Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
Prime Minister says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will not only boost regional trade but also bring peoples closer to each other.
President has stressed need for focusing on economic diplomacy to take advantage of globalization.
Pakistan Railways will start feasibility of new railway tracks in different parts of the country.
Foreign Office says Indian stubbornness has jeopardized peace and stability in the region.
US President has condemned killing of civilians in a chemical attack of Syrian Air Force in Idlib city.
First One-Day International between Pakistan and West Indies will be played at Guyana tomorrow.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says China-Pakistan Economic Project has immense potential to boost regional trade and businesses as well as bring the people of the region closer to each other.
He was talking to a Chinese delegation headed by Chairman of National Committee of Chinese Peoples' Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng in Islamabad today.
The Prime Minister said millions of people in our region will reap the benefits of this project.
He emphasized that CPEC and its related projects symbolize the people-centric approach of the two countries and their resolve for regional connectivity.
Nawaz Sharif said close cooperation between the two Parliaments will contribute towards further strengthening the warm relations between Pakistan and China.
Head of Chinese delegation Yu Zhengsheng expressed the hope that Parliamentary exchanges will further augment the ties between the two countries.
Talking to the delegation, President Mamnoon Hussain said CPEC will usher in an era of prosperity and progress not only in Pakistan but the whole region.
He said several countries have evinced keen interest in linking up with CPEC to reap dividends from this mega project.
The President said the whole world is now acknowledging China's vision of "One Belt-One Road".
Speaking on the occasion, Yu Zhengsheng said China and Pakistan share unanimity of views on major regional and international issues.
President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan’s foreign policy is seeking peace and stability in the region with through international cooperation.
He was talking to the newly appointed Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua who called on him in Islamabad today.
The President stressed the need on laying special emphasis on economic diplomacy to take advantages offered by globalization.
Mamnoon Hussain called for projecting the image of the country as a dynamic, progressive, moderate and democratic Islamic country.
Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says Pakistan can sustain eight to ten percent economic growth for next three decades mainly due to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Addressing a gathering of international business leaders
At a Business Summit in Islamabad today, he said this high growth rate can bring Pakistan among the top twenty-five economies of the world by 2030.
The Minister said CPEC is providing huge opportunities to international investors who can take advantage of these Opportunities.
He said this project can create connectivity in the region
And connect three billion population of South Asia, Central Asia and China.
He said the nine industrial zones being built under CPEC will create eighty-five million new jobs.
Speaking on the occasion, US Ambassador David Hale said Pakistan and the United States enjoy long standing bilateral relations in various sectors, including business, trade, education and agriculture.
Pakistan Railways will soon start feasibility of new railway tracks in different parts of the country.
The tracks include Mandira to Bhaun, Islamabad to Muzaffarbad via Murree, Lahore to Bahawalpur via Kasur, Quetta to Shershah via Sibi and DG Khan, Bukkhar to Bahawalnagar via Jhang and Faisalabad and Nowshera to Gilgit via Dalagai and Malakand.
New trains will also be started on various routes. These include Kohat-Rawalpindi, Sibi-Khost, Karachi-Mirpurkhas and Peshawar to Rawalpindi.
Jaffer Express route has been expanded upto Peshawar, which will be inaugurated on 14th of this month.
Minister of State for Information Maryam Augranzed says government is working on "Journalist Safety and Security Bill" to ensure security to media persons.
She was addressing a ceremony in Islamaabd in connection with Press Martyrs Day today.
The State Minister said any attack on media is attack on Pakistan and the government will not tolerate it.
She said the media has played vital role in strengthening of democracy in the country.
A US delegation led by Chairman Board of Directors of the US Institute of Peace Stephen Hadley called on Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad today.
The delegation was briefed on the evolving peace and security scenario in the region.
It was also appraised about the efforts made by Pakistan for promoting peace, prosperity and development in the region.
Importance of continued close cooperation between Pakistan and the United States in promotion of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan was also underscored in the meeting.
Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria says continued Indian oppression against innocent Kashmiris is posing serious threat to regional peace.
He was responding to questions at a weekly news briefing in Islamabad today.
The Spokesperson said resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiris and the 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 grave human rights violations in the Occupied Kashmir.
He said the recent offer of mediation by US Ambassador to the United Nations testifies the fact that Indian's stubbornness has jeopardized the regional peace.
Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman has said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor would bring about speedy economic progress and prosperity for this region.
In an interview, he said the people belonging to all segment of society including political parties in GB, are supporting all the development projects including CPEC.
He said that India was feeling uncomfort due to development Projects in Gilgit-Baltistan.
To a question regarding Kashmir, he said that India should come forward for dialogue with Pakistan to resolve the issue of Kashmir following the United Nations resolution.
To another question, he said that minorities including Muslim and Sikh living in India are facing ifficulties in celebrating their religious festivals.
In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference has termed the upcoming election drama as mere a military drill.
In a statement, the APHC spokesman said tens of thousands of Indian forces’ personnel have been deployed to terrify people of the territory.
He said extra contingents of Indian forces have been deployed in educational institutions of South and Central Kashmir.
US President Donald Trump has condemned the killing of dozens of civilians in the northern Syrian city of Idlib in suspected chemical weapons attack by the government's air force.
Talking to newsmen in Washington, he accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government of going beyond a red line after this attack.
Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said there is no option for him except victory in the country's civil war.
In an interview, he said the government could not evolve consensus with opposition groups, which attended recent peace talks.
He also reiterated his rejection of federalism sought by Kurdish groups in northern Syria.
The first One-Day International of three-match series between Pakistan and the West Indies will be played at Providence, Guyana tomorrow.
The match will start at 06.30pm Pakistan standard time.
More rain-thunderstorm is expected at scattered places in Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Gujranwala, Lahore divisions and upper FATA during the next twelve hours.
Dry weather is expected elsewhere in the country.