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PM visits Sheikh Faisal Museum -
DOHA, (QATAR) Feb 10 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Wednesday visited the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum, which is one of the most unique museums in the Middle East with vast rare historical collections. The Prime Minister, accompanied with his delegation, took round of the various sections of the building where he was briefed by the officials.



UN warns of threat to food security from overuse of antibiotics -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 10 (APP):  The overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents is impacting rural livelihoods and food security, and requires globally coordinated efforts, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Wednesday. Speaking to European ministers of health and agriculture at a conference on antimicrobial resistance in Amsterdam, FAO Deputy Director-General Helena Semedo emphasized that antimicrobial agents foster increasing resistance among the very microbes that cause the infections and disease they were designed to quell, thereby threatening to reverse a century of progress in human and animal health.  



PM Nawaz, Qatri PM witness aerial display of JF-17 Thunder, Mashshak aircraft -
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.



Pakistan, Qatar ink Long Term Sale Purchase Agreement -
DOHA, Feb 10 (APP): Pakistan and Qatar on Wednesday inked an agreement for supply of around US one billion dollars worth of Liquified Natural Gas to Pakistan annually to help the country meet its energy shortfall. The agreement on Long Term LNG Sale and Purchase was signed during the visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif's two day visit to Qatar. Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chairman of Qatargas Board of Director Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi signed agreement at a ceremony at Diwan-e-Emiri.


Pakistan, Qatar sign four MoUs in energy, health, radio, television, academic research activities -
app75-10pm-doha.jpgDOHA (Qatar), Feb 10 (APP): Pakistan and Qatar on Wednesday signed four Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) including a long term LNG Sales and Purchase Agreement, cooperation in the fields of Radio and Television, Health and Academic Research activities. The signing ceremony was also witnessed by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. The first MoU about cooperation between the two countries in radio and television was signed by Special Assistant to the PM on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi and Foreign Minister of Qatar Muhammad bin Abdurrehman Al-Thani.



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Age no barrier for Pakistani players in 12th South Asian Games
ISLAMABAD, Feb 10 (APP): Age is just a number for the Pakistani table tennis team for the 12th South Asian Games which is taking place from 5 February to 16 February 2016 in Guwahati and Shillong, India. They have the 45 plus duo of Shabnam Bilal and Raheela Khalif, who helped the women's team win the silver, 12 years after they had claimed the same feat at the Games' 2004 edition in Islamabad.

 
England to face Pakistan in 5th place playoff in U19 CWC
KARACHI, Feb 10 (APP): England demolished Namibia by 203 runs on Wednesday to set up a clash with Pakistan for the fifth/sixth position playoff in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016. England, which lost to Sri Lanka in the quarter-finals, piled up 286 for nine after being sent in to bat in a match reduced to 48 overs a side due to murky weather in Fatullah.

 
England to face Pakistan in 5th place playoff in U19 CWC
KARACHI, Feb 10 (APP): England demolished Namibia by 203 runs on Wednesday to set up a clash with Pakistan for the fifth/sixth position playoff in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016. England, which lost to Sri Lanka in the quarter-finals, piled up 286 for nine after being sent in to bat in a match reduced to 48 overs a side due to murky weather in Fatullah.

 
Rookie Nawaz, Rumman in Pak team for Asia Cup & World T20, Shahzad, Gul axed
KARACHI, Feb 10 (APP): National selectors Monday named rookie all-rounder Muhammad Nawaz and southpaw paceman Rumman Raees in their 15-member squad for the upcoming ACC T20 Asia Cup and ICC World T20. Opener Khurram Manzoor was also recalled in the national squad with Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed. No specialist spinner included in the team.

 
Pakistan Judo team to depart for 12th South Asian Games on Thursday morning
PESHAWAR, Feb 10 (APP): The 15-member Pakistan Judo Federation would depart for India to participate in the ongoing 12th South Asian Games’s judo event on Thursday morning. Talking to APP, Secretary General Pakistan Judo Federation, Masood Ahmad said the Pakistan Judo Team consisting of 4 officials, 1 Technical Official, 6 male and 6 Female Judokas.

