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UN Envoy urges fresh talks with besieged Syrians, authorities -
UNITED NATIONS, April 17 (APP): Regretting the abrupt halt in talks between the Syrian authorities and the negotiating committee representing civilians and fighters trapped in the Old City of Homs, U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi Thursday urged all the parties to return to the negotiating table and complete the deal that had been on the verge of being signed.



On first visit to Gaza, UN official calls for end to Israeli blockade -
UNITED NATIONS, April 17 (APP):  On his first official visit to the Gaza Strip, the new head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East underscored the need to lift the seven-year Israeli blockade and end the ‘illegal collective punishment’ unleashed on the population there.


US lauds Pakistan’s economic upturn; hopes for Pak-India progress -
WASHINGTON, April 17 (APP): The United States has been encouraged by Pakistan’s economic turnaround over the past year and hopes for Pakistan-India progress after the Indian elections towards trade expansion, a senior American official said.  “We are encouraged by the economic progress that Pakistan has made in the past year, though it still faces many challenges ahead,”


Pak maritime trade to further boost as China accelerates planning to re-connect Maritime Silk Road -
BEIJING, April 17 (APP): The maritime trade of Pakistan will get further boost through inter-connectivity as the Chinese government is stepping up the planning of reviving the Maritime Silk Road in the 21st century, with port construction as the priority, according to local media.The plan is expected to focus on infrastructure construction of countries along the route, including ports of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the China Securities Journal said.China will coordinate customs, quality supervision, e-commerce and other agencies to facilitate the scheme, which is also likely to contain attempts to build free trade zones.


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.


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Saqlian questions “Doosara” in present era
KARACHI, Apr 17 (APP): Master off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq indirectly questioned the legality of “Doosra” in the current era.  The inventor of the mystery ball, said that, due to his technique, he never felt any difficulty in managing the away going delivery,” he told a private television channel on Thurdsay. He declined to comment on the official rules, in this regard, saying that it was the job of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the matter.
 
11th National Women Softball Championship from Friday
RAWALPINDI, April 17 (APP): A three-day 11th National Women Softball Championship-2014 will be held at Pindi Cricket Stadium from Friday. In a joint announcement here, District Coordination Officer  (DCO) Sajid Zafar Dall and Chairperson Senate Standing Committtee on Sports Kalsoom Perveen, said Six teams from all over the country including defending champions Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Islamabad and Police Department would participate in the championship.
 
National Shooting trials for Asian, CW Games on May 10
KARACHI, Apr 17 (APP): Second phase of trials to select Pakistan sharp shooters for this year’s Asian Games and Commonwealth Games will be held at Naval International Shooting Range here on May 10, National Rifle Association of Pakistan (NRAP) announced on Thursday. “Trials will be conducted in all events like Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun,” Executive Vice President NRAP Razi Ahmed Khan told APP here.
 
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.
 
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Immigrants in Karachi warned to get themselves registered in 30 days PDF Print E-mail

KARACHI, Jan 8 (APP)- Interior Minister Abdul Rehman Malik, on Friday gave 30 days to all foreigners in Karachi to either get themselves registered or face action under Foreigners Act on the expiry of deadline.Talking to journalists after a high level meeting at Headquarters of Pakistan Rangers Sindh which reviewed law and order situation, he said  in a population of about 18 million in Karachi, there were 1.6 to 2 million immigrants including Afghans and other nationals. He asked them to get themselves registered within 30 days.

Referring to the blast which took place in a house in Baldia Town, the Minister thanked Allah Almighty that a big disaster was evaded in Karachi. A family from Swat was living at the house where the blast occurred. The explosive blasted accidentally along with two suicide jackets, he added.
He said law enforcers recovered two jackets, 22 grenades, Kalashnikov and its magazines from the debris of house which collapsed due to the blast.
Rehman Malik said people from outside Karachi come and live here in rented houses without their verification. He said he has issued directive that the owner who rented out his house, be arrested.
Regarding ongoing killings in Lyari area, the Interior Minister clarified that the violence sparked off on a girl having illicit relations with a boy Amir. The people murdered them which too was a crime as they were supposed to report the matter to police.
He said in reaction to this, a group attacked and killed some people who too killed some of members of this group in reaction. He said he condemns these acts of reactions, He said that Rangers have been deployed in the area  with the instructions to carry out strict checking and take legal action against the gangsters without consideration of their political affiliations.
The Interior Minister described the Karachi tragedy a big national loss and said that anti-state enemies wanted to destabilise Pakistan.
He said the extremists, after hhaving failed in Swat, Waziristan and FATA have now moved to Karachi but their conspiracies will be thwarted.
He requested the media not to brand every act of killing as target killing.
He said today he has held a meeting with the top leaders of PPP and MQM. He said certain forces wanted disintegration of relations between the two parties.
He appealed to every one whether Balochi, Pashto, Sindhi, Panjabi or Urdu speaking, Sunni or Shia, JUI or JI, that this country belongs to them all and they should pursue their people to get united for the sake of Pakistan.
Rehman Malik said that series of conspiracies have been hatched but these would stand unfolded and government will take stringent action against the conspirators.
He admitted that Rangers and Police were slow in the response after  bomb blast on Ashura day, but they all acted as per their strength. He said the government is now going for their capacity building.

The Interior Minister said he has received FIA’s interim report but he cannot disclose its contents for the time being.  Report on Karachi tragedy has also been finalised and would be made public in few days, he added.
He said no political party had been involved in the Karachi tragedy.
Propaganda in this regard was being carried out in a planned manner so as to create rifts among political forces.
He said these acts were the acts of groups of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi to distract the investigators and the propaganda about political parties involvement was wrong.
The Interior Minister asked the media not to go on partly CCTV clips and the government has developed all the recordings on 52 MB.
Rehman Malik said the new wave of terrorism has to be controlled with the efforts of all.
Replying a question he said reports about Ashura Blast and Boulton Market fire incidents have been completed.
He said he has directed the concerned authorities to carry out a survey and identify the illegal immigrants and those living in rented premises.
He said that immigrants working as domestic servants will also have to get themselves registered otherwise action will be taken against them.
He said the industrialists will also have to abide by Foreign Act in relation to immigrants working in their units.
Mr Malik said that in the process of sale or purchase of properties, the seller and buyer will have to give a declaration that they are Pakistanis and the data so developed would be provided to NADRA.
He said that NARA’s role will be to register the immigrants and issue employment card to them.

 

     

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