Thar Coal project, costing over two billion dollars would supply 660 MW of electricity to the national grid by 2019. The Chief Executive Officer of Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company Shamsuddin Shaikh while briefing media about the project in Hyderabad informed this. Fifteen Pakistani and three Chinese banks are financing the project. Out of 186 billion tons of coal in Pakistan, 175 tons is available only in Thar. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif inaugurated a forty Mega Watts Coal Fired Power Project in Faisalabad on Saturday.

“PM to visit Chitral next week”

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will visit Chitral next week to review the progress on work on Lowari Tunnel project, to be completed next year. Lowari Tunnel will be all weather road link between Chitral valley and the rest of the country and would provide an opportunity to explore the hydro power potentials in Chitral valley. The tunnel while resulting in reduction of poverty and provision of better access to markets to the people of the area will also be instrumental in the development of tourism industry of the country. The tunnel will provide access to a large potential area of mineral resources, forest product industries, fruits & agriculture, livestock and other mineral based industries.

"Kashmir: APSCC Boycotts Kashmir delegation; Brutalities of Indian forces seems to stop never"

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 says Indian Home Minister himself visited held Kashmir twice and promised ban on pellet guns but he failed to keep his promise.
The Indian forces are using pellet guns randomly.

“Pakistan raises its concerns over execution of JI leader in Bangladesh”

Expressing its deep sadness over the execution of Mir Quasem Ali, Pakistan on Saturday says 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.”
Foreign Office statement:

“The act of suppressing the Opposition, through flawed trials, is completely against the spirit of democracy,” “Pakistan is deeply saddened over the execution of the prominent leader of Jamat e Islami, Bangladesh, Mir Quasem Ali, for the alleged crimes committed before December 1971, through a flawed judicial process.”

"Sartaj Aziz meets Pakistani Community in Oman"

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz express deep appreciation for the contributions of Overseas Pakistanis in economic and social development of the country and shared his vision on strengthening the existing bonds of friendship with the brotherly sultanate. According to, a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Sartaj Aziz, who arrived in Muscat on Saturday, is on a two-day bilateral visit to Oman at the invitation of Yusuf Bin Alawi, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of Sultanate of Oman. During his visit he would be discussing with Omani leadership, concrete measures to intensify cooperation in oil and gas and expanding trade and defense ties.

“Two-day G-20 summit begins”

Two-day G-20 summit of the world's major economies began 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. Addressing the opening ceremony, Chinese President Xi Jinping said we should improve global economic governance in the face of challenges and strengthen global financial networks.

“Europe 'close to limits' on refugee influx”: Tusk

Europe is "close to limits" on its ability to accept new waves of refugees, EU President Donald Tusk says urging the broader international community to shoulder its share of the burden. "The practical capability of Europe to host new waves of refugees, not to mention irregular economic migrants, is close to limits," he told a press conference on the sidelines of the G20 summit. A steady stream of refugees has flowed into Europe over the last year, largely fleeing from the civil war in Syria. The issue has become a political hot potato for leaders in the region as a series of Islamist terror attacks and rising anti-globalization sentiment have combined to create an increasingly inhospitable environment for refugees from the brutal conflict.

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