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New York braces for fierce snowstorm -
NEW YORK, Jan 26 (APP): The US Northeast was bracing Monday for a monstrous winter storm that could trigger massive power outages and disrupt air traffic and rush hours, dumping as much as three feet of snow on New York City.


UN-facilitated Libyan political dialogue set to resume in Geneva -
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 26 (app): Libyan stakeholders will return to Geneva this week for a new round of United Nations-facilitated dialogue aimed at resolving the war-torn country's longstanding political crisis, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has announced.


US can play significant role for settlement of Kashmir dispute: Ali Raza -
BRUSSELS, Jan 25 (APP): Chairman Kashmir Council EU Ali Raza Syed Sunday said, suitable settlement of Kashmir dispute is essential for peace and development in the region of South Asia and US can play significant role in the settlement.


UN chief strongly deplores latest deadly attack in Ukraine -
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 25 (APP):  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Saturday’s rocket attack in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol which reportedly killed dozens of civilians and left another one hundred injured.


Obama likely to raise question of resuming India-Pakistan dialogue with Modi: Report -
NEW YORK, Jan 24 (APP): US President Barack Obama is likely to raise with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the issue of how the two nuclear-armed neighbours can resume dialogue and reduce their hostilities when the two leaders hold talks during the American leader’s shortened trip to India, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.


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UAE being considered as venue for Pacquiao- Amir Khan title fight
ISLAMABAD, Jan 25 (APP): UAE is being considered as a venue for a title fight between Manny Pacquiao and British boxer of Pakistan origin Amir Khan, if the proposed May 2 showdown between Floyd Mayweather and the Filipino ring legend doesn’t happen.
 
PIA jumps to top of points table in First COAS Challenge Hockey Cup
RAWALPINDI, Jan 25 (APP): Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) moved to the top of the points table in pool A after a 4-2 thrashing of Police in a match of the First Chief of the Army Staff Challenge Hockey Cup (COAS) here at the Army Hockey Stadium on Sunday.
 
Ajmal optimistic of getting cleared after retest
ISLAMABAD, Jan 25 (APP): Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who underwent official ICC retesting on his remodeled bowling action in Chennai on Saturday, believes that his “doosra” is within the legal limit now and is hopeful of being cleared to bowl again in international cricket.
 
Rookie Seifert, Nicholls tons stun Pakistan
KARACHI, Jan. 25 (APP): The batsmen duo of Tim Seifert and Henry Nicholls banged contrasting centuries as New Zealand Board President’s XI inflicted a six wickets defeat on touring Pakistan team in a practice game at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln, near Christchurch on Sunday despite captain Misbah-ul-Haq’s century.
 
ICC to take up to illegal bowling actions on Jan 28
ISLAMABAD, Jan 25 (APP): Issues relating to illegal bowling actions, anti-corruption and anti-doping matters will be discussed at the ICC Board Meeting to be held at its headquarters in Dubai on January 28-29.
 
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Prime Minister to be Patron in Chief of Pakistan International Council PDF Print E-mail
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ISLAMABAD, May 12 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani will be Patron in Chief of the newly established Pakistan International Council, which has been set up as a wide ranging public diplomacy initiative aimed at promoting friendship and goodwill about Pakistan through strong people to people contacts.

Prominent Overseas Pakistanis and Friends of Pakistan will be part of this body which would work globally to promote Pakistan. Pakistan’s Ambassador at Large Javed Malik will be the Chairman of Pakistan International Council, whereas a Board of Governors comprising prominent Overseas Pakistanis and Friends of Pakistan will be announced next week.

Pakistan International Council (PIC) will work closely with Overseas Pakistanis, as well as Friends of Pakistan to build positive cultural relations, closer business and commerce ties, and highlight a positive image about Pakistan as a progressive, moderate and democratic country. 

PIC will establish Pakistan Friendship Societies worldwide as well as initiate projects to involve the overseas Pakistani community in the nation building process.

It will also create networking opportunities for Pakistani and international businessmen through establishing Pakistan Business Groups worldwide which would work in co‑ordination with the public and private sector in order to enhance cooperation.

Special projects will also be initiated to remove misconceptions about Pakistan in the international media and a series of activities are being planned in this regard which also include Pakistan International Media Forum which will bring together international media professionals and journalists that report about Pakistan.

Similarly strong democratic relations will be established between democratic institutions and individuals in order to promote democracy in Pakistan. 

PIC will initiate activities to develop people to people contacts globally, promote cultural exchanges and business and commerce relations, support democracy in Pakistan and organise the overseas Pakistani community worldwide.

The Prime Minister attaches great importance to the role being played by overseas Pakistanis, and has directed the Pakistan International Council to work closely with the overseas Pakistani community worldwide and play a role in bringing the community together.

The Prime Minister has directed the PIC to also organize the Global Pakistani Awards of Excellence which would recognize the achievements of overseas Pakistanis and Friends of Pakistan.

The Prime Minister also directed PIC to activate the Overseas Pakistani community and Friends of Pakistan to highlight the issue of internally displaced persons and help extend global public support to these people.

Pakistan International Council will be initiating an awareness campaign alongside the Pakistan missions abroad and support the Prime Minister’s initiatives and the official fund being established by the government of Pakistan.

 

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