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HEADLINES

MAY 15, 2016

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President says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will create thousands of employment opportunities for skilled workforce

Minister for States and Frontier Regions says opposition's politics of confrontation may hamper the process of progress

Experts have warned that India's conventional and nuclear build-up is undermining South Asia's strategic stability. 

AJK Prime Minister says India has miserably failed to weaken resolve of Kashmiris for their right to self-determination

Pakistan has qualified for final of 18th Asian Squash Team Championships beating India by 2-1 in semi-final in Chinese Taipei

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MAMNOON:

President Mamnoon Hussain says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will create thousands of employment opportunities for skilled workers.   

Presiding over a ceremony in Karachi, he said the government has embarked on an ambitious plan of developing skills among youth of the country.

He urged the youth to take full advantage of the skill training opportunities being provided by the government to face the future challenges.  

The President also distributed certificates among skilled workers on the occasion..

QADIR:

Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch says the opposition has opted for politics of confrontation, which may hamper the process of the progress in the country.        

In an interview, he said the opposition is not interested in any investigation, and only wants to have political gains through the Panama leaks issue.      

To a question, the minister said the government did agree to all demands of the opposition parties but it came up with new stipulations on different occasions.

SAAD:

Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique says the government will complete its constitutional term, and those who are thinking to dislodge the incumbent government, will themselves fall.    

Talking to newsmen at Khanewal Railway Station, he said the nation will seek explanation from the PTI chief, who made immense noise over offshore companies though he himself owned an offshore company.         

Khawaja Saad Rafique said the citizens of Peshawar have held Imran Khan accountable in recent by-election while rest of the nation will also bring him to account.              

To a question, he said Pakistan Railways has been made a profit making entity and now it is making hundred percent profit.

The Railways Minister will inaugurate construction of model Railway Station of Bahawalpur today.

QAYYUM:

PML-N leader Abdul Qayyum says PTI has made Panama Papers a political issue.      

In an interview, he said Imran Khan has admitted that he had set up an offshore company when he was playing county cricket in the United Kingdom.  

He said although Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's name is not mentioned in the Panama Papers but he has presented himself and his family for accountability.

Abdul Qayyum said accountability should be conducted across the board against all the corrupt.

SHAH:

President PML-N Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pir Sabir Shah says wining of his party candidate in PK-8 Peshawar has proved that people rejected the PTI-led government in the province.            

Addressing a news conference in Peshawar, he said victory of his party candidate Arbab Wasim Hayat implies that people want Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government.            

He said ninety percent terrorism has been eliminated from the country owing to the policies of the government and efforts of the Army.

SHAHBAZ:

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said primary education system is being strengthened by ensuring hundred percent enrolment in the province.        

Chairing a meeting on promotion of quality education in Lahore, he said high schools for girls will be set up in all union councils and the existing middle schools in union councils will be upgraded to high school level.       

The chief minister said the government is implementing a comprehensive programme of e-learning as well.     

The meeting decided to raise amount of scholarship for girl students of 6th grade in the districts of the southern Punjab.    

CM-CONSUL:

American Consul General Zachary Harkenrider called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore.    

Matters of mutual interest, Pak-America relations and promotion of cooperation in different sectors figured in the meeting.                  

On the occasion, the Chief Minister said the government is striving to make Pakistan a peaceful, secure, developed and prosperous country. 

The US Consul General said America attaches great importance to its relations with Pakistan.     

TIRMIZI:

Pakistan and China are opening up a world of trade and investment opportunities by building road, railway and energy connections between Gwadar and Kashgar.

This was stated by Pakistan's Consul General in Chicago Faisal Niaz Tirmazi while addressing a function on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in Chicago.

The Consul General called Pakistan an ideal investment destination in Asia, with a middle class of fifty million.

He also briefed the participants about the economic revival of Pakistan under the present government and its investment-friendly policies.

 

PFG:

The first meeting of Pak-Saudi Parliamentary Friendship Group was held in Islamabad to chalk out the future working plan for the group.    

Senator Sehar Kamran, who chaired the meeting, emphasized establishing deeper people-to-people contacts for better understanding between the two societies.   

Speaking on the occasion, the two countries agreed that they already enjoyed special relations that are not only brotherly but time-tested as well.     

The members looked forward to establish one to one relations with Saudi Parliament members and initiate student exchange programmes in order to establish cohesive connectivity between the peoples of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.    

EXPERTS:

Experts have warned that India's conventional and nuclear build-up is undermining South Asia's strategic stability, and can set off an arms race in the region.       

They were speaking at a roundtable discussion in Islamabad in the context of developments in India and Pakistan, existing nuclear doctrines, conventional deterrence, and regional security environment.       

Dr Adil Sultan said, India, besides upgrading its conventional capability in a big way, is also developing a complete inventory of nuclear arms ranging from tactical weapons to inter-continental ballistic missiles out of its ambitions to be reckoned with as an undisputed power in the region.       

He said inconsistencies in India's evolving strategic thought and the discord in India's security over nuclear drivers affect the regional strategic stability.            

Dr Riffat Hussain was of the view that any additional military capability acquired by India will hurt Pakistan.     

Dr Zafar Nawaz Jaspal believed that an arms race is already taking place in the region, which implies there is no strategic stability.

MAJEED:

Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Chaudhry Abdul Majeed has said the Kashmir freedom movement would come to its logical end.                 

Addressing a public meeting in Rawalakot, he said India would not be able to suppress the ongoing indigenous movement for freedom in the held Jammu and Kashmir. 

He said that Kashmiris are politically mature and fully aware about the tricky policies of the pro-Indian politicians.    

The AJK Prime Minister said that India with the help of its local collaborators had tried its best to crush the freedom movement through its military, but it miserably failed to weaken the resolve of Kashmiris.          

Chaudhry Abdul Majeed said his government had not only focused on raising literacy rate in the state but it also focused to provide medical facilities to the people as well.         

DAY

The International Day of families is being observed in the country and elsewhere in the world today.        

The theme of the day for this year is "Families, healthy lives and sustainable future".

SQUASH

Pakistan has qualified for the final of the 18th Asian Squash Team Championships beating India by 2-1 in Chinese Taipi.

Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu defeated Farhan Mehboob, while Tayyab Aslam beat Kush Kumar. In the decider, Farhan Mehboob won against Velavan Senthilkumar.

Pakistan will now face top seed Hong Kong in the final today.

WEATHER

Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country today.

However, isolated rain thunderstorms are expected in Malakand division, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning: Islamabad nineteen degree centigrade, Lahore and Karachi twenty-eight, Peshawar twenty, Quetta and Muzaffarabad seventeen, Gilgit and Murree fourteen degree centigrade.

 

 


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