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Prime Minister says government is utilizing all possible resources on public welfare projects, pursuring its agenda of national development.


Information Minister has termed US Senate Committee's stance on purchase of F-16s to Pakistan as inappropriate.


A total of 69,534 intending pilgrims have been selected through open balloting under government Hajj scheme.


Pakistan and Iran have agreed to evolve a comprehensive strategy for controlling crime, human trafficking, and better border management.


All Parties Hurriyet Conference has accused India of playing dangerous game of dividing occupied territory on religious basis.

NAWAZ:

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says government is working strenuously for the welfare of masses and every penny is being spent honestly for progress and prosperity of people.

He was talking to different members of National Assembly who separately called on him in Islamabad today.

The Prime Minister said resources are being provided on priority basis for provision of basic amenities of life to people, and different development projects are being completed speedily.

He vowed for early completion of infrastructure projects like China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. 

Those who called on the Prime Minister included Nasir Iqbal Bosaan, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan and Najaf Abbas Sial.

Later talking to PML-N leader Pir Sabir Shah in Islamabad, the Prime Minister said development projects launched by the government will prove to be fate changer for the country.

MAMNOON

President Mamnoon Hussain has emphasized the need to raise awareness against contagious diseases.

Inaugurating Bakhtawar Ameen Medical and Dental College in Multan today, he asked medical colleges to promote culture of research and enhance collaboration with other institutions to introduce best practices in their colleges.

The President said federal and provincial governments are focusing on provision of better healthcare facilities to the people.

 SESSIONS

The President has convened separate sessions of the National Assembly and Senate on Monday.

The Upper House will meet at three in the afternoon while the Lower House at 5.00 p.m.

 RASHID: *

Information Minister Parvaiz Rashid says the United States should realize that Pakistan is fighting war against terrorism to ensure peace in the world.

He was speaking in a programme of News and Current Affairs Channel of Radio Pakistan today.

The Information Minister said the attitude of the US Senate Committee regarding the purchase of F-16 jets fighters by Pakistan is inappropriate, and is just creating trouble for the US administration.

He said Pakistan is effectively using F-16s in the war against terrorism.

 DAR-ADB

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has unanimously been elected as Vice Chairman of the Asian Development Bank.

He was elected during annual meeting of Board of Governors of the Bank in Frankfurt, Germany.

 AHSAN *

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has emphasized political cohesion for sustained economic development under the forty-six billion dollars China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project.

Addressing a seminar in Peshawar today, he said the first phase of CPEC will be completed.

He said CPEC is a lifeline project for Pakistan that can steer the country on path of rapid economic growth and sustained development.  

The Minister rejected the impression that CPEC western route has been changed.

 He said Quetta-Gawadar road will be completed by December this year.

CPEC-MEETING *

The Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor met in Islamabad today under the chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed.

The meeting was briefed by Chief Minister Balochistan, Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal and Acting Chinese Ambassador Zhao Lijian.

The Chief Minister reiterated the provincial government's cooperation in the implementation of the project.

The Minister said the issues pertaining to the construction of Gwadar airport and the East Bay Expressway in Gwadar have been resolved through consultation with the Chinese side.

PAK-MALDIVES *

Minister of State for Education Balighur Rehman says Pakistan is ready to extend all possible cooperation to the Maldives for promotion of education.

He was talking to Deputy Education Minister of the Maldives Azleen Ahmed in Islamabad today.

Meanwhile, Maldives National University and COMSATS has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding for collabration in education and research.

HAJJ *

A total of 69,534 intending pilgrims were selected through open computerized balloting in Islamabad today under government Hajj scheme.

Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf conducted the balloting at a ceremony.

  In all, two hundred eighty thousand six hundred and seventeen applications were received against quota of seventy-one thousand six hundred eighty-four under the government scheme.

The remaining 2150 cases will be decided against hardship quota of new born children, labor and broken families.

Speaking on the occasion, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf said successful applicants can get information from the website of the Ministry after ten tonight.

THIS IS RADIO PAKISTAN 

NISAR-MEHDI *

Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost called on Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan in Islamabad today.

They discussed matters of bilateral relations and mutual cooperation.

They two sides had an understanding that a comprehensive strategy needs to be evolved to control crime, human trafficking and narcotics for better border management. 

The Iranian envoy lauded Pakistan's efforts aganinst terrorism.

CONFERENCE *

Constitutional experts from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India have emphasized that constitutions and constitutional developments in the three countries offer similarities as well as opportunities to learn from each others.

They were speaking at a conference on Lessons for Constitutional Development in South Asia organized by Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency in Islamabad today.

The experts were of the opinion that Federal and Parliamentary systems of all three countries look for empowered local governments.

PAK-AFGHAN *

Pakistan's Ambassador to Afghanistan Abrar Hussain says Pakistan is trying to enhance trade volume with Afghanistan from two billion to five billion dollars.

Addressing a ceremony in connection with Pakistani products exhibition in Kabul today, he said Pakistan is the largest trade partner of Afghanistan.

The ambassador said the construction of Torkham-Jalalabad highway has entered the final phase, and work on Peshawar-Jalalabad and Chaman-Kandahar railway lines is also underway.

APEX

The Khyber Pakhtunhkhwa Apex Committee has reviewed security situation in the province and FATA with particular focus on return of temporarily displaced persons to their homes.

The committee, chaired by Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra in Peshawar today, considered various steps to curb crimes, including kidnapping for ransom.

The meeting assured that all available resources will be utilized for return and resettlement of the TDPs in their native areas.

 SUSPECTS: *

One hundred fifty-four suspects were arrested in Peshawar and Charsadda districts today.

Those arrested also included seventy-eight Afghan nationals for their illegal stay in Pakistan.

Arms and ammunition were also recovered from them.

APHC: *

All Parties Hurriyet Conference says Indian government and its policymakers are playing a dangerous game of dividing the held territory on religious lines to harm Kashmiris' ongoing freedom movement.

In a statement in Srinagar today, it warned India and its puppet administration in the territory over its plan of setting up separate colonies for Kashmiri Pandits in the Kashmir Valley.

The APHC also denounced in strong terms the invoking of draconian law, Public Safety Act, against Hurriyet leaders and continued illegal detention of Masarrat Aalam Butt. 

IRAN

Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi and International Atomic Energy Agency Chief Yukiya Amano have discussed implementation of Iran's nuclear agreement with world powers.

At a meeting in Vienna today, the IAEA chief welcomed regular dialogue between Iran and the IAEA to ensure good monitoring and verification of nuclear-related commitments.

WEATHER *

Partly cloudy weather condition with chances of light rain thunderstorm is expected at a few places of Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir, Hazara, Rawalpindi, Bahawalpur, Lahore and Gujranwala divisions during the next twenty four hours.

Hot and dry weather is expected elsewhere in the country.


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