SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

Prime Minister is in London en-route to New York to lead Pakistan delegation at the 72nd UN General Assembly session.

Foreign Minister has urged the United States to hold talks with Taliban to bring peace to Afghanistan.

Polling for the bye-election in NA-120- Lahore has just begun.

Government plans to link Chinese Small Manufacturing Enterprises with Pakistani SMEs under CPEC.

NATO says large scale military exercises by Russia and Belarus could be seen as a serious preparation for a big war.

5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games begin in Ashgabat on Sunday.



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

In a statement, Foreign office said the Prime Minister will also hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders and the Secretary General of the United Nations.

Prime Minister has arrived in London en route to New York to participate in the session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The Annual gathering of the 193-member body will give Pakistan an opportunity to engage multilaterally and bilaterally to advance its priorities in diverse areas.

The General debate of the General Assembly will open on Tuesday with a focus on the theme, "Focusing on People Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet."

On the sidelines of the General Assembly Session, the Prime Minister will address the Council on Foreign Relations besides interacting with the US Pakistan Business Council.

A meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir will also be held.

The statement said Pakistan will continue its constructive role and engagement at the UN with a view to protecting and promoting its national interests, including on core issues such as Jammu and Kashmir, counter-terrorism and a host of development and other matters.


Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says tough days for the national economy are over as the country is moving on the course of progress with changed investment climate.

In an interview with a private news channel, he said the economic stability is linked with the stability of national politics and policies.

The Prime Minister said the incumbent government has brought in the record investment and various countries are desirous of
investing in Pakistan.

He said the government is finalizing the implementation of a package to improve the exports.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan needs to build water storages but unfortunately, the previous governments failed to carry out the task.

However, the incumbent government is committed to construct Bhasha Dam and work on the project will start soon.

He reiterated that there would be no load-shedding after November this year as after addition of 10,000 megawatt of
electricity, the supply would surpass the demand.

He said after US President Donald Trump's statement, the government immediately summoned the meeting of National Security Committee and took a strong stance backed by all institutions and political forces.

He said while formulating the foreign policy, Pakistan must be kept first.


Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that the Trump administration's "militaristic approach" in Afghanistan represent a failed policy and talks with the Taliban should be held to bring peace to the war-torn country.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal in Islamabad, he said peace talks with the Taliban could be arranged if Washington work with countries in the region that have influence over the militant group.

Khawja Asif said that he would tell UN members that peace should return to this area and force is not the solution.

He said a four-country group including Pakistan, China, the US and Afghanistan could be expanded to include other countries with influence over the Taliban.


President Mamnoon Hussain has stressed the need for timely completion of Turkmenistan Afghanistan Pakistan India gas pipeline project for the benefit of region.

He expressed these views in a meeting with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Malikgulyevich Berdimuhamedov in Ashgabat.

President said the TAPI project has huge prospects to include road, electricity transmission and fiber optic lines as well as establishment of economic zones.

He welcomed Turkmenistan’s offer to export 1,000 megawatt of electricity to Pakistan through Afghanistan.

Mamnoon Hussain stressed for cooperation between Pakistan and Turkmenistan in diverse fields besides mutual support for each other at regional and international fora.

He also suggested a relaxed visa regime for promotion of economic relations.

He also suggested that the two countries could explore possibilities of joint ventures in the fields of construction, petrochemicals, information technology, automobile-related precision parts, cutlery and surgical sectors.


Minister for Commerce and Textile Pervaiz Malik has said that concrete steps are being taken to
increase volume of country’s overall exports.

He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of three-day Textile Asia 2017 International Trade Fair in Lahore.

Pervaiz Malik said Prime Minister has ordered for constituting acommittee to undertake a detailed analysis of the impact of 180 billion rupees textile package proposing
some changes to its scope and coverage.

He said the government is keen to link Chinese Small Manufacturing Enterprises with Pakistani SMEs under CPEC.


Polling for the bye-election in NA-120- Lahore [0700 hrs is being held today.] has just begun and will continue till 5pm without any break.

Election Commission of Pakistan has finalized all arrangements to hold election in a free, fair, transparent and peaceful manner.

In all forty-four candidates, including 32 independent and 12 from different political parties are taking part in the bye-election.

Begum Kalsoom Nawaz of Pakistan Muslim League (N), Faisal Mir from Pakistan People's Party and Dr. Yasmeen Rashid from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf are the main contestants.

The ECP said that the constituency has over three hundred twenty one thousand registered voters and two hundred and twenty polling stations have been set up.

Under a pilot project, one hundred biometric verification machines are being used on trial basis in 39 polling stations of the constituency.

To ensure smooth and peaceful polling process, strict security measures are in place inside and outside the polling stations and fifteen hundred Army personnel will also remain vigilant till the results are announced.


NATO says large scale military exercises by Russia and Belarus could be seen as a serious preparation for a big war.

This has been stated by head of NATO's Military Committee Gen. Petr Pavel in an exclusive interview with Associated Press.

He said NATO is increasing efforts to re-establish the military-to-military communications with Russia to avoid any unintended consequences of potential incidents during the exercise.

The Zapad war games are being conducted in Belarus and reportedly involve 5,500 Russian and 7,200 Belarusian troops.


The United States has denied that it will stay in Paris Climate deal despite reports that it may be softening its stance.

The White House in a statement has said that they will not renegotiate the Paris Accord, but they will try to review the terms on which they could be engaged under this agreement.

In Iraq, three people have been killed and nine others injured in a bomb blast in northern city of Kirkuk.

The inaugural ceremony of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games will begin in Ashgabad today.

President Mamnoon Hussain is also in Turkmenistan to attend the inaugural ceremony.

A one hundred and thirty member Pakistani contingent that has already reached Ashgabat will participate in the games.



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

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

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning

Islamabad and Muzaffarabad nineteen degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-five, Karachi twenty-seven, Peshawar twenty-one, Quetta Fifteen while Murree and Gilgit sixteen degree centigrade.


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