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PM visits Sheikh Faisal Museum -
DOHA, (QATAR) Feb 10 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Wednesday visited the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum, which is one of the most unique museums in the Middle East with vast rare historical collections. The Prime Minister, accompanied with his delegation, took round of the various sections of the building where he was briefed by the officials.



UN warns of threat to food security from overuse of antibiotics -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 10 (APP):  The overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents is impacting rural livelihoods and food security, and requires globally coordinated efforts, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Wednesday. Speaking to European ministers of health and agriculture at a conference on antimicrobial resistance in Amsterdam, FAO Deputy Director-General Helena Semedo emphasized that antimicrobial agents foster increasing resistance among the very microbes that cause the infections and disease they were designed to quell, thereby threatening to reverse a century of progress in human and animal health.  



PM Nawaz, Qatri PM witness aerial display of JF-17 Thunder, Mashshak aircraft -
jf-17-thunder.jpgBy Muhammad Ilyas Khan

DOHA, Qatar, Feb 9 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasir bin Khalifa Al-Thani on Wednesday witnessed a spectacular air show of JF-17 Thunder and Super Mashshak aircraft here at Doha Airbase. Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, who was also accompanying the Prime Minister on a two-day official visit to Qatar, members of royal family along with officials of Qatari air force, military officials and contingent of Pakistan Air Force also witnessed the air show.



Pakistan, Qatar ink Long Term Sale Purchase Agreement -
DOHA, Feb 10 (APP): Pakistan and Qatar on Wednesday inked an agreement for supply of around US one billion dollars worth of Liquified Natural Gas to Pakistan annually to help the country meet its energy shortfall. The agreement on Long Term LNG Sale and Purchase was signed during the visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif's two day visit to Qatar. Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chairman of Qatargas Board of Director Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi signed agreement at a ceremony at Diwan-e-Emiri.


Pakistan, Qatar sign four MoUs in energy, health, radio, television, academic research activities -
app75-10pm-doha.jpgDOHA (Qatar), Feb 10 (APP): Pakistan and Qatar on Wednesday signed four Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) including a long term LNG Sales and Purchase Agreement, cooperation in the fields of Radio and Television, Health and Academic Research activities. The signing ceremony was also witnessed by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. The first MoU about cooperation between the two countries in radio and television was signed by Special Assistant to the PM on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi and Foreign Minister of Qatar Muhammad bin Abdurrehman Al-Thani.



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Age no barrier for Pakistani players in 12th South Asian Games
ISLAMABAD, Feb 10 (APP): Age is just a number for the Pakistani table tennis team for the 12th South Asian Games which is taking place from 5 February to 16 February 2016 in Guwahati and Shillong, India. They have the 45 plus duo of Shabnam Bilal and Raheela Khalif, who helped the women's team win the silver, 12 years after they had claimed the same feat at the Games' 2004 edition in Islamabad.

 
England to face Pakistan in 5th place playoff in U19 CWC
KARACHI, Feb 10 (APP): England demolished Namibia by 203 runs on Wednesday to set up a clash with Pakistan for the fifth/sixth position playoff in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016. England, which lost to Sri Lanka in the quarter-finals, piled up 286 for nine after being sent in to bat in a match reduced to 48 overs a side due to murky weather in Fatullah.

 
England to face Pakistan in 5th place playoff in U19 CWC
KARACHI, Feb 10 (APP): England demolished Namibia by 203 runs on Wednesday to set up a clash with Pakistan for the fifth/sixth position playoff in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016. England, which lost to Sri Lanka in the quarter-finals, piled up 286 for nine after being sent in to bat in a match reduced to 48 overs a side due to murky weather in Fatullah.

 
Rookie Nawaz, Rumman in Pak team for Asia Cup & World T20, Shahzad, Gul axed
KARACHI, Feb 10 (APP): National selectors Monday named rookie all-rounder Muhammad Nawaz and southpaw paceman Rumman Raees in their 15-member squad for the upcoming ACC T20 Asia Cup and ICC World T20. Opener Khurram Manzoor was also recalled in the national squad with Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed. No specialist spinner included in the team.

 
Pakistan Judo team to depart for 12th South Asian Games on Thursday morning
PESHAWAR, Feb 10 (APP): The 15-member Pakistan Judo Federation would depart for India to participate in the ongoing 12th South Asian Games’s judo event on Thursday morning. Talking to APP, Secretary General Pakistan Judo Federation, Masood Ahmad said the Pakistan Judo Team consisting of 4 officials, 1 Technical Official, 6 male and 6 Female Judokas.

