Islamabad: The project "Improving Parliamentary Performance in Pakistan" (IP3) funded by the European Union held an Appreciation Ceremony in Islamabad today to recognize the work of its 27 Young Parliamentary Associates (YPAs) in support to Pakistan Federal Parliament.


Islamabad-The European Union Delegation to Pakistan deplores the killing of the prominent lawyer and human rights defender Mr. Rashid Rehman in Multan on 7 May. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. Rehman.

As spelled out in art. 14 (d) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Pakistan is a party, everyone is entitled to a proper legal defence. Protection should be provided to lawyers defending the fundamental rights of their fellow citizens to due process under the law, including those accused of committing blasphemy.

PhD degrees to Sajjad Karim and David Martin

Lahore ( pakistan in the world dot com report ) Punjab Governor Ch Mohammad Sarwar has said that Pakistan gained the generalised system of preferences (GSP) Plus status with team efforts led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Addressing a special convocation held at Governor’s House on Saturday for awarding honorary degrees of PhD to David Martin and Sajjad Karim, Members of European Parliament (MEP), the governor said the Commerce Ministry, Foreign Office and friends of Pakistan in Europe had worked hard and their efforts were laudable.

EU marks improvement in Pakistan’s election reforms

Islamabad ( PR )Sajjad Karim MEP welcomes EU report which announces Pakistan’s May 11th general election as a ‘significantly improved process’ from the country’s previous election. However, the report highlights some areas of improvement, notably calling for greater transparency and accountability in the electoral process.

EU Election Observation Mission Presents Final Report and Recommendations for Future Electoral Processes

Islamabad( Staff Reporter ) A strong democratic commitment was demonstrated in the 2013 elections. Despite escalating militant attacks, and procedural shortcomings, the electoral process progressed with high levels of competition, a marked increase in voter participation, and overall acceptance of the outcome. However fundamental problems remain with the legal framework and the implementation of certain provisions, leaving future processes vulnerable to malpractice.


Islamabad ( Monitoring Desk )France and Germany are urging the United States to come clean over claims that its intelligence services have been spying on key EU offices.A report in Germany's Der Spiegel magazine said European Union offices in the US and Europe had been bugged.

Other "targets" included the French, Italian and Greek embassies in the US, according to leaked documents later mentioned by the Guardian newspaper.

Fugitive ex-CIA analyst Edward Snowden is said to be the source of the leaks.

EU supports Pakistan for internationally traceable measurement services for industry

Islamabad; 16 May 2013 { Commerce Reporter } Internationally recognized accreditation of six laboratories of the National Physical and Standard Laboratory (NPSL) will foster the metrological activities not only in the country but also in the region.

This was stated by Mr. Shaheen Raja, Director General, NPSL on the occasion of the visit to these laboratories by the Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan, Mr. Lars-Gunnar Wigemark.

Need for a further increase in the level of women’s participation in the overall political system urged by EU High Representative

Islamabad; 13 May 2013 { Diplomatic Reporter } Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, today made the following statement, following the elections in Pakistan on 11 May 2013:

EU will deploy ‘election observation mission’ - PM assures polls will be free, fair

Islamabad; 08 April 2013 { Diplomatic Reporter } European Union will deploy an Election Observation Mission constituting 11 experts, 52 long-term observers and 46 short-term observers to monitor the May 11 elections.The announcement was made by Chief Observer of the mission, a German Member of the European Parliament, Michael Gahler, in a press conference organised on Monday.

EU Ambassadors Meet Pakistan Business Council Members - both sides would lobby with the next government in Islamabad to promote Pak EU relations.

Islamabad, March 19, 2013 { Commerce Reporter } - Ambassadors of the member countries of the European Union based in Islamabad held a meeting with a delegation of the Pakistan Business Council on Monday in Islamabad. The agenda for the meeting included the creation of favorable conditions in the Country for promoting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) as well as greater market access to the EU markets for Pakistani exports. Welcoming the PBC delegation, Mr.

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