Yemen JMC agree to enhance Bilateral Economic and Trade relations

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SANA’A (Yemen): Pak-Yemen Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) Wednesday reiterated the commitment to enhance bilateral economic, trade, commercial, industrial, cultural, scientific and technological, agricultural and cooperation in the field of health. Minister for Commerce, Humayun Akhtar Khan and the Yemeni Minister for Industry and Trade, Dr. Khalid Rajeh Sheikh, besides signing the agreed Minutes, inked three agreements on conclusion of the JMC meeting. The agreements included Trade Agreement, Agreement on Cooperation in the field of Health and Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation to boost bilateral trade relations. They also agreed…

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Asian Games close with China dominant

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GUANGZHOU (China): An extraordinary Asian Games on Saturday closed after 15 days of thrills and spills that saw China reinforce its sporting credentials and Japan slip further behind. On the last day of action at an Asiad unprecedented in size and scale, China fittingly won the last gold at stake when their women’s volleyball team toppled South Korea 3-2 in a thrilling finale. Zhou Chunxiu earlier added yet more gold to their glittering haul by defending her women’s marathon title with teammate Zhu Xiaolin taking silver and North Korea’s Kim…

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British Muslims Appeal for Release of Journalist in Gaza

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LONDON: The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has appealed for immediate release of BBC reporter Alan Johnston who was kidnapped in Gaza last week by unidentified men. “Journalists such as Alan Johnston risk their lives every day to bring news from hot spots around the world. We call on whichever group is currently holding him to release him safely. There can be no excuse to justify the kidnapping of journalists who are engaged in their work of news reporting,” said Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, Secretary General of Muslim Council of…

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Population, housing census in Pakistan after Eid

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ISLAMABAD: The sixth population and housing census would be conducted after Ramzan-ul-Mubarak, to be based upon two stages, sources of Population Census Organization said on Wednesday. They said that Inter-provincial committee would finally decide about holding its meeting after Eid-ul-Fiter. The two-pronged strategy of holding the consensus would be initiated firstly by conducting housing census which would lead to population census after gathering the complete data of households. Data collectors will visit house to house in Azad Kashmir, Northern Areas and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) besides the four provinces…

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Pakistan’s ex-Foreign Minister Agha Shahi passes away

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ISLAMABAD: Former foreign minister Agha ShAgha Shahiahi passed away here at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences on Wednesday morning after protracted illness. Agha Shahi, served as Pakistan’s foreign minister from 1977 to 1982. He started his career in 1951 and served as Pakistan’s permanent envoy to United Nations, Pakistan’s ambassador to United States, China and several other capitals of the world. He also served on various posts at the foreign office in Islamabad including Pakistan’s secretary for foreign affairs.

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Islamabad Red Mosque Cleric Ghazi Killed

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ISLAMABAD: The deputy chief of Lal mosque Abdul Rasheed Ghazi has been killed in operation silence lunched against the militants holed up in the Lal mosque, the Interior ministry sources said on Tuesday. A bullet had hit in a leg of Ghazi during gunfire and he was also asked to surrender after he was injured but he refused and was ultimately killed, some sources said. Yet anotheer report says that Ghazi was killed in firing by some militants who were hiding along with him when he came out of a…

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US memorial to Martin Luther King unveiled

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WASHINGTON (US): Martin Luther King Jr stood 30 feet (9 meters) tall as a memorial to him was unveiled on Monday, the first on the National Mall in the nation’s capital not dedicated to a war, president or white man. Fifteen years after a Congressional Joint Resolution in 1996 to establish a memorial to honor King, the four-acre site on the Tidal Basin between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials opened to the public for the first time. “From a geometrical standpoint it’s on a direct line between the Lincoln Memorial…

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UN report on Gaza conflict stands unchanged: Hina Jilani

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LONDON (UK): Leading Pakistani human rights activist Ms Hina Jilani, who was a member of UN Fact Finding mission on 2008-09 Gaza Conflict, has insisted that Judge Goldstone report stands unchanged despite Israeli calls to revisit the report that accused the Jewish State of possible war crimes. “Absolutely not; no process or acceptable procedure would invalidate the UN Report; if it does happen, it would be seen as a ‘suspect move,” she told Middle East Monitor. In what has been the first statement after the op-ed article by Judge Richard…

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Pakistan’s ex-PM Benazir Bhutto to meet President Bush

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WASHINGTON (US): Pakistan’s ex-Prime MinisterMs Benazir Bhutto and Chairperson of PPP Ms Benazir Bhutto will be meeting with US President George W Bush during her week-long visit to Washington, which begins from January-27. Media reported on Wednesday that Ms Bhutto shall also hold talks with America’s senior Republicans, Democrats as well as the State Department officials while in the United States. Ms Benazir Bhutto has been invited by President Bush to attend the annual breakfast besides briefings by the State Department along with a number of political leaders from around…

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