Beijing vows to work with Islamabad to carry ahead China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


In operation Raddul Fasaad, security forces have arrested fifteen suspects in Punjab and Sindh provinces.


Russia says new US sanctions against it have put global stability at risk.


The 21st South Asian Karate Championship begins in Sri Lanka on Thursday.


Met Office has forecast heavy floods for Chitral and Gilgit.




China has warmly congratulated Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on assuming the post of prime minister of Pakistan.


Spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, in a statement in Beijing, said that the new Pakistan’s government would stay committed to maintaining national unity and stability and promoting economic and social development.


He said China stands ready to work with Pakistan to maintain the momentum of  rapid growth of China-Pakistan relations and advance the development of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.



Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has started discharging his office responsibilities.


The prime minister was warmly received by senior officials when he arrived his office.


Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was also given detailed briefing by senior officials of the Prime Minister's Office.



Central leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Ahsan Iqbal says Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan is not appearing before the Election Commission regarding his case.


In an interview, he said Imran Khan wanted accountability of others but is not ready for it himself.


He said the PTI chief considers himself above the accountability process and is acting like an emperor.


Ahsan Iqbal said PML-N leadership had a firm belief in the

supremacy of law and constitution that is why Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his family presented themselves before the Joint Investigation Team.


To a question, he said the allegations of Ayesha Gulalai against Imran Khan are very serious and should be investigated.



Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MNA Baligh-ur-Rehman has said the PML-N government under dynamic leadership of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has steered the country out of crises.


Talking to PTV, he said when the PML-N came into power in 2013, the country's economy was about to collapse with the worst law & order situation and 18 to 20 hours loadshedding daily.


However, with bold steps and prudent economic policies taken by the government, national and international organizations are on Thursday rating Pakistan as an emerging economy. 


Baligh said electricity loadshedding has reduced as the government initiated many power projects after coming into power.


Talking about law and order situation in the country, he said  peace has greatly been restored all over the country in general and Karachi in particular.



Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has directed the concerned authorities to expedite work on  allotment of plots to the earthquake affectees in the new Bala Kot city in Mansehra district.


He was presiding over a meeting in Peshawar.


The meeting was informed that the government is spending more than four billion rupees on completion of different developmental and commercial projects.


Presiding over another meeting, the Chief Minister approved projects of upgrading civic facilities in Peshawar, Mardan and Abbottabad cities.


These projects will be completed at a cost of more than five hundred million dollars with the financial assistance of Asian Development Bank.



Pakistan Rangers Sindh has arrested eight suspected criminals in various parts of Karachi.


A statement issued by Rangers in Karachi said the accused were involved in target killings, forced closure

of shops and arson.


In a separate action, Rangers arrested alleged Lyari gangsters, Muhammad Hanif alias Annu and Zishan Danish.


They were involved in target killings, extortion, kidnapping for

ransom, supply of unlicensed weapons and other crimes.


Arms and ammunition have also been recovered from them.



Punjab Rangers and Counter Terrorism Department have arrested five terrorists during a search operation in Lahore.


According to an ISPR statement, the arrested terrorists were affiliated with banned organizations Tehrik-e-Taliban Swat and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.



Finance Division has rejected media reports that Pakistan's total external debt has reached  79.2 billion dollars by June this year.


In a statement issued in Islamabad, a spokesman of the division rejected the reports that the present government has added 35 billion dollars to external debt during the last four years and that loans amounting to over one billion dollars have been obtained in a single year during the last year.


He said the actual external public debt as of end-March this year is 58.4 billion dollars.


The spokesmansaid nominal increase in external public debt as of end-March this year is only 10.3 billion dollars averaging at 2.57 billion dollars per annum.


UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons, particularly small arms and light weapons.


The Council said the destabilizing accumulation and misuse of weapons continue to pose threats to international peace and security.



Russia has described the new US sanctions as a dangerous and short-sighted policy.


Russian Foreign Ministry, in a statement, said the sanctions have put global stability at risk.



Ban on travel of U.S. citizens to North Korea will take effect from the first of next month. 


The U.S. State Department said Journalists and humanitarian workers may apply for exceptions to the ban.


After the ban, North Korea will become the only country to which Americans are banned from traveling.



Brazilian President Michel Teme has survived a key congressional vote, over a bribery charge,  by mustering enough support to stay in office. 


The President needed the support of 171 members of the lower Chamber of Deputies but he received more votes than that.



In Portugal, a man and a child was killed after a light aircraft made an emergency landing on Sao Joao beach in Caparica, south-west of Lisbon.



The 21st South Asian Karate Championship begins in Sri Lanka on Thursday.


A 26-member Pakistan Karate male and female team is  participating in the Championship.



The second cricket test between India and Sri Lanka begins at Colombo on Thursday.


India are leading the three match-series by 1-0.


Meanwhile, the fourth cricket test between England and South Africa will start from on Friday at Old Trafford, Manchester.


England is leading the four match-series 2-1.



Met office has forecast glacial-lake outburst flood in Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan.


National Disaster Management Authority has warned the peoples of these areas to remain alert and make necessary arrangements.  


Medium level flood is also expected in River Chenab at Marala, Khanki and Qadirabad and nullahas along the River Chenab and Ravi.




Rain-thunderstorm occurred at scattered places in  Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Hazara, Malakand, Peshawar divisions, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.


Rain-thunderstorm is expected at scattered places in Kashmir, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Bannu divisions and FATA during next twelve hours.


Hot and humid weather is expected elsewhere in the country.


Temperatures of major cities recorded Thursday morning:


Islamabad and Peshawar twenty-six degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-eight, Karachi twenty-nine, Quetta and Muzaffarabad twenty-three, Gilgit twenty and Murree eighteen degree centigrade.

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