DATE: 24-01-2017                              


Pakistan successfully test fires surface to surface Ababeel missile having range of twenty two hundred kilometers.


Prime Minister has reiterated his pledge to continue journey of progress and prosperity of the country with full vigour despite hurdles by opponents.   


Finance Minister says government will ensure complete transparency while transacting privatization of state enterprises.


Pakistan Stock Exchange crossed fifty thousand points index mark for the first time on Tuesday. 


Commerce Minister says Pakistan has become an attractive destination for foreign investors with hundred percent repatriation of profits.


Election Commission has urged political parties to ensure greater participation of women in electoral process.


In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state-terrorism, martyred three more youth on Tuesday. 


British Supreme Court orders government to get parliamentary approval before initiating brexit process.   





Pakistan has successfully test fired surface to surface Ababeel missile having a range of twenty-two hundred kilometers.


Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa has congratulated scientists and Pakistan armed forces over their landmark achievement. 


President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have also felicitated the nation, armed forces and scientists over the successful test of the missile.


They described the missile test as an important move to maintain balance of power in the region.


They appreciated the hard work put in by engineers of the Pakistan Military and commended their efforts for development of indigenous missile technology.                        



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says government is developing a modern network of roads to provide the best possible communication facilities to the masses.


He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of Metro Bus service in Multan on Tuesday.


He said the whole country from Karachi to Khunjrab will be connected through motorways and expressways.


He said work is in progress on six-lane motorway from Lahore to Multan, Gojra to Khanewal and Multan to Sukkur while contract of Hyderabad Motorway will be awarded soon. 


The Prime Minister said the government is also executing many power projects across the country to overcome energy crisis.


Nawaz Sharif said land for Diamer-Bhasha Dam has been acquired at a cost of one hundred and ten billion rupees and its reservoir will be bigger than that of Tarbela and Mangla.


He said on completion of ongoing power projects load-shedding will be overcome once for all while price of electricity will also be reduced.


Nawaz Sharif regretted that some politicians want to derail the development process through sit-ins and protests to meet their political ends. He, however, made it clear that the government will continue its journey of progress and prosperity of the country with full vigour.  


The Prime Minister said the elements who are criticizing the government are themselves involved in corruption and nepotism and they will soon be exposed before the nation.


Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Multan Metro Bus service project completed at a cost of 28 billion rupees. He said the project is a gift for the people of Multan, being the country's third and South Punjab's first Mass Transit System.                    



Radio Pakistan in its national hook-up just after the Radio Khabarnama will broadcast a special report in connection with "Prime Minister's address to the Inauguration Ceremony of Metro Bus Service at Multan".



President Mamnoon Hussain has emphasized the need for modernizing education system keeping in view the national objectives.


He was addressing the national education conference in Islamabad on Tuesday.


The President said the country needs an education system which can serve the people. 


He said a committee has been constituted to prepare a uniform curriculum with experts from all provinces.                           



Prime Minister's Advisor on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui has said that Islamic calligraphy is a pivot to unite the Muslim Ummah.


He was talking to Director General of the Institute of OIC for promotion of Islamic History, Art and culture Dr. Khalid Eran in Islamabad on Tuesday.


Irfan Siddiqui emphasized the need of collective efforts of institutions of Muslim countries to promote this tool for the unity among Ummah.      



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says it is government's priority to ensure complete transparency while transacting privatization of state enterprises. 


He said this while chairing a meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday to review matters related to Privatization.


Finance Minister said that the government is actively working to resolve the financial losses caused to the national exchequer by loss-making state-owned enterprises. He stated that the government makes a decision regarding the restructuring or privatization of each loss-making entity on a case-by-case basis while keeping in view the specific circumstances of each entity.                     



Pakistan Stock Exchange has crossed the index of 50,000, which is a historic achievement.


This was announced by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar while addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Tuesday evening.


He said PSX has achieved fifth position in the world and GDP growth rate is showing upwards trajectory.


