DATE: 18-10-2016                              


Prime Minister says prudent policies of the government have placed Pakistan among fast growing economies of the world.


PML-N central council has reposed confidence in the leadership of Nawaz Sharif by electing him party president unopposed for another four years.


Pakistan says it wants to further strengthen ties with the United States to enhance economic cooperation. 


Lowari Tunnel and Neelum Jhelum transmission line will be completed by the middle of next year.


Election Commission plans using electronic voting machines in by-elections on trial basis.


In Occupied Kashmir, security forces used brute force to prevent anti-India protest rallies and marches on Tuesday.


Taliban and Afghan government have resumed secret peace talks in Qatar.


Russian and Syrian warplanes have suspended air strikes in Aleppo enabling citizens to safely leave the besieged area.





Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says today's Pakistan is far better than that of 2013 as a result of prudent policies adopted by the PML (N) Government. 


He was addressing the PML (N) General Council in Islamabad on Tuesday after his unopposed election as Party President.


The Prime Minister thanked the party leaders and members for reposing confidence in his leadership.  He said he will try his best to come up to the expectations and aspirations of the party and the people.


He said the government would continue to serve the nation despite hurdles being created by some political what he called jugglers. 


He said Pakistan is on Tuesday counted among fast emerging economies of the world. Pakistan Stock Exchange is one of the five best performing markets of the world, foreign exchange reserves have crossed twenty-four billion dollars and inflation has come down considerably.


Nawaz Sharif reiterated that a number of energy projects are under implementation and electricity load-shedding will be eliminated by 2018. 


He said all resources of energy including hydel, wind, solar and nuclear are being exploited and ten thousand megawatt electricity will be added to the national grid by 2018.  He said thirty thousand MW more will be added in the next few years. 


The Prime Minister said law and order situation has improved in the country due to counter-terrorism measures and operation Zarb-e-Azb.


He said the government has initiated a number of motorways and highways in the length and breadth of the country. Karachi-Lahore motorway is under construction and this will be extended from Lahore to Multan and Multan to Sukkur during the next two years.


The Prime Minister said 5.5 billion dollars are being spent improving railway system in the country which would help increase speed of the train from eighty kilometers to 160 kilometers an hour. 


Nawaz Sharif said forty-five modern hospitals will be built across the country to provide best medical care to the people.



Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz has reposed confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.


A resolution presented in the meeting noted that the course of dialogue should be pursued for the resolution of all problems with consensus.


It also expressed satisfaction over the economic gains made by the country over the last three years. It said the victory of PML -N in recent by-elections as well as in AJK and Gilgit Baltistan elections shows the confidence the people have in the leadership of the PML (N) and its policies.


The resolution, while condemning atrocities in occupied Kashmir, said Pakistan will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people in their just struggle for their right to self-determination.


The resolution also appreciated the Prime Minister for truly representing the aspirations of the Kashmiri people at the forum of the UN General Assembly.


The resolution also applauded the sacrifices rendered by the security forces in the war on terror.


In another resolution moved by party's newly elected Secretary Information of the party, Mushahidullah Khan, said that the entire nation stands by the armed forces for the defense of the country. 


In another resolution, the party thanked the Pakistani nation over their continued support to the PML (N) and electing it for the third time in 2013 elections.


Earlier the meeting elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as President of the Party unopposed.


Sartaj Aziz, Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan, Nawabzada Changez Khan Mari, Sir Anjaam Khan, Sardar Yaqoob Khan Nasir, Imdad Hussain Chandio were also elected unopposed as the senior vice presidents of the party.


Similarly, Pervaiz Rashid was elected as the secretary finance while Mushahidullah Khan as the secretary information of the party.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has felicitated Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif over his unopposed election as president of Pakistan Muslim League-N.


In his felicitation message, he expressed his good wishes for the newly-elected president of Pakistan Muslim League (N).


He said PML (N) strongly believes in democracy and it has promoted democratic norms in the country by conducting the party elections.



Talking to US Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman in Islamabad on Tuesday Prime Minister said Pakistan wants to further strengthen partnership with the United States to enhance economic cooperation.


He said the United States is the biggest trade partner of Pakistan and both the countries should look for new dimensions to increase trade.


Nawaz Sharif said increasing bilateral trade is in the best interest of the people of the two countries.


He said Pakistan has taken effective measures for the protection of intellectual property rights.


