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 Pakistan Stock Exchange with over fifty thousand points index mark has achieved fifth position in the world.


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


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 the 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.


The Prime Minister 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. 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.  


Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Multan Metro Bus service project completed at a cost of 28 billion rupees.                        



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 with the government to achieve this milestone in half of the time.


Ishaq 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.                        



World Bank has shown interest in facilitating long-term financing in Pakistan.


This interest was expressed by World Bank Director Finance Sebastian Molineus at a meeting with Finance Minister Ishaq in Islamabad on Tuesday.


Sebastian Molineus said the economic reforms introduced by the government are strategic, relevant and sustainable, and played a major role in increasing financial inclusion in the country.


Speaking on the occasion, Ishaq Dar said after having achieved macroeconomic stability, the government is now focused on attaining higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.                            



In the Panama Papers case in the Supreme Court, Jamaat-e-Islami's Counsel Taufiq Asif completed his arguments on Tuesday.


The court adjourned the hearing till on Wednesday. 


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



PML-N leaders say PTI and Jamaat-e Islami have completely failed to produce any proof against Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his family in Panama Papers case.     


Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Tuesday, Musadik Malik said all bank and wealth statements and other documents of properties of Jati Omra have been submitted in the court.


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



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


Addressing representatives of Pakistani diaspora in Brussels on Tuesday, he said an era of stability and socio-economic development has begun in Pakistan.   


The Minister said macroeconomic reforms and improved security have played an important role in the country's economic growth.


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 Brussels on Tuesday, Khurram Dastgir said focus of Pakistan has now shifted towards strengthening its economy through trade rather than aid.  



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


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



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


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


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



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.                 



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.                           



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.                          



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.                       



In Britain, the 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.                    



In Italy, at least six people were killed in a helicopter crash in the area of Abruzzo.                       



Rain-thunderstorm with snowfall over the hills is expected at number of places in Islamabad, Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during the next twenty-four hours.


Rain is also expected at scattered places in Sindh, Makran, Kalat and Quetta divisions.

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