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 HEADLINES

 

Pakistan and China have renewed their determination to further cement bilateral relations by enhancing cooperation in multiple spheres.

 

Prime Minister has reaffirmed government's commitment for timely completion of Early Harvest Projects under CPEC.

 

A high level meeting in Quetta today reviewed law and order situation in Balochistan as eight labourers were martyred in a terrorist attack in Gwadar.

 

Pakistan has urged the United Nations to take notice of Indian attempts to bring demographic changes to occupied Kashmir. 

 

Organization of Islamic Cooperation has warned that Somalia is on the brink of a catastrophic famine.

 

PM-JINPING

 Pakistan and China have renewed their determination to further cement bilateral relations by enhancing cooperation in multiple spheres.      

The resolve was expressed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a meeting in Beijing today.

All the four chief ministers were present during the talks.

President Xi said that the two countries had more potential to strengthen bilateral cooperation regarding implementation of CPEC and other regional connectivity projects.

In his remarks, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said strenuous efforts are being made for speedy implementation of CPEC projects.  

 

NAWAZ-LI

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also held a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang in Beijing.

 

Nawaz Sharif reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment for timely completion of Early Harvest Projects under CPEC.

 

MoUs:

Pakistan and China today signed a series of agreements in Beijing today for cooperation in different sectors.   

The first MoU related to cooperation within the framework of Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st century Maritime Silk Road initiative.

An MoU was also signed on upgradation of main railway line track ML-I and establishment of Havelian Dry Port.

Three agreements were pertaining to economic and technical cooperation worth three point four billion Yuan for Gwadar port and East Bay expressway.  

 

NAWAZ-POWER

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the development of North Indus Cascade is the major focus of his government for addressing the issue of water shortage.  

Addressing the Chinese power sector companies in Beijing today, he said construction of Diamer-Basha Dam is the single most important initiative to this effect.

Nawaz Sharif acknowledged that fast-track implementation of Early Harvest Projects will be critical to eliminate power outages by the middle of next year.                  

                       

DAR-BANK

The Bank of China will open its branches in Pakistan.   

This was announced by Chairman of the bank Tian Guoli in a meeting with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Beijing today.

Speaking on the occasion, Ishaq Dar said first branch of the Bank will be opened in Karachi soon.

State Bank of Pakistan has already issued banking licence to the Bank of China.

 

NISAR

 

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says mostly Muslims are the victims of terrorism in the world.

Addressing public meetings at different places in Rawalpindi this evening, he said terrorism and extremism have no link with Islam.

He said people have rejected the politics of agitation and false claims as it has harmed democracy.

 

MARRIYUM:

Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that all suspicious accounts on social media are being strictly monitored.

In a statement, she said action will be taken against elements involved in negative propaganda on social media in accordance with cyber laws.

 

SOUTHERN COMMAND:

A high-level security coordination conference held in Quetta today reviewed security situation in Balochistan.

It was attended among others by Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Aamer Riaz, Provincial home Minister Sarfraz Bugti and high Police officials.

The meeting expressed the resolve to bring enduring peace and stability in the province through a comprehensive and coordinated joint response.  

BLAST

Eight labourers were martyred in a terrorist attack in  Gwadar district today.

Our Quetta correspondent Aftab Sherazi reports that the terrorists opened fire on labourers when they were busy in work on a road project.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned the attack and expressed deep grief over the loss of precious lives in the attack.

 

 

SHAHBAZ

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif  says more than eight thousand megawatt energy projects are underway in the country. 

Talking to a delegation of National Energy Administration in Beijing today, he said thirteen hundred and twenty megawatt Sahiwal Coal Power project has already been completed.

CJP

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar has stressed the need for improving service delivery and expeditious dispensation of justice.   

Addressing a meeting in Islamabad today, the Chief Justice  ordered establishment of special cells in the Supreme Court and High Courts to receive complaints of overseas Pakistanis.

 

CENTRES:

Chief Justice Lahore High Court Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah has approved a plan to extend the scope of Alternate Dispute Resolution Centers across Punjab to provide inexpensive and speedy justice to the people.

Addressing a meeting in this regard, the Chief Justice said two centers will be set up in each district of the Province.

FIRING:

Indian troops again resorted to unprovoked firing at Baroh and Nakial sectors on Line of control today, which resulted in the injuries of six civilians, including two women. 

According to ISPR, Pakistani troops gave a befitting response to the Indian firing.   

COAS:

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Nikial sector along the Line of Control today.

He met the troops there and appreciated their high state of operational preparedness, effective response to Indian ceasefire violations and high morale.

The Army Chief also visited parents of Shaheed Lieutenant Khawar who embraced martyrdom during an operation at Bannu.

He hailed supreme sacrifice of the officer and his family for the motherland.

 

SARTAJ

Pakistan has urged the United Nations to take notice of Indian attempts to bring demographic changes to occupied Kashmir.

 

The Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in a letter to the UN Secretary General Antonio Gueterres has specifically pointed out the issuance of permanent residence certificates to non-residents, allotment of land to retired Indian army personnel and issuance of land to non-Kashmiris in occupied territory.

 

FAROOQ:

Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has appealed to the United Nations and the International Community to take serious notice of India's unprovoked firing at the Line of Control.

Talking to newsmen in Muzaffarabad today, he said by targeting civilian population at Line of Control, India is trying to divert world attention from the deteriorating human rights situation in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

 

 

KASHMIR:

In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association has strongly condemned the continued illegal detention of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi, and her associate Fehmeeda Sofi.

In a statement in Srinagar, a spokesman of the Association demanded immediate release of both the detainees owing to their ill health.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Shopian on the third consecutive day today against the disappearance of a local youth in police custody.

 

OIC-SOMALIA:

Organization of Islamic Cooperation has urged the international community to increase assistance for the hunger-stricken people of Somalia.

In a statement, OIC Secretary-General Yousef Al-Othaimeen warned that Somalia is on the brink of a catastrophic famine.  

 

G-7:

The G-7 countries have called for taking steps to make the global economy work for everyone.

The call was made in a statement issued at end of the two-day summit of G-7 foreign ministers in Bari, Italy today.

The group, consisting of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, and U.K, also called for a renewed common effort against cybercrime.

WEATHER:

 

Dust-thunderstorm/light rain with gusty winds is expected at a few places in Makran, Quetta, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, D.I. Khan, D.G. Khan, Bahawalpur, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas  divisions, Islamabad, FATA and Kashmir. Hot and dry weather is expected elsewhere in the country.

 

 


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