JULY 07, 2017


Prime Minister says his government is successfully heading towards permanently eliminating load shedding from the country.

National Security Committee has reaffirmed nation's resolve to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

Railways Minister says PML-N has always respected judiciary and will continue to do so in future as well.

Minister of State for National Health Services says international standards are being adopted to enhance export of pharmaceuticals.

Interior Minister has vowed that no one will be allowed to misuse social media for hurting religious sentiments and undertaking unlawful activities.

In occupied Kashmir, puppet authorities have imposed curfew and strict restrictions to stop the people from staging rallies to mark first martyrdom anniversary of Burhan Wani.

In Afghanistan, eleven people have been killed in clashes between government forces and insurgents in Faryab province.

UNESCO has declared Old City of Hebron in the occupied West Bank an endangered world heritage site.


Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says his government is successfully heading towards permanently eliminating loadshedding from the country.

He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of 760-megawatt first unit of Haveli Bahadur Shah near Jhang today.

The Prime Minister said power generation is being increased at a fast pace, which will boost industry, agriculture, and trade.

He said completion of the first unit of this power project in twenty-one months is unbelievable. He said the government is also working to provide electricity to people at affordable price.

Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said our foes are disturbed over unprecedented development being made during PML-N era in the country in all fields.

He said industry is booming, agriculture is growing, road network is being expanded, and tourism is thriving in the country due to the government's untiring efforts.

Nawaz Sharif said groundbreaking of Dasu Dam having capcity of 4500 megawatt will be performed on Monday.

He said Bhasha Dam will also produce similar amount of electricity along with provision of water for irrigation purposes.

The Prime Minister said those who are conspiring against the government have been defeated repeatedly by PML-N in elections. He said these elements want to come to power through backdoors through conspiracies, but the people of Pakistan will foil their designs. He said our political opponents will not be able to compete us in elections as PML-N will defeat them with people's support.

The Prime Minister said Lawari Tunnel project is being completed at a cost of twenty-six billion rupees and the tunnel will also be inaugurated in next few months. Similarly, Hazara-Motorway will be completed in KP. He said Thar coal power project in Sindh is also being supported by the federal government. Besides other projects, motorway are also being built in Sindh.

He said 800 billion rupees are being spent on upgradation of Railway system in Pakistan.

Addressing the ceremony, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif said Haveli Bahadur Shah, Bhikki and Balloki power plants will add 3600 MW power to the national grid.

He said gap in power supply and demand in June 2013 was 67 percent, which has now been reduced to 19 percent.

The Minister said power transmission and distribution system is also being revamped.

Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said 168 billion rupees have been saved in Haveli Bahadur Shah, Bhikki and Balloki power plants due to transparency.

He said new power plants will bring development to all sectors besides creating new job opportunities.

Earlier, Project Director Rashid Mehmud Langrial said the cost of production is quite low due to transparency in bidding process, which will benefit consumers.

National Security Committee has said regional peace and progress are directly linked to resolution of all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir.

The Committee met with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in the chair in Islamabad today.

The forum said no other country in the world has done as much for global safety and security as Pakistan did at a huge cost of both men and material.

The meeting said Pakistan has acted as a frontline state in global counter-terrorism efforts with unparalleled sacrifices and successes.

The sacrifices of security forces and law enforcement agencies and the nation's resolve in fighting the scourge of terrorism were acknowledged and appreciated during the meeting.

It said Pakistan will continue to work for peace and progress in Afghanistan through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, the Services Chiefs and other high officials attended the meeting.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the JIT should have first recorded the statement of Qatari Prince Shaikh Hamad bin Jassim before reaching to any conclusion.

In a statement, she said if Pervez Musharraf's views can be recorded at his residence, the statement of Shaikh Hamad bin Jassim should also be recorded in Qatar.

The Minister of State said that allegations leveled in the Panama case will become irrelevant and worthless if Jasim's statement is recorded.

Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq has said PML-N has always respected courts and will do so in future as well.

Talking to media in Islamabad this evening, he said that Prime Minister himself proposed to form a judicial commission to probe the allegations leveled in the Panama Papers.

