DATE: 25-06-2017                         


Rescue and relief measures by the civil and military teams are underway after the oil tanker fire incident near Bahawalpur that claimed one hundred and twenty-five lives.


Prime Minister says no one will be allowed to sabotage the ongoing development process in the country.


An IT Software Park will be established in Islamabad with the help of Korean Government.


The United Nations has offered to help resolve the Gulf crisis.





At least one hundred and twenty-five people were killed and more than fifty others injured when an oil tanker over turned due to over-speeding on National Highway near Ahmedpur Sharqia, Bhawalpur on Sunday morning. 


Official sources told our Bahawalpur correspondent that leakage of oil started from the oil tanker and people of nearby localities started collecting oil from the tanker.


Meanwhile, the tanker caught fire and exploded resulting into killings and injuries. 


The injured are being shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital.                     



President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif have expressed heartfelt deep grief and sorrow over the tragic incident of oil tanker near Ahmed Pur Sharqia on Sunday.


In their separate condolence messages, they sympathized with bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of the injured.


Prime Minister has directed provincial administration to provide all best medical facilities to the injured people.


President Mamnoon Hussain has also expressed profound grief over the incident and prayed for departed souls.



Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has expressed heartfelt deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious human lives in oil tanker incident near Ahmed Pur Sharqia.


Taking notice of the incident, he has sought report from the concerned authorities.



Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has also expressed deep grief on loss of precious lives in oil tanker incident.


He directed to provide full assistance to civil administration in rescue and relief operations.


According to ISPR, army aviation helicopters have been sent for evacuation of casualties to hospitals and burn centers that have been put on high alert.                   



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has reaffirmed the resolve to continue the journey of progress and prosperity in the country despite all odds.


Talking to reporters at his UK residence, he said Pakistan is now at a take-off stage due to an economic turn-around after a lot of effort by the PML-N government over the last four years.


He said every month a new power project is being commissioned and loadshedding is going to be overcome once for all.


The Prime Minister said a network of motorways and roads is being constructed across the country while a number of mega development projects are being executed to improve infrastructure.


Nawaz Sharif said the government with the help of our armed forces would soon uproot the menace of terrorism.


The Prime Minister however regretted that some anti development and anti-democracy forces are out to destabilize the country.


He vowed that these conspirators would not be allowed to implement their negative agenda at any cost.



An IT Software Park will be established in Islamabad with the help of Korean Government at a cost of six billion rupees.


According to official sources to bring information technology revolution in the country the Government is upgrading the higher education sector on modern standards of information technology.


The measures include establishing smart campuses in different universities and providing strong Information Communications Technology infrastructure to interlink cities across the country.


The Government has also launched project to provide 3G services to remote areas to widen digital reach to all regions of the country.



The World Bank has approved a mid-term review to support social sector development in Pakistan in partnership with International Finance Corporation.


According to the sources, the World Bank will provide assistance for improvement in energy sector, service delivery and enhancing capability of institutions.


The mid-term strategy is in line with Pakistan's Vision 2025 which include economic reforms, power sector reforms and sustainable solutions to financial issues.


The World Bank and IFC also decided to increase financing by 13 point 3 billion dollars for various sectors over the next three years.


The World Bank and IFC are extending support for improvement of agriculture sector in Punjab, urban development in Karachi and for uplift of living standard of people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.                        



The United Nations has offered to help resolve the crisis between the Arab states and Qatar.


UN spokeswoman Eri Kaneko said we are observing the situation with deep concern and ready to assist all the parties thrash out a solution.


Meanwhile, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said that he backed Qatar's response to a list of demands issued by Arab states boycotting the Gulf emirate.


He said calls for a Turkish military base there to close were disrespectful.

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