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UN lauds peacekeepers' sacrifices in worl's hot spots; 5 Pakistanis decorated posthumously -
UNITED NATIONS, May 29 (APP): The United Nations on Friday celebrated the dedication and courage of the men and women who play a role in the cause of peace around the world, while honouring at a medal ceremony the sacrifices of 126 peacekeepers, including five Pakistanis, who paid the ultimate price in that service.


UN General Assembly calls for an immediate halt to 'wanton' destruction of Iraq's cultural heritage -
UNITED NATIONS, May 29 (APP): The U.N. General Assembly has condemned the destruction of Iraq's cultural heritage by the Islamic State militants, and called for an
end to the 'wanton' attacks against and threats to such heritage of countries affected by armed conflict.


UN chief voices concern about uptick in Yemen fighting in phone call to country's president -
UNITED NATIONS, May 28 (APP):  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced concern about the escalation of fighting in Yemen in a telephone conversation with the country's President, who lives in Saudi Arabia, the United Nations said Thursday.


Pakistan calls for boosting efforts to protect journalists -
UNITED NATIONS, May 28 (APP): Stressing the crucial role journalists play in providing authentic information, Pakistan has called for stepped up efforts to ensure safety and security of media professionals, especially in the situations of armed conflict.


UNSC adopts resolution violence against journalists, urges end to impunity -
UNITED NATIONS, May 28 (APP):  The United Nations Security Council Wednesday adopted a resolution condemning the frequent attacks against journalists worldwide and strongly deploring impunity for such acts.


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Raza's century builds 269 target
LAHORE, May 29 (APP): Zimbabwean batsmen Chamu Chibhabha and Sikandar Raza performing good, set a target of 269/7 against Pakistan in second One Day International here at Gaddafi Stadium on Friday.
 
Chibhabha joins "99 club"
LAHORE, May 29 (APP): Chamu Chibhabha, Zimbabwean opener, became the 28th batsman who joined "99 club" in One Day Internationals.
 
Pakistan women team makes great start in BFAME Zonal Bridge
KARACHI, May. 29 (APP): Reigning Champions Pakistan women's team got off a sterling start in the 18th BFAME Bridge Championship when they defeated arch-rival India to take early lead in Amman (Jordan) on Thursday night. 
 
Pakistan "B" stun India "A" in Asian Team snooker crown
KARACHI, May. 29 (APP)- Pakistan "B" produced a superb show to shock India "A" 3-0 in  the Asian Team Snooker Championship at Kish Island (Iran), according to informations received here on Friday.
 
WTF-IOC International Taekwondo Course concluded in City
PESHAWAR, May 29 (APP): World Taekwondo Federation in collaboration with International Olympic Committee International Taekwondo Course under its Sports Structure Program for Development concluded here at Lala Rafique Sports Arena on Friday.
 
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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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