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Prime Minister has held meetings with entrepreneurs in Hong Kong and invited them to benefit from lucrative investment opportunities in Pakistan.


The government says it plans to enhance Public Sector Development Programme from 800 billion rupees to 2,113 billion rupees in the next budget.


Minister for Defence Production has left for Belarus to represent Pakistan at 8th International Exhibition of Arms and Military Equipment.

A seminar on 'Role of Youth in Rejecting Extremism' began in Rawalpindi today.

NAWAZ
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 meetings focussed on developing business linkages in the public and private sector of Pakistan and Hong Kong.

The entrepreneurs evinced keen interest in investment in Pakistan.

PRESIDENT
President Mamnoon Hussain has urged doctors to use their professional skills to find ways to make medical treatment easy and affordable.

He was addressing 35th undergraduate convocation of Army Medical College in Rawalpindi today.

The President said this assumes significance as many patients could not benefit from the treatment facilities due to poverty and long distances.

IQBAL
Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal says the government has taken bold steps 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.

RANA
Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain departed for Belarus today to attend 8th International Exhibition of Arms and Military Equipment at Minsk.

He has been invited by Chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus for the event.

Rana Tanveer Hussain will also meet high officials and delegations of different countries including Chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus.

NA MOTION
The National Assembly today adopted an adjournment motion for discussion on recent incidents of unprovoked firing by Afghan forces on Pakistani villages in Chaman.

The motion was moved by Syed Naveed Qamar and others.

SEMINAR
A seminar on 'Role of Youth in Rejecting Extremism' began in Rawalpindi this morning.

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa would deliver key note address at the event being attended by academia, vice chancellors of universities, students, and "mohtamim" of madaris; national and international media and representatives of the civil society.

In his opening address, Director-General ISPR Major-General Asif Ghafoor said it is our collective as well as individual duty to shield our youth against the threat of extremism.

EXECUTION
Another four hardcore terrorists, convicted by military courts, were executed at a jail in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa today.

They were involved in heinous offences, including killing of innocent civilians, destruction of communication and electricity infrastructure, educational institutions, and attacks on armed forces and law enforcement agencies.

The executed terrorists Muhammad Ibrahim, Rizwan Ullah, Sardar Ali, and Sher Muhammad Khan were active members of outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

ARREST
Special Police Unit arrested a terrorist in Swat today.

He was wanted to police for carrying out terrorist activities in 2007.

KASHMIR:
All Parties Hurriyet Conference has strongly condemned the harassment of three Kashmiri students by police in Indian Punjab.

APHC spokesman in a statement in Srinagar said that despite assurances by Indian authorities, there is no letup in the intimidation and harassment of Kashmiri students studying in India.

He said in fact, these assurances were aimed to mislead international community to cover up their atrocities.

WRESTLING
French wrestler of Pakistani origin Badshah Khan has defeated WWC Universal Heavyweight Champion Carlito in Pakistan's first ever international Professional Wrestling competition at KMC Stadium in Karachi last night.

A total of seven bouts took place on the opening day of the event.

Algerian Wrestler Yasin Osmani won the opening bout defeating Italian Fabio Ferarri.

The event also included a fight between female wrestlers.


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