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PM to perform groundbreaking of Shorkot-Khanewal Motorway today

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will perform the groundbreaking of Shorkot-Khanewal Section of M-4 today. The project will be completed at a cost of around twenty-two billion rupees in two years. After completion, the project will improve the country’s vital north-south road network and promote economic growth, create jobs and ensure regional connectivity. Motorway M-4 Faisalabad-Multan 240 kilometers is divided into four sections. Faisalabad-Gojra and Khanewal-Multan sections have already been completed, while work is underway on Gojra-Shorkot section. Work on the fourth section of Shorkot-Khanewal will begin today. Shorkot-Khanewal section is divided into two packages including Shorkot-Dinpur (31 kms) and Dinpur-Khanewal (34 kms), in order to ensure its in-time completion. The M-4 is also a step towards positioning Pakistan to act as a transit artery for goods moving between the port city of Karachi and Gwadar in the south to Torkham on the northern border with Afghanistan. Overall 240-km long project will cut down travel time between Faisalabad and Multan to less than two hours. In future, this project will become a part of the Sukkur-Multan Motorway. It will eventually link the ports with the land-locked regions of Central Asia.

Whole nation stands by the security forces in the war against terrorism: Army Chief

Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif says that the lengthy war against terrorism is about to conclude. He was chairing a high-level security meeting in Rawalpindi to review the National Action Plan and Operation Zarb-e-Azb. General Raheel Sharif says that the menace of terrorism will be eliminated from the Pakistani soil. He suggested that all segments of the society will have to play their role effectively to tackle the menace of terrorism.

Backlisted national Matthew Barrett will be deported in the next three days: Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says American blacklisted national Matthew Barrett will be deported in the next three days in the light of the findings of the joint investigation team's report. Addressing a news conference in Islamabad he says the findings did not suggest that Matthew Barrett is a spy, but he is found in objectionable activities. The minister says American national is blacklisted by Pakistan in 2011, and deported, But despite that he is issued visa by Pakistani consulate in Houston.

Pakistan to invite India for ‘exclusive dialogue on Kashmir: Sartaj Aziz

Pakistan will invite India for an exclusive dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir, despite the stalled Composite Dialogue process between the two countries. Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says foreign secretary will formally write a letter to his counterpart soon to discuss the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. Recently held Envoys Conference in Islamabad also noted that India’s policy of not engaging in a comprehensive dialogue with Pakistan is not conducive for peace in South Asia.

Japan lauds Pakistan's efforts for peace in the region

Japan lauds Pakistan's efforts for peace in the region. Talking to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in Islamabad, Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan Takashi Kurai says his country recognizes Pakistan's sacrifices in the war against terrorism. Japanese ambassador condemned the Quetta blast and expresses grief over the loss of precious lives in the incident. Bilateral relations and cooperation in various ongoing projects were discussed in the meeting

All out efforts to stop polio virus transmission by the end of this year

Under the directions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, a meeting held in Islamabad to ensure all necessary measures for fully eradicating polio virus from the country. Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar, Prime Minister's Focal Person for Polio Eradication Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq and representatives from all provinces including FATA attended the meeting. The meeting unanimously agreed to make all out efforts to stop polio virus transmission by the end of this year. It is agreed that strict oversight and accountability for optimal implementation of National Emergency Action Plan on Polio 2016-17 will be ensured.

Nation will celebrate 70th Independence Day in a befitting manner tomorrow

Brisk preparations are at climax to mark the 70th Independence Day in a befitting manner accross the country tomorrow. With substantial improvement in the law and order situation there seems a great deal of enthusiasm to celebrate the `Youm-e-Azadi" in a befitting manner. Various organizations and institutions have chalked out elaborate programmes in connection with the Independence Day celebrations.

The special Azadi train

Special Azadi train continuing its month long country-wide journey from Peshawar has now arrived at Rawalpindi Railway Station. Azadi train will leave Rawalpindi for Karachi on Monday. Meanwhile, Pakistan Railways has decided to increase time and area of travelling of Azadi Special train to entertain maximum people. Presiding over a meeting in Lahore, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique directed the authorities to include Faisalabad and Sargodha section in the route of the train.

India’s opposition parties call for talks with Kashmiris

India's prime minister met national party leaders to seek ways to end weeks of unrest in Kashmir, but a separatist group says there would be no peace until Indian politicians stop treating it as a purely internal issue. Indian security forces killed a militant leader on July 8, sparking violent protests across the Himalayan region, which is split into areas ruled by India and Pakistan. Police extended a curfew in parts of the Muslim-majority territory for a 35th day and mobile telephone networks were suspended from late on Thursday due to worries about fresh violence. National opposition leaders have stepped up calls for an all-party delegation to visit Kashmir for talks with regional leaders. Opposition leaders also suggested that discussions be held with all groups, including those opposed to Indian rule in the disputed region, and that the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, which grants special powers to the army, be lifted from civilian areas.


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