DATE: 15-05-2017                                    


Prime Minister says CPEC is creating new supply and logistic chains which has infused Pakistan's economy with new vitality and dynamism. 


Pakistan and China have signed a framework agreement for upgradation of Karachi-Peshawar Railway Line.


A bill has been laid before the Senate to ensure right of access to information.


Minister of State for Water and Power says the country will overcome electricity load-shedding by March next year.


Pakistan has challenged the jurisdiction of International Court of Justice in the case of Indian application regarding conviction of its spy Kulbhushan Yadav.


AJK Prime Minister has directed the management of higher educational institutions to hold seminars, conferences and debates on Kashmir issue.


Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to extend oil output cuts for a further nine months.


Palestinians across the world have commemorated Nakba day on Monday against their forcible eviction from their homeland.





Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan is closely coordinating with China for planning and implementation of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


He was speaking at the Leaders' Roundtable on Policy Synergy in Beijing on Monday.


The Prime Minister said Pakistan is harmonizing national development plans with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and liaising with International Financial Institutions for policy alignment.


He said that Pakistan strongly favours cooperation and synergetic partnerships across regions to ensure socio-economic development and prosperity.


The Prime Minister said it is imperative that we appreciate the "Belt and Road" initiative in its proper perspective of interconnected development. It is now turning into the centre of gravity for half of the world's economies in Asia, Africa and Europe.


Nawaz Sharif said as part of the same initiative under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor banner, we have made phenomenal progress in a short span of time through active participation in the areas of infrastructure, energy, industrial zones and telecommunications.


He called for expanding consensus for One Belt One Road, enhancing cooperation in development and implementation and prepare a blueprint and roadmap for long-term cooperation.


Speaking in the second session of the roundtable on Connectivity Cooperation for Interconnected Development, the Prime Minister said Pakistan is pursuing vision of a peaceful, inter-connected and prosperous neighbourhood with great determination.  


He said rapid digitalization and next generation connectivity are at the heart of our agenda for transforming into a knowledge-based economy.


The Prime Minister said CPEC is creating new supply and logistic chains, as well as manufacturing networks. It has infused Pakistan’s economy with new vitality and dynamism.


He said Gwadar Port, which is the pivot of CPEC, will link up East, West and South Asia. It will also reach out to African and European markets.


The Prime Minister said core of the “One Belt-One Road” initiative is connectivity and long-term development, especially in developing countries.



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said China Pakistan Economic Corridor is an integral part of One Belt, One Road.


Talking to media persons on board, he said that One Belt, One Road is testimony of visionary leadership of China and attracting the entire world.


He said that Pakistan Stock Exchange is at its highest level first time in the history and huge investment is being made in the country.


The Prime Minister said peace is key to development of countries and without peace and tranquility development is impossible.


He said that all ongoing projects including motorways will bring revolution in the country. 



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has arrived in Chinese city Hangzhou.



Pakistan and China have signed a framework agreement for upgradation of Karachi-Peshawar Railway Line (ML-1). National Railway Administration of China and Ministry of Railways Pakistan signed the agreement in Beijing.


Commercial Contract for preliminary design for upgradation of ML-1 Project was also signed on this occasion.


Chinese side was led by Minister of Transport Li Xiaopeng while Pakistani side by Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique.                   



Speaking at the signing ceremony Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said ML-I up-gradation project is a historic step which will ensure connectivity of all the four provinces.


The Minister said innovative process has been started in the Railways to improve the services for the passengers.


He asked the Chinese side to expedite work on Karachi Circular Railway and Mass Transit projects in Peshawar and Quetta.


Chinese Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng assured that work on these projects will be accelerated.                      



Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb laid before the Senate "The Right of Access to Information Bill, 2017".


The chair referred the bill to the Standing Committee concerned for report.


The bill has been introduced to ensure that the citizens of Pakistan may have the fullest possible access to public records.


Access to information is an essential pre-requisite to the people's realization of their ideals of good and transparent governance.



The Senate passed a unanimous resolution on Monday strongly condemning the brutal attack on the convoy of Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri in Mastung.


