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DATED: MAY 17, 2017

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HEADLINES

Prime Minister and Chief Executive of Hong Kong will discuss on Wednesday ways and means to promote cooperation in the Belt and Road projects.

Businessmen from over fifty countries have shown keen interest to invest in CPEC-related projects in Pakistan.

By-election on vacant seats of local government in fourteen districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be held on Wednesday.

UN Secretary-General has urged Pakistan and India to solve their problems through negotiations.

GCC Foreign Ministers meet in Riyadh on Wednesday to finalize agenda for the upcoming Arab-Islamic-US summit.

World Heavy Weight Wrestling Competition begins in Karachi on Wednesday.

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PM-HK:

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will hold a meeting with Chief Executive of the Hong Kong on Wednesday, to discuss enhancing bilateral ties particularly in the Belt and Road projects.

 

He will also hold meetings with executives of leading business companies of Hong Kong and Mainland China.

 

The Prime Minister is in Hong Kong on a three day official visit.

 

AHSAN:

Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is the most transparent project of Pakistan.

  

In an interview, he said nothing has been concealed regarding the project and everything is available on its website.

   

The Minister said each and every aspect of the project has been debated in detail in the parliament. He said it is a long term planning and its draft will likely be signed by the end of this month.

   

Ahsan Iqbal said CPEC is aimed at putting Pakistan on the path of industrialization and value addition to the country's agriculture sector.

 

He said Pakistan and China are going to form a strategic partnership to boost development in the region.

 

SHAHBAZ:

Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor framework is property of the four provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.

 

Speaking at Pakistan Embassy in Beijing, he said participation of the chief ministers of the four provinces under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Belt and Road Forum has given a very positive message to the world that they are on one page for economic development of the country.

 

PAK-CHINA:

Businessmen from more than fifty countries and regions have shown keen interest to invest in the CPEC-related projects in Pakistan.

 

This was stated by Pakistan’s special envoy on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Zafaruddin Mahmood, in an interview in Beijing. 

 

He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is an important part of the Belt and Road Initiative.

 

The envoy said Pakistan and China are also planning to launch a satellite to improve Pakistan’s capabilities in land surveying.

 

 

PAK-UZBEKISTAN:

Uzbekistan has lauded the services and sacrifices of Pakistan as frontline state in war on terror.

 

These views were expressed by Uzbekistan Ambassador  Furqat Sidiqov while speaking at Round table discussion in Islamabad to mark the twenty five years of brotherly ties between the two countries.

 

The ambassador said Pakistan and Uzbekistan are focusing on enhancing bilateral economic relations. He said the bilateral trade has gone up from twenty million dollars to thirty six million dollars but still there is much room for improvement.

 

Speaking on the occasion, National Security Advisor, Nasser Khan Janjua stressed the need for enhanced cooperation between the two countries.

 

PAK-UK:

A six member delegation of Pakistan Britain Business Council will visit Pakistan tomorrow to promote bilateral economic relations.

 

The delegation will visit Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and will also sign MoU with FPCCI to promote commercial relations between the two countries.

 

 

DAR-CENSUS:

Finance Minister, Mohammad Ishaq Dar says the ongoing well-coordinated census efforts are bearing fruit.

 

Chairing a special briefing session on the ongoing Population and Housing Census in Islamabad,  he expressed the hope that the second phase of the census would also conclude successfully like the first one.

 

Chief Statistician Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, Asif Bajwa informed the meeting that the second phase of the census will continue till 24th of this month.

 

He said the census teams are performing their duties diligently in accordance with the given timelines.

 

He said the teams are being fully assisted by security personnel and have been receiving due support from provincial authorities.

 

BY-ELECTIONS:

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, polling for by-election on forty-three vacant seats of local government in fourteen districts are being held on Wednesday.

 

These districts include Peshawar, Nowshera, Mardan, Karak, Hangu, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, D.I.Khan, Abbottabad, Batagram, Swat, Buner, Shangla and Upper Dir.

 

The polling will start at 08:00 am and continue till 05:00 pm.

 

One hundred and thirty-two polling stations have been established to facilitate the voters.

 

These seats fell vacant due to resignation or death of the elected members.

 

 

NA:

The National Assembly will resume its session at 10:30 in the morning on Wednesday.

   

Besides legislative business, the House will discuss two calling attention notices regarding matters of public importance.

 

 

ANNIVERSARY:

The anniversary of Radio Pakistan Islamabad is being celebrated on Wednesday.

 

World Telecommunication Day is also being celebrated on Wednesday.

 

AIZAZ:

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Aizaz Chaudhry has said that Pakistan wants to have a broad-based, sustainable relationship with the United States.

 

He was addressing the Ambassador Series Program organized by the World Affairs Council in Washington.

 

The Ambassador said close cooperation between Pakistan and the US in the past had yielded positive results.

 

He said peace in Afghanistan is our top priority as a stable and prosperous Afghanistan is not only in the interest  of Pakistan but the entire region.

 

Aizaz Chaudhry said Islamabad wants systematic border management along Pak-Afghan border to effectively check the cross border movement of terrorists.

 

He said that terrorism was a common enemy and both countries should cooperate with each other.

 

 

UN-PAKISTAN:

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged Pakistan and India to find a peaceful solution to their problems through engagement and dialogue.

 

This was told by UN secretary-general's spokesman, Stephane Dujarric during a news briefing at the United Nation.

 

He said the secretary-general is aware of the developments and was keeping a watch on the situation in Occupied Kashmir.

 

                    

 

GCC:

The Foreign Ministers of Gulf Cooperation Council are meeting in Riyadh on Wednesday to finalize agenda for the upcoming Arab-Islamic-US summit.

 

GCC Secretary General Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani said that the ministers will review the preparations for Arab-Islamic-US Summit to be hosted by Riyadh on the 21st of this month.

 

 

US-UAE:

The United States and United Arab Emirates have signed a new military cooperation agreement.

 

Pentagon spokesman Christopher Sherwood said that the updated defense accord will allow Washington to send more troops and equipment to the UAE.

 

After meeting with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, at the White House,

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the agreement marks a new chapter in partnership between the two countries.

 

 

US-N.KOREA:

The United States has expressed willingness for talks with North Korea if it halts all nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

 

The US envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley said Washington and Beijing are working on a new Security Council resolution of sanctions against North Korea.

 

WRESTLERS:

 International wrestlers from twenty countries will be seen in actions at the World Heavy Weight Pro Wrestling Competition in Sports Complex Karachi on Wednesday.

     

Twenty international wrestlers, including former WWE star Wade Barrett have already arrived in Pakistan.

     

The second event will be held in Lahore and third in Islamabad.

                 

 

WEATHER

 

Mainly hot and dry 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 in Malakand, Hazara, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, divisions, Islamabad, FATA, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded on Wednesday morning:

 

Islamabad twenty-two degree centigrade, Lahore and Peshawar twenty-four, Karachi twenty-nine, Quetta and Murree fifteen, Gilgit eighteen and Muzaffarabad seventeen degree centigrade. 


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