DATE: 14-05-2017                                     


Prime Minister has emphasized on shifting focus from conflict to cooperation to achieve cherished goal of economic progress and prosperity.


President of Belarus says his country considers Pakistan its best friend.


Adviser on Foreign Affairs has described power generation and Gwadar Port as flagship projects of One Belt One Road Vision.


Minister for Food Security says the government is taking every possible step for the well being of small farmers to boost agriculture sector.


Balochistan government says it is rehabilitating and modernizing various hospitals to provide improved health facilities to people.


Federal government is working to connect remote areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA with other parts of Pakistan through motorways and highways.


Emmanuel Macron took oath as new President of France on Sunday.


European Union has condemned the latest North Korean missile test as threat to global peace.    





Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will connect East and West Asia through investment and trade.


He was addressing the plenary session of the "One Belt One Road Forum" in Beijing on Sunday.


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


The Prime Minister 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 focus should shift from conflict to cooperation.


Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan sees One Belt One Road as a powerful tool for overcoming terrorism and extremism.                     


The prime minister 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.


Nawaz Sharif said CPEC is also fully compatible with our own Vision 2025 to make Pakistan a welfare state. 


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.


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



Talking to President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in Beijing, Nawaz Sharif said relations between the two countries have strengthened with every passing day. 


The Belarusian President said his country considers Pakistan its best friend.


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



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also met his Ethiopian counterpart Hailemariam Desalegn and discussed matters of mutual interest and bilateral relations.


The prime minister emphasized the need to enhance bilateral relations by promoting cooperation between the two countries in diverse fields.


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



The Prime Minister also held meeting with the President of Vietnam.


Matters pertaining to bilateral relations were discussed during the meeting.



Addressing One Belt, One Road Forum in Beijing, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said the project is an effective means to overcome the scourges of terrorism by empowering the people.


He said that the Chinese President has given Pakistan a historic gift of fifty billion dollars in the form of China Pakistan Economic Corridor Project, which is unprecedented in the seventy-year history of Pakistan


Shahbaz Sharif said that CPEC is a game changer not only for Pakistan but also for the entire region.


He said that transparency and high quality in development projects is the hallmark of PML-N government.



Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says One Belt One Road initiative is a harbinger of shared hopes, common prosperity and win-win cooperation among the people of the World.


Addressing the thematic session on "Connectivity of Think Tanks" in Beijing on Sunday, he said China has created the necessary cooperative mechanisms and brought its intellectual, technological and financial resources to make it a reality.


The advisor said through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Pakistan is privileged to be the first flagship project of the Belt and Road initiative.


Sartaj Aziz said simultaneously, several energy generation and distribution projects have been launched and Gwadar port is being developed under OBOR. 



Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says inimical forces will not be able to succeed in their conspiracies against the development of Pakistan.


Talking to BBC Radio, he said Pakistan desires peace and progress in the region and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants friendly ties with its neighbors. 


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



Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has directed to take stern action against social media users posting negative content to malign the armed forces.


He has directed the cyber wing of the ministry to take quick action against elements criticizing the national institution and its officers.


The minister said that unjustified negative campaign in the pretext of freedom of expression is not acceptable.



Minister for Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Bosan says the government is taking every possible step for the well being of small farmers to boost agriculture sector.


He was addressing a function of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture in Multan on Sunday. 


Sikandar Hayat Bosan said the government reduced duty on the import of agricultural machinery in the last budget and will further reduce it in the forthcoming budget.


The Minister said agriculture is the backbone of our economy and government is giving top priority to develop this sector.


Sikandar Hayat Bosan urged the farmers’ community to use latest technologies and research to boost agricultural produce.



Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Barjees Tahir has said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is paying equal attention to development of all areas of the country including Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.


In a statement, he said the government has put the country on the path to development despite hurdles created by the political opponents.


The minister said CPEC projects will bring development and prosperity in all areas of the country as well as in the region.  



Punjab Governor Rafique Rajwana says the bright future of Pakistan is linked with continuity of democracy.


He stated this while talking to different delegations of lawyers' community which held separate meeting with him in Lahore on Sunday.


The governor said that PML-N government is making sincere efforts to cope with the challenges being faced by the country.


He said that the lawyers are an enlightened and educated class of our society, who always raised voice for the supremacy of law.



Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair has said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced compensation for the injured and heirs of deceased labourers of the Gwadar incident, who belonged to Sindh. 


In a statement, the governor said that the heirs of each deceased will be given one million rupees while injured will be given five hundred thousand rupees each. 



A three-day anti-polio drive will begin in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK on Monday.    


More than six point six million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio vaccine in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA


During the campaign, over two million children will be administered anti-polio vaccine in thirty districts of Balochistan.  


In Muzaffarabad, more than one hundred and twenty thousand children will be given anti-polio drops.      


In Gilgit Baltistan, over two hundred and thirty six thousand children will be administered anti polio vaccine drops.


Polio teams will also available at railway stations, bus stands and public places to ensure that every child gets the vaccine.


A three-day anti-polio campaign will also be held in four districts of Punjab on Monday.


According to a spokesman of Punjab Health Department, the campaign will be held in the districts of Multan, Khanewal, Hafizabad and Rawalpindi.



Balochistan government is making all out efforts to provide modern health facilities to the poor masses in far flung areas of the province.


An official of provincial Health Department told our correspondent in Quetta on Sunday, that six different hospitals are being rehabilitated in Quetta at a cost of more than 1259 million rupees.


A fifty-bed hospital is also being constructed in Nushki at a cost of more than 151 million rupees.


The official said that rehabilitation of District Headquarters Hospital in Chaman is being carried out at a cost of over one hundred million rupees.         



