DATED: MAY 13 2017



Planning Minister says upgradation of Pakistan Railways under CPEC will enhance local market's access to other markets in the region.

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has expressed full support to the federal government on matters of national interest.

PEMRA has directed all TV channels to stop telecast of any guest's unconfirmed comments on civil and military relations.

Security forces have foiled a major terror bid in Kharlachi area of Parachinar.

On the fourth day of final cricket test against Pakistan in Dominica, West Indies will resume their first innings at overnight score of 218 for five on Saturday.



Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says upgradation of Pakistan Railways under CPEC would usher an era of economic development by enhancing local market's access to other markets in the region.


In an interview with APP, he said railway track would be upgraded from Karachi to Landi Kotal to double the speed from existing 80 kilometers per hour to 160 km per hour.


He said China Pakistan Economic Corridor was world's biggest ever project of regional connectivity.  


The minister said agreements for construction of Gwadar Airport, Gwadar expressway and upgradation of railway track ML-1 were on the agenda of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his week long visit to China.



Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has held a meeting with Vice Minister International Department of Central Committee of Communist Party of China Zheng Xiaosong in Beijing.


They discussed matters of mutual interest, promotion of Pak-China relations and further strengthening the relationship between the two countries.   


Shahbaz Sharif said Pakistan fully supports the One Belt One Road Initiative which will connect China with other countries.


The chief minister said that under China Pakistan Economic Corridor, projects are being completed speedily throughout Pakistan and this news has spread throughout the world.


He said that CPEC is leaving a positive impact in Pakistan.


Zheng Xiaosong said that Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has played an important role in promoting Pak-China relations.




Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khattak has expressed full support to the federal government on matters of national interest setting aside political differences.


In an interview with APP, he said the reservations of his province over the western route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor had been settled and there were no apprehensions about it. 


Pervaiz Khattak said we are ready to extend support for Pakistan’s progress and prosperity.


The chief minister said China is Pakistan’s closest friend and all political parties are fully supportive of its agenda of collective development for the region.



Minister for Water and Power, Khawja Muhammad Asif says that first largest coal-fired power plant of the country Sahiwal plant has been operationalized.


In a tweet message, he said that first unit of 1320 MW power plant has started tentative production prior to its stipulated completion time and it has also been connected with national grid.


In another twitter message, Khawaja Asif said Prime Nawaz Sharif's visit to China along with four chief ministers was historical and rare show of unity for development and national cause.



Special Assistant to Prime Minister Asif Kirmani has said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has pulled-out the country of various challenges.   


He was speaking at "Solidarity of Pakistan Conference" in Islamabad.


Asif Kirmani has said that new power plants are being completed in the country to meet the growing need of electricity.


He said load shedding will be eliminated by the next year which will further trigger the economic progress.




Spokesman to the Prime Minister Musadik Malik says due to prudent policies of the government, economic growth rate had raised in four years.


In an interview, he said economic growth rate was expected to reach at five percent this year which is a significant achievement.


He said increase in foreign reserves of the country and stability in rupee was in fact the result of effective economic policies of the government.


Musadik Malik said special attention is being given to agriculture and export sectors and packages had been announced to enhance output of the two sectors.




Advisor to Prime Minister Amir Muqam says the evelopmental policies of the government were not tolerable to opposition parties which are raising baseless criticism.


He was addressing a public gathering held at Tahmash Khan Stadium Peshawar.   


He also criticized PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and said no change had been witnessed in the province during its tenure. 


In his address, MNA Muhammad Safdar said there was no corruption scandal of present government which had brought economic stability in the country. 




Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has issued warning to all news and current affairs tv channels to stop the telecast of any guest's comments on civil and military relations without confirmation from the relevant institution.


According to a press release of PEMRA, such baseless comments and views by anchor persons and experts without any conformation and just to damage the image will not be allowed and action will be taken on this.




Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has reiterated that coward acts of terrorism cannot deter the resolve of the nation to wipe out the menace.


According to ISPR in a condolence message, he strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri in Mastung.


He expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of innocent lives in the incident.



Meanwhile, security forces have foiled a major terrorist bid in Kharlachi area of Parachinar.


According to Inter Services Public Relations, security forces intercepted the vehicle that was fitted with heavy explosive material to be used in a terrorist activity. The explosive was defused and the possession of the vehicle was taken over.



In Saudi Arabia, two people including a Pakistani national and a Saudi child were killed when armed assailants opened fire at company workers who were carrying out a development project at Al-Masoura district in eastern province of Qatif. 


According to a spokesman of the Interior Ministry, terrorists also fired at security personnel and passers-by wounding ten others including six Saudis.



United Nations says a group of Colombian FARC rebels formally completed a historic disarmament process under a peace accord with the government.


In a statement, the UN Mission in Bogota said a group of 12 members of FARC received a certificate of completion of individual disarmament from the UN mission.


Under the certificate, they have been allowed to formally begin their reintegration into civilian life.



Death anniversaries of Poet Maulana Hasrat Mohani and actor Allahouddin are being observed on Saturday.




On the fourth day of third and final cricket test against Pakistan in Dominica, West Indies will resume their first innings at overnight score of 218 for 5 on Saturday.


Pakistan scored 376 in its first innings.


Azhar Ali with 127, Misbah ul Haq 59, Babar Azam 55 and Sarfraz Ahmed with 51 runs were the main scorers.


For Pakistan, Yasir Shah took three wickets whereas Mohammad Abbas and Azhar Ali grabbed one wicket each.




Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.


However, light rain dust-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at few places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Quetta, Zhob, Makran, Sukkur, Larkana, Shaheed Benazirabad, D.G. Khan, D.I. Khan, Malakand, Hazara and Mardan divisions, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.


Temperature of some major cities recorded on Saturday morning:


Islamabad twenty-two degree centigrade, Lahore and Karachi twenty-eight, Peshawar twenty-three, Quetta eighteen, Gilgit, Murree and Muzaffarabad seventeen degree centigrade.

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