Finance Minister says the government is focusing on sustainable higher growth after achieving macroeconomic stability.


Inspector General Frontier Corps says Pakistani forces killed fifty Afghan troops and destroyed their five posts while retaliating to cross-border Chaman attack.


Jmaat-e-Islami Ameer has demanded Afghanistan to apologize over the attack on Pakistani soil.


In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed today in Kulgam and adjoining areas against civilian killings.


In Nigeria, Boko Haram militant group has released eighty-two girls kidnapped in 2014.






Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar says Gross Domestic Product growth rate is expected to be above five per cent during current fiscal year with inflation slashed to single digit around four per cent - the lowest in forty-seven years.


In his address at the second business session of "Annual Meeting" of Board of Governors of Asian Development Bank in Yokohama Japan, he said that an effective resource mobilization strategy also helped in increasing tax collections by sixty per cent over the last three fiscal years.


The Minister said after achieving macroeconomic stability, focus of the government is now on realizing sustainable, inclusive and higher growth.


Ishaq Dar said Pakistan's economy is on the rise and we are open for business offering attractive investment opportunities.


Meanwhile, talking to Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Japan, Taro Aso, Ishaq Dar urged the Japanese corporations to seize economic opportunities in Pakistan.           


The Japanese Deputy Prime Minister appreciated the economic performance of Pakistan and said that country is well poised to become an attract destination for Japanese and international investors especially in the textile sector.



Inspector General Frontier Corps Major General Nadeem Ahmed has said territorial integrity of the country will be ensured at all costs.


Addressing a news briefing in Chaman today, he said Pakistan will never allow any country to cross its territorial boundaries.


IGFC said that Afghan border forces tried to interfere in the census drive in the border areas on Thursday and opened fire on FC personnel deputed on the census duty.


He said that the Pakistani forces retaliated and targeted those Afghan posts from where fire was opened.


Major General Nadeem Ahmed said about five Afghan posts were destroyed and more than fifty Afghan security personnel killed.


He, however, said that no one is happy over the loss of lives of Afghan forces as they are our Muslim brethren.


IGFC said that Afghan forces used the Pakistani citizens as human shield and targeted the innocent children.


He said that Afghan authorities were informed about the census process, however, its forces created hurdles in the process and targeted the civilian population.



Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Siraj-ul-Haq has demanded Afghanistan to apologize over the attack on Pakistani soil.


Addressing JI Youth Wing in Lahore today, he said the attack was an Indian conspiracy.



Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that the government will complete its tenure and next general elections will be held according to schedule.


Talking to news persons in Lahore today, he said that National Assembly will complete its tenure next year.


To a question, he said peace in the region is linked to peace in Afghanistan.


The Speaker said the issue of fencing Pak-Afghan border was raised with the Afghan leadership but no positive response was received from the other side.



Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that the government believes in freedom of expression in the country.


Addressing a meeting of Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors in Karachi today, she said notification in respect of inquiry into the Dawn-leaks will be issued in a couple of days.


She said that the detailed notification will identify all the characters and their role in the Dawn-leaks.


Marriyum Aurangzeb said the government always welcomes constructive and positive criticism.


Responding to a question, the Minister of State said that the Prime Minister has set a precedence by presenting himself for accountability.


She said that this case will strengthen democracy in the country and will bring positive changes.                            



Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir has said the government is working on a comprehensive plan to enhance exports and a number of steps have already been taken in this regard.


Talking to a private news channel, he said the government has announced many incentives for exporters to facilitate them and give boost to this sector.




Prime Minister's Special Assistant on political affairs Dr Asif Kirmani says "Digital Pakistan Program" will integrate the entire country.


Addressing students at a ceremony in Islamabad today, he said the government is adhering to its agenda of Information Technology based education system in the country and a considerable achievement has been made in this regard.



Punjab Information Technology Board will assist Dubai Police in digitizing police stations and system.


A formal request in this regard was made by Chief of the Dubai Police Abdullah Khalifa at a meeting with Chairman PITB Dr. Umar Saif in Dubai today.


Speaking on this occasion,  Dr. Umar Saif said that PITB has digitized all the seven hundred and twelve Police stations in the thirty-six districts of the Punjab.


He said that PITB is also assisting Nigerian Hajj authorities to computerize their Hajj operation.




Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhary Barjees Tahir has said that unprovoked firing by the Indian forces on Line of Control is aimed to divert world attention from the human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.


In a statement, he said firing incidents on western borders are the result of India-Afghan nexus.


The Minister said entire nation is united on Kashmir and government will continue to provide political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiri people.




In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people today participated in the funeral prayers of the youth, Fayaz Ahmad who was martyred along with three civilians by Indian troops on Srinagar-Jammu highway in Islamabad district, yesterday.


According to Kashmir Media Service, the funeral prayers of the martyred youth were offered amidst forceful anti-India and pro-freedom slogans in Qaimoh area of Kulgam district. 


Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Kulgam and adjoining areas against the killing of Fayaz Ahmad and three civilians.


On the other hand, puppet administration has banned Pakistani television channels in occupied Kashmir. The administration has asked District Magistrates to ensure the ban.



AJK President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan has said government and people of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir will continue to extend diplomatic, moral and political support to their brethren in Occupied Kashmir.


Addressing a public gathering in Rawalkot today, he said Kashmiris are struggling for their fundamental right to self-determination.


Sardar Masood said India cannot suppress indigenous liberation struggle of Kashmiris through state terrorism.




Iran and Afghanistan underlined the need for a joint fight against terrorism and extremism.  

Addressing a joint press conference in Kabul today, Iranian Foreign Minister Javed Zarif and his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani said fight against terrorism could succeed only when terrorism is clearly defined and joint efforts are done in fight against militant groups.     



In Nigeria, Boko Haram has released eighty-two girls who were kidnapped by the terrorist group in 2014 in the north Nigerian town of Chibok.


The girls arrived at Abuja airport  today after the government secured their release in exchange for Boko Haram prisoners.





Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most plain areas of the country during the next twelve hours.


However, light rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at a few places in Zhob, Makran, Bahawalpur, Sargodha, Bannu, Sukkur divisions, upper FATA, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. 



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