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DATED: 08-02-2017

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HEADLINES

China and Pakistan have reaffirmed their commitment to continue support each other on their respective core issues.

Central Development Working Party has approved major projects worth one hundred and seventy two billion rupees.

UN Secretary General says Israeli parliament has violated international law by approving illegal settlements in the Palestinian lands.

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Turbat region early this morning with no immediate reports of any casualties.

Pakistan will take on West Indies in the T-20 World Cup for Blind in Karnataka on Wednesday.

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SARTAJ

Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has reiterated Pakistan's commitment to further deepen its strategic relations with China.

 

Talking to State Commissioner for Counter-Terrorism and Security of the Peoples Republic of China, Cheng Guoping in Islamabad, he said Pakistan on its part will continue to support China on all its core issues.

 

The State Commissioner appreciated Pakistan's diplomatic support to China's core issues and commitment to security of Chinese citizens working on various CPEC projects in Pakistan.

 

He reiterated China's full support to Pakistan in its fight against terrorism.

 

NAFEES:

Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria says Pakistan will continue to maintain minimum deterrence for its defence and peace in the region.

 

In an interview, he said Pakistan will not take part in any arms race in the region despite Indian hostilities.

 

He said Pakistan has serious concerns about Indian arms expansion.

    

To a question, he said India is establishing fleet of modern tanks along the border with Pakistan and it has violated ceasefire more than 400 times this year. Dozens of citizens have been killed and hundreds of others seriously injured.

    

Nafees Zakaria said India leveled baseless allegations regarding Pathankot incident but never gave any solid proof in this regard.  

 

CDWP:

Central Development Working Party has approved fifteen projects of worth 172 billion rupees.

 

The approval was given at a meeting in Islamabad with Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal in the chair.

 

Major approved projects included Kachi canal, dualization of old Bannu road and Indus Highway (N-55), and integration of health services delivery with special focus on nutrition programme.

 

In addition, CDWP approved three position papers, which include Integrated Transport Infrastructure Planning and Management Unit, Improving Human Development Indicators and establishment of Chashma Nuclear Power Project.

 

DAR FITCH:

Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar says International rating agency 'Fitch's rating of economic growth of Pakistan is acknowledgement of the government's economic policies.

 

Talking to news persons in Islamabad, he said Fitch recognized that the country's foreign exchange reserves have strengthened and fiscal deficit reduced.

 

He said the report has also acknowledged that the country's economic outlook appears promising in the current fiscal year in the backdrop of agricultural recovery and an influx of investments under the China-Pakistan economic corridor.

 

 

DAR

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says media is playing an important role in strengthing democracy and promoting interfaith harmony in the country.

   

Talking to a delegation of Pakistan Broadcasters Association in Islamabad,  he said media is the forth pillar of the state and the government will continue to facilitate it.

 

He said  media serve as a bridge between the government and the masses and all out efforts would be made to address all the genuine issues facing the media men.

        

CELL-CPEC:

Government has established a cell at Board of Investment in Islamabad to facilitate in matters relating to Special Economic Zones of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

 

Forty-one Special Economic Zones will be established all over the country including one each in Gilgit Baltistan, AJK and Islamabad.

 

Seven SEZs have already been notified by the Federal Government.

           

 

AYAZ:

National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq says all political parties in parliament have consensus on issues of national interest.

 

He was talking to media after chairing a meeting of parliamentary leaders of political parties to develop consensus on the  matter of extension in military courts.

 

He said the meeting was given a detailed briefing by defence officials on the matter.

 

The Speaker said another meeting on the issue would be held on 16th of this month which would hopefully be result-oriented.

 

MUSADIK:

Spokesman to the Prime Minister Dr Musadik Malik says government has issued red warrants of Altaf Hussain to pursue cases filed against him in Pakistan.

 

Speaking on TV channel, he said the government is using international legal option.

 

He said a number of cases have been registered against Altaf Hussain in Pakistan including provoking speeches.

 

Dr Musadik Malik said the government is acting as per law on various cases against Altaf Hussain 

 

GREEN DAY:

National Green Day is being celebrated tomorrow under PM Green Pakistan Program. 

    

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate the event along with 20 Special children in Islamabad while Chief Minister's of all provinces and Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir will inaugurate similar events in their provinces.

   

Hundreds of thousands of trees will be planted in all provinces including Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu under the program.

 

Green Pakistan Program has been conceived as per directions of the Prime Minister for reviving forestry and wild life sectors alongside ameliorating adverse impacts of climate change.

 

SAARC:

A panel discussion on SAARC titled "Impediments and Way Forward" was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 

The speakers said objectives of peace, freedom, social justice and economic prosperity can be achieved by fostering mutual understanding, good neighbourly relations and meaningful cooperation among the member states.

 

Pakistan's High Commissioner Syed Shakeel Hussain said  India and Pakistan being the biggest economies must solve their bilateral issues through dialogue.     

 

MASOOD

President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan has urged international community to help resolve Kashmir issue as per wishes of the Kashmiri people.

 

He briefed members of European Parliament in Brussels on Kashmir issue and drew their attention towards human rights violations by Indian security forces in Occupied Kashmir.

 

UN-ISRAEL

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres  has deeply regretted adoption of the so called  regularisation bill of settlement on occupied lands  by Israel's parliament.

 

In a statement he said this step on the part of Israel contravenes international law and will have far-reaching legal consequences for that country.

 

US-TURKEY:

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump held a 45-minute long phone conversation last night.

 

Turkish sources said the conversation between the two leaders was positive, however  further details about the call are yet to be released.

 

 

 

CRICKET:

Pakistan will play a match with West Indies  in the Blind T-20 World Cup in Karnataka on Wednesday.

                              

 

QUAKE:

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the South-Western region of Pakistan along Arabian Sea coast early this morning.

 

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicentre of the tremor was around 90 km south of Turbat.

 

There were no immediate reports about casualties or damage to properties.

 

WEATHER:

 

Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country on Wednesday. 

 

However, light rain with snowfall over the hills is expected at isolated places of Malakand division, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan Rawalpindi division upper FATA, Islamabad, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Shallow foggy conditions are likely in upper Sindh in morning hours. 

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded on Wednesday morning:

 

Islamabad ten degree centigrade, Lahore, Peshawar, and Muzaffarabad eleven, Karachi fourteen, Quetta zero, Gilgit four and Murree six degree centigrade.


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