Pakistan expresses its concern over growing strategic ties between India and the United States: Sartaj Aziz

Pakistan expresses its concern over growing strategic ties between India and the United States (US), a day after the two countries signed a number of agreements for security cooperation during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US. An American company will build six nuclear reactors in India under an agreement announced after a White House meeting between Indian and US leaders. The United States also recognized India as a “major defence partner”, on a par with America’s closest allies, for defence-related trade and technology transfers. It is the first deal since the two countries signed a landmark civil nuclear deal in 2008. The deal marked a significant step in removing obstacles to the sale of nuclear reactors and fuel to India.

Advisor to PM says US approaches Pakistan only when it needs it

Addressing a press conference at the Foreign Office the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says that the US approaches Pakistan whenever it needs it, and abandons it when it doesn't need Pakistan. He said, “Pakistan will convey its concerns to US over the latest issues in the bilateral ties.”  

Pakistan has made enormous efforts to combat terrorism: Chinese Foreign Ministry

Pakistan has made enormous efforts to combat terrorism and support the Afghan reconciliation process. This was stated by Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson. He said international community should fully recognize and respect Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity. He said Quadrilateral Coordination Group has been formed to create enabling conditions for the Afghan reconciliation process and all relevant parties should pull together for that goal.

Power load-shedding for domestic consumers reduced to six hours: Khwaja Asif

Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif says electricity load shedding for domestic consumers has been reduced from fifteen hours to six or seven hours, which will further come down in December this year. He was speaking at a briefing to the civil society, media persons, and diplomats about the government's performance during the last three years in Islamabad. He said since October 2014, uninterrupted electricity is being provided to the industrial sector. Khwaja Asif 10,400 megawatt of electricity will be added to the national grid by 2018, which will be the year of end of load-shedding. He said, “technical and line losses have been reduced by twenty-four percent, and ten billion rupees have been saved in this respect.”

Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline will be constructed by 2018: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Minister, Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says uninterrupted gas is being supplied to the industries. He said Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline will be constructed by 2018, while the TAPI project will be completed by January 2020. Briefing the participants about progress in the communications sector, Chairman National Highway Authority Shahid Ashraf Tarar says work is underway on 850-billion rupees thirteen projects of motorways and highways across the country. The length of motorways in the country will reach to 1800 kilometers by 2018.

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