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World Bank President condoles tragic loss of life in Peshawar -
WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (APP): World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim has expressed deepest condolences over this week's tragic loss of children and staff in a terrorist attack on Peshawar's Army Public School.


Pakistan, Afghanistan strengthening their ties and promoting regional economic cooperation -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 19 (APP): Afghanistan, under the new leadership, and Pakistan are strengthening their cooperation in a number of fields and boosting regional economic cooperation, a senior Pakistani diplomat has said.


UN General Assembly adopts Pakistan's resolution reaffirming peoples' self-determination right -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18 (APP): The UN General Assembly on Thursday stamped its approval on a Pakistan-sponsored resolution reaffirming that  the universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination was a fundamental condition for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights.


UN chief urges greater attention to 'precarious' situation of migrants -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18 (APP): Far too many migrants still live and work in precarious and unjust conditions, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has said Thursday in a message to mark International Migrants Day.


US-based Muslim body calls Peshawar attack against 'every Islamic value' -
NEW YORK, Dec 18 (APP): The Islamic Circle of North America strongly  condemned the" senseless and brutal attack" on the Army Public school in Peshawar, which killed 141 individuals, 132 of them children, and injured 124 others.


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Younis Khan becomes oldest Pakistani to score a century in ODI
ISLAMABAD, Dec 18 (APP): Although Younis Khan’s hundred in the third ODI against New Zealand at Abu Dhabi went in vain, he did create a record on the way, becoming the oldest Pakistani batsman to score a one-day hundred.
 
Pakistan A, Kenya series to continue as per schedule
ISLAMABAD, Dec 17 (APP): Kenyan cricket team will complete its ongoing series against Pakistan A, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said on Wednesday.
 
Murtaza Javed Abbassi congratulates boxer Amir Khan
ABBOTTABAD, Dec 15 (APP): Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi congratulated British born Pakistani boxer Amir Khan on becoming champion in Silver Welterweight category.
 
Hockey team to get a warm welcome: Rana Mujahid
ISLAMABAD, Dec 15 (APP): Secretary General Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Rana Mujahid Ali said Monday that national hockey team would be given a warm welcome at Wagah border on its arrival back at home from India.
 
International Zahid Tufail of Army wins National Skeet Shooting Championship
PESHAWAR, Dec 14 (APP): International shooter Zahid Tufail of Army clinched the gold medal after a two times tie-breaker with Imdad Sherpao of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the final super round of the National Skeet Shooting Championship played here at Army Shooting Range, Garrison Park on Sunday.
 
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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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