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Visit of UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan -
app27-27islamabad.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb. 27 (APP): The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom called on Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi here on Friday.



Ambassador Jilani highlights Pakistanís growth, investment prospects -
WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (APP): Highlighting Pakistan’s tremendous economic prospects, Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani has said the country is on way to registering a heartwarming five plus economic growth rate this year.


Maleeha takes over as envoy to UN, pledging to forcefully articulate Pakistanís policies -
NEW YORK, Feb 26 (APP): Dr Maleeha Lodhi, assuming charge as Pakistan’s first female Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations on Thursday, vowed to “protect and defend” her country’s vital interests at the world body.


Threatening man at Pakistan embassy in Washington being questioned -
WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (APP): A man claiming to be a Pakistani and seeking issuance of a passport without presenting any documents caused a stir at the Pakistani embassy, which had to call in the diplomatic security to deal with the threatening individual.


John Kerry says Pakistan has vigorous commitment to counter terrorist -
WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (APP): U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said Pakistan has displayed a vigorous commitment to defeat violent extremists groups in the wake of December 16, 2014 terror attack on the Army Public School.



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Committee approves replacement in Afghan squad
KARACHI, Feb 25 (APP): The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Shafiqullah Shafiq as a replacement player for Merwais Ashraf in Afghanistan’s squad for the tournament.
 
5-member Ski squad to leave for South Korea on Saturday
ISLAMABAD, Feb 25 (APP): A five-member national ski squad, including one coach will feature in the forthcoming Asian Alpine Ski Championship, being held in South Korea.
 
PSB Junior Age Talent Hunt Squash entered semi-finals stages
PESHAWAR, Feb 25 (APP): Humam Ahmad, Ismail Khan, Rohid Asghar and Muhammad Ibrahim Mohib entered into the semi-finals of the ongoing PSB Junior Age Group Under-9 Category Squash Championship being played here at PSB Coaching Center Squash Courts on Wednesday.
 
Indian baseball manager predicts tough contest against Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Feb 25 (APP): Indian baseball manager, Dr Ashma Begum on  Wednesday predicted a tough competition between traditional rivals India and Pakistan when they meet on Saturday in the last fixture of 12th West Asia Baseball Championship here at Pakistan Sport Complex.
 
Yasir, Sarfraz should be given chance: Saeed Ajmal
ISLAMABAD, Feb 25 (APP): Pakistan ace spinner Saeed Ajmal feels Yasir Shah and Sarfraz Ahmed both should be given chance instead of Younis Khan and Nasir Jamshed in the remaining World Cup matches saying the players should now just focus on winning.
 
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Pakistan, China ink 60 accords in two years: China Daily PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, July 8 (APP): Holding the hands of his two daughters, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari led them to his Chinese counterpart, President Hu Jintao, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.“They want very much to see you in person,” he told his host, hoping the meeting would inspire the younger Pakistani generation to continue its “all-weather and time-tested” friendship with its Asian neighbour.Such a rarely-seen introduction kicked off a 100-minute meeting and witnessed the signing of six deals in the fields of law, housing, agriculture and media cooperation, widely published Chinese newspaper, “China Daily” reported while commenting on Zardari-Hu meeting.

This is Zardari’s fifth visit to China since taking office in 2008. In that time the two countries have reached more than 60 agreements as Beijing and Islamabad open more avenues for Chinese investment in Pakistan.
Earlier the same day, Zardari made it clear that his country was looking to China to help shore up Pakistan’s economy and expand an energy sector that has struggled to keep up with its growing population.
Zardari told Chinese business heads in Beijing that “Pakistan was facing an acute power shortage and intended to add tens of thousands of megawatts of power to its national grid in the next 25 years through combined hydro, coal, gas, nuclear and renewable energy sources”.
An executive of China’s Three Gorges Corporation, which runs the huge hydro power dam in central China, announced on Wednesday that it has agreed to invest more than US $ 100 billion in two hydro-power projects in Pakistan.
During the meeting with Hu, Zardari reiterated that trade relations with China fell well short of their potential, having previously said that strengthening and enhancing cooperation with China in all sectors is one of the key principles guiding Pakistan’s foreign policy.
Though no agreement on nuclear cooperation was inked on Wednesday, it is widely believed that the talks between the two presidents would firm up Beijing’s commitment to expand the Chashma nuclear power complex despite concerns from Washington and New Delhi.
According to the China National Nuclear Corp., the governments of China and Pakistan in February signed an agreement to finance construction of two new reactors.
Pakistani ambassador to Beijing Masood Khan said the two countries have had several civil nuclear energy projects in the past and such cooperation will continue.
Beijing has said its current and future nuclear commerce would be in compliance with its commitments to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Ye Hailin, a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the decades-long Chashma project is legal and has nothing to do with other countries.
He said China has always been supervised by the International Atomic Energy Agency and future nuclear cooperation with Pakistan will depend on demand.
“Our cooperation is not a show, not a demonstration. It is decided by our need,” he said.
Zardari will attend a Sino-Pakistani business forum on Friday and then leave for Shanghai to visit the Pakistani National Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo.
 

 

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