Prime Minister says government has tackled all three major challenges of terrorism, economic revival and energy shortage.


Petroleum Minister says Parliament is right forum to discuss national issues rather than giving deadlines for point-scoring.


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has hailed Federal Government's decision to hold census in March next year.


Death anniversary of renowned Kashmiri freedom leader Chaudhry Ghulam Abbas is being observed today.


OIC Information Ministers meet at Jeddah tomorrow to develop media strategy to counter Islamophobia.


UN Security Council will vote today for sending observers to Syrian city of Aleppo to monitor evacuations.


China has agreed to return the captured underwater drone to the United States.





Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has resolved that his government will continue with full spirit its journey of national development to accomplish Allama Iqbal’s dream of a modern state. 


Addressing inaugural ceremony of Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore, he said the government has tackled all three major challenges of terrorism, economic revival and deliverance from energy crisis.


The Prime Minister said electricity load-shedding will be overcome within tenure of the present government. It will boost country’s industry, agriculture, exports, stock market, foreign exchange reserves and ultimately create ample employment opportunities.


He said as immense development activities are going in Balochistan, the miscreants are unable to find any rationale to disrupt peace in the province.


Referring to recent inauguration of Sorab Hoshab Road, the prime minister said with the construction of new roads, the Quetta Gwadar travel distance has been reduced from forty-eight to eight hours.


Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said government is spending around seven billion dollars for upgradation of railways that will double its speed.


Besides road network, both the federal and Punjab governments are striving to build hospitals even in small towns.



Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says he will challenge Quetta Commission inquiry report, which has been created without the ministry’s narrative.


Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, he said he read the report in newspapers, and was surprised how it was released without listening to his point of view. Only one side of the picture is shown.


Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also dismissed criticism on National Action Plan by lawmakers in the National Assembly and said he will present the Interior Ministry’s stance on the report before the Supreme Court and Parliament.


The Interior Minister said he had offered his resignation to Prime Minister Muhammed Nawaz Sharif after report, but he refused to accept it.



Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says law and order has improved significantly during PML-N government.


In an interview, he said government has been fighting successful war against terrorism and extremism prevailing in the country for one and a half decades.


To a question, the minister said Parliament is the right forum to discuss all matters of national importance rather than giving deadlines and demands for point scoring.



Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Barjees Tahir says foundation of a strong and stable Pakistan has been laid by overcoming the challenges facing the country.


He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of a gas provision project at Shah Kot in Nankana Sahib.


The Minister said micro and macro indicators of the country's economy have improved due to prudent policies of the government.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has laid foundation stone of 50-bed Sheikh Jasim Hospital at Haiderabad Thal, tehsil Mankera, Bhakkar.  


Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the government is successfully forwarding the journey of public service.


Jasim and Hammad Bin Jasim Charitable Foundation Doha, Qatar will construct hospital to be equipped with modern facilities.



Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has hailed federal government decision to hold census in March next year.


He stated this while addressing a public meeting in Nowshera.


The chief minister said his government has enhanced educational and health facilities in the province.


He said thirty thousand teachers and four hundred doctors have been recruited on merit.




Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani says there is a need to move towards progressive Pakistan through democratic process, as the country cannot experiment another dictatorship.


Addressing a seminar in Karachi, he said Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah struggled for Pakistan as a progressive welfare country and our leadership should learn from history.




President of Istanbul Chamber of Industry Erdal Bahivan has stressed the need for increasing trade between Pakistan and Turkey. 


He was speaking at a seminar organized by Consulate General of Pakistan in Istanbul and Istanbul Chamber of Industry to apprise Turkish businessmen about the trade and investment potential existing between the two countries.


He said Pakistan is a very good destination for Turkish investment. 


Pakistan's Consul General Dr. Yousaf Junaid, in his speech, said Turkey and Pakistan are not just friendly, but brotherly



Around two hundred businessmen belonging to medium and large size enterprises attended the event.



Embassy of Pakistan in France hosted a Christmas dinner in Paris.


A large number of members of faith leaders, Pakistani French Christian community as well as Parliamentarians, officials of French government, civil society representatives and media attended the event.



The 49th death anniversary of renowned Kashmiri leader, Raees-ul-Ahrar Chaudhary Ghulam Abbas is being observed throughout Azad Jammu and Kashmir today.


In this connection functions and seminars will be held to pay homage to political services of the great Kashmiri leader for liberation of Jammu and Kashmir.



A four-day conference of OIC Information Ministers will begin at Jeddah in Saudi Arabia tomorrow.


It's agenda is to adopt a media strategy to confront Islamophobia, the OIC-2025 comprehensive media strategy and empowerment of women through media.


The conference will also discuss a report for launching an OIC satellite channel and establishment of an international award for media and journalists.

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The UN Security Council will vote on a French proposal today to send observers to the Syrian city of Aleppo to monitor evacuations and report on protection of civilians.


Meanwhile, a new deal is being negotiated to complete the evacuation of rebel-held areas in east Aleppo.


International Committee of Red Cross says thousands of injured people are still in east Aleppo waiting to leave.



The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged waring parties in Libya to join efforts to find a consensus solution to the country's ongoing crisis.


In a statement, he reiterated that the United Nations will continue to accompany the peace process and support Libyan people.


He urged those that are not currently engaged in the process to join the efforts.



China says it will return a US underwater drone seized in the South China Sea.


In a statement, China's defence ministry said the device would be given back "in an appropriate manner".


China said it strongly opposes the US reconnaissance activities and will take necessary steps in response.




The head of the European Union border control agency says about 350,000 migrants have arrived in Europe this year.


[0700] Meanwhile, International Organization of Migration said 4,812 migrants died in the Mediterranean this year so far.




Chasing a victory target of 490 against Australia at Brisbane test, Pakistan in their second innings were 74 for two a short while ago.




On the third day of the fifth and final cricket test at Chennai against England, India will resume their first innings at the overnight score of 60 for no loss today.


Earlier, England in their first innings scored 477 runs.





Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country today. 


Dense foggy conditions are likely to continue over plain areas of Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and upper Sindh during morning hours.


Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:


Islamabad three degree centigrade, Lahore eight, Karachi eighteen, Peshawar and Muzaffarabad five, Quetta four, Gilgit minus two and Murree one degree centigrade.

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