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Headlines

MAY 15, 2017

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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.

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

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

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

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PM

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 today.

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

The Prime Minister said it is imperative that we appreciate the "Belt and Road" initiative in its proper perspective of interconnected development.  

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 digitalisation 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.

PM-MEDIA

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. 

PM-ARRIVAL

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has arrived in Chinese city Hangzhou.

ML-I 

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.

MARRIYUM

Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says One Belt, One Road will connect entire region.

Speaking in a ceremony in Islamabad today, she said that economic corridor project will bring development and prosperity in the region.

She said all power projects are being completed expeditiously in the country.

SENATE

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.

The Senate passed a unanimous Resolution today strongly condemning the brutal attack on the convoy of Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri in Mastung.

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

 

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.

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

The House has now been prorogued.

NA

The National Assembly was informed today 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 the CPEC.

ICJ

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

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

He said Indian Naval Commander Jhadev 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 Indian spy was traveling to Pakistan on fake Indian passport and India was informed by Pakistan about Jhadev'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 Jhadev by Pakistan.

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. 

OIL

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.

NAKBA

Palestinians across the world are commemorating the Nakba Day today 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.  

WEATHER!

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

However, rain with dust and thunderstorm associated with gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha and Faisalabad divisions, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.

The rain may also occur at isolated places in Kalat, Multan, Sahiwal, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Quetta and Zhob divisions.

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