Pak photo journalist attending Int’l exhibition in China -
BEIJING, May 24 (APP) : A Pakistani photo journalist is participating in
a week-long international photo exhibition here in Beijing. Jahangir Khan, a famous photo journalist and member of Pakistan Association of Photographers here to attend the annual - 2013 Vision Beijing International photography event opened at Garden Expo Park of Fengtai District Monday. The event was first hosted in 1999 with the aim of recording the beauty and development of the capital city through foreign lenses.
Pakistani students graduated from AIT -
BANGKOK, May 24 (APP): Nineteen Pakistani students have completed Masters and Ph.D programmes at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and were awarded degrees at 119th AIT Graduation Ceremony held in Bangkok on Friday.The graduation ceremony was attended by Thai dignitaries, members of AIT Board of Trustees, AIT administration and faculty, and representatives of diplomatic corps. Pakistan’s Ambassador to Thailand, Sohail Mahmood, was also present on the occasion.A total of 9 Pakistanis completed Ph.D degrees mainly in engineering-related subjects. The graduating students belonged to various disciplines including urban environment management, information management, industrial and manufacturing engineering, micro electronic and embedded system, food engineering and bio-process technologies, telecommunications, computer science, remote sensing and GIS, and business administration.
Obama vows drone oversight;says US rebuilding ties after unilateral Abbottabad raid -
WASHINGTON, May 23 (APP): In a significant shift from his first-term covert counterterrorism policies, President Barack Obama Thursday unveiled a new strategy, saying civilian casualties in drone strikes haunt him and that Washington is in the process of rebuilding relations with Pakistan.Obama’s new “comprehensive” strategy sets out clear rules for use of lethal force against suspected terrorists, who pose threat to the United States and in a circumstance when they cannot be captured.However in a speech, Obama indicated that in the Afghan theater Washington would continue to wage drone strikes against high-level al-Qaeda targets and those intending to attack U.S. forces deployed in the Afghanistan at least until the American forces are withdrawn from the country.In a major speech at the National Defense University, Obama touched on some controversial aspsects of the US counterterrorism operations. He also renewed his resolve to close down Guantanamo Bay and urged Congress to lift the restrictions on detainee transfers from GTMO.
New US policy to sharply curtail drones outside war zones like Pakistan: Report -
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, May 23 (APP): The new U.S. policy on drones is likely to curtail instances when drones can be used to attack militant targets in places outside of war zones like Pakistan and Yemen, a major American newspaper reported Thursday.
A new classified policy guidance signed by President Barack Obama will sharply curtail the instances when unmanned aircraft can be used to attack in places that are not overt war zones, countries like Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, The New York Times reported hours ahead of President Obama’s counter terrorism speech.
Pak, China friendship is “Unbreakable”: Spokesman FM -
BEIJING, May 23 (APP): The on-going visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to Pakistan will further add impetus to the relationship between the two countries as spokesman foreign ministry here Thursday declared the bond of relations as “unbreakable”. The visit speaks that China Pakistan relations is “unbreakable”, spokesman Hong Lei said and asserted that friendship between the two countries withstood the test of time and risen above the changes of the times. Hong Lei expressed these views, while responding to a question at regular press conference on Premier Li visits to India and Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD, May 24 (APP): The Chief of the Naval Staff Amateur Golf Cup started here at Margalla Greens Golf Club on Friday with contests taking place in three categories - Amateur, Seniors and Juniors. In the Amateur category, MCPO (PTI) Tariq Mehmood of Pakistan Navy was leading by scoring Gross 72.
ISLAMABAD, May 24 (APP): Asian Squash Federation has nominated Pakistan as the sole contender for hosting Squash World Cup, 2015.
This recommendation is a testimony of the efforts of Pakistan Squash Federation to convince International Squash Bodies to stage International events in Pakistan. President, Asian Squash Federation, David Mui visited Pakistan during the recently concluded 17th Asian Individual Squash Championship, 2013. He expressed his satisfaction over the meticulous arrangements made for the successful conduct of the Championship, said a PAF press statement issued here on Friday.
ISLAMABAD, May 24 (APP): The Pakistan Football Federation has decided to hold National Under-16 Football Championship-2013 at Arifwala, District Pakpattan from June 7-17 instead of Okara Football Academy on May 31.
A total of 12 teams will compete in this Championship in which eight teams are from Provincial and Regional Teams like Punjab Football Association, KP Football Association, Balochistan Football Association, Sindh Football Association, Islamabad Football Association, Azad Jammu and Kashmir Football Association, FATA Football Association and Gilget Baltistan Football Association) and 3 Youth Coaches Teams from (Karachi, Quetta, Lahore and Peshawar), said a press release here Friday.
ISLAMABAD, May 23 (APP): Chief of the Naval Staff Amateur Golf Cup will commence from Friday at Margalla Greens Golf Club (MGGC) Islamabad. The best amateur golfers around the country including senior, junior and ladies category will feature in the three-day event. The opening ceremony of the event was held on Thursday at Margalla Greens Golf Club Islamabad. Rear Admiral Athar Mukhtar, Patron PN Golf and Vice President Margalla Greens Golf Club was the chief guest on the occasion. The main match would be played amongst amateurs over 54 holes during the three days 18 holes each day. Amateurs with handicap 12 and below will participate in the match. It has been decided to give the participation rights to all those having the handicap up to 12 strokes.
ISLAMABAD, May 23 (APP): The Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) will pay tributes to former Director General Pakistan Sports Board, late Syed Zakir Hussain by holding the 45th National Athletics Championships in his memory. The National Athletics Championship will explode into action on Friday at Jinnah Stadium, Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad. Speaking at a press conference President AFP Lt. Gen. (Retd) Akram Sahi said that late Syed Zakir Hussain was an outstanding sports administrator, sports lover and writer and throughout his life had a positive and principled approach towards the promotion of national sports in the country.
CEC-ESG discuss Electoral Reforms Recommendations
Oct 12 (APP): Chief Election Commissioner Justice ® Hamid Ali Mirza ISLAMABAD Monday held a meeting with the Election Support
Group (ESG) Ishtiak Ahmad Khan and discussed the 32 Electoral Reforms
Recommendations made by ESG.
The ESG is a group of
Diplomatic Missions, International Donor Organizations and Implementing
Partners working to strengthen all aspects of electoral environment in
The Group consists of representatives
of British High Commission, Embassy of Netherlands, Embassy of USA, Royal Norwegian
Embassy, European Commission, DFID, IFES, NDI, SDC, TAF, UNDP and USAID.
The Secretary ECP informed the
meeting that a broad understanding was reached on the proposed reforms.
It was decided that the ESG
will give further specific and detailed suggestions regarding the methodology
for implementation of the reform proposals.
These proposals will be
considered by the ECP in consultation with other stakeholders including the
political parties and civil society organizations, etc.
The proposals will be discussed
with all concerned ministries before finally sending the proposals prepared as
a result thereof to the Government of Pakistan for consideration and
legislation, if deemed appropriate.
Senior officers of ECP were
also present in the meeting.
Chinese Premier Visit to Pakistan
Presidential address to the joint sitting of parliament