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Prime Minister inaugurated one of the largest oil and gas reserves from Jhandial well near Attock today.
Foreign Office spokesperson says India's controversial role in Afghanistan can endanger regional stability and is not acceptable to Pakistan.
British Army Chief of General Staff has lauded Pakistan Army's sacrifices and achievements in the fight against terrorism and continued efforts for regional peace and stability.
President has called for devising effective strategies on national security for addressing internal and external threats.
PML (N) leaders Maryam Nawaz and retired Capt. Muhammad Safdar appeared before an accountability court in Islamabad today.
Chairman APHC says India has declared a war against Kashmiri people struggling for their right to self-determination.
Qatar has asked World Trade Organization to set up a dispute panel to adjudicate its row with the United Arab Emirates.
Turkish forces have entered militants' controlled Idlib province of Syria to create a "de-escalation zone."
A Russian booster rocket has carried a European environmental satellite into orbit.
Six people were killed in a road accident near Hasanabdal today.
Seafood exports from the country increased by 19.63 per cent during the first two months of the ongoing fiscal year compared to the corresponding period of last year.
Pakistan has set a victory target of 293 runs for Sri Lanka in the first One-Day International at Dubai today.
In the 10th Asia Cup Hockey tournament in Bangladesh, match between Pakistan and Japan has ended in a draw.
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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says development in the country is only possible when there is democracy.
He was speaking after inauguration of oil and gas well project Jhandial-one at Jhandial in Attock today.
The Prime Minister said no other force other than democracy can deliver in the country. He said we will have to work hard to strengthen democracy in the country.
He said development projects have been completed in all sectors including economy, infrastructure and energy in all parts of the country.
He said during the last four years more than ten thousand megawatt energy has been included in the national grid. He said that one hundred and three discoveries have been made in the oil and gas sector during the last four years. He said similarly eight hundred and fifty million cubic feet gas that is 22 percent of the total gas production has been added in the system during the tenure of the present government.
He said all the sectors are being provided uninterrupted gas supply twenty four hours a day.
He said that unparalleled development projects have been completed during the tenure of the present government in all sectors.
The Prime Minister said the project will open new avenues of progress and development in the region by boosting business and creating new job opportunities.
He announced gas supply schemes for all the areas of the region.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said after completion of the power projects Pakistan will become self-sufficient in this sector and will bring prosperity and development in the country.
Earlier, the Prime Minister was briefed on the occasion about the salient features of the project.
This is one of the largest oil and gas discovery in the area struck by Pakistan Oil Fields Limited.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad, Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir, Minister of State Jam Kamal were also present on the occasion.
Speaking at a launching ceremony of a commemorative postage stamp in honour of late Maulana Mufti Mahmood in Islamabad today, Prime Minister said democracy is vital for progress and prosperity of the country.
The stamp has been launched in recognition of his invaluable religious and political services.
The Prime Minister said there might be shortcomings in the parliamentary democracy but these are taken care of with the passage of time by the parliament itself.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi paid rich tributes to late Maulana Mufti Mahmood and said he always tried to develop consensus on national issues.
The Prime Minister asked the Ministry of Postal Services to issue Commemorative stamps in memory of other important personalities.
Speaking on the occasion, JUI (F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman thanked the Prime Minister and the Postal Services Ministry for recognizing services and role of Maulana Mufti Mahmood in national affairs.
Talking to Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Yury Sentyurin in Islamabad, the Prime Minister said economic outlook of Pakistan has altogether changed in the last four years which is being acknowledged globally.
He said our Investment Policy has been designed to provide a comprehensive framework for creating a conducive business environment for the attraction of foreign direct investment.
Khaqan Abbasi said Pakistan's policy trends have been consistent, with liberalization, de-regulation, privatization, and facilitation being its foremost cornerstone.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan-Russia cooperation in various sectors is a step towards strengthening of bilateral relations.
He said the government is focusing on meeting the country's energy requirements with particular focus on a balanced mix of energy sources.
The Prime Minister appreciated the delegation's fruitful interaction with Ministry of Energy.
Later, the Prime Minister also witnessed signing of Inter-Governmental agreement between Pakistan and Russia for supply of gas.
