DATE: 04-07-2017                           


Prime Minister says Pakistan Cricket team has made the nation proud by winning the ICC Champions Trophy.


Nawaz Sharif will embark on an official visit to Tajikistan on Wednesday to boost bilateral cooperation in diverse fields with focus on trade, energy and regional connectivity.


Army Chief vows to consolidate gains of war against terrorism to further strengthen writ of the state.


The Sindh Apex Committee at a meeting in Karachi has reviewed the law and order in the province.


Forceful protest demonstrations were held across occupied Kashmir on Tuesday to condemn killing of innocent youth with chemical weapons.


Fifth round of peace talks between Syrian government and opposition began in Kazakhstan on Tuesday.


Russia and China have called for freezing North Korea's nuclear program and US-South Korea military exercises to establish peace in Korean Peninsula.


PCB Chairman has announced to appoint Sarfraz Ahmed as captain of national test team.





Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hosted a grand reception in Islamabad on Tuesday in honour of the national cricket team that made history by defeating India in the final of ICC Champions Trophy at Oval.


The event was attended, among others, by Leader of the House in the Senate Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, members of the Federal Cabinet and officials of PCB.


Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister spoke high of the marvelous performance of the team and held out an assurance that his Government would do utmost for promotion of sports in the country.


He said Pakistan Cricket team has made the nation proud by winning the ICC Champions Trophy.


He referred to the scarcity of playgrounds   and assured that playgrounds with allied facilities would be constructed at all the union councils to offer facilities to the young budding players.


The prime minister said Pakistan had its self respect and advised Najam Sethi not to beg any foreign team to come and play in the country.


Expressing his confidence, he said time was not far off when all the international cricket teams would line up to play with Pakistan team at its homeland.


Nawaz Sharif likened Pakistan's cricket team's initial performance with the situation in Pakistan when he assumed power. He said with the prudent policies of the government and resolve of the nation, backbone of terrorists has been broken. The Prime Minister said economy of the country has been turned around, thousands of miles of roads and highways are being constructed across the country. He said it was government's untiring efforts that power plants are being completed in the country at a fast pace to cope with electricity shortage.


Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Pakistan Super League Najam Sethi thanked the Prime Minister for his unflinching support to revive Pakistani cricket.


He said that he was tasked to give a democratic constitution to the Pakistan Cricket Board, bring international best practices to the Pakistan cricket, and to revive international cricket in the country.


Najam Sethi said these objectives have been achieved with the full support from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He said PSL final held in Lahore gave a message to the world that Pakistan is a peaceful country, where international events can be held without any problem.


Speaking on the occasion, Chairman PCB Shahryar Khan announced that Sarfraz Ahmed will also lead the test team of Pakistan. 


On this occasion, the Prime Minister gave away prizes and awards to the members of the national cricket team.                              



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan is fully committed to the timely and effective implementation of all projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


Talking to Chairman National Energy Administration Nur Bekri in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said both the countries are working for prosperity of people of the region through joint economic and development efforts. 


Acknowledging the support of NEA, the Prime Minister said that completion of the energy projects on fast track basis will help the government in overcoming the energy crisis.


He urged the Chinese companies to expand and diversify their investment in the power sector of Pakistan by setting up transmission lines and local coal-generation projects.


The Prime Minister said Pakistan shares the Chinese vision of regional and global economic integration through strengthening connectivity and that is the reason Pakistan is among the early partners in the One Belt One Road initiative.


Nawaz Sharif appreciated the completion of Sahiwal Coal-based Power Plant in a record time.


Appreciating the development vision of the present government the Chairman NEA China said they are committed to complete the ongoing energy projects in Pakistan within a stipulated time.



The Chinese delegation led by the Chairman National Energy Administration Nur Bekri also called on Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif in Islamabad on Tuesday.


Talking on this occasion, the Minister said North Indus Cascade feasibilities are a major leap towards tapping indigenous hydel resources.


He said that it is a big achievement which will not only cater to electricity requirements of the country but also provide life line to the CPEC in the long run.


He said the relations between Pakistan and China have reached new dimensions.                       



Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal has said that nine special economic zones planned to be set up along CPEC will strengthen national economy.


