DATE: 12-02-2017


Finance Minister says the government is making all-out efforts to make the country financially strong. 


Under a new reforms programme, recruitment process for civil service is being calibrated according to international best practices.


Construction of Hakla-Dera Ismail Khan Motorway is in progress to complete Western Route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


Anti-polio campaign begins in several areas of Punjab and Sindh on Monday.  


In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their stepped-up state terrorism martyred six youth in Kulgam and Palhalan districts on Sunday.


India won T-20 World Cup for Blind beating Pakistan by nine wickets in Bangalore on Sunday.





Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says after achieving economic stability, the government is striving for sustainable and inclusive growth.    


Addressing a function in Lahore on Sunday, he said that twenty-two international institutions have recognized improvement in Pakistan's economy.


The Minister said all-out efforts are underway to make the country financially strong.  He said the economy has improved during the last three and a half years due to prudent economic policies of the Government.


He pointed out that for the first time in history of the country, the government has successfully completed the IMF programme.


Ishaq Dar said Pakistan's stock market is currently the top stock market in Asia which is a proof of successful economic measures taken by the government during the last three years.


In his address, Governor Punjab Rafique Rajwana said the government is taking various measures for country's progress and welfare of people.


He said that the backbone of terrorists has been broken through implementation of National Action Plan in letter and spirit.  



The government has initiated a comprehensive reforms agenda to improve performance of civil service in consultation with all stakeholders.      


According to Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms, the reforms agenda, which is aimed at actualizing the objective of Pakistan Vision 2025, includes a number of initiatives to improve service delivery of public sector.


Under the reforms, the recruitment process of civil service is being calibrated according to international best practices. Proposal for creation of new cadres and cluster based competitive examination have been prepared to promote specialization in civil services.


Similarly, mandatory service-specific training regime is also being overhauled and reviewed. A government to government talent exchange programme is being initiated that will enable the foreign partner countries to exchange their best talent with each other. 


A committee has already been constituted to prepare objective and transparent criteria for performance-based remuneration.



Senate begins its 259th session at Parliament House in Islamabad on Monday afternoon at 3:00.


The Upper House will debate important national issues besides carrying out legislative business.


On Monday the House will transact private members business.



Construction of Hakla-Dera Ismail Khan Motorway, which is part of the Western Route of China-Pakistan economic Corridor, is in progress at a faster speed.


National Highway Authority told our Peshawar correspondent that the two hundred and eighty-five km long motorway will be completed at a cost of one hundred and forty-two billion rupees next year. 



Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute is a unique project which is a milestone in provision of quality healthcare facilities.


He was presiding over a high level meeting in Lahore on Sunday.


He directed to ensure provision of facilities in Pakistan kidney and Liver Transplant Institute in accordance with international standard.


The Chief Minister also directed for setting up Hepatitis Control Mobile Centers across the Province.


He said that Hepatitis Control Mobile Centers will be set up in a phased-programme in all districts of the Province.          



Three-day polio campaign will be kicked off in five districts of Punjab from on Monday.


Sehat Muhafiz polio teams of Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department will go house-to-house to vaccinate children under five years of age. 


A six-days anti-polio drive will also commence in Karachi on Monday.


Strict measures have been taken for the provision of security to polio workers and teams.



Nine security personnel were injured in a roadside bomb blast in Mamond tehsil of Bajaur Agency on Sunday.


Sources of Political Administration told our Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that the security personnel were going to defuse a bomb in the area when their vehicle hit another explosive device planted by terrorists.


The injured personnel have been shifted to Agency Headquarter Hospital Khar.                  



Sindh Rangers have arrested six criminals, including a member of Lyari Gang War, in targeted raids in various parts of Karachi.


Illegal weapons, ammunition were also recovered from them.



Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN 2017 are continuing in the Arabian Sea on the third day day on Sunday.   


Navies of thirty-seven countries are participating in the exercise. Nine of them, China, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, UK, US and Russia, are taking part in the drills with their naval assets. 


In on Sunday's events, paratroopers from the participating navies jumped into the oper sea besides carrying out other demonstrations.


Special Operations Forces of Pakistan Navy and participating countries are busy in presenting impressive Maritime Counter Terrorism exercises.  


The exercises s 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.      



Traffic between Rawalpindi and Gilgit on Karakoram Highway has been restored for all type of traffic.


The road was blocked for traffic at Jajal Pari due to landslide on Sunday morning.


Frontier Works Organization has cleared KKH by removing debris at Tatta pani in Diamer and opened road for traffic.



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has condoled the death of prominent educationist and former Sindh Education Minister Dr. Hamida Khuhro who passed away after protracted illness in Karachi on Sunday.


The Prime Minister eulogized the services of Dr. Hamida Khuhro and said that with her death the country has been deprived of a great educationist and writer.


He prayed for the eternal peace of her departed soul.


The funeral of Dr. Hamida Khuhro will be offered in Karachi on Sunday evening.



President of Azad Kashmir Masood Ahmed Khan has urged international community to take notice of massive Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir.  


He was talking to media after visiting mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi on Sunday.


While eulogizing the efforts and struggle of Hurriyet leaders, he said Pakistan will not bow to Indian threats and will continue its diplomatic and ethical support to Kashmiris.


Masood Khan said India will not succeed on violation of Indus water treaty and we are satisfied with the performance of Kashmir Committee.  



In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their stepped-up state terrorism killed six youth in Kulgam district on Sunday.


Deputy Inspector General of the State Police talking to media confirmed that youth were killed in an operation launched jointly by Indian Army and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force  in Frisal area of the district.


Two Indian troops were also killed in clashes.



Meanwhile, All Parties Hurriyet Conference says complete shutdown during the last three days is a clear message to India and the world community that Kashmiris have never legitimized the Indian military rule.


An APHC spokesman in a statement in Srinagar reiterated the demand for return of mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Mohammad Afzal Guru to Kashmir.



World Radio Day is being observed on Monday.


The theme for the Day this year is “Radio is You”, a call for greater participation of audiences and communities in the policy and planning of radio broadcasting.



In Romania, thousands of people held protest rallies in main cities against government's attempts to amend the anti-corruption laws.  


In the capital Bucharest around 3,000 people gathered despite sub-zero temperatures on Sunday and demanded the government to stand down.                    



In Greece, a massive evacuation has begun in the northern city of Thessaloniki to defuse a 500-pound unexploded World War-II bomb.


A state of emergency has been declared in three municipalities with Trains halted and church services cancelled.


An estimated 75,000 people are being evacuated.


The bomb, dropped during an air raid in the 1940s, was found under a gas station and it will be defused on Monday.       



In the sixth match of Pakistan Super League, Lahore Qalandars will face Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai on Sunday evening.


Earlier, Quetta Gladiators defeated Karachi Kings by seven wickets in Dubai on Saturday night.



India has won T-20 World Cup for Blind beating Pakistan by nine wickets in Bangalore.


Batting first Pakistan scored 197 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in the stipulated overs.


In reply, India achieved the target in 17.4 overs for the loss of one wicket.

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