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HEADLINES

       OCTOBER 25, 2016         

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Prime Minister is visiting Quetta today to review law and order situation.

Interior Minister appreciates law enforcement agencies for rendering huge sacrifices for stability of the nation.

International Monetary Fund has reiterated its full support to Pakistan to address economic challenges and realize its superb potential.

Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing on Line of Control and working boundary at Bhimber and Chhaprar sectors today.

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PM-QUETTA:

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has postponed all of his engagements in Islamabad and decided to pay a visit to Quetta.

During his visit, he will inquire about the health of those wounded in Quetta terrorist attack.

The Prime Minister will also chair a high-level meeting with regards to law and order situation.

 

QUETTA-TOLL:

The number of law enforcement agencies’ personnel who embraced martyredom in the last night deadly suicide attack on Police Training Centre in Quetta has risen to sixty one.

According to police, twenty out of 124 injured are in critical condition.

 

FUNERAL-QUETTA:

Funeral prayers of Quetta martyreds was offered this afternoon.

Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri, Provincial Ministers, elected representatives and other civil and military officials attended the funeral prayer.

 

AFGHANISTAN:

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has condemned terrorist attack on Pakistan's police academy in Quetta.

In a statement, he said terrorism is a common threat for the stability of the region and world.

 

NISAR:

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says law enforcement agencies are rendering huge sacrifices for stability of the nation.

Addressing passing out parade of police officers in Islamabad  today, he said fight against terrorism will be taken to its logical conclusion.

Interior Minister said terrorist are operating from across the border and they will be defeated at all costs.

He emphasized the need for greater coordination amongst law enforcement agencies to foil evil designs of the enemies.

 

IMF:

Managing Director International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde has reiterated full support to Pakistan in its endeavors to address economic challenges and realize its superb potential.

She was addressing a news conference along with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad today.

Christine Lagarde felicitated Pakistan on having successfully completed IMF supported economic reforms package.

She pointed out that as a result of better economic performance, the country has significantly improved social protection spendings.

She also expressed satisfaction over gradual reduction in power outages and better financial discipline of the power sector.

Christine Lagarde said Pakistan has achieved a lot over the last few years but much more also needs to be done in the next phase to address the remaining challenges to ensure higher standards of living for their people.

She said structured reforms are required in different sectors including power besides there is need to plug losses in public enterprises.

 

ADD-IMF:

Speaking on the occassion, Finance Minister, Ishaq Dar said besides consolidating gains of the last three years, the Government would focus for next two years on growth, creation of job opportunities, poverty reduction and creating space for social sector spending. 

He said development spending has been increased from 300 billion rupees three years back to 800 billion rupees this year.

Ishaq Dar expressed pleasure that for the first time the country completed an IMF programme and embarked upon comprehensive economic and financial reforms.

The Finance Minister said the battle against terrorism has entered into its last round and incidents like one in Quetta are blow back.

 

CAREC:

A meeting of Senior officials of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation is underway in Islamabad.

The main agenda of the meeting is 'Linking Connectivity with Economic Transformation in CAREC'.

The meeting is focusing on four priority sectors of CAREC including transport, energy, trade facilitation and trade policy. 

The meeting will finalise Report for the 15th Ministerial Conference on Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation to be held tomorrow.

In his welcome remarks Director General, Asian Development Bank Bank Sean O' Sullivan said the Conference is being held at critical time.  He said economic conditions are quite different from when we gave the last strategy and there are new realities and challenges.  He hoped that the delegates will give some new ideas for further increasing the regional cooperation in different fields.

Additional Secretary Economic Affairs Division Ms Anjum Assad Amin said Pakistan attaches great importance to CAREC and wants to work with the member countries for regional integration and economic development.

Senior officials from jAfghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgz, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, Pakistan and representatives of partner multilateral institutions and participating.

 

DECLARATION:

The 53rd Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union General Assembly has pledged to devote substantial and increased radio and television airtime to celebrate and embrace all forms of multi-culturism and diversity.

After meeting in Bali, it adopted a declaration committing to make an effort to work alongside other stakeholders to produce research driven programming.

It urged member states to avoid negative stereotyping and unrealistic portrayal of society and negative images of minorities.

The ABU members recognized their role as broadcasters to improve lives of people throughout the region with knowledge and information.

Meanwhile, speaking at the Conference, Pakistan's Secretary Information and Broadcasting  Mrs Saba Mohsin Raza emphasized on collective efforts to enhance the capasity  of broadcasters among the member countries to face the challenges.

She said Pakistan was the coutry which experienced several severe desasters and our broadcasters extended remarkable services to help affected people.

Secretary Information said Pakistan is ready to share sound experience of its broadcasters with other member countries.

 

LOC:

Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing on Line of Control and working boundary at Bhimber and Chhaprar sectors today.

According to ISPR, Pakistani troops are befittingly responding to the Indian firingand an exchange of firing is continuing.

 

APHC:

In occupied Kashmir, Hurryiat leaders Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have said Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute and its resolution lies only in the implementation of relevant resolutions of United Nations.

In their separate statements in Srinagar, they rejected former puppet Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah's assertions that  resolution of Kashmir dispute was possible within ambit of Indian constitution.

They termed his remarks as baseless and far from historical perspective of the Kashmir dispute.

On the other hand, normal life continued to remain affected by shut-down on 109th consecutive day today in the valley.

 

IRAQ:

Iraqi forces advancing on Mosul are facing stiff resistance from the Islamic State group despite an unprecedented wave of US-led coalition air strikes in support of week-old offensive.

Reports say that federal forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters gained ground in several areas but millitants were hitting back with shelling, sniper fire, suicide car bombs and booby traps.

          

TEST

On the last day of the second cricket test  at Abu Dhabi against Pakistan, West Indies in their second inning were 271 for 7.


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