The Federal government is planning to connect the inaccessible and remote areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA through state of the art motorways, highways and roads network.


Official sources told APP that National Highway Authority as per directions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expedited efforts to complete work on Lowari tunnel, Peshawar Northern Bypass and Hazara Motorway.


The 26-billion rupee Lowari Tunnel has entered the last stage of its completion and the prime minister is expected to inaugurate it next month. 


Work on Peshawar Northern Bypass project is in full swing that would be completed by December this year at a cost of twenty-one billion rupees.         


The construction of six lane Hazara Motorway is continuing on fast track basis and more than sixty percent work on it has been completed and efforts are underway to make it fully operational by December this year. The project will be completed at a cost of over twenty-two billion rupees


These projects upon completion will help attract massive foreign investment, generate employment opportunities and promote trade and industrialization in the region.



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



The World Food Program has announced to pay monthly stipends to girl students of Khyber Agency for increasing female literacy rate in the agency.


Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that one thousand rupees each monthly stipend will be paid to girl students enrolled in government middle and high schools.


The sources said about girl students having 85 percent attendance will benefit from the program.


Biometric attendance system will also be installed in girl schools for this purpose.



The Spokesperson of Punjab Government Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan has rejected media reports about the purchase of a helicopter for Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.


Talking to newsmen in Lahore on Sunday, he said that Punjab government has purchased a helicopter for medical emergencies and relief activities at a cost of one point five billion rupees.


He said that this helicopter is not being used by the Chief Minister.


The spokesman also denounced media reports about purchase of a jet plane by the Punjab Government.                                                                       



PML-N leaders say that their party will once again win the general elections 2018 on the basis of its splendid performance. 


Addressing a news conference in Rawalpindi on Sunday, Hanif Abbasi along with Mayor Rawalpindi Sardar Naseem and former MNA Shakeel Awan said that Sheikh Rashid Ahmad was elected several times but completely failed to serve and deliver.


They said that PML-N led government believes in political of service to nation by providing basic facilities to the people.



Pakistan Peoples’ Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari says Pakistan should resolve all issues with neighbouring countries through dialogue.


Addressing a public meeting in Peshawar on Sunday afternoon, he said peace in Afghanistan is essential for peace in the entire region.


Asif Ali Zardari said FATA will be merged into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to bring it in the national mainstream.                         



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


On this day, people all over the world are expressing love for their mothers.       



Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that mother is a symbol of love, affection and sacrifice.


In a message on the occasion of World Mothers' day, she said love with mother is the path to achieve success in the life in this world and the world hereafter.



AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan says Azad Kashmir has a vast potential of Hydro-Power generation and can produce 8800 megawatt electricity.


He was addressing a function after laying a foundation stone of 48 megawatt Jagran Phase-two hydro-power Project at Kuttan in Neelum Valley on Sunday. The project is being completed with the support of France.  


The AJK Prime Minister said long-term planning is being made to utilize natural resources for the development of liberated territory.


Speaking on this occasion Ambassador of France in Pakistan Ms. Maretine Dorance said her country is extending its cooperation to different development projects being run in Azad Kashmir.


She said that France would continue to extend cooperation for overcoming emergency crisis and environmental hazards in Pakistan.



In Occupied Kashmir, Indian forces in their unabated acts of state terrorism martyred anther two youth in Waripora area of Kupwara district on Sunday.


A civilian Muhammad Hussain Dar, resident of Khrewan Malpora, injured in last week's Indian forces shootout, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday in Soura Srinagar hospital on Sunday. 


Three civilians were also injured in a bomb blast at Syed Abad village of Tral.                  



In Occupied Kashmir, thousands of Kashmiri women continue to wait for the return of their sons killed in fake encounters or subjected to disappearance in custody by Indian troops over the past 28 years.


According to a report released on Mother’s Day on Sunday, the continued Indian state terrorism has resulted in the death of over 94,600 Kashmiris including children since 1989. It pointed out that the troops had subjected over 8,000 Kashmiris to custodial disappearance during the period and the mothers of majority of these disappeared people are waiting for their return.


Meanwhile, normal life remained crippled in Shopian on the fourth consecutive day, on Sunday, due to complete shutdown against the disappearance of a local youth, Zubair Ahmad Turrey, in police custody. All shops and other business establishments remained closed while traffic was off the road in the town and adjoining areas.



Leader of the Opposition in Azad Kashmir Legislative Assembly Chaudhary Muhammad Yaseen has appealed to UN to take serious notice of Indian aggression at Line of Control.


Talking to various public delegations in Islamabad on Sunday, he strongly condemned the unprovoked Indian shelling from across the Line of Control and urged the United Nations to ensure the safety of civilian residing in the area.             



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.  


Meanwhile France's next prime minister will be appointed on Monday, who will form a new government on Tuesday.



European Union has described the test as a "threat to international peace and security.


An EU spokesperson said this and previous launches will further aggravate tensions in the region at a time when a de-escalation is needed.



Turkish airstrikes have killed ten PKK terrorists in northern Iraq.


A military statement said the counter-terrorism air raid hit targets in Zap and Sinat-Haftanin regions.



In Egypt, three military officers have been killed in two separate attacks in restive Sinai Peninsula on Sunday.



In Yemen, 115 people have been killed and 8,500 are ill due to cholera outbreak.


International Committee of the Red Cross says the epidemic is serious and hospitals are struggling to cope with an influx of patients.                            



In Greece, five people were killed and four injured when a train derailed and hit a house.


About 70 passengers were on board the train.



Radio Pakistan will broadcast a special drama in its National Hook-up at 2110 hours on Sunday night.

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