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Prime Minister has called for a grand dialogue among all political parties to ensure continuity of economic policies.
Cabinet Committee on Energy has been informed that the country will have surplus electricity by next year.
Pakistan has briefed five permanent UN members that Indian continued provocations on Line of Control and Working Boundary may lead to a strategic miscalculation.
US President will announce new strategy on Iran on Friday.
The first One Day International between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played in Dubai on Friday.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says country’s economy has shown a positive turnaround and was fast growing even in the face of numerous challenges inherited by it at macro economic level in 2013.
Talking to a private television channel, he said the government is fully focusing on increasing exports and to reduce imports and in that connection it has given incentives to exporters.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan has achieved six percent economic growth as compared to 3.6 percent during the previous government era, while inflation has been brought down to a single digit.
He called for a grand dialogue among the political parties for continuity of economic policies.
Regarding privatization policy, the Prime Minister said whenever the government tried to privatize national entities it was made a political issue and we do not want to create instability in the country.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that privatization is the only solution of PIA but unfortunately neither the courts nor the provinces and even the political parties agree on it.
He said there was a need to create political consensus on it, because PIA and Pakistan Steel Mills are the two big entities incurring billions of rupees losses to the national exchequer.
To a question, the Prime Minister said Ishaq Dar is the best Finance Minister of Pakistan at this time and he did a tremendous job in strengthening of country’s economy.
To another question,he refuted the allegations regarding LNG deal and said that deal with Qatar was done in a transparent manner.
A meeting of Cabinet Committee on Energy was held with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in chair.
The meeting reviewed progress of transmission line projects for Port Qasim, Coal-Fired Power Plants, Neelum-Jhelum project, Hydel Power Projects, Terbela-IV and Golen Gol Hydel Power Project.
Managing Director NTDC informed the meeting that transmission line to evacuate power from Port Qasim power plant will be completed by the end of this month.
Similarly, two projects of worth 5.1 billion rupees to provide electricity to all the valleys in Chitral, have been prepared.
The Prime Minister directed to expedite approval of PC-1 so that all the villages in Chitral can be electrified as soon as possible.
Ministry of Power informed the meeting that Iran is interested in providing another 100MW of electricity in addition to the existing arrangement for 100 MW.
For the additional 100 MW, transmission line and grid station has to be constructed to meet immediate needs of Makran division especially Gawadar Port and industrial area.
The CCE approved the proposal and directed the Ministry to make immediate arrangements for purchase of additional electricity from Iran.
Ministry of Power also informed the meeting that the country will have surplus power by next year.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said terrorism is the common enemy of Pakistan and the United States.
In an interview with VOA in Washington, he said Pakistan has rendered unprecedented sacrifices in war against terrorism and its valiant forces have broken the back of terrorists.
The Minister said Pakistan wants lasting peace in the region in collaboration with its international partners.
He said both the countries have decade-old relationships, which should now be transformed into economic and social bonds.
Ahsan Iqbal said Pakistan is the biggest stakeholder of peace in Afghanistan as it will be first country to reap the dividends of Afghan peace.
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry has congratulated the security forces over successful rescue operation for a US citizen Ms. Caitlan Coleman and her family.
In a statement, he said Pakistan’s security forces acted within hours on the basis of intelligence on hostages.
The Ambassador said Ms. Coleman‘s successful rescue operation is a testimony of results that can be achieved through cooperation and team work.
Meanwhile, parents of Canadian citizen Joshu Boyle have thanked Pakistan Army for rescuing their son and his family from terrorists.
In a video message, father of Joshu expressed profound thanks for the courageous Pakistan soldiers, who rescued their lives.
Joshu’s mother also expressed her happiness at the news of her son and his family’s rescue.
Pakistan has expressed grave concern over unprecedented escalation by Indian occupation forces at the Line of Control and Working boundary particularly during the last two months.
The concern was expressed at a briefing by the Foreign Secretary and the Director General Military Operations to the Heads of Missions of permanent members of the UN Security Council in Islamabad.
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua in her remarks expressed grave concern over the increased frequency of indiscriminate firing and shelling from the Indian side, deliberately targeting civilian population resulting in Shahadat of 45 civilians and injuries to 155 including women and children.
She said Pakistan has displayed exemplary restraint but has been compelled to respond.
Tehmina Janjua said Indian actions are a serious threat for the maintenance of regional peace and tranquility and may lead to a strategic miscalculation.
While emphasizing the important role of the United Nations Military Observers Group, she noted that Pakistan is fully cooperating and providing unfettered access to the Group.
However, India is not cooperative and limits their access.
Director General Military Operations made a comprehensive presentation on the current situation at the LoC and the Working Boundary.
In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership will hold peaceful demonstrations after Friday prayers on Friday against incessant braid-chopping incidents.
The call for the protest has been given by Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik .
The resistance leaders in a statement said that braid-chopping incidents were increasing and spreading across occupied Kashmir, leading to great insecurity and fear among the women folk.
The leadership asked the people to form local committees in mohallas and localities to deal with this challenge and increase vigil in and around their areas.
US President Donald Trump will announce new strategy on Iran on Friday.
According to a White House spokesperson, Trump is expected to announce that he will not certify the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, believing the agreement is not in the national interests of the United States.
The deal had been signed by the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, the European Union and Iran leading lifting of sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.
The first day and night One Day International of five match series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played in Dubai on Friday.
The match will begin at 4:00 p.m PST.
In the 10th Asia Cup Hockey tournament, Pakistan will play their second match against Japan in Dhaka on Friday.
Earlier, Pakistan in their opening match had thrashed Bangladesh by 7-0.
Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, rain thunderstorm is expected at a few places in Malakand division and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Temperature of some major cities recorded on Friday morning:
Islamabad sixteen degree centigrade, Lahore and Karachi twenty-four, Peshawar and Muzaffarabad eighteen, Quetta and Gilgit eleven and Murree fifteen degree centigrade.