DATE: 14-12-2016                                       


Prime Minister says China Pakistan Economic Corridor and development of Gwadar will prove to be game changer for the entire region.


The President says Pakistan is desirous of promoting friendly relations with all countries for peace and prosperity in the region.


Pakistan says no improvement in relations with India is likely unless the latter stops persecution of Kashmiri people.


In occupied Kashmir, killing of a youth by Indian forces triggered massive protests in Bijbehara, Bewoora and Srigufwara areas.


First Cricket Test of three match series between Pakistan and Australia will begin at Brisbane on Thursday.





Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed resolve of the Government to transform the entire socio-economic landscape of Balochistan.


He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Hoshab-Pangur-Sorab road at Turbat on Wednesday. The 448 kilometer road, which is an important component of the Western Corridor of CPEC has been completed at a cost of over 22 billion rupees to link Gwadar Port with National Highway network.  It will also provide shortest link to Afghanistan and Central Asian Republics.


The Prime Minister described completion of this vital project as making of new Balochistan and new Pakistan. He expressed the confidence that its completion would create enormous economic and commercial activities and help overcome the challenge of poverty, backwardness, ignorance and unemployment in the region.


Mian Nawaz Sharif regretted that Balochistan remained neglected in the past but the present Government is fully resolved to bring it at part with other province. He said development and progress is right of people of Balochistan.


The Prime Minister said Balochistan has been bestowed with immense natural resources exploitation of which can not only change fate of the province but also the country. He said CPEC and development of Gwadar would prove to be game changer for the province, the country and the entire region.


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday developmental activities are visible in each and every corner of the country. A number of motorways, highways and roads besides bridges and other infrastructure projects are being undertaken in different areas.


He said a number of power plants are coming up and as a consequence the country would get rid of the menace of load-shedding.


The Prime Minister said people of Pakistan would make a decision on the basis of actual work in 2018 general elections.


On this occasion, the Prime Minister announced construction of Hoshab-Avaran-Lasbela road, to be jointly financed by the Federal and the Provincial Governments.



Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa who is in Karachi offered fateha at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He also laid floral wreath at the tomb of the founder of the country.



Pakistan has said no improvement in relations with India is expected as long as it does not change its negative attitude and stop persecution of defenseless Kashmiri people.


Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria stated this in an exclusive interview with Radio Pakistan's News & Current Affairs Channel.


He regretted that the Indian side has missed many opportunities of normalization of relations with Pakistan due to its negative attitude which it manifested by sabotaging the SAARC conference as well as the recently held BRICs and Heart of Asia moots.



The first Pakistan-Russia Consultations on Regional Issues were held in Islamabad.


They discussed whole range of regional issues as well as key areas of mutual interest. These included economic cooperation and connectivity.


The two sides also exchanged views on important global and regional developments.


It was decided that the next round of Consultations will be convened in Moscow next year.



The National Assembly meets in Islamabad on Wednesday afternoon at four.


The House will take up legislative business besides important issues for discussion.



USAID is to provide eighty one million dollars for Kurram Tangi Dam.


An agreement to this effect was signed in Islamabad on Wednesday.


Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif was also present on the occasion.


The amount will be used for the completion of the first phase of the project which will help irrigate sixteen thousand acres of land and help produce eighteen megawatt of electricity.



Uzbek Ambassador Furkat Siddikov says relations between Pakistan and his country are marked by affinities of culture, faith and customs.


He was speaking at the launching ceremony, in Islamabad, of the book "Zaheer-ud-Din Babar" written by an Uzbek writer Pirimkul Kyderov and translated and printed by National Book Foundation in Urdu.


Managing Director National Book Foundation Dr. Inam-ul-Haq Javed said the book provides an insight into the life and achievements of the Mughal emperor.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that fifty four thousand children have been removed from brick kilns and enrolled in the schools.


He said this in a meeting with the Head of Department for International Development to Pakistan Joanna Reid in Lahore on Wednesday.


Chief Minister has said that government has taken effective measures for the implementation of education program and quality health care.


He said that Punjab government is providing free uniforms, books and monthly stipend to the brick kilns children for the provision of education.


Speaking on the occasion the Head of DFID to Pakistan said that DFID is collaborating with Punjab government in the sectors of Education, Health, solid waste management and clean drinking water.



The Punjab government has approved four development schemes of irrigation and road sectors with an estimated cost of 4,35,7 million rupees.


These schemes were approved in the 38th meeting of Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) of current fiscal year 2016-17.



The Federal Government has chalked out a five years plan for the development of Khyber, Orakzai, North and South Waziristan Agencies.


Sources of FATA Secretariat told our Peshawar correspondent that the programme will be launched next month with the financial assistance of European Union and Germany.


The EU and Germany have agreed to provide thirty four million Euro for this purpose.



An anti-terrorism court in Karachi on Wednesday handed over Rehman Bholla, main accused in the Baldia factory tragedy case to the police on physical remand till Monday.


Rehman bholla was recently arrested by Interpol police in Bangkok and brought back to Karachi on Tuesday by a team of FIA.


A garment factory at Baldia town in Karachi was set ablaze in 2012 after owners had denied to pay extortion. Around 260 people had died in the tragedy.



National History and Literary Heritage Division has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Inter Art Channel of Republic of Korea to organize an exhibition of Gandhara artefacts and sculptures from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in two cities of Republic of Korea.


They will be exhibited for six months from March next year.


The MoU would help strengthen the existing excellent relations between two countries by opening  a way for cultural cooperation between the two countries. The exhibition would display not only rich Buddhist archaeological treasure of Pakistan but also project the soft image of the country which would help draw religious tourists to Pakistan.   



In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops have killed one more youth during a siege and search operation in Bijbehara area of Islamabad district.


According to the reports, the killing of Basit Rasool Dar led to massive protests in Bijbehara, Kanelwan, Bewoora and Srigufwara areas of the district.


Clashes between the armed forces and protesters also erupted in Beowora village near Bijbehara after the forces cordoned off the village.



The International Federation of Journalists has strongly condemned the attacks and restrictions on media reporting in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.


This was said in a resolution adopted at a meeting of the International Federation of Journalists held in Kathmandu, Nepal.  IFJ has also expressed solidarity with the journalists in the conflict-ridden territory.


In occupied Kashmir, independent member of so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engieer Abdul Rasheed locked down the DC Office Kupwara, despite heavy barriers and deployment of police and paramilitary forces.


A large number of people gathered at the spot and joined the move by chanting slogans against the administration.


Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement and Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League have urged the international community to help bring an end to the gross human rights violations being perpetrated by the Indian armed forces in the territory.



In Syria, the planned evacuation of rebel fighters and civilians from devastated eastern Aleppo has been delayed.


According to the reports, government buses have been brought in but none have left yet.


The Syrian government has demanded the simultaneous evacuation of its own injured fighters and civilians from nearby towns that are encircled by opposition forces.



Japan and the European Union are holding talks to try to reach a broad free trade agreement by the end of the year.


The EU will likely scrap duties on about 80 percent of auto parts imported from Japan. The EU wants Japan to scrap tariffs on agriculture products.   



First Cricket Test of three match series between Pakistan and Australia will begin at Brisbane on Thursday.

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