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UN Envoy urges fresh talks with besieged Syrians, authorities -
UNITED NATIONS, April 17 (APP): Regretting the abrupt halt in talks between the Syrian authorities and the negotiating committee representing civilians and fighters trapped in the Old City of Homs, U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi Thursday urged all the parties to return to the negotiating table and complete the deal that had been on the verge of being signed.



On first visit to Gaza, UN official calls for end to Israeli blockade -
UNITED NATIONS, April 17 (APP):  On his first official visit to the Gaza Strip, the new head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East underscored the need to lift the seven-year Israeli blockade and end the ‘illegal collective punishment’ unleashed on the population there.


US lauds Pakistan’s economic upturn; hopes for Pak-India progress -
WASHINGTON, April 17 (APP): The United States has been encouraged by Pakistan’s economic turnaround over the past year and hopes for Pakistan-India progress after the Indian elections towards trade expansion, a senior American official said.  “We are encouraged by the economic progress that Pakistan has made in the past year, though it still faces many challenges ahead,”


Pak maritime trade to further boost as China accelerates planning to re-connect Maritime Silk Road -
BEIJING, April 17 (APP): The maritime trade of Pakistan will get further boost through inter-connectivity as the Chinese government is stepping up the planning of reviving the Maritime Silk Road in the 21st century, with port construction as the priority, according to local media.The plan is expected to focus on infrastructure construction of countries along the route, including ports of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the China Securities Journal said.China will coordinate customs, quality supervision, e-commerce and other agencies to facilitate the scheme, which is also likely to contain attempts to build free trade zones.


In memory of Naga Parbat tragedy, a women expedition team starts climbing Mount Everest -
BEIJING, Aril 17 (APP): A four members of the first ever private Chinese women expedition to Mount Everest (Qomolangma) left from Kathmandu Tuesday to fulfill their dream of conquering the world’s highest peak from the south, reports state media.Ma Liyamu, the team leader, is a Muslim woman from Xinjiang, which is located in the northwest of China. She started doing outdoor sports in 1996, and if she successfully reaches Everest’s 8,848-metre-high peak, she will be the first woman from her region and community to achieve such a feat, said Xinhua news agency in a dispatch from Kathmandu.


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Saqlian questions “Doosara” in present era
KARACHI, Apr 17 (APP): Master off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq indirectly questioned the legality of “Doosra” in the current era.  The inventor of the mystery ball, said that, due to his technique, he never felt any difficulty in managing the away going delivery,” he told a private television channel on Thurdsay. He declined to comment on the official rules, in this regard, saying that it was the job of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the matter.
 
11th National Women Softball Championship from Friday
RAWALPINDI, April 17 (APP): A three-day 11th National Women Softball Championship-2014 will be held at Pindi Cricket Stadium from Friday. In a joint announcement here, District Coordination Officer  (DCO) Sajid Zafar Dall and Chairperson Senate Standing Committtee on Sports Kalsoom Perveen, said Six teams from all over the country including defending champions Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Islamabad and Police Department would participate in the championship.
 
National Shooting trials for Asian, CW Games on May 10
KARACHI, Apr 17 (APP): Second phase of trials to select Pakistan sharp shooters for this year’s Asian Games and Commonwealth Games will be held at Naval International Shooting Range here on May 10, National Rifle Association of Pakistan (NRAP) announced on Thursday. “Trials will be conducted in all events like Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun,” Executive Vice President NRAP Razi Ahmed Khan told APP here.
 
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.
 
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Pakistan, India sincere in improving ties: Gilani PDF Print E-mail
pm-media.jpgPattoki (Balloki), July 17 (APP) - Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said here Saturday Pakistan wanted good relations with India and both countries were sincere in improving ties.He was talking to the media after inaugurating an independent power plant with generation capacity of 225 MW.Regarding his meeting with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, the Prime Miniter Yusuf Raza Gilani said Pakistan was sincere in resolving issues through dialogue and “it was our desire that India along with its people and we alongwith our people hold talks to improve realtions between the two coutries.”
He said India had its own problems added that the Indian Prime Minister had assured him that India was ready for talks on all issues.
The Prime Minister said Manmohan Singh was a responsible personality and hoped he would fulfil his promises because Pakistan and India both wanted dialogue.      
To a question, the prime minister said he had good relations with the judiciary. Regarding murder of BNP leader Habib Jalib, he said that law and order was a provincial matter and he had talked to the Balochsitan Chief Minister who, he said, had ordered a judicial inquiry into the matter. The Prime Minister said PPP did not believe in politics of violence and condemned it.
To another question, the premier said the PPP govrnment did not believe in victimization and that was why there was not even a single political prisoner the country in the PPP government. To a queation, he said, he would soon meet the chairman HEC.
He said the HEC chairman’s brother was not being  victimized as the PPP did not want to earn a bad name.       
To yet another question, the prime minister said wishes of mid-term polls would not be fulfilled and wherever anyone was diqualifed, by-polls would be held.
He said the PPP government was following the constitution and it would complete its constitutional five-year tenure. He said the government was stable and all people were part of society, adding if there was any flaw in society it would reflect everywhere whether it was bureaucracy, judiciary or parliament.
He said terrorists were beasts and talks could not be held with them, adding that talks might be held with human beings.
Rgarding terrosim in Punjab, the Prime Minister said, “whole Pakitan is ours and terrorism is a collective issue.  And where there is terrorist we will take action.”  
 

     

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