The Minister said for the first time in the history of Pakistan the economic growth rate of over five percent will be attained by following the economic vision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.


He hoped Pakistan will become 18th big economy by 2050. He urged the all political forces of the country to join hands to achieve this milestone in half of the time.


The Minister said the government is also focusing on overcoming power shortage and creating job opportunities. 


Dar said a consortium of the United Kingdom and China will invest 85 million dollars in Pakistan's market.                                                                                


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has congratulated Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for achieving this landmark success.                          



Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan says Pakistan offers immense opportunities for investment and trade. 


He was addressing representatives of Pakistani diaspora in Belgium on Tuesday.


The Minister said that an era of stability and socio economic development has begun in Pakistan.   


He said macroeconomic and structural reforms and improved security have played an important role in country's economic growth.


He said travel advisories on Pakistan are being revised the world over and as a result foreign investors have started to return to Pakistan.


Khurram Dastgir said Pakistan has one of the most attractive investment regimes in the world, allowing foreign investors 100 percent repatriation of profits and easy convertibility into foreign exchange.


Talking to senior officials of European Commission and members of European Parliament in Belgium on Tuesday, Khurram Dastgir Khan said focus of Pakistan has now shifted towards strengthening its economy through trade rather than aid.   


The Minister accentuated correlation of economic progress with peace and stability of any country and said that economic and social indicators are on the rise in Pakistan.   



Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has said Pakistan Navy is fully prepared for the security of Indian Ocean and maintenance of peace. 


Addressing a ceremony in Karachi on Tuesday, he also appreciated the role of Pakistan navy regarding security of China Pakistan Economic Corridor.


The Minister commended Navy's role in improving living standard of the masses along country's coastal line.                         



Minister for Housing and Works Akram Khan Durrani has stressed upon the speedy work on rising of Baran Dam Bannu and up gradation of Kurram Garhi Power House.


Talking to Secretary Water and Power Muhammad Younis Dagha in Islamabd on Tuesday, he said that both the projects should be completed on priority basis.


The Minister said that these projects will also create employment opportunities for people of the region that has badly been affected by terrorism.                                 



Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme Marvi Memon says fifty thousand BISP beneficiaries have benefited from Prime Minister Interest Free Loan Scheme.


Interacting with BISP beneficiaries at Tando Muhammad Khan on Tuesday, she said the programme provides dignity, empowerment and meaning of life to its beneficiaries. 


The Chairperson said the new survey for National Socio-Economic Registry (NSER) update has begun and urged people to get themselves registered.                                               



Supreme Court has adjourned hearing of the Panama Papers case till on Wednesday.


Taufiq Asif, the counsel of Jamaat-e-Islami on Tuesday completed his arguments.


The counsels of the Prime Minister and the PTI have already completed their arguments.                



Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that the achievements of the Government have unnerved opponents who are now making false allegations against the Prime Minister and his family.


Talking to media outside Supreme Court in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said CPEC has added to frustration of our opponents.


Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said the country is treading on the path of progress and prosperity which is becoming indigestible for the people who rely on politics of allegations.


Meanwhile, addressing a news conference in Islamabad, Prime Minister's spokesman Dr Musadik Malik said that all bank and wealth statements and other documents of properties of Jati Omra have been submitted in the court.


Speaking at the occasion, MNA Daniyal Aziz said PTI Chief is using abusive language against national institutions by leveling baseless allegations.                  



Election Commission of Pakistan has urged the political parties to ensure greater participation of women in the electoral process.


In a letter addressed to sixteen major parties the ECP said it is the constitutional responsibility of ECP to ensure free and fair elections.


The Election Commission said article 25 of the constitution guarantees equal rights to all citizens of Pakistan. Therefore, all citizens should be provided equal opportunities in elections including women, handicapped, minorities and backward people.    



Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says CPEC will prove to be the game changer for not only Pakistan but also for the whole South Asia.


