Finance Minister has said economic stability is encouraging foreign investors and companies to invest in Pakistan.

Minister of State for Information says the JIT report on Panama papers will be incomplete without recording the statement of Qatri Prince Hammad Bin Jassim.

Federal government is establishing new technology centres in all provinces to help youth do business on modern lines.

The first martyrdom anniversary of Kashmiri freedom fighter Burhan Muzaffar Wani is being observed today.

Russia and the United States have agreed to ceasefire in south-west Syria.

Pakistan will take on New Zealand in the ICC Women's World Cup at Taunton today.



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says Pakistan's economic stability is encouraging foreign investors and companies to invest in the country.

He was talking to the United Nations Executive Secretary for Asia and Pacific Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, who called on him in Islamabad.

The Minister lauded the United Nations for its cooperation in development programs in Pakistan.


Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says the JIT report on Panama papers would be incomplete without recording the statement of Qatari Prince Hammad Bin Jassim.

In an interview, she said it is strange that the JIT has summoned all the people, even those whose names were not mentioned in Panama Papers, but did not record the statement of Hammad Bin Jassim.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said the continuous leaks of summons to Sharif family, letters to prince, Hussain Nawaz's picture and Whatsapp call controversy have raised questions on the JIT's credibility.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the Minister of State for Information said the nation will celebrate 70th Independence Day with traditional zeal and zest.

She said Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television will broadcast special programs on the occasion.

Pakistan National Council of Arts and Lok Virsa will also organize events pertaining to Independence Day celebrations.

Marriyum Aurangzeb lauded the role of Radio Pakistan in preparations for the Independence Day celebrations.


Minister for Education Baligh-ur-Rehman says the government is making special efforts to provide better education facilities to the youth of far flung areas.

He was addressing students at Cadet College Hasanabdal who have been selected from Balochistan, FATA, PATA and Southern areas for training.

The Minister said these students are being trained to prepare them for admission in Cadet Colleges. He said all facilities are being provided to them free of cost.


Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman says the government is committed to provide standardized digital and skill training to the Youth.

Addressing a meeting in Islamabad, she said new technology centres are being established in all the provinces to help the youth do business on modern lines.

The Minister of State said the digital expertise of youth will help them in attaining honourable employment in international freelancing market.


Seventy five Pakistani students will go to the United States this year under Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program.

Charge d' Affaires at US Embassy, Jonathan Pratt distributed certificates among the winning students at a ceremony in Islamabad.

Speaking on the occasion, he said one thousands student are being sent to the United States each year under a range of academic and professional exchange programs.


Pakistan's Raza Bashir Tarar has been unanimously re-elected as Vice Chair of the Committee of Permanent Representatives Bureau from the Asia Pacific Group of UN Environment Programme for two years.

The election took place in a meeting of the Committee in Nairobi.

The election is a manifestation of the trust reposed in Pakistan by the members of Asia Pacific Group in its commitment to the environmental issues.


Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and elsewhere in the world are marking the first martyrdom anniversary of Kashmiri freedom fighter Burhan Muzaffar Wani today.  

The anniversary is being observed with a renewed pledge to continue the mission of martyrs till success of the struggle for liberation of Kashmir.

Political, religious and social organizations have chalked out a number of programs to pay homage to the young Kashmiri freedom fighter who lost his life while striving for the freedom of his motherland.

The day dawned with special prayers for the martyrs and victory of the freedom movement in Kashmir.

A debate competition of students titled “The Role of Burhan Muzaffar Wani in Kashmir Liberation Struggle” will be held in Muzaffarabad under the aegis of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Cell.  

Azad Kashmir Radio Muzaffarabad is airing special programs in connection with the first martyrdom anniversary of Burhan Muzaffar Wani.

In Islamabad, All Parties Hurriyat Conference will organize a protest walk. Leaders of political and religious parties, civil society, and Kashmiri people will participate in the walk.


Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan and Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan have paid rich tributes to the martyred Kashmiri freedom fighter Burhan Muzaffar Wani.

In their separate messages on his first martyrdom anniversary, Sardar Masood Khan and Raja Farooq Haider said Shaheed Burhan Wani is a role model for Kashmiri youth.

They said Burhan Wani has rendered immense contribution to the ongoing freedom struggle in occupied Kashmir, who would be an inspiration for coming generations.


The first death anniversary of renowned philanthropist, humanist and social activist Abdul Sattar Edhi is being observed today.

Born in Bantva, Gujarat, British India in 1928, Edhi moved to Karachi where he established a free dispensary for the city's low-income residents.

He later expanded his charity network with the help of his wife Bilquis Edhi.

Over his lifetime, the Edhi Foundation expanded by private donations including establishing a network of 1,800 minivan ambulances.

By the time of his death, Edhi was registered as a parent or guardian of nearly 20,000 children.

Edhi was nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize, including by Malala Yousafzai. Edhi received several awards including Gandhi Peace Award and the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize.


Russia and the United States have agreed to a ceasefire in southwest Syria starting from midday tomorrow.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov while speaking in Hamburg said Russian, American and Jordanian experts at a meeting in Amman have agreed on a memorandum of understanding to create a de-escalation zone in the regions of Daraa, Quneitra and Sweida.


Qatar has dismissed the accusations as baseless that it was financing terrorism.

The state news agency quoting a senior foreign ministry source said the State of Qatar's position on terrorism is consistent and known for its rejection and condemnation of all forms of terrorism.

It added that Qatar was ready to cooperate and review all claims that do not contradict its sovereignty.

Meanwhile, British foreign minister, Boris Johnson, has arrived in Saudi Arabia in a bid to ease tension in Gulf.

Britain's foreign office in a statement in London said Johnson will also travel to Qatar and Kuwait for talks with senior figures from both countries.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Kuwait on Monday on a similar mission.


In Libya, twelve persons of East Libyan forces have been killed and thirty five wounded in fighting with Libyan National Army in Benghazi.  


The United States plans to carry out a new test of its THAAD missile defense system amid rising tensions with North Korea.

US defense officials told media that the test will be the first of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense to defend against a simulated attack by an intermediate-range ballistic missile.

The THAAD interceptors will be fired from Alaska this month.


In the United Nations, more than one hundred and twenty countries have agreed to a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.  

The treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons will enter into force 90 days after 50 countries have ratified it.

It was adopted with 122 votes in favor, one against and one abstention.

All nuclear-armed nations including the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel boycotted the meeting.


In the ICC Women's World Cup in England, Pakistan will take on New Zealand at Taunton today.

Another match of the day will be played between India and South Africa at Leicester.


Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country druing the next twelve hours.

However, rain/thundershowers with gusty winds is likely at isolated places of Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Gujranwala, Lahore, Malakand, Hazara,  D.G.Khan,  Zhob division and Kashmir.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:

Islamabad twenty-six degree centigrade, Lahore and Karachi twenty-nine, Peshawar twenty-eight, Quetta twenty-one, Gilgit nineteen, Murree eighteen and Muzaffarabad twenty-two degree centigrade.



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