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The government has accelerated oil and gas exploration activities, to achieve self-sufficiency in energy sector.

 

Sindh government is streamlining irrigation system in the province to utilize maximum water for irrigation.

 

Pakistan has handed over a list of 546 Indian prisoners to the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad.

 

Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two more civilians in Islamabad district of Occupied Kashmir today.

 

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ENERGY

The government is taking steps to further accelerate oil and gas exploration activities, to achieve self-sufficiency in the energy sector. 

  

According to official sources, ninety eight oil and gas discoveries have been made over the last four years including five in the last four months in Sindh province.

 

Pakistan is also importing LNG from Qatar to meet its gas requirements.

 

POWER

Work on the construction of Lawi Hydro power Project in Darosh area of Chitral is in progress.

      

Sources of Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization told Radio Pakistan correspondent Falak Niaz that the project will be completed at a cost of more than twelve billion rupees by 2019. 

    

IRRIGATION

Sindh government is streamlining irrigation system in the province to utilize maximum water for irrigation of agricultural lands.

 

Our Karachi correspondent Altaf Pirzado reports that forty billion rupees have been allocated in the new provincial budget for this purpose.

 

NAB

Chairman National Accountability Bureau Qamar Zaman Chaudhry says the organization is committed to ensure transparency and make the country corruption free.

 

In a statement in Islamabad today, he said during the last three years, the Bureau has filed more than one hundred and fifty corruption references against corrupt persons in Accountability Courts and recovered forty five billion rupees.

 

F O

Pakistan has handed over a list of 546 Indian prisoners to the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad.

  

According to the Foreign Office spokesperson, the step is consistent with the provisions of the Consular Access Agreement between Pakistan and India, signed on 21st May 2008.

 

Under the agreement both countries are required to exchange lists of prisoners in each other's custody twice a year, on the 1st date of January and July.

 

The Indian Government will also hand over the list of Pakistani prisoners to Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.

                                

IHK

In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their continued acts of state terrorism, martyred thirty seven Kashmiris including two young boys during the last month.

 

According to Kashmir Media Service, six youth were martyred in fake encounters.

 

During the period, seven hundred seventy five people were injured due to the firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells on peaceful protesters by Indian troops and police personnel.

One Hundred ninety six persons including Hurriyet leaders, activists and youth were arrested.

 

Meanwhile, two civilians including a woman were martyred and many others injured in indiscriminate firing by Indian troops on peaceful protesters in Islamabad district of occupied Kashmir today.

 

The people took to the streets, after Indian troops launched a violent cordon and search operation in Dialgam area of the district.

 

UN-QATAR

The United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has reiterated his call for peaceful settlement of diplomatic row among Gulf states.

 

In a press conference in Geneva, a spokesman of the High Commissioner for Human rights urged the Gulf states to resolve their differences in a reasonable manner that might not impact their own as well as others' rights.

 

The spokesman expressed concern over the demand of closing down Al Jazeera channel and termed it an unacceptable attack on the right to freedom of expression.

 

OBITUARY

Veteran journalist and activist of Pakistan Movement Sharif Farooq passed away in Peshawar this morning after protracted illness.

 

He was author of several books on Pakistan Movement.

 

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb and Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra have expressed deep grief and sorrow over the death of Sharif Farooq.

 

In their separate condolence messages, they appreciated his contributions in the field of journalism and as a member of Pakistan Movement.


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