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Dar meets World Bank Vice President; highlights economic development programs -
WASHINGTON, April 18 (APP):  Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar met with the Vice President of World Bank’s South Asian Region Ms. Annette Dixon at the World Bank on Saturday and discussed Pakistan’s economic development.


UN agency appeals for $30 million to help besieged civilians in Syrian camp -
UNITED NATIONS, April 18 (APP): The United Nations agency tasked with the ensuring the well-being of Palestinian refugees is appealing for $30 million to carry out life-sustaining assistance to 18,000 civilians from besieged Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus that includes 3,500 children.


Govt successfully undertakes tax reforms in country: Dar -
app61-18washington.jpgWASHINGTON, Apr 18 (APP): Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar Saturday said that the government has successfully undertaken tax reforms in the country and the first batch of Statuary Regulatory Orders has been eliminated.


Pakistan determined to eliminate all terrorists without discrimination: Aericans told -
WASHINGTON, April 18 (APP): Pakistan is vigorously fighting to wipe  out terrorism and extremism with the full support of the people, a group  of Pakistani parliamentarians told an audience at an American think-tank  and vowed to play their part in making the country a cradle of peace and harmony.


Finance Minister Dar, US Deputy Secretary Blinken discuss ways to enhance economic cooperation -
WASHINGTON, April 18 (APP): Continuing his intense schedule of engagements in during the World Bank-IMF Spring session, Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar, met with the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at the State Department.



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Foolproof security to be accorded to Zimbabwe cricket team: Commissioner
KARACHI, Apr. 18 (APP):  Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that fool proof security will be ensured to the Zimbabwe team during cricket matches in the metropolis, planned for next month.
 
Inter-district U-19 cricket tourney from April 22
ISLAMABAD, Apr 18 (APP): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Regional Inter-District U19 two-day tournament will roll into action on April 22.
 
Ist twenty20 deaf Asia Cup
LAHORE , Apr 17 (APP): The deaf cricket teams of India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and hosts Pakistan will be seen in action during the 1st Twenty20 Deaf Asia Cup 2015 which will commence from  April 19 (Sunday).
 
Owais bangs six goals as PIA drubs Punjab “B” 11-0 in Junior Hockey
KARACHI, Apr 17 (APP): Spearhead Owais-ur-Rehman blasted half a dozen goals as PIA launched their campaign in the 34th National Junior Under-20 Hockey Championship in style by hammering Punjab “B” 11-0 here at the Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium on Friday.
 
PCB Inter Region U-19 cricket from April 22
KARACHI, Apr 17 (APP): PCB’s two-day Inter Region Under-19 Cricket Tournament will be held here at different venues of the city from April 22, Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Friday.
 
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US drone attack scuttled talks process with Taliban: Nisar PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Nov 2 (APP): Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Saturday that the US drone attack in North Waziristan killing Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud was a major setback to the dialogue process. Addressing a news conference here, he said the Friday’s drone attack had scuttled the entire peace talks process with Taliban. The minister said meetings of the Federal Cabinet and Cabinet Committee on National Security would be convened soon after the return of Prime Minister from abroad to review the relations and coopeartion with the United States. He said the entire political leadership would also be taken into confidence on the emerging situation. He said it had been decided at a high-level meeting that the country’s ambassadors would brief the governments of five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council on the latest development and its impact on the peace in region.
He said the US Ambassador was being summoned to serve ademarche and convey formal protest of the Government of Pakistan over serious damage done to the dialogue process with Talibanby the drone attack.
Chaudhry Nisar said the Friday’s drone attack was in fact an ambush against the dialogue process and regional peace.  It was carried out on the eve of visit of a three-member Ulema delegation, which was scheduled to leave for North Waziristan on Saturday to formally invite the Taliban leadership for dialogue. The Taliban leaders had already been informed in this regard, he added.
Giving details of the efforts for peace talks, the minister said in a meeting a few weeks after assuming the charge of his ministry, he told the US Ambassador that the United States should take the government’s stance on stopping drone attacks serious. “ Had the drone attacks not ended there would be a standoff in relations between the two countries.”
The minister said the dialogue process was being pursued keeping in view the national interest and not that of the US.
He said the US leadership had assured of not carrying out drone attacks during the process, except targeting only Hakimullah Mehsud and those Taliban, who would crossed  the border into Afghanistan. However, the Pakistan government turned down the condition, saying that it would harm the talks process, he added.
He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had held a good meeting with the US President, who too assured to back the dialogue process.
“ The leader of the outfit with whom the government was going to talk, has been eliminated. Is this extending support to the dialogue process?” he questioned.
He said now was was the most difficult and critical time.  “ We have to differentiate between friends and foes, and to know that who is responsible for present crisis in Pakistan,” he added.
He said the visit of Ulema delegation to Waziristan was the first step, which was going to be materialized after seven-week intense efforts, which had gone wasted after the drone attack.
The minister said Hakimullah Mehsud had never been target of the US. He had entered Afghanistan several times and could have been easily targetted. His killing a day before the start of dialogue process was aimed at sabotaging the initiative, he added.
Chaudhry Nisar said despite killing of army top officials, attack on the church and bus in Peshawar after All Parties Conference, the government showed patience and remained determined to continue the dialogue process and now he hoped from the other side to show same patience as the drone attack was not carried out by Pakistan.
He thanked all the political parties, amry and Ulema for faciliting and supporting the government on initiating peace talks with Taliban and evolving national consensus.
 
 
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