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Minority Minister urges media to promote religious tolerance

ISLAMABAD, Nov 11 (APP): Federal Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti has urged the media and civil society to promote religious tolerance in the country keeping aside the biased approach. Talking to PTV, he said media play an important role in changing the mindset of the people. It should not project or glorify the image of…

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IHC summons Interior Ministry official over issue of LG system

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court here Tuesday directed the Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Interior to appear before it Wednesday to further explain the reply about possibility for enactment of a special law to introduce local government system in the Federal Capital. The single bench of Chief Justice Sardar Mohammad Aslam directed the Standing…

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Four Pakistanis qualify for Pakistan Open Squash main draw

ISLAMABAD: Amjad Khan, Waqar Mahboob, Aqib Hanif and Danish Atlas from Pakistan, Monday entered the main draw of the Pakistan Open World Squash Championship as the two-day qualifying round was completed on Monday. The main draw will get underway at Mushaf Squash Complex here on Tuesday. On the second day of the qualifying round, Amjad…

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Minister inaugurates BB Shaheed International Squash Complex

RAWALPINDI: Federal Minister for Water and Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf, Monday inaugurated the sprawling Benazir Bhutto International Squash Complex at Liaquat Bagh here. The Minister on this occasion donated Rs.100,000 for the complex besides free provision of electricity to the complex by IESCO. Also present at the inauguration ceremony was Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mehmood…

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Manganhaar Folk Songs Festival held

KARACHI: The Manganhaar Folk Songs Festival was organized by the Folklore Society of Pakistan here at a local hotel. A statement here on Tuesday said that the event featured young singers from the interior Sindh who belonged to traditional Manganhaar community of singers. It said that this community inherits the rich cultural tradition from its…

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PPP workers from Benazir Bhuttos constituency meet PM

ISLAMABAD: A group of Pakistan Peoples Party workers from NA-207, Larkana called on Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani at the PM House on Tuesday. The enthusiastic workers, who belonged to the constituency of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto told the Prime Minister that they had come from Larkana on bicycles to pay tribute to their late leader….

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Govt improving economic indicators: Kaira

LAHORE: The government is working to improve the economic indicators of the country by facilitating industry and investment as much as possible within its resources, said Punjab Minister for Finance, Planning and Development Tanvir Kaira. Talking to a business delegation who called on him here Tuesday, he said that the government is keenly alive to…

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Serious legislation on violence against women: PML-Q

ISLAMABAD: Chief Whip of PML-Q in the National Assembly Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada Tuesday said his party wanted “serious legislation” for the protection of women's rights, especially violence against women. Pirzada said the PML-Q government had introduced the Women Protection bill for ensuring women's rights. “We had taken the PPP and other like-minded parties on…

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Pakistans sovereignty to be safeguarded at all costs: Gilani

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said the whole nation was concerned about attacks on its western borders by the U.S. and NATO drones and has raised the issue at every forum. Speaking in the National Assembly he said, he has met the US ambassador and their intelligence officials and conveyed to…

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World must back Afghanistan for peace: Hussain Haroon

UNITED NATIONS: Reaffirming its pledge to help Afghanistan, Pakistan told the U.N. General Assembly Monday that sustained engagement and commitment of the international community to the war-torn nation was critical for regional and international peace and security. “Our support for the international efforts in Afghanistan demands reciprocal cooperation based on goodwill, respect for each other's…

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Security forces hunt militants who hijacked 13 trucks carrying military vehicles

ISLAMABAD: An officials says security forces are hunting militants who hijacked 13 trucks carrying military vehicles and other supplies for foreign troops in Afghanistan. Fazal Mahmood, a duty officer at the region's tribal administration headquarters, said around 60 masked insurgents Monday drove off with 13 trucks in the Khyber pass after briefly trading fire with…

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Ex-Indian cricket greats toast series win over Aussies

NEW DELHI: Former cricket greats and the media on Tuesday celebrated India's Test series win over Australia, saying Mahendra Dhoni's team had changed the world order. Newspapers echoed US president-elect Barack Obama's clarion call of “Yes we can” after India won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Nagpur on Monday following a 172-run triumph in the final…

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Punjab govt to fund degree college, road construction with Rs 60 mln

NOWSHERAN VIRKAN: Pakistan Muslim League (N) city president, Sheikh Ishtiaq Ahmed and other prominent persons here have appreciated Punjab government's decision to establish a degree college for boys in the tehsil as the step would benefit students who have to go to adjoining cities to continue their education. MPA Ch Khalid Pervez Virk, MNA Irfan…

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IFN road show on Nov 12

KARACHI: Islamic Finance News Malaysia (IFN) will organise a road show on Islamic finance at a local hotel on Wednesday. Director Islamic Banking Department, State Bank of Pakistan Pervez Said will present a keynote address while top bosses and executives in Islamic banking will speak on issues relating to Islamic capital market at the roadshow….

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UNHCR opens four PoR cards centres in country

ISLAMABAD: The U.N. refugee agency on Monday opened four centres in Pakistan to update and modify Proof of Registration (PoR) cards held by Afghans who were registered by the government last year. According to a press release issued here on Tuesday, the PoR card modification centres (PCM) were opened in Peshawar and Haripur cities of…

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At least 10 bogies of goods train derailed

RAWALPINDI: At least 10 bogies of a goods train derailed at Poripul area near Rawalpindi Railway Station on Tuesday morning. However, there was no loss of life, said the Chief Control Pakistan Railways Rawalpindi Khalid Farooq while talking to APP. He said goods train bearing engine No. 5219 of Rohri division, carrying 28 bogis, 24…

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JICA to hold course on operation, maintenance of construction machinery

ISLAMABAD: The 14th International course on operation and maintenance of construction machinery will be held by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with Ministry of Communications from November 03 to December 02. The opening ceremony in this regard will be held on Tuesday from 10:00 am to 12:00 p m at Construction Technology Training…

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Exports grow by 16.62 percent during July-October

ISLAMABAD: Exports from Pakistan during the first four months of the current financial year increased by 16.62 percent over the same period of the financial year 2007-08. Exports during July-October, 2008-9 were recorded at $ 6.762 billion as against $5.798 recorded in July-October, 2007-08, according to provisional figures released by Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS)…

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Zarina Wajid for international support for education of Pakistani Girls

LONDON: Pakistan's active participation in the multi-lateral forums must be focussed on tapping support and cooperation for the welfare of people. This was stated by Mrs. Zarina Wajid Shamsul Hasan, wife of Pakistan's High Commissioner to UK on the occasion of annual fair organized by Commonwealth Countries League with an objective of raising resources for…

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U.S. Consul General holds farewell call on City Naib Nazim

KARACHI: U.S. Consul General Kay Anske has said that during her 27 years of service she found Pakistanis most hospitable and sympathetic. She said that it was her second term as Consul General in Karachi as earlier she had served in this capacity from 1994 to 1996. Talking to Naib Nazim Karachi Nasreen Jalil during…

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Smuggling of fx conspiracy against country: Revenue Minister

HYDERABAD: Sindh Revenue Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has termed the smuggling of dollars a conspiracy against the country and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). Whosoever is involved in this heinous crime will be taken to task irrespective of his political affiliations, the Minister said while talking to newsmen after addressing the inaugural ceremony of Tapedari…

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