Nawaz Sharif said growing foreign investment in the country indicates increasing opportunities in Pakistan.


Michael Froman said law and order situation has significantly improved in Pakistan, which will help provide friendly environment for foreign investment.


He said sustainable policies of the government are contributing to improvement in the economy.    



Pakistan has asked the United States to ensure preferential access of Pakistani products to its textile market to further strengthen trade ties between the two countries.


During the 8th Trade and Investment Framework Agreement Council Meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday, Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan stressed for revising travel advisory and easing visa regime for exporters of IT related services for access of Pakistan to US markets.


Speaking on the occasion, the US Trade Representative Michael Froman said that Trade Investment Framework Agreement serves as a premier forum for advancing trade investment relationship between the two countries.



Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana has stressed the need of imparting professional training for human resource development in the country.


He was addressing a ceremony under the aegis of USAID program in Lahore on Tuesday.


Speaking on the occasion US Consul General Yuriy Fedkiw said under the US AID program, the higher education is moving fast in the upward direction.



President Mamnoon Hussain says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will pave way for economic development of not only Pakistan but the entire region.


Talking to a delegation of Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission, in Islamabad he said CPEC will create immense employment opportunities and other avenues for economic progress.


The President expressed satisfaction at the role of SUPARCO in completion of all projects under CPEC.


Talking to a delegation of Pakistan Business Council Dubai, led by its President Muhammad Ahmed Shaikhani, in Islamabad on Tuesday the president urged Pakistani and international investors to take advantage of liberal and friendly investment opportunities in Pakistan.


The President Pakistan Business Council appreciated the improved law and order situation in the country which will help spurring economic activities.                             



Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid says the right to information is vital to improve democratic system.


He was addressing a seminar on Right to Information at Rawalpindi Bar Council on Tuesday.


He said that the government will soon make a legislating in this regard.


He said Punjab and KPK province have already adopted bills in this regard.


He said that the legislation should be made in all provinces


He said lawyers played a vital role in restoring the democracy in the country.



Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage has decided to summon TV license holders, anchor persons and editorial staff of two private TV channels for airing baseless allegations against public office holders and members of the Parliament.


The Committee was met in Islamabad on Tuesday with MNA Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla in the chair.


The Committee, while discussing airing of baseless and false allegations said that no one should be allowed to cast accusations without any evidence.


The Committee observed that PEMRA should have taken strict actions against anchor persons and TV Channels for broadcasting such nefarious allegations and making mockery of chosen representatives that depicts their mala fide intentions.      



Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says the government is striving hard to improve lives of the people of backward areas.


Talking to Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said cooperation between GB and Chinese province of Xinjiang would add a new chapter to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


He stressed the need for cooperation and partnership between GB and Xinjiang in education, health, and tourism sectors.


They also reviewed progress on various projects going on in Gilgit-Baltistan.                            



Lowari Tunnel and Neelum Jhelum Transmission lines will be completed by the mid of next year.


This information was given to National Assembly Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform which met in Islamabad on Tuesday under the Chairmanship of Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail.


It was also informed that the PC-I of bridge connecting Kallur Kot to D.I. Khan will be completed by December this year.


The Committee directed concerned authorities to complete different hydropower projects including Neelum Jhelum, Chitral Hydel Power Station and Golan Gol Hydropower Project to increase production of clean energy.                                  



National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence has appreciated the Pakistan Navy welfare initiatives taken by the Pakistan Navy for the local community and assured its full support in this regard.


The committee, headed by its chairman Shaikh Rohail Asghar, gave these remarks during its visit to the Bahria Model College and Cadet College Ormara.



Election Commission will begin using the Electronic Voting Machines on trial basis in the by-elections.


This was stated by Secretary Election Commission Babar Yaqub Fateh Muhammad while addressing the inaugural ceremony of five week long training of ECP officers in Islamabad on Tuesday. 



The postal authorities of Pakistan and Singapore have issued joint commemorative postage stamps marking the 50th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.



The return of temporarily displaced persons of Federally Administrated Tribal Areas to their native areas is in progress.



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has said the provincial government is spending seventy eight percent of education budget on women education.


Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of Government Girls High School in Swabi on Tuesday, he said a Women University is also being established in Swabi.



The 9th anniversary of Karsaz martyrs is being observed on Tuesday.


A motorcade carrying former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was attacked on 18th October in 2007 at Karsaz, Karachi killing 180 people.


Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah along with PPP leaders visited monument of martyrs of Karsaz tragedy at Shahrah-e-Faisal in Karachi on Tuesday.



Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari visited Garhi Khuda Bakhsh and offered fateha and paid tribute to Karsaz martyrs in Martyred graveyard.


Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, MNA Faryal Talpur, Cabinet Ministers and other PPP leaders were also accompanying him.



Sindh Government has lifted ban on government jobs and notification in this regard has been issued.


As per the notification, new inductions will be made for the posts of grade-1 to 15 and advertisements for these jobs will be published in prominent newspapers and on the website of Sindh Rozgar Scheme.



Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Indian war mongering will endanger peace not just in South Asian region but in the world at large.


Addressing the 36th meeting of the Executive Committee of the Parliamentary Union of Islamic Countries in Turkey, he emphatically said that any aggression from India will get a befitting reply.


He said that the nation is ready to protect Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity at all costs.


The Speaker warned that regional peace and inclusive development, not only for the sub-continent but for the entire region will remain a mere dream, if the international community keeps side stepping the Kashmir issue.


Speakers, Chairpersons, Presidents of the Parliaments and representative bodies of 57 Islamic Countries were also present on the occasion.                 



Pakistan strongly condemns the reign of state terrorism let loose by India in the occupied Kashmir and characterized it as a shame to humanity.


This was stated by Prime Minister's Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi while addressing the 43rd Session of the OIC Foreign Ministers' meeting in Tashknet, Uzbekistan on Tuesday.


He called for fair, independent and transparent inquiry into grave human rights violations by the Indian security forces in held Kashmir.



Pakistan and Uzbekistan have expressed the resolve to further enhance their brotherly relations especially in the field of economy and trade.


An understanding by this effect was reached during a meeting between Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi and Uzbek Foreign Minister in Uzbekistan on Tuesday.


Syed Tariq Fatemi is in Uzbekistan to attend the 43rd Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers.


Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister of Maldives met Syed Tariq Fatemi on the sidelines of the meeting. They discussed bilateral relations and agreed on the need to further strengthen these relations.



AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan says the government is taking tangible steps to protect natural beauty of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.


Talking to the Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid in Islamabad on Tuesday he said all available resources are being mobilized to stop deforestation and promote environment friendly practices in Azad Kashmir.


He expressed profound gratitude to the federal government for inclusion of liberated territory in Green Pakistan Project.


Talking on the occasion Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid said Federal Government has always included Azad Kashmir in projects related to environment and climate change.



In Occupied Kashmir, Indian army, police and paramilitary forces used brute force to prevent anti-India protest rallies and marches on Tuesday.


The forces fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells on protesters carrying green flags, placards and banners with freedom slogans in Kulgam, Pulwama and Badgam districts, on Tuesday.


Despite the use of force by Indian Army, hundreds of women succeeded to gather and hold rally in Yamrash Yaripora area of Kulgam. The rally was organized by the Dukhtaran-e-Millat. Forces arrested several people and thrashed elderly when the protesters tried to hold a march in Nagam area of Badgam district.


Meanwhile, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference in a statement issued in Srinagar said that frustrated by the current mass uprising, the PDP-BJP regime had crossed all limits of inhuman and brutal suppression.


APHC leaders also strongly condemned the ongoing spree of arrests and slapping of black law Public Safety Act on pro-freedom leaders and activists.



The Taliban and the Afghan government have restarted secret peace talks and have held two rounds of discussions in Qatar.


Britain's Guardian newspaper reported a senior American diplomat was also present at the meetings in the Qatar.


The talks were attended also by Mullah Abdul Manan, the brother of Afghan Taliban founder, Mullah Mohammad Omar, who died in 2013.



Russian and Syrian warplanes have suspended air strikes in the Aleppo for people to safely leave the besieged area.


Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu urged civilians to use six corridors and militants can leave Aleppo, with their weapons, via two special corridors.


Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov urged the powers to join its efforts to normalize the situation in Aleppo.



In Iraq, Security forces have recaptured and twenty villages on the second day of advance to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group.


According to the reports, more than fifty Islamic State fighters including many important commanders were killed in the battle.



Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its National Hook-up a special report in connection with "Prime Minister's Address to PML-N's Central Council's meeting at convention centre, Islamabad after Radio Khabarnama.

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