Addressing a meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said enemies of the country had tried to create rift between provinces and federation on CPEC and now they are trying to sabotage the project. 


The Minister urged local businessmen to start joint ventures with Chinese investors to bolster economic growth of the country.                     



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif leaves for Tajikistan on Wednesday on the invitation of President Emomali Rahmon for talks on strengthening bilateral relations and economic cooperation.


During the visit, he will be accompanied by a high-level delegation.


At Dushanbe, both sides will discuss bilateral relations with particular emphasis on promoting trade, investment, energy cooperation and regional connectivity.


Tajikistan is also hosting a summit of CASA-1000 member states, including Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan.



President Mamnoon Hussain has directed the concerned authorities to expedite the process of tax refunds to small industries and provide all necessary facilities to further strengthen the country’s economy.


He was talking to a delegation of Pakistan Electric Fan Manufacturers Association in Islamabad on Tuesday.


The President appreciated that Pakistani fan industry is manufacturing energy efficient fans which is of great significance in the context of current energy situation.


He said small industrialists can manufacture better products through proper usage of government concessions and exemptions.


President directed the Ministry of Industries and Production to take prompt measures to solve the problems of fan industry.                   



Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that Army will continue its support to all state institutions for prosperity of the country and its people through selfless devotion and commitment.


He stated this while interacting with officers and soldiers at Pano Aqil Garrison on Tuesday.


The Army Chief vowed to consolidate gains achieved in war against terrorists to further strengthen the state writ and neutralizing all negative stimulants.


He expressed satisfaction on troops' state of preparedness and contributions towards internal security.


Army Chief also hailed their performance during recently conducted Population and Housing Census and other internal security tasks.                    



The meeting of Apex Committee Sindh is underway at Corps Headquarters in Karachi with Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in the chair.


Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, IG Sindh A. D. Khawaja, Corps Commander Lieutenant General Shahid Baig Mirza, Director General Sindh Rangers Major General Muhammad Saeed and other high ranking officials are also present in the meeting.


The meeting will review law and order in the province, ongoing operation in Karachi and progress in operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.                    



The elder son of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Hussain Nawaz recorded his statement before the Joint Investigation Team probing Panama papers case in Islamabad on Tuesday.


It is the sixth time that Hussain Nawaz has appeared before the JIT.


Later, talking to news persons, he said that we respect the judiciary and that's why appeared before JIT repeatedly.


He said not a single person of his family is involved in corruption.


Marriyum Nawaz will appear before the JIT on Wednesday.            



Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman has said that Joint Investigation Team is probing Panama Papers case and everyone should wait for verdict of Supreme Court on the matter.


In an interview, she said although name of prime minister was not mentioned in Panama Papers but he presented himself and his family for accountability.                            



Chairman National Accountability Bureau Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has said that a Memorandum of Understanding with China has been signed in view of CPEC projects to streamline cooperation in eradication of corruption.


Presiding over a meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said bilateral cooperation will boost confidence in projects.                 



On the directives of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra visited Parachinar on Tuesday and distributed compensation cheques among victims of twin blast victims.


He also met with the affected families and expressed grief and sorrow over the tragic terrorist attacks.


The legal heirs of each deceased were given one million rupees each and five hundred thousand rupees for each injured.


Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said tribal people have rendered great sacrifices in war against terrorism.


He said nefarious designs of terrorists to harm national unity will be foiled with support of tribal people.               



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif distributed financial compensation cheques among the victims of the chairlift accident in Murree on Tuesday.


Chief Minister gave away cheques worth eight hundred thousand rupees each to the heirs of the deceased and three hundred thousand rupees to each injured person.


He also expressed grief and sorrow over the incident and offered Fateha for the departed souls.                         



In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, thirty three thousand families are benefitting from "Sehat Insaf Card Scheme."                 



PTI Chairman Imran Khan performed ground breaking of 69 megawatt Lawi Hydropower project in Chitral on Tuesday.


The power station will be completed at a cost of twenty-two billion rupees in five years.


Speaking on the occasion, Imran Khan said the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government plans to set up one thousand mini hydropower stations in different parts of the province.            



Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has directed for early execution and proper monitoring of Bus Rapid Transit project in Peshawar.


