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HEADLINES

13-06-2017

Prime Minister has reaffirmed Pakistan's strong commitment to territorial integrity and sovereignty of Saudi Arabia.

Minister for Water and Power says the government is close to achieving the goal of ending loadshedding for good.

Federal government has announced fully-funded overseas scholarships for Ph.D. students in top universities of the world.

In US Senate, Republicans and Democrats have reached an agreement to impose new sanctions against Russia.

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PM

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has expressed the hope that the current impasse in the Gulf countries will be resolved soon in the best interest of Muslim Ummah.  

He was talking to Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Jeddah.

The Prime Minister reaffirmed strong commitment of the people and government of Pakistan to territorial integrity and sovereignty of Saudi Arabia and safety of Harmain al Sharifain.

King Salman thanked the Prime Minister for his visit and appreciated the exceptional success of Pakistan against extremism and terrorism.

He also reiterated strong commitment and support of the Kingdom for all issues of interest for Pakistan, including matters of its national security.

KHAWAJA

Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif says the government is close to achieving the target of load shedding-free Pakistan.

In a statement, he said this cherished goal is going to be achieved as a result of the measures taken during the last four years.

Khawaja Asif said the average electricity generation has now increased to 18,052 megawatt, which was 11,804 megawatt in 2013.

He said no un-scheduled load shedding is being carried out in the country.

ECP

A five-member bench of the Election Commission headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza today heard the case about the violation of election code of conduct by PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

The counsel of Imran Khan said Islamabad High Court is also seized of the matter and it has also sought reply from the Election Commission in this regard on 6th July. Therefore, the counsel sought further hearing of the case after this date.

On this, the Election Commission adjourned the case till 24th of next month.           

IMRAN

Imran Khan has been re-elected as Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf.

According to the results of PTI's intra party polls, Shah Mehmood Qureshi has also been re-elected as Vice Chairman and Jehangir Tareen as Secretary General of the party.

The party has submitted details of the intra party polls with the Election Commission of Pakistan.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Federal government has announced fully funded overseas scholarship for Ph.D. students in top universities of the world.

Sources of Higher Education Commission told our Peshawar correspondent that scholarships are being offered in Agriculture, Engineering  and Technology, Management Sciences  and Business Education, Medical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences.

Last date for submission of online application forms is 30th of this month.

ANDRABI

In occupied Kashmir, Dukhtaran-e-Millat has deplored the  ill-treatment meted out to its illegally detained Chairperson Aasiya Andrabi and her associate, Fahmeeda Sufi inside the Amphala jail in Jammu.  

In a statement issued in Srinagar, DeM General Secretary Nahida Nasreen said that Aasiya Andrabi and Fehmeeda Sufi are political prisoners and not criminals.

She said that people particularly families of the two detained leaders are concerned over not shifting of Asia Andrabi and Fahmeeda Sufi to Srinagar from Jammu despite court orders.

US-RUSSIA

In US Senate, Republicans and Democrats have reached an agreement to impose new sanctions against Russia.

Top lawmakers on two committees, including Banking and Foreign Relations, announced the sanctions which would require a congressional review if  president attempts to ease or end the penalties.

The plan also calls for strengthening current sanctions and imposing new ones on Russians involved in human rights abuses and supplying weapons to the Syrian government.

UN-ISRAEL

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over Israeli criticism of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees.

While expressing his support for UNRWA, which  is delivering essential services and protecting the rights of millions of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East the UN Secretary General called on the international community to continue assistance to the agency.  

PANAMA-CHINA

Panama has cut long-standing diplomatic ties with Taiwan and established relations with China.

The government of Panama said it recognises only one China and Taiwan is part of it.

China regards Taiwan as a breakaway province.

 


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