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HEADLINES

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Prime Minister will represent the country at the 72nd Session of UN General Assembly in New York beginning on Monday.  

 

China has agreed to address Pakistan's concerns regarding preference erosion for its exports and meaningful market access.

 

Turkey has again assured Pakistan of its continued unconditional cooperation in diverse fields.

 

Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice has approved Election Bill 2017.

 

British Prime Minister says terror threat level in the country has been raised to highest possible level.

 

Pakistan have won T-20 Independence Cup after beating World-XI by 33 runs in the last match in Lahore.

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PM-VISIT

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will lead Pakistan delegation to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York from Monday.   

 

In a statement, Foreign Office said the prime minister will hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders and the Secretary General of UN on the sidelines of the General Assembly Session.

 

It said the prime minister will address the Council on Foreign Relations and will interact with the US Pakistan Business Council.

 

The prime minister will also have extensive interaction with the international media.

 

There will also be a meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.

 

PAK-CHINA

Pakistan and China have agreed to continue working together to make China Pakistan Free Trade Agreement a win-win proposition for both the countries.    

 

This was decided in the eight meeting of second phase negotiations of China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement, concluded in Beijing.

 

The meeting was co-chaired by Pakistan's Secretary Commerce Muhammad Younis Dagha and Chinese Vice Minister for Commerce Wang Shouwen.

 

After two days of intense negotiations, Chinese side agreed to address the major concerns of Pakistan regarding preference erosion for Pakistani exports and meaningful market access during the second phase. 

 

CM-TURKEY

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul.

 

Turkish President said that his country wants to see Pakistan politically, economically as well as security-wise fully strengthened and will continue its unconditional cooperation.

 

Shahbaz Sharif said the solid cooperation between the two countries in different sectors has given new dimensions to this friendship.  

 

The Punjab Chief Minister also held meeting with Turkish Health Minister Dr. Ahmet Demircan in Istanbul.

   

During the meeting, it was assured by the Turkish side that all-out cooperation would be extended in the health sector and it was agreed to have close-cooperation in motor-bikes ambulance programme, training of nurses and extension in health insurance.

 

SENATE-BILL

Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice has approved the Election Bill 2017 and sent it to the Upper House for approval.

 

Senator Javed Abbasi chaired the meeting of the committee in Islamabad. 

 

The committee reviewed Election Bill 2017 clause by clause and the members recommended different amendments.

 

After approval of the Election bill from Senate, it will be again sent to the National Assembly and after bill’s approval from the assembly, it will become law.

 

NA-120

The campaign for bye-election time in NA-120 Lahore to persuade voters ended at midnight Friday.

 

Polling will be held on Sunday.

 

The contesting candidates and workers of the political parties went from door to door, persuading residents of the constituency to vote for them.

 

ZAMAN

Minister for Postal Services Maulana Ameer Zaman has directed for presenting feasible suggestions to introduce reforms in postal services to make it more welfare oriented.

 

Addressing a ceremony in Rawalpindi, he said problems of the employees associated with postal services will be addressed on priority by utilizing all resources.

 

He said post office being a social welfare department is delivering services at its best and he will not allow anyone to indulge in corrupt practices.

 

RANGERS-DG

Director General Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) Major General Azhar Naveed Hayat has visited working boundary at Phokhlian sector where two innocent civilians were martyred and four others injured in Indian unprovoked shelling.

 

According to ISPR, Major General Azhar appreciated effective response by Rangers and assured the affected families that Pakistani troops will give befitting response to Indian shelling targeting innocent civilians at LoC.

 

UK

The British Prime Minister Theresa May has said terror threat has been increased to its highest level after on Friday  train blast in Southwest London.

 

The British Prime Minister in a statement said the threat is now critical and another attack is expected imminently.

 

She said the military would be providing support to police on guard duty at national infrastructure sites that are not accessible to the public.

 

N KOREA

North Korea has said its objective of missile and nuclear programme is to reach an equilibrium of military force with the United States. 

 

In a statement carried by the official news agency in Pyongyang on Saturday, North Korean leader  Kim Jong Un said  our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the US and make its rulers not talk about military option.

 

Meanwhile, the White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the United States is fast running out of patience with North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.

 

IRAQ

In Iraq, lawmakers of Kurdish region have approved holding an independence referendum on 25th of this month in the region.

 

The Vice-President of Iraqi Kurdish region, Jaafar Aimenky announced the decision in Parliament at Arbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdish region.

 

Meanwhile, the United States in its reaction said the plan for an independence referendum in Iraq’s Kurdistan region will distract from efforts to defeat Islamic State.

 

In a statement in Washington, the White House urged Kurdistan Regional Government to call off the referendum and enter into serious and sustained dialogue with Baghdad.

 

UN-REPORT

United Nations says number of people affected by hunger and famine in the world is on the rise again after intensifying conflicts and climate change.

 

In a fresh global assessment about food security and nutrition, the UN warned that the increase is cause for great concern.

 

The world body further said that some 815 million people were hungry last year, an increase of 38 million than 2015.

 

The report said people could face possible famine in parts of South Sudan, northeast Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen.

 

NEPAL

Nepal has started re-measuring the Mount Everest to check if the height of the world's tallest peak is altered by a powerful 2015 earthquake in the country.

 

Head of the Nepalese Survey Department, Ganesh Prasad Bhatta said a team of experts have begun refining the methodology for the new survey, which is expected to take two years to complete.

CRICKET

Pakistan have won the T-20 Independence Cup after beating World-XI by 33 runs in the third and last match in Lahore.

 

Batting first, Pakistan scored 183 for the loss of four wickets in stipulated twenty overs.

 

In reply, World-XI managed to score 150 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in twenty overs.

 

For Pakistan, Ahmed Shahzad remained top scorer with 89 runs while Babar Azam scored 48.

 

Ahmed Shahzad was declared man of the match, while Babar Azam was awarded Man of the Series.

 

GREETINGS

Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has congratulated Pakistan Cricket team for winning the Independence Cup.

 

In his tweet message, he expressed gratitude to World Eleven for paying a visit to Pakistan.

 

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif also greeted Pakistani team for winning the Independence Cup.

 

In his message of felicitation, the Chief Minister said the Pakistani players gave opportunity of happiness to the people of the country.

 

WEATHER

 

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

 

However, rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Malakand division and Gilgit-Baltistan. 

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded on Saturday morning:

 

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


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