The resolution moved by Talha Mahmood expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the incident.


The resolution also prayed for early recovery of those injured in the attack. It said that such cowardly acts cannot shake the determination of the nation against terrorism.


The Senate also passed "The Companies Bill, 2017 and "The Alternate Dispute Resolution Bill, and "The Costs of Litigation Bill, 2017 ".


At the outset, the House also offered Fateha for those martyred in terrorist attacks in Mastung and Gwadar.


The House passed another resolution condemning the brutal murder of ten construction workers in Gwadar.


Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch has said that Pakistan and Iran enjoy excellent relations and there is a desire on both sides to further cement these relations by enhancing their trade to five billion dollars.


Making a statement in Senate on Monday, he said that recent statement of the Iranian Army Chief was highly inappropriate but the Iranian Ambassador in Pakistan has clarified that the statement was taken out of context. He said the Iranian side has retreated the statement.


About the recent Afghan firing near Chaman, the Minister said negotiations are underway at different levels to reduce tension between Pakistan and Afghanistan.


Abdul Qadir Baloch said CPEC is a project between Pakistan and China and no proposal is under consideration to change its name.


About the Indian government approaching the International Court of Justice on Kulbhushan Yadav, the Minister said Pakistan has properly prepared the case and will fight it at the ICJ.


The Minister said that the Prime Minister has accepted an invitation to attend the Arab Summit in Riyadh.


The House has now been prorogued.



The National Assembly was informed on Monday that Pakistan Railways has recently imported 55 locomotives from the United States to further improve its service.


Parliamentary Secretary for Railways Syed Muhammad Ashiq Hussain Shah told the House during Question Hour that 32 locomotives have been received while remaining 23 are in transit and expected to reach Karachi by end of July this year.


He said a tender of 20 more locomotives has been finalized.


The Parliamentary Secretary said that main track from Karachi to Peshawar will be upgraded under CPEC.


Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary told the House that the Prime Minister's Education Reforms programme in the federal capital is being executed as per the timeframe.


To a question, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb told the House that PTV booster project for Buner will be completed by December this year. She said the project faced delays mainly due to land dispute, late revision of PC-I and law and order situation in the area.                            



Three bills were introduced in the National Assembly on Monday, including "The Tribal Areas Rewaj Bill".



Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali says eight thousand megawatt electricity will be added to national grid by March next year.


Talking to newsmen in Faisalabad on Monday, he said one thousand two hundred megawatt electricity will be added to the system in the current month.


The Minister of State said uninterrupted power supply will be ensured during Sehar and Iftar in the holy month of Ramazan.



Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi says the incumbent government is fulfilling all its promises which were made with people of country at time of elections.


Addressing a ceremony in Havelian on Monday, he said that provision of all facilities to masses at their doorstep is agenda of government and it is being efficiently pursued under visionary leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.



Provincial Development Working Party, in its meeting in Peshawar on Monday, approved four projects costing more than three billion rupees.


The projects include health, agriculture, local government and Establishment of CPEC Cell in Planning &Development Department.



The Provincial Disaster Management Authority launched facilities of SMS and helpline at provincial emergency operation center ahead of monsoon season.



Pakistan Rangers Sindh in an action in various parts of Karachi have arrested seven criminals, including target killers and extortionists.  


According to Rangers spokesman, raids were carried out in Malir City, Nazimabad, Shahrah-e-Faisal and Orangi Town areas.                



Pakistan has challenged the jurisdiction of International Court of Justice in the case of Indian application regarding conviction of its spy Kulbhushan Yadav. 


Presenting Pakistani stance, the Director General of South Asia in Foreign Office Dr Muhammad Faisal at ICJ in The Hague, Netherlands, on Monday said under Vienna Convention, hearing of criminal cases does not fall under the purview of the international court.


He said Indian Naval Commander Yadav was arrested by Pakistani forces during an operation in Balochistan province and he has confessed the killing of dozens of innocent Pakistanis.


He said the Indian spy was sentenced to death after fulfilling all necessary legal requirements and he was also given counsel to defend allegations against him.