The Minister said Pakistan is not a banana republic and no one is above the law. He said JIT has no powers to eavesdropping on the Prime Minister House.

Saad Rafiq said Imran Khan is a loser will remain so in future as well.

He said Imran Khan cannot win elections, so he is attempting to use backdoor to come to power.

Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar says the reforms implemented in drug regulation over the last few years have helped improve Pakistani pharmaceutical exports.

Addressing a seminar in Islamabad today on export of Pakistani pharmaceutical, she said bar codes are being introduced for all medicine packs for the first time as per international standards, which will give a major boost to the country's exports.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says no one could be allowed to misuse social media hurting religious sentiments and undertaking unlawful activities.

Talking to Vice President of Facebook Joel Kaplan in Islamabad today, he said the government believes in freedom of expression.

The Minister said the entire Muslim Ummah has serious concerns over misuse of social media platforms to propagate blasphemous content.

The two sides discussed steps to remove blasphemous content from social media.

The Facebook Vice President reiterated to keep the platform safe and promote values that are in congruence to community standards in Pakistan.

He also committed to remove fake accounts, explicit, hateful and provocative material that incites violence and terrorism.

The UN Security Council has approved inclusion of Jamaatul Ahrar terrorist group in the list of entities and individuals facing international restrictions.

Pakistan had proposed this listing.

Meanwhile, in a statement issued in Islamabad today, Pakistan has welcomed this decision.

Jamatul Ahrar operates from Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan and has been involved in a series of terrorist attacks Pakistan. Islamabad had banned the terrorist outfit last year.

Former Secretary Finance Tariq Bajwa who was appointed new Governor of State Bank of Pakistan today has assumed charge of his office in Karachi.

The SBP officers and staff welcomed the new Governor State Bank at his office.

Pakistan and Cyprus have signed an agreement to abolish visa requirements for diplomatic and official passport holders.

The agreement was signed by Pakistan's High Commissioner to Cyprus Aftab Ahmad Khokhar and Acting Permanent Secretary of Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs Minas Hadjimichael in Nicosia today.

The Visa Abolition Agreement will enhance interaction and exchanges between Pakistan and Cyprus.

Benazir Income Support Programme in collaboration with World Food Programme conducted a training workshop on nutrition in Islamabad today.

Speaking on the occasion, BISP Chairperson Marvi Memon said it is beginning of a revolution as these trainings will help enhance productivity of future generations.

A Chinese firm has agreed to construct Oil Refinery near Kohat.

Pakistan will continue to work with China for greater prosperity of the region and meet common challenges through enhanced connectivity.

This was stated by Pakistan Ambassador to China Masood Khalid while speaking at the 23rd Lanzhou Trade Fair in China's Gansu province today.

He said Pakistan is fully committed to successful implementation of China Pakistan Economic Corridor which is the flagship project of One Belt and One Road initiative.

Pakistan Ambassador to Washington Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said Pakistan is deeply interested in further strengthening Pak-US relations spanning over seven decades.

He was speaking to a 10-member delegation of young Pakistani female students sponsored by the Summer Sisters Program in Washington.

Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry said the student exchange programs promote people-to-people contact and help further cement bilateral relations.

Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair says the federal government is executing several projects for welfare of people.

Talking to National Assembly Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi in Karachi today, he said people of Sindh will greatly benefit from the projects being implemented under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Later, talking to a Chinese delegation of Justice Department, the Governor said CPEC will bring prosperity to the entire region.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak says foreign investors are coming to the province due to the government's investment friendly policies

Talking to different delegations in Peshawar today, he said all institution have been made free from political interference to serve people in a better manner.

Investigation report into Ahmadpur Sharqia oil tanker tragedy has held the private oil company responsible for the incident, which claimed over two hundred lives.

The report released by Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority said the fitness certificate of the oil tanker was fake and the vehicle was not technically suitable to transport huge quantity of fuel.

The regulatory authority has directed the private oil company to pay compensation of one million rupees each to the heirs of those killed and five hundred thousand rupees to those injured in the incident.

