Talking to a Chinese delegation headed by President of Power Construction Corporation of China Yan Zhiyong in Islamabad, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says Completion of ongoing energy projects will help end the energy crisis in the country, which is top priority of the government.The government will extend full cooperation for early completion of power projects.Nawaz Sharif acknowledges the support of Power China and invited it to explore investment opportunities in transmission lines and hydro-power projects, including water reservoirs and power generation components.

Host : Umer Iftkhar 

Co-Host : Fouzia Shahid  

Analyst on Telephone:

Baligh-ur-Rehman (Minister of States for Interior): 

The power projects initiated by the incumbent government are vital to overcome energy crises. In the past, the energy crises had badly affected the industrial production and economy of the country. Prime Minister is working on the agenda to bring the country out of darkness since PML-N came into power in 2013 and allocated most of the available funds in power sector. The government has directed the concerned authorities to ensure the timely completion of all the underway power projects and determined to eliminate load-shedding till 2018. Before 2013, total installed capacity was 16000MW but the present government is determined to add 10000MW electricity in National Grid Station in five years.

Topic 02: Continuity of Pak-US dialogue imperative for regional peace, security: Fatemi

He was talking to a group of former senior US officials and experts on South Asia in Islamabad on Friday.Fatemi emphasizes the need for continuous dialogue and communication between Pakistan and United States of America for promoting peace and security in the region.Fatemi has emphasized the need for continuous dialogue and communication between Pakistan and United States of America for promoting peace and security in the region.Such dialogue provides a good opportunity to bridge the gap in perceptions in Washington about Pakistan and its policies and the changing realities on the ground. 

Analyst on Telephone:

Dr.Rashid Ahmad (Expert on World Affairs ):

"United States has some reservations on the current situation in South Asian region. The targets of United States in this region could not be achieved until and unless Pak-Afghan and Pak-India tensions are not reduced. United States is now appreciating Pakistan’s role against terrorism and efforts to restore peace in the region. Many countries have been offering to play role to normalize Pakistan and India situation as it will destabilize peace in the region."

Topic 03: Trump launches missile strikes on Syria after 'chemical' attack

 President Donald Trump ordered a massive military strike on a Syrian air base on Thursday in retaliation for a “barbaric” chemical attack he blamed on President Bashar al-Assad.The massive strike — the first direct US action against Assad's government and Trump's biggest military decision since taking office — marked a dramatic escalation in American involvement in Syria's six-year civil war.It followed days in which images of dead children and victims suffering convulsions from the suspected sarin gas attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun shocked the world.

Analyst on Telephone:

Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan (IR Expert):

The attack by United States forces is the violation of international laws. Even though, Syrian government is fighting against militants yet it is being alleged by the United States that Syrian forces are using chemical weapons against the people of its country. During his election campaign, it was Trump’s slogan that he will pull out US forces wherever they are engaged

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