DATE: 08-02-2017


Prime Minister says the energy crisis will soon be resolved for good as a number of power projects are in final stages of completion.


President says Ummah's unity is need of the hour to counter challenges facing the Muslim world.


Pakistan has lodged a strong protest with India over on Tuesday's unprovoked firing on Line of Control martyring one civilian.


At the United Nations, Pakistan has opposed UN Security Council expansion without meeting required principles.


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


Pakistan beat West Indies by 182 runs in T-20 World Cup for Blind in Karnataka on Wednesday.           





Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has commended the pace of work of the under-completion 1180-MW LNG-fueled power plant in Bhikki.


Addressing a function in Bhikki on Wednesday, he appreciated the savings made in completion of the project.


He also lauded the efforts of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, the Chinese team of engineers and other concerned people working on the project.


Nawaz Sharif said that eighty four percent works the Power Plant has been completed which will help overcome energy shortage in the country.


The Prime Minister said several new power projects are in final stages, which after completion will solve the energy shortage issue in the country.


He said that no other government in the past bothered to work on motorways. However, the present government is now working on Lahore Karachi Motorway speedily.


Earlier, Prime Minister visited different sections of the power plant and lauded quality and pace of the work.


Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that work is being completed speedily at Bhikki, Haveli Bahadur Shah and Balloki power plants. He said that these power plants are exemplary for their speed and transparency.                      



Earlier, chairing a meeting in Lahore, the Prime Minister directed the Federal and provincial governments to make concerted efforts on matching grant basis to achieve "Sustainable Development Goals".


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


The programme includes electrification schemes, rehabilitation of electricity distribution infrastructure, gas and natural resources, up-gradation of existing schools, construction of Basic Health Units and Regional Health Centers and rehabilitation of farm to market roads.         



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


Addressing a function at Higher Education Commission in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said both the countries have close historical, cultural and religious relations and political differences cannot affect their relationship.


The President urged the Afghan leadership to reject the forces trying to create mistrust and misconceptions between Pakistan and Afghanistan. 


Mamnoon Hussain said time demands that the Islamic countries forge unity to collectively meet all the challenges facing the Ummah.


Speaking on the occasion, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan desires to further promote relations with Afghanistan.


He pointed out that after the successful completion of first phase of scholarship program for Afghan students, the Prime Minister has announced another three thousand scholarships for the Afghan youth. He was confident that these Afghan students will contribute to upscale friendly relations.


Afghan Minister for Higher Education Farida Moman thanked Pakistan for providing an opportunity to Afghan students to study in Pakistani institutions on scholarship basis. She said Afghanistan intends to promote student exchange programmes to bring the two peoples closer.                     



A foreign investor's consortium, led by Qatar Petroleum will set up Pakistan's biggest Floating Storage and Regasification Unit [FSRU] 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 investor group includes France-based oil company Total, Japanese tech keiretsu Mitsubishi, American petroleum firm ExxonMobil and Norwegian shipping company Hoegh.                    



Fifth Multinational Exercise "AMAN 2017" of Pakistan Navy begins on Friday and will continue till Tuesday.


Briefing media men in Karachi, Commander Pakistan Fleet Admiral Arifullah Hosseni said Naval teams from 34 countries including China, Russia, USA, British, Indonesia, Maldives, Malaysia, Nigeria, Turkey, Sri Lanka will take part in the exercise.


He said this exercise will provide an opportunity to learn from the experiences and expertise of one other.                       



Azad Kashmir Radio Mirpur is going to launch Saut-ul Quran channel from on Thursday.


Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal will formally inaugurate the Channel.


The network will air recitation from Quran with Urdu translation from 5:00 a.m to 12:00 midnight.


The transmission will be listened at frequency FM-93.4 in Mirpur, Bhimber and adjoining areas.                       



The Foreign Office summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner on Wednesday and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violation by the Indian forces on the LoC in Khui Ratta Sector on Tuesday


The Indian firing resulted in the "shahadat" of one civilian, Ashfaq who was working as a labourer for the construction of a house.


The Director General South Asia of Foreign Office Dr. Mohammad Faisal urged the Indian side to respect "2003 Ceasefire Understanding" in letter and spirit and stop targeting the villages and civilians and maintain peace on the LoC.                          



Pakistan has urged the international community to take up with India gross human rights violations perpetrated by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.


Additional Secretary for UN of Foreign Office while briefing Ambassadors of foreign missions in Islamabad on Wednesday, called upon the international community to play its role in the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in line with the UN Security Council resolutions.


She briefed them on the continuous aggravating human rights situation in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir in the backdrop of Kashmir Solidarity Day.                          



Pakistan strongly condemned the suicide attack outside Supreme Court of Afghanistan in Kabul on Tuesday that led to loss of twenty precious human lives.


Foreign Office in a statement said that people and the Government of Pakistan extend their heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences to the Government and people of Afghanistan as well as the bereaved families.                        



Pakistan says any expansion in permanent seats of United Nations Security Council is a "red line" for it.


Participating in the Inter-governmental Negotiations on the Security Council reforms in the UN, Pakistan's permanent representative to the world body, Maleeha Lodhi said such expansion will undermine the principles of democracy and accountability.


She called for developing a clearer understanding on the red lines of all member states.


She said Pakistan's approach has always been to address the fundamental questions on the reform.


The Ambassador said if these questions are addressed in an open, objective and pragmatic manner, the broad contours of a possible reform model would emerge quite easily.                            



The United Nations and Organization of Islamic Cooperation will co-organize the 2nd Dialogue of Faith, Peace-building and Development in Geneva on Thursday.


The dialogue is a part of celebrations in connection with World Interfaith Harmony Week that aims to jointly combat any form of religious intolerance or other forms of discrimination against individuals or communities.                      



Pakistan beat West Indies by 182 runs in a match of T-20 World Cup for Blind in Karnataka on Wednesday.


Bating first, Pakistan scored 373 runs for the loss of four wickets in stipulated twenty overs.


In reply, West Indies scored 191 runs for the loss of nine wickets in allotted twenty overs.                     



Snowfall has resumed in Baltistan, including Skardu, after a break of two days.


Heavy snow has severed Skardu's links with rest of the country. Flights between Islamabad and Skardu remained suspended on the sixth consecutive day on Wednesday.


Arandu was the worst-hit area of Baltistan, which has received seven feet snow so far. A house was collapsed and a number of cattle-heads were killed in avalanches in the area. Rescue teams also could not reach Arandu because of closure of the road and hanging bridge leading to the area.

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