Dr Faisal said that spies do not have any right of councelor access and India did not produce evidence provided by Pakistan against Yadav in the international court.


Dr Faisal said Indian spy was traveling to Pakistan on fake Indian passport and India was informed by Pakistan about Yadav's espionage activities.


He said India did not give any reaction on use of fake passport by its citizen. He said India's application is misconceived and undue.


The International Court of Justice has reserved its verdict regarding Indian application against the conviction of Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav by Pakistan.


After completion of arguments of both parties the court said that date for the judgment will be duly communicated.


Earlier in his arguments, Pakistani Counsel Khawar Qureshi said India's allegation regarding kidnap of its spy is not true and he was arrested on Pakistani soil. 



Prime Minister Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan has directed the management of higher educational institutions to hold seminars, conferences and debates on Kashmir issue.


Addressing Kashmir Conference in Muzaffarabad on Monday, he underlined the need of educating youth about the history and current situation of Kashmir dispute. 


Raja Farooq Haider Khan said youth in Occupied Kashmir are offering unprecedented sacrifices and it is moral obligation to the youth of Azad Kashmir to stand with their brethren in their just struggle.


The AJK Prime Minister urged youth of Azad Kashmir to highlight Indian brutalities and human rights violations through social media.



In Occupied Kashmir, students demonstrated in Badgam, Srinagar and other parts of the territory on Monday to register protest against the illegal Indian occupation over Jammu and Kashmir. 


According to Kashmir Media Service, the students came out of their classes and raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. The troops used brute force and fired teargas shells on the protesting students.


Meanwhile, the joint resistance leadership in a statement have reiterated its resolve to follow the cherished goal of freedom with unity.


An Indian soldier committed suicide by shooting himself with his service weapon at an army camp in Reasi area of Jammu.                     



UN envoy Staffan de Mistura has hoped that Syria peace talks in Geneva on Tuesday will prosper from a recent deal to reduce the violence.


Talking to newsmen in Geneva on Monday, he said President Bashar al-Assad's negotiator Bashar al-Ja'afari is empowered for serious discussions.


The Geneva round of talks comes after a deal between Russia, Turkey and Iran to arrange and monitor "de-escalation zones" in Syria to ease the fighting.                         



Syrian army is moving troops to a desert region near borders with Iraq and Jordan to deny militants any space.


The town of Sabaa Biyar lies in a sparsely populated desert territory known as the Syrian Badia.


A spokesperson for rebel Southern Front group Major Issam Al Reis said the reinforcements sent by Syrian government also include artillery, tanks and armored vehicles.


Meanwhile, seven persons have been killed in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor in heavy shelling by Islamic State militants.



In Iraq, the security forces pressed an advance on neighborhoods under Islamic State control in Mosul on Monday to dislodge fighters entrenched in a central mosque.


An Iraqi army officer told media that militants have been completely surrounded, but still putting up resistance.                      



Yemeni army has established control over several positions north of Mokha city. 


The Yemeni army sources told media that government forces took control of the area of Kdaiha, and five farms north of the city with the help of air support of the Arab coalition.


The sources added that coalition forces hit back after the Houthis and forces of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh launched an attack on them in the area of Zahari.                   



Palestinians across the world are commemorating the Nakba Day on Monday against their forcible eviction from their homeland.


The Nakba, or catastrophe, occurred when Israel was officially declared a state in 1948 and more than 750,000 Palestinians were mandatory removed from their homes and villages.  


Palestinians across historic Palestine, including Israel, the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, are holding rallies, marches and candlelight vigils to mark the event.  



Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to extend oil output cuts for a further nine months.


In a joint statement in Beijing, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih and his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak said they had agreed to prolong an existing deal until March next.


The announcement comes before an OPEC meeting in Vienna on 25th of this month in which members are to extend the output cuts.                     



Immediately after Khabarnama, Radio Pakistan in its national hook-up will broadcast a special feature obituary in the memory of famous Naat Khawan "Muneeba Sheikh".


Another feature obituary will be broadcast in memory of famous musician "Ustan Raees Khan".

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