Free Trade Agreement with Turkey is at advanced stage.


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa budget for next fiscal year will be presented in provincial Assembly today.


China has again called for negotiations between Pakistan and India for solution of Kashmir dispute.


The United Nations says efforts are underway to resolve diplomatic row between Qatar and its Arab neighbors.


In Syria, U.S-backed forces have launched a three-pronged attack on Islamic State militants in Raqqa.


Pakistan will take on South Africa in the ICC Champions Trophy at Birmingham today.



Minister for Commerce Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan says Free Trade Agreement with Turkey is at advanced stage.


Chairing 6th meeting of Federal Textile Board in Islamabad, he said that Free Trade Agreement with Iran and Indonesia is under consideration. The meeting agreed to prepare proposals for market and brand focused exports.


Representatives of the Ministries of Commerce, National Food Security and Industries and Production, Finance Division besides members of various associations attended the meeting.



The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa budget for next fiscal year will be presented in provincial Assembly  today.


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance Minister Muzaffar Said advocate will present the budget at 2:00 pm.



The Cabinet Committee on Energy chaired by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has unanimously approved that no power shutdowns on account of development works will be carried out during the month of Ramazan.


The prime minister directed the Ministry of Water and Power to undertake power supply and demand analysis upto 2023 so as to undertake integrated long-term planning about fulfilling energy requirements.


He also directed to work out shifting of scheduled outages of power plants in view of repairs and maintenance from summer to winter to ensure maximum power supply.


The CCE also accorded in-principle approval for establishment of a new LNG based 1,200 MW power plant.



Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Barrister Zafarullah Khan says Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf is doing politics on Panama Papers case.


Talking to PTV, he said the prime minister did not seek immunity in the case and presented himself for accountability.


He said PTI chief Imran Khan had used derogatory language against the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court during rigging case of general election 2013.


Barrister Zafarullah said the PML-N government would complete its constitutional tenure and would also win the general elections 2018.   



The Parliamentary party meeting of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz scheduled to be held today in Murree has been cancelled due to inclement weather.



China says it will continue to work with Pakistan on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to bring more economic benefits to the  people of both the countries as well as the region.


This was stated by Spokesperson of Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hua Chunying in her regular press briefing in Beijing.


She opined that CPEC, a flagship project of One Belt One Road Initiative has helped Pakistan to improve transport and energy infrastructures and also provided job opportunities for the people in Pakistan.


In reply to a question, she termed Kashmir a left over issue from the history between India and Pakistan which should be properly settled by the two countries through negotiation.


She said that CPEC is a project of economic cooperation and it would not affect China’s position on the issue of Kashmir.



Special Corps Commanders Conference has reviewed regional security environment in the backdrop of recent terrorist incidents in Afghanistan.


The forum chaired by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ Rawalpindi expressed solidarity with Afghan people and Security Forces on loss of precious lives and vowed to continue its support and cooperation with Afghanistan in fight against terrorism and militancy.


The forum took exception to the unwarranted accusations and threats against Pakistan in the aftermath of Kabul blast.


The forum also concluded that instead of blaming Pakistan, Afghanistan needs to look inward and identify the real issues.


While reaffirming continued support to regional peace and stability, the forum reiterated Pakistan Army’s resolve to defend the motherland against all types of threat.



Minister for Inter-provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada has urged the Muslims to shun differences for promotion of a peaceful environment.


Addressing a conference in Islamabad, he said Islam is a religion of peace and love and Muslim should promote these values in the world.



Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, says India's oppressive measures against resistance leadership are a glaring example of running the valley under martial law.


Talking to media in Srinagar before his arrest, Yasin Malik condemned the arrest spree and banning of a simple meeting and press conference by the joint resistance leadership.


He said it has become a custom of the so-called rulers to suppress every voice for freedom before it is raised.


The United Nations says efforts are underway to resolve the diplomatic row between Qatar and its Arab neighbours.


At his regular briefing in New York, the world body's spokesman Stephane Dujarric said UN Secretary General is closely watching the situation in the Gulf.


Meanwhile, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah has arrived back home after holding talks with Saudi leadership to resolve the diplomatic row between Qatar and five other Arab states.



The United Nations has warned that the amount of aid allocated to education has been falling for six years in a row.


According to a UNESCO's Global Education Monitoring Report, total aid to education this year stands at twelve billion dollars which is four percent less than 2010.


It said the aid remains far short of what is needed to achieve Sustainable Development Goal- 4, putting the UN's commitments at risk.


While announcing the report, Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, called on donors not to shift their attention away from the poorest countries.



France will present a resolution in the UN Security Council this week, to authorize an African military force for Sahel region, to root out militants and drug traffickers.


This was stated by French Ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre, while talking to reporters in New York.


The force will consist of troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.



Metrological department has predicted torrential rains in the next forty eight hours in Gilgit Baltistan.


In a press release, Chairman District Disaster Management Authority Gilgit, Hamza Salik asked people to avoid travel in landslides and floods prone areas in Gilgit to avoid any losses.


The Chairman appealed people of vulnerable areas in Gasupoot, Gowach, Bargo, Bagrote and Haramosh valleys to shift to safer places as a precautionary measure.



In the ICC Champions Trophy, Pakistan will play their second match against South Africa at Birmingham today.


The match will begin at 1730 Pakistan Standard Time.


Earlier, England beat New Zealand by 87 runs at Cardiff last night.


Bating first, England set a victory target of 311.


In reply, New Zealand were all out for 223 in 44.3 overs.


JT Ball of England was declared player of the match.




Dust-thunderstorm/rain with gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad divisions, FATA, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir today, while at isolated places in D.G. Khan, Sahiwal, Multan, Quetta, Zhob divisions.


However, hot and dry weather is likely to prevail elsewhere in the country.


Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was:-


Islamabad twenty-three degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-two, Karachi thirty, Peshawar twenty-four, Quetta Seventeen, Gilgit & Murree fifteen and Muzaffarabad Nineteen degree centigrade.

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