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Prolonged “sit-in” harming Pakistan’s Int’l Image: Javed Malik -
LONDON, Aug 21 (APP): Pakistan’s Ambassador at Large Javed Malik has said that the ongoing “Sit-in” (Dharna) at the country’s federal capital is detrimental to the country’s global image because it sends a negative message to international business community.


Obama says entire would appalled byAmerican journalist's killing by ISIL -
WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (APP): U.S. President Barack Obama strongly condemned the killing of an American journalist, saying "the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL."


UN mission in Afghanistan concerned over acts of intimidation against journalist -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 21 (APP): The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has expressed its concern about the acts of intimidation against New York Times reporter Matthew Osenberg, who on Tuesday was banned from leaving the country and told that he was being investigated  for an article he had written.


US says Nawaz Sharif is constitutionally elected PM; does not support extra-constitutional changes -
WASHINGTON, Aug 21 (APP): The United States has said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is constitutionally elected head of the government of  Pakistan, with the State Department also stating that Washington does not support any extra-constitutional changes to the democratic system.


US says Nawaz Sharif is constitutionally elected PM ; does not support extra-constitutional changes -
WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (APP): The United States on Wednesday said Prime  Minister Nawaz Sharif is constitutionally elected head of the government of Pakistan, with the State Department also stating that Washington does not support any extra-constitutional changes to the democratic system.


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Tight wins for Pakistan teams in Asian Team Snooker
KARACHI, Aug. 21 (APP)- Pakistan “A” and “C” faced a strong challenge before beating their respective opponents on the opening day of Asian Team Snooker Championship on Thursday.
 
Inform Sarfraz should has been retained for ODI series: Nasim-ul-Ghani
KARACHI, Aug. 21 (APP)- Veteran Test cricketer Nasim-ul-Ghani has expressed his surprise over leaving out inform wicket-keeper/batsman Sarfraz Ahmed from the three match One-Day International (ODIs) against sri Lanka starting in Hambantota from Saturday.
 
Hashim Khan Memorial Int’l Pakistan Circuit-II begins in City
PESHAWAR, Aug 21 (APP): Pakistan International Circuit-II Squash Tournament which named after legendary Hashim Khan Memorial to pay him rich tribute got under way here at PAF Hashim Khan Squash Complex on Thursday.
 
Australia beat Pakistan by four-wickets
ISLAMABAD, Aug 21 (APP): The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have kicked off their 2017 Women’s World Cup qualification campaign with a four-wicket win over Pakistan Thursday at Redlands Cricket Club in Brisbane in a match that marked the launch of the new ICC Women’s Championship.
 
Shaharyar chairs PCB’s board meeting
LAHORE, Aug 20 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar M Khan Wednesday said each department of the PCB would be strengthened based on professionalism, specialization and integrity.
 
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ISLAMABAD, Jul 9 (APP): The Foreign Office on Thursday confirmed the planned meeting between Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of Non-Aligned Movement summit in Sharm El Sheikh next week with a hope to resume composite dialogue process between the two countries. “Prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani will be meeting, in addition to his Indian counterpart, several other heads of government and state on the sidelines of the NAM summit,” said Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit at his weekly briefing.

The spokesman said prior to the prime minister level meeting, the foreign secretaries of the two countries will meet to finalize the agenda for the meeting.

He said, “We are going with an open mind and hope that the composite dialogue is resumed.”  He said the meeting between two primes ministers will be open ended and without any specific agenda.

“We need comprehensive strategy to resolve the issues between the two countries through dialogue,” said the spokesman.

He said the Gilani-Singh meeting could not be considered as revival of composite dialogue process between the two countries but “the two leaders will hold talks over the composite dialogue and bilateral issues”.

Basit said it is necessary for both the countries to restart the stalled peace process to resolve the disputes.

The spokesman said, “We still believe that it is absolutely necessary for two countries to return to the negotiating table because without talking to each other it will be simply impossible to resolve the issues that the two countries are facing.”

He said Pakistan has received the English translation of Kasab’s statement from India and now prosecuting was underway by the Pakistani security agencies.

The spokesman said Pakistan has been conducting investigation into the Mumbai attacks with full seriousness and proceeding systematically.

About difference in Bush and Obama administration’s policies towards Pakistan, the spokesman said Bush administration engaged with Pakistan to evolve long term partnership while the Obama administration has bene engaged with Pakistan on issues of people and willing to have continuous process in this regard.

On the issue of recovery of Iranian diplomat, the spokesman said Pakistan government has been making sincere efforts for the safe release of the Iranian diplomat and exchanged details with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran who is visiting Pakistan.

Referring to statement of President Asif Ali Zardari regarding achieving tactical objectives in war against terrorism, the spokesman clarified that the statement has been quoted out of context.

The spokesman further said President Zardari was talking about the situation following the withdrawal of the Soviet troops from Afghanistan that created a gap and its influence on Pakistan.

“After the incident of 9/11, we are confronting new challenges and due to spill over effect of Afghanistan, Pakistan has been suffering,” he said.

On the question of appointment of new ambassador to Paris, the spokesman said Pakistan has conveyed its decision to the French government and now waiting reply from France.

 

     

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