Information Minister says politics of agitation is hurting national economy and causing problems for people.



Thar Coal project would add 660 MW of electricity to the national grid by 2019.



Pakistan has expressed concern over execution of Bangladeshi Jamaat-e-Islami leader, Mir Quasem Ali under alleged war crimes.



In occupied Kashmir, All-Party Sikh Coordination Committee has decided to boycott Indian delegation visiting Kashmir today.



Two-day G-20 summit of the world's major economies begins in the Chinese city of Hangzhou today.



The last and fifth One Day International between Pakistan and England is being played at Cardiff today.







Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid says Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman is avenging people by taking to streets for his rejection in elections.

Addressing a news conference in Lahore, he said Imran Khan is looking for a back door to come to power but his dream cannot materialize in presence of independent judiciary, powerful media and prudent people.  

The Minister said political adventures of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek have caused billions of rupees of losses to the country besides loss of precious lives.

He regreted that Imran Khan, Sheikh Rashid and Tahir-ul-Qadiri are bent upon making the lives of the people miserable.

He said the government tried its best to convince these leaders to choose a place like Minar-e-Pakistan or some other ground for their protest, but they preferred to add to the miseries of masses.

Pervaiz Rashid said nobody knows what kind of accountability Imran Khan desires. He said if he is serious in accountability, then he should contribute to the bills presented to Senate and National Assembly by PPP-P and PML-N.



PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif says people have rejected the trouble creators everywhere in the country.

In a tweet message, she said people want work, not hue and cry.

State Minister for Privatization Muhammad Zubair has said PTI chief Imran Khan is holding rallies against the government in a state of frustration.

The senior leader of the PML (N) MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif has decided to claim damages against Imran Khan under the charge of defamation regarding the Tanveer Murder case.

He has consulted his senior lawyers to issue a legal notice against Imran Khan.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan has said that the drama of protest rally by PTI has been flopped and the people of Lahore have rejected the politics of protests.




Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will visit Chitral next week to review progress of work on Lowari Tunnel Project.

The Project will be completed next year. Lowari Tunnel will be all weather road link between Chitral valley and the rest of the country.

It will provide an opportunity to explore the hydro power potentials in Chitral.

The Tunnel will not only help ensure reduction in poverty and provision of better access to market to people of the area but will also be instrumental in development of tourism industry.

The Tunnel will provide access to a large potential area of mineral resources, forest product industries, fruits, agriculture and livestock.

The Lowari Tunnel would also provide access to Central Asian countries through Chitral-Dorah Pass and will serve as an alternate route to China.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is taking interest in early completion of the Project.




Thar Coal project, costing over two billion dollars would supply 660 MW of electricity to the national grid by 2019.

This was informed by the Chief Executive Officer of Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company Shamsuddin Shaikh while briefing media about the project in Hyderabad.

He said fifteen Pakistani and three Chinese banks are financing the project.

He said out of 186 billion tons of coal in Pakistan,  175 tons is available only in Thar.




Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has directed that national interest should be kept supreme while finalizing divestment of shareholding of Pakistan Stock Exchange.

He issued these directives at a meeting in Islamabad with Chairman Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and senior members of his team.

The Finance Minister on this occasion was briefed on progress regarding divestment of shareholding of Pakistan Stock Exchange.

He was updated on various discussions held between the SECP and divestment committee of the Stock Exchange and future steps to be taken for timely and smooth divestment of PSX shareholding.

Ishaq Dar fully supported various market developmental measures being undertaken by the SECP for organized development of capital market.




Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz is in Muscat on a two-day visit to Oman on the invitation of the country's Foreign Minister Yusuf Bin Alawi.

During his visit he will discuss concrete measures with Omani leadership to intensify cooperation in oil and gas and expanding trade and defense ties.

Meanwhile, addressing a gathering of Pakistanis in Muscat, Sartaj Aziz expressed deep appreciation for the contributions of Overseas Pakistanis in economic and social development of the country.

He shared his vision on strengthening the existing bonds of friendship with the brotherly sultanate.     



Bangladesh executed another top leader of  Jamaat-e-Islami Mir Quasem Ali, for alleged war crimes in 1971.

Earlier, the Bangladesh Supreme Court rejected his final appeal against penalty on Tuesday. Ali had declined to seek a presidential pardon.

Past convictions and executions of high-profile JI leaders triggered violence in Bangladesh, which is polarised along political lines.



Pakistan has expressed its deep sadness over the execution of prominent leader of Jamat-e-Islami, Bangladesh Mir Quasem Ali.

In a statement in Islamabad, Foreign Office said the government of Bangladesh should uphold its commitment, as per the Tripartite Agreement of 1974, wherein it "decided not to proceed with the trials as an act of clemency."

It said the act of suppressing the Opposition, through flawed trials, is completely against the spirit of democracy.

The Foreign Office said Pakistan is deeply saddened over the execution of Mir Quasem Ali, for the alleged crimes committed before December 1971, through a flawed judicial process.




In occupied Kashmir, the All-Party Sikh Coordination Committee says they will boycott all-party delegation headed by Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, visiting Kashmir from today.

APSCC Chairman, Jagmohan Singh Raina, in an interview said Indian Home Minister himself visited held Kashmir twice and promised ban on pellet guns but he failed to keep his promise.  He said the Indian forces are using pellet guns randomly.

Jagmohan said that the delegation is not coming to Kashmir with a clear-cut mandate for a decisive dialogue on Kashmir.

He said such delegations have come many times in the past but they only talk to people installed by Delhi itself for furthering its political agenda.




Two-day G-20 summit of the world's major economies begins in Chinese city of Hangzhou today to discuss efforts to reform global economic governance.

The theme of the summit is Toward an Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy.

The G20 represents over 85 percent of the world's economy and two thirds of global population.



The presidents of China and United States met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Hangzhou to deliver their countries' instruments of joining the Paris climate pact.

Ban said that joint move by China and United States was significant which paved way for  early entry into force of Paris Agreement.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said that climate change concerns well-being and future of humanity. The Paris Agreement has charted course for post-2020 global cooperation against climate change.



In Mexico, eleven people have been killed in two shootouts between soldiers and suspected drug gang members in northern parts of country.



The last One Day International of 5-match series between Pakistan and England will be played at Cardiff today.

England lead the series 4-nil.





Hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country today.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was: 

Islamabad twenty-two degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-six, Karachi twenty-seven, Peshawar twenty-four, Quetta fifiteen, Gilgit twelve,  Murree sixteen and  Muzaffarabad nineteen degree centigrade.

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