Dated: 17-12-2016





President says Pakistan's counter-terrorism efforts have contributed to bring peace and stability to the region. 


Commerce Minister has said government is executing various development projects to uplift living standard of people.


Pakistan has urged India to honour Indus Water Treaty in letter and spirit.


In Turkey, over twenty five-people were wounded in a bus blast in Kayseri city today.






President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan's sea and water routes are generating new economic opportunities not only for the country but the whole region.


He was addressing the passing out parade of cadets at Marine Academy in Karachi today.


The President said completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will enhance Pakistan's stature among comity of nations.


He rejected the impression about change in western route of CPEC and said all segments of the society should play their role for successful implementation of the project.


Appreciating the sacrifices of armed forces in the war on terror, the President said Pakistan's efforts are bringing peace and stability to the region.





Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan says the government is executing various development projects across the country to uplift living standard of people.


Speaking after inaugurating a development scheme in Gujranwala, he said the mega project of Aziz Cross Flyover on Gujranwala G.T. Road will be completed soon at a cost of 6.5 billion rupees.


Khurram Dastgir said PTI has failed to present any proof against Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to the Supreme Court in the Panama leaks case, and Imran Khan is doing politics of blame only to grab power.



Punjab government is strenuously working to complete 3600-megawatts of electricity gas power projects in the province at the earliest.


In a statement Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said federal and provincial governments are setting up these projects by utilizing their own resources.


He said one hundred and twelve billion rupees have been saved in implementation of Bhikki, Haveli Bahadur Shah Jhang, Shiekhupura and Balloki gas power projects.


The Chief Minister said these projects, on their completion, will provide cheap electricity to consumers.




Work on construction of defensive embankments on both sides of Kabul River is in progress in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


According to official sources, the project will be completed at a cost of thirteen billion rupees.  


On completion, it will protect areas of Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera from floods devastation in future.




Pakistan has made it clear that it will not accept any modifications or changes to Indus Water Treaty. 


In an interview in Washington, Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi said Pakistan's position is based on the principles enshrined in the treaty. He said the treaty must be honored in letter and spirit.


The treaty signed in 1960, gives India control over the three eastern rivers of the Indus basin while Pakistan the three western rivers. However, the Indian side is repeatedly threatening to revoke the treaty and stop the flow of waters to Pakistan.




In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities have shifted the illegally detained Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi, from Baramulla jail to Women’s Police Station Rambagh in Srinagar.


The High Court of the occupied territory had quashed the unlawful detention of Aasiya Andrabi under black law, Public Safety Act.


Meanwhile, the General Secretary of Muslim Deeni Mahaz, Muhammad Maqbool Butt, in a statement condemned the re-arrest of Aasiya Andrabi.




In Turkey, twenty-five  people were wounded when an explosion hit a bus in Kayseri city today.


According to initial report the number of causalities is yet unclear.


Several people were wounded on Saturday in a car bombing close to a public bus in the central Turkish city of Kayseri, television reports said.

Initial television pictures showed that the bus had been reduced to a smoldering wreck by the impact of the blast.


The Dogan news agency said that the blast took place opposite the Erciyes  University in the city. NTV television said that there could be fatalities as a  result of the blast.


The explosion comes a week after 44 people were killed in an attack in  Istanbul claimed by Kurdish militants.


Turkey has seen a spate of deadly bombings in 2016 blamed both in jihadists  and Kurdish militants that have left dozens dead.


One of the main cities of central Turkey, Kayersi is a key industrial hub  that is usually seen as a peaceful area.

It is well west of the southeast of the country that has been hit by months  of deadly fighting between Kurdish militants and the security forces.



On the third day of the first cricket test at Brisbane against Pakistan, Australia has declared its second innings with 202 for five.


The score :


Australia 429 & 202/5

Pakistan 142

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