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PM Nawaz, Qatri PM witness aerial display of JF-17 Thunder, Mashshak aircraft -
By 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.



Pakistan, Qatar ink multi-billion dollar LNG deal -
app76-10pm-doha.jpgBy Muhammad Ilyas Khan

DOHA (Qatar) Feb 10 (APP): Pakistan and Qatar on Wednesday inked multi-billion dollar Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) deal that would enable the energy-starved country to import natural gas for 16 years and to meet its energy requirements. The historic signing ceremony of $16 billion LNG sale and purchase deal was held here between Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources of Pakistan and Qatar Petroleum. The agreement was signed by Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chairman Qatargas Board of Director Saad Sharida.



PM, Qatar's Emir hold talks -
app73-10pm-doha.jpgDOHA (Qatar), Feb 10 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said Pakistan is an ideal destination for investors and called upon the Qatar Investment Authority to explore the opportunities in Pakistan's oil and gas sector. The Prime Minister expressed these views in a meeting with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani held here at the Aiwan-e-Emiri. Prime Minister Sharif said Pakistan and Qatar enjoy strong fraternal relations.



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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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Pakistan, Turkey can together bring peace to region: Erdogan PDF Print E-mail
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ISLAMABAD, Oct 26 (APP): Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday said Pakistan and Turkey together can bring peace and stability to the entire region through greater cooperation. “As long as we are in solidarity and continue our historical ties...not a single regional problem [can] be an obstacle to our peace and stability,” Erdogan said in his address to the specially convened joint sitting of the parliament.

He said Turkey and Pakistan are two influential and strong countries of the region and would together continue to endeavour to strengthen global peace.

The distinguished guest, who was earlier decorated with Pakistan’s highest civil award, expressed confidence that Pakistan will surmount the challenge of terrorism, which was a common enemy of the entire humanity.

“You are not alone in your campaign against terrorism and extremism,” he said and mentioned that Turkey too has had suffered heavily from terrorism.

“In this context, let me underline that both my government and the Turkish people stand by their Pakistani brothers and we are ready to help address all their needs to the best of our abilities.”

Erdogan hoped that “Pakistan will leave behind its troublesome days” through national reconciliation and solidarity.

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Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, who spoke at length about the multifaceted historical ties that exist between the two countries, said Pakistan has always occupied a special place in the hearts and minds of Turkish government and its people.

He said Turkey has been a part of Friends of Democratic Pakistan group from the very beginning and always underlined the need to redress the issues confronting Pakistan as it was key country for regional and global stability.

Erdogan stressed that all countries must fulfill the pledges made at Tokyo donors’ conference on April 25 and said the group must ensure rapid implementation of projects in the areas of health and education.

He termed the February 18, 2008 general elections a new era for Pakistan as it has paved the way for further strengthening democracy and democratic institutions in the country.

Prime Minister Erdogan said Pakistan has covered lots of ground in terms of its relations with Afghanistan in the last two years.

He said the cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey was not limited to bilateral ties but covers a much broader ground.

He described the tripartite - Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan arrangement initiated by Ankara as a “robust process” and recalled that three meetings in this regard have helped resolve the misunderstandings.

Erdogan said a parliamentary dimension to this process was also being implemented and members of foreign relations committees of the parliament of the three countries have already met at Ankara a few months back.

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Prime Minister Erdogan recalled the joint political declaration signed on Sunday and said it would enable the two countries further strengthen their ties in all areas.

“We will particularly strive to accelerate our economic and trade relations and Inshallah we will raise our trade volume to US 2 billion dollars by the end of 2012,” he said amidst thumping of desks by members of the Senate and the National Assembly.

Erdogan, who is also leading a delegation of Turkey’s leading businessmen, said they have had extensive discussions with their Pakistani counterparts to boost cooperation in joint ventures, infrastructure development, transportation and agriculture sectors.

“We are working together in all economic realms ranging from transportation, infrastructure to energy lines and banking to development projects and defence industry projects,” the Turkish Prime Minister said.

He said the two countries have taken a major step forward in rail road transportation and the first train that departed on August 14 from Islamabad arrived in Istanbul via Tehran in 14 days.

He said there was a need to increase flights between the two countries to serve as an “air bridge” besides making efforts for enhancing maritime transportation. He said the two countries were also cooperating at various international fora including ECO, D-8 and the OIC.

Prime Minister Erdogan paid rich tributes to Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and described her as one of the most distinguished leaders of not only Pakistan but the whole world.

He said the Turkish grand national assembly adopted a joint declaration to express its deep condolences and solidarity to the people of Pakistan over her Shahdat on December 27, 2007.

He fondly recalled that late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in his last letter to his beloved daughter mentioned the grandeur of Istanbul, a city where East meets West.

“Without any hesitation, I should state a fact...Istanbul, as much as being a Turkish city also belongs to Pakistanis. We too feel at home in Islamabad...in every corner of Pakistan.”

Prime Minister Erdogan said relations between Pakistan and Turkey were unique.

“The deep affinity and respect between the peoples of Turkey and Pakistan as well as solidarity between us have hardly any other examples across the world,” he added.

Erdogan said the people of Turkey experience same kind of pleasure when they read the poetry of Abul Asar Hafeez Jallundhary, the creator of Pakistan’s national anthem, as when they read the verses of their own poet Mehmet Akif Ersoy, the writer of their national anthem.

He mentioned that prominent Turkish poet Yahya Kemal Beyath, who was also Turkey’s ambassador to Pakistan, presented his credentials to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He quoted the Quaid as saying: “...many spiritual and emotional bonds which have flourished throughout a long history link the Turkish nation to the Pakistani nation.”

The Turkish Prime Minister recalled the deep historical ties between the two nations and said “we owe gratitude to the people of Pakistan. How can we forget the support that Muslims of the sub-Continent provided during our war of independence.”

He also mentioned Allama Iqbal who in his poetry mentioned with respect the achievement of Mustafa Kemal Pasha.

“This is the reason why Turkey considers Pakistan’s successes as its own. Pakistan’s problems are Turkey’s problems. We regard your happiness as ours and your agonies as ours,” he said as the National Assembly hall resounded with thumping of desks by the parliamentarians.

Erdogan said it was an honour for him to address the joint sitting of Pakistani parliament that has the Muslim world’s first ever woman speaker.

The galleries, occupied by the three services chiefs, diplomats and elite of the city, listened intently to the address of Turkish leader who holds a special place in the hearts of people of Pakistan.

 
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