Dated: 20-01-2017





Prime Minister has urged the United Nations to grant people of Kashmir their right to self-determination through a transparent plebiscite.



Chief Executive Officers of top ranking multi-national companies have appreciated Pakistan's positive economic outlook.



OIC Secretary General says India will be approached to allow Organisation's Human Rights Commission to visit Occupied Kashmir.



US President-elect Donald Trump will take oath of his office in Washington today.



West African nations have launched a military operation in Gambia to install newly elected President Adama Barrow.







Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has urged the United Nations to materialize its promise with the people of Kashmir granting them right to self-determination through a free and fair plebiscite.  


He was talking to the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres  on the sidelines of World Economic Forum meeting in Devos.


The Prime Minister said we are looking forward to the leadership and good offices of  the new Secretary General to implement the relevant UN resolutions resolving the long-standing Kashmir issue.


He said India is fueling instability in an already tense region by adopting a no-talks policy and muzzling the voice of the people of Kashmir for their right to self-determination.


Nawaz Sharif said on its part ,Pakistan is committed to lasting peace and security in our region through building a peaceful neighbourhood.


He said we cannot achieve the goal of economic progress and prosperity in South Asia without resolving our problems and cooperating with each other.


The Prime Minister also apprised the UN Secretary General about the issue of Indus Water Treaty.


He also invited Antonio Guterres to visit Pakistan.


The UN Secretary General assured the Prime Minister that he would play a very constructive role for peace and progress in the region.


He said that he is fully cognizant of the sensitivity of the issues between India and Pakistan which has security consequences for South Asia.


Antonio Guterres praised Pakistan's contribution for the United Nations and peace-making operations as well as hosting millions of Afghan refugees.




Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif also held a meeting with a group of heads of top ranking multi-national companies at a round table in Devos.


Talking to them he said his government has devised a comprehensive plan to create investment friendly environment.


He said Pakistan has liberalised its policies and provided a number of incentives to foreign enterpreneurs to attract new investment.


The Chief Executive Officers of these companies appreciated Pakistan's positive economic outlook.


They shared with the Prime Minister their optimism regarding investment in Pakistan and said that they are pleased to find Pakistan a good destination for export of their value added products.


The companies whose top executives met the Prime Minister include Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Ingredion Incorporated, USA, Koc Holding, Turkey, Telenor Group, Norway, Novartis AG, Switzerland and Swiss Re Management Ltd.



Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has met the Secretary General OIC Dr. Yousef Al-Othaime on the sidelines of the Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, in Kuala Lumpur.


The OIC Secretary General informed him that a delegation of the OIC's Independent Human Rights Commission will be paying a visit to Azad Jammu and Kashmir in March this year. 


He said OIC is also requesting India to allow the delegation to visit Indian-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.


The Advisor briefed the OIC Secretary General about the gross human rights violations in occupied Kashmir and the resilience shown by the Kashmiri youth in the past five months since the extra-judicial killing of Burhan Muzaffar Wani on 8 July 2016.


The Advisor also invited the OIC Secretary-General to visit Pakistan.



Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has approved extension in Sindh Rangers powers for ninety days on the request of Sindh government.


According to an interior ministry's notification, Sindh Rangers had been given these powers under Anti Terrorism Act of 1997.


The extension in powers would be effective from January 16.



Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has said China Pakistan Economic Corridor project would be an important milestone in the progress and prosperity of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 


He was talking to  Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra in Islamabad.


They also discussed security situation and development projects in the province.


Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan said federal government would continue to play its role for improvement in law and order and progress in the province. 


Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate the newly constructed Islamabad Airport on 14th of August this year as independence day gift to the nation.


Talking to media during a visit to the airport, he said the project will be completed at a cost of eighty two billion rupees.


He said two link roads and metro bus route will be available for the airport.


Ahsan Iqbal said the airport has been designed as per the needs of time using state of the art technology.



Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain says the government is paying special attention to accreditation process to improve quality and standard of products and enhance national export revenue.


He was talking to a delegation comprising of renowned  experts from accreditation bodies of the region including China, Korea, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka in Islamabad. 



In Punjab, under Dealer Vehicle Registration System, more than six thousand vehicles have so far been registered in Lahore, D G Khan, Rawalpindi and Multan districts.


The system is a joint project of Excise and Taxation Department of Punjab and Punjab Information Technology Board.


It has been designed to eliminate bogus and non-registered vehicles in the province.  .


The new system is helping to reduce the late registration of vehicles and evasion of government tax.


Revenue collected through this system so far is over six hundred and thirty nine million rupees.



Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafor Haideri has said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would open a new phase of development and prosperity in Balochistan.


He stated this during a meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong at Parliament House Islamabad.


The Deputy Chairman said a comprehensive development project like CPEC would help provide good standard of life to the people of the province.



The death anniversaries of renowned poet Abid Ali Abid and famous film comedian actor Nazar are being observed today.



In occupied Kashmir, Dukhtaran-e-Millat  has deplored that the Kashmir dispute remains unresolved despite the fact that the UN has passed several resolutions for its settlement.


In a statement, The Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi  said that many lives had been lost since 1947 and the bloodshed was not going to stop, besides, the peace in South Asia was a distant dream due to the non-resolution of the Kashmir dispute.


She reiterated that it was responsibility of the UN to help resolve the lingering dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people.



The US President-elect Donald Trump will take oath of his office in Washington today as the 45th President of the United States of America.


Trump won the general election on November 8, last year against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.


Donald Trump has nominated all 21 members of his cabinet as well as six other roles that require Senate confirmation



West African nations have launched a military operation in Gambia , aiming to install its new President Adama Barrow and remove longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh.


Barrow took the oath of office at the Gambian embassy in Senegal's capital, Dakar, and his legitimacy has been recognised internationally.


The West African regional bloc Ecowas has now given Yahya Jammeh until noon  to leave office otherwise he will be removed by force.



In Libya, at least eighty Islamic State militants have been killed in U.S. strikes in southwest of Sirte.


U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter in a news briefing in Washington  said the militants targeted in the airstrikes included Islamic State members actively planning operations in Europe



The first T20 between Sri Lanka and South Africa is being played at Centurion today.




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


However, light rain with light snow over the hills is expected at a few places in Quetta and Kalat divisions.


Foggy conditions are likely to prevail in plain areas of Punjab and upper Sindh during morning hours.


Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:


Islamabad two degree centigrade, Lahore six, Peshawar five, Karachi fifteen, Quetta and Murree minus one, Gilgit minus four and Muzaffarabad three degree centigrade.

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