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MAY 14, 2017 

Headlines

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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.

Interior Minister says no one will be allowed to malign armed forces under the cover of freedom of expression.

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

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PM

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 today.

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.

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. 

NAWAZ-BELARUS

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. 

NAWAZ-ETHIOPIA

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. 

PM-VIETNAM

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

Matters pertaining to bilateral relations were discussed during the meeting.

SHAHBAZ

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 the 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.

SARTAJ

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 today, he said China has created the necessary cooperative mechanisms and brought its intellectual, technological and financial resources to make it a reality.

DAR

Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar held meetings with Managing Director IMF, President of World Bank, President of Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank and Saudi Finance Minister in Beijing today at the sidelines of One Belt One Road Forum.

During the meetings, he highlighted economic achievement of Pakistan and investment opportunities in different sectors emerging in the wake of CPEC projects.

Earlier, he also addressed "one Belt session on Project financing connectivity theme along with panel of finance ministers of UK and Hungary.

Ishaq Dar also signed Guidelines on Financing of OBOR along with Finance Ministers and representatives of 18 other countries.

NISAR

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.

BOSAN

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 today. 

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.

BIRJEES

Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Birjees 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.

POLIO

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

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 tomorrow.

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

WFP

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.

DAY

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

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

In a message on the occasion of World Mothers' day, Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that mother is a symbol of love, affection and sacrifice.

She said love with mother is the path to achieve success in the life in this world and the world hereafter.

IHK-YOUTH

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

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

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

EU-TEST

The European Union has described the latest North Korean missile 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.

TEST

In the Dominica Test against Pakistan, West Indies in their second innings were 73 for 4, at lunch.  

The scores so far :

Pakistan  376  and  174  for  8, declared 

West Indies 247 and  73 for 4.

       

WEATHER

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

However, dust-thunderstorm and rain with gusty winds are expected at a few places in Quetta, Zhob, Malakand, Hazara, Bannu, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha divisions, Islamabad upper FATA and Kashmir.

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