Text Bulletin 1300 hrs
23 May 2016
Planning Minister says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has brought a paradigm shift from geo-strategic to geo-economic sphere.
Government says it is focusing on indigenous exploration of gas reservoirs to overcome energy crisis.
A C-130 Aircraft carrying relief goods left for Colombo today to provide assistance to flood affected people of Sri Lanka.
In Yemen, forty-five army recruits have been killed in a two separate suicide attacks in Aden city.
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has brought a paradigm shift of bilateral relations from geo-strategic to geo-economic sphere.
He was addressing a seminar in connection with 65 years of Pak-China diplomatic relations in Islamabad today.
The Minister said Asia has emereged as center of economy in world.
He said China has cooperated and helped Pakistan in a number of development projects and CPEC was actually started with the construction of Karakaram Highway.
The Minister said CPEC will establish regional connectivity which will integrate three region of South Asia, China and Central Asia.
He said China achieved economic successes through political stability, social harmony, continuity of policies and right economic policies.
He further said Pakistan will have to achieve the desired goals through same course of stability and continuity.
Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says Government is focusing on indigenous exploration of gas reservoirs to overcome energy crisis.
Addressing a Seminar in Islamabad today, he said presently Pakistan is importing forty-five million cubic feet of LNG and it will be increased to 2.4 billion cubic feet in the next two years.
The Minister said unintercepted gas is being supplied to industries and power plants. He said Pakistan is importing LNG from Qatar at the cheapest rate in Asia.
A C-130 Aircraft carrying relief goods left for Colombo today.
The step has been taken in line with Prime Minister’s directive to provide all necessary assistance to the Government and people of Sri Lanka, for rescue and relief operation, following the devastating flood.
The Aircraft is carrying Tarpaulins, Tents, Mats, Aqua Tabs and electricity generators.
Foreign Office Spokesman said the Government and the people of Pakistan stand with the brotherly people of Sri Lanka in this hour of need and will continue to assist in the rehabilitation of those affected by this natural calamity.
A three-day anti-polio campaign to administer anti-polio drops to children up to five years began in Punjab today .
During the campaign about eleven million children in 36 districts of the province will be administered polio vaccine.
For this purpose, hundreds of teams have been constituted for the campaign, while strict security arrangements have also been made.
Acting Consul General of the United Arab Emirates, Bakheet Ateeq Al Romaithi says Pakistan and UAE enjoy deep rooted brotherly relations.
He was talking to newsmen after distribution of ration in Karachi by Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation among deserving people of the backward areas of Sindh and Balochistan.
In the first phase over 4,000 families will be provided free of cost ration during the holy month of Ramazan while in the second phase 3,000 more families will be given the benefit.
World Humanitarian Summit begins in Turkish city of Istanbul today.
Delegates from across the world including UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon are attending the summit.
The summit is aimed at addressing the fast deteriorating global humanitarian situation.
In a statement UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien said 130 million people need humanitarian aid in the world.
He said 25-30 billion dolllars are needed to provide humanitarian assistance worldwide.
President Barack Obama has announced full lifting of arms embargo on Vietnam.
He made the announcement today during a joint news conference in Hanoi alongside his counterpart Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang.
In Yemen, forty five army recruits were killed in two suicide attacks in Aden today.
According to reports, twenty recrits were killed when a suicide car bomber targeted a line outside an army recruitment center while twenty five others killed when a second bomber on foot detonated his explosive vest among a group of recruits waiting outside the home of an army commander.