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DATED: MAY 14 2017

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HEADLINES

Chinese President says his Belt and Road Initiative is "a project of the century" that will benefit people across the world.

The two day One-Belt, One Road Forum has begun in Beijing.

Prime Minister says CPEC has become more beneficial with increase in Chinese investment from forty six billion to fifty six billion dollars. 

Pakistan has said a grave human tragedy is unfolding in Occupied Kashmir due to non-implementation of UN resolutions.

North Korea has test-fired a new ballistic missile.

Pakistan have set a victory target of 304 for West Indies in the Dominica Test.

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XI-FORUM:

Chinese President Xi Jinping says the Belt and Road Initiative is "a project of the century" that will benefit people across the world.

 

He was addressing the inaugural session of One Belt and One Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on Sunday morning.

 

The Chinese President said the project envisions inclusive and sustainable growth and takes into account development needs of different countries and regions for common prosperity.

 

He said China will launch Belt and Road cooperation initiative on trade connectivity together with some sixty countries and international organizations.

 

Xi Jinping said the Initiative focuses not only on the Asian, European and African countries, but is also open to all other nations.

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN Secretary General António Guterres also addressed the opening session of the forum and extended their full support to the Chinese Belt and Road initiative for the common benefit of world nations.

 

Twenty-nine foreign heads of state and government are participating in the forum.

 

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif alongwith a high level delegation including all the four provincial chief ministers, is representing Pakistan in the forum.

 

 

PM-MEDIA:

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says the scope of China Pakistan Economic Corridor has immensely increased with Chinese investment swelling from forty six billion to fifty six billion dollars.

 

Talking to media after a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Li Keqiang, in Beijing, he said such a huge investment for progress and prosperity of the people, is unprecedented in the history of Pakistan.

 

Nawaz Sharif said Chinese companies are investing in Pakistan's power and infrastructure sectors at a massive scale, which is generating exemplary employment opportunities for the local people.

 

The Prime Minister said Beijing is supportive of Pakistan's stance on the issue of Kashmir and favours its resolution through peaceful dialogue.

 

He said China has assured to continue extending the same cooperation to Pakistan in future as well.

 

Nawaz Sharif said both Pakistan and China favour negotiations with India as the "most viable solution to the Kashmir dispute.

 

 

SARTAJ:

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

 

In a letter to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz 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 the occupied territory.

 

Sartaj Aziz also mentioned the establishment of separate townships for Kashmiri pundits and settlement of West Pakistan refugees to convert Muslim majority of the valley into a minority and preempt the results of UN administered plebiscite.

 

The Adviser said non-implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions is leading to a grave human tragedy in occupied Kashmir.

 

He said implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions is the only way to end the immense sufferings of millions of Kashmiris and bring peace and stability to South Asia.

                             

 

MALEEHA:

Meanwhile, Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi has forwarded the letter of Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs to the world body.

 

 

ISPR:

Pakistan Army says any misadventure by Indian Army from across the Line of Control will be responded with full force.

 

In a press release, Director General ISPR, Major General Asif Ghafoor warned that any such misadventure will be a miscalculation and could lead to unintended consequences.

 

He said Indian Army has been targeting innocent civilians on both sides of the Line of Control.

 

 

NA:

The National Assembly has been summoned to meet in Islamabad at 5:00 p.m. on Monday.

 

The House will discuss important national matters besides legislation process.

                                 

 

MARRIYUM:

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says the tradition of maligning institutions through electronic and social media by some quarters should come to an end.

 

In an interview, she said civil and military leadership have removed the misunderstanding regarding the issue of Dawn Leaks, but  unfortunately PTI leaders are creating a hype contending that some deal was made.

 

The Minister of state said the quarters wishing clash between institutions are doing politics on Dawn Leaks as their objective is to create hurdles in strengthening of the institutions.

    

Marriyum Aurangzeb said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved the recommendations of the JIT on dawn leaks and the interior ministry has implemented them.

 

She said PTI leaders should first read Para 18 of the Dawn Leaks inquiry report and then comment on it.

 

 

YOUSUF:

Ministry of Religious Affairs and two Turkish companies have signed an agreement for supply of food items to Pakistani Hujjaj in Madina Munawwarah.

 

The agreement was reached at a meeting attended by Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousuf in Madina.

 

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said government is committed to provide the best possible food facilities to Hujjaj.

 

MURAD:

Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah says feasibility of Karachi circular Railway project has been completed and it would soon be sent to Chinese government for further process.

 

Talking to PTV, he expressed the hope that ground breaking of the project would be held at the end of this year.

 

 

RAILWAY:

Pakistan Railways has restored train service on the track from Hyderabad to other cities of the country.

 

A senior official of Pakistan Railways said that four trains left for other cities from Hyderabad yesterday while the track for Karachi is being cleared.

 

He said train service for Peshawar, Multan, Lahore and Rawalpindi continues as normal and efforts are afoot to resolve problems being faced by the passengers.

 

 

 

NORTH KOREA:

North Korea has test fired a new ballistic missile. 

 

According to South Korean and Japanese media, the missile was fired from Kusong region located northwest of Pyongyang it flew for 30 minutes and traveled 700 kilometers before dropping down into the sea between the North Korea's east coast and Japan.

 

Japan has strongly protested against the missile test saying it is a violation of U.N. resolutions.

 

In response to the launch, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has also called an emergency National Security Council meeting on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

SYRIA:

In Syria, the government forces are on the verge of seizing the rebel-held district of Qaboun, following two months of relentless aerial strikes and artillery shelling.

 

The Syrian forces had resumed intensive bombardment in the district on Wednesday after a one-day ultimatum to the rebels to surrender and agree to evacuate to rebel-held areas in northern Syria.

 

According to the rebels and state media, about 1,500 fighters and their families are now trapped in nearly a one square kilometer zone.

 

 

TURKEY-BUS:

In Turkey, at least twenty-four people have been killed and ten others injured when a bus carrying Turkish tourists crashed near the south-western town of Marmaris.

 

According to a Turkish news agency, the tour bus which suffered a brake failure,  topped over, fell 15 meters down a cliff and hit a car on a mountain-side  road.

 

Agency also said the bus was in a convoy of six, carrying mostly women and children for a Mother's Day event.

 

 

 

 

TEST:

In the Dominica Test against Pakistan, West Indies will resume their second innings from over night score of  7   for  1  on the fifth and final day on Sunday.

 

The scores so far :

 

Pakistan  376  and  174  for  8  (declared )

 

West Indies  247  and  7  for 1.

      

West Indies chasing a target of 304 runs need another 297 runs with 9 wickets in hand to win the match.

 

 

WEATHER:

 

Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.

 

However, rain/dust-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at few places in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Quetta, Zhob, Malakand, Hazara, Bannu and Sargodha divisions, Upper FATA and Kashmir.

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded on Sunday morning:

 

Islamabad twenty-one degree centigrade, Lahore and Karachi twenty-eight, Peshawar twenty-four, Gilgit sixteen, Quetta, Murree and Muzaffarabad seventeen degree centigrade.

 

 

FORUM:

The two day One Belt and One Road Forum for International Cooperation has begun in Beijing.

 

Addressing the inaugural session of the forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping said the Belt and Road Initiative is "a project of the century" that will benefit people across the world.

 

He said "it features inclusive and sustainable growth and takes into account development needs of different countries and regions for common prosperity."

 

Xi Jinping said "the Silk Road spirit has become a great heritage of human civilization."

 

Twenty nine foreign heads of state and government, including Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif are attending the forum.


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