Hafta e Rafta (Top news stories of the week)
Countrywide Pakistan Independence Day Celebrations underway
Nation will celebrate 70th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan with a renewed pledge to safeguard the motherland against any threat. The main objective of celebrating the day to make Pakistan true Islamic welfare state as envisioned by founding father Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The day will dawn with 31 gun salutes in the federal and 21 gun salutes in the provincial capitals. Radio Pakistan will broadcast a special day-long transmission on the Independence Day.
Special Azadi Train leaves Peshawar for Rawalpindi
The special Azadi train leaves Peshawar for Rawalpindi. Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Asad Qaiser, Deputy Commissioner Peshawar Saqib Raza Aslam, Divisional Superintendent Pakistan Railway Hanif Gul and a large number of people saw off the train. The speaker appreciates efforts of Pakistan Railway for displaying historic pictures in the train. Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent reports that the Azadi train will reach Karachi on 25th of this month after passing through different cities.
Islamabad-Beijing Bilateral Cooperation and visit of Chinese Vice President to Islamabad
China's Vice Premier Wang Yang along with his delegation has arrived in Islamabad on a two-day visit to Pakistan. The Vice Premier is undertaking the visit to Pakistan on the directions of President Xi Jinping as a special gesture to participate in the 70th Independence Day 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.
Army Chief visits CMH Quetta to enquire after health of persons injured in blast
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa reiterates resolve to eliminate terrorism from Pakistan soil. There is a need of close coordination and cooperation among all state institutions and law enforcement agencies to eliminate terrorism once and for all. The Army chief was given a detailed briefing at the Southern Command Headquarters. The army chief attends funeral process of those who were martyred in Quetta's blast. Quetta terror attack is an attempt to mar Independence Day festivity in the country.
Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad and sacrifices of Pakistan's armed forces in fight against terrorism
Under the ongoing operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, the security Forces apprehended 31 suspects including illegal Afghan immigrants. According to ISPR, FC Balochistan and Police conducted search operations in various parts of Quetta city last night to thwart threats against Independence Anniversary celebrations. Weapons including sub machine guns, pistols and illegal vehicles were recovered during the search operations.
Indian belligerence towards its neighbors and aggression along LOC pose serious threat to regional peace, stability
Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria's weekly press briefing in Islamabad
Pakistan warns that Indian belligerence towards its neighbors threatens not just regional but international peace and security. India is creating hurdles in the way of its neighbors and this has direct bearing on regional and global peace and security. India's grave human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir, unprovoked firing along the Line of Control and attempts aimed at changing demography of Occupied Kashmir also threatens regional peace with consequences for global peace and security. Pakistan believes in peaceful co-existence with all its neighboring countries, including India and Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's visit to Karachi and economic achievements of the PML-N government
Delegations of Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), and Pakistan Business Council met the prime minister in Karachi. Federal government to extend its all-out support for development in Sindh province. Sindh governor briefs the prime minister on the initiatives taken for the development and the confidence of business community. 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. Government will continue to pursue the policies of former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
PML-N-led government's efforts to steer the country out of prevailing crisis
Information Minister addressed a ceremony in Islamabad to mark completion of seventy years of Parliament
The incumbent government is committed to fulfill its promise of a developed and load-shedding free Pakistan. Seventy years of country's independence is being celebrated by paying tributes to all those who rendered exemplary services for the cause of the country. Today is much stable and peaceful than it was four years ago. Incumbent government initiated record number of projects, which are being completed expeditiously.
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