Presiding over a meeting in Peshawar on Tuesday, he also directed to hire experts having background experience in such projects.


Chairing another meeting, Chief Minister directed the concerned authorities to provide remaining facilities to Nowshera Medical College and hospital to make it functional by September this year.                   



National Disaster Management Authority has issued an alert advisory to all concerned departments to take timely precautionary measures before another spell of monsoon rains in next week


The alerts have been issued to all provincial Disaster Management Authorities, local governments and relevant departments for cleaning of drainage and sewerage systems in all big cities to prevent urban flooding.


National Emergency Operations Center of NDMA has already been activated and in case of emergency the centre can be accessed at 111-157-157.                      



Acting President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Shah Ghulam Qadir has sought global cooperation in ending the massive human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.


In a statement in Muzaffarabad on Tuesday, he said following martyrdom of Burhan Muzaffar Wani, Kashmir freedom movement has gained further momentum.


The Acting president said Indian forces are resorting to violence against innocent people of Kashmir, who are struggling to achieve their inalienable right to self-determination.                    



Meanwhile, the AJK government has decided to observe death anniversary of Burhan Muzaffar Wani Shaheed on 8th July every year officially.


According to official sources, the decision to this effect has been taken by AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan.


Meanwhile, week-long programs have been chalked out to observe Accession to Pakistan from 13th to 19th of this month.



In Occupied Kashmir, Indian Army, in a dreadful development, has started using chemical weapons to destroy public property and kill Kashmiri youth.


According to Kashmir Media Service, charred bodies of three Kashmiri youth, Jehangir Khanday, Kifayat Ahmad and Faisal Ahmad were found in the debris of four houses, destroyed by the army while using chemical weapons at Bahmnoo in Pulwama.


The bodies were so extensively burnt that they were beyond visual recognition. Thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of the martyrs in their native areas.


The incident triggered forceful protests in almost all the districts of Occupied Kashmir. The protesters including women and children raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.  Dozens of people were injured when Indian forces used brute force and fired bullets, pellets and PAVA shells in Pulwama, Shopian, Islamabad, Kulgam, Bandipora and other areas of the held territory.


Complete shutdown, marked by protests and clashes, was observed in Islamabad Anantnag, against the killing of Bashir Ahmad Wani, who was martyred by Indian troops in Shopian last week.


Addressing the 55th Annual Convention of the Islamic Society of North America in Chicago, President of World Kashmir Awareness Forum Dr. Ghulam Mir underlined the need of implementing United Nations Security Council's resolutions on Kashmir.                              



Fifth round of peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition to end the Syrian conflict began in Kazakhstan's capital Astana on Tuesday.


Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said agenda of the talks include the creation of de-escalation zones in Syria, which was signed by the guarantor countries during a meeting in Astana in May this year.


Besides the three guarantor countries, Russia, Turkey, and Iran and UN Special Representative for Syria Staffan de Mistura, delegations from Jordan and the United States are also attending the talks as observers.


Shortly before the peace talks in Astana, the US military announced that US-backed opposition forces in Syria had breached the wall surrounding the Old City of Raqqa in their battle to take the city from the Islamic State militant group.                  



Russia and China have underlined the need of freezing North Korea's Missile and Nuclear Program and large-scale military exercises by the United States and South Korea. 


An understanding to this effect came during a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Moscow on Tuesday.



Leaders of France, United Kingdom and Germany have urged the Arab nations to resolve diplomatic standoff with Qatar through peaceful means.


According to media reports, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on phone and discussed the latest developments in the Gulf crisis.  Both the leaders underlined the need to resolve Gulf crisis through dialogue and diplomatic means.


Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May telephoned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and urged all sides to take urgent steps to de-escalate the situation and restore Gulf Cooperation unity.                        



The twelfth summit of G20 countries will begin in German city of Hamburg on Friday.


The summit will discuss matters pertaining to economic, financial, climate, trade, employment and development policy.


Migration and refugee flows and counter-terrorism are other key issues of global significance that will appear on the summit agenda.


Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to hold meeting with his US counterpart Donald Trump on the sidelines of the summit in Hamburg.  



In Bangladesh, at least 10 people have been killed and dozens of others injured in an explosion at a garment factory in Dhaka.

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