AUGUST 26, 2017


Prime Minister says France is an important friend and Islamabad wishes to further enhance bilateral relations and multilateral cooperation with Paris.

President has urged youth of Gilgit Baltistan to safeguard China Pakistan Economic Corridor vital for Pakistan's development.

Defence Minister says law and order situation has improved as a result of measures taken by the government.

Riots have engulfed Indian states of Haryana and Punjab after conviction of a Sikh religious leader with army troops deployed to prevent further violence that claimed thirty-two lives.

In Indian held Kashmir three security forces' personnel were killed when gunmen attacked district police lines in Pulwama today.


Earlier, talking to Ambassador of France, Mrs. Martine Dorance, who paid a farewell call on him in Islamabad today, the Prime Minister said Pakistan considers France an important friend and wishes to boost the bilateral relations with it.

The Prime Minister said the two countries are cooperating with each other in the fields of energy, investment and defence sectors.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said it is very encouraging that Pakistan-France Friendship Groups exist in the parliaments of the two countries to promote mutual interaction among the parliamentarians.

He appreciated efforts of ambassador Dorance for further promoting bilateral relations.

The French ambassador thanked the prime minister and appreciated the cooperation of the government of Pakistan during her tenure.

She further said that she will continue to play her role in strengthening relations between the two countries.

President Mamnoon Hussain has urged students to equip themselves with modern education and serve the nation by utilizing all their capabilities and energies.

He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of Hunza campus of Karakorum International University in Hunza today.

The president said today's world has changed manifold in which human resources have acquired greater significance along with natural resources.

The president said that even nations with limited natural resources are considered rich because of promotion of human resources.

He said if the people fully equip themselves with latest education and knowledge, not only Pakistan, but the whole region could prosper remarkably.

He expressed satisfaction over establishment of CPEC Cell by the Karakurram University to educate the students about the enormous benefits of this project.

Mamnoon Hussain announced that a women university will soon be set up in Gilgit-Baltistan.

The President has urged youth of Gilgit Baltistan to safeguard China Pakistan Economic Corridor vital for Pakistan’s development.

Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan says law and order situation has improved in the country as a result of effective measures taken by the government.

Addressing a ceremony in Gujranwala, he said energy projects of thirty-six billions dollar are the part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor to overcome load-shedding.

He said due to prudent policies of the government investment has poured in Pakistan.

Khurram Dastgir said energy production in 2013 were twelve thousand megawatt but now it is nineteen thousand megawatt.

He said democracy and strong economy is ultimate defence of Pakistan.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says population and housing census data will play a vital role in adequate planning, policy-building and effective delivery of services to the people.

He was chairing a meeting of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics in Islamabad today, which reviewed financial expenditures of the 6th Population and Housing Census 2017.

He said successful completion of the census is a major milestone.

The PBS team briefed the Minister on the financial costs incurred on the Census exercise, as well as relevant financial procedures and allied matters.

Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that restructuring of railways will be completed in February next year.

He was talking to the media after attending a ceremony in connection with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Pakistan Railways and NDRA in Lahore today.

The minister said the understanding is a step towards modernisation of the department.

Saad Rafique said we have been trying to convert the 150 years old railways system into a modern one and achieved several goals so far.

He said a Human Resource Department is also being established, which is a dire need of the hour.

Earlier, a memorandum of understanding was signed between NDRA and Pakistan Railways, under which NADRA will issue Smart Cards for employees of Pakistan Railways.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has issued final list of forty-four candidates for by- election in NA-120 Lahore and allotted symbol to them.

ECP Punjab office spokesperson told our correspondent that the prominent candidates are Begum Kulsoom Nawaz of PML-N, Yasmin Rashid of PTI and Fasial Mir of PPPP.

Polling for by-election will be held on 17th of next month.

The government has started registration of Afghan refugees in Balochistan.

This was stated by Provincial Commissioner for Refugees, Brig. Masood Akhtar while talking to newsmen in Khanozia.

He said registration centres have been established in Quetta, Loralai, Pishin and Chaghi districts to issue Afghan citizen cards to these refugees.

He said three lac and fourteen thousand Afghans would be issued cards.

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

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

He said Hizbul Mujahideen is purely indigenous organization representing sentiments and aspirations of Kashmiri people.

The council alleged that this decision reflects joint conspiracy of Modi and Trumph to malign Huriyat leaders and to freedom struggle of Kashmiris.

In occupied Kashmir, two Indian soldiers and a policeman have been killed and six others injured in an attack on district Police Lines in Pulwama.

According to Kashmir Media Service, unknown attackers stormed the police lines where hundreds of Indian policemen and troops were stationed.

On the other hand, Indian army conducted a massive siege and search operation at Hygam area in Sopore after unknown persons fired a rifle grenade on an army vehicle in the area.

Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, has welcomed the US statement that India and Pakistan should engage in direct dialogue to reduce tension and resolve bilateral issues including the Kashmir dispute.

In a statement in Srinagar, he said American stand on Kashmir is a welcome move to reduce the nuclear threat in South Asia.

He urged the United Sates and civilized members of the United Nations to respect their commitments and the UN charter with respect to right of self-determination for all the disputed territories irrespective of colour, cast or creed.

In the Indian state of Haryana, following conviction of a Sikh religious leader law and order situation is further worsening with army troops deployed to prevent further violence, which has claimed thirty-two lives.

The religious leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted for disgracing his two female followers.

Authorities say there could be more violence on the occasion of sentencing of Gurmeet Singh.

Army and paramilitary forces are staging flag marches in all sensitive areas.

Meanwhile, Punjab and Haryana High Court today slammed the government over its security arrangements to deal with the situation.

The court made the stinging observation as the Centre and Haryana government came under scrutiny for administrative lapses to properly handle the situation.

The court termed the Centre’s response to the violence only a knee-jerk reaction asking it why the region is being treated as colonies?

In Iraq, government forces have dislodged Islamic State militants from seventy percent area of Tal Afar city.

This was stated by Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari at a news conference alongwith his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian and French Defence Minister Florence Parly, in Baghdad.

He said remaining part of the city will also be liberated soon.

The Iraqi forces had launched offensive on Tal Afa last Sunday.

Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty four hours.

However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Rawalpindi,Multan, Bahawalpur, D.G Khan, D.I Khan, Sukkur, Nasirabad divisions, FATA and Kashmir.

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