Pakistan has formally become full member of Shanghai Cooperation Organization.


Prime Minister and Russian President have discussed ways and means to enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.


Central Development Working Party has approved seven development projects worth over sixty-one billion rupees.


Pakistan has requested Interpol to issue red warrants of MQM chief.


Hajj applicants on waiting list under government scheme have been declared successful.


Pakistan Railways has announced to run special trains on Eid-ul-Fitr at concessional rates.


In occupied Kashmir, people staged forceful protest demonstrations against Indian troops' atrocities against unarmed civilians.


Russia and Iran have underlined the need to resolve the Qatar and Syrian disputes through meaningful dialogue.


In ICC Champions Trophy, New Zealand have set a victory target of 266 runs for Bangladesh at Cardiff.





Pakistan has formally become full member of Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Decision to this effect was made by the SCO Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan today.


Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, in his inaugural speech during the summit, welcomed Pakistan as full member of the organization.


Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif along with his delegation represented Pakistan at the summit. 


A welcoming ceremony was held at which Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was warmly received by Kazakh president in the powerful Eurasian body.


Pakistan has been an Observer with SCO since 2005. It had applied for full membership of the organization in 2010. The decision, in principle, to give full membership to Pakistan was taken by the SCO Heads of States meeting held in Ufa, Russia, in 2015.


The Heads of State Council is the highest decision-making body of SCO which meets annually. Pakistan fully subscribes to the Charter of SCO and the Shanghai Spirit.



In his address at the SCO Heads of State Council Summit, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan, as full member of SCO, will strive further to achieve the collective objectives of the organization for regional cooperation, connectivity and economic prosperity.


He said Pakistan pursues a policy of peaceful neighbourhood stresses upon promotion of peace and harmony for the future generations.


The Prime Minister said the SCO provided the member-states with a platform for shared prosperity and connectivity and to overcome terrorism and extremism, poverty, unemployment, tackle climate change and water security.


He said Pakistan has successfully fought the twin evils of terrorism and extremism, and his government has brought about a complete turnaround in the economic situation of the country.


Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan is diligently implementing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as a flagship of One belt One Road initiative, which will be beneficial for the entire SCO members.


Congratulating India on the full member status of the SCO along with Pakistan, the Prime Minister said it is a historic day for Pakistan and the SCO members as well.


He thanked the founding members, including China, Russia and others for their staunch support to Pakistan to become its full-fledged member.



Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria says Pakistan's membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organization will help strengthen the country's connectivity with the region.


In an interview, he said being an emerging platform, SCO will provide Pakistan a good opportunity to play its role in addressing the challenges being faced by the region, such as drug trafficking, human smuggling and security related matters.


He said the SCO will help Pakistan improve its relations with Central Asian States.



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of SCO summit in Astana today.


Matters pertaining to bilateral interest particularly cooperation in diverse fields came under discussion during the meeting.


Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir were also present at the meeting.


Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Astana.


Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz was also present on the occasion.



Pakistan as an important member of the international community is playing an active role in the United Nations.


This was stated by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres while talking to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan today.


He congratulated Pakistan for a successful SCO membership and expressed hoped that the country will play an effective role as a member of the SCO family. 


The Prime Minister said SCO membership is an important milestone and achievement of Pakistan's foreign policy.



The Prime Minister visited Astana International Expo 2017.


Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev welcomed the prime minister at the expo.


One hundred and fifteen countries, including Pakistan, are participating in the expo.


The prime objective of the exhibition is to promote alternative sources of energy and environment friendly technology.




The Central Development Working  Party has approved seven development projects worth over sixty-one billion rupees.


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


These projects are in transport, communication, water resources, information technology, mass media, human resources, and higher education sectors.



The meeting approved up-gradation of Thokar Niaz Baig to Hadiyara Drain-Multan Road in Lahore at a cost of over ten billion rupees and Jaglot-Skardu road worth over thirty-three billion rupees.


It assented remodeling of Warsak Canal at a cost of over twelve billion rupees, establishment of a technical training institute in Gilgit-Baltistan with one hundred million rupees, Punjab Tourism and Economic Growth project worth over five billion rupees, technical training project for 1,100 youth of FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at a cost of 78.6 million rupees, and a project of higher education worth over 276 million rupees.



The Planning Minister instructed for establishment of a Software Park in Gilgit-Biltistan.


