DATED: 14 September, 2016



Finance Minister says Pakistan's strategic location makes it an attractive destination for foreign investment.

Advisor on Foreign Affairs is representing Pakistan at the 17th NAM Summit in Venezuela.

The United Nations Human Rights Chief has said International probe into killings in occupied Kashmir is imperative.

Russia says Syrian rebels are violating the ceasefire truce.

The 71st session of United Nations General Assembly has begun at New York.

Pakistan has won bronze medal in World Chess Tournament in Azerbaijan.



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said Pakistan is committed to provide all possible facilities to foreign investors in the country.


He was addressing Pakistan France Business Council meeting in Paris.


The minister said the investment climate in Pakistan is conducive to the European investment.


He said foreign companies working in Pakistan are having un-paralleled profits.


Ishaq Dar said Pakistan offers business investment package which no other country from the region has offered.


The finance minister said Pakistan's strategic location makes it an attractive destination for foreign investment. Pakistan has attained four point seven percent growth rate which is better than the growth achieved in the last eight years.


He invited the French companies to take full benefit of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which will link Pakistan with Afghanistan, Central Asian Republics and Europe.


He said there has been an un-paralleled investment in North Waziristan despite security fears and Karachi is opening up for various investment opportunities for foreign investment including France.


During the meeting, Chairman Investment Board Miftah Ismail briefed the French investors about opportunities and facilities in Pakistan.




Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz is leading Pakistani delegation at the 17th NAM Summit being held in Venezuela.


This has been stated in a statement of the Foreign Office.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said   PML (N) government has put the country on way of progress and development.


He was talking to the people from different walks of life in Lahore.


He said we are serving the nation with transparency and trust while our opponents and rivals are busy in politics of chaos, blame and lies. 


Shahbaz Sharif said people have rejected these negative elements of vested interests.




Sindh Government is carrying out a number of schemes to promote culture and tourism in the province.


According to official sources, the projects being carried out in Karachi in this regard include one ongoing and six new schemes.


The ongoing scheme includes construction of auditorium and conference hall at Liaquat Memorial Library that will be completed by the end of this financial year.


The new schemes include construction of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities office complex, preservation, conservation and restoration of historical buildings of Jufel Hurst Public School and JMB Girls Secondary School and establishment of model library in Orangi Town.


The Department will also establish Sindhi Kashi Institute in the city to promote the traditional work of the province while two vehicles will also be restored that had been under use of Madr-e-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah.




Balochistan government has accelerated various mega projects to overcome water shortage in the province.        


According to official sources, Mangi Dam is being constructed at a cost of over nine billion rupees and it will be completed within three years. Quetta would get eight point one million gallon water on daily basis with the completion of this project.


Indus Water project would be completed at a cost of forty billion rupees.


Likewise, Halak dam project is also in pipeline and would be approved soon. The dam would provide three to four million gallon water daily for Quetta and its adjoining areas.




Members of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Planning and Development will visit Gwadar in the last week of this month to physically inspect the progress in implementation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


During the visit the Committee will review the progress of work on various projects being executed under the CPEC as well as the Public Sector Development Programme.  It will also receive a briefing from the federal and provincial authorities on the establishment of a university in Gwadar.


Gwadar is at the centre of the forty-six billion dollars CPEC project and more than one billion dollars worth of projects are to be developed around its port by the end of next year.




The Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has urged world leaders not to waste time and act to guarantee schooling for refugee children.


In a statement, she urged the world leaders gathered for the first-ever UN summit on refugees in New York, to ensure provision of access to twelve years schooling to every refugee child.


She urged the leaders to reject short-term solutions to the refugee crisis now affecting twenty-one point three million people, including nearly four million children across the world.




The United Nations Human rights Chief says International probe into killings in occupied Kashmir is a must now.


In his remarks at the opening session of the Geneva based Human Rights Council, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al-Hussein said the deteriorating situation in occupied Kashmir has made it crucial to establish an independent and impartial international mission.


He regretted India's lack of response to his request for access to its controlled part of the disputed state.



At least 22 missing Indians have joined ISIS loyalists in Afghanistan.


According to Afghan Media, they were missing in Afghanistan earlier this year.


The revelation was made during an interrogation of an Indian woman arrested by the authorities from New Delhi airport earlier last month.



Russia has accused Syrian rebels of violating the ceasefire truce in the country twenty three times since it came into effect.


A senior Russian military officer Viktor Poznikhir said in a televised briefing that the Syrian government troops have completely stopped firing, with exception of areas where Daesh and Al-Nusra militants are active.



The United States has agreed to provide a record multi billion dollars military aid to Israel over the next ten years from next year.


The State Department said in Washington that a memorandum of understanding to this effect will be signed on Wednesday.


The aid constitutes single largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in US history.



The 71st session of United Nations General Assembly has begun in New York.


Fiji's U.N. Ambassador Peter Thomson, who has been elected as new President of the General Assembly, opened the session after being sworn in.


Addressing the opening session Peter Thomson vowed to find new methods to sustain peace and resolve entrenched conflicts, diminish the atrocities of global terrorism and better manage migrant and refugee flows.


Central on the agenda of the General Assembly this year are poverty, women’s rights, human resources, climate change, food safety, education and some other issues.


A high-level summit will also be held to address large movements of refugees and migrants.


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to lead Pakistani delegation in the session.




Pakistan has won bronze medal in World Chess Tournament in Azerbaijan.


Dr. Murtaza Ali and Muzammil Lodhi won the medal in D category competitions.



In Rio Paralympics, China is leading the medal table with 147 medals including 63 gold, 51 silver and 33 bronze followed by Great Britain with 75 medals including 34 gold, 18 silver and 23 bronze.


Ukraine is on third position securing 72 medals including 27 gold, 21 silver and 24 bronze.





Rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan and Kohat divisions, Islamabad, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir on Wednesday.


Hot and dry weather is expected elsewhere in the country.


Temperature of some major cities recorded on Wednesday morning:


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


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