DATE: 06-07-2017                        


Prime Minister says tenders for transmission lines of CASA-1000 have been floated to expedite the project. 


Finance Minister says a transparent probe will be carried out into recent dollar appreciation. 


Government plans to provide broadband facility to every un-connected village by the end of next year.


Foreign Office categorically rules out an organized presence of any terror outfit in the country.


China says it will uphold its territorial integrity along the Indian border at all costs.


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 on Thursday, 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.


Nawaz Sharif described CASA-1000 as a flagship project in the region connecting Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia to Afghanistan and Pakistan in South Asia through an electricity grid. 


He said on its completion, Pakistan will get 1,000 MW and Afghanistan 300 MW electricity in summer time, from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.


This project will help bring a number of economic, social and environmental benefits to member countries. 


The Prime Minister said the project is an important step toward realization of the planned Central Asia South Asia Regional Electricity Market.  It will be a good example of promoting cooperation between energy-deficient South Asia and energy-rich Central Asia.                            



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif visited the agriculture exhibition in Government residence, Pugus palace, near Dushanbe on Thursday.


The Prime Minister along with the Presidents of Tajikistan, Afghanistan and the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan viewed Agri products in the exhibition.


Different stalls of fruits and agriculture items were exhibited to promote Tajik agri products.


The Prime Minister praised the quality of local grown fruits. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon along with other leaders also visited different parts of the Pugus palace.                         



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 on Thursday.


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.                    



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says a transparent probe will be carried out into recent dollar appreciation.


Talking to media persons in Islamabad on Thursday, he expressed surprise over the depreciation of the local currency. He said the forex market is stable and there is no reason in appreciation of dollar.


Responding to a question, Ishaq Dar said foreign exchange reserves currently stand at twenty one billion dollars. Of these sixteen billion dollars are with the central bank and the remaining five billion dollars are with the banks.


Earlier, the Finance Minister held a meeting with the presidents of different banks and discussed matters that led to the devaluation of rupee.                         



Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecom Anusha Rehman says under Prime Minister's programme of 'Digital Pakistan' every un-connected village of the country would be provided broadband facility by the end of next year. 


Speaking at a function in Islamabad she said programmes in this regard are underway in Balochistan and KPK while project for FATA would be rolled out next month.


Anusha Rehman said the IT ministry is working as enabler for effective utilization of information technology in the fields of education, health and agriculture.


Minister of State for CADD Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said Islamabad schools in the Capital would be made role model institutions under Prime Minister's reforms programme.


He said under the programmes, schools are being improved and upgraded besides provision of necessary facilities.                            



Election Commission has issued election schedule for a vacant reserved Senate seat for technocrats including Ulema from Balochistan. 


The seat fell vacant due to death of engineer Agha Shehbaz Khan.


Polling for the seat at Balochistan Assembly will be held on 24th of this month.                     



Provincial Disaster Management Authority Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has chalked out a comprehensive plan to cope with any situation emerging out of monsoon rains.


PDMA sources told our Peshawar correspondent that over four hundred million rupees have been issued to district administrations in this regard.


Ten districts including Peshawar, Charsadda, Nowshera, Dera Ismail Khan, Chitral, Swat, Shangla, Dir Upper, Dir Lower and Kohistan have been declared as sensitive. 


People have been asked to contact PDMA Control Room on telephone number 091-0213867 or helpline 1700 in case of any emergency.                   



Foreign Office has emphatically stated that there is no organized presence of any terror outfit including TTP, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Daesh and Al-Qaeda in Pakistan.


Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday said Afghanistan's allegations about presence of Haqqani network in tribal areas are mere rhetoric  aimed at putting the blame of its own failures on Pakistan.


He said the killing of a number of commanders of Haqqani network in Afghanistan clearly indicates that the group is based in that country and operating from there and not Pakistan. 


He maintained that as a result of effective counter terrorism operations, the terrorists are on the run and their infrastructure has been dismantled. This is also manifested in improved security situation in the country.


Nafees Zakaria said during the visit of the US delegation headed by Senator Mccain, matters pertaining to Afghanistan came under discussion.  He said peace and stability in Afghanistan has direct bearing on peace and stability in Pakistan. He said Pakistan is ready to assist in all efforts aimed at bringing peace to the neighboring country.


He said India on the other hand is part of problem in Afghanistan.                          



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 Hurriyet 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.


The leaders in a joint statement in Srinagar, said punishing and harassing the resilient people of the territory has become a regular feature of the anti-Kashmir ruling regime.           



China says it will uphold its territorial integrity along the Indian border at all costs.


The Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement in Beijing, that the transgression across the Sikkim border by Indian troops is a violation of the 1890 convention and the basic norms that guide international relations.


The ministry said, the restraint being shown by the Chinese side is preventing a flare up in the region.                         



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.

Third-party Ads