DECEMBER 02, 2016


Two-day Heart of Asia Conference begins in Amritsar India tomorrow where Advisor on Foreign Affairs will represent Pakistan.

Elections of Mayors, deputy mayors, chairmen and vice chairmen in Punjab will be held on 22nd of this month.

Finance Minister hopes for further improvement in trade ties between Pakistan and European Union.

Pakistan and China begin direct rail and sea freight services to transport goods between the two countries.

Pakistan has launched a diplomatic forum in Washington to promote its soft image in the world.

Asian Parliamentary Assembly calls for resolution of Kashmir issue in line with UN resolutions.

India has signed 750 million dollar agreement with the United States to purchase 145 howitzer guns.

US Senate has voted unanimously to extend sanctions on Iran for another ten years.



Advisor on Foreign Sartaj Aziz will attend the two-day Heart of Asia Conference beginning in Amritsar from tomorrow.

Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria in a weekly press briefing said Pakistan “despite India’s negativity in cuttling SAARC process” would attend the Heart of Asia Conference due to its commitment to Afghanistan’s peace and stability.

The Spokesman said the Heart of Asia Conference would follow previous agenda and every country has its own share of bringing stability in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan’s participation means its commitment for peace and stability in Afghanistan.



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says trade  ties between Pakistan and European Union will  further improve in future.

He said this while talking to Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan Jean Francois Cautain in Islamabad.

Finance Minister said Pakistan's exports to the EU countries have been multiplied after GSP plus status.

Speaking on the occasion, the Ambassador said tourists from all over the world are showing keen interest in visiting Pakistan after improvement of security situation in the country.

Meanwhile, chairing a meeting of Privatization Commission in Islamabad, the Finance Minister said  government is committed to resolve the  matters related to Pakistan Steel Mills.



Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq says Pakistan and Bangladesh have great potential to contribute towards peace and progress in SAARC Region.

He was addressing a Seminar titled "Strategic Dynamics of Pakistan-Bangladesh Relations in the Contemporary Geopolitical Setting" at National Defence University in Islamabad.

He said the business communities of the two countries have built a strong relationship in recent times.

He said both the countries have rich history of  longstanding emotional ties and we must focus on harnessing on these people-to-people contacts.



Minister for Housing and Works Akram Khan Durrani has said Pakistan’s economy has achieved stability and growing steadily.

Addressing the 7th Bosphorus Summit in Turkey, he said there is a great potential for investment in Pakistan’s energy sector.

Akram Khan Durrani said several international companies are investing in different sectors due to better economic policies of Pakistan government.



A delegation of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore and discussed problems being faced by the industry.

Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz Sharif assured the members of the delegation that he will not let the Textile Industry to shut down.

On this occasion, APTMA delegation announced to end its protest on the assurance by the Chief Minister that their problems will be resolved.



The Election Commission has issued schedule for election of Mayors, deputy mayors, chairmen and vice chairmen in Punjab.

According to the schedule, polling will be held on 22nd of this month.

The candidates can submit their nomination papers on 9th and 10th of this month and can withdraw their candidature till 16th.



Pakistan and China  have launched a direct rail and sea freight service with the first cargo train departing from an inland province in southwest China Yunnan.

A cargo train loaded with 500 tones of commodities left capital of Yunnan, Kunming,  for port city of Guangzhou from where the cargo will be loaded on ships and transported to Karachi, marking the opening of the new route.

The new service will reduce the transport cost by over 50 percent.



Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmed has  stressed the need for further deepening of economic and bilateral relations between Pakistan and Japan.

He said this while addressing a function in Islamabad held to celebrate 83rd birthday of Japanese Emperor Akihito.

The Minister said Pakistan and Japan are cooperating with each others since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.



Pakistan's Embassy in the United States has launched  a diplomatic campaign in the name of "Pakistan Embassy Forum" in Washington.

Addressing the opening session of the forum, Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani said the forum will help to create a better image of the country in the world.

He said the aim of the forum is to present solutions of national and regional issues.

Representatives from IMF, renowned US and Pakistani companies are participating in the forum.



Asian Parliamentary Assembly has called for resolution of Kashmir issue according to UN Security Council resolutions.

This was stated in a joint declaration adopted after the end of six-day 9th annual meeting of the Assembly in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The declaration stated that resolution of all outstanding issues is imperative for durable peace, security and stability in Asia.

The declaration also stated that the member states and other stakeholders will continue their efforts for support of the ongoing peace process in Afghanistan.

A Pakistani parliamentary delegation led by Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani  represented Pakistan in the meeting.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed who is part of the delegation in a tweet message said Pakistan has also been elected Vice President of Asian Parliamentary Assembly.

Pakistan delegation was also awarded host of Special Committee to establish Asian Parliament.



India has signed 750 million dollar agreement with the United States to purchase 145 howitzer artillery guns.

According to officials, it is the first such deal in three decades.

India is updating its military capabilities with hardware worth tens of billions of dollars.

The howitzers with a maximum range of 30 kilometers will be used by the army's mountain artillery divisions along India's high altitude frontiers.



The US Senate has voted unanimously to extend Iran sanctions law for another ten years.

The measure would renew Iran Sanctions Act, first enacted in 1996 and set to expire at the end of year.

The Sanctions Act imposes penalties on Iran’s energy sector and other industries, but gives the President authority to waive those sanctions.



US President-elect Donald Trump has named General James Mattis as his Defence Secretary.

He announced the nomination to a rally of supporters in Ohio.



South Korea has imposed unilateral sanctions on North Korea  over Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

Seoul's action came after UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Wednesday aimed at cutting Pyongyang's annual export revenue by a quarter.



In Thailand, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has become the new King, succeeding his much-revered late father King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

He accepted the throne following an invitation from parliament, formalising his accession.



An unmanned Russian cargo spaceship heading to the International Space Station broke up in the atmosphere over Siberia.

According to Russian space agency, this incident could be due to malfunction.



Grand Slam Judo Championship starts in Tokyo today.

Three-member Pakistani Judo team has reached Tokyo to take part in the event.            



Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country today.

However, foggy conditions are likely to prevail over plain areas of Punjab during night and morning hours.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:

Islamabad five degree centigrade, Lahore eleven, Karachi twenty-one, Peshawar and Muzaffarabad nine, Quetta two, Gilgit one and Murree four degree centigrade.

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