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DATED: JANUARY 24, 2017

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HEADLINES

Prime Minister inaugurates Multan Metro Bus Project on Tuesday.

Nawaz Sharif has urged UN Secretary General to use his good offices for resolution of Kashmir issue.

China says the launching of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project has transformed its relationship with Pakistan into strategic partnership.

The United States has withdrawn from Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

A new spell of rain with snow over the hills has begun in different parts of the country on Tuesday.

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PM-METRO

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is inaugurating Multan Metro Bus Project on Tuesday.

 

Technical Advisor of the project Sabir Khan Sadozai told our Multan correspondent that the eighteen point five kilometers long track has been completed at a cost of over twenty-eight billion rupees. Initially thirty-five buses will be run and approximately ninety-five thousand people will travel by these buses daily.

 

He said escalators, lifts, generators, expansion joints and launching pads of the project have been imported from Europe.

 

The Technical Advisor said that the number of buses will be increased if needed.

 

He said the provincial government will also run shuttles on a feeder route to let commuters reach metro track from different parts of the city. 

 

UN-PAK:

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave a detailed briefing to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the appalling human rights situation in Kashmir during their recent meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

 

UN Spokesman Stephanes Dujarric in a briefing said the Secretary General listened carefully to the information given by Pakistani leader about the developments in the region.

 

The Prime Minister urged the Secretary General to implement the UN promise to the people of Kashmir granting them the right to self-determination through a free and fair plebiscite.

 

Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan looks forward to the leadership and good offices of the new Secretary General to implement the relevant UN resolutions to settle the long-standing Kashmir issue.

 

He also reiterated Pakistan's serious commitment to lasting peace and security in the region by building a peaceful neighbourhood.

 

NAFEES:

Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria says Kashmir is the core issue between Pakistan and India and it should be resolved in a peaceful way through dialogue.

 

In an interview, he said Pakistan is sincere in resolving this issue but India has not responded positively to its offer for composite dialogue.

 

Nafees Zakaria called upon the international community and world bodies to intervene to stop Indian forces' brutalities and human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.

 

He said Pakistan has continuously been raising the issue at the United Nations and other fora and significant achievements have been made in this regard.

 

He said according to the vision of the Prime Minister, Pakistan is striving for shared economic prosperity in the region and wants to establish relation with India on the same lines.

 

Answering a question, he said Pakistan wants to resolve water issues with India under the umbrella of Indus Water Treaty.

 

To a question, the Spokesperson said Pakistan welcomes the Trump administration and is looking forward to working with them.

 

AJK-PM:

AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has appealed world powers to exert their due influence on India to resume peace and settle the lingering Kashmir issue.

               

He was talking to PML-N workers at Heathrow airport in London.

                 

Raja Farooq Haider said Indian forces have been employing brutal force to crush the aspirations of Kashmiri people and their just struggle for the right to self-determination.

 

KASHMIR:

In occupied Kashmir, joint resistance leadership has vowed complete shutdown on Thursday, the Republic Day of India.

 

In a statement, it said India has no constitutional right to celebrate its Republic Day in Kashmir as it had illegally occupied the territory with its military might. 

 

NA-COMMITTEE:

National Assembly's Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination has unanimously approved amendments in "the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016".

 

The approval was given at a meeting of the Committee in Islamabad with MNA Khalid Hussain Magsi, in the chair.

 

The Committee approved the amendment with the objective to transplant human organs or tissues in the case of accidental deaths.

 

The Committee also discussed latest updates and progress on Drug Regulatory Authority and appreciated its newly introduced regulations.

 

SHAHBAZ

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif says services of Chinese engineers, technicians and workers would be long remembered for speedy accomplishment of development projects in Pakistan.

    

Addressing a ceremony in Lahore in connection with start of traditional Chinese New Year and spring season, he said new world record is being made of speedy completion of development projects in Pakistan.

    

Chinese Consul General Long Dingbin, on the occasion vowed to take forward Pak-China relationship.

 

He said Pak-China relationship has been transferred into strategic partnership after the launch of the CPEC.

 

DURRANI:

Acting Sindh Governor Agha Siraj Durrani says law and order situation has improved in the province due to sustained efforts of law enforcement agencies.

 

Talking to a delegation of Naval College Lahore, in Karachi he said operation against terrorists will continue till elimination of last terrorist.

 

He said the provincial government is working on different development projects in which K-IV water project is very important for the people of Karachi. He said this project will help solve drinking water shortage problem in the city.

 

FORUM:

A three-day Education World Forum 2017, has started in London, to discuss and debate issues related to education.

 

Senior delegates from Pakistan including, AJK Prime Minister Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan, Federal Minister for Education Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman and Education ministers of the four provinces are participating in the event.

 

During the three-day forum, Pakistani delegates will benefit from knowledge and expertise of leading educationists and policy makers in the field.

 

PACIFIC:

The United States has withdrawn from Trans-Pacific Partnership in a blow to its international allies.   

 

President Donald Trump signed an executive order in this regard pulling his country out of the 12-nation agreement.

 

The agreement was an important pillar of former President Barack Obama's Asia policy.

 

The trade partnership included the United States, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico and its stated aim was to strengthen economic ties and boost growth.

 

PIPELINE:

Iran-Iraq gas pipeline will become operational from on Tuesday.

 

The deal involves supplies of twenty to twenty-five million cubic meters of Iranian gas to Iraq.  

 

 

TALKS:

Peace negotiations between Syrian government and rebels resume in Kazakh capital Astana for the second day on Tuesday.

 

Talks sponsored by Russia and Turkey are aimed at ending the six-year old civil war in Syria.

 

The first day of talks ended yesterday without any apparent breakthrough with both sides accusing each other of ceasefire violations.

 

 

 

IRAQ:

Iraqi forces have taken complete control of the eastern part of Mosul city from Islamic State fighters.

 

Deputy Speaker Iraqi Assembly Sheikh Humam Hamoudi in a statement said left bank of Mosul has been completely liberated from the militants.

 

Military operations are still under way to flush out remaining militants in a pocket in Rashidiya district of the city.

 

Meanwhile, the Islamic State group expelled civilians from their homes along Tigris River on Mosul's west bank, where the militants had deployed gun positions and posted snipers on rooftops.

 

YEMEN:

Yemeni army has recaptured the port city of Mokha from Houthi rebels.

 

Brigader General Ahmed Seif al-Yafai told media that his forces have entered the city and launched search operations. 

 

The latest development came almost three weeks after President  Mansour Hadi's loyalists launched an offensive against the rebels and their allies on the country's south-western coast.

 

RAIN:

A new spell of rains and snowfall has begun in different parts of the country.

 

Director General Pakistan Meteorologist Department Dr Ghulam Rasool told Radio Pakistan that during this spell hilly areas will receive snowfall and plain areas rain.

 

He said duration of this spell will be very short.

 

WEATHER:

 

Rain-thunderstorm with snowfall over the hills is expected at a number of places in Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Islamabad, Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir while at isolated places in upper Sindh on Tuesday.

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded on Tuesday morning was:-

 

Islamabad eleven degree centigrade, Lahore ten, Karachi fifteen, Peshawar twelve, Quetta and Gilgit five, Murree three and Muzaffarabad eight degree centigrade.


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