The Prime Minister expressed the hope that members of the Russian delegation will have a productive visit in the backdrop of briefing by various Ministries about immense potential for investment in Pakistan’s infrastructure development, energy and communication sectors.
Talking to a delegation of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association in Islamabad Prime Minister has reaffirmed government's commitment to continue creating conducive environment for enhancing business sector.
He said growth in exports will not only help in reducing trade deficit but also increase employment opportunities.
On the occasion, the delegation lauded government's efforts for enhancing the export package aims at facilitating exporters.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said Pakistan's economy is stable and much better than it was in 2013.
In a statement, he said tax collection has almost doubled due to effective policies of the government.
The Minister said the biggest development budget in the history of Pakistan is being implemented in the country.
He said sufficient resources are also being provided for security operations.
Ahsan Iqbal said there is no need of going for an IMF programme as Pakistan's economy is functioning well.
Pakistan has once again made it clear that any expanded Indian role in Afghanistan will not be in the interest of the region.
At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad today, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya reminded that India is engaged in using the terrorist outfits against Pakistan.
He said we have provided credible evidence in this regard.
He said Pakistan has always emphasized for an Afghan owned and Afghan led reconciliation process for the resolution of the conflict.
Describing yesterday's meeting with the US delegation constructive and fruitful; the spokesperson said both the sides have agreed to remain engaged to address the common challenges.
He pointed out that terrorists are a common enemy and all the countries need to work together to tackle this menace.
Highlighting the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir, Nafees Zakariya said expeditious resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UNSC resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people are imperative.
The spokesperson said silence of international community on Kashmir is a matter of serious concerns.
Chief of General Staff UK Army General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi today.
The visiting dignitary acknowledged Pakistan Army's achievements in fight against terrorism and continued efforts for peace and stability in the region.
He said UK greatly appreciates Pakistan's sacrifices in this regard.
Matters of mutual interest including strengthening of bilateral security and defence cooperation between the two Armies were discussed during the meeting.
Earlier on arrival at GHQ, CGS UK Army, laid floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada.
A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army presented guard of honour to the visiting dignitary.
The visiting dignitary will address participants of National Security and War Course later today.
Pakistan Navy is conducting Exercise BURQ VII at Creeks area aiming to evaluate Pak Navy’s operational plans for the defence of Creeks Area.
It also includes the re-evaluation of Air Defence plans and combat readiness of Air Defence Battalion deployed in the creeks area.
Pak Marines and Special Service Group are lead elements of the exercise.
Commander Coast Rear Admiral Abdul Aleem also visited the forward posts of Pakistan Navy in creeks area to witness the tactical phase of Exercise.
During the visit, the Commander Coast expressed his satisfaction over high degree of professionalism and combat readiness displayed by the various segments of Pak Marines and Special Service Group (Navy) during the Exercise.
President Mamnoon Hussain says issues of national narrative can only be solved through strengthening sense of ownership amongst the youth.
He was addressing a workshop on national security at National Defence University in Islamabad today.
The President said during the past three decades the country has gone through rapid changes in political, social, economic affairs and as a result behaviors also changed.
Mamnoon Hussain said in such a situation, the society needs to collectively denounce negative narrative.
The President stressed to reform both Internal and external policies to solve the issues faced by the country regionally and internationally.
Accountability Court Islamabad today adjourned hearing of references against Sharif family without proceeding.
PML(N) leaders Maryam Nawaz and retired Capt. Muhammad Safdar appeared before the court but judge Muhammad Bashir adjourned the hearing till Thursday next.
Meanwhile, Lawyers protested against the attitude of police deployed outside the court premises for security.
Talking to the media persons, Minister of State for Interior Talal Chaudhary regretted today's incident at the accountability court.
He said inquiry has been ordered to avoid recurrence of such an incident in future.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal by taking notice of the misconduct at the Accountability Court in Islamabad today has sought report from the Secretary Interior.
The Interior Minister condemned the incident and said that no compromise could be made on the respect of the courts. He said that security of the court will be ensured at all costs.
He said the passes are issued in limited number according to the capacity of the court rooms.
Ahsan Iqbal said the lawyers involved in the strife and taking law into their hands cannot be the protectors of law.
Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhary has said that PML-N believes in the supremacy of the law and the institutions.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad this evening, he said PML-N leadership is appearing before courts that depicts that we have respect for the courts.
He said former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will appear before the accountability court on next hearing.
Talking about today's incident at the judicial complex in Islamabad, Tariq Fazal said that today's event took place outside the court room and it did not affect the court's proceedings.
He said it was mismanagement and an inquiry has been initiated in this regard.
A parliamentary delegation of the Upper House led by Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has left for Russia to attend five-day 137th Assembly of Inter-Parliamentary Union beginning at Saint Petersburg from tomorrow.
The delegation will also participate in the coordination committee of IPU prior to formal session of the union.
Other members of the delegation include Khush Bakht Shujaat, Sehar Kamran, Salahuddin Tirimzi, Samina Saeed, and Secretary Senate Amjad Pervaiz Malik.
Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz has said that welfare of common man will be taken care of in achieving sustainable development goals.
Chairing a meeting in Islamabad today, he said peace, welfare of the common masses; development, progress, and partnership are the basic pillars of SDGs.
Sartaj Aziz said eradication of hunger, provision of quality health facilities, education, clean drinking water, employment; economic development, peace and justice are the top priorities of SDGs.
He said second priority line of SDGs include gender parity, international prosperity, vibrant cities and communities, protection of earth, partnership for future, and eradication of poverty.
Punjab Provincial Development Working Party has approved a development scheme with an estimated cost of five hundred and ninety six million rupees.
The scheme was approved in the meeting of the PDWP of the current fiscal year presided over by Chairman Planning and Development Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan in Lahore today.
The scheme includes dualization, improvement of a road from Hattian GT Road to Sanjwal Chowk, Attock at a cost of five hundred and ninety six million rupees.
Khateeb Badshahi Mosque, Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad held a meeting with Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana in Lahore today.
Talking to him, the governor said Islam is complete code of conduct and we have affirmed belief in finality of the prophet hood.
The Governor termed love with the Holy Prophet (SAWW) as the base of Islam.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says public awareness is necessary to cope with natural disasters.
In his message on International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction, he said damages of natural calamities can be minimized by adopting precautionary measures.
Shahbaz Sharif said youth should be sensitized about natural calamities and the role of media is very important in this regard.
Governor Sindh Mohammad Zubair has said that provision of medical facility and higher education to the people is top most priority of the government.
Chairing a meeting in this regard in Karachi today, he said striking agreement regarding establishment of hospital and campus between Defence Housing Authority and Dow University of Health Sciences will prove as milestone.
The meeting reviewed progress made so far in establishment of family medicine and emergency department at Defence Phase eight in cooperation with Dow University.
Governor Sindh Mohammad Zubair has said that after establishment of peace focus is being attached to the welfare projects for the people.
Talking to the Coordinator to the President Chowdhary Taria Fazal in Karachi today, the Governor said development schemes are being commenced in various districts of the province in cooperation with Federal Government.
He said in cooperation with federal government projects of Lyari Expressway, Green Line and K-IV have been started in Karachi with the cost of 50 billion rupees, whereas 25 billion rupees development package for the city have separately been announced.
He said besides development projects special attention is being paid to the revival of infrastructure at industrial areas and ports.
Pakistan Rangers Sindh in an action on secret information in Sher Shah and Sachal area of Karachi have arrested three accused.
Weapons have also been recovered from them.
According to the spokesman of Sindh Rangers, arrested accused have been involved in target killing, cracker attacks, firing and other crimes.
Sindh government is paying special attention for preservation of historical spots and promoting the cultural aspects.
The official of the Culture, Tourism and Antiquities department informed, the department has chalked out several new schemes and allocated 210 million rupees in financial year budget.
Adviser to the Prime Minister Engineer Amir Muqam says the federal government has taken a number of steps to improve standard of living of common people.
Presiding over a meeting in Peshawar today, he said that work on different developmental projects is in progress for prosperity of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Amir Muqam said people of the province are disappointed with the PTI government as it could not introduce any positive change in the province.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly in Peshawar this evening passed a bill to regularize the services of Teaching Assistants as Lecturers.
More than seven hundred lecturers will benefit from it.
Four other bills were also introduced in the house aimed at improving performance of various government departments.
