ventures. He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will have positive implications for Egypt as it would lead to easy movement in Suez Canal as well.
Election of mayor, deputy mayors in Islamabad on Feb 15 PDF Print E-mail
News - National
election-commission-pakistan.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 11 (APP): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will hold election of a mayor and three deputy mayors in Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad (MCI) on February 15. According to spokesman of the ECP,already elected chairpersons from 50  union councils of federal capital along with 27 members from reserved seats would elect mayor and deputy mayors.
NCHD to establish 12,000 literacy centers: Razina Alam PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Feb 11 (APP): The National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) has planned to set- up 12,000 new literacy centers in the country’s less developed and remote areas. “PC-1 of the project has been approved recently,” Chairperson NCHD Razina Alam Khan said while taking to mediapersons here on Thursday.
National Assembly to meet on Friday PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Feb 11 (APP): Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has summoned 29th session of Lower House of the Parliament on Friday at 10:00 am. According to a notification of the Assembly, the speaker summoned the session in exercise of powers conferred by clause (3) of Article 54 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Pak-Qatar LNG deal to help economic revival PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Feb 11 (APP): The anlaysts welcoming the Pak-Qatar Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) deal between the two countries said it would help overcome energy crisis and bring econmic prosperity in the country. Former General Manager Sui Southern Gas, Brigadier Agha Gul talking to a private news channel said the deal was initiated in 2004 but credit goes to the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif who finalized it.
Pakistan, Qatar ink multi-billion dollar LNG deal PDF Print E-mail
News - World
app76-10pm-doha.jpgBy Muhammad Ilyas Khan

DOHA (Qatar) Feb 10 (APP): Pakistan and Qatar on Wednesday inked multi-billion dollar Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) deal that would enable the energy-starved country to import natural gas for 16 years and to meet its energy requirements. The historic signing ceremony of $16 billion LNG sale and purchase deal was held here between Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources of Pakistan and Qatar Petroleum. The agreement was signed by Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chairman Qatargas Board of Director Saad Sharida.

PM invites Qatar Investment Authority to explore investment opportunities in Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
News - World
app73-10pm-doha.jpg DOHA, Qatar Feb 10 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif inviting the Qatar Investment Authority to explore the investment opportunities in Pakistan on Wednesday said that Pakistan was an ideal destination for investors. The Prime Minister while talking to Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani here at Aiwan-e-Emiri said Pakistan especially offers attractive returns for investment in power sector, adding, Qatar Petroleum and Gas could positively consider investing in the oil and gas exploration sector of Pakistan.

Operation Zarb-e-Azb has achieved significant successes: President PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app03-10president-islamabad.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 10 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said that Operation Zarb-e-Azb has achieved significant successes and emphasized that the government was determined to continue it till complete elimination of the last terrorist. He was talking to Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan, who called on him here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

Pakistan achieves significant success in operation Zarb-e-Azb: COAS PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app82-10rawalpindi.jpgRAWALPINDI, Feb 10 (APP): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif Wednesday said that Pakistan had achieved significant successes in the operation Zarb-e-Azb, but the war against terrorism being complex required steadfast and unified response. According to an ISPR press release, he was presiding over the Corps Commanders Conference held here. Terrorists were being funded externally by hostile intelligence agencies and had their sympathizers at home who provided them shelter and refuge, he added.

PM Nawaz, Qatri PM witness aerial display of JF-17 Thunder, Mashshak aircraft PDF Print E-mail
News - World
jf-17-thunder.jpgBy Muhammad Ilyas Khan

DOHA, Qatar, Feb 9 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasir bin Khalifa Al-Thani on Wednesday witnessed a spectacular air show of JF-17 Thunder and Super Mashshak aircraft here at Doha Airbase. Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, who was also accompanying the Prime Minister on a two-day official visit to Qatar, members of royal family along with officials of Qatari air force, military officials and contingent of Pakistan Air Force also witnessed the air show.

DG KPK Accountability Commission resigns against Imran deceiving people in name of accountability PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app108-10infominister-islamabad.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 10 (APP): Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid Wednesday said that the Director General Accountability Commission of Khyber-Pakhunkhwa had resigned against PTI chief's deceiving the people in the name of accountability and prevalent corruption in KPK government. Talking to media persons at the Parliament House, he said that the Justice (Retd), Wajeeh-uddin had parted ways from PTI because Imran Khan was supporting those who had committed rigging in intra party elections.  

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