Prime Minister says Pakistan wants to improve relations with all regional and neighboring countries.


Minister for Railways has said continuity of democratic system is prerequisite for progress and development of the country.


Leader of the opposition in National Assembly has urged all political parties to play their role for strengthening parliament.


Saudi Arabia has destroyed a ballistic missile in Marib province fired by Houthi militia from Yemen.


In Syria, twenty-nine people have been killed in US-led coalition airstrikes in Raqqa city.


Pakistan Cricket Board will elect new Chairman today.





Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has expressed his confidence that the incumbent government will achieve the mega development targets.


In an interview to a private TV channel, he said Pakistan's political system is heading towards maturity and democratic system is also moving ahead in a better way.


He stressed the need for a new charter of democracy including subjects like ethics and economy, saying all political parties should be included in that sort of charter.


To a question, the Prime Minister said Pakistan has to improve relations with all the countries in the region and neighbours.


He said Pakistan has strengthened its ties with China, whereas its ties with Russia have witnessed new openings.


The Prime Minister said that better ties with India are significant for resolving the issue of occupied Kashmir.


He said that Pakistan imported LNG from Qatar on the lowest rate.


To a question, he reiterated his commitment that there will be no load-shedding in the country after November this year.


The Prime Minister said general elections will be held according to the schedule next year. He expressed the confidence that PML-N will emerge victorious in the next elections.



Spokesman of PML-N Senator Asif Kirmani says former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will proceed for Lahore today through GT Road as planned.


In a statement issued in Islamabad, he said there is no change in the programme or the route of his journey.



Islamabad Traffic Police has announced its route plan for the rally of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz being held today.


According to the plan, the road from Jinnah Avenue Express Chowk to F-8 Exchange and Express Highway from Faisal Chowk to Khanna Pul will remain closed for traffic.


The people, who want to travel to Blue Area have been asked to use service roads on both sides.


The traffic coming from Karal will move to Khanna Pull,

Lehtrar Road, Burma Chowk, Park Road, Rawal Dam and then to Murree Road.



Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that PML-N is not going for confrontation with anyone.


Talking to a private news channel, he said PML-N has always respected the institutions and implemented the appex court’s decision regarding disqualification of the former prime minister.



Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that continuity of democratic system is imperative for progress in the country.


Talking to a private news channel, he said that no one should create hurdles in completion of constitutional tenure or democratic government.


To a question, he said that PML-N will file review petition

against the judgement of Supreme Court and consultation with legal experts is underway in this regard.



Leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafarul Haq has said that   Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif will be new head of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.


In an interview, he said the decision in this regard will be announced soon.



Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah has said that the government and opposition parties should play their role for the protection of democracy.


Talking to media in Islamabad, he called for strengthening parliament.



Qaumi Watan Party chief Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao has said that the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz is a political party which has roots among the masses.


Talking to media persons in Islamabad, he said nobody can stop Nawaz Sharif from talking to people as a

political leader.       



The National Assembly and Senate will resume their sessions in Islamabad today.


The Lower House will meet at 10:30 a.m. and the Upper House at 3.30 in the afternoon.


Both the houses will discuss important national issues besides legislative business.



President Mamnoon Hussain has said that the government is determined to develop Balochistan and work on over one hundred small dams is in progress to resolve water issues in the province.


Talking to parliamentarians in Quetta, he said that the government has allocated special funds for Universities of

province. He said NUML University Campus is being constructed in Gwadar.


President said the construction of Dera Ismail  Khan- Zhob Road is included in projects of China-Pak Economic Corridor.



Minister for Communications Hafiz Abdul Karim has directed for  early completion of all the communications projects.


Presiding over a briefing in Islamabad, he said        communications schemes play a key role in socio-economic uplift of the country.


The Chairman of National Highway Authority Shahid Ashraf Tarar told the briefing that out of 13 motorway projects,11 are in the construction stage while Faisalabad-Gojra and Khanewal-Multan Motorways have been completed.


He said 2500 km highways have been added to the NHA network during last three years.



Pakistan's Ambassador to Azerbaijan Saeed Khan Mohmand has said that Pakistan and Azerbaijan will continue to expand their cooperation in defense sector.


In an interview, he said  Azerbaijan has recently purchased 10 Super Mushshak trainer aircraft from Pakistan and has also expressed  interest in importing JF Thunder




Saudi Arabia has destroyed a ballistic missile in Marib province fired by Houthi militia from Yemen.


The Patriot Missile Defense System intercepted the missile and destroyed above an empty area, causing no damage.




In Syria, at least 29 people have been killed in US-led coalition airstrikes in Raqqa.


According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the dead included a family of 14 who had fled to Raqqa from the desert city of Palmyra.



In China, thirteen people have been killed and more than sixty injured in the earthquake in Sichuan province.


China's National Commission for Disaster Reduction says the death toll may rise.



In Kenya, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken an early lead in the presidential election.


According to the electoral commission website, Kenyatta secured 55 percent of the vote and his rival Odinga 44 percent after nearly two-thirds of polling stations had reported results.


However, the opposition coalition has rejected the partial results, saying election officials have not produced documents to prove their validity.



The United Nations has slammed Venezuela government for the use of excessive force against anti-government protesters.


In a statement U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said security forces and pro-government groups were believed responsible for the deaths of at least 73 demonstrators since April.



In Nigeria, at least 30 fishermen have been killed by militants in Borno state.



The Governing Board of the Pakistan Cricket Board

will meet in Lahore today to elect new Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board.



The semi finals of Under-18 National Hockey Championship  will be played in Lahore  tomorrow.


Punjab Whites will face Islamabad in the first semi-final, while  Punjab Colours will take on Pakistan Board in the second semi-final.




Rain-thunderstorm is expected at scattered places in Hazara, Gujranwala, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu divisions, FATA, Islamabad and Kashmir during the next twelve hours..


Rain-thunderstorm is also expected at isolated places in Malakand, Mardan, Mirpur khas divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan.


Hot and humid weather is likely elsewhere in the country.


Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:


Islamabad  twenty-five degree centigrade, Lahore twenty nine, Peshawar thirty, Karachi twenty-eight, Quetta twenty-three, Gilgit twenty two, Murree eighteen and Muzaffarabad twenty-four degree centigrade. 

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