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DATED: APRIL 07, 2017

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HEADLINES

Finance Minister has said electoral reforms bill will be presented in the parliament by next week.

Minister for Water and Power says 8000 megawatt electricity will be added to the system next year.

The United Nations has urged Pakistan and India to find negotiated settlement to their issues.

In occupied Kashmir, a Day of Pledge Reaffirmation will be observed on Friday.

The United States has carried out missile attack against targets in Syria.

The first One-Day International between Pakistan and West Indies is being played at Guyana this evening.

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DAR-BILL:

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said that draft bill on electoral reforms would be approved from the parliament before the coming fiscal budget 2017-18.

    

In an interview, he said electoral reforms bill would be presented in the National Assembly and Senate next week.

               

Finance Minister said the committee was reviewing more proposals regarding electoral reforms.

 

DAR:

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says government is planning to achieve the seven percent economic growth by 2018.

 

He was talking to Chairman of United States Institute of Peace, Stephen J. Hadley in Islamabad.

 

Ishaq Dar said Pakistan is poised to attain five percent economic growth by the end of this fiscal year.

 

He said efforts are underway to promote regional connectivity through CPEC, CASA  and TAPI like projects.

 

Finance Minister said these projects will also enhance regional cooperation and promote peace, prosperity and good neighbourly relations among the countries of the region.

 

Chairman USIP acknowledged Pakistan's significant economic achievements.

 

JANJUA:

The US Institute of Peace delegation also called on Advisor on National Security Nasser Khan Janjua and discussed matters of mutual of interests.

 

Speaking on the occasion, National Security Advisor said peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan and the region.

 

Nasser Janjua said situation in Afghanistan can be improved through political, diplomatic and people to people contacts.

 

Regional security and stability as well as situation in Afghanistan came under discussion during the meeting.

 

AHSAN:

Planning Minister  Ahsan Iqbal  says CPEC will connect three billion population of South Asia, Central Asia and China.

 

He was addressing a Business Summit in Islamabad.

 

Ahsan Iqbal said almost all European Union Countries have expressed their desire to join China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

 

He said the mega project is providing huge opportunities to the international investors

 

Addressing the summit, Chairman Martin Dow Group Jawed Akhai said Pakistan is rapidly attaining its status as a key economic hub.

 

ASIF:

Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif says several power plants will start generating electricity from next year.    

 

Talking to a private news channel, he said that eight thousand megawatt electricity will be added to the system next year.

    

To a question,  the Minister said that every possible step will be taken to flush out terrorists and the menace of terrorism from the country.  

 

He lauded the services of armed forces in  conducting census in the country.

 

To another question, Khawaja Asif said Indian influence is the main cause of strain relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.  

 

 

YOUSAF

Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf has said that guidance from the religious scholars is imperative to address the challenges being faced by the Muslim Ummah.

 

He said this while talking to his Saudi counterpart Al-Sheikh Saleh Bin Abdul Aziz in Peshawar.

 

During the meeting Saudi Arabian Religious Minister lauded Pakistan's sacrifices in the war against terrorism.

 

He also expressed willingness to increase Hajj quota for Pakistan.

 

JUI-F:

The centenary celebrations of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl are beginning at Azakhel in Nowshera on Friday.

 

Besides other, Imam-e-Kaba Sheikh Saleh Muhammad Bin Talib will attend  the celebrations. He will also deliver a sermon and lead the Friday prayers at Azakhel on Friday.

              

 

AIZAZ:

Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Chaudhry has said that incumbent government attaches great importance to mutually beneficial trade and investment relations between the two countries.

     

He expressed these views while talking to a delegation of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan in Washington.

           

Aizaz Chaudhry lauded the role of SECP in promoting trade and investment in Pakistan.

 

UNMOGIP

The United Nations has urged Pakistan and India to find negotiated settlement to their issues.

 

Talking to newsmen in New York, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Eri Kanekoamid said the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan  is investigating ceasefire violations along the Line of Control.

 

 

KASHMIR

In occupied Kashmir, a Day of Pledge Reaffirmation will be observed on Friday as part of the campaign for the boycott of sham parliamentary elections in the territory.

 

The Call for the observance of the day has been given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

 

The complete shutdown will be held on April 9  and  12, in Islamabad and Srinagar constituencies where the farcical elections are scheduled to be held on these days.

 

The joint resistance leadership in a statement has urged the people to follow the Hurriyet calendar with the same spirit as was witnessed during the popular uprising in 2016.

 

US-ATTACK

The United States has carried out a missile attack against targets in Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town. 

 

According to  Pentagon official , about 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from Navy destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean at a Syrian air base.

 

Earlier, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had said Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad should have no role in a future Syria.

 

UN-SYRIA

Meanwhile, Britain, France and the United States have pushed for a vote at the UN Security Council on a resolution demanding a full investigation of the suspected chemical attack in Syria.

 

The council was due to meet behind closed doors at Russia's request, to discuss Syria, but a formal vote on the Western-backed draft had not been scheduled.

 

Meanwhile, China's UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi says he hopes the U.N. Security Council can reach consensus on a resolution condemning  use of chemical weapons in northern Syria.

 

CHINA-US

The Chinese President Xi Jinping  has arrived in the United States to discuss bilateral security and trade issues, with President Donald Trump.

 

The North Korean nuclear issue is also at the top of the agenda in the meeting.

 

It is the first in-person meeting between the leaders of the world’s two largest economies.

 

JAPAN-KOREA

Japan has decided to extend unilateral sanctions against North Korea by two years.

 

According to Japanese Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko, Tokyo will continue its prohibition of all trade between Japan and North Korea and ban on all North Korean ships from entering Japanese ports.

 

CRICKET

The first One-Day International of three-match series between Pakistan and the West Indies is being played at Providence, Guyana on Friday.

 

The match will start at 6.30pm Pakistan Standard Time.

 

WEATHER

 

Mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.

 

Rain-thunderstorm is likely at isolated places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Gujranwala, Lahore divisions, upper FATA, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. 

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded on Friday morning:

 

Islamabad thirteen degree centigrade, Lahore seventeen, Karachi twenty four, Peshawar fifteen, Quetta and Murree six, Gilgit five and Muzaffarabad ten degree centigrade.


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