Addressing a news conference in Islamabad this evening, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal said the report is a compilation of allegations hurled by political opponents of the PML-N. He said they will present their objections before the Supreme Court on the JIT report. Ahsan Iqbal said the report lacks any substantial evidence against the Prime Minister and his family. He said our legal team is reviewing the report and will submit its arguments in the apex court.

Corps commanders' conference reviews geo-strategic security environment- The conference reiterates to continue supporting and enabling national efforts to play positive role in line with Pakistan's national interests

202nd Corps Commanders' Conference chaired by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa was held at GHQ in Rawalpindi on Monday. The forum reviewed geo-strategic security environment with focus on evolving situation in Middle East and Afghanistan and its implications on Pakistan. It reiterated to continue supporting and enabling national efforts to play positive role in line with Pakistan's national interests. Progress of Operation Radd - ul- Fasaad, military to military engagement with Afghanistan for better border management, internal security situation of country including preparations for flood relief operations if required and force development plan was also discussed in the conference.

Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) approves eleven development and welfare projects worth two hundred and thirty four billion rupees in the country

The projects approved today include 40.8 MW Koto Hydropower Project in Lower Dir at a cost of over 13 billion rupees, enhancing Public-Private Partnerships in Sindh worth over 19 billion rupees, Integration of Health Services Delivery in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at a cost of over 13 billion rupees and Peshawar Sustainable Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Project worth 49 billion rupees. The projects also include Karachi Neighborhood Improvement Project and Karachi Transformation Project worth over 10 billion rupees, improvement, upgradation and widening of Jaglot-Skardu Road at a cost of 32 billion rupees, and improvement and construction of two additional lanes on either side of Thokar Niaz Baig to Hudyiara Drain Multan Road  in Lahore costing over ten billion rupees.

Higher Education Commission plans to establish around one hundred and fifty affiliated community colleges in each district across the country

It t is part of the government's plan to expand the number of higher educational institutions in the country under the HEC Vision 2025. Over thirty-five billion rupees have been allocated for this purpose in the current fiscal year. Fifteen new research universities will also be established across the country.

Central European states urge EU to speed up enlargement in west Balkans

Seven Central European countries have called on the European Union to accelerate the accession of Montenegro and Serbia to the bloc. Foreign ministers and deputy foreign ministers of Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia met in Budapest to discuss issues including migration and the situation in the western Balkans and Ukraine. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told a news conference in the country's capital today that if the process is not sped up, the entire Central European region will face serious security challenges.

Host: Hafiz Abdul Majid

Co-host: Tazeen Akhtar


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