 
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Namira’s South Pole expedition, another laurel for Pakistan PDF Print E-mail

By Aftab Zahoor

ISLAMABAD, Jan 12 (APP): Braving the extreme harsh weather, windchill and severe solar radiation, Namira Salim, the first Pakistani woman astronaut this time reached the South Pole to win more laurels for Pakistan. After becoming the first Pakistani to have reached the North Pole in April 2007, Namira ventured to become the first Pakistani at the South Pole and hoisted national flag on the snow land.

National flag she hoisted, was awarded to her by Caretaker Prime Minister Muhammadmian Soomro on December 24, 2007, during her fly by visit to Pakistan prior to her private expedition to 90 degrees South.

“It was only after combating brutal storms, strong winds and snow in Antarctica that I could proceed with my daring adventure to the South Pole,” she told APP on a satellite phone.

Aboard the Canadian Twin Otter (DHC-6) aircraft, although it was a challenging flight of just around five hours, but to have this small a window of clear weather meant many days of freezing at the ice camp at Patriot Hills, Antarctica.

As in the case of Namira’s North Pole expedition, the South Pole was her typical Antarctic expedition rather than skiing or trekking to the Pole. It was one with a universal message of peace and goodwill on behalf of her native country, Pakistan.

Upon arrival at the South Pole, the expedition was received at the Amundsen-Scott Station, a US research center. Subsequently, Namira and her team members spent a few hours at 90 degrees South, the bottom of the world.

When asked about her experience, jubilant Namira exclaimed, “with the world above, one has so much to look forward to. It is freezing summer here and thus, it is 24 hours daylight in this crystal white dessert of snow and hills.”

“I am very proud to be the first Pakistani to hoist the National Flag at the South Pole, and I do so with the peace, love and warmth from my country and my culture is representative of,” she said. “I also thank caretaker Prime Minister, Mohammedmian Soomro for kindly presenting me this National flag for the South Pole.”

Namira’s dangerous expedition, more challenging than her North Pole expedition, faced her with extreme weather conditions, risks of oxygen depletion in the body, dangers of windchill and severe solar radiation.

“On a more personal level, I undertook this risky expedition to also honour my beloved father and his heroic life and above all, his discipline which is the secret of all his success. And I want to thank my entire family for allowing me to follow my dreams,” she expressed in joy.

Namira’s South Pole equipment and gear list was extensive. And be it a -40 degrees C rated sleeping bag, a weather resistant parka and pants or a -60 degrees C rated boots or approved windstopper jackets, gloves and hats, Pakistan was the last place she could have picked any of these.

For all this and more, she stopped in New York to buy the warmest and best rated layers of light weight, mid weight and heavy weight gear.

From Pakistan, it took over 40 hours of flight time, plane connections and even an emergency landing before she arrived Putna Arenas, Chile, the Southern most top of South America.

It was from here that her expedition to the South Pole started aboard the Russian flight Ilyusin 76, an aircraft that looks no less than a large spaceship. However, this flight, a mere 4.5 hours only took off after several days of delay due to ferocious weather in Antarctica amid strong winds, snow and poor visibility.

During her stay at the ice camp she was faced with the coldest, windiest and driest weather on the planet, which is typical of Antarctica and which remained the biggest challenge for her onward expedition.  While waiting for the weather to clear, Namira explored the local environment through smaller expeditions in and around Patriot Hills.

“Come snow, come storms, I am to ventured to become the first Pakistani at the South Pole,” she said expressing her emotions when struck due to harsh weather.

“I was in high spirits. I was determined to go there how harsh weather or how harsh windchill may be,” she expressed.

Her first leg of the journey was to Patriot Hills, the heart of Antarctica, the world’s fifth largest continent consisting of 91% of the world’s ice. Located at 80 degrees South, Patriot Hills is the home on ice to all Antarctic adventurers touching down at the blue ice runway aboard the Ilyusin 76.

“I am very happy. I cannot express my joy. I am again the first Pakistani woman to reach South Pole after my earlier expedition to North Pole,” she remarked from the coolest South.

“Pay my congratulations to the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan as well as the people of Pakistan for winning accolades for the country and the nation,” were her last remarks on phone from the South Pole.

North or South, she carries the National Flag and the message of love and peace as a Pakistani and continues winning laurels for the Nation.

 
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