DATE: 08-02-2017                                  


President has said Pakistan and Afghanistan need to work with mutual understanding to resolve regional issues.


Prime Minister says improving living standards of the people is mission of PML-N Government.


A renowned international organization has predicted Pakistan will be among 20 most powerful economies of the world by 2030.


The US President has reiterated his country's support to Turkey as a strategic partner and NATO ally. 





President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed the confidence that Pakistan and Afghanistan will work together with mutual understanding and spirit of brotherhood for resolution of problems of the region.


Addressing a function at Higher Education Commission in Islamabad on Wednesday, he hoped that both Pakistan and Afghanistan will go together in the journey of development and prosperity.


The President said both the countries have close historical, cultural and religious relations and political differences and changing environment will not affect their relationship.                            



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the Federal and provincial governments to make concerted efforts on matching grant basis to achieve "Sustainable Development Goals".


He was chairing a meeting in Lahore on Wednesday to monitor progress on Prime Minister’s Global Sustainable Development Goals Program.


The Prime Minister said that Programme's implementation will have a positive trickle-down effect on the common man. He said improving the living standards of the people is the mission of the government.


He further stated that we should coordinate effectively for implementation of SDG Programme.            



Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi has underscored the need for further expanding bilateral relations between Pakistan and Romania especially in the economic and trade fields.


He was talking to Ambassador of Romania to Pakistan Nicolae Goia in Islamabad.


Tariq Fatemi briefed the Romanian Ambassador on Pakistan's gains in various sectors, including economic growth, security and counter terrorism.


Speaking on the occasion, Romanian Ambassador said his country attaches great importance to ties with Pakistan.



A renowned international organization has predicted that Pakistan would be among 20 most powerful economies of the world by 2030.


PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the world's largest professional-services firms, has just released its predictions for the most powerful economies in the world by 2030.


The report, titled "The long view: how will the global economic order change by 2050?" ranked 32 countries by their projected global gross domestic product by purchasing power parity.                          



A foreign investor's consortium, led by Qatar Petroleum will set up Pakistan's biggest Floating Storage and Regasification Unit with 750 million cubic feet per day capacity to regasify liquefied natural gas by next year.


In a statement, the Qatar Petroleum said that the consortium will develop a project that also includes a jetty and a pipeline to shore to provide a timely and reliable Natural Gas Supply to Pakistan.



The Asia Foundation and Ministry of Climate Change have agreed to collaborate on environmental issues.


It was decided at a meeting between Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid and newly appointed Country Representative of The Asia Foundation, Sofia Shakil in Islamabad on Wednesday.


The Minister said the government of Pakistan is taking many initiatives to deal with climate change, including ratification of Paris agreement, formulating National Climate Change Policy, and enacting Climate Change Law.                        



The United Nations has urged all countries to share information about airline passengers to prevent growth of transnational terrorism by the Islamic State group.


The appeal was made by UN Political Chief Jeffrey Feltman while briefing the Security Council on Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' latest report on the IS group.


He said it is critical to improve the global response to "foreign terrorist fighters" leaving Syria and Iraq.                           



In Somalia, six people were killed when three al Shabaab militants stormed a hotel at Bosasso city in semi-autonomous Puntland region on Wednesday.


Those killed include four guards and two attackers.


The hotel is frequented mostly by foreigners.                       



In the T-20 World Cup for Blind in Karnataka, Pakistan has set a victory target of 374 for West Indies.


Chasing the target, West Indies were 167 for seven in 16 overs a short while ago.

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