Finance Minister says government has taken the size of economy to over three hundred billion dollars.

Planning Minister has said any conspiracy against the PML-N government will not succeed due to strong public support to the party.

World Bank has shown interest to invest in various development projects in Gilgit-Baltistan.

China says India will face embarrassment if it does not withdraw its border troops from Doklam region.

In Syria, army has seized a string of oil wells in Raqqa province.

Spain's Garbine Muguruza has won women's singles title at Wimbledon Tennis Championship in London.



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says Pakistan has successfully completed its reform programme as per the PML-N manifesto.

Chairing a meeting of the Monetary and Fiscal Policies Coordination Board in Islamabad, he said during this period difficult key structural reforms have been implemented.

The Minister said completion of the programme has strengthened confidence of the international community in government's economic agenda.

He said the government has put the country on the path of sustainable growth, which is being reflected in improved ratings by all major rating agencies including Moody's, S&P and Fitch.

Ishaq Dar said macroeconomic indicators are showing a positive trend as GDP has grown this year by five point three percent, which is a ten-year high.

 He said foreign exchange reserves are at a comfortable level, tax revenues have increased by seventy-four percent over the last four years, and load-shedding for industry has been eliminated and substantially reduced for commercial and domestic sector.

The Minister said for the first time the size of the economy has surpassed three hundred billion dollars while on average, income of each Pakistani has increased by twenty-two percent since fiscal year 2012-13. 



Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says any conspiracy against the PML-N government will not succeed due to strong public support to the party.

In an interview, he said PML-N members expressed confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister during the meetings of the cabinet and parliamentary committee, and it was decided there to contest the biased JIT report in the Supreme Court. 

The Minister said the masses who elected PML-N are aware that the government is working for their betterment and has launched several projects.



Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says everyone should wait for the verdict of the Supreme Court on Panama Papers case, and the government will accept the decision.

In an interview, he said as per constitution of the country the Prime Minister has every right to defend himself before the apex court.

Replying  a question, the Minister said the political opponents of PML-N are demanding resignation of the Prime Minister for the last four years because they are afraid of the popularity of PML-N leadership among people.   



Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Bizenjo says demand for resignation of the Prime Minister by the opposition is unfair before the verdict of Supreme Court regarding Panama Papers case.

Talking to PTV, he said the attitude of opposition parties, especially PTI, is not appropriate on the matter of Panama Papers.

Hasil Bizenjo said the JIT members have made the report controversial by their conduct.

To a question, he said leveling corruption allegations is an old weapon, which had been used against many elected governments in the past.



Minister of State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali says PML-N believes in democracy and rule of law.

Addressing inaugural ceremony of gas supply in an area of Faisalabad, he said the party is united under the leadership of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

He said negative politics will affect development process in Pakistan.    



World Bank Country Director Panjametho Ilangwan called on Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman in Islamabad.

They discussed matters pertaining to development in Gilgit Baltistan.

The WB Country Director showed interest to work on development projects in different areas including energy, and sewerage system.



Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Chaudhry says those who commit crime in the name of religion, do not present a true picture of Islam.

Addressing a function in Virginia, he said Islam is a religion of peace, love and tolerance.

The Ambassador said Pakistani-American community is playing a very significant role in various fields of life in the United States.

He urged the Pakistani-American community to act as a bridge between the country of their residence and country of their origin.      



Iran has blamed US President Donald Trump's arbitrary and conflicting policies for global security threats.

Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi, quoted by Iran's state news agency IRNA said Trump ought to seek the reason for subversion and rebellion in his conflicting policies and actions.

President Trump said earlier this week that new threats were emerging from rogue regimes like North Korea, Iran and Syria and the governments that finance and support them.



Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodogan has praised parliament's bravery during the coup attempt in July last year.

Addressing a ceremony at Turkish Parliament in Ankara late last night, he said the coup soldiers disgraced themselves when bombing the parliament as our lawmakers stood higher.

He said we will now work harder not to touch parliament again.

Earlier, the Turkish President unveiled the Monument of Martyrs near the Martyrs' Bridge in Istanbul to honour those who lost their lives resisting the putsch. In his address on the occasion, he said we will not forget, and will not let it be forgotten.

Last year's defeated coup left two hundred fifty people dead and nearly two thousand two hundred injured.



In Libya, the Benghazi's international airport has officially reopened for commercial flights after a three-year closure due to fighting in the city. The first outward bound flights from Benina Airport were to Amman, Jordan, and to the south-eastern Libyan city of Kufra.


Syrian army has seized a string of oil wells in southwest Raqqa province.

State-owned Ikhbariyah television quoted a military source as saying the army had taken control of Wahab, al Fahd, Dbaysan, al-Qseer, Abu al Qatat and Abu Qatash oil fields and several other villages in the desert area that lies in the southwest of Raqqa. 

The army and allied militias have in the last few months been advancing east of Aleppo city and seizing swathes of territory west of the Euphrates River that militants have pulled out of to defend their de facto capital of Raqqa.

The army's next goal is to retake the town of Sukhna, a gateway to the eastern province of Deir.



In the ICC Women's World Cup, Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by fifteen runs at Leicester last night.

Batting first, Sri Lanka scored 221 runs in allotted fifty overs.

In reply, Pakistan were all out in 46.4 overs at the score of 206 runs.



In tennis, Spain's Garbine Muguruza has defeated five-time winner Venus Williams to win the women's singles title at the Wimbledon Championships in London.

The 23-year-old won 7-5, 6-0 in her first Wimbledon title.




Rain with thunderstorm and gusty winds is expected at a number of places in lower Sindh, Balochistan while at isolated plaes in Sukkur, Larkana, Shaheed Benazirabad, D.G. Khan, Bahawalpur, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi divisions, Islamabad FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during the next twelve hours.

However, hot and humid weather is likely elsewhere in the country.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was:

Islamabad twenty-four degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-eight, Karachi twenty-seven, Peshawar thirty, Quetta twenty-three, Gilgit twenty-four, Murree nineteen and Muzaffarabad twenty-five degree centigrade.



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