DATED: 18-05-2017



Prime Minister has invited Hong Kong entrepreneur to benefit from incentives offered to foreign investors in Pakistan.


Planning Minister says the government has taken bold steps to achieve macro-economic stability.


European Union has assured full cooperation to Pakistan in war against terrorism and protection of human rights.


Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to avoid escalation till consensus is reached on the issue of border at Chaman.


International Court of Justice will announce its verdict in Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav case on Thursday.


The United States has decided not to re-impose sanctions on Iran's Nuclear Programme.





Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has invited the Hong Kong entrepreneur to benefit from the incentives offered by his government for foreign investment.


He was holding separate meetings with heads of top companies in Hong Kong.


The meeting focussed on developing business linkages in the public-private sector of Pakistan and Hong Kong.


The Prime Minister apprised the company heads about Pakistan’s investment-friendly policies that offered incentives for foreign businessmen.


The entrepreneurs evinced keen interest in investment in Pakistan.


The corporate heads said they would work over exploring the potential of trade and business with Pakistan.




Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says the government will extend all possible assistance and support in promotion of free press and development of vibrant media in the country.


In a message, he congratulated the newly elected representative body of Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors.


The Prime Minister extended his deepest congratulations to Zia Shahid on being elected as President and Ijaz Ul Haq as Secretary.


He also highlighted the vital role of print media in strengthening democracy in Pakistan.




Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal says government has taken bold measures to achieve macro economic stability, overcome energy crisis and ensure infrastructural development.   


Talking to media in Islamabad, he said the government will achieve the target of six percent GDP during next fiscal year.


Ahsan Iqbal said an amount of 2,113 billion rupees has been proposed for public sector development programme in the next budget.


He said 325 billion rupees have been proposed for infrastructural development in the country.


The Minister said infrastructural development will ensure the development of backward areas of the country.




Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif says there will be no load-shedding during Sehar and Iftar in the holy month of Razaman.


In an interview, he said high capacity of hydel energy will be available by July this year, which will help overcome the gap between demand and supply of electricity.


The Minister said there is no unscheduled load-shedding in the country and the government is committed to fully overcome the deficiency by next year.


To a question, he said hundreds of feeders in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are either load-shedding-free or facing interruption of two to three hours. He, however, said electricity will not be provided in areas where power is being stolen.




Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain says not a single case on the issue of water distribution has been referred to Council of Common Interests.


Addressing the Plenary Workshop on Water Apportionment Accord-1991 in Islamabad, he said it reflects strength of the Water Apportionment Accord-1991.


The Minister supported the pilot set up of telemetry for online and reliable monitoring of water distribution.





Parliamentary Task Force on Sustainable Development Goals held its meeting in Islamabad.


The meeting was chaired by Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, who is also Convener of the Task Force.


Addressing the meeting, she emphasized the vital role of parliamentarians in improving and strengthening immunization campaign at constituency level.


The meeting discussed the sustainable development goals on good health and routine immunization.




The National Assembly resumes its session at 10:30 in the morning on Thursday.


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


Besides, the ministers and other government functionaries will respond to members' queries about matters of public and national importance.



Ambassador of Turkey to Pakistan Sadik Babur Girgin called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat at Joint Staff Headquarters in Rawalpindi.


They discussed matters related to bilateral defence and security cooperation.



A seminar on “Role of Youth in Rejecting Extremism” will be held in Rawalpindi on Thursday.


Eminent academicians, students, mohtamims of madaris, national and international media and civil society will attend.


Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa will deliver the keynote address.

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Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says Pakistan wants cooperation with European Union in the field of culture, media training, and film production.


Talking to EU Ambassador Jean-François Cautain in Islamabad, she said film, culture, heritage, and tourism can change stereotype about various societies and countries.


The Minister of State said the government fully believes in freedom of expression, as it is compulsory for a democratic society.


Commenting on security situation in the country, she said backbone of terrorists has been broken through operation Raddul Fasaad.


The EU Ambassador assured complete cooperation to Pakistan in its war against terrorism, stabilizing democracy and protecting human rights.




Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to avoid escalation.


The agreement came at a meeting between representatives of the two countries in Chaman.


According to ISPR, the Pakistani delegation was led by DIG Frontier Corps Balochistan while the Afghan delegation was headed by a Brigadier rank officer of the Afghan Border Police.


The Pakistani delegation informed the Afghan side that Pakistani troops are deployed along the international border on its own side and they shall remain there.




Death anniversary of leader of Pakistan Movement Chaudhry Khaliquz Zaman is being observed on Thursday.


Birth anniversary of poet Doctor Wazir Agha is also being observed on Thursday.




International Court of Justice will announce its verdict in Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav case on Thursday.



The United States has decided not to re-impose sanctions on Iran's Nuclear Programme.


In a statement, US ambassador to the Middle East Stuart Jones said the United States would continue to waive sanctions that were lifted under the Iran's deal.


Meanwhile, the US Departments of State and Treasury announced to apply new targeted sanctions on individuals and firms helping Iran's banned ballistic missile programme.




In Iran, voting for the 12th presidential elections will be held on Friday.


Four candidates are in the run for presidency. However, the main contest is between the incumbent President Hassan Rouhani and Ebrahim Raisi.


The election will coincide with local bodies elections of Islamic City and Village councils as well as parliamentary mid-term election for some of the constituencies.


According to Iranian Ministry of Interior, strict security measures have been adopted to ensure peaceful polling.




European Union has announced donation fund worth 11 million dollars to strengthen education in opposition-held areas of Syria.


In a statement in Brussels, the European Union said the funds would help 11,000 teachers and education officials in Idlib, Aleppo, Daraa, and rural Damascus.




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


However, rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at a few places in Hazara Division, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir and adjoining hilly areas.


Temperature of some major cities recorded on Thursday morning:


Islamabad twenty-one degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-five, Karachi twenty-eight, Peshawar twenty-three Quetta and Murree fifteen, Gilgit fourteen and Muzaffarabad seventeen degree centigrade.


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