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Dated: 21-01-2017

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Prime Minister says the world nations have appreciated Pakistan's liberal economic policy and business-friendly environment.

 

Finance Minister has said there should be no politics on economic matters.

 

New US Administration says defeating terror groups will be its top foreign policy goal.

 

Turkish parliament has passed a constitutional reform package, paving the way for a referendum on a presidential system.

 

In Syria, over hundred Islamic State militants have been killed in a US air strike in Idlib province.

 

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NAWAZ

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif  says Pakistan's economic indicators are positive and the country is on the path of progress.

 

He was talking to media persons in London after his arrival from Switzerland where he attended the World Economic Forum in Davos.

     

The Prime Minister said his Davos visit was very successful where he met with various business and world leaders. He said they all are appreciative of Pakistan's

liberal economic policy and business friendly environment.

     

The Prime Minister said during his stay in Switzerland he highlighted Pakistan's economic strength in an effective manner and presented the country as a secure investment destination.

     

Highlighting his government's achievements, he said Pakistan's stock market has achieved first position in Asia while it has become 5th in the world.

 

He hoped the  country will cross five percent GDP growth in coming fiscal year as the government is focusing on all crucial sector of economy. He said 55 billion dollars are being invested in the country under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

 

Nawaz Sharif said this gigantic corridor project would not only benefit Pakistan but also prove to be a game changer for the entire region.

     

To a question, the Prime Minister said negative politics is not in the interest of Pakistan.

     

He said there is a significant decrease in loadshedding and it would be a thing of the past very soon.

 

Nawaz Sharif said terrorism in the country has been curtailed due to operation Zarb-e-Azb.    

 

DAR

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said Pakistan has achieved the global recognition due to its fast growing economy.

 

Addressing the business community at the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Karachi, he said the country has now become the 5th emerging market in the world. 

 

He said it is a matter of satisfaction that Pakistan Stock Exchange is making new records with every passing day.

 

The Finance Minister hoped that the country would soon overcome the energy crisis with the completion of ongoing power projects.

 

The Minister said there should be no politics on economic affairs.

 

He regretted that some politicians are criticizing government's economic policies without any solid base and information.

 

Ishaq Dar particularly referred to some recent political statements about the national debt.

 

He said he would soon release a comprehensive information on the subject to clarify the position.

 

BARJEES

Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhary Barjees Tahir says a bright future is awaiting Pakistan due to government's concrete efforts to boost the economy.

    

Addressing a gathering in Nankana Sahib, he said such efforts are being acknowledged and appreciated by international institutions and magazines.

    

He said the enemies of development of the country are in trouble and they are creating hurdles in the way of development projects.

 

SHAHBAZ

Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is proving to be a real game-changer for Pakistan's economy.

   

In a statement in Lahore he said Pakistan has got economic stability under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif which has been acknowledged as well as praised internationally.

 

TRUMP

Donald Trump has been sworn-in as 45th president of the United States at a ceremony in Washington. 

 

Chief Justice US Supreme Court John Roberts administered the oath.

 

In his inaugural address, Donald Trump vowed to protect the US borders, create employment opportunities and build domestic infrastructure.

 

He said we will seek friendship and goodwill with the world nations with understanding.

 

He said we will reinforce old alliances and form new ones.

 

Earlier, anti-Trump protesters clashed with police on streets of Washington. Police fired gas shells to disperse demonstrators after stones were thrown and windows broken.

 

Meanwhile, in an official statement the Trump administration has said it will make defeating terror groups its top foreign policy goal.  

 

The statement said the administration will pursue aggressive joint and coalition military operations to cut off funding for terrorist groups, expand intelligence sharing and use cyberwarfare to disrupt propaganda and recruitment efforts.

 

The statement repeated Trump's campaign vow to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Asian free-trade pact that Obama championed but was unable to get through Congress.

 

In a separate statement, the Administration said it intends to develop a state-of-the-art missile defence system to protect against attacks from Iran and North Korea.

 

APHC

APHC Chairman Syed Ali Gilani has said that Indian forces have turned Occupied Kashmir into a hell with unleashing massacres of innocent people.  

 

I n a statement, he said occupation forces are ransacking properties, trampling fundamental rights and detaining youth under  black laws.  

 

Syed Ali Gilani said more than hundred youth have been  martyred, over twenty thousand maimed, scores of others lost their eyesight and nearly five thousand arrested by Indian forces over the last few months.

 

AFGHANISTAN

In Afghanistan, sixteen Police personnel have been killed and eleven injured when Taliban attacked security forces in Kandahar Province.

 

According to reports, fifteen Taliban including key commanders were also killed in the fighting.

 

TURKEY

Turkey's parliament has passed a constitutional reform package paving way for a referendum on a presidential system.

 

A total of 339 parliamentarians voted in favour and 142 against it.

 

Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim celebrated the result saying we are now entrusting this to the people its actual owners. It is the people's decision. 

SYRIA

In Syria, over hundred Islamic State militants have been killed in a US air strike on an Al-Qaeda training camp in Idlib province.

 

In a statement, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said the camp had been operational since 2013.

 

The US-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes and supporting local forces in Syria to oust Islamic State militants.

 

MOZAMBIQUE

In Mozambique, at least forty people have been killed in  floods and storms after heavy rainfall in the country.

  

Over thousands people affected and eight thousands houses destroyed.

 

The government declared a nationwide alert.

 

CRICKET

The fourth One Day International between Pakistan and Australia will be played at Sydney tomorrow.

 

Australia lead the five-match series two-one.

 

HOCKEY

Pakistan under-18 hockey team will tour Australia in April to participate in its national championship on a special invitation.

 

WEATHER

Weather remained very cold and dry in most parts of the country, however, light rain occurred in Panjgur and Dalbandin in the last twelve hours.

 

Mainly cold and dry weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country during the 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 and Lahore seven degree centigrade, Karachi fourteen, Peshawar six, Quetta three, Gilgit minus two, Murree five and Muzaffarabad four degree centigrade.


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