Economic Coordination Committee has extended processing period of export of wheat till 30th of next month. 


Foreign Minister has said the US proposed military solution for Afghanistan is not viable.


International Democracy Day is being observed on Friday.


UN Security Council meets on Friday to discuss latest ballistic missile test by North Korea.


United Nations has urged international community to step up humanitarian support for Rohingya Muslims.


The third and final T-20 between Pakistan and World-XI will be played in Lahore this evening.




Economic Coordination Committee has noted that 180 billion rupees export package has contributed significantly towards putting country's exports into growth trajectory. 


The ECC meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad reviewed the impact of Prime Minister's Export Package towards boosting country's exports. 


It also considered various proposals for expanding the scope of Export Package and to include other sectors into its folds.


The prime minister directed to constitute a committee  comprising representatives of Finance, Commerce division and FBR to undertake a detailed analysis of the impact of Package and also propose changes in scope and coverage of Export Package.


The ECC also approved grant of extension in processing period of export of wheat and wheat products from 31st August 2017 to 30th October 2017.


The ECC noted the availability of 2.788 million metric tonnes of sugar in the country and authorized Commerce Ministry to allow export of 0.5 MMT to sugar mills.



Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif says Pakistan has played a central role in regional peace and stability.


In an interview, he said Pakistan is vigorously fighting war on terror with its own resources.


He emphasized negotiated settlement of Afghan conflict, saying the US proposed military solution for Afghanistan is not viable.



Defence Minister Engr Khurram Dastgir Khan says National Action Plan initiated by the PML-N government resulted in significant decline in terrorist attacks in the country.


Talking to a news channel he said many operations including Zarb-e-Azb and Ruddal Fasaad have achieved desired results.


He said the present government is committed to rid the country of the menace of terrorism.


Replying to a question, he said any US sanctions against Pakistan would only hurt the United States' efforts against militancy.



China has expressed desire to further strengthen economic and trade cooperation with Pakistan.


This was stated by China's Vice Minister for Commerce Wang Shouwen while welcoming the Pakistani delegation at the 8th round of China-Pakistan talks on Free Trade Agreement in Beijing.


In his remarks, head of Pakistan delegation and Secretary Commerce Younus Dagha said that the sixteen billion dollar, current volume of trade between Pakistan and China is a testimony to the ever-growing economic co-operation.



International Democracy Day is being observed on Friday.    


In his message on the day, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that continuity of democracy is essential for peace and stability in the country.


He said aim of celebrating the day is to strengthen democratic nations and discourage the dictators.


He said that democracy guarantees economic and social development, international peace and stability and freedom of basic human rights. 


Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi, in his message, said democracy is strengthening in Pakistan and

parliament is actively working for welfare of the people.



The annual Kalam festival begins on Friday.


Its objective is to highlight culture, architecture and tourism potential of the province.


Renowned Pashto singers and artists will perform at the show.


Food stalls have also been set up at the festival.



In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said that pro-India Kashmiri political parties are exploiting the sentiments of innocent people to remain in power.


In a statement issued in Srinagar, he said that the subjugated people of Kashmir were suffering because of hypocritical behavior of these double dealers.


 He said that pro-freedom leaders were repeatedly summoned and detained by India’s National Investigation Agency because of their unflinching support to the Kashmir cause.


Meanwhile, The Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq  has  welcomed the Amnesty International’s report that calls for immediate ban on pellet shotguns, trial of forces’ personnel in civilian courts and rehabilitation and compensation for victims in the occupied territory.



North Korea has fired ballistic missile that flew over Japan before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean.


The test has been confirmed by South Korean and Japanese officials.


South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile traveled about 3700 kilometers while reaching a maximum height of 770 kilometers.


Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said these repeated provocations on the part of North Korea are impermissible and we protest in the strongest words.


South Korea has called an urgent National Security Council meeting over the issue.


Meanwhile, the UN Security Council will meet on Friday at the request of US and Japan to discuss latest missile launch by North Korea.



The United Nations has appealed  for massive help for nearly 400,000 Muslims from Myanmar who have fled to Bangladesh.


Addressing a news conference in Dhaka, director of operations and emergencies for the International Organization for Migration, Mohammed Abdiker urged  the international community to step up humanitarian support for Rohingya Muslims.


Earlier, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the U.N. Security Council had urged Myanmar to end the violence against Rohingya Muslims.



The United States has agreed  to continue for now to exempt Iran from nuclear-related sanctions but slapped new measures on targets accused of cyber attacks or destabilizing the region.


This has been announced by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin  in a statement at Washington.


Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump told newsmen in Washington that Iran is violating the spirit of the 2015 deal under which Iran got sanctions relief in return for curbing its nuclear program.



The third and final T-20 between the World-XI and Pakistan will be played in Lahore this evening.


The match will start at 7 p.m Pakistan Standard Time.


The three match series is levelled at 1-1.



Pakistan Cricket Board hoisted annual award ceremony in Lahore on Thursday night to honor national players who showed outstanding performance last year.


The award ceremony was also attended by members of World XI.



Pakistan will take on Thailand in final of the  Davis Tennis Cup Oceania Zone Group II at  Sports Complex in Islamabad on Friday.



Final of  Rama polo festival is being played between Chilas and Gilgit  in Astore on Friday.


Earlier, Gilgit defeated Astore 9 - 2 while Chilas beat Astore 9 - nil to qualify for the final on Thursday.



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


However, rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at isolated places at Malakand, Hazara divisions, upper FATA Islamabad, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. 


Temperature of some major cities recorded on Friday morning:


Islamabad nineteen degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-five,  Karachi twenty-seven, Peshawar twenty, Quetta and Murree  fifteen, Gilgit thirteen, and Muzaffarabad eighteen degree centigrade.

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