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President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Pak-China friendship will ensure peace in the region and timely completion and implementation of projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will bring in an era of prosperity and progress not only in Pakistan but the whole region. He said this while talking to Chairman of National Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng, who along-with a delegation called on him in Islamabad on Thursday. The President said that there is unanimity in Pakistan that CPEC will not only improve the economic condition of the country but also benefit the whole region. He noted that other countries have also evinced keen interest in linking up with CPEC to reap dividends from this mega project. The President stated that the whole world is now acknowledging China's vision of "One Belt-One Road". President Mamnoon Hussain said that Pakistan and China are close friends, neighbors and trustworthy partners and expressed optimism that the visit by delegation of CPPCC will further strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.

Pakistan is fencing its border with Afghanistan to combat terrorism: FO

Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria has said that continued Indian oppression against innocent Kashmiris posing great threat to the regional peace.   He was responding to questions at a weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday. The Spokesperson said resolution of Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiris and UN resolutions is the only way for durable peace in the region. Nafees Zakaria urged the international community to take notice of the atrocities being perpetrated by the Indian troops and gave grave human rights violations in the Occupied Kashmir.He said recent offer of mediation by US Ambassador to the United Nations testifies the fact that Indian's stubbornness has jeopardized the regional peace.    Answering a question, Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan is fencing its side of the border with Afghanistan to combat terrorism. To another question, he said that Islamic Military Alliance is focused on combating terrorism and is not against any country.

Nisar Ali Khan directs Islamabad Traffic Police to make intercity connection easier for the commuters

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has directed IG Police Islamabad to personally monitor traffic situation and to ensure smooth flow of traffic especially on the highways with higher traffic volume. Addressing a high-level meeting in Islamabad on Thursday evening , he directed that scientific methods should be adopted for traffic management with distinct traffic flow plan for the peak hours and lean timings. The Interior Minister expressed dissatisfaction over the present state of traffic management on the main highways especially the roads linking the twin cities including the Express Highway, Kashmir Road and the Murree Road. The Minister observed that despite tall claims and rosy presentations, little improvement has been witnessed on ground in the traffic management system and citizens continue to face logjam during peak hours. This cannot go on, observed the Minister. The Minister directed ITP, NHA, CDA and NADRA for expeditious completion and operation of free lanes on the highways linking the twin cities.

 

Pakistan is focused on promotion of financial and digital inclusion in the country: Dar

He was talking to the visiting German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr. Gerd Muller in Islamabad today.  The Finance Minister said that after achieving macroeconomic stability in country now the government is focusing on attaining higher sustainable and inclusive economic growth. Pakistan has a liberal investment regime and invited German companies to invest in Pakistan, particularly in the automotive and solar PV sectors.  Ishaq Dar appreciated the cooperation and support of the German government for various development projects in Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion, the German Minister acknowledged Pakistan's economic success story over the last three and a half years. He also appreciated Pakistan's efforts and sacrifices for addressing the challenges of terrorism and extremism, and the promotion of global peace.

 

Syria demands setting up of fact- finding mission to probe Idlib chemical attack

 

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem says Damascus needs assurances that any fact- finding mission into Idlib chemical attack would be impartial. Addressing a news conference in Damascus today, he said  Syria's experience with past missions is not encouraging. Seventy-two people were killed in the suspected chemical attack in Idlib the previous day. Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said there is no option except victory in the country's civil war. In an interview, he said government could not reach results with opposition groups that attended recent peace talks. He also reiterated his rejection of federalism sought by Kurdish groups in northern Syria

 

United States President Donald Trump holds his first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping today

Both the leaders will meet each other at the US president's Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida late afternoon. Both the leaders will kick-off a summit that will conclude tomorrow. The two leaders are expected to struggle to find common ground on the main issues including North Korea, South China Sea and Taiwan.

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