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HEADLINES

18-June-2017

President and Saudi King at a meeting in Makkahtul Mukarma have discussed the latest developments in South Asia and the Gulf region.

Federal government has released thirty point two billion rupees as net hydel profit to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Pakistani companies will for the first time participate in 'Select USA Investment Summit' beginning in Washington today.

APHC Chairman says continuous detention of resistance leadership has created political uncertainty in the Occupied Kashmir. 

The United Nations has announced to initiate fresh peace talks among Syrian factions early next month.

Final of ICC Champions Trophy will be played between Pakistan and India at Oval this afternoon.

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MAMNOON

President Mamnoon Hussain has held a meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz in Makkah-tul Mukarrama.

They discussed matters pertaining to bilateral relatons, mutual interest and the situation in South Asia and Middle East.  

The President appreciated the Saudi government for excellent arrnagements for the Umra pilgrims during Ramazan-ul Mubarak.

President of Yemen Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and Speaker National Assembly of Kuwait Marzooq bin Ali Al-Ghanim also held meetings with President Mamnoon Hussain.

Matters of mutual interst figured in the meetings.

The President has now left for home after performing Umra. Governor Jeddah Mishaal bin Majid bin Abdulaziz saw the president off at the airport.

MALEEHA

Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi says Pakistan will continue to play a proactive role for peace in the region and Muslim unity.

She was talking to Ambassadors of various Muslim countries at an Iftar dinner in New York.

Afghan Ambassador to the United Nations Mahmoud Saikal hosted the dinner, which was attended by a large number of diplomats from Muslim states.

RAILWAYS

Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique says all passenger trains will be upgraded within two years.      

Chairing a meeting in Lahore, he said all trains will be converted into modern trains after up-gradation of Shalimar Express, Jafer Express and Pakistan Express trains.  

The Minister said up-gradation work of Awam Express train is in progress while Karakoram Express, Karachi Express and Business Express trains have already been equipped with additional facilities.

He directed the committee concerned to speed up re-structuring work of the Railways employees.

    

In another meeting, the minister was given briefing about performance of new American locomotives and training of drivers.

MARRIYUM

Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says reservations of the Sharif family regarding Joint Investigation Team presented to the apex court are constitutional, and the Supreme Court should address them on priority basis.  

Talking to newsmen in Islamabad, she said any decision by the joint investigation team without addressing the reservations of Sharif family by the Supreme Court, will be incomplete. 

She said that the Sharif family, notwithstanding their  reservations, adopted a legal course as it firmly believes in upholding the sanctity of law and the constitution.

Meanwhile, the Minister of State, in a statement, has severely condemned the tirade unleashed by Imran Khan against the prime minister and his family.

TARIQ  

Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhary says PML-N government has tremendously served people and put the country on the track of development.

In an interview, he said incumbent government will continue its efforts for the welfare of masses.

Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said some people, with their undue criticism, want to create hurdle in government’s journey to development.

SAIRA

Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar says the Punjab government has taken several steps to empower women.

Distributing cows and buffaloes to forty-four poor and disabled women through a draw, she said the government has taken a revolutionary step, which provided respectful means of livelihood to poor women.  

The minister said unprecedented development has taken place in the country and PML-N will win the next general elections with majority.

KHATTAK

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak says the federal government has released thirty point two billion rupees as net hydel profit to the province.

Talking to newsmen in Nowshera, he said the net hydel profit volume has been increased to eighteen billion rupees annually. 

To a question, the Chief Minister said embankments are being constructed along the Kabul River at a cost of fifteen billion rupees to protect Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera from floods.

DAY

International Fathers' Day is being celebrated today.

The objective of the day is to recognize the contribution and services of fathers for their children.

SUMMIT

Seven leading Pakistani companies from a range of industries will participate in the three-day 'Select USA Investment Summit' beginning in Washington today.   

In a statement, US ambassador to Pakistan David Hale said this is the first time that world class Pakistani companies will take part in the summit which provides a forum for deepening economic ties between the two countries.                 

KASHMIR

In Occupied Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman Syed Ali Gilani has slammed occupation authorities for pursuing haughty and devious agenda in the held valley.

In his telephonic address to people at Kulgam and Pampore, he said unending curbs on political activities and continuous detention of resistance leadership had created political uncertainty in the territory.

He said resistance leaders are being harassed and fictitious cases are being filed against them under a well thought-out plan.

AFGHANISTAN

In Afghanistan, at least seven US troops were injured in a firing by an Afghan soldier at a military base near Mazar-e-Sharif city.

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said one Afghan soldier was also killed and another injured in the incident.

A spokesman for the US military command in Kabul denied earlier comments by an Afghan official that Americans had been killed, but confirmed that an unspecified number of soldiers had been wounded.

US-SYRIA

The United Nations has announced to initiate fresh peace talks among Syrian factions early next month.  

In a statement, the UN Special Envoy for Syria said the talks would focus on various issues, including constitution, governance, elections, and fight against terrorism.

[0700] He said the United Nations intends to convene further rounds of talks in August and in September this year. 

US-CUBA

Cuba's government has denounced the US President Donald Trump's decision to roll back on policy changes towards the island nation.

Cuban state TV reported that government of Cuba condemns the new measures toughening the embargo. 

PORTUGAL

In Portugal, at least 24 people were killed in massive forest fire erupted in the mountainous area of Pedrogao Grande.

The secretary of State for Internal Affairs Jorge Gomes said 20 people were injured, including six firefighters, while, two persons are still missing.

CRICKET

The final of the ICC Champions Trophy will be played between Pakistan and arch-rivals India at the Oval this afternoon.

The match will start at 1430 hours Pakistan Standard Time.

A total of 128 One-day Internationals have so far been played between the two countries.  Pakistan won 72 matches, while India got victory 52 times. Four matches concluded without any result.  

Pakistan have qualified first time for the final of the ICC Champions Trophy, while India won two titles of the tournament.

ARTHUR

Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur says a well-thought strategy has been prepared to defeat India in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Talking to reporters along with captain Sarfaraz Ahmed in London, he said fast bowler Mohammad Amir is physically fit and would play the final.

In his remarks, Captain Sarfaraz Ahmad said Pakistani team will play attacking and positive cricket to mount pressure on India. 

The skipper also expressed satisfaction with Pakistan's middle-order batting line-up, which, he said, is in best form after defeating England in the semi-final.

HOCKEY

In the Hockey World League Qualifiers, Pakistan will play against India while England will take on Argentine at London this evening.

WEATHER

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

However, rain dust-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in  Islamabad, Rawalpindi, D.G.Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, Faisalabad, Lahore, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Zhob, FATA, D I Khan, Hazara divisions and Kashmir. 

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was:-

Islamabad and Lahore twenty-six degree centigrade, Karachi thirty, Peshawar twenty-nine, Quetta twenty-five, Gilgit seventeen, Murree eighteen and Muzaffarabad twenty-three degree centigrade.

AYAZ

Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will not resign on the desire of anyone.

Addressing a function in Lahore, he said PML-N believes in rule of law and respects the state institutions.

He said no one can become prime minister on the basis of his whims, but one has to win public support to become prime minister of the country.   

 


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