DATE: 23-05-2016


President says government is taking comprehensive steps for early repatriation and rehabilitation of TDPs.


Planning Minister says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will integrate three engines of growth South Asia, China and Central Asia.


Government says uninterrupted gas is being supplied to industries and power plants.


In Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council elections, PPP secured two while PML N and Muslim Conference one seat each on Monday.


In Syria, over one hundred people have been killed in a series of suicide attacks in Tartus and Jableh cities.





President Mamnoon Hussain says government is taking steps for early repatriation of displaced families to their homes.


He was talking to a delegation of tribal notables which called on him in Islamabad on Monday.


He said displaced people from three tribal agencies have already returned to their homes while the process in the remaining agencies will be completed very soon.


The President said hefty amount has been allocated for the rehabilitation of the displaced families.


He expressed satisfaction over improvement of security situation in the tribal agencies.                           



Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has brought a paradigm shift in Sino-Pak bilateral relations from geo-strategic to geo-economics.


He was addressing a seminar in connection with 65 years of Pak-China diplomatic relations in Islamabad on Monday.


The Minister said Asia has emerged as the center of economics in world and China has changed the scenario through its development in software knowledge.


He said the Corridor is not only a bilateral project between Pakistan and China but it will also establish regional connectivity which will integrate three engines of growth South Asia, China and Central Asia.


He said true nature of friendship was demonstrated when China took the decision to invest forty-six billion dollars in Pakistan under CPEC on the basis of confidence it had on the people of Pakistan.


Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi said China has never pursued the policy of imperialism rather it believes in sharing peace and prosperity with the neighbouring countries.


He said that two countries are fully committed to transform the destiny of the peoples of the region.


In his remarks, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong said Pakistan and China have unique relations which have always withstood the testing times.                       



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 on Monday, 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 uninterrupted gas is being supplied to industries and power plants. He said Pakistan is importing LNG from Qatar at the cheapest rate in Asia.                     



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.         



Pakistan-Iran Chamber of Commerce was inaugurated in Quetta on Monday.


Commerce Minister, Khurram Dastgir inaugurated the Chamber.


The Chamber has been established to enhance volume of bilateral trade.                             



A C-130 Aircraft carrying relief goods for Sri Lankan flood affected people arrived in Colombo on Monday.


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 carried 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.                                  



British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew called on Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan in Islamabad on Monday and discussed bilateral relations.                               



Japanese Ambassador Takashi Kurai called on Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana in Lahore on Monday.


During the meeting they discussed issues of mutual interest particularly economic situation of Pakistan.


On the occasion, the Governor said Pakistan due to its natural resources and important geographical location has a unique status in the community of nations.



A three-day anti-polio campaign to administer anti-polio drops to children up to five years began in Punjab on Monday.


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.                    



Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal has benefitted over eight hundred thousand deserving people through various assistance programmes.


Managing Director Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh in an interview said the deserving people have been provided individual financial assistance, medical aid and education assistance.


He said PBM is determined to provide wheel chairs to each disable person besides providing white canes and hearing aid.                                         



Five persons were killed during firing by unknown gunmen in Turbat on Monday.



Law enforcement agencies foiled a major terrorist bid near police lines in Charsadda on Monday and defused two bombs.


Search operation has been launched in the area to find miscreants.                



In Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council election, Pakistan Peoples Party won two seats while Pakistan Muslim League N and Muslim Conference one seat each on Monday.


According to unofficial and unconfirmed results, Akhtar Pervaiz Awan and Meer Younis of PPP, Malik Pervaiz Awan of PML-N and Mukhtar Abbasi of Muslim Conference have been elected to Council.                           



In Syria, 101 people were killed and several wounded in a series of suicide attacks in Damascus on Monday.


48 people were killed in three bombings in the coastal city of Tartus while another fifty-three died in four bombings including three suicide attacks in Jableh.                             



In Yemen, forty five army recruits were killed in two suicide attacks in Aden on Monday.


According to reports, twenty recruits 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.                



In Iraq, military forces have started operation in Fallujah to recapture the city from Islamic State on Monday.


Police said the operation is being done around the town of Garma, main supply line to the militants.                    



Meteorological office has forecast light rain, thunderstorm with strong winds in different parts of the country including upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, upper Punjab, Islamabad, Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir on Monday evening.

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