Pakistan wants peace and stability in Afghanistan and ready to support all efforts towards this end. This was stated by National Security Adviser said that Nasser Janjua while talking to British High Commissioner Thomas Drew in Islamabad on Friday. Two sides discussed prevailing security situation in the region with special reference to security situation in Afghanistan and status of Pak-India relations. Both sides condemned and expressed condolence on recent bomb attack in Kabul. Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Iran Mehdi Honardoost also called on National Security Advisor Nasser Khan Jaunjua in Islamabad on Friday. Matters pertaining to the enhancement of bilateral relations, issues of security and border management came under discussion. Nasser Janjua said that Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with Iran and is committed to overcome all irritants for its improvement. Both sides agreed to boost up the level of cooperation in multiple areas to strengthen bilateral relations and to improve border management through better coordination and cooperation.

Proposed tax measures to enable Pakistan to achieve sustainable economic growth: DAR

Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar has expressed the confidence that the measures announced in the budget will enhance the welfare and prosperity of the general public. Presiding over a meeting in Islamabad on Friday, he said that the tax measures proposed in the budget for the next fiscal year will enable Pakistan to achieve higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth. He said that the government will welcome all constructive and positive suggestions regarding the budget from parliamentarians during the ongoing budget session in Parliament. The Minister urged Federal Board of Revenue to take all necessary measures to meet the tax collection target for the current financial year.

Punjab govt unveils over rs1970b outlay budget

A tax-free people-friendly Punjab Budget for next fiscal year with a total outlay of over 1970 billion rupees was presented in provincial assembly in Lahore on Friday afternoon. In her budget speech, Provincial Finance Minister Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha said despite challenges, a balanced budget has been presented. She said a huge amount of six hundred and thirty five billion rupees have been proposed for the next fiscal year's Annual Development Program. Finance Minister said due to government's successful economic measures, international financial institutions are now terming Pakistan as an emerging economy.  She said that under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) various power generation and infrastructure projects are being completed speedily. She said that all development projects including CPEC projects are the hallmarks of transparency and high speed completion. Dr. Ayesha said there is a twenty nine point five percent raise in the Punjab's development budget for next year.

Nisar vows to implement decision of merging FATA into KP

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says restoration of peace in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA is the top priority of the government. Talking to Prime Minister's Adviser Ameer Muqam in Islamabad on Friday, he said improved security situation in the province, political stability, and development in last four years testify Federal Government's efforts and resolve that journey to development cannot be continued with hallow slogans and empty claims, but by taking practical steps. The Minister said the decision regarding FATA's merger with KP is an important success story of the government which will be taken to its logical conclusion.

Pak railways reinstates goods train for afghan transit trade after 5 years

Pakistan Railways has reinstated goods train for Afghan Transit Trade after five years. Secretary Railways Parveen Agha inaugurated this train in Karachi on Friday. The train will provide freight services to Afghan traders from Karachi to Peshawar. The train will generate revenue of 2 to 3 million rupees each week and will provide cheap, protective and trust worthy freight service to traders.

Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley warns Pakistan that “India will continue to militarily "dominate" the line of control”- World community must wake up to Indian war mongering

Indian warning comes after meeting of chiefs of seven Army commands and the director-general of military operations, among others, who converged in Srinagar on Thursday for a two-day session to discuss the operational situation and strategy for the western front. (Times of India). World community must wake up to Indian war mongering. Meanwhile, United Nations has expressed concern over the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan following unprovoked Indian firing across the Line of Control, killing at least two civilians.

President Trump accuses India of "making New Delhi's participation in Paris Climate Change Accord contingent to "receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries."

President Trump's attack on India casts shadow on Modi's upcoming visit to US- Times of India. Indian diplomats took note of Trump's direct attack on India, accusing New Delhi of trying to extract "billions and billions and billions" of dollars in foreign aid from the developed world to sign up for the climate accord. With claims of American 'victimhood' at the hands of the rest of the world, Trump's speech delivered in a shrill tone leaves doubt on the proposed Narendra Modi's visit to the White House later this month, a TOI report said.

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