Talking to President of National Forum for Environment and Health Naeem Qureshi in Peshawar on Tuesday, he said that uplift of FATA is the top most priority of the Federal Government.


He said CPEC will also help boost economic condition of the tribal people.                       



The federal government has released over five billion rupees for welfare of Temporarily Displaced Persons of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.


FATA secretariat sources told our Peshawar correspondent that the amount will be spent on providing compensation to the tribal people whose houses were destroyed or damaged in terrorist acts.


The owner of each damaged house will receive four hundred thousand rupees while partially damaged houses' owners will get one hundred sixty thousand rupees each.   



The Sindh Assembly unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday regarding checking of illegal arms, their manufacturing and sale in the province.


The resolution was moved by MQM member Kamran Akhtar.


Speaking on the occasion, Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah said provincial government is working to check manufacturing and trade of illegal arms.                      



Five persons were killed and twelve others injured when a coach collided with a coaster in Surab area of Kalat on Tuesday.                



Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman says PML-N led government will continue to work for the development of the country.


Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said, the development projects in Gilgit Baltistan are being completed on special directions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.


He said various projects of Gilgit Baltistan have been included in China Pakistan Economic Corridor including Diamer Bhasha Dam.


Hafeez-ur-Rehman said a constitutional package for Gilgit Baltistan is under process and will be announced soon.                      



Azad Jammu and Kashmir Government and British Council have signed an agreement to impart training to six thousand teachers in the state.


The Memorandum of Understanding was signed between AJK Minister for Education Syed Iftikhar Gillani and head of British Council in London on Tuesday.


Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan speaking on the occasion said that thousands of school students will benefit from this agreement.                         



Foreign Office spokesman has said that Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi has raised the issue of two Pakistani children, who mistakenly crossed to other side of the border, with Indian authorities.


In a statement on Tuesday, he said the Indian authorities have acknowledged that the little boys named Faisal Hassan and Ahsan Khursheed mistakenly crossed the border.                       



In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred three more Kashmiri youth during siege and search operations at Hadoora in Ganderbal and Sunderbani area of Rajouri.


Hurriyet leaders including  Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Shabbir Ahmed Dar and Muhammad Iqbal Mir in their statements in Srinagar said that sacrifices of the Kashmiri martyrs’ would not be allowed to go waste and their mission will be taken to its logical end.


On the other hand, Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world will observe the 26th January, the Indian Republic Day, as Black Day, on Thursday.


Call for observance of the Black Day has been given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to convey to the world that India had denied the people of Jammu and Kashmir their inalienable right to self-determination.


The day will be marked with a complete strike in occupied Kashmir and anti-India demonstrations and rallies in the world capitals.


In New Delhi, noted journalist and former editor of The Indian Express, Shekhar Gupta, in a tweet message said that why no pellet guns were used in Chennai where mobs attacked police station and burnt vehicles in the metropolis when similar attacks were cited as an excuse to use the lethal weapon in occupied Kashmir.                        



In Britain, Supreme Court has ruled that the government must get parliamentary approval before starting the process of leaving the European Union.


The judgment means the Prime Minister Theresa May cannot begin talks with the EU until MPs give their opinion over the issue.


The court gave the verdict with eight to three votes.  


The court also ruled that parts of the United Kingdom-Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not need to be consulted.


The case was considered the most important constitutional issue, which ultimately wields power in Britain's system of government.               



Turkey, Russia and Iran have reached an agreement on a three-way mechanism to monitor and enforce a cease-fire in Syria. 


The mechanism would allow three countries to respond immediately to reports on breaches of the cease-fire by using their influence to end attacks.


Concluding the Syria talks in Astana, Tehran, Moscow and Ankara also said they supported the willingness of the armed opposition groups to participate in the next round of talks to be held in Geneva on 8th of next month.


They also called on rebels in Syria to break away their affiliation from al-Qaida.


Meanwhile, the United Nations has appealed for more than eight billion dollars this year to help millions of people displaced inside Syria by the war or forced to flee abroad.

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