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United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Pakistan signed a 70 Million dollars Country Programme in Vienna on Friday. The aim of the programme is to enhance skills and knowledge of law enforcement and criminal justice agencies in overcoming the multi-facet threats posed by transnational organized crimes. The strategic goals of the Country Programme are in line with the government's Vision 2025.

ADB, AUSTRALIA AGREE TO PROVIDE SPECIAL GRANT TO PAKISTAN FOR NDRM

Asian Development Bank will provide 200 million US dollars, while Australia will extend grant of 4.5 million  Australian dollars for National Disaster Risk Management (NDRM) to Pakistan. Agreements to this effect were signed in Islamabad on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said Pakistan is to establish a new Public Limited Company for the purpose of better management of future disasters.  He said we had been in dialogue with the Asian Development Bank for quite some time and now it has agreed to provide over one billion dollars in five tranches to better cope with the natural calamities. He said Pakistan has faced severe floods and earthquake in the past and today's development will help the country to better equip itself deal with them. Country Director Asian Development Werner Liepach said the bank will continue to work with Pakistan in different sectors. He said today's agreement will help country better prepare itself for any future disaster.

CHINA PROPOSES QUETTA-KABUL, PESHAWAR-KABUL RAILWAY LINE

China has proposed Quetta-Kabul and Peshawar-Kabul railway line to link Pakistan and Afghanistan. The proposal was put forward by Chinese Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Kong Xuanyou in a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Xuanyou recommended initiation of trilateral discussions involving Afghanistan, China, and Pakistan over Peshawar, Kabul and Quetta railways as well as economic corridors and regional cooperation.

Host: Mushtaq Ahmad Wani

Co-hosts: Shehryar & Yasir Nazar


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