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Leading international companies' representatives say pro-investment policies have led to economic growth in Pakistan.
Senate has been informed that government is ensuring proper supply of quality medicines.
Supreme Court has adjourned hearing of Panama Papers case till Monday.
In Occupied Kashmir, APHC Chairman has strongly criticized Indian Prime Minister for his rhetoric about state terrorism.
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Senior Executives of leading international companies term Pakistan as one of the most investment friendly countries in the world.
They were speaking at a dinner hosted by Abraaj Group of UAE at Davos, which was attended by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif as chief guest.
It was attended by Senior Executives of leading international companies including City Bank, Unilever, McKinsey and others.
Senior Executives candidly spoke about the change brought by the present government in ease of doing business in Pakistan.
They attributed the growing stock market to the investor friendly policies of the present government and significant improvement in infrastructure of Pakistan.
They also counted stability of democratic government as one of the most important reasons for the growing economy of Pakistan.
The Executives clarified that companies working in Pakistan enjoy a safe and secure working environment as opposed to the image being held abroad.
The Senate was informed on Friday that government is giving attention to ensure quality and proper supply of medicines in the country.
Minister of State for Education and Professional Training Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman told the House during question hour that number of drug inspectors is being increased to ensure quality of drugs. He pointed out that during last year a number of drug licenses have been suspended and fine imposed for manufacturing substandard medicines.
To a question, the Minister of State said prices of medicines are increased as per provisions of the Drug Pricing Policy, 2015.
Answering a question, Minister of State informed the House that government is giving special focus on education in backward areas particularly Balochistan.
He said Prime Minister's Fee Reimbursement Programme is being implemented in backward areas.
A five member larger bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa has adjourned the hearing of Panama Case till Monday.
Taufiq Asif, Counsel of Jamaat-e-Islami, on Friday started his arguments.
When the counsel referred the bench to Article 248 of the constitution, the bench said the prime minister has not sought immunity under the article.
In his remarks, Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh said the case cannot built on mere assumptions and presumptions. He asked the counsel of Jamaat-e-Islami to present evidence in support of his allegations.
Makhdoom Ali Khan, the counsel of the Prime Minister and Naeem Bukhari, the counsel of PTI have already concluded their submissions before the court.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said no petitioner has so far presented any evidence before the court to prove their allegations against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Panama Papers Case.
Talking to media persons outside Supreme Court in Islamabad on Friday, she said Jamaat-e-Islami and PTI are accusing Nawaz Sharif for money laundering and tax evasion, but they have not yet produced any evidence in this regard.
The State Minister said a case in the Supreme Court cannot be won by leveling mere allegations and wishes of some individuals.
She said Nawaz Sharif has always demonstrated dignity and nobility in politics, but PTI is pursuing the politics of indecency and allegations.
Work on the construction of a new grid station is in progress in Malakand District to overcome low voltage of electricity in the area.
Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that the grid station will be completed at a cost of four point five billion rupees in three years.
Ninety kilometers long new transmission line will also be laid between Mardan and Malakand to improve power supply system.
The sources said with completion of the new grid station and transmission line, the problem of low voltage of electricity in the entire Malakand Division will be solved on permanent basis.
Sindh Government has decided to recruit ten thousand police personnel.
Decision to this effect was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah in Karachi on Friday.
He directed to take stern action against street criminals and drug mafias in the province.
Four tortured dead bodies have been recovered from Steel Town link road area of Karachi on Friday.
Police sources say dead bodies have been shifted to hospitals and other investigation is underway.
In Occupied Kashmir, APHC Chairman Syed Ali Gilani has criticized the Indian Prime Minister for his “rhetoric” about state terrorism.
In a statement in Srinagar on Friday, he said Modi’s assertions are irrelevant and full of flaws as India itself is violating all norms and is involved in state terrorism in Occupied Kashmir.
The APHC Chairman said Modi never utters a single word about the brutalities committed by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.
Syed Ali Gilani said Pakistan is facing compound terrorism from many quarters and Pakistanis have rendered enormous sacrifices to safeguard the country. He said it is ridiculous to blame Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Indian forces have stepped up frisking and search operation across the territory ahead of Indian Republic Day on January 26, causing huge inconvenience to the people.