Gilgit-Baltistan government has announced to establish first housing society for government employees.

One hundred fifty million rupees have been allocated in the current annual development program for the purpose.

Gilgit-Baltistan Development Authority has started working on the project.

The 18th martyrdom anniversary of Havildar Lalik Jan Shaheed was observed in the country today.

The main function in this regard was held at Hundur in Ghizer in Gilgit-Baltistan, where Commandant Artillery Force Command Northern Areas Brig Tahir Rashid laid floral wreath at the Mausoleum of Lalik Jan Shaheed and offered fateha.

A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army also presented a guard of honour.

The AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan called on Leader of the House in Senate Raja Zaffar ul Haq in Islamabad today.

Both leaders discussed the latest situation of Occupied Kashmir, Indian ceasefire violations on Line of Control and matters relating to the development of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking on the occasion, Raja Zaffar ul Haq said that PML-N government under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif would continue to extend political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris in their just struggle.

Raja Farooq Haider Khan said Kashmiris have complete faith in Kashmir policy of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have impounded thousands of motorbikes besides imposing strict curfew and other restrictions in all parts of the territory to prevent protest rallies on the eve of the first death anniversary of popular youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani.

Strict restrictions have been especially imposed in Pulwama, Islamabad, Kulgam, Shopian and Nowhatta and Maharaj Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar and Safakadal areas of Srinagar district.

The authorities have deployed over 20,000 additional personnel of paramilitary forces in the Valley.

The joint resistance leadership has announced a week-long protest programme to mark the occasion.

According to the protest programme, a complete strike will be observed tomorrow and on July 13, to also pay tributes to the July 13 martyrs who were killed by the Dogra Army soldiers outside the royal jail in the year 1931.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Gilani in a statement said Burhan Wani is a role model for our youth and his martyrdom serves as a milestone and an inspiration for generations to come.

Meanwhile, the first martyrdom anniversary of Burhan Muzzafar Wani will also be observed in Azad Kashmir tomorrow with the renewed pledge to continue his mission till the success of Kashmir liberation struggle.

The day will dawn with special prayers for the early liberation of Jammu and Kashmir from illegal Indian occupation.

Radio Mirpur is airing special programs in connection with the anniversary of Burhan Muzzafar Wani.

Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Barjees Tahir has appealed to the international community to take immediate steps to stop atrocities being committed by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.

In a statement issued in connection with martyrdom anniversary of Burhan Wani, he said this martyrdom has infused a new spirit into the struggle of Kashmiris for their right to self-determination.

In Afghanistan, eleven people have been killed in clashes between government forces and insurgents in northern Faryab province.

According to Afghan officials, the clash started in Qaisar district after a group of insurgents attacked security checkposts in the area. The security forces killed seven attackers in retaliatory fire.

Meanwhile, four university students were killed when they were trapped in fighting between the troops and insurgents.

UNESCO has declared the Old City of Hebron in the occupied West Bank an endangered world heritage site, sparking outrage from Israel.

Meeting in Kralow city of Polish city of Krakow today the UN's cultural arm voted twelve to three votes to give heritage status to the Old City area which is home to more than two hundred thousand Palestinians and a few hundred Israeli settlers.

The Palestinian foreign ministry has called the UNESCO decision despite US and Israeli opposition a success for Palestinian diplomacy

The G20 summit began in German city of Hamburg today.

Twenty heads of state are to discuss climate change, migration, terrorism and other major issues during the two-day meeting.

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

Meanwhile, protesters rallying around various anti-capitalist themes torched cars and blocked roads on the second day today as authorities called in reinforcements to try to control running street battles.

At least 159 officers have been injured since clashes began yesterday and more than 45 people arrested.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that his country will keep on cooperating with other states to harmonize global energy markets and reduce price volatility.

He was speaking at an informal meeting of BRICS nations in Hamburg today where the Group of 20 summit is underway.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producers led by Russia has agreed to cut oil production by almost 1.8 million barrels per day from January this year to support prices.

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