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04-12-1438

27-08-2017

HEADLINES

Prime Minister says infrastructure is being expanded through CPEC projects for attaining a robust economy.

Senate Chairman has stressed the need for strengthening democratic institutions to counter challenges being faced by the country.

Army Chief is in Tajikistan to attend Quadrilateral Counter Terrorism Coordination forum.

Forty-three suspects have been arrested during intelligence-based operations in Lahore, Faisalabad and DG Khan.

Azadi Train, which is on country-wide journey as part of 70th Independence Anniversary celebrations, will leave Hyderabad for Karachi today (Sunday).

In occupied Kashmir, eight Indian forces' personnel have been killed in an attack on District Police Lines in Pulwama.

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PM

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says the government has focused on expanding infrastructure, including road network and power projects that are a pre-requisite for a robust economy.

Talking to a delegation of prominent businessmen led by Muhammad Ali Tabba in Karachi, he said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects are the lifeline of the country and business community should take full advantage of them.

The Prime Minister called for expanding the tax base in the country to boost the national economy.

He said PML-N government has already started the reforms process to facilitate ease of doing business in the country.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi emphasized that interactions between the government and the business community need to be more frequent.

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PERVEZ  

Minister for Commerce and Textile Pervaiz Malik says a number of concrete steps are being taken to increase volume of country's overall exports.

Addressing the closing ceremony of 19th Poultry Expo-2017 in Lahore, he said there is a great demand of poultry in United Arab Emirates and business talks with authorities concerned of UAE are underway to avail this opportunity.

The Minister said the government is ready to provide infrastructural and all other facilities to poultry industry.

Pervaiz Malik said Trade Development Authority Pakistan is working proactively to ensure increase in poultry and other exports of the country.

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AFTAB

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad says some political elements are trying to create hurdles in the country's development journey.

Talking to newsmen in Attock, he said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will be completed at every cost because it is a game changer not only for Pakistan but also for the region.

The Minister said Imran Khan wants to come to power through backdoor.

He said PML-N is united under the vision of Nawaz Sharif and the leadership of Prime Minster Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.   

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SHAHBAZ  

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says all out resources are being utilized for improvement in public health facilities.

He was addressing a meeting via video link in Lahore in which proposal by UK-based investors for investment in health sector in Punjab was reviewed. 

The Chief Minister said the provincial government is implementing a revolutionary programme for development of health sector and provision of best medical facilities to people.

He issued directive for constitution of a committee that will give a final shape to the proposal after holding talks with British investors.

On the occasion, the British investors said they are interested in making investment in setting up a modern hospital and a medical college of UK-standard in Lahore.

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RABBANI  

Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani has emphasized the need for strengthening democratic institutions to counter challenges faced by the country.

Speaking at a seminar in Karachi, he said solution to the country's problems lies in parliamentary system as experiments with presidential system have failed in the past.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Ports and Shipping Hasil Bezanjo said democracy is the best system of governance.

He said all the political parties should sign a charter for the complete empowerment of parliament.

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NAB   

Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Qamar Zaman Chaudhary says NAB is committed to make Pakistan a corruption free country.

He made these remarks in an international conference on Anti-Corruption at Vienna in Austria. 

The Chairman said Pakistan is considered as a role model in SAARC due to its effective anti-corruption strategy.

Qamar Zaman Chaudhary said NAB has adopted zero tolerance policy against corruption.

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COAS  

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa is in Tajikistan to attend Quadrilateral Counter Terrorism Coordination forum, comprising Pakistan, China, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. 

The two-day forum will discuss regional security environment and way forward in relation to situation in Afghanistan and counter terrorism efforts.

On the sidelines, the Army Chief held meetings with Tajik Defence Minister Sherdil Mirzo and Chinese Chief of Joint Staff, General Li Zuocheng.

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SUSPECTS  

Forty-three suspects have been apprehended during intelligence-based operations by Rangers, Counter Terrorism Department, Police and intelligence agencies in Lahore, Faisalabad and DG Khan.

According to ISPR, cache of illegal weapons and ammunition were also recovered from them.

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TRAIN  

Local people warmly welcomed the beautifully decorated Azadi Train with national enthusiasm in Hyderabad last night.

Radio Pakistan correspondent Tariq Mahmood reports that people are taking special interest in the galleries of armed forces, Kashmir, Railways, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Quaid Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The train, which is on country-wide journey as part of 70th Independence Anniversary celebrations, will leave for Karachi this evening (Sunday).

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RALLY  

All Parties Refugees Council will take out a rally in Muzaffarabad today against the US decision of blacklisting Hizbul Mujahideen. 

According to the Council, the US decision against Hizbul Mujahideen is contrary to UN Charter, which has mandated Kashmiris to struggle for achieving their right to self-determination. 

It said Hizbul Mujahideen is a purely indigenous organization representing aspirations of Kashmiri people.  

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KASHMIR

In occupied Kashmir, eight Indian forces' personnel have been killed and several others injured in an attack on District Police Lines in Pulwama.

Unknown attackers stormed the Police Lines where hundreds of Indian policemen and troops are stationed. Four Indian soldiers and four policemen were killed.

Exchange of fire between the attackers and the Indian forces’ personnel was going on till reports last came in.

After the attack, Indian forces cordoned off the areas around the Police Lines, causing huge inconvenience to the people.

Youth took to the streets and pelted stones on the troops and police personnel deployed in the town.

The forces’ personnel fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters. Indian authorities have claimed the killing of three of the attackers.

On the other hand, Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement issued in Srinagar welcomed the US statement that India and Pakistan should engage in direct dialogue to resolve bilateral issues including the Kashmir dispute.

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PILGRIMS-APP

The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has launched the upgraded version of its Manasikana app, which offers a package of electronic services on smart-phones for the guests of Allah during their stay at the holy sites.

The new easy-to-use version of the app is available in seven languages, namely Arabic, English, French, Urdu, Malay, Turkish, and Bengali.

The app also offers several features, including maps of Makkah, Holy sites, Madinah and Jeddah.

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HOCKEY

Pakistan Hockey Federation has announced a seventeen member squad to visit Oman from September 9th to 15th to play five test matches series there.

The squad has been announced after two day trials in Lahore.

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WEATHER  

Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most part of the country during the next twelve hours.

However, rain with thunderstorm is expected at a few places in Bahawalpur, D.G Khan, Multan, D.I. Khan, Kalat divisions, FATA, and Kashmir.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning

Islamabad twenty-four degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-five, Karachi twenty-eight, Peshawar twenty-nine, Quetta nineteen ,Gilgit sixteen, Murree seventeen and Muzaffarabad twenty-four degree centigrade.


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