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UN Envoy urges fresh talks with besieged Syrians, authorities -
UNITED NATIONS, April 17 (APP): Regretting the abrupt halt in talks between the Syrian authorities and the negotiating committee representing civilians and fighters trapped in the Old City of Homs, U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi Thursday urged all the parties to return to the negotiating table and complete the deal that had been on the verge of being signed.



On first visit to Gaza, UN official calls for end to Israeli blockade -
UNITED NATIONS, April 17 (APP):  On his first official visit to the Gaza Strip, the new head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East underscored the need to lift the seven-year Israeli blockade and end the ‘illegal collective punishment’ unleashed on the population there.


US lauds Pakistan’s economic upturn; hopes for Pak-India progress -
WASHINGTON, April 17 (APP): The United States has been encouraged by Pakistan’s economic turnaround over the past year and hopes for Pakistan-India progress after the Indian elections towards trade expansion, a senior American official said.  “We are encouraged by the economic progress that Pakistan has made in the past year, though it still faces many challenges ahead,”


Pak maritime trade to further boost as China accelerates planning to re-connect Maritime Silk Road -
BEIJING, April 17 (APP): The maritime trade of Pakistan will get further boost through inter-connectivity as the Chinese government is stepping up the planning of reviving the Maritime Silk Road in the 21st century, with port construction as the priority, according to local media.The plan is expected to focus on infrastructure construction of countries along the route, including ports of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the China Securities Journal said.China will coordinate customs, quality supervision, e-commerce and other agencies to facilitate the scheme, which is also likely to contain attempts to build free trade zones.


In memory of Naga Parbat tragedy, a women expedition team starts climbing Mount Everest -
BEIJING, Aril 17 (APP): A four members of the first ever private Chinese women expedition to Mount Everest (Qomolangma) left from Kathmandu Tuesday to fulfill their dream of conquering the world’s highest peak from the south, reports state media.Ma Liyamu, the team leader, is a Muslim woman from Xinjiang, which is located in the northwest of China. She started doing outdoor sports in 1996, and if she successfully reaches Everest’s 8,848-metre-high peak, she will be the first woman from her region and community to achieve such a feat, said Xinhua news agency in a dispatch from Kathmandu.


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Saqlian questions “Doosara” in present era
KARACHI, Apr 17 (APP): Master off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq indirectly questioned the legality of “Doosra” in the current era.  The inventor of the mystery ball, said that, due to his technique, he never felt any difficulty in managing the away going delivery,” he told a private television channel on Thurdsay. He declined to comment on the official rules, in this regard, saying that it was the job of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the matter.
 
11th National Women Softball Championship from Friday
RAWALPINDI, April 17 (APP): A three-day 11th National Women Softball Championship-2014 will be held at Pindi Cricket Stadium from Friday. In a joint announcement here, District Coordination Officer  (DCO) Sajid Zafar Dall and Chairperson Senate Standing Committtee on Sports Kalsoom Perveen, said Six teams from all over the country including defending champions Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Islamabad and Police Department would participate in the championship.
 
National Shooting trials for Asian, CW Games on May 10
KARACHI, Apr 17 (APP): Second phase of trials to select Pakistan sharp shooters for this year’s Asian Games and Commonwealth Games will be held at Naval International Shooting Range here on May 10, National Rifle Association of Pakistan (NRAP) announced on Thursday. “Trials will be conducted in all events like Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun,” Executive Vice President NRAP Razi Ahmed Khan told APP here.
 
Army excels in National Taekwondo
KARACHI, Apr 16 (APP): Pakistan Army swept all the 30 gold medals at stake in the National Taekwondo Championship at the Rangers Training Centre & School here, said a news release issued here on Wednesday. Army martial arts players dominated the event from start to finish with superb technique and power.
 
First round of Inter-Media cricket tournament ends
ISLAMABAD, Apr 16 (APP): The Inter-Media Cricket Tournament organized by Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) continues in full swing here. The tournament, organized in collaboration with National Press Club, comprises of teams belonging to national and international print and electronic media. The first round saw thrilling matches between various teams which competed fiercely to reach the second round.
 
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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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