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HEADLINES 

DECEMBER 02, 2016

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Pakistan says it is going to participate in the Heart of Asia Conference in Amritsar for the sake of peace and stability in Afghanistan.

China and Pakistan have begun direct rail and sea freight services to boost bilateral trade. 

Islamabad is spending over seven billion rupees to convert Torkham-Jalalabad road into a four-lane carriageway.

South Korea's main opposition parties have agreed to impeach President Park over corruption scandal.

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BASIT INTERVIEW:

Pakistan has reaffirmed its resolve to continue political, diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiris for their right to self-determination.

In an interview, Pakistan's High Commissioner to New Dehli, Abdul Basit said Pakistan can never be expected to look the other way on this important issue.

The envoy urged India to immediately stop violation of ceasefire on Line of Control to avoid further escalation.

To a question, Abdul Basit said Pakistan is going to participate in the "Heart of Asia" conference, beginning in Amritsar tomorrow as it attaches great importance to peace and stability in Afghanistan.

 

RAIL LINKS:

China has proposed Quetta-Kabul and Peshawar-Kabul railway Line to link Pakistan and Afghanistan.

According to details, the proposal has been put forward by Chinese Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kong Xuanyou at 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.

REPORT:

Following the start of trade activities from Gwadar Port under CPEC, Pakistan and China have launched yet another important initiative of a direct rail and sea freight service.

The first cargo train has departed from south-west Chinese province of Yunnan.

CARRIAGEWAY:

The government of Pakistan is spending over seven billion rupees on converting Torkham-Jalalabad road into a four-lane carriageway.

Official sources told our Peshawar correspondent that the project include construction of seventy five km long carriageway, seven bridges and six underpasses.

The four-lane Torkham-Jalalabad carriageway will help  enhance trade between the two brotherly countries.

The government and people of Afghanistan have highly lauded the contribution being made by Pakistan in reconstruction of the war ravaged country.

 

SCIENCE:

Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain says the science and technology budget has been increased by 4.5 times to promote scientific research in the country.

Addressing a ceremony after inaugurated National Science Festival in Islamabad today he said the government is extending monetary cooperation to university students for their research projects.

The Minister said these festivals are aimed at highlighting creative and research capabilities of the youth. 

Public and private institutions from all the four provinces including Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan have  been participating in the festival. 

The science festival will continue till 7th of this month.

 

KASHMIR

In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik have expressed serious concern over the plight of the illegally detained Kashmiris in different jails.

The leaders in a joint statement in Srinagar said that innocent people particularly youth were being subjected to the worst inhuman and ruthless treatment.

They appealed to the people to express solidarity with the detainees to convey to India that Kashmiris could not separate themselves from their goal of freedom.

 

S-KOREA:

South Korea's three main opposition parties have agreed to impeach President Park Geun-hye next week over an alleged corruption scandal.  

The opposition will forward the impeachment motion in National Assembly today and vote on the bill next Friday.

In the 300-member parliament, two-thirds majority would be required to pass the bill.

 

SYRIA:

In Syria, forty eight civilians have been killed in a rocket attack by the rebels on government-held areas in Aleppo.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Elite Syrian troops have moved into east Aleppo after significant gains against opposition forces.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pledged military operations would continue until the city is "cleared of terrorists".

Russia has also offered UN for setting up four humanitarian corridors into east Aleppo to bring in aid and evacuate severely wounded people.

 

INDONESIA:

In Indonesia, more than two hundred thousand muslims have protested against Jakarta's Christian governor today, for his arrest on accusations of insulting Islam.

Security forces responded with tear gas and water cannon, in clashes that left one person dead and hundreds injured.


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