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Petroleum Minister says energy crisis in the country will be overcome soon.

The government says there are no restrictions on organizing peaceful political gatherings in the country. 

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have vowed to continue fighting terrorism and reinforce mechanism to contain extremism.

Weeklong celebrations marking birth anniversary of Founder of the Nation begin across the country tomorrow.

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chief says no parliament or court can change the disputed status of Kashmir by passing any law or verdict.

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KHAQAN

Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that energy crisis in the country will be overcome soon. 

 

In an interview, he said performance of the incumbent government is far better than previous government in all spheres of life.

 

Replying to a question, he said parliament is the right forum to discuss all matters of national importance instead of threatening agitation for acceptance of demands.

   

Shahid Khaqan said the people are the best judge and they would vote analysing the performance of political parties in 2018 general elections.

 

AHSAN

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that people have rejected the politics of chaos and confrontation.

   

In an interview today, he said opposition should participate in Parliamentary proceedings instead of focusing on protests and sit-ins.

   

The Minister said now the people want all the political parties to shun negative politics and let the government complete its tenure.

    

He said PPP should learn a lesson from PTI's agitational politics, which has adversely affected Party's popularity.

   

 

MARRIUM

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says there is no restriction on organizing political and public gatherings in the country.

     

In a statement, she said provision of conducive environment for political activities is a big achievement of the Pakistan Muslim League-N government.

   

The state Minister said the PPP was afraid of holding public rallies in its own rule, but now everyone is free to organize public meetings.

    

She said PPP Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari should demonstrate political maturity while making public statements.

 

She said the PPP Chief must know that Panama Papers contain the name of Bhutto family and there is no mention of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's name in these revelations.

  

 

NISAR

The Spokesman of Interior Ministry has rejected reports that the meeting between the Interior Minister and delegation of Difa-e-Pakistan Counsil was arranged on the wish of Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan.

 

In a statement today, he said the Interior Minister met the delegation on the request of Difa-e-Pakistan Council.

 

He said that the opponents have been unleashing false propaganda.

 

CM-CHINA

Vice Minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Zheng Xiaosong called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore today.

 

Talking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the execution of the CPEC projects will help increase exports in the region.

 

He said that the CPEC will change the stream of history in the region. He expressed hope that the CPEC will create new jobs and also help curb terrorism.

 

FAZAL

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) Chief Maulana Fazal ur Rehman has stressed the need for early introduction of reforms in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.  

 

Addressing a tribal jirga in Peshawar today, he said Frontier Crimes Regulation should be abolished so that tribal people could get justice.

 

 

POLIO

A three-day anti-polio vaccination campaign will begin in Punjab, Balochistan and Gilgit  from tomorrow.

 

In Punjab, eighteen point four million children below the age of five years would be administered polio drop.

 

Forty-four thousand six hundred and fifty-four teams have been constituted to achieve the target.  

 

Nearly two point five million children in Balochistan while more than forty thousand children in Gilgit would be administered anti polio drops.

 

SESSIONS

The Senate will begin its 257th session at Parliament House in Islamabad tomorrow at 2:00 P.M. 

 

The Upper House will transact private members business.

 

Meanwhile, the National Assembly will resume its session in Islamabad tomorrow afternoon at 2;00 P.M.

 

Both the Houses will discuss important national issues besides carrying out legislative business. 

 

   

 

BAJWA

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have vowed to continue fighting terrorism and reinforce the mechanism to rollback extremism with even greater vigour.   

 

This understanding was reached during a meeting between  Chief of Army Staff  General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud in Riyadh today.

 

They acknowledged that both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are vital players in regional stability with significant responsibility towards the entire Muslim ummah.

 

General Qamar Javed Bajwa who is on an official visit to Saudi Arabia, also met Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister of the Kingdom Muhammad bin Salman to discuss matters related to mutual interests and bilateral security.

 

The Saudi Defence Minster reassured the Pakistan Army Chief that the kingdom supports peace and stability in Pakistan.

 

The Army Chief reiterated Pakistan's commitment to the security and protection of two Holy Mosques as well as the territorial integrity of the kingdom.

 

Later, General Qamar Javed Bajwa met Chief of General Staff of Saudi Forces Gen Abdul Rehman bin Saleh Al Bunyan and  discussed military to military relations and regional security.

 

APCTT

12th Session of the Governing Council of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology begins in Islamabad tomorrow. 

 

An international conference is also part of three-day Governing Council Session to discuss the role of public policies in facilitating innovation and effective partnerships for sustainable development.  

 

The Governing Council comprises fourteen member States including China, Fiji, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Korea, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.

 

 

WEEK

he weeklong celebrations marking the birth anniversary of Founder of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah begin tomorrow.   

 

The Quaid-e-Azam week will be celebrated till 25th of this month, the date of Quaid`s birth.

 

Special programmes highlighting different aspects of Quaid`s personality and undaunted and historic struggle will be the hallmark of these celebrations.

 

Radio Pakistan has prepared week-long special programmes titled "Quaid Ka Pakistan" to celebrate birth anniversary of Quaid -e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

 

Radio stations all over the country have arranged "Quaid Quiz" among boy and girl students of colleges and universities. 

 

 

KASHMIR

In Occupied Kashmir, Chairman  Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front  Muhammad Yasin Malik and High Court Bar Association have said that Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally accepted dispute, which has been even acknowledged by the Indian Parliament and its leaders.

 

According to Kashmir Media Service, they were reacting to the Indian Supreme Court’s verdict in which it had said that Kashmiris are citizens of India and that Jammu and Kashmir has no vestige of sovereignty outside the constitution of India.

 

Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement said no Parliament or court can change the disputed status of the territory by passing any law or verdict.

 

 

KERRY-SALMAN

US Secretary of State John Kerry held a meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz  in Riyadh today and discussed regional issues including war in Yemen and peace efforts to end the conflict.

         

 

TEST

On the fourth day of Brisbane test against Australia, chasing a victory target of 490, Pakistan were 382 for 8 at stumps today.

 

Pakistan requires 108 runs with 2 wickets remaining.

 

The Scores: Australia 429 and 202 for five declared.

                   Pakistan 142.

 

WEATHER

 

Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty four hours.

 

However, foggy conditions are likely to prevail over plain areas of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and upper Sindh during night and morning hours.


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