Date: 19-03-2017



Planning Minister says Pakistan has won confidence of foreign investors and international economic institutions for its pragmatic policies.


Thirty-five suspects have been arrested as part of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad across the country.


Lithuania has expressed interest to promote trade and economic relations with Pakistan.


Pakistan and Sri Lankan ships have conducted exercises in Indian Ocean to enhance operational coordination between the two Navies.


In Yemen, eight rebels have been killed in an air raid in Taez province.




Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says Pakistan today has won confidence of foreign investors and international economic institutions for its pragmatic policies.

Addressing the foundation-laying ceremony of the University of Health Sciences Kala Shah Kaku campus near Lahore, he said Pakistan has been declared a fast developing economy.

The Minister said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has provided Pakistan a great opportunity to become a growing economy. 

He said GDP stands at five percent mark today and it can touch seven to eight percent in the next few years through democratic stability.

Ahsan Iqbal said the government has overcome load-shedding to a great extent as the country faced eighteen to twenty hours load-shedding in 2013.



National Engineering and Scientific Commission has prepared a model to prevent train accidents. 

The model was presented at a meeting in Lahore with Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique in the chair.

Warning lights and sirens will be part of this safety system that will be connected with a radio link.

Speaking on the occasion, the Railways Minister appreciated the ability of NESCOM to prepare an important system for increasing safety of trains. 



Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain says the government has steered the country out of crises of energy shortage, terrorism, and political instability.

Addressing an oath-taking ceremony of Sheikhupura Press Club office-bearers, he said  other countries are acknowledging progress in Pakistan.

The Minister said Pakistan today is well known in defence production and it is exporting defence products to other countries.



Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali says electricity load-shedding will be overcome completely by the next year.

Talking to newsmen after visiting FESCO headquarters in Faisalabad, he said the government has set its priorities to eliminate terrorism, and for the purpose, it supported military courts.

Abid Sher Ali said people will vote PML-N to power again and reject the anti-development elements.



Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has directed PTV and PBC to refresh the historic and epic struggle for freedom through a series of programmes.

She was chairing a meeting held in Islamabad to review measures being taken for celebrating Pakistan Day in a befitting manner.

The Minister of State said the campaign, which will continue till the Independence Day, aims to relive the historic events that shaped the future for Pakistan through the struggle of partition.

She also advised both the organizations to reflect Pakistan's proud geographical diversity, and highlight the transformational changes taking the country towards greater prosperity.



Thirty-five suspects have been apprehended as part of the ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasad across the country.

According to ISPR, these suspected persons were arrested during six intelligence-based and thirty-five cordon and search operations.

Joint search and intelligence based operations were conducted in DG Khan, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Attock.

Weapons, ammunition, currency and foreign passports were also recovered from them.


Meanwhile, Karachi police have arrested an Indian citizen, who had been living illegally in the city for the past twenty-seven years.         

A police spokesman said case has been registered against accused Riaz Islam.



Lithuania has expressed keenness to promote trade and economic relations with Pakistan.

Addressing business community in Islamabad, Ambassador of Lithuania in Islamabad Audrius Bruzga said Pakistan is a promising country for business relations.  

He said Lithuania was a well-integrated with the European Union and it wants to reach out to Pakistan for more cooperation in multiple fields. 

The Ambassador said Lithuania has advanced technology and expertise in solar energy, and it can help Pakistan in overcoming its energy crisis.



Pakistan's new Ambassador to United States Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry says Islamabad is looking forward to work closely with the new US administration to further strengthen bilateral relations.

Talking to Pakistani media persons based in Washington, he said Pakistan and United States have had a historical and multi-faceted relationship spanning over seven decades.

The Ambassador said today Pakistan is well on its way to a future of peace and prosperity. 

He said leadership, security forces and the people of Pakistan have demonstrated supreme resolve to eliminate terrorism from the country.

He said Zarb-e-Azab has achieved a resounding success and tribal areas have been cleared from these hideouts. He said Temporarily Displaced People have returned to their homes and FATA is now being brought into mainstream.

To a question, Aizaz Chaudhry said Islamabad and Kabul need to cooperate to stop cross border movement of terrorists. He underscored the importance of effective border management, which is in common interest of both Afghanistan and Pakistan.



Pakistan has urged India to create a conducive environment to pave the way for settlement of core issues like Jammu and Kashmir. 

Speaking in a TV programme, Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said the two countries need to decide over the fundamental issues like Jammu and Kashmir before moving to other issues.

The High Commissioner said we need to be sitting across the table to discuss the difficult issues. We cannot expect progress in vacuum.   

To a question, Abdul Basit said terrorism issue cannot alone define the entire gamut of bilateral ties between India and Pakistan.



Pakistan Navy Ships NASR and SAIF undertook port visit to Colombo during their overseas deployment to South East Asian countries. 

Sri Lankan Naval band played welcome tunes including Pakistani national songs in the honour of visiting Pakistan Navy ships.

Mission Commander Commodore Zaka-ur Rehman called on Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Niraja Attygalle and Chief of Staff Sri Lankan Navy Rear Admiral SS Ranasinghe.   

On culmination of port visit, PN flotilla conducted exercises with Sri Lankan Navy Ships SAGARA and SURANIMILA in the Indian Ocean for enhancing interoperability and operational coordination between the two Navies.



In Iraq, thousands of civilians have surged out of Mosul during a lull in heavy fighting between government forces and Islamic State militants around the densely populated old City.

Government forces have cleared the east and half of western Mosul and are now focused on controlling the Old City.

According to reports, more residents are fleeing the liberated areas due to scarcity of food and water, fragile security and fear of being caught in cross shelling.



In Yemen, eight rebels have been killed in a Saudi-led coalition air raid on their convoy  near Burj town in Taez province.

The convoy was carrying two senior rebel leaders but they survived in the attack.

Meanwhile, dozens of rebels were killed and wounded in a series of Saudi-led coalition strikes on their training camp in Hodeida province.



The G-20 countries have dropped their anti-protectionist and climate pledges after Washington refused to sign up to the commitment.

Finance Ministers from G-20 developed and developing nations could not reach a deal on the two subjects during a two-day meeting in Germany.



Mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country today.

However, light rain thunderstorm is expected at isolated places of Quetta, D.G Khan, Rawalpindi, Hazara divisions, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:- 

Islamabad nine degree centigrade, Lahore fourteen, Karachi twenty-four, Peshawar twelve, Quetta nine, Gilgit six, Muzaffarabad nine and Murree four degree centigrade.

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