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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.


Pakistan looks at future of its relations with India with hope: Ambassador Jilani -
WASHINGTON, April 16 (APP): Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani addressed the faculty and students at the Harvard Kennedy School on  ‘Pakistan-India Relations: The Way ahead,” saying there is a strong realization in South Asia on the imperative of an uninterrupted peace process. He explained the history of the relationship and the underlying issues that have shaped the events and policies in South Asia. Highlighting the current trends, Ambassador Jilani informed a large


New York police scrap Muslim spy unit -
NEW YORK, April 16 (APP): The New York Police Department (NYPD) has disbanded a secret programme under which detectives were sent to spy on local Muslims at places frequented by them. The Demographics Unit’s operations became highly controversial and was  the subject of two federal lawsuits in the past.  Civil rights groups denounced police targetting of the Muslims community. “This reform is a critical step forward in easing tensions between the  police and the communities they serve, so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys,” the office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote in a statement on Tuesday.


American Muslim leader says inter-faith dialogue critical to fostering peace -
WASHINGTON, April 16 (APP): A prominent American Muslim leader has urged a sustained inter-faith dialogue effort towards fostering mutual understanding, peace and socio-economic development in the post-9/11 world, riddled with wars and violent extremism. Frank Islam, a leading entrepreneur and philanthropist, was speaking  at premiere screening of acclaimed Pakistani scholar Akbar S Ahmed’s play Noor, which focuses on implications of conflict between forces of moderation and extremism within the Muslim societies and the United States’ strained relationship with some Muslim countries.


UN rights expert urges Israel to prevent settlers’ takeover of West Bank building near Ibrahami Mosq -
UNITED NATIONS, April 15 (APP): A United Nations human rights expert Tuesday urged Israel to prevent settlers from taking over Al-Rajabi House, a building in the West Bank city of Hebron that was built by Palestinian families but whose ownership was granted to the settlers after a protracted legal battle. The four-story building capable of housing 40 families is located  strategically between the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba and the Ibrahami Mosque, also known as Cave of Patriarchs, in the old city of Hebron.


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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.
 
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.  Army player ended with 30 golds, two silvers and as many bronze medals to accumulate 797 points.
 
Sports diplomacy to highlight Pakistani talent in UAE
ISLAMABAD, April 16 (APP): Prime Minister’s Special Envoy, Ambassador Javed Malik said on Wednesday sports played an important role in connecting people and promoting a sense of healthy interaction aimed at building positive relations between the communities. “We always support such initiatives that bring people together,” he  said while speaking as the guest of honour alongwith diplomats from Sri Lanka and India who were joined by the Chairman of Dubai Cricket Council at the launching ceremony of T-20 Super stars cricket tournament being organized in Dubai under the auspices of Dubai Cricket Council.
 
Kabir looking forward to build Afghanistan team for Cricket World Cup
KARACHI, Apr 16 (APP): Afghanistan chief coach Kabir Khan said on Wednesday that he was looking forward to build the team for next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup. “Its my endeavour to build-up Afghanistan team for World Cup showpiece event,” he told APP on arrival here from Peshawar. 2015 World Cup is co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand in February-March and Afghanistan is among the qualfiers for the event.
 
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Gilgit-Baltistan package in accordance with the wishes of people: President PDF Print E-mail
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ISLAMABAD, Sept. 8 (APP):President Asif Ali Zardari, Tuesday said that Gilgit- Baltistan package is in accordance with the wishes and expectations of the people of the area who were denied  their legitimate rights for long.In an interview with APP at the Presidency, he said there could be different opinions about everything and the perception that the package was an attempt to de-link it from the Kashmir issue is uncalled for.  “By and large it has been taken well by the people”, he said.  He said the ground realities are different from the de-linking of the area from the Kashmir. “It was a long standing demand and the people there faced many problems.”

He said there were certain places in the country where there was no law of the land, for no reason.

“To acknowledge and give them their due status is a realization of what was enshrined in the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed doctrine for the people,” the President said.

He said Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was the first person to have visited the area and what we have done is to take forward his vision, President Zardari asserted.

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President Zardari to a question about the recently announced Gilgit - Baltistan package and the perception that it was being seen as an attempt to de-link it with the Kashmir issue, the President said there could be different opinions about every thing.

“But we are going by ground realities. It was a long standing demand and the people there faced many problems.”

However the President said “By and large it has been taken well by the people.”

Referring to Gilgit-Baltistan, he lamented that there were certain places in the country where there was no law of the land, for no reason.

“To acknowledge and give them their due status is a realization of what was enshrined in the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed’s political doctrine for the people,” the President said.

He said Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was the first person to have visited the area and what we have done is to take forward his vision.

When asked to comment on the Presidency’s role during transition from martial law to democracy, the President said there was a need to realize the difference in system created by the dictator who placed his own paraphernalia around him that resulted into creation of a weak governance system.

“They [dictators] don’t give strength to the prevailing system of democracy. They always break them,” he said.

