Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said we have risen stronger, more united and more prosperous due to holding of PSL final inside the country against all odds.


In his message on the occasion of PSL final today, he said Pakistan proved to the world that our days of isolation are over.


The Prime Minister said over the past four years, we have become stronger, safer and more stable, creating an environment conducive to national aspirations.


He said  Cricket is a sport near and dear to all of our hearts.


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif  said this is the first step in putting Pakistan back on the map within the sporting arena and a positive sign for the future to come.



The Final of second edition of Pakistan Super League between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators is underway at Qaddafi stadium Lahore.


Quetta Gladiators won the toss and elected to field.


Peshawar Zalmi were 90 for 4 in 13 overs a short while ago.


Earlier, a colorful closing ceremony in connection with PSL Final was held in which prominent artists performed.


Rich tributes were paid on this occasion to the martyrs of the country who laid their lives while defending the homeland.


Chairman Pakistan Super League Najam Sethi while addressing the ceremony said  holding PSL final in Lahore was impossible without the support of the people.


He said that the people of Pakistan are peace loving and disciplined.


Meanwhile, in an interview, Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb said international cricket is going to be revived in Pakistan after today's match in Lahore.


She applauded all of those who are involved in holding and arranging the PSL final in Lahore.


Director General Inter Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor in a tweet message has welcomed the foreign players and guests and expressed his good wishes for both finalist teams. 




Defense Minister Khawaja Asif has said that the security forces have rendered unprecedented sacrifices for elimination of terrorism from the country.      


In a statement in Sialkot today, he said that Pakistan Army responded befittingly at both internal and external fronts and proved its professional capabilities.


Khawaja Asif said conspiracies against the country could not lower morale of the nation.




Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Barjees Tahir says agriculture sector is progressing due to effective steps of the government.


Addressing a ceremony in Nankana Sahib today, he said hundreds of thousands of farmers are getting benefit from the Prime Minister's Kissan Package.   


He said farmers' per acre cost on crops has reduced considerably due to subsidy given to them on pesticides and urea.





Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad has said that the government is taking revolutionary steps for development of the country.


Addressing a function in Attock today, he said a number of  mega projects, have been launched for the development of infrastructure in the country.


He said the government is also spending billions of rupees for improvement of education sector. 




Senate will resume its session tomorrow at three in the afternoon and the National Assembly at four p.m.   


Both the Houses will discuss important national issues besides transacting legislative business.




The government has released over eleven billion rupees for twenty-three projects of China Pakistan Economic Corridor under Public Sector Development Programme out of total allocation of over fifty-four billion rupees during the current financial year.


According to data released by Ministry of Planning, over five billion rupees have  been released for construction of Burhan-Hakla Motorway out of the total allocation of twenty- two billion rupees for current fiscal year.                   


Official sources say Hakla-Yarik section of Western Route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor will be completed by October next at a cost of one hundred and twenty nine billion rupees.                 


The government has also released full amount one thousand three million rupees allocated for the CPEC related security projects.






Experts have termed Pakistan-China-Russia nexus as 'scenario-changer' for South Asia.


They were addressing a session on 'Trump's South Asia Policy: Quadrilateral interaction between Pakistan, China, India and the USA and Challenges to CPEC' held in Islamabad today.


Director China Institute of Contemporary International Relations Hu Shisheng said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has immense potential for all its stakeholders.


Another Chinese delegate Lin Yiming said that Pakistan and China are enjoying cordial relations since decades and these relations are based on deep-rooted trust and mutual respect.       

The special assistant to President CICIR Du Yanjun said that emerging nexus of Pakistan, China and Russia will be yet another important outcome of the CPEC along with many others.     




Work on two coal- fired power projects at Port Qasim with a total capacity of one thousand three hundred twenty megawatt is underway and is expected to start producing electricity by the end of next year.


Our Karachi correspondent reports that the projects are being carried out under China-Pakistan Economic corridor at a cost of two billion dollars.


The generated power will be transmitted  through a 180km-long 500KV transmission line connecting the Project with the national grid.




Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak says one hundred fifty-one small hydel power stations are under construction in different parts of the province. 


Presiding over a meeting in Peshawar today, he said that feasibility of three hundred and ten more power projects has also been completed.  




In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two more Kashmiri youth during a 14-hour long military operation in Tral area of Pulwama district, today.


The killings triggered massive protests in the area. People, defying curfew and restrictions, came out of their houses in large number and raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. Many youth were injured in clashes with the occupying forces.




At the United Nations in Geneva, a Kashmiri delegation has urged human rights organizations to take notice of human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.


Kashmiri delegation led by  human rights activist Altaf Hussain Wani called on diplomats and representatives of various human rights organizations and apprised them of the prevailing human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.




International Organisation for Migration says more than forty five thousand people have fled West in Mosul after government forces launched operation to retake the city from the Islamic State group. 


According to the organization, more than seventeen thousand people left the city last Tuesday alone while over thirteen thousand on last Friday.








Mainly dry weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.


However, light rain with thunderstorm is expected at a few places in Quetta and Zhob divisions.




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