DATE: 27-02-2017                            


Senior officials in Islamabad are finalizing agenda for ECO Summit.


President has called for measures to improve safety of old buildings and congested areas.


Federal government has released over four hundred and thirty billion rupees for different development schemes.


Ninety-one suspects have been arrested from various parts of the country under Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.   


Chairman Hurriyet forum has expressed grave concern over grim human rights situation in the occupied Kashmir.


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On the second day of their meeting in Islamabad on Monday, senior officials of ECO member states are finalizing recommendations for consideration of the meeting of Council of Ministers on Tuesday.


Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said in an interview that the officials are discussing ECO Vision 2025, Islamabad Declaration and some administrative matters.


He said after consideration by the Council of Ministers, these would form agenda of the Summit to be held on Wednesday.


The spokesperson said the leaders of the organization would consider ways and means how to take ECO forward. He said all member states have a joint commitment to the regional connectivity, which is theme of the 13th summit.


To a question, he said CPEC is also about regional connectivity and therefore, it would also come under discussion during the conference.


Replying to another question the spokesperson said Pakistan is situated on cross-roads of three important regions and can serve as transit trade route and energy corridor.            



President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday launched the Building Code of Pakistan, Fire Safety Provisions at a ceremony in Islamabad on Monday.   


The code envisaging measures for protection of buildings from fires has been framed jointly by National Disaster Management Authority and Pakistan Engineering Council.


Addressing the ceremony, President Mamnoon Hussain called for measures to improve safety of old buildings and congested areas.


The President pointed out that the code would be applicable to new buildings. He said there are more risks of fire in old and dilapidated buildings due to hanging electricity wires in densely populated area. He expressed confidence that the relevant departments will also pay attention to this problem.


Mamnoon Hussain expressed satisfaction that the building code has been prepared keeping in view our local conditions and environment.


The President urged relevant institutions to ensure implementation of the code and raise awareness among people about benefits of such laws through media.



Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi has underscored the need to further develop relations between Pakistan and Myanmar.


He was talking to Ambassador of Myanmar to Pakistan Win Naing who paid a farewell call on him in Islamabad on Monday.


The Special Assistant appreciated the positive contribution of Ambassador Naing to the improvement of Pakistan-Myanmar relations.


He said these diplomatic relations are one of the oldest relations for Pakistan dating back to 1947.


Ambassador Win Naing highlighted democratic transition in his country and the progress made since then.



The federal government has so far released over four hundred and thirty billion rupees for different social sector development projects against a total allocation of eight hundred billion rupees.


The data released by ministry of Planning shows over one hundred and eleven billion have been released to National Highway Authority for infrastructure and development projects against its total allocation of 188 billion.


Similarly, over one hundred billion rupees have been released for Water and Power sector projects.     


The government has also released over fifty two billion rupees for Temporary Displaced Person.



The number of foreign tourists to Pakistan has risen significantly.


According to a report of Reuters News Agency, despite designs of militants to foil the tourism industry in the country, a large number of tourists from across the world are visiting the country.


Quoting the statistics given by Gilgit-Baltistan tourism department the report says, tourists number rose to nearly seven hundred thousand last year as compared to two hundred and fifty thousand in 2014.



A three-day anti-polio drive began in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, sixteen districts of Balochistan and Larkana division of Sindh on Monday.   


In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, about eighteen thousand teams are taking part in the campaign to administer anti-polio drops to more than five point six million children below the age of five years. Anti polio drops will also be administered to children in seventy-seven Afghan refugees and TDPs' camps.


In Balochistan, more than 1.7 million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio vaccination.


About 1.5 million children will be administered anti-polio drops in Larkana division of Sindh.


Strict security measures have been adopted for safety of polio teams workers.     



Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair has invited China to invest in Karachi. 


He was talking to the Consul General of China Wang Yu who called on him in Karachi on Monday. 


Governor assured the Chinese Consul General of full cooperation in completion of CPEC related projects including Karachi Circular Railway.


Chinese Consul General said that with the completion of CPEC projects, Pakistan will enter into a new era of development.                



Twelve thousand youth have been trained in different trades in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.


Official sources told our Peshawar correspondent that trainees were also given loan up to forty thousand rupees each for starting their own businesses.



Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has taken notice of the killing of two youth by police in Rawalpindi.


He directed concerned authorities for fair investigation into the incident.



At least ninety-one suspects have been arrested across the country in the latest search operations under Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.   


Of them, nineteen suspects have been arrested in Hafizabad and twelve in Kabir-wala.


Meanwhile, forty five suspects were arrested during a search operation in Hangu on Monday morning.


Arms and ammunition were also recovered from their possession.


In Khushab, police have arrested fifteen suspects during a search operation in Behl area.            



Organization of Islamic Cooperation will host a meeting of the International Contact Group on Afghanistan in Jeddah on Tuesday.  


Delegations from over 50 countries are likely to attend the meeting.


The Group, formed in 2009 under auspices of Germany, has emerged as a prominent platform for coordination of the international efforts and initiatives towards contributing peace and stability in Afghanistan.             



Chairman Hurriyet forum Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed grave concern over the grim human rights situation in the occupied Kashmir.


Addressing the members of Japanese media through video conference, he said that lasting peace and economic prosperity will elude South Asia until the Kashmir dispute is resolved in line with aspirations of the people of Kashmir.


He appealed to the international community to come forward and help stop the unprecedented human rights violations perpetuated by the Indian forces upon the people of occupied Kashmir.


Mirwaiz said Kashmir is a political dispute and people should be given the democratic right to choose their destiny.



In Sri Lanka, five prisoners and two warders were killed when an armed gang opened fire on a prison bus in Colombo on Monday.


The prisoners were being transported to court for questioning at the time of firing.



The first Qualifying Final of Pakistan Super League will be played between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators at Sharjah on Tuesday.


The second Qualifying Final will be played on Wednesday between Islamabad United and Karachi Kings.

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