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Headlines

12-02-2017

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Advisor on Foreign Affairs says improved security situation has helped develop favorable investment climate in the country.

Finance Minister has said wellbeing of common man will be foremost priority in next budget.

France has called for resolving Kashmir dispute for lasting peace in South Asia.

North Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile.

German parliament will elect the country's new president on Sunday.

Final of T-20 World Cup for Blind will be played between Pakistan and India in Bangalore on Sunday.   

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AZIZ 

Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says a strong and economically developed Pakistan is "an approaching reality" due to effective counter-terrorism measures, internal reforms, and active pursuit of energy and infrastructure projects.           

Speaking at Pakistan Institute of International Affairs in Karachi, he said in the past two years, the country has achieved remarkable success in countering terrorism.

The Advisor said the heroic efforts and sacrifices of Pakistan's armed forces in Zarb-e-Azb supplemented by intelligence based operations around all major urban centres, Madrassah reforms and conviction of terrorists through military courts, have weakened terrorists and extremists.          

He said the resultant improvement in the security situation has brightened the investment climate.

As the energy shortages are overcome, specially for the industrial sector, the growth of the economy has recovered from a low of three percent in the period 2006 to 2012 to about five percent with good prospects of higher growth in the coming years.   

He said this turn around in the Pakistan economy can become a key positive factor in further strengthening Pakistan relations with the Middle East and Africa in the coming years.

 

AZIZ-TWO

Sartaj Aziz said that the most important achievement of the past three years has been a major upgrade in Pakistan's relation with China.        

The flagship connectivity project with China is China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to optimize Pakistan's economic and trade potential.  

 

ISHAQ

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says all constructive suggestions from stakeholders and experts will be taken into account while preparing the next federal budget.

Chairing a meeting in Islamabad to review matters related to federal budget for fiscal year 2017-18, he said wellbeing of the common man will be accorded the foremost priority.

The Minister directed the officials concerned to ensure that budget preparations are undertaken as per timelines

He also stressed the need for close coordination between Ministry of Finance and other ministries and departments so as to carry out the budget exercise in an efficient and cohesive manner.

 

DRILL

As a part of ongoing Multinational Exercise AMAN-17, Special Operations Forces of Pakistan Navy and participating countries presented impressive Maritime Counter Terrorism exercises at Manora, Karachi.    

Sri Lankan Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne was the chief guest.      

The counter terrorism exercises was a fine display of strength and specialized skills to counter acts of maritime terrorism, refine special operating procedures, exchange of professional expertise and to enhance interoperability with participating Special Operations Forces teams.

 

OMBUDSMAN 

Federal Ombudsman Salman Faruqui says the institution is effectively playing its role as grievance redressal forum and as a mechanism for improving governance.

Addressing a news conference in Karachi, he said the highest ever number of complaints up to 94,000 were redressed last year. 

The Federal Ombudsman said a system of swift disposal of complaints was introduced last year. The investigating officers of Federal Ombudsman hear and decide complaints in headquarters of one hundred and thirty-three districts and five hundred and eleven Tehsils. Decisions are taken in twenty-five days' time.    

He said there are instant disposal of complaints lodged by Overseas Pakistanis at Facilitation Desks, set up at eight international airports in the country.

 

NANDIPUR

The Ministry of Water and Power says the operation and maintenance of Nandipur Power Project has been outsourced according to Public Procurement Regulatory Authority rules.

In a statement, the Ministry spokesman dismissed the "incorrect" report about the project published in a section of press.

He said one company among the four bidders was selected through a transparent process and the plant is fully functional.

 

BHUs

The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government plans to launch round the clock services in all the Basic Health Units and Rural Health Centers of the province.               

This was stated by provincial health minister, Shahram Khan Tarakai while chairing a meeting in Peshawar.

He said the opening of these BHUs and RHCs round the clock will provide all basic health facilities to the people of rural and far flung areas of the province at their door steps.

 

 

FRANCE-KASHMIR

France has called for resolving Kashmir dispute for lasting peace in South Asia.

Addressing a function at Pakistan Embassy in Paris, French Parliamentarian Francois Pupponi urged India and Pakistan to resolve the issue through peaceful dialogue.

Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan's Ambassador Moin ul Haque said Pakistan is committed to extend moral, diplomatic and political support to the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiri people for their just right to self-determination.

 

MISSILE

North Korea has test fired a ballistic missile.  

South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that missile was launched from Banghyeon in North Pyongan Province and flew about five hundred kilometers.    

North Korea had said in recent weeks that it has a new intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the US mainland.

     

 

US-JAPAN

Unites States has affirmed its commitment to Japan's security.

The resolve came in a joint statement after a meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump in Washington.

The statement said the US obligation to defend Japan through nuclear and conventional military capabilities is unwavering.

 

GERMANY

A German parliamentary assembly will elect the country's new president on Sunday.

The new head of state will succeed 77-year-old Joachim Gauck who announced last year that he wouldn't seek a second five-year term because of his age.

Former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is being considered the favourite to win.

 

PANAMA

The two founders of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca have been arrested.   

Panama's Attorney General Kenia Porcell told reporters that information collected so far allegedly identifies the Panamanian firm as a criminal organization that is dedicated to hiding assets or money from suspicious origins. 

Porcell said the one-year investigation that led to the arrests has been aided by prosecutors in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Switzerland and the United States.

Mossack Fonseca is also at the center of a separate case known as the Panama Papers.

 

B-CRICKET 

Final of the T-20 World Cup for Blind will be played between Pakistan and India in Bangalore on Sunday.   

The match will start at 11:00 am as per Pakistan Standard Time.

 

PSL

In the fifth match of Pakistan Super League, Quetta Gladiators defeated Karachi Kings by seven wickets in Dubai last night.

Batting first, Karachi Kings scored 159 runs for the loss of eight wickets in allotted overs.

In reply, Quetta Gladiators achieved the target in 19.1 overs for the loss of three wickets. 

Meanwhile, the sixth match of the cup is being played between Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi at the same venue tonight.          

 

WEATHER

 

Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country on Sunday.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was-

Islamabad six degree centigrade, Lahore nine, Karachi fifteen, Peshawar eight, Quetta and Murree two, Gilgit three and Muzaffarabad seven degree centigrade.

 

NATO

NATO has accused Russia of escalating a disinformation campaign since its seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region in 2014.

The alliance's spokeswoman Oana Lungescu told media that there is increasing concern among senior NATO and European Union officials over Russia's ability to use television and Internet to spread false news.

 

EU

European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker has expressed concern that Britain will divide the European Union's 27 remaining members by making different promises to each country during its Brexit negotiations.

In an interview, he said this policy will result in no united European front.

Juncker said we should not allow the Brits to pursue trade deals with others because they are not allowed to do so.

 


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