He said establishment of this park will enable the people of the area to enter into a new era of modern technologies and data highways.


He said that CPEC fiber optic project will be completed till December this year, which will enable the youth to accrue benefits of this multi-billion dollars project. 





Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid says a series of initiatives have been taken to overcome the issue of Climate Change.


Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Sherry Rehman in Senate today, he said Pakistan is ranked amongst the countries most vulnerable to climate change.


He pointed out that Pakistan is signatory to the Paris Agreement under which it has made commitments to reduce emissions by twenty percent. 


He said the federal government is fully supporting all the four provinces in the execution of Green Pakistan Programme.


The Minister said rapid mass transit system has also been launched in different cities as part of efforts to control vehicular air pollution.




Taking floor at the outset of the proceedings of the National Assembly, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah raised the issue of maltreatment meted out to Shaikh Rashid Ahmad outside the Parliament House yesterday.     


He said it is responsibility of the custodian of the House to safeguard the rights of the elected representatives. He said the issue should be thoroughly investigated and measures taken to prevent such happenings in future. He also raised the issue of arrest of Jamshed Dasti.


Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Interior Balighur Rehman said the person involved in the incident has been arrested and FIR registered against him in Secretariat Police Station.


He said he was produced before the Court today and further investigations are underway.


Talking about Joint Investigation Team probing the Panama Papers case, Balighur Rehman said PML-N believes in supremacy of law and the Prime Minister has presented his family for accountability.


The House will now meet on Monday afternoon at four.



FIA has formally requested Interpol to issue red warrants of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain.


According to official sources, all legal formalities have been fulfilled in view of Interpol's rules and procedure.


Altaf Hussain is wanted by Pakistani courts in different criminal cases.





The Prime Minister's son Hussain Nawaz says he has not committed anything wrong to be proved against him in the Joint Investigation Team.


He was talking to newsmen in Islamabad this afternoon after appearing before the JIT.


Hussain Nawaz said a political party is behind the baseless allegations against the Prime Minister's family.


To a question, he said no one can be punished on the basis of suspicions and doubts.


Hussain Nawaz said he appeared before the JIT for the fifth time today and is ready to come again if summoned.




Hajj applicants on waiting list under government scheme have been declared successful.


According to the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, the decision has been taken in light of Supreme Court's directions.


There were 17,563 Hajj applicants on waiting list, and they will formally be intimated today by written mail and SMS.


Those applicants were on the waiting list since the Hajj balloting on 28 April this year.




Country Director of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Indrika Ratwate called on National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua in Islamabad today.


They discussed matters pertaining to repatriation of Afghan refugees.


Speaking on the occasion, Nasser Khan Janjua said Pakistan has always stood with Afghanistan. 


He said the government remains committed to the policy of dignified and safe return of Afghan refugees to their country. 


Indrika lauded Pakistan’s generous role in hosting millions of Afghan refugees for nearly four decades. 


Both sides agreed to continue consultations with regard to ongoing efforts for better management and repatriation of the remaining refugees with assistance of international community.




Pakistan Railways has announced a Special Eid Package for passengers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.


The package was approved at a meeting held in Lahore today with Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique in the chair.


Under the package, five special trains will be run from 23rd to 28th of this month while fares will also be reduced by 33 percent for two days.


Besides, additional coaches will be added to trains for convenience of passengers.


The first special train will leave Karachi for Peshawar on 23rd of this month, while the second train will leave Quetta for Rawalpindi on the following day.


The third train will leave Karachi for Lahore and two special trains will be run between Rawalpindi and Multan.





Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has announced safe city project for Multan.


Talking to members of parliament from Multan Division in Lahore today, he said "Speedo Bus Network" will be expanded to the big cities of the southern Punjab.


The Chief Minister also announced establishment of Danish School in Lodhran and directed for evolving a project of construction of Safari Park in Multan.


He said a sub-campus of Nawaz Sharif Agriculture University will be set up in Khanewal.


Shahbaz Sharif said that work on the construction of Khanewal-Lodhran Highway Road has been started and this project will be completed at a cost of twenty-two billion rupees.


He said that medical colleges will be set up in Bhakkar and Attock.




Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair says the federal government is focused to develop remote areas to bring them at par with develop areas of the country.


