Prime Minister has reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment for early implementation of CASA-1000 project to meet growing energy demand in the country.


Air Chief says aviation city at Aeronautical Complex Kamra will provide a lead towards production of fifth generation fighter jets.


Russian President says his country favours a rules-based trade order to boost global economic growth. 


Pakistan's boxer Mohammad Waseem has won International Challenge Fight beating Eliecer Valdez of Panama.





Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment for early implementation of CASA-1000 project.


He was addressing the Quadrilateral Session of CASA-1000 conference in Dushanbe today, which was also attended by President of the host country, President of Afghanistan, and Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan.


The Prime Minister said Pakistan needs energy for its socio-economic development and run its industrial sector to its full potential.


He expressed satisfaction that some of the world's leading manufacturers have expressed their keen interest to provide Converter Stations for CASA-1000.  He pointed out that tenders for transmission lines from Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan and from Tajikistan to Afghanistan have been floated and are currently being evaluated.


The Prime Minister hoped that work on the project would begin very soon.



Earlier, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held an informal meeting in Dushanbe today.


Both leaders will hold one on one meeting later today.


A trilateral meeting of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan will also be held to discuss regional security and other issues of mutual understanding.



President Mamnoon Hussain says the confidence of taxpayers has increased due to reforms in tax refund system.


He was talking to outgoing Federal Tax Ombudsman Abdur Rauf Chaudhry who paid a farewell call to him in Islamabad today.


The President commended services of Abdur Rauf Chaudhry  as Federal Tax Ombudsman.


He lauded his efforts to make the tax collection regime people friendly and transparent.


The President appreciated use of modern means of communication to create awareness among the taxpayers.



Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal has said that a strong air force and aerospace platform is imperative for a strong Pakistan. 


He was addressing a ceremony in connection with the establishment of aviation city at Aeronautical complex Kamra today.


The Minister expressed the confidence that the aviation city will not only help us in developing capabilities in defense and security but also prove to be a berth of commercial aviation activities.


Speaking on the occasion, Air Chief Sohail Aman described the establishment of the aviation city as an important step towards achieving self reliance in defense production. He said it is also an important lead towards production of fifth generation fighter jets in the country.



At the United Nations, Pakistan has underscored the need for equal development in all parts of the world to achieve Sustainable Development Goals set by the world body. 


Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi said this while participating in a debate at the United Nations Economic and Social Council in New York.


She said agenda of development should be broader and integrated.



Chairman Hurriyet forum Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that meaningful dialogue is the only way forward to resolve the Kashmir dispute.


In an interview in connection with the martyrdom anniversary of Burhan Wani, he said current situation in occupied Kashmir has again attracted the world's attention.


Meanwhile, the Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik have strongly condemned imposing curfew and other restrictions in Srinagar by the occupation authorities, on one pretext or the other.



Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that open trade relations based on uniform standards can stimulate growth of the global economy and support progressive development of intergovernmental relations.


In his article published in a German daily today, ahead of G20 summit, Putin wrote that Russia favors an open and rules-based trade order to boost global growth.



Pakistani boxer Mohammad Waseem has won International Challenge Fight in Panama city.


In an eight-round ranking fight, Muhammad Wasim defeated Eliecer Valdez of Panama.


With this victory, Muhammad Wasim has jumped to number one in the World Boxing Council's Silver Flyweight rankings as this is his fourth consecutive victory.

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