He was addressing the inauguration ceremony of water filtration plant of Amrat Jal at Katas Raj, a sacred place for Hindus in district Chakwal. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says followers of all religions have equal rights in Pakistan and they are working hand in hand to defend the country and contribute (their share) to its peace and prosperity. He has directed Chairman Evacuee Trust Board to leave no stone unturned in preserving, renovating and expanding holy places of different religions. Islam and all other religions preach peace and affection and those preaching otherwise are not doing any service to the religion.

Analyst on Phone:

George Khalil (Parliamentary Secretary on Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony)

Our leader says that you cannot quantify minorities and majorities in Pakistan. Pakistan is made by all of us together. Religious freedom is guaranteed to all citizens of Pakistan. Participation of President and Prime Minister in religious gatherings of minorities in Pakistan makes us all happy. The vision of Quad-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is being practiced in Pakistan. Our ministry is working hard for interfaith harmony.

President Talks to a Kyrgyz Delegation- CASA-1000 electricity project is vital and help overcome energy shortage in Pakistan

President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan wants to further enhance its cooperation with Kyrgyzstan in energy, trade, economy, and transport sectors. Pakistan wants connectivity among all the regional countries for which a proper planning is needed. Islamabad is taking steps to increase connectivity between South and Central Asia, and China. Central Asian countries can take benefit from the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor. He hoped that Kyrgyzstan will support Pakistan for the membership of Eurasian Economic Union. 

Analyst on Phone:

Mushtaq Ahmed Mehar (Former Ambassador)

Nearly 20 years ago, we made an assessment that Middle East is important region for us and we should focus on these states. Historically, Pakistan has remained attached with Central Asia and these Muslim states in geographical terms. China wants to revive old Silk Road and we should work to become its part. In future, economic interests will dominate territorial disputes. Pakistan and India should resolve Kashmir issue amicably. Future lies with Asian continent.

Sindh Governor passes away in Karachi this evening

Justice (R) Saeed uz Zaman Siddiqui was appointed as the 31st Governor. He was 79 years of age and left behind a widow and a son. Zaman had served as the Chief Justice of Pakistan from July 1999 till December 2005. During the rule of former dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, Zaman had refused to take oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order. President and the Prime Minister express deep grief over the sad demise of Governor Sindh. 

Pakistan says sustainable peace not possible without settling international disputes  

Speaking in a debate at the United Nations in New York on conflict prevention and sustainable peace, Pakistan's Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi underscored the need for the resolution of long-standing political disputes to build and sustain peace. Pakistan has called for a decisive shift from responding to crises to preventing them in order to accomplish sustainable peace. Effective preventive strategies rely on early reaction to factors that trigger violence. United Nations cannot fulfill the role of sustaining peace and preventing conflict without adequate financial resources and political support of member states.

Obama pushes values and prods Trump in final, emotional address

In his farewell speech, President Barack Obama urged Americans to stand up for U.S. values and reject discrimination as the United States transitions to the presidency of Republican Donald Trump. In an emotional speech in which he thanked his family and declared his time as president the honor of his life, Obama gently prodded the public to embrace his vision of progress while repudiating some of the policies that Trump promoted during his campaign for the White House. "So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are," Obama told a crowd of 18,000 in his hometown of Chicago, where he celebrated his election in 2008 as the first black president of the United States.

Russia denies the Kremlin collected compromising information on Trump

Russia has denied reports that its intelligence agencies obtained secret information about US President-elect Donald Trump's financial and personal life. A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday that the claim is a complete fabrication and an attempt to harm the bilateral ties. Donald Trump reportedly had financial and personal engagements with Russian businessmen whom US intelligence analysts consider as Russian intelligence officers or working on behalf of US intelligence.

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