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04-07-2017

09-10-1438

HEADLINES

The government is setting up over sixty LPG air mix plants in different areas to facilitate domestic consumers.

Under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project, a container yard is being constructed on Railway's land in Karachi.

Pakistan has informed the United Nations that tangible steps have been taken to protect human rights and discourage torture.

AJK President has urged major powers not to view Kashmir issue from Indian perspective.

North Korea launched another ballistic missile this morning.

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LPG  

The government is setting up over sixty Liquefied Petroleum Gas air mix plants in areas, where natural gas supply has not reached.

According to APP, Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited would establish plants in far flung areas at an estimated cost of over thirteen hundred million rupees.

The companies would set up thirty air mix plants each on their respective transmission network in the areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Chitral, Gilgit-Baltistan and backward areas of Balochistan.

The setting up of the LPG-air mix plants would save these areas from the rapid deforestation due to use of trees as firewood.

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SAAD  

Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has stressed the need for remodelling Railways infrastructure in line with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Chairing a meeting in Lahore today, he directed to transform twenty-six acres of Railway land in Karachi into a container yard with public private partnership.  

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MEETING  

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak says his government has offered attractive incentives to investors in the province.

Presiding over a meeting in Peshawar, he said both local and foreign investors have reposed their confidence in the provincial government as corruption has been controlled.

The Chief Minister said environment in the province has become conducive for investment after restoration of peace.

Meanwhile, talking to a delegation of Kohat, the Chief Minister said government has allocated one billion rupees for construction of Zameer Gul Dam in district Kohat.

He said on completion of the dam, two thousand nine hundred kanals land will be irrigated in Kohat district. 

 

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PAK-UN  

Pakistan has taken scores of administrative and policy measures to ensure that all its citizens enjoy human rights and are protected from torture.

According to official sources, a Pakistani delegation led by Minister for Human Fights Kamran Michael informed the UN committee on Convention against Torture that constitution of Pakistan prohibits the use of torture in all forms.

The parliament has been very active in adopting legislation to address issues of violence against women, and it has passed Anti-Rape and Anti-Honour Killings bills.

The delegation apprised the committee that Pakistan continues to uphold provisions of the UN Convention.

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ZUBAIR   

Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair has said that the federal Government is taking steps to provide fundamental rights to all citizens of the country without any discrimination.

He was talking to Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael and former Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pir Sabir Shah in Karachi.

The Governor said Islam clearly describes the rights of all people in the society,  particularly women, senior citizens and children.

He lauded the role being played by minorities for development and prosperity of the country.

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JIT  

Prime Minister's son Hussain Nawaz is appearing before the JIT today while Marriyum Nawaz will record her statement tomorrow.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister have already recorded their statements before the investigation team.

The JIT is expected to present its final report to the Supreme Court on the tenth of this month. 

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AIZAZ  

Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry says Pakistan is ready to extend all possible cooperation for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

In an interview, he said both Pakistan and Afghanistan are victims of terrorism. He said instability in Afghanistan has always adversely affected Pakistan.

The Ambassador said terrorists have established their sanctuaries in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan along the Pakistan border from where they carry out their activities.

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MASOOD   

President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan has urged the international community to take stock of human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

Addressing a seminar on "Kashmir  Way Forward" held in British city of Bradford, he said Kashmir is a political issue awaiting a democratic verdict by the people of Kashmir about their political future.

Sardar Masood Khan said major Powers must cease to see Kashmir through the prism of real political profits in India as the issue is about human lives and human rights standards.

On behalf of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, President Masood Khan thanked Pakistan for its consistent and principled stand on Kashmir and its staunch support to the cause of Kashmiris.

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TALKS  

Fifth round of talks between the Syrian government and opposition begins in the Kazakh capital Astana today.

The two-day talks are sponsored by Russia, Iran and Turkey.

The previous round of negotiations in early May ended with a commitment to establish four "de-escalation zones", which both sides would refrain from attacking. 

A successful agreement between the parties could build momentum for the UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva on 10th of this month.

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QATAR  

China says the best way to resolve the crisis between Qatar and other Arab nations is to work out a solution among themselves.  

China's UN ambassador Liu Jieyi, while addressing a news conference in New York, hoped that dialogue and consultations will produce good results .

Meanwhile, Egypt will host a meeting of Arab nations on Qatar issue tomorrow.

Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman in a statement said foreign ministers of Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates will discuss future steps in dealing with Qatar, besides exchanging views on existing international and regional contacts.

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MISSILE   

North Korea launched a ballistic missile from Panghyon airfield this morning.

According to Japanese government, the missile flew for about 40 minutes and may have landed in Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone.

The development comes ahead of the G20 Summit later this week in which  leaders of the United States, China, Japan and South Korea are expected to discuss efforts to rein in the North's Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

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IRELAND  

The British government has given leaders of Northern Ireland's main parties more time to revive the province's power-sharing agreement.

Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire, who has been facilitating the talks, told parliament in London that a deal is likely to be achieved in this connection.

The power-sharing government, which  is a cornerstone of Northern Ireland's peace process, has been dominated by unionists.

Without a deal, the province would likely revert to direct rule from London.

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US-SOMALIA  

US forces have launched a fresh strike against Al Shabaab militants in Somalia.

A spokesman for the US Africa Command said the attack was an air launched strike operation.

It was the second US strike on Shabaab militants since

President Donald Trump authorized Pentagon in March to take counter-terrorism actions.

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WEATHER  

Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.

However, rain-thundershowers with gusty winds is likely to prevail at a few places in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan divisions, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was -

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

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TARIQ   

Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry says despite all reservations on Joint Investigation Team, the Prime Minister presented himself and his family for accountability.

In an interview, he said although name of the Prime Minister is not mentioned in the Panama Papers case but he presented himself for the sake of supremacy of law.

The minister said PML-N leadership has put the country on the path of development and its political opponents are just criticizing every welfare project of the government.

To a question, he said PTI and its leadership is busy in doing negative politics.

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IRFAN    

Prime Minister's Advisor on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui says Pakistan will make development while all anti-development forces will not succeed in their nefarious designs.

Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad, he said the people of Pakistan are well aware of the conspiracies being hatched to reverse the process of development and progress.

He said the dream of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal for a prosperous Pakistan will come true under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

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PM-VISIT   

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will pay a two-day official visit to Tajikistan from tomorrow at the invitation of President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.

He will also be accompanied by a high-level delegation.

At Dushanbe, he will discuss with Tajik leaders issues pertaining to bilateral relations, economic cooperation, trade and investment, energy cooperation and regional connectivity.

They will also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest with particular attention to Pakistan's policy of a peaceful neighbourhood.


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