The house has now been adjourned to meet on Monday afternoon.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, government is spending more than twenty billion rupees on the construction of thirteen small dams across the province.
Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that these dams are constructed in Malakand, Hazara, Kohat and Bannu divisions.
The dams will help bring more than sixty thousands acres barren land under cultivation besides controlling floods.
Political Administration of South Waziristan Agency will distribute compensatory cheques from tomorrow among Temporarily Displaced Persons of the agency whose houses were damaged during operation.
Political Administration of SWA told our Dera Ismail Khan correspondent Aamir Saeed that compensatory cheques among remaining owners of damaged houses of Tehsil Sargodha will be distributed tomorrow while cheques among TDPs of Tehsil Ladha and affected of other tehsils will be distributed on 15th, 18th, 19th and 20th of this month.
Counter Terrorism Department arrested three kidnappers during a raid from Kohat Bus stand in Peshawar this afternoon.
Balochistan incumbent government is endeavouring for provision of clean drinking water to the poor masses on their door steps and for this purpose, projects of hundreds of water supply schemes are being executed in the province.
The Chief Engineer Provincial Public Health Engineering Department told Radio Pakistan Quetta during a conversation today that for this purpose, a water supply scheme is being constructed in Sui town of Dera Bugti District at a cost of 458 million rupees.
He added that a water supply scheme is also being constructed in Loralai town and its surrounding areas in Loralai District at a cost of 140 million rupees.
Similarly, that construction work on a water supply scheme in Mach town of District Kachhi is in progress at a cost of approximately 93 million rupees.
In Quetta, a policeman was martyred in a firing by unknown gunmen at Faqir Muhammad Road area today.
Provincial government is working on a comprehensive plan to provide better traveling facilities to the people.
This was stated by Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez Ur Rehman while addressing foundation laying stone ceremony of Astor valley road phase one project.
He said the project would be completed at a cost of 280 million rupees by 2020.
Chief Minister during his visit to Astor District also inaugurated water supply scheme which was completed recently.
He met with notables of Astor district and assured them to settle problems confronted by people on priority basis.
Six people were killed and two others wounded when a Peshawar bound coach, coming from Rawalpindi, turned turtle near Hasanabdal.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has expressed deep sorrow and grief over the loss of precious lives in a traffic accident.
In a message, he condoled with the bereaved families and directed the concerned authorities to provide best medical facilities to the injured.
The Chief Minister also sought report of the incident.
In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, has said that India has declared a war against innocent people of the territory while as international community instead of taking any serious note of this is acting as a mute spectator.
According to Kashmir Media Service, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that during the past several decades Kashmiris while nourishing their freedom movement and demanding their right to self-determination had presented huge sacrifices.
He said that New Delhi with its military might brutally had killed thousands of Kashmiris and was carrying assault on women’s modesty and dignity in the territory.
The APHC Chairman pointed out that India’s haughty and stubborn approach was the main cause of continuous bloodshed in occupied Kashmir.
He urged the Indian authorities to shun their stale thinking and demonstrate mature and sensible approach for resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
Meanwhile, the General Secretary of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Nahida Nasreen, along with a party delegation also visited Shopian and Hajin areas and paid glowing tributes to the martyred youth.
She said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs would not be allowed to go waste and their mission would be accomplished at all costs.
AJK President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan says government is making all out efforts to provide quality education to the students in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
He said while addressing the Annual Parents Day function of Nobel School and College in District Sudenhoti today.
He said traditional educational system is being reformed throughout the state.
The President said that revolutionary changes are being introduced in education sector and promotions and other incentives are being linked with the performance of teachers.
Meanwhile, addressing the oath taking ceremony of Dheerkot Bar Association at Dheerkot in district Bagh today, he urged lawyers to play their important role in dispensation of speedy and inexpensive justice to the masses.
Commenting on the latest situation of Indian Occupied Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan said that India has miserably failed to suppress the indigenous Kashmir liberation movement despite use of state force.
He said India has crossed all limits of atrocities and barbarism to crush the liberation movement but Kashmiris are determined to achieve their internationally recognized right to self determination.
AJK President said that government of Pakistan is effectively highlighting the Kashmir dispute in its true perspective at international fora.
