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HEADLINES

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Prime Minister says close cooperation between Pak-China parliamentarians will further strengthen bilateral friendly relations.

 

International Monetary Fund has reaffirmed its support to Pakistan's economic reform program.

 

All Parties Hurriyet Conference has termed upcoming farce election in Occupied Kashmir as a military drill.

 

Pakistan Test captain Misbahul Haq has announced retirement from international cricket.

 

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PM:

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has lauded the Chinese diplomatic and material support to Pakistan in its fight against terrorism.

He said this while talking to a high level Chinese delegation headed by Chairman of National Committee of Chinese Peoples' Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng in Islamabad today.        

Prime Minister said close cooperation between the two Parliaments will contribute towards further strengthening the friendly relations between Pakistan and China.         

He emphasized that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and its related projects symbolize the people-centric approach of the two countries and their resolve for regional connectivity.

Nawaz Sharif said the upcoming “Belt and Road Forum" being held in China next month would provide an excellent opportunity for discussing and further strengthening bilateral cooperation between Pakistan, China and the world community.        

Yu Zhengsheng expressed the hope that Parliamentary exchanges will further augment the brotherly ties between the two countries.

                  

PM-MULLER

Talking to German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Muller in Islamabad, Prime Minister expressed desire to further enhance bilateral economic ties with Germany.

He said that Pakistan and Germany enjoy friendly relations characterized by shared perceptions and multifaceted cooperation.

Nawaz Sharif proposed establishment of bilateral Chamber of Commerce to further develop the bilateral economic relations between the two countries.

He apprised the German Minister of Pakistan's significant improvement in economic and security realms.

The German Minister expressed the confidence to further strengthen cooperation with Pakistan in diverse fields.

 

PAK-GERMANY

Pakistan and Germany have agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in energy, governance, and sustainable development sectors.

An agreement to this effect was signed by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and German Development Minister Gerd Müller in Islamabad today.

 

PAK-IMF

International Monetary Fund has reaffirmed its support to Pakistan's economic reform program.

In a statement after discussions with Pakistani authorities in Dubai, the head of IMF staff team, Harald Finger said Pakistan is in a position to set its economy on a high growth path.

He said after three years of reforms, Pakistan has strengthened its macroeconomic resilience and economic outlook.

Harald Finger said Pakistan's economic growth is expected to reach five percent in current fiscal year.

He said over the medium term, Pakistan's growth can accelerate to about six percent due to the CPEC and other investments, improved energy supply, and continued structural reforms,"

 

SUMMIT

A two-day "Business Summit" is underway in Islamabad.

The theme of the summit is "Innovating for the Future".

Prominent entrepreneurs and academia from across the world are attending the summit.

 

FO

Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria says Pakistan wants peaceful relations with all countries especially its neighbours.

He was responding to questions at a weekly news briefing in Islamabad today.

The spokesperson said Pakistan has welcomed the US offer for mediation on Kashmir dispute.    

He said Pakistan had also welcomed similar offers made by UN Secretary General and President Trump.

   

KASHMIR

All Parties Hurriyet Conference has termed the upcoming farce election in Occupied Kashmir as mere a military drill.

In a statement in Srinagar, APHC spokesman said tens of thousands of Indian forces’ personnel have been deployed in the occupied territory to terrify people.

Criticizing India and its puppet regime for deployment of forces in educational institutions, he said this a clear disregard for education.

 

US-JAPAN

The United States has assured continued support to Japan against North Korean threats.

According to a White House statement, the assurance was given by US President Donald Trump during his telephonic talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Donald Trump said the United States will continue to strengthen its ability to defend itself and its allies with full range of its military capabilities.

 

TURKEY

In Turkey, eight PKK militants have been killed in air strikes by government war planes in Hakkari province. 

The air strikes were carried out after the militants opened fire on Turkish soldiers in Cukurca area, near Iraqi border.                        


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