US asks Pakistan, India to resolve Kashmir, Afghanistan discords -
WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (APP): The United States has been urging Islamabad and New Delhi to resolve their differences on Kashmir dispute and Afghanistan, America’s top envoy for the region James Dobbins said, while underscoring that improved Pakistan-India ties are critical to Afghan stability. Testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ambassador Dobbins also recognized that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s government has been trying to improve relations with both India and Afghanistan. He told lawmakers that the greatest contribution that New Delhi and Islamabad could make towards Afghan stability is through improvement in the two South Asian neighbors’ own bilateral relationship.
Visit of Pakistani delegation headed by Chief Minister Punjab to India -
NEW DELHI, Dec 12 (APP): Chief Minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, shortly after arrival in New Delhi on Thursday. Giving details of the visit, Foreign Office said the Chief Minister delivered a message of goodwill from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while emphasizing Pakistan’s desire to forge cooperative relations with India, in the interest of peace and prosperity of the peoples of the two countries and of the region. The Chief Minister also underscored the importance of resumption of dialogue and peaceful resolution of all issues.
UN chief urges Bangladesh’s leaders to solve electoral differences through dialogue -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 12 (APP): Voicing deep concern over widespread violence in Bangladesh that has left dozens of people dead since last month, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to resolve differences over upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for January through dialogue. He spoke with Sheikh Hasina and President Abdul Hamid by phone as a senior UN political official wrapped up a five-day visit to the South Asian country with a warning that the current political crisis is exacting a heavy, human, social and economic toll, seriously threatening the hard-earned economic and social progress that Bangladesh has achieved.
US pledges $15 million to bring electricity to Pakistan, Afghanistan -
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (APP): The United States has committed $15 million in financing towards the Central Asia-South Asia electricity transmission project (CASA-1000) that on completion would help bring electricity to Afghanistan and Pakistan. While announcing the funding the State Department expressed the hope that the US financial support for CASA-1000 would help leverage other donors to support the project and encourage the World Bank to present the project to its Board of Directors for final approval next year. “We believe CASA-1000 can be a potentially transformative project, helping create a regional energy grid that connects Central and South Asia for the first time,” a statement released by the Office of the Spokesperson said.
One in three children do not officially exist, UNICEF reports -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 12 (APP): Nearly 230 million children under the age of five worldwide have not had their births officially recorded, excluding them from education, health care and social security, the United Nations Children’s Fund said in a new report. “Birth registration is more than just a right. It’s how societies first recognize and acknowledge a child’s identity and existence,” Geeta Rao Gupta, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York. She added that registration is also key “to guaranteeing that children are not forgotten, denied their rights or hidden from the progress of their nations.” Only around 60 per cent of births last year were recorded, with the lowest levels of registration in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, according to “Every Child’s Birth Right: Inequities and trends in birth registration.”
ISLAMABAD, Dec 12 (APP): Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) on Thursday announced the national team for the Davis Cup tie against Vietnam to be held from February 14 to 16, 2014 at Vietnam.
ISLAMABAD, Dec 12 (APP): The pools, venues and fixtures of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2014 will be announced in Dubai on Saturday. The event will be attended by members of the Pakistan and Sri Lanka cricket teams, who have played in previous ICC U19 Cricket World Cups, as well as officials of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and the International Cricket Council (ICC), says a press release issued here.
MIRPUR, Dec 12 (APP): Attiya Rani, the AJK-origin triumphant table tennis star who bagged gold medal in the recent Asia Pacific Olympics held in Australia, was accorded historic rousing reception on her arrival at her native town here late Wednesday.
ISLAMABAD, Dec 12 (APP): Pakistan Professional Boxing League (PPBL) will organize “Night of Champions” on the occasion of Punjab Youth Festival to be started from next month in Lahore. President Pakistan Professional Boxing League (PPBL) Syed Nauman Shah said this in a press statement issued here on Thursday. He said that the “Night of Champions” would provide unique opportunity to the young Pakistani boxers to show their talent and capabilities. He also asked the talented boxers to approach the officials of PPBL for enlistment for professional boxing category.
ISLAMABAD, Dec 11 (APP): Former Selector and Test Batsman Mohsin Hassan Khan said Junaid Khan was the best bowler of the national team but not being utilized properly by the team management. Talking to APP on Wednesday, he said the left-arm medium fast bowler was either dropped every now and then from the team or brought at later stages of the game which could affect his bowling.
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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