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JULY 12, 2017

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PML-N says conspiracy being hatched against government will fail with its characters to be exposed soon.

Election Commission has urged electoral reforms committee to finalise its recommendations at the earliest for enactment of Election Act-2017.

WAPDA Chairman says 969-MW Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower project will start full generation by March next year.

Army Chief says CPEC will bring increasing economic integration among regional economies and reduce development gap within Pakistan.

Kashmiris on both sides of Line of Control and the world over will observe Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir tomorrow with a renewed pledge to accomplish the mission of martyrs.

Saudi Arabia and the United States have agreed to make joint efforts to eliminate terrorism.

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MARRIYUM
PML-N says the conspiracy being hatched against the governmenment will fail and those involved in this act will be exposed soon.

This was stated by Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb while addressing a news conference along with PML-N leader Daniyal Aziz in Islamabad this evening.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said attempts are being made for another sit-in, which too will meet the same fate.

She said the JIT report is based on speculations and probabilities.

The Minister said PML-N will challenge the report in the Supreme Court on point to point basis. She expressed the confidence that the apex court will do justice with them, and reject the JIT report.

She said there is no question of resignation of the Prime Minister.

Speaking on the occasion, MNA Daniyal Aziz said the opponents should first read the report before demanding resignation of the Prime Minister.

He said there are a number of loopholes in the JIT report.


AJK-CABINET
The AJK Cabinet has expressed full confidence in the leadership of Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif terming him a symbol of federation.

In an emergency meeting in Muzaffarabad today, the cabinet expressed concern over the political instability in Pakistan and said some international players want to sabotage CPEC project.

PRESIDENT
President Mamnoon Hussain has underscored the need for ethical and moral reformation of prisoners to help control crime rate and to make them an effective part of the society.

He was speaking on the occasion of presentation of a report prepared by Prison Reforms Committee under the auspices of Federal Ombudsman Secretariat in Islamabad today.

The President said the basic purpose of punishment is to change their mindset through better treatment and training.

He commended the efforts of the well-off segments of society for ameliorating the condition of prisoners and said that such charity will promote goodwill in society.

ECP
Election Commissioner of Pakistan has called for expediting enactment of the Election Act 2017 so that arrangement for the forthcoming general elections can be made accordingly.

This was stated in a letter written to heads of all the political parties having representation in the parliamentary committee on electoral reforms, by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan.

He urged the electoral reforms committee to finalize its recommendations and lay the bill before the parliament for making necessary legislation and enact the Election Act-2017 as early as possible.

FAO
Pakistani nominee Khalid Mehboob has been elected as chairperson of Food and Agriculture Organization Council in UN.

In the first round of voting, Khalid Mehboob secured 64 votes. The candidate from Slovakia got 32, Cyprus 26, and Indonesia 19 votes.

Before the second round of voting, Indonesia, Slovakia and Cyprus withdrew in favor of Pakistan and Khalid Mehboob was declared as elected.

Pakistan lastly held this position in 1955.

BOSAN
Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan says the government is fully committed to ensure safe and healthy food to its citizens.

Addressing a consultative workshop on "National Food Security Policy" in Islamabad today, he said immense achievement has been made in this regard.

The minister said the policy is a beacon of light to achieve objectives with regard to food security as it will address issues regarding food.

HAJJ
Ministry of Religious Affairs has launched electronic monitoring system for instantly resolving complaints of pilgrims during Hajj days.

According to official sources, the system is a comprehensive portal designed to cater to specific needs of the pilgrims.

The first feature is a helpline accessible both online and through an Android application named "Pak Hajj Moavin".

It allows users to register queries, complaints and suggestions in an effective manner. An SMS service has been developed to disseminate important information.

WAPDA
WAPDA Chairman Muzammil Hussain says 969-MW Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project will start full generation by March next year.

He was informing Public Accounts Committee, which met in Islamabad today with its Chairman Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah in the chair. The committee reviewed audit paras of WAPDA for year 2015-16 and 2016-17.

The WAPDA chairman said filling of the dam will be started in October. Dry test of the turbine will be conducted in January while first unit will start generation in February.

He said excavation of sixty-eight kilometer tunnels have already been completed one month ahead of its schedule completion.

Regarding Kicchi Canal, the WAPDA chairman informed the committee that 57 billion rupees have been spent on the project and 45 billion rupees more are required for completion of its first phase.

He assured the committee that the canal will start irrigating 72000 acres of Dera Bugti by the December.

The Committee directed to complete Noulang and Dadu dams and Kicchi Canal on priority.

MOODY'S
Moody's Investors Service has affirmed Pakistan's B3 ratings and maintained a stable outlook.

According to Moody's credit analysis, Pakistan's medium-term growth outlook is strong, supported by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

It says the outlook for growth has strengthened as a result of increased macro-economic stability due to reforms and following the launch of the CPEC project in 2015.

In the fiscal year ended June 2016, real GDP growth reached 4.5 per cent, up from 4.1 per cent in both fiscal year 2015 and fiscal year 2014.

BAJWA-CPEC
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is truly a harbinger of economic development, peace, and prosperity in the region.

Addressing a function on CPEC Logistics in Rawalpindi today, he said CPEC is also affirmation of Pakistan's efforts for a peaceful and prosperous region.

He said unlike some other countries of South Asia, we believe in focusing our energies on peace and inclusiveness, rather than divisive competition.

The Army Chief said CPEC will bring increasing economic integration among regional economies and reduce the development gap within various regions of Pakistan.

Commenting on prevailing security situation in Pakistan, the Army Chief said the country is much safer today than before as peace has been restored in FATA and the adjoining areas.

PAK-CHINA
China has expressed willingness to play a constructive role in improving tense relations between Pakistan and India.

Addressing a press briefing in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said ongoing tension along the Line of Control in Kashmir is posing threat to peace and stability of the region.

He urged both Islamabad and New Delhi to start a meaningful dialogue for the settlement of their bilateral disputes and promote peace in the region.

KASHMIR
Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over would observe Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir tomorrow with a renewed pledge to accomplish the mission of martyrs till achievement of the goal of liberation from Indian bondage.

Complete strike will be observed across the held territory as part the week-long protest calendar, call for which has been given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

Meanwhile, the Indian troops during violent crackdown operation martyred three Kashmiri youth in Budgam district today.

US-SAUDI
The United States and Saudi Arabia have agreed to make joint efforts to eliminate terrorism and extremist rhetoric.

An understanding to this effect came during US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's separate meetings with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir in Jeddah today.

WEATHER

Rain-thunderstorm with isolated heavy to very heavy falls is expected at scattered places in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, FATA and Kashmir during the next twenty-four hours.

Rain-thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls is also likely at scattered places in D.G.Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, Zhob, Kalat and Gilgit-Baltistan during the next twenty fours hours.

Light rain is also expected at a few places along Sindh coast.


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