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APRIL 07, 2016
World Bank has assured to continue financial support for different development projects in Pakistan.
Pakistan and China have agreed to speedily implement China Pakistan Economic Corridor to take their geopolitical relations to the geo-economic orbit.
Polling began for by-elections in NA-245 and PS-115 in Karachi a short while ago.
Polling for by-elections in NA-245 and PS-115 is being held in Karachi today.
Sixteen terrorists have been killed in an exchange of fire with the security forces in Kalat area of Balochistan.
In Balochistan, fifteen terrorists have been killed in an exchange of fire with the security forces in Kalat area.
US Secretary of State has arrived in Bahrain to discuss regional conflicts with senior officials of Gulf Cooperation Council.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says Pakistan is stepping up to a higher level of growth and better opportunities for economic prosperity of the people.
He was talking to Country Director World Bank Pochumuthu Illangovan and other senior officials in Islamabad.
He said the government after having achieved macroeconomic stability is actively pursuing economic growth and employment generation.
Mr. Pochumuthu Illangovan said the World Bank would continue to finance different projects in Pakistan to further strengthen cooperation.
In an interview, the Finance Minister has said the government has achieved its targets of revenue collection till the third quarter of current fiscal year.
He said the government collected 297 billion rupees revenue against the set target of 230 billion from the month of January to March this year showing a growth of about twenty percent.
Ishaq Dar said maximum relief would be given to the masses in the upcoming budget.
Pakistan and China have re-affirmed their commitment to speedily implement China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project to take the geopolitical relations to geo-economics orbit.
Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal and Secretary of Communist Party of Xinjiang province, Zhang Chuxian, during a meeting in Islamabad were in unison that CPEC is a win-win project for both China and Pakistan.
Minister Planning and Development pointed out that cooperation between Pakistan and Xingiang can add a new chapter in CPEC because of their geographic proximity.
Ahsan Iqbal said CPEC would help create a regional economic block of three billion people through improved regional integration and connectivity and Pakistan could play a critical role as it is located in the center of South Asia, Central Asia and China.
Zhang appreciated the economic turnaround Pakistan has made in the last two and half years under leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and noted that Pakistan is now well-positioned for economic take off.
Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir and his Sri Lankan counterpart, A. Rishad Bathi-uddin called on Governor Sindh Dr. Ishratul Ebad in Karachi.
During the meeting, they agreed to promote bilateral relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said the government will provide all possible assistance to investors in Sindh province.
The Sri Lankan Minister said improved law and order situation in Pakistan in the wake of operation Zarb-e-Azb is being appreciated across the world.
He said Sri Lankan investors are keen to invest in Pakistan's energy, agriculture and infrastructure.
Talking to media in Karachi, Commerce Minister said Pakistan's exports have increased after the country got GSP-Plus status.
He said exports of ready made garments have multiplied to European markets.
Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali says the government has launched several power projects to enhance power generation and overcome energy crisis.
Addressing a News Conference in Multan, he said electricity generation would be increased up to 18,000 megawatt by the end of the year.
Abid Sher Ali said Diamer-Bhasha Dam and Dasu Dam projects are in the pipeline and work on extension of Tarbela Dam is underway to increase electricity generation.
He said new transmission lines are also being installed besides up-grading the existing system to reduce the line losses.
The Minister said load-shedding has been reduced to six hours in urban areas and eight hours in rural areas as a result of government efforts.
Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid says PML(N) believes in transparency and it has presented itself for accountability whenever allegations were leveled against it.
Addressing a news conference along with PML-N leaders in Islamabad, he said the family of the Prime Minister is clean and that is why Nawaz Sharif has announced setting up of a judicial commission.
The Minister, regretted that Imran Khan levels allegations against others but has not yet got cleared himself despite allegations of corruption in Shaukat Khanum Hospital and Banni Gala property.
Danyal Aziz presented documents before media to substantiate his claim saying Imran Khan invested money collected in the name of Shaukat Khanum Hospital in off-shore companies.
President Mamnoon Hussain has summoned National Assembly session at 5:00 pm in Parliament House Islamabad today.
Polling for by-elections in National Assembly constituency NA-245 Karachi and Provincial Assembly constituency PS-115 Karachi is in progress.
Polling will continue without any break till 5:00 pm.
All major parties have fielded their candidates for both the constituencies. However main contest will be between MQM, PTI and PPP.
It may be recalled that NA-245 and PS-115 fell vacant because of resignations of MQM’s Rehan Hashmi and Arshad Vohra after they were elected in local bodies’ elections.
Sindh Government has made strict security arrangements at both the constituencies.
Foreign Office Spokesman says investigations regarding Pathankot incident are continuing.
In a statement issued in Islamabad, he said the Pakistani investigation team visited India from 27th of the last month to first of this month to probe the incident.
The spokesman said a team of National Investigation Agency of India briefed the Pakistani team at the beginning of the visit.
Defence analysts have appreciated the government efforts to eliminate the menace of terrorism and violent extremism.
Taking part in Radio Pakistan's News and Current Affairs programme, Lt Gen (Retd) Amjad Shoaib said Pakistan is fighting a successful war against terrorism.
He said the National Security Committee meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed its concern over the activities of hostile intelligence agencies working in Pakistan, to destabilize the country.
Maj General, Retired, Farooq said Operation Zarb-e-Azb is progressing successfully. He said the government is striving hard to improve its relations with the neighbouring countries including India, but India's anti-Pakistan attitude is a hurdle in this regard.
Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema said arrest of Indian Navy agent clearly indicates Indian involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan.
Senior Analyst Dr. A.Z. Hilali said effective implementation of National Action Plan indicates that Pakistan will be terror-free country in the near future.
In Balochistan, sixteen terrorists have been killed in an exchange of fire with security forces in Kalat.
According to security sources, during operation two hideouts of terrorists were also destroyed.
A huge cache of arms and ammunition also recovered from them.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Bahrain to discuss regional conflicts with his counterparts and senior officials of Gulf Cooperation Council.
They will particularly discuss the issues of Yemen, Syria and the situation in Iraq, Lebanon, and other countries of the region.
His visit aims to make preparation for Obama's attendance of a GCC summit in Riyadh on April 21.
Mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country today.
However, partly cloudy weather is expected in Murree, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:
Islamabad thirteen degree centigrade, Lahore sixteen, Karachi twenty-four, Peshawar seventeen, Quetta eight, Gilgit and Muzaffarabad twelve while Murree nine degree centigrade.