President Zardari seeks world support for Pakistan in fight against terrorism

By Shahid Saleem Khan
TOKYO, Apr 17 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari reiterating Pakistan’s commitment to fighting terrorism on Friday urged the world to extend all out support and cooperation to the country in eliminating this menace, which threatens the peace of whole world. “With all humility, I am asking the world to help us fight this terrorism which if not tackled will not end to our borders only and could spread,” President Zardari told the participants of the Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FODP) ministerial meeting.

Haqqani urges support, patience, understanding on Pakistan’s anti-terror effort

WASHINGTON, April 17 (APP): Describing economic and political stability as critical to Pakistan’s anti-terror success, Islamabad’s ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani Friday urged Washington and other world capitals to show patience and understanding for his country’s multifaceted effort to turn the tide of violent extremism afflicting the region.

SANYA, April 16 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari will arrive here Friday to represent Pakistan at the 8th annual Boao Forum for Asia and discuss with world leaders challenges and uncertainties that Asia faces in the light of the global financial crisis. The President will arrive here from Tokyo after chairing a meeting of the Friends of Pakistan and a Donors Conference hosted by Japan to help the country confront economic challenges it was facing, particularly in the backdrop of activities of extremists and militants.

Ban calls for unified strategies on health, environment, food and energy

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 17 (APP): Health, environment, food and energy policies can no longer be separated, but must be approached together in a manner bringing about real benefits in all four areas, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday.

UN official warns of new hunger crisis

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 17 (APP): The world is now facing a new hunger crisis as many people in poor countries are losing their jobs because of the global economic downturn, a senior UN official warned on Thursday.

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ISLAMABAD, Apr 17 (APP): Moderate intensity jolts hit NWFP, upper parts of punjab and twin cities in early hours of Friday. According to Private TV channel Geo, the intensity of the tremors were recorded as 5.4 on richter scale.

President to visit China to participate in Boao Forum meeting

ISLAMABAD, Apr 16 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari will pay a three day visit to China from tomorrow to attend the annual conference of Boao Forum for Asia 2009. “President Zardari will be a key note speaker at the plenary session under the theme ‘Asia: Managing Beyond Crisis’ in the Boao Forum,” said Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit in his weekly briefing here on Thursday.

Gilani, Shahbaz resolve to strengthen democratic institutions

ISLAMABAD, Apr 16 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and Chief Minister Punjab Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif resolved that in the greater national interest both major political parties would continue to work together for the smooth functioning of the parliamentary process and strengthening of democratic institutions in the country. The Prime Minister met President PML(N) and Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif in a meeting held at the PM’s Chamber, Parliament House this afternoon.

Zardari seeks Japanese private sector support for Pak economic stabilization

TOKYO, Apr 16 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday urged the Japanese private sector companies and business giants to help Pakistan, a front-line state in the war against terrorism, recover from the challenges on the economic front. He was talking to the chief executives and top representatives of the leading Japanese companies and entrepreneurs at a luncheon meeting here.

Japan to provide upto $ one billion aid to Pakistan: Taro Aso

TOKYO, Apr 16 (APP): Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso on Thursday said Japan would provide upto $ one billion financial assistance to Pakistan to support the country in its economic reforms and counter‑terrorism efforts. The assistance will be formally announced during the donors conference and the Friends of Democratic Pakistan meeting, said Prime Minister Taro Aso at a joint press stakeout with President Asif Ali Zardari after wide‑ranging talks between the two leaders.

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