DATE: 02-07-2017                         


Finance Minister says the government is committed to achieve GDP growth target of six percent in the current fiscal year.


Minister for Railways has said PML N does not believe in politics of hatred and revenge.


Pakistan has reiterated its commitment to implement bilateral consular agreement with India in letter and spirit.


Complete shutdown is being observed in Occupied Kashmir on Sunday against the killing of innocent civilians by Indian forces.


A twenty-five thousand kilometer long submarine cable system linking Asia, Africa and Europe has become operational.


The match between Pakistan and India in the ICC Women's World Cup is in progress at Derby.





Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar says government is determined to achieve the GDP growth target of 6 percent in current fiscal year.


Presiding over a meeting to review Finance Division matters in Islamabad on Sunday, he said government has been able to achieve macroeconomic stability through prudent economic policies


Finance Minister said budget of current fiscal year was prepared with the main focus of providing relief to the general public.


Secretary Finance on the occasion briefed the meeting on implementation of the new budget.



Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique says PML N does not believe in politics of hatred and revenge.


Addressing a ceremony in Lahore on Sunday, he said Charter of Democracy was signed to bury the negative politics, however, certain elements are trying to revive the politics of hatred.


He said government inherited worst challenges when it came into power in 2013 but Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif successfully cope with all crises and restored people's confidence.


Saad Rafique said international financial journals and institutions are now acknowledging economic growth in Pakistan.                  



The Chashma nuclear power plant- IV (C-4) of three hundred forty megawatt is expected to be completed by October this year.


According to official sources, the government has allocated more than seven billion rupees for this project.


The project is a joint collaboration between the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and China National Nuclear Corporation.



Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif says provincial government is laying network of carpeted roads across the province.


Addressing the signing ceremony of dualization of Sheikhupura-Gujranwala Road Project in Lahore on Sunday, he said that billions of rupees have been provided for the development of South Punjab.


The Chief Minister said that democracy is flourishing and on Sunday's democratic institutions are much stronger as compared to past.


Earlier, talking to a delegation of the China Huwanging Group in Lahore, the Chief Minister said that Sahiwal Coal Power Plant has been completed in only twenty-two months, which is a new world record.


Shahbaz Sharif said that the Power Plant will help reduce electricity load-shedding.



The first phase of flagship project of Punjab Government "Pakistan Kidney, Liver Transplant and Research Institute" will be completed by the end of this year. 


In a statement in Lahore, Provincial Minister for Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafique expressed the hope that the first liver transplant will be carried out in December this year.


He said hepatitis filter clinics are being setup in twenty-five districts of Province, which will also start function during the current year.



Sindh government is taking concrete steps for the protection of environment, forests and wildlife in the province under the Green Pakistan Program. 


An official of provincial government informed our Karachi correspondent Muhammad Waqas that over five hundred thirteen million rupees have been earmarked in current financial year, for this purpose.


He said Mangroves have been planted on over thirty-seven thousand acres of coastal areas for protection of environment and coastal land.


The sources said government has earmarked four hundred forty-eight million rupees for the revival of forestry resources and plantation while sixty-five million rupees will be spent for revival of wildlife resources during the current year.



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is spending more than five billion rupees on supply of clean drinking water to public during current fiscal year.   


Sources of Public Health Engineering Department told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that eighty-four water supply schemes will be completed in different parts of the province.


The schemes include rehabilitation of damaged pipelines, conversion of one hundred water supply schemes to solar energy and establishment of water testing laboratory in Peshawar.


Meanwhile, Gravity Flow Water Schemes will be started in district Mansehra.



Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri says all possible steps would be taken for rehabilitation of rain affected people.


He sought report of losses and relief activities from Commissioner Kalat Division.


Nawab Sanaullah Zehri also directed Provincial Disaster Management Authority to ensure provision of relief items to the affected people. 



Gilgit-Baltistan Senior Minister for Finance and Power Haji Akbar Taban says widening and construction work of Jaglot Skardu Road will begin this month.


Radio Pakistan's Skardu correspondent reports that the road would be completed at the cost of thirty-three billion rupees.                                



Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria says Pakistan has ensured effective implementation of the bilateral consular agreement with India.


In a statement in Islamabad on Sunday, he said that five Indian nationals after completing their sentences were repatriated last month.


In contrast, twenty Pakistani civilian prisoners who have completed their sentences still await repatriation, while consular access to one hundred seven Pakistani fishermen and eighty-five civilian Pakistani prisoners is also pending.


He said that as for the Indian attempt to equate Commander Jhadav's case with civilian prisoners and fishermen is a travesty of logic.


He said commander Jhadav is a serving Indian Naval officer and sent to Pakistan by its intelligence agency RAW for espionage, terrorism and subversive activities which resulted in loss of many innocent lives and damage to property.



Chairman Hurriyet Forum Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed serious concern over targeted martyrdom of youth in occupied Kashmir. 


In a statement, he said Indian forces on one hand are killing youth and on the other arrested the entire Hurriyet leadership.


Mirwaiz said Hurriyet leaders are even not allowed to express solidarity with the bereaved families of martyred youth.                     



In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed on Sunday against the killing of four people by Indian forces in Dialgam area of Islamabad district.


Call for the strike has been given by the joint resistance leadership, comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.


Four people, including a woman, were martyred and dozens of others injured when the Indian troops resorted to the use of brute force in Dialgam area on Saturday.



A 25,000-kilometer long submarine cable system linking Asia, Africa and Europe has started operations.


The cable system connects Pakistan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France.


The cable system also known as Asia-Africa-Europe-I is the world's largest submarine cable system built in more than a decade.


The project can provide the lowest latency express internet route among dozens of countries and regions across Asia and Europe related to the Belt and Road Initiative.



In Syria, eight people were killed and thirteen others wounded in a series of suicide attacks in Damascus on Sunday.


According to police, one of the suicide bombers blew himself up near Tahrir square in central Damascus after being encircled by the authorities. While, the other two car bombs were destroyed by the authorities.                               



Eight international footballers including former Brazilian player Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos will visit Pakistan for the promotion of soccer in the country.


Two matches will be played during the visit.


The first match will be played on 8th of this month at Hockey Club of Pakistan in Karachi and second on 9th of this month in Lahore.                       



Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its national hook-up on Sunday at 1605 hours a feature documentary titled "Khalai Technology main Pak-Cheen Ta'awan Ka Faroogh", under the series of "Dar Khulla Khushali Ka".

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