DATE: 11-07-2017                        


Minister for Planning says the establishment of economic zones under CPEC carries much significance for the development of the country. 


Pakistan has urged world community to fulfill its promise of honourable return of Afghan refugees to their homeland.


Second phase of return of Temporarily Displaced Persons of North Waziristan Agency from Afghanistan has resumed.


Supreme Court has summoned PTI Chief on Wednesday in a case regarding his disqualification.


Azad Kashmir President has urged European Parliament to play its role in resolving longstanding Kashmir issue.


In the ICC Women's World Cup, Pakistan and West Indies match at Leicester has been delayed because of rain.





Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal says the establishment of economic zones under CPEC carries much significance for the development of the country.


He said this during a meeting with a high level Chinese delegation  in Islamabad on Tuesday.


The meeting reviewed the progress of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and preparations for 7th Joint Cooperation Committee.


Ahsan Iqbal said the CPEC is helping to improve infrastructure, and overcome power outages in the country.


The Minister for Planning said that one belt one road initiative will bring closer the Asian, European and African countries.


He said the development of Gwadar is priority of the government and its master plan will be completed soon.


The Chinese delegates said that every possible effort will be made to ensure the timely completion of CPEC projects. They appreciated Pakistan`s efforts in this regard. 


During their four day visit, the Chinese delegation will hold meetings with Pakistani leaders, business community and review the economic zones.


The provincial governments will also brief the delegates about their Special Economic Zones and their investment plans.



US business TV channel Bloomberg says the removal of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from power will hamper the development of Pakistan's economy.


Commenting on JIT report in Panama Papers case, the renowned American TV said the report will aggravate political crisis in the country.


Bloomberg's report says this situation will create hurdles in the way of the journey of economic development of Pakistan, which has been continuing for quite some time.



Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch has called upon the world community to fulfill its promise for the honourable and dignified return of Afghan refugees to their homeland.


Addressing a conference in Islamabad on Tuesday, he pointed out that about three million Afghan refugees are living in Pakistan because of which the country is facing a lot of problems.


Abdul Qadir Baloch said the world community should play their role in the return of refugees to their motherland.



Second phase of return of Temporarily Displaced Persons of North Waziristan Agency from Afghanistan has resumed.


Incharge TDP Camp at Baka Khel near Bannu, Shah Daraz told our Peshawar correspondent that more than eighty families comprising over five hundred people have returned to the camp during the last twenty-four hours.


About one hundred families are scheduled to reach Baka Khel Camp on Tuesday.


These people had gone to Afghanistan after the launch of operation Zarb-e-Azb against terrorists in North Waziristan Agency in 2014.



A three member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar has summoned PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday in a case seeking his disqualification.


The Chief Justice said certain important questions were raised in the petition. He expressed dissatisfaction over the reply submitted by the counsel on behalf of Imran Khan


He said Imran Khan should appear in person and explain his position.



A high level meeting was held with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in the chair in Karachi on Tuesday.


The meeting reviewed security of Chinese nationals working on CPEC projects in the province.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has expressed deep grief and sorrow over killing of three girls in a cylinder explosion in Shakargarh.


In a statement in Lahore on Tuesday, he expressed condolence and sympathies with heirs of the deceased children.


He directed the concerned authorities to provide the best possible medical care to the injured.


The Chief Minister also sought a report from the administration about the incident.                          



Azad Kashmir President Masood Khan has urged the European Parliament to play a role in resolution of lingering Kashmir dispute.


He was addressing the Foreign Affairs Committee of European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday.


Sardar Masood Khan said the European Parliament should stand by the oppressed Kashmiri people rather than the oppressor India.


He said in spite of massive atrocities and gross human rights violations by Indian forces, Kashmiri people will continue their struggle for right to self determination. He said the European Parliament should pass a resolution in support of oppressed Kashmiri people.



Chief of Malaysian Army General Dato’ Sri Zulkiple Bin Haji Kassim called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.


They discussed matters of mutual interest including defence, training and security cooperation between both the countries and overall regional security situation.


Later, the delegation was given detailed briefing on operational and training activities of Pakistan Army.


General Dato’ Sri Zulkiple Bin Haji Kassim acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for elimination of terrorism.


The Chief of Malaysian Army laid floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army also presented the guard of honour to the visiting dignitary.                    



In Occupied Kashmir, joint resistance leadership has castigated India for widening the ambit of National Investigation Agency to harass the Kashmiri leadership.


The resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik in a joint statement said arbitrary notices have been sent to Hurriyet leaders, workers and traders by the agency to come to Delhi for investigation.


They said targeting these organizations and those associated with them is ridiculous and completely unacceptable.



India's Supreme Court has suspended a government order, which banned the trade of cattle for slaughter.


Supreme Court Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar said the livelihoods of people cannot be subjected to uncertainties.


The court order gave relief to the multi-billion dollar beef and leather industries that employ millions of poor workers.



The United Nations has warned of the poor conditions of Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh.


UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi was talking to media after visiting two refugee camps in the Bangladeshi city of Cox’s Bazar.


Bangladesh hosts more than four hundred thousand Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution and violence in Myanmar.



London High Court has ruled that British arms sales worth billions of dollars to its ally Saudi Arabia is lawful.


The "Campaign Against the Arms Trade" appealed to court to block the export licences for British-made bombs, fighter jets and other munitions to Saudi Arabia.


The campaigners argued they were being used by the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen in violation of international humanitarian law, but the court dismissed the petition.



European Union has expressed its determination to support Bosnia in its process of reconciliation and EU membership.


European Union foreign policy head Federica Mogherini stated this during a meeting with a Bosnian delegation led by chairman of the country’s Council of Ministers Denis Zvizdic and Foreign Minister Igor Crnadak.


Bosnia first applied for EU membership in February last year.



In Turkey, eleven terrorists of Kurdistan Workers Party were killed in air strikes in Dargecit district of Mardin province.


An official statement said Turkish warplanes destroyed two gun positions and a cave of the terrorists during air operation near Syrian border.



Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its national hook-up on Tuesday at 1530 hours a special feature in connection with the death anniversary of renowned poet "Qateel Shifai".

Soon after that another feature programme will be broadcast at 1545 hours in connection with death anniversary of renowned classical singer "Ustad Salamat Ali Khan".


In another national hook-up, Radio Pakistan will broadcast at 1605 hours a discussion programme in connection with "International Population Day".

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