JULY 05, 2017


Pakistan and Tajikistan have resolved to take bilateral relationship to new heights.

Finance Minister says Pakistan is focused to achieve higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth after attaining macroeconomic stability.

Pakistan has successfully test-fired short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile 'NASR'.

AJK President says Indian troops are targeting civilian population from across the Line of Control.

In the United States, fourteen people were gunned down during violence in Chicago on Independence Day.

Russian Foreign Minister says Moscow and Beijing will oppose any attempt to strangle North Korea economically on nuclear issue.


Pakistan and Tajikistan have agreed to enhance their bilateral cooperation in diverse fields, including trade, energy and defence production.

The understanding came during talks between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Dushanbe today.

In their joint press stake out afterwards, the two leaders also expressed their desire to take bilateral relationship to new heights.

Nawaz Shraif announced opening of Commercial Section at the Pakistan Embassy in Dushanbe to boost bilateral trade.

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon said relations between Pakistan and Tajikistan are based on principles of sovereign equality and respect for each other.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also held meeting with his Tajik counterpart Kokhir Rasulzodain in Dushanbe today.

They exchanged views on matters of bilateral interest.

They also discussed measures to increase trade and investment.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has invited Canadian investors to benefit from lucrative business opportunities in Pakistan.

Talking to Canadian High Commissioner Perry Calderwood in Islamabad today, he said international companies from various countries are setting up their businesses in Pakistan.

He said there is ample room to further enhance trade and investment cooperation between the two countries.

The Finance Minister after having achieved macroeconomic stability, Pakistan is now fully focused on attaining higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

The High Commissioner said there has been robust economic growth and a visible improvement in the security situation in Pakistan, which provides a good opportunity for further strengthening economic linkages between the two countries.

A delegation of China's Justice Department led by Vice Minister of Justice Liu Zhenyu called on Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid in Islamabad today.

Relations between the two friendly countries, cooperation between law departments of both countries, matters related to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and other bilateral issues were discussed in the meeting.

Pakistan has successfully test-fired short-range surface to surface ballistic missile 'NASR'.

According to ISPR, the missile has a range of 60 to 70 kilometers.

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa witnessed the launch of the missile.

NASR is a high precision weapon system with the ability of quick deployments.

Speaking on the occasion, the army chief said war must be avoided at all costs and our strategic capability is a guarantee of peace against a highly militarised and increasingly belligerent neighbour.

He said Pakistan will go to any length to ensure regional peace and stability.

President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and services chiefs have congratulated the scientists and the nation over successful launch of 'NASR' missile.

Maryam Nawaz has said that she appeared before JIT in Panama Papers case as she believes in rule of law and supreamcy of the constitution.

She was talking to media in Islamabad, after recording her statement before joint investigation team in Islamabad today.

Maryam Nawaz said she responded to all questions of the JIT and it is a matter of pride for PML (N) and its supporters that there is no charges of corruption against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

She said their opponents have only targeted the family's business affairs.

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says political stability and continuity of polices are imperative for sustainable development.

Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad today, he said harmony among all segments of the society is essential for progress and development.

The Minister said there are few negative elements that are trying to halt the process of fast paced country's development and fanning conflicts in the country.

He said as a result of prudent policies of the government Pakistan is very near to its goal of inclusion among top twenty-five economies by year 2025.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has taken serious notice of the artificial hike in dollar's value.

Chairing an emergency meeting in Islamabad today, he said some banks and individuals by taking undue advantage of the current political situation in the country have created this artificial hike.

Ishaq Dar warned that strict action will be taken against those responsible for creating artificial increase in dollar's value.

Meanwhile, the finance minister has convened a meeting of presidents of all national banks to review the situation of artificial hike in dollar's value.

Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi says the government has taken key steps for enhancing exports of the country.

He stated this while visiting the Export Processing Zone Authority in Karachi today.

The minister urged the management of Export Processing Zone Authority to extend full cooperation to investors for the economic development of the country.

He said the government is committed to the development of Industrial Zones including Gwadar Zone under CPEC.

Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan says Indian troops are targeting civilian population from across the Line of Control.

Addressing a news conference in London, he said India is involved in subversive activities through its agents to destabilize Pakistan but it will never succeed in its nefarious designs.

Sardar Masood Khan said more than forty members of British Parliament have assured him to raise the issue of Kashmir in both Houses.

He lauded the role of British journalists, newspapers and human rights organizations in highlighting brutalities of Indian troops against unarmed Kashmiris.

AJK President urged the international community to take notice of negative Indian propaganda and differentiate between freedom movement and terrorism.

Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria has strongly condemned the coercive pressure tactics by New Delhi to harass the Kashmiri leadership and subjugate the indigenous Kashmiri struggle to the oppressive Indian regime.

He said this while responding to a question regarding reports about the Indian National Investigation Agency serving a notice to Molvi Manzoor Ahmed and Molvi Shafat Ahmed, uncles of the Kashmiri leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq asking them to report to NIA Headquarters in New Delhi.

Earlier, NIA had arrested Shahid Islam, a close aide of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on trumped up charges of terror financing.

He said India needs to realize that the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiris for their right to self-determination cannot be crushed through oppressive measures.

In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership has issued a week-long protest calendar from July 7 to 13 to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of popular youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani.

A rally will be staged at Tral on July 8 to pay homage to Burhan Wani and all other Kashmiri martyrs. Similar rallies will be held at all district headquarters and elsewhere in the world where Kashmiris are residing.

Burhan Wani along with his two associates was martyred by Indian troops in a fake encounter on July 8, last year.

Qatar says Gulf crisis should be resolved through dialogue, and not through blockade.

This was said by Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani while addressing a ceremony in Doha today.

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