He said Pakistan and Azad Kashmir would continue to extend their diplomatic, political and moral support to Kashmiris for their just struggle.
AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan urged Pakistanis and Kashmiris expatriates to raise effective voice for brethren Kashmiris struggling for their fundamental right to self determination.
Addressing a gathering of overseas Kashmiris and Pakistanis in Brussels today, he said Kashmir issue need to be highlighted in its true perspective at international fora.
AJK Prime Minister said that Pakistani and Kashmiri community in Europe can play an important role convincing international community towards their due role in resolving the longstanding Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UNSC resolutions.
He urged Pakistani and Kashmiri youth to inform civilized world about the gross human rights violations by Indian troops in the held valley.
Pakistan has reaffirmed its commitment to promote peace and stability in South Asia.
Speaking in the UN General Assembly's first committee, Pakistan's permanent representative to the World Body in Geneva, Farukh Amil renewed Islamabad's proposal for a bilateral arrangement on a nuclear-test-ban in the region.
He said Islamabad's security policy is defined by restraint, responsibility and avoidance of the arms race.
The Ambassador said nuclear arms cannot be eliminated without addressing the concerns of states that rely on them for their security.
He said growing mistrust and insatiable desire for military dominance on the part of a few countries are threatening regional and international security.
Qatar has asked the World Trade Organization to set up a dispute panel to adjudicate on its row with the United Arab Emirates.
Qatar said in a document published by the WTO , escalating a trade complaint it lodged with it in July.
The initial complaint, which also included Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, triggered a 60-day window to settle the issue in talks without entering years of litigation.
The document did not mention Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and it was not immediately clear if Qatar would also ask for adjudication in its complaints against them.
It said, it would make the first request at the next meeting on 24th of this month.
Turkish forces have entered the militants' controlled Idlib province of Syria to create a "de-escalation zone."
The operation is part of efforts by Turkey, along with Russia and Iran, to set up a de-escalation zone in line with accords signed in the Astana peace process aimed at ending the Syrian civil war.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has said that a military intervention against North Korea would have devastating consequences.
He said this in an interview at NATO HQ in Brussels today .
He said the US has the right to defend itself, to defend its allies, but at same time no one wants a military solution, so we still see a united effort to try to step up the pressure against North Korea.
Stoltenberg said that Trump met his national security team and discussed a range of optionsto respond to Pyongyang's repeated recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
Seoul will host the biggest international forum on the Arctic next year to seek ways to promote arctic countries' interest in the East Asian region.
According to the foreign ministry, South Korea announced the hosting of the conference, in December 2018.
The Arctic Circle is an international organization intended to facilitate multilateral dialogue on issues facing the Arctic.
The organization's biannual forum is the biggest of all international conferences on the North Pole, bringing together around 2,000 government officials and experts from around the world.
Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region has sent 6,000 reinforcements to the disputed, oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
Rudaw News, quoting Kurdish Vice President Kosrat Rasul, says the reinforcements were sent to Kirkuk in response to threats from Baghdad to attack the oil-rich city.
Meanwhile, Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ruled out the use of military force against the Kurds.
A Russian booster rocket has carried a European environmental satellite into orbit.
The European Space Agency's Sentinel-5P satellite was launched by a Rokot missile from the Plesetsk launch pad in northwestern Russia today.
The satellite will map the global atmosphere every day, helping study air pollution.
The mission will contribute to volcanic ash monitoring for aviation safety and for services that warn of high levels of UV radiation causing skin damage.
It's the sixth satellite in the ESA's Copernicus program.
The death toll from devastating floods and landslides in north and central Vietnam has risen to 54.
Rescuers were searching for 39 people still missing after heavy rains pounded several provinces this week, with forecasters warning of another major storm heading toward the country.
The number of people confirmed dead in wildfires sweeping northern California has risen to 31, as officials warned that conditions would worsen.
Hundreds of people are missing.
More than 8,000 firefighters are now battling the flames.
The wildfires have destroyed more than 3,500 buildings and homes over 170,000 acres and displaced about 25,000 people.
The wildfires are the deadliest in California since 1933.
Three skydivers have died in Queensland after they apparently collided mid-air.
Queensland police said in a statement that initial investigations found one person may have collided with tandem skydivers, and their parachutes failed to deploy correctly.