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AUGUST 12, 2017
The convoy of former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has crossed Kala Shah Kaku en-route to Lahore.
Prime Minister says peace has been restored in Karachi as a result of concerted efforts by the government and the armed forces.
Finance Minister has reiterated the government's commitment to ensure inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
Turkey has shown keen interest to enhance collaboration with Pakistan in diverse fields.
China's Vice Premier arrives in Islamabad tomorrow to participate in Independence Day celebrations.
France has warned against escalation of tensions over North Korea's nuclear programme.
The convoy of former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has arrived in Muridke en route to Lahore.
Several party leaders, including Mushahidullah Khan, Marvi Memon, and Talal Chaudhry are accompanying the former Prime Minister.
A number of reception camps have been set up alongside G.T. Road to welcome Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
Nawaz Sharif is exepcted to address the rally at the Shahdara.
Earlier, addressing a large public rally in Muridke, Nawaz Sharif said PML-N government is taking convcrete measures to improve economy, overcome power shortage, and eliminate terrorism from the country.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says the country cannot progress without strong economy and there is lot of rooms for boosting economy to lead the country on the road of progress and prosperity.
He was talking to a representative delegation of Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Pakistan Business Council in Karachi this afternoon.
The prime minister called for efforts to ensure the promotion of economic activities in Karachi.
He said the government will continue to pursue the policies of former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. Members of new cabinet are working hard to achieve the goals and objectives of PML(N).
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that as a result of concerted efforts of PML(N) government and sacrifices of security forces, law and order has been restored in Karachi.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah also called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Karachi this afternoon.
They discussed the prevailing political situation in the province and relations between the Federal and provincial governments.
The Prime Minister reiterated his resolve that the federal government will continue to play its role in completion of the ongoing development projects in Sindh.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says the government is committed to ensure inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
Chairing a ceremony at FBR in Islamabad today, he said that revenue collection has boosted up to 3362 billion rupees due to the prudent policies of the government.
Ishaq Dar said that Pakistan Customs has played an important role in enhancing revenue collection.
Brisk Preparations are underway across the country to celebrate the country's 70th independence anniversary in a befitting manner.
Citizens belong to every walk of life are giving final touches to their preparations, illuminating their homes with bunting and flags and buying dresses decorated with national slogans.
Different programmes are being arranged to pay tribute to the national heroes and the leaders of Pakistan Movement who laid their lives for the country.
Special Azadi train has started its countrywide journey from Islamabad as part of 70th Independence anniversary celebrations.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb inaugurated the special train at Margalla Railway Station in Islamabad today.
In her address on the occasion, Marriyum Aurangzeb said the train portraying the historical and cultural ethos of Pakistan is a reflection of the dreams and aspirations of the people of Pakistan.
The Minister of state said stable and peaceful Pakistan we live in today, is a translation of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah`s vision.
The train consists of five galleries and six floats.
The train will stay at every station to provide an opportunity to the people of those areas to see the beautiful cultural and historical models displayed in the five galleries and six floats of the train.
In connection with the 70th Independence Day of Pakistan, a massive Pakistan-Zindabad rally was held in Muzaffarabad city today.
China's Vice Premier Wang Yang will arrive in Islamabad tomorrow on a two-day visit.
According to Foreign Office spokesperson, the Vice Premier is undertaking the visit on the directions of President Xi Jinping as a special gesture to participate in the 70th Independence Anniversary Celebrations of Pakistan.
The special visit of Vice Premier Wang underscores the close brotherly and cooperative ties between Pakistan and China and Beijing's strong political support for Islamabad.
Turkey has shown keen interest to enhance collaboration with Pakistan in diverse fields including textiles, transportation, housing and tourism sectors.
This was expressed by Turkish Deputy Economy Minister Fatih Metin while addressing a ceremony in Istanbul today.
He said both the countries want to enhance bilateral trade to five billion dollars through a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement.
In his address, Charge d' Affairs of Pakistan in Turkey Syed Ali Asad Gilani said that the multi-faceted relationship between Pakistan and Turkey is flourishing in diverse fields.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan says Indian plan to repeal Article 35-A of its constitution is an attempt to change the demographic composition of occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Speaking at a PTV programme today, he urged international community to take notice of Indian’s nefarious designs.
In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed, today, against the Indian plans to abrogate Article 35-A of its Constitution to convert Muslim majority of the territory into minority.
Call for the strike was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik and supported by traders of the occupied territory.
All shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed in the occupied valley while traffic was off the road.
In a statement in Srinagar, Chairman Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq warned that the people of occupied Kashmir will hit the streets if Article 35A was abrogated.
France has warned against escalation of tensions over North Korea's nuclear programme amid a growing war of words between Washington and Pyongyang.
In a statement in Paris today, French President Emmanuel Macron said the international community should work to get Pyongyang resume the path of dialogue without conditions.
He also voiced his concern at the ballistic and nuclear threat from North Korea.
The European Union's Political Security Committee will hold an extraordinary meeting on Monday to discuss the situation in North Korea.
The European External Action Service said in a brief statement that EU Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will chair the meeting.
In Syria, government forces took full control of Sukhneh city today, driving out the Islamic State militants from their last stronghold in Homs province.
According to SANA news agency, several militants were killed and many of their weaponry destroyed in the offensive.
In Nepal, twenty-five people have been killed in floods and landslides caused by torrential monsoon rains across the country.
On the first day of the third cricket test against Sri Lanka at Kandy, India in their first innings were 329 for the loss of six wickets at stumps today.
India's Shikhar Dhawan scored 119 runs and K. L. Rahul 85.
Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during next twelve hours.
However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Hazara, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Kalat divisions, Islamabad, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Light rain is also expected at a few places in coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan.