Prime Minister will attend Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan Summit in Dushanbe today.


Railways Minister says Pakistan cannot go forward unless democratically elected governments are allowed to complete their constitutional tenure.    


State Bank has vowed to ensure stability in the financial markets at all cost.


Gulf States have announced to continue diplomatic and trade sanctions against Qatar.


The United States has threatened to use force against North Korea to check its nuclear missile program.



Australia beat Pakistan by 159 runs in the ICC Women's World Cup at Leicester last night.




Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will participate in the quadrilateral meeting of  CASA 1000 to be attended by President of Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan at Pugus Varzob Valley today.


He would also witness an exhibition of agricultural products.


The Prime Minister will also participate in a trilateral meeting of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, before heading back home. 


Earlier, Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon hosted a dinner in honour of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and members of his entourage in Dushanbe.


Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has invited Canadian investors to benefit from lucrative business opportunities in Pakistan.


Talking to Canadian High Commissioner Perry Calderwood in Islamabad, he said there is ample room to further enhance trade and investment cooperation between the two countries.


The Finance Minister said after having achieved macroeconomic stability, Pakistan is now fully focused on attaining higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.


The High Commissioner said that robust economic growth and a visible improvement in the security situation in Pakistan provides a good opportunity for further strengthening economic linkages between the two countries.



Meanwhile, talking to the acting US Ambassador, Jonathan Pratt in Islamabad, Ishaq Dar said Pakistan wants to further strengthen its all round partnership with the United States to address the issues confronting the region.  


He said Pakistan is making continued and concerted efforts for economic development with due focus on forging regional cooperation.  


He also highlighted Pakistan's resolve of having good neighbourly relations and its all out support for peace in the region.


The Finance Minister said Pakistan's economic turnaround manifests enhanced investors interest. He said Pakistan would also welcome increased investment by US companies.


The US Envoy apprised the Minister of US Embassy's efforts for enhancing trade and economic relations between the two countries.



The State Bank of Pakistan says it will continue to closely monitor developments in the foreign exchange markets and ensure stability in the financial markets.


In a statement, the Bank said the current exchange rate is broadly aligned with the economic fundamentals.


It said the Pakistani rupee-US dollar exchange rate in the inter-bank market has depreciated by 3.1 percent from 104.90 to 108.25 per US dollar.



Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq says anti-Pakistan forces are targeting the country in the name of Panama Papers.


In an interview, he said whenever Pakistan starts its journey towards development, some foreign forces begin creating hurdles in its way.   


He said our neighbors are hatching conspiracies against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Pakistan's nuclear programme.


To a question, Saad Rafiq said PML-N has always respected the court and  will do so in future as well.


He said Pakistan cannot go forward unless democratically elected governments are allowed to complete their constitutional tenure.    



Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says the government believes in utmost transparency and there has not been a single case of corruption in last four years.


In an interview, he said the appearance of family members of Prime Minister before the JIT shows the commitment of  the government that it believes in rule of law and supremacy of Constitution.


Ahsan Iqbal said PTI Chief Imran Khan should also appear before the court and Election Commission, instead of leveling baseless allegations against the Prime Minister and his family. 



Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf says conspiracies are being hatched against the government to block the country’s rapid progress towards becoming Asian tiger.


Talking to media in Islamabad, he said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is being targeted for his matchless services to the nation.


He said all conspiracies against him have failed in the past and the same would also happen in future.



Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Broadcasting Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha says the JIT's report would remain incomplete without questenioning the Qatari prince.


Talking to a private news channel, he said the JIT should go to Qatar and record the statement of Qatari prince.


Replying to a question, he said PTI is using Panama Papers case for political point scoring.



Pakistan's newly appointed Ambassador to Afghanistan, Zahid Nasrullah Khan presented his credentials to Afghan President, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani at a ceremony in Kabul.


The ceremony was followed by a courtesy call of the ambassador on the President. 


The ambassador conveyed a message of goodwill on behalf of the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan to President Ashraf Gahani.


He reiterated that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shared President Ghani's vision of regional connectivity that is essential for prosperity of the region.


The ambassador expressed his determination to work for

promotion of bilateral relations between the two countries in all fields.



Sindh Rangers have unearthed huge quantity of arms and ammunition in North Nazimabad area of Karachi.


According to a spokesman of Sindh Rangers, the arms and ammunition include bombs, rifles, pistols and more than four thousands bullets.


The spokesman said that the arms and ammunition was hidden by the militant wing of MQM London.



Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have said that diplomatic and trade sanctions against Qatar will continue .


Speaking after a meeting of foreign ministers in Cairo, Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry said Qatar lacked understanding of the seriousness and gravity of the situation.


However, no new sanctions have been imposed against Doha.


Meanwhile, the UN political chief, Jeffrey Feltman, is in Kuwait for talks on ending the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors.



The United States has threatened  to use force against North Korea to stop its nuclear missile program.


U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told U.N Security Council that North Korea's actions were quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution and the United States was prepared to defend itself and its allies.


She also warned that Washington is prepared to cut off trade with countries trading with North Korea in violation of U.N. resolutions.


Meanwhile, China told the UN Security Council  that military action was not an option  for addressing the crisis over North Korea.



In Mexico, at least 14 people have been killed in a shootout between police and drug gangs in Las Varas.



In Central African Republic, at least 78 people have been killed and a number of others injured when a truck heavily loaded with goods and passengers crashed near town of Bambari.



Australia beat Pakistan by 159 runs in the ICC Women's World Cup at Leicester last night.


Batting first  Australia scored 290 for the loss of eight wickets in stipulated 50 overs.


In reply, Pakistan were all out for 131 runs.




Rain-thundershowers with gusty winds is expected at scattered places of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Lahore division, Upper Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Malakand, Hazara, Mardan, Peshawar, Kohat divisions, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during the next twelve hours. 


Hot and humid weather is expected elsewhere in the country.


Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was:-


Islamabad twenty-six degree centigrade, Lahore & Peshawar twenty-eight, Karachi thirty, Quetta twenty-two, Gilgit & Murree eighteen and Muzaffarabad twenty-one degree centigrade.

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