PM discharged from hospital

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has been discharged from the hospital and shifted to home in London. Earlier, PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif, in a tweet message, said that doctors are satisfied with Prime Minister's health progress and latest reports. It was the 66-year-old's second major cardiac medical procedure in five years. Maryam Nawaz in a tweet said, "PM's recovery on course. She said Prime Minister was made to walk several times in the corridor during the day, and up and down a flight of stairs twice."  Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the Ministry of Water And Power to ensure uninterrupted power supply during Sehar and Iftar times in Ramazan. In a statement, he instructed the PM Office to strictly monitor load-shedding schedule. On Sunday, nearly a week after the premier underwent surgery, Maryam had announced that Nawaz Sharif's recovery was on track.

No power can sabotage CPEC project: Nisar

Interior Minister says performance of law enforcement agencies is commendable. Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan says certain vested groups and countries are out to sabotage China Pakistan Economic Corridor project. The CPEC is no longer a dream but is turning into a reality. He said both China and Pakistan are long standing friends and their destinies are intertwined. Chaudhary Nisar said Islamabad Safe City project costing 126 million rupees the first of its kind was need of the hour. It will serve as a role model for other parts of the countries and will be replicated in other cities. Earlier, addressing passing out parade of police officers in Islamabad, he said overall security situation has improved in the country over the last three years. She said incidents of terrorism have witnessed a visible decline. The credit for this goes to security and intelligence agencies of the country. Recruitment in police department are being made on merit and vowed to ensure the same in recruitment for Rapid Response Force as well.

Safe City Project

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan  formally inaugurated Islamabad Safe City Project and said this newly installed security system would help in further ensuring security in the federal capital. Nearly 1,950 surveillance cameras have been installed across the city as part of the project. A well equipped command and control center has been established in a building at H-11 to monitor movements around important buildings of the city besides covering entry and exit points, roads, commercial centers and a sizable portion of the city’s residential areas, the Minister said. Along with improving law and order in the city, the Safe City Project will also help in improving traffic system. The main objective of the Project was to make the capital a crime free city, the Minister said this while addressing the inaugural ceremony held here on Monday. According to details of the project, video summary software and 4G technology has been acquired for CCTV cameras. A total 1950 cameras were installed in various parts of the city including markets and roads. The installation of CCTV cameras will also assist in controlling crime rate in the capital and keeping check on car-lifting. These gadgets will assist security departments in tracing criminal and suspect elements.

Pakistan wants good relations with all countries: Info Minister

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid says Pakistan desires good relations with all the countries and believes that all outstanding issues must be resolved through dialogue. He was addressing the 118th anniversary celebration of proclamation of Philippines independence in Islamabad. The Minister said our relations with the Philippines form an important component of our 'Vision East Asia Policy, which aims at enhancing collaboration with Southeast Asian region in diverse fields. There exists commonality of views on various regional and international issues translating into a reservoir of goodwill between the leadership and people of the two countries. Pervaiz Rashid said the Philippines, a founding member of ASEAN, has been a steadfast supporter of our efforts to strengthen our institutional linkages with ASEAN. Philippines has also committed to support Pakistan's bid for the Full Dialogue Partnership of the ASEAN. He expressed the hope that the relations between the two countries will further grow.

World acknowledges Pakistan's economic achievements

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that copious investment has been made in marginalized sectors. Speaking at a function in Faisalabad, he said economy has been put on positive trajectory over the last three years. Several world financial institutions are also recognizing the positive strides made by the country on the economic front. He said unprecedented investment has been made in the infrastructure, gas and power sectors as well as human resource development. Referring to China Pakistan Economic Corridor project, extraordinary steps have been announced in the next year fiscal budget for the agriculture sector. He said only the prices of fertilizers have been reduced but GST on pesticides has been abolished. Energy and infrastructure development has been given emphasis in the annual development plan amounting to 800 billion rupees. He said this year the economy has registered its highest growth rate (4.7pc). He said that 10,000 MW would be added to the system by 2018 and government was making the huge investment in energy, infrastructure, human resources and other sectors.                     

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