DATE: 27-08-2017                          


Prime Minister says the government has ensured transparency in all the development projects. 


One hundred million trees will be planted Under Prime Minister's Green Pakistan Program across the country.


Registration cards will be issued to afghan refugees after Eid-ul Azha.


Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson says United States wants a peaceful solution in Afghanistan and hoped Taliban would enter the peace process.


The Professional Squash Association has agreed to host international events in Pakistan from next year.





Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says the government has ensured transparency in all the development projects in the country.


Addressing the inaugurating ceremony of the LNG terminal at Port Qasim in Karachi on Sunday, he said that the terminal has been completed within the record time of 330 days.


He said the bidding for LNG terminal was completely transparent.


The Prime Minister said that the terminal is second of its kind and will facilitate in transporting LNG to power house for producing cheap energy.


Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that so far 100 cargo ships loaded with LNG have arrived at the first terminal. The terminal has a capacity to handle 750 million standard cubic feet gas per day.


He said that by end of November this year load shedding throughout the country will become history.



A consultative meeting of Pakistan Muslim (N) was held in Lahore, regarding the by-election for the NA-120.  


Maryam Nawaz, Federal Minister Pervez Malik, Senator Pervez Rashid, Provincial Ministers Bilal Yaseen, Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman among other party leaders attended to meeting. 


During the meeting, various issues including strategy, related to the election campaign for the by-election were discussed.



Advisor to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui says the government plans to establish a national institute to promote the art of calligraphy.


He was addressing the participants of four-day International Calligraphy Exhibition in Islamabad on Sunday. 


The Advisor said Pakistani calligraphers have made their mark internationally and have imparted the soft and positive image of the country.



The Government is making concerted efforts to increase forest cover in the country.


According to official sources, the National Forest Policy was prepared in consultation with provinces and stakeholders, which includes guidelines for forest protection and enhancing tree plantation.


Under Prime Minister's Green Pakistan Program one hundred million new trees will be planted at a cost of 3.6 billion rupees in all four provinces and regions for the period of 2017 to 2020-21.                             



An effective guidance system will be in place at the tent city of Mina, where pilgrims spend the first day of Hajj rituals, to facilitate Pakistani pilgrims locate their way and tents.   


This was stated by Director General Hajj Sajid Yousafani in an exclusive talk with our correspondent Zahid Hameed in Makkah.   


He said there will be pickets of Moavneens close to the tents of Pakistani pilgrims. These Moavneens clad in green jackets and carrying small Pakistani flags will be provided with Mina maps to properly guide the Hujjaj.


He said Mina Maps have been printed and these will also be distributed amongst the Hujjaj so that they could themselves locate their places. In addition, a main office is also established in Mina from where the Pakistani pilgrims can seek any kind of guidance.


Responding to a question, Sajid Yousafani said over two thousand people will be deployed in Mina for the assistance of hujjaj.  


He said the Hujjaj will be provided with Maktab numbers and the train tickets two days before their departure for Mina. He, however, pointed out that about forty five to forty six thousand Pakistani pilgrims will get train tickets while the remaining will travel by buses. 



Head of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the two holy Mosques Abdul Rehman Al Sudais has said that Hajj provides a platform for promoting unity amongst Muslims.


Addressing a hajj symposium in Makkah, he said the world is suffering from terrorism, violence and sectarianism. He said justice, security and peace are common objectives of all religions and divine messages. Peace should be the basis of relations between peoples, groups and countries.


He said the number of pilgrims so far reached in Saudi Arabia is 1.6 million and is expected to hit two million on the day of Arafat.                         



Preparations of Eid ul Azha are in full swing across the country.



Iran has reopened the Pak Iran Trade Gate in Taftan area of district Chagai.    


According to official sources local level trade activities have resumed after reopening of Zero Point Gate which was closed by Iran a month ago.



Pakistan and United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees have jointly launched a registration campaign for registration of Afghan refugees.       


Talking to APP in Islamabad on Sunday, Chief Commissioner for Afghan refugees, Dr Imran Zaib Khan said that twenty-one centers have been established across the country in this regard.


He said so far over 20,000 afghan refugees were registered.


He said that the main purpose of this registration campaign is to facilitate the Afghan refugees maximum and registration cards will be issued to them after Eid-ul Azha.


Imran Zaib said Pakistan took various steps for the welfare of Afghan refugees including education and health sector.


He said that international community appreciated the hospitality and generosity of Pakistan for hosting the world largest number of refugees from a long time.    



Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson says United States wants a peaceful solution in Afghanistan and hoped Taliban would enter the peace process.


In an exclusive interview with Afghan media outlet TOLO news, General John Nicholson says civilian casualties are a real tragedy in Afghanistan.       


The US commander in Afghanistan again levelled baseless allegations that Afghan Taliban leadership has a presence in Pakistan. He alleged that the so called Quetta shura and Peshawar shura are identified by cities inside Pakistan and we know Afghan Taliban leaders are in these areas.


Pakistan has strongly rejected these allegations and maintained that Islamabad has taken military action against militants of all hue and colors. Pakistan has successfully completed operation Khyber 4 eliminating terrorists in Rajgal and Shawal valleys. 


Earlier, the top security council of Pakistan,  National Security Committee chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi  has outrightly rejected the specific allegations and insinuation made by President Trump against Pakistan.



In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops martyred three youth during their siege and search operation in Pulwama district.


Talking to newsmen in Srinagar, Inspector General of Police Munir Khan said that three burnt bodies of youth were retrieved from the Police Lines area in Pulwama district. 



A rally against US decision of blacklisting Hizbul Mujahideen was taken out in Muzaffarabad on Sunday.


The rally was arranged by All Parties Refugees Council and started at Muzaffarwani Shaheed Chowk and concluded at Shaheed Afzal Goro Chowk amid US-India bond Murdabad slogans.


Addressing the participants of the rally, the speakers asked US to revise its decision.


They said Hizbul Mujahideen is indigenous organization representing sentiments and aspirations of Kashmiris who are struggling for achieving their right to self-determination for the last 70 years.


They appealed UN and other world level organization to send their special missions to the held valley so as to witness the situation.  



In South Sudan, at least nineteen people including a US journalist have been killed during fighting between government troops and rebels in Yei River state.   


According to report, three government soldiers were also killed.



In Yemen, two people have been killed and several wounded in clashes between Houthi fighters and supporters of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa.



The Professional Squash Association has agreed to host international events in Pakistan from next year.


Talking to APP, Vice President Pakistan Squash Federation Qamar Zaman said we have been intimated from PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough that he wants to see revival of international squash in Pakistan.


He said an official of PSA after visiting Pakistan and monitoring security situation had submitted satisfactory report in this regard.


He said it is targeted to host four tournaments of 25,000 dollars in Pakistan next year.   



Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its national hook-up at 1605 hours a special programme under the series "DAR KHULA KHUSHALI KA".

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