“Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have always stood by each other in testing times”: PM
The government has focused on improving Hajj facilities and directed the Ambassador to personally supervise arrangements for the forthcoming Hajj
Talking to Pakistan's Ambassador-designate to Saudi Arabia retired Vice Admiral Khan Hasham in Islamabad, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says the people of Pakistan have deep emotional attachment with the Kingdom being the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. The two countries have maintained cordial and brotherly relations marked by commonalities on all issues of mutual interest at regional and international level.
Leader of House in the Senate says the Supreme Court's decision in Panama case has vindicated the stance of the Prime Minister
Talking to the media persons outside the parliament house in Islamabad, Raja Zafar ul Haq expresses the confidence that our opponents will continue to face humiliation in future as the PML (N) will emerge victorious at every forum. The PPP has rejects the Joint Investigation Team to be constituted on the orders of the Supreme Court. The opposition has no justification to demand the prime minister's resignation.
“The government is providing incentives to local industry to improve international competitiveness and local productivity”: Senate Informed
Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi told the House during question hour that investors in Export Processing Zones are also availing the incentive of duty drawback. Ten years income tax holiday and one time exemption on import duties on machinery plant and equipment is also being offered. The incentives and facilities also include provision of developed land on competitive rates for thirty years, freedom from national import regulations, one window operation with simplified procedure, all facilities like electricity, gas and water are made available and easy access to sea and air ports.
US desires EU to remain strong
Trump has expressed the desire for the European Union to remain strong.
Talking to reporters at a joint news conference with Italy’s Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Washington, he said strong europe is very important to me as president of the united states. Earlier, President Trump's past comments predicting that other countries will leave the eu after Britain voted to do so rankled European leaders.
Brexit deal will be vetoed if citizens' rights are not protected: President European Parliament
Antonio Tajani says the issue is a 'red line' and its exclusion will derail any agreement . Antonio tajani was in London to meet with Theresa May to discuss the parliament’s position on the brexit negotiations and said the issue of rights was a “red line”. It was essential that European and British citizens had the “same rights tomorrow as they have today" and without such an agreement, parliament would veto the deal.
South Korea on heightened alert as isolated north readies for army celebration
South Korea says it was on heightened alert ahead of another important anniversary in North Korea, with a large concentration of military hardware amassed on both sides of the border amid concerns about a new nuclear test by Pyongyang. U.S. officials said there was a higher-than-usual level of activity by Chinese bombers, signaling a possible heightened state of readiness by Beijing, reclusive North Korea’s sole major ally; although the officials played down concern and left open a range of possible reasons.