DATE: 14-05-2017                                          


Prime Minister says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will make Pakistan a safe destination for cross-regional investment and trade.


Pakistan and Belarus have agreed to further promote bilateral relations.


Feasibility of Karachi Circular Railway project has been completed and work would be started on it later this year.


International Mother's Day is being observed on Sunday.


Emmanuel Macron has taken oath as the new President of France.


On the last day of decisive test against Pakistan at Dominica, West Indies need 297 runs to win the match.





Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a core project of One Belt One Road that aims to connect East and West Asia. 


Addressing the plenary session of the One Belt One Road Forum in Beijing on Sunday, he said the CPEC makes Pakistan both a conduit and destination for cross-regional investment and trade.


The Prime Minister made it clear that CPEC is an economic undertaking open to all countries in the region and it does not have any geographical boundaries. 


He said it is time we resolve conflicts through dialogue and diplomacy, and leave a legacy of peace for future generations.


Nawaz Sharif said Chinese initiative of One Belt One Road would take humankind to a higher level of prosperity, peace and stability through connectivity and close contact.


The Prime Minister said peace and development go hand in hand, and nothing can pave the path for peace and security more than economic development achieved through regional collaboration.   


He said the initiative signifies that geo-economics must take precedence over geo-politics, and that the centre of gravity should shift from conflict to cooperation.


The Prime Minister said Pakistan sees One Belt One Road as a powerful tool for overcoming terrorism and extremism.


The Prime Minister informed the audience that Pakistan's infrastructure, energy and industrial projects are moving just as envisaged and many will be completed by or even before their timelines.   


He said unprecedented economic, social and cultural benefits will accrue from the CPEC, not just for the people of Pakistan, but also for people of the entire region.


The Prime Minister said CPEC is producing new entrepreneurs, creating new jobs and businesses, and attracting international investment.


Nawaz Sharif said CPEC is also fully compatible with our own Vision 2025, which invests our resources in multiple corridors of regional cooperation, including energy, industry, trade and transportation.


Referring to improved state of Pakistan's economy, the Prime Minister said macroeconomic indicators are stable, growth rate is rising; and the Pakistan Stock Exchange has become one of the five best performing stock exchanges in the world.


The Prime Minister said Pakistan is now an emerging economy, with even greater capacity to absorb new investments and equities.


The prime minister emphasized that OBOR negates the logic of polarization and rejects the encirclement of any country.                       



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held meeting with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in Beijing on Sunday.


Talking to him, the Prime minister said relations between the two countries have strengthened with every passing day and new basis for enhancing these relations is being laid in collaboration with Belarusian leadership.


The Belarusian President said Belarus considers Pakistan its best friend.


He invited Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit Belarus which he accepted.                    



Muhammad Nawaz Sharif also met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on the sidelines of belt and road forum in Beijing on Sunday.


Matters of mutual interest and bilateral issues came under discussion during the meeting.


The Prime Minister emphasized the need to enhance bilateral relations by promoting cooperation between the two countries in multiple spheres.


The Ethiopian Prime Minister showed interest in cooperation with Pakistan in sharing experiences on development initiatives. 



The Prime Minister also met with the President of Vietnam.


Matters pertaining to bilateral relations came up during the meeting.



Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah says feasibility of Karachi Circular Railway project has been completed and work would be started on it later this year. 


In an interview with APP in Beijing on Sunday, he said feasibility of the project has been submitted to the federal government for approval. 


He said by attending the Belt and Road Forum together, the four chief ministers gave a positive signal to the Chinese leadership that the entire nation is united on close friendly and economic relations between Pakistan and China.


He said Sindh provincial government is committed towards this project which is beneficial for both Pakistan and China.     



Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has said Pakistan desires peace and progress in the region and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants friendly ties with its neighbors.


Talking to BBC Radio, he said we want to connect all parts of the region so that the people may benefit from China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project. 


He said some forces want to sabotage developmental projects in the country but it is their misperception.


In response to a question, Ahsan Iqbal said Baluchistan and Sindh will be the main beneficiaries of CPEC. He said the project will link backward areas of Balochistan with developed parts of country.                              



Sindh Environmental Protection Agency will establish offices in each district of the province to protect the environment.


SEPA sources informed our Karachi correspondent that provincial government has approved the construction of offices in twenty nine districts of the province in two phases.


An amount of 217 million rupees has been earmarked for the construction of offices in ten districts in first phase. 



The federal government has completed a number of developmental projects in Bajaur Agency at a cost of three hundred forty-four million rupees.


Official sources told our Peshawar representative that the projects include provision of missing facilities in schools, clean drinking water, and repair and maintenance of roads.



International Mother's Day is being observed across the world on Sunday, including Pakistan.  



Emmanuel Macron has taken oath as the new President of France.


The Outgoing President, Francois Hollande, handed over the charge to new president during an impressive ceremony at Elysee Palace in Paris on Sunday.  


The new president will face a series of daunting challenges, including tackling high unemployment, fighting violence, and uniting a deeply divided country.                              



In Syria, civilians and rebels began evacuating the third opposition-held district of Damascus on Sunday.


State media announced that special arrangements had been made to ensure safe evacuation from the district.                



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 on Sunday morning.


South Korean President Moon Jae-in condemned the missile launch as a "reckless provocation.


He also called an emergency National Security Council meeting later on Sunday.                               



A statement issued by the White House in Washington termed North Korea's nuclear efforts as unacceptable and called for stronger sanctions against the country. 


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said repeated missile tests by Pyongyang pose a grave threat to the region.


Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne described the test launch as a provocative move.


Chinese Foreign Ministry urged North Korea to avoid increasing tensions in the region.


Russian President Vladimir Putin said the missile test would rise further tensions on the Korean peninsula.                           



In the Dominica Test against Pakistan, West Indies will resume their second innings at overnight 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.      



Radio Pakistan in its national hook-up at 1605 hours on Sunday will broadcast, a special discussion programme titled "Jamhoori Rawaiat ka Farok aur Istakam-e-Pakistan."                                

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