President says government is working for revival of economy and elimination of terrorism on priority basis.


Petroleum Minister has said conspirators are trying to weaken democratic system in the country.


France says it will extend support to Pakistan to resolve energy issue.


Qatar and its neighbours have agreed to resolve their differences through talks.


SAF Junior Table Tennis Championship begins in Karachi today.




President Mamnoon Hussain says the government is giving equal importance to the revival of economy and elimination of the menace of terrorism. 


He was addressing a function hosted by Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Islamabad. 


The President said Pakistan has entered into a bright period of economic progress due to prudent policies of the government.


He particularly mentioned increase in GDP, foreign reserves, domestic and foreign investment, and decline in inflation describing them as signs of a positive change.


Mamnoon Hussain said internal and external investment is increasing in the country which is also an encouraging development.


He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has given impetus to country's efforts for development and progress.


The President appreciated LCCI's efforts to enhance export of Halal Food.


He advised them to explore new markets for exporting Pakistani products.



The International Monetary Fund has praised the government for strengthening macroeconomic resilience.


In its country report on Pakistan, the Fund said structural reforms were set in motion, long-standing fiscal and energy sector constraints tackled, and social safety nets strengthened.


The report also noted progress in revenue-to GDP ratio.



Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says conspirators are hatching conspiracy to weaken the democratic system.


Talking to a news channel, he said the Prime Minister would not step down, as people have elected him with heavy mandate.


Shahid Khaqan said the Joint Investigation Team has only submitted its report in the Supreme Court and the court would now give decision on Panama Papers case.



Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair has said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif would not resign on the basis of allegations or wishes some elements. 


In an interview, he said there is no allegation of misuse of authority against the Prime Minister.     


To a question about early elections, the governor said elections will be held after completion of constitutional tenure of the incumbent government.



Former Law Minister Iftikhar Gillani says Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif should not resign as no proper charge has been framed against him.


Talking to a news channel, he said a proper charge and solid evidence is required to disqualify a public office holder.


Iftikhar Gillani said PTI and JIT have failed to provide any evidence against the Prime Minister in Panama Papers case.      



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said that the government is fully determined to develop an exclusive residential sector in Islamabad for overseas Pakistanis.


Chairing a meeting in Islamabad, he said Pakistani diaspora is keen to invest in Pakistan and the government will provide them opportunities for safe and profitable investment in different areas. 


He directed Capital Development Authority to undertake planning and development work for the sector on fast track basis.


Ishaq Dar said the growing housing needs of Islamabad will also be catered for through development of new sectors.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif says the government is committed to development of South Punjab.


He said this during a meeting with MNA Sardar Awais Leghari in Lahore.


Political issues and programs related to public welfare and prosperity of South Punjab came under discussion during the meeting.


Shahbaz Sharif said that adequate funds have been allocated in the Annual Development Programme for South Punjab.


He said Multan Metro Bus is a wonderful gift for the people of the area. 



By-election in NA-260 Quetta-cum-Chagai-cum-Noshki will be held tomorrow. 


The seat has fallen vacant due to death of MNA Abdul Rahim Mandokhail.



France has lauded Pakistan's sacrifices in the war against terrorism.


In a message on Bastille Day France's ambassador to Pakistan Martine Dorance said France is also in the forefront in the fight against terrorism.  


The ambassador said France supports the government's strategy to solve energy crisis and climate change.



The Friends of Kashmir Committee Canada has planned a solidarity conference in Toronto tomorrow.


Lord Nazir Ahmed of England as well as representatives of the Canadian Peace Alliance, the Anti-War movement and Canadian journalists, will address the conference.



In Afghanistan, twenty nine militants of Islamic State group have been killed during airstrikes in Nangarhar province.


According to the provincial government spokesman, security forces have retaken Acheen district, in Nangarhar province from the militant group.



The United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that he made proposals to resolve the month-long crisis of Gulf countries and all sides have agreed to talks.


Talking to reporters in Doha, he said that there is a changed sense of willingness for talks to one another and that was not the case before his visit to Qatar.



The United States President Donald Trump has announced that he can shift his position at climate deal in Paris talks.


He was speaking at a joint news conference with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron during his two day visit to France.


Donald Trump also said that wall planned for the border with Mexico would be fitted with solar panels.



Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has officially announced that the nation will hold the "Democracy watch" rallies tomorrow across the country to mark the first anniversary of last July's coup attempt.


He was speaking at a memorial service in Ankara to commemorate the martyrs of last July 15's coup attempt.



In Mexico, eleven people were killed when masked men opened fire on a birthday party in Tizayuca in central Hidalgo state.



The SAF Junior Table Tennis Championship begins in Karachi today.



The second cricket test between England and South Africa will be played at Nottingham today.


England lead the three match series one-nil.


Meanwhile, the only test between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe will be played at Colombo, today.


Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka in the ICC Women's World Cup at Grace Road, Leicester tomorrow.




Rain-thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Sindh, Islamabad, eastern Balochistan, upper Punjab, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Bahawalpur, D.G.Khan divisions, Kashmir, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan during the next twelve hours.


Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:


Islamabad twenty five degree centigrade, Lahore twenty seven, Karachi twenty nine, Peshawar twenty eight, Quetta twenty one, Gilgit nineteen, Murree seventeen and Muzaffarabad twenty three degree centigrade.

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