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In their joint press stake out afterwards, the two leaders express their common desire to take bilateral relationship to new heights. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says the two sides express satisfaction over pace of cooperation in economy, investment, trade, commerce, energy, defence production and industry. He expresses the confidence that more business and trade opportunities would be explored by the two sides during meeting of the Joint Businss Council. The two countries have decided to strengthen their cooperation at international and regional forums including UN and ECO. Pakistan is steadfastly following the policy of peaceful neighbourhood and peace for development. Tajik President Emomali Rahmon says relations between Pakistan and Tajikistan are based on the principles of sovereign equality and respect for each other.

PML (N) fully cooperating with JIT despite reservations: Dr. Asif Kirmani

Talking to the media persons, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Affairs Dr. Asif Kirmani says we want justice in the case and the Supreme Court of Pakistan should direct the JIT to visit Doha and also record the statement of the Qatari prince. Those trying to undermine democracy in the country actually want to destabilize Pakistan. Meanwhile, talking to the media persons outside the federal judicial academy in Islamabad, Maryam Nawaz says being daughter of the nation and child of the Prime Minister who always upheld the rule of law and constitution, she also appeared before the JIT. Earlier, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb clarifies that official protocol was not given to Maryam Nawaz during her visit to the federal judicial academy.

Khaqan invites Chinese oil, gas firms to explore investment opportunities

Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has invited Chinese oil and gas companies to explore multiple investment opportunities, in Pakistan. Talking to a Chinese delegation led by Administrator, National Energy Administration Nur Bekri in Islamabad, he says Chinese companies can invest in oil and gas exploration and production, setting up a large deep conversion mid-country oil refinery, laying gas and oil pipelines, oil storages facilities, and supply of petroleum products. Both sides also agreed to establish Oil and Gas Sub-Group under the Energy Working Group to facilitate the identified and future oil and gas sector projects.

North Korea says its ICBM can carry nuclear warhead; U.S. calls for global action

North Korea says its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) can carry a large nuclear warhead, triggering a call by Washington for global action to hold it accountable for pursuing nuclear weapons. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Defense Department said it had concluded that North Korea test-launched an ICBM on Tuesday. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the test, on the eve of the U.S. Independence Day holiday, represents "a new escalation of the threat" to the United States and its allies, and vows to take stronger measures. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says the test completed his country's strategic weapons capability that includes atomic and hydrogen bombs and ICBMs. Meanwhile, China has urged North Korea not to violate UN resolutions.

India using Bhutan to violate China's territory

China has accused India of using its relations with Bhutan as an excuse to violate China's territory. In a statement the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson says China firmly opposes India's attempt to justify its trespass on and invasion of China's territory under the pretext of upholding Bhutan's interests. China believes in equality among countries, but India sees itself as a dominant country in the region, and others its vassals.

US laptop ban lifted on Emirates and Turkish Airlines

Emirates say the cabin ban on laptops no longer applies on its flights to the United States. In March, the US banned laptops and other large electronic devices to and from eight mostly Muslim nations. Emirates, which fly to the US from its Dubai hub, say it had worked with US authorities to meet new security guidelines. Turkish Airlines also expects the ban to be lifted on its US flights.

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Host: Syed Saddar ud din Saddar

Co-host: Dr. M. Mujeeb Afzal


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