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HEADLINES

NOVEMBER 18,  2016

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Pakistan and Turkey have expressed firm resolve to support each other on issues of peace and prosperity. 

Adviser on Foreign Affairs has urged the Muslim Ummah to continue their support to oppressed people of Occupied Kashmir. 

The United States says it is in close communication with Pakistan and India to ease tensions.

 President Barack Obama has urged his successor Donald Trump to stand up to Russia if it deviates from US values and international norms.

At least sixteen people have been killed in a suicide attack in the Iraqi city of Ramadi.

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PAK-TURKEY:

Pakistan and Turkey have expressed firm resolve to continue strong support to each other on issues of peace and prosperity of the two nations.  

A joint declaration issued after the meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Islamabad  agreed to enhance collaboration in energy, infrastructure, agriculture, food processing and housing as priority sectors.

The two sides also agreed to strengthen peace, security and development in the region.

Earlier, addressing Pakistan-Turkey investment roundtable conference in Islamabad, Prime Minister said Pakistan offers immense potential for foreign investment.

He said due to prudent policies of the government, our economy has become stable, inflation receded and  fiscal deficit controlled.

Speaking on the occasion, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country is looking forward to cooperate with Pakistan in all fields.

The President said CPEC will certainly magnify regional cooperation and strengthen Pakistan's economy.

The Turkish side expressed deep concern about the increased tension and losses of innocent lives and casualties occurring recently in Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing the joint session of Parliament in Islamabad, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called upon the Muslim Ummah to forge unity and take practical measures to counter the threat of terrorism. 

He said terrorist organizations are bringing bad name to the Islam, which is religion of peace and to the Islamic world.

 

AGREEMENT:

Turkey and Punjab government have signed an agreement to cooperate in the health sector. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif witnessed the signing ceremony in Lahore.

Under the agreement, Turkey will cooperate to upgrade the services in the health sector of Punjab.

Under this agreement, Turkish Health Ministry will provide technical and other necessary cooperation for setting up the Public Health Agency in Punjab.

It will work with Punjab Government to stop the spread of epidemic and acute diseases and create public awareness in this regard.

 

ADVISOR:

Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has urged the Muslim Ummah to continue their support to the oppressed people of Occupied Kashmir.     

He was speaking at the Emergency Session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Makkah.    

The Advisor highlighted Indian brutalities in the Occupied  Kashmir against innocent and defenceless civilians peacefully protesting for their right to self-determination.  

The Turkish delegation, in its statement, also drew attention to the growing tensions in South Asia due to the Kashmir dispute and called upon OIC to send a fact finding mission to the occupied Kashmir.     

Pakistan also joined other member countries in condemning the missile attack by the Houthi militia aimed at the Holy city of Makkah. 

Sartaj Aziz reiterated full support to the defence of Haramain Al-Sharifain and commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Session also approved the appointment of Dr. Yusuf Ahmad Al-Othaimeen of Saudi Arabia as the new Secretary General of OIC.

 

NISAR:

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says overseas Pakistanis are asset for the country and every effort would be made to address their issues on priority basis.

This he said while talking to Lord Nazir Ahmed who called on him in London.    

Lord Nazir Ahmed appreciated personal efforts of the Interior Minister in addressing issues concerning Pakistani community.

Interior Minister said British government had legal and moral responsibility to bring to justice those perpetrators who had murdered a Pakistani national on British soil.

Separately, Bradford West Member of Parliament Naz Shah also met with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in London and discussed matters of mutual interest.

 

KHURRAM:

Minister for Commerce Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan says it is victory of the democratic system that the matter of Panama Papers are being discussed in the Supreme Court instead of roads.

In an interview, he said PTI is habitual of boycotting the joint session of the Parliament on important occasions.

Khurram Dastgir said when the legislation was made against the terrorism, PTI had not attended the parliament.    

To a question, he said  people had elected PTI for resolving their problems in the Parliament but it was raising hue and cry only on the roads.    

 

NA:

President Mamnoon Hussain has summoned National Assembly session at 10:30 am today.

SC:

The Supreme Court has directed the government to submit time frame for fresh population census in the country.        

A division bench of the court headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard the suo motu notice case against delay in holding population census.

During the proceedings, Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali sought some time for submission of final date for holding of census.

 

LoC:

India has once again committed ceasefire violation at the Line of Control.

According to ISPR, the Indian forces carried out unprovoked firing at Bhimber sector of the Line of Control.

Pakistan Army responded to the firing in a befitting manner and targeted various Indian check posts.

 

KIRBY:

The US State Department Spokesman, John Kirby has said his country is in close communication with Pakistan and India to ease tensions at the borders.

Addressing a daily press briefing in Washington, he said United states has urged both the countries to try to reduce tensions.

 

US-GERMANY:

President Barack Obama has urged his successor Donald Trump to stand up to Russia if it deviates from US values and international norms.

Speaking at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin  he said Russia is an important country and a military superpower with influence around the world.

Obama hoped the US president-elect would not simply take a real political approach to dealing with Russia.

Earlier in a meeting, Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed the need for continued close co-operation between their countries.

 

MOZAMBIQUE

In Mozambique, at least seventy-three people have been killed when an oil tank truck burst into flames in a village near Malawi.

                 

MOSUL

In Iraq,  more than three hundred former police officials have been killed three weeks ago near south of Mosul.

According to Human Rights Watch,  Islamic State militants  killed and buried them in a mass grave near the town of Hammam al-Ali.

 

IRAQ:

Meanwhile, at least sixteen people have been killed in a suicide attack in Ramadi when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a wedding gathering .

 

ANNIVERSARY:

Death anniversaries of Mirza Abu al-Hasan Isphani and Allama Shibly Naumani are being observed today.

 

CRICKET:

On the second day of the first cricket test of two match series, Pakistan against New Zealand were 120 for 7 at Christchurch, a short while ago.

Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and elected to field.

 

WEATHER!

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

However, shallow foggy conditions likely to occur in plain areas of Punjab during morning hours.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:

Islamabad six degree centigrade, Lahore ten, Karachi sixteen, Peshawar and Muzaffarabad nine, Quetta and Gilgit one and Murree four degree centigrade.


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