Talking to Chairman Ansar Burni Trust, Ansar Burni in Karachi today, he said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced mega projects for Thatta, Jacobabad an Hyderabad districts.


Ansar Burni lauded the steps being taken by the federal government for welfare of the people across the country.




Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra today approved thirteen development schemes for FATA costing 2.5 billion rupees.


Chairing a meeting of FATA Development Committee in Peshawar, he said special attention is being paid to education, agriculture and infrastructure development for improvement of socio-economic condition of tribesmen.


Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said a network of developmental projects is being laid in FATA to provide basic facilities to tribal people at their doorstep.



Prime Minister's Advisor Amir Muqam says the PML-N government is working on war footing to overcome energy crisis in the country.


Addressing a news conference in Peshawar this afternoon, he said the federal government has allocated two hundred and fifty billion rupees for power projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.


Amir Muqam said twenty-five billion rupees have been released to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as net hydel profit.


The Advisor said Lowari Tunnel Project will be completed soon at a cost of twenty-seven billion rupees.


Amir Muqam criticized the performance of the PTI-led government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for launching no mega project in the province for welfare of people.




Asian Development Bank will provide over eighty-six million dollars loan for Pehur High Canal Extension Project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


An agreement to this effect was signed between Pakistan and ADB in Islamabad today. Secretary Economic Affairs Division Tariq Pasha and Country Director ADB Xiaohong Yang signed the agreement.



Pakistan has informed the United Nations that India continues to interfere in its internal affairs by carrying out subversive activities in Balochistan.


This was stated by Pakistan`s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Farrukh Amil at the 35th session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today.


He said dossiers in this regard have been handed over to the UN Secretary General.


The Ambassador said Indian attempts to term the legitimate freedom struggle of Kashmiris for the right to self determination as terrorism are absolutely absurd.


He called upon the United Nations to force India to immediately put an end to bloodshed in Occupied Kashmir.





AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has appreciatted the role of Ullema in promotion of peace, harmony, and tolerance in the state.


Talking to a delegation of Ullemas in Muzaffarabad today, he urged Ullema to continue to play their role in eliminating extremism and promoting tolerance and inter-faith harmony in the society.


He said the government will immediately release pending grant to religious schools and would allocate funds for the construction of Maddaris and mosques in future.



In occupied Kashmir, people staged forceful  demonstrations today against brutalities and atrocities committed by Indian troops in the held territory.


Call for the demonstrations was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to protest against the killing of a 12th class student Aadil Farooq Magray by Indian troops in Shopian. 


The occupation authorities imposed curfew and other restrictions across the Kashmir Valley to stop people from holding demonstrations and conducting the march towards the residence of martyr Aadil Farooq in Shopian to express solidarity with the bereaved family. 


Despite curfew and heavy deployments of Indian troops and police personnel, people took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Islamabad, Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipora, Kupwara and other areas. They raised high-pitched pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. Indian police resorted to brute force on the protesters in many areas, injuring several people.




In United Kingdom, Conservative Party has emerged as the single largest party in general election, though it could not win overall majority.


According to eletion results so far, Conservative party secured 318 seats, Labor party 261, the Scottish National Party 35, while Liberal Decorate won 12 seats.


Head of Conservatives Party and Prime Minister Theresa May has been re-elected from maidenhead near London.


Opposition leader and head of Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn also re-elected from Islington North constituency in Central London.


For the first time, 192 female parliamentarians have been elected so far, which is record for UK Parliament.


From Bolton Pakistani candidate of Labor Party Yasmin Qureshi emerged successful.





Russia and Iran have underlined the need to resolve the Qatar and Syrian disputes through meaningful dialogue.


The demand was made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif, who met in Astana today on the sidelines of the SCO summit.


The two leaders also discussed bilateral cooperation and regional security situation.






In Iraq, at least 30 people were killed and 35 others wounded in a suicide attack in Musayab Town east of Karbala city today.


Islamic State has claimed responsibility of the attack.




The United Nations has called for an international investigation into massacres and other crimes committed in Congo claiming hundreds of lives.  


The demand was made by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein while addressing a meeting of Human Rights Council in Geneva.


The UN high commissioner also offered technical assistance to Congo government for holding transparent investigation into violence and mass killings in Congo.


Hundreds of people were killed and nearly 1.3 million went missing in central Congo since last August during fighting between a militia and government forces.




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