 
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ISLAMABAD, Aug 10 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday presided over yet another consultative meeting of the PPP, the second during the past five weeks.“The meeting was essentially a brain storming session to discuss within the party a host of political issues that have to come to the fore in the light of recent developments”, said Farhatullah Babar spokesperson to the President while briefing the media about the meeting.

The last such consultative meeting was held on July 3 in the Presidency which was also attended by the Prime Minister and the Party’s senior leadership from all the provinces, he said.

Besides the Prime Minister the Monday’s meeting was attended by Mian Raza Rabbani, Syed Naveed Qamar, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Dr Babar Awan, Raja Pervez Ashraf, Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Afzal Sindhu, Farhatullah Babar, Fauzia Wahab, Fauzia Habib, Farahnaz Ispahani, Mehrin Anwar Raja, Pir Mazharul Haq, Sardar Ali Khan, Rahimdad Khan, Ayaz Soomro and Mir Baz Kethran.

The President briefed the meeting on the recent dialogue of the PPP delegation with PML-N leadership in Raiwind, his visit to Dushanbe, the China initiative to address economic, developmental and security issues, the FoDP initiative and the power crisis in the country.

He also gave a bird eye view of the evolving political situation before inviting every one to speak his and her mind. 

Addressing the meeting he said that the brain storming meeting was aimed at making a frank, dispassionate and critical review of the overall political situation in the country and invite the participants to give their candid views on various issues of concern.

“ The PPP is a dynamic and forward looking Party that possesses the strength to look inwardly”, he said adding, “The greater the inner strength the greater is the ability to confidently address weaknesses with hope and candor”.

The Party’s Co Chairman President Asif Ali Zardari reiterated the Party’s commitment to uphold the principles laid down in the Charter of Democracy signed in May 2006 and also to the principles enshrined in the Party’s manifesto.

The President said that the setting up of the Parliamentary Committee was a welcome development to purge the Constitution of all anti democracy clauses introduced into it by dictatorial regimes. He asked for a separate briefing later this week on the progress made in this regard.

He said the Party should make full use of this opportunity to hammer out reforms in the Constitution with the consensus and support of all other parties, without any delay.

The President said that power shortage in the country during summer had resulted in public discontent and asked the Water and Power Minister to ensure that the private power producers fulfilled their contractual obligations to bring all their projects on line before the end of the year.

He said that government will not brook any delay in the completion of the rental power projects.

Farhatullah Babar said that the President also asked the Petroleum Minister Naveed Qamar to furnish a report on 16 gas fields in Sindh reportedly abandoned by the OGDC as depleted fields. With modern technology the abandoned gas fields can be reactivated to produce more gas to meet the country’s growing needs, he said.

He said that during his recent visit to Tajikistan the three countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan had agreed to build rail roads and highways that will give Tajikistan access to the sea through the Pakistani sea ports and enable Pakistan to export its products to the vast Central Asian markets.

The over 1300 kilometer long road will pass through the 4550 meters Durah pass from Chitral and follow the Iskatul-Ulkhana-Ishkashim-Khorugh-Kulaikhumb-Kulab-Kofirnigan route to the Tajik capital of Dushanbe. The feasibility of the road project would be ready by November this year, he said.

The President said that opening up of road links was critical to bringing the countries of the region closer together and for increasing trade and people to people contacts for the economic and social benefits of all countries.

He said that the three countries also agreed to set up the regional electricity networks, the central piece of which was the World Bank aided power transmission line from Tajikistan to Pakistan known as the Central Asia- South Asia CASA-1000.

The President said that the China initiative included building over a dozen small dozens in different part of country, development of Thar coal for power generation, hybrid seed technology, dredging of the Tarbela dam and the building of the Kohala dam project.

A Chinese firm had already agreed to take a fresh look at the Thar Coal project, he said adding that the project after completion will open new vistas of development and prosperity.

He said that during the last one year nearly fifty new initiatives had been undertaken with China and thirty MOUs signed.

The President directed that all the development projects being negotiated with China will also invariably include security for the project and its personnel in the feasibility studies.

The President also asked the Ministers and Party leaders to go out into the field, meet the people and hold open kutcheries to redress the grievances of the people.

He asked Ministers to give immediate response to any public criticism of the working of their ministries and explain to the people the true facts both in the Parliament and through the media.

He said the Prime Minister had already issued instructions in this regard and these must be followed in letter and spirit.

After the President’s opening remarks the floor was opened and all participants expressed their views on a host of issues of national concern.

A large number of participants spoke on the occasion and besides expressing views also made specific recommendations on how to address issues.

The meeting expressed confidence in the leadership of Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and the government of Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani.

 
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