DATED: JULY 7, 2017



Prime Minister will inaugurate the first unit of Haveli Bahadur Shah Power Plant in Jhang on Friday.

Central Development Working Party has approved seventeen projects worth over one hundred seventy-eight billion rupees in various sectors. 

Asian Development Bank says Pakistan can achieve seven percent economic growth rate in next few years.

Minister of State for Information has said completion of tenure of elected governments is imperative for strengthening democratic system.

The G-20 summit opens in Germany on Friday to discuss climate change, terrorism and migration.



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate first unit of Haveli Bahadur Shah Power Plant with a capacity of 760  Megawatt in Jhang on Friday:


The project is a Combined Cycle Power Plant with a total production capacity of 1230 MW, fueled by Liquefied Natural Gas.


The first unit has been made operational in a record period of  21 months.


World's most efficient and state of the art technology has been used in the project which guarantees efficiency of the plant at 62.44 percent on LNG.


The project is environment friendly with minimum impact and is another step towards the government's commitment of providing balanced sources of energy for the country.



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan is committed to modernize facilities for speedy transit of goods to and from Afghanistan and Tajikistan through Pakistani seaports.


Addressing Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan summit in Dushanbe, he emphasized on early finalization of Trilateral Transit Trade Agreement to streamline regional transit traffic. 


The Prime Minister welcomed Tajik leader's proposal for establishment of a Tripartite Ministerial Commission to strengthen trilateral cooperation in political, economic and social spheres.   


He said Pakistan wants lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan for regional security and prosperity. 



The Central Development Working Party has approved 17 development projects worth 178.3 billion rupees.


The approval was accorded during CDWP meeting in Islamabad with Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal in the chair.


The projects include construction of Right Bank Outfall Drain in Sindh, three mega projects in communication sector, construction of Shaheed Beanzir Bhutto Bridge over Indus River, two projects in housing sector, and agriculture project for promotion of olive cultivation on commercial scale in the country. 


The CDWP also approved three projects in higher education sector.Under the project, students from Gwadar will be facilitated to get higher education at Pakistan's Universities and learn Chinese language abroad.  



Vice President of Asian Development Bank Wencai Zhang says Pakistan could achieve very strong economic growth in next few years. 


Talking to media  in Islamabad, he said he was very much impressed by the government’s efforts in stabilizing the macroeconomic indicators which have showed encouraging performance during recent years.


The ADB Vice President said the country needed a higher economic growth rate of 7 per cent, which was quite achievable in next few years.


Mr Zhang said that political stability was very important for the economic development in the country.



Earlier, talking to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, he said that the Bank will further collaborate with the Government of Pakistan on the new initiatives, including the Pakistan Development Fund and the Pakistan Infrastructure Bank.


Both sides agreed to explore more areas that need reforms.


Finance Minister said that the Government of Pakistan will continue to work closely with development partners on initiatives aimed at improving the quality of lives of the people. 


He appreciated the role of ADB as a development partner for Pakistan.



Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says PTI Chief Imran Khan is striving to grab power by all means.


In an interview to a  television channel, she said that some elements are conspiring to sabotage the country's march towards sustained economic growth.


She said that Imran Khan demands accountability of everyone, but he himself has failed to defend his foreign funding case before the Election Commission.


Responding to a question, the state minister said that the statements of Asif Zardari reflect his frustration. 


Marriyum Aurangzeb remarked that completion of mandated period of elected government is imperative for strengthening of democratic system.



Prime Minister's Spokesperson Dr Musadik Malik says the process of JIT should be fair.


Addressing a news conference in Islamabad he said JIT should go to Doha to record the statement of Qatari Prince.


He said Qatari Prince will verify each and every detail he has provided in his letter regarding his business matters with the Sharif family.



Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has assured full support and assistance to the civil authorities for peace and development of the country.


Talking to Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri in Rawalpindi, the Army Chief said it is a matter of pride to assist the province in realization of its potential.


They also discussed security situation in the province.


The Chief Minster lauded the efforts of the Army Chief for  bringing normalcy to the province.



One terrorist of a banned outfit has been killed in an exchange of fire with Frontier Corps in Sibi.


According to ISPR, the terrorist was involved in various terrorist activities in Balochistan.



Martyrdom anniversary of recipient of Nishan-e-Haider Havaldar Lalak Jan Shaheed, is being observed on Friday.


The death anniversary of Mai Bhagi, folk singer is also being observed on Friday.



In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown will be observed on Saturdayas a part of week-long protest calendar to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of popular youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani.    


Burhan Wani along with his two associates was martyred by Indian troops in a fake encounter on July 8, last year. 


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



The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres says talks aimed at ending the four-decade Cyprus conflict have closed without reaching an agreement.


He stated this while addressing a news conference in Crans Montana,Switzerland.



The Group of 20 summit begins in Germany on Friday to discuss climate change, migration, terrorism and other major issues.


US President Donald Trump will also meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin  on the sidelines of the summit .



NATO member states will hold another round of formal talks with Russia in Brussels next week.


The agenda is however, not yet clear.


The relations between Alliance and Russia have been  strained by the conflict in Ukraine.


US-led NATO suspended all practical cooperation with Russia over its  role in Ukraine .



In Mexico, twenty eight inmates have been killed in clashes among rival gangs in Acapulco prison.





Different cities have received monsoon rain during last twelve hours.


Kot Addu received 69 millimeter, Sargodha 39 and Kasur received 18 millimeter of rain.


Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.


However, rain-thundershowers with gusty winds may occur at isolated places of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, D G Khan, Malakand, Hazara, Zhob, Kalat divisions and Kashmir.


Temperature of some major cities recorded on Friday morning was:- 


Islamabad twenty-five degree centigrade, Lahore and Muzaffarabad twenty-three, Karachi twenty-nine, Peshawar twenty-seven, Quetta twenty-one, Gilgit nineteen and Murree eighteen degree centigrade.

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