The President said he realized the vacuum in the society in 1988 after a long dictatorship, that needed to be filled by a civilian government.  He said  dictatorship always had long lasting effects and it took more than double period of time to mitigate its negative effects.

The President said democracy is the call of the day and it makes space for itself.  He termed democracy as the strengthening of responsibility of state and society, which has become the “new voice of Pakistan.”

Zardari said realizing how difficult and dangerous it was, he and his government took responsibility of the daunting task of bringing political ownership to the situation whether it was insurgency, recession, political disharmony between provinces or different quests and we asked the world for a collective make-up of these distortions. 

On Taliban, he said it was the collective responsibility of the world to control them as “they were created collectively”.  “So their ownership and the cure should also be considered collective rather than singular,” he added.

President Zardari mentioned US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statement acknowledging Pakistan’s role and the present government’s  contribution in this regard.

He described terrorism as a cancer that had taken roots in this region and hoped that the world would come to share this collective responsibility in eradicating the menace from the region.

About the recent military successes in parts of NWFP and FATA against the militants and terrorists and how the government has been able to curb this tendency, the President said the matter has been resolved as the people took collective responsibility and ownership to address it.

He said “bringing political ownership to the situation is one part of the solution. Democracy is one part of the solution, winning physically on the ground is another part of the solution.”

However, “the real victory lies in taking ownership of the issue and area by the people.”

“What I consider victory is the peoples ownership,” the President said and added that the people of Swat, Buner, Malakand, were now  taking ownership of their own space.

“At the end of the day it is the people who make the country.  They have realized that this cancer is poisonous and dangerous and can pollute their lives, that I think is a political achievement.”

The President however warned that “the militancy and militants are still on the ground and we need to take a united stand and not become complacent on anything.

“We should understand that this is a long term war and will go on but the first victory is the intellectual and moral victory.”

He pointed that the decision by the Pakistan Peoples Party and the ANP to take ownership and by all the political parties to give it ownership in the parliament, and than by the four provinces to come in aid of the Malakand agency, that is the victory.

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President Zardari to a question said Parliament was the major ingredient reflecting political wisdom of the people of Pakistan. He said it was collective wisdom of the people who elected their representatives and they chose their prime minister; who was first chosen by the Pakistan Peoples Party through a process and finally the parliament voted him in unanimously.

About the progress on the Charter of Democracy, the President said the biggest step forward was the Public Accounts Committee headed by opposition leader. It was set up in pursuance of the Charter of Democracy (COD) and the chairmanship has been given to the Opposition.

About abolishing the 17th amendment President Zardari said he twice addressed the parliament and referred the matter to the parliament. He emphatically said, “we are coming close to that position. I think that it should complete during this parliamentary year.”

While responding to a question about the ongoing sugar, energy and atta crises, he said:”It is not in my purview and it is not the President’s job to interfere in the affairs of the government of the day. It’s the job of the Parliament and the provincial government and all this is a provincial subject. If there is a weakness in provincial set- up, I hope the federal government, provincial governments will look into it.”

Regarding the judiciary, he said after years of suppression and “maneuvering” by the dictators, “it has come to its own self and (as an institution) it is in the process of evolution and let’s hope that this evolution strengthens them.”

About his recent visits to China, the President said he was following the policies of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto that China was the next economic super power of the world and the present government has re-emphasised this policy and taken the relationship to higher level.

China is going to be the next regional economical power of the world and since “we have strong ties, we need to transfer these to a collective success, in marketing, regional growth etc”.

To a question the President regretted that he could not give enough time to the party, as much as he desired, but still was able to take measures for further strengthening of the party. He said soon after the Ramadan, a membership drive would be launched.

He said every minister and department was working better than it was before, since the new government came into power. “There is a fresh breath, new collective challenges, that need to be addressed, otherwise these would have an impact on the party.”

He said his first priority was to address the international challenges that Pakistan was facing. If these are corrected, the country’s financial health will improve and will have a trickle down effect across the board, particularly for the poor of the country - who form the Pakistan People’s Party. “I am working for the party, but through a different forum,” he added.

To a question about the economic situation, the President said the situation was under control and added “hope is in the air”

He said it was due to the “collective wisdom” of the government of the day that was guided by the policies of the PPP and other friends and people in the government, who are partners.

He said there was a realization and a forewarning that the global economy would be hit by recession soon. “We devised a homegrown formula that we got accepted from the IMF and there was also a realization to give space to stock exchange to enable it to perform, as we believe they are a natural barometer.”

He said the government gave good wheat prices to the farmers and with the grace of Almighty Allah the crops were good and brought a positive change in the rural areas by attacking rural poverty through a massive cash transfer.

He said for poverty alleviation the cards under the Benazir Bhutto Income Support  program have been launched. These would go a long way in emancipation of the women and under the policy a self employment scheme would be generated, besides giving stipends for children who then will get vocational training and be able to support their families.


 

 

     

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