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Pakistan seeks improved ties with Afghanistan under new leader -
NEW YORK, Sept 30 (APP):  Pakistan hopes to work with Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani to reverse a recent deterioration in its relations with Kabul, Sartaj Aziz, the adviser to Prime Minister on national security and foreign affairs has said.


Modi to hold talks with Obama; Indian minorities to protest -
WASHINGTON, Sep 29 (APP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to meet with President Barack Obama Monday evening at the White House, amidst support for his economic emphasis among Indian-Americans as well as protests from Indian minorities for his party’s extremist views and the Gujarat government’s alleged collusion in the 2002 massacre of Muslims.


UN congratulates Afghan President Ghani on inauguration -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 29 (APP): The United Nations welcomed the inauguration of new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and reaffirmed the Organization’s commitment to cooperate with the national unity government in the country’s progress to peace, stability and development.


US greets new Afghan President Ghani, CEO Abdullah on inauguration -
WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (APP): The United States has congratulated President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on their assumption of office that came after the two political rivals agreed to share power under a new government in the wake of a long bitter political fight over election results.


Pakistan underscores Alliance of Civilizations’ role in fostering cross-cultural understandings -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 28 (APP): Pakistan has lauded the UN-backed initiative that seeks to promote better cross-cultural relations worldwide, and called for stepped up efforts to promote interfaith harmony.


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Pakistan Volleyball team beat Turkmenistan in Asian Games
INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 28 (APP): Pakistan volleyball team ended their outing in the 17th Asian Game when they defeated Turkmenistan 3-0 in the classification match at Ansan Sangroksu Gymnasium on Sunday.
 
Magomed routs Bilal in Asian Games wrestling
INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 28 (APP): Pakistan’s Muhammad Bilal Hussain was hammered 0-10 by Magomed Mausev of Kyrgyzstan in his 97 KG freestyle opening round bout in the 17th Asian Game at Dowon Gymnasium on Sunday.
 
Aamir, Mohib suffers defeat in Asian Games boxing
From Ehsan Qureshi

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept. 28 (APP): Pakistan’s two more fist-fighters Aamir Khan and Mohibullah made their exit from XVII Asian Games Boxing Tournament  after they loseing on points against their opponents at Seonhak Gymnasium on Sunday.
 
Pakistan men, women out from TT team event after crushing defeats in Asian Games

From Ehsan Qureshi

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept. 28 (APP): Pakistan’s men and women table tennis teams crashed out of table tennis event of the Asian Games after defeats against fancied Chinese Taipei and Japan respectively at Suwon Gymnasium on Sunday.

 
Pakistan beat Thailand 51-30 in Asian Games Kabbadi opener
From Ehsan Qureshi          

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 28 (APP):  Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games bronze medalist Pakistan made a promising start in the Kabbadi event of 17th Asian Games when they defeated Thailand 51-30 in their opening league match at Songdo Global University Gymnasium on Sunday.
 
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Pakistan to get GSP Plus access in EU by 2014:Gilani PDF Print E-mail
expoooooooooooooo3333333333333.jpgKARACHI, Oct. 19 (APP)- Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said on Wednesday that by 2014, Pakistan is expecting to qualify and benefit from the European Union’s import preferential treatment under the GSP Plus regime allowing duty free access for all export products.He was speaking at the inauguration of 6th Expo Pakistan 2011 at Governor House. Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat ul Ebad Khan, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Minster for Overseas Pakistanis Dr Farooq Sattar, Port and Shipping Minister Babar Khan Ghori President FPCCI were also present on the occasion.
He said that the government has made concerted efforts to acquire better market access for Pakistani products to the world markets. “In this regard, the President and I have been emphasizing Pakistan needs “Trade Not Aid”.
He pointed out that the European Unions’s offer at the WTO to Pakistan for duty free access to goods from 75 tariff lines is just one example of such endeavours of the present government.
Referring to efforts for market access, he said Pakistan has already entered into preferential and free trade agreements with China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Iran, and Mauritius. I would strongly urge our exporters to take full advantage of the market access opportunities of the bilateral agreements”, he opined.  
Talking of negotiations with India, he said the government was also making concerted efforts to enhance regional trade with our neighbours. Recently held trade talks between India and Pakistan are going in a positive direction, he noted.Prime Minister pointed out that the Ministry of Commerce has announced a three year Strategic Trade Policy Framework to provide a long-term policy framework of sustainable businesses. This would enable them to plan expansion and growth, he observed.
He asked the government agencies  to simplify procedures, reduce red tapism, and enhance transparency and efficiency to create a business-friendly environment in the country.
“I am happy to note that meaningful headway has been made in this regard by the people’s government”,he added.
Quoting a recent World Bank Report “Ease of Doing Business in South Asia”, which has put Pakistan as one of the attractive investment destinations in the region, he said this is an acknolwdgment of our policies.
He said the government realizes the hardships of the business communities who are facing severe problems in the face of energy outages and still they have outperformed. It is the ingenuity and hard work of the Pakistani entrepreneurs that made the difference.
He said the democratic government is fully cognizant of these difficulties and is taking appropriate steps to overcome all such problems to facilitate the undertaking of businesses in the country.  
He said that though Pakistan is facing the menace of terrorism at home and in our neighborhood, it is still an attractive country for doing business.
He also thanked the business community for their assistance and support to the government’s efforts for rehabilitation of flood affected people.
He advised the exhibitors at this EXPO to play the role of trade ambassadors. They should not only showcase and market quality products and services but also practice the best business ethics. The focus should be to build long-term business relations with our customers abroad with a view to establish “MADE IN PAKISTAN” as a reliable brand.  
He also commended the organizers of this 6th EXPO PAKISTAN for all their efforts in putting up this impressive event.  
 

     

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