DATE: 27-02-2017                                


Pakistan says it will continue working with commitment for the progress of the region and world.


The federal government has so far released over four hundred billion rupees for completion of different projects under Public Sector Development Programme.


At least one hundred and fifty suspects have been arrested across the country under ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.   


Reuters News Agency says number of foreign tourists to Pakistan has risen significantly due to improved security situation.


PEMRA has again directed all media houses to show national responsibility while broadcasting news and reports.


In Occupied Kashmir, joint resistance leadership has issued fresh calendar of protests against Indian atrocities.


European Union has imposed additional sanctions on North Korea over conducting nuclear and ballistic missile tests.


The final of Pakistan Super League will be played on 5th of next month in Lahore.





Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary has said that final draft of Islamabad Declaration of the 13th ECO summit has been finalized focused on the connectivity among the member states.


Briefing media after the conclusion of two-day senior officials meeting of ECO member countries in Islamabad, he said the recommendations will be presented to the Council of Ministers meeting to be held in Islamabad on Tuesday.


He said that the main focus of the summit is on connectivity in the sectors of energy, infrastructure, transport and trade among the regional countries and beyond.


The Foreign Secretary said this summit has special importance because the ECO region and the member states have made tremendous developments in connectivity during the last three to four years.


He said Pakistan has also taken a number of initiatives for connectivity with the Central Asian states through Afghanistan, Iran and China through landmark China Pakistan Economic Corridor Project.


To a question, he said it is the responsibility of Afghanistan not to allow anyone to use its soil against Pakistan.


Answering a question, he said that Pakistan has achieved great successes in the war against terrorism and this shows the commitment of the political and military leadership and people of the country.


To a question, he said no country or group can isolate Pakistan. He said Pakistan will continue its commitment for the progress of the region and the world as well.               



The preparations for ECO summit has been completed.



President Mamnoon Hussain has 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.


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.                    



The federal government has released over four hundred and thirty billion rupees for different social sector development projects under Public Sector Development Programme.


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 rupees.


Over seventeen billion rupees have been released for completion of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission projects and over one hundred billion rupees have been released for Water and Power sector projects.     


About 8.5487 billion rupees have been released for Higher Education Commission and 51.734 billion rupees for Special Federal Development Programme for Temporarily Displaced Persons.                        



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


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


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


In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, forty five suspects were arrested during a search operation in Hangu and thirty five including five Afghan nationals from Umerzai area of Charsadda on Monday.


Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the suspects


Police also arrested twenty-four  suspects including  two Afghan nationals from Kot Momin, Atta Saheed areas of  Sargodha on Monday.



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has directed to carry out census activities professionally with complete coordination among concerned departments.


He was chairing a meeting to review preparations for the upcoming housing and population census in Islamabad on Monday.


He emphasized that timelines should be observed for all the activities.                         



Minister of State for Information, Marriyum Aurangzeb says statement of Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari regarding Supreme Court is a totally irresponsible.


In an interview to PTV, she said Bilawal's statement is another attempt to threaten the institutions.


Marriyum said the opposition wanted to use Panama Case for political scoring.


To a question, she said the decision to hold final of Pakistan Super League in Lahore is great news for the nation. 


She said the nation will thwart the evil designs of terrorists through its joint efforts.                    



State Minister for Water and Energy Abid Sher Ali says that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is committed to make Pakistan load-shedding free by 2018.


He was talking to media at Haveli Bahadur power plant on Monday.


The Minister said government has connected provinces with motorways which will raise the living standard of the people, besides providing them with the basic facilities. 


He said on the directions of Prime Minister, open courts are being held regularly to hear public complaints.                      



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 are being administered anti-polio vaccination.


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


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



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 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 meeting of Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority was held in Islamabad on Monday to discuss the implementation of the electronic media code of conduct.


Chairman PEMRA Absar Alam chaired the meeting.  


The meeting issued notices to different TV channels for broadcasting wrong news about the Blast in Gulberg Lahore. 


The meeting directed all the channels to strictly follow the code of conduct and show national responsibility while broadcasting news and reports. The meeting also directed TV Channels to avoid airing immoral contents in their shows.                       



Punjab government is executing clean drinking water supply programme in 37 Tehsils of southern part of the province in the first phase.


A meeting to review the implementation of the program was held in Lahore on Monday chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.


Addressing the participants, the Chief Minister said Punjab Water Company should try to select the best human resources on merit.


He directed the authority concerned to make the recommendations to restore rural water schemes.               



Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said PML-N government is serving people with complete dedication. 


He gave the remarks while talking to member of National Assembly Najaf Abbas Sial and member of Punjab Assembly Qaisar Ameen Butt who called on him in Lahore on Monday.


The Chief Minister said under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the country is moving forward to the path of progress and prosperity.                      



Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair has invited Chinese investors to invest in the province. 


Talking to the Consul General of China Wang Yu who called on him in Karachi on Monday, he assured full cooperation in completion of CPEC related projects including Karachi Circular Railway.


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



Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari inaugurated newly constructed Jhirk-Mulakatyar Bridge in Thatta on Monday.


Addressing the inauguration ceremony he said this bridge was constructed in period of three years with a cost of 4.5 billion rupees, which connects two coastal districts Tando Muhammad Khan and Thatta.


Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and other PPP leaders were also present on the occasion.                   



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 have also been given loan up to forty thousand rupees each for starting their own businesses.            



National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights has appreciated the role of Ministry of Foreign Affairs for effectively highlighting Kashmir cause on International Fora.


The meeting of the committee was held in Islamabad on Monday with MNA Babar Nawaz Khan in the chair.


The committee recommended that international media must be kept engaged on human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.                            



Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair has said Kashmir is the jugular vein of Pakistan and we will always support Kashmiris' right to self-determination on every forum.


He was talking to the Ameer of Markazi Jamiat Ahle-Hadees Professor Sajid Mir in Karachi on Monday.


The Governor said ‘Kashmir will become Pakistan’ is a slogan of every Kashmiri.


He urged the world community to support the Kashmiris to get their right of self-determination as per the UN resolutions.                    



In Occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyet Forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has appealed to Japan and the international community to help stop grave human rights violations by the Indian forces in held valley.


Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was addressing members of Japanese media in Tokyo through a video conference from Srinagar.


Mirwaiz said lasting peace, stability and economic development would elude South Asia until the Kashmir dispute is resolved according to aspirations of Kashmiri people.


A forceful anti-India protest demonstration held at Lal Chowk in Srinagar, on Monday condemned Indian conspiracies against the Hurriyet leaders and activists.


While reacting to the reports about India’s plot to control media, mosques and madrasas in Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders in their statements said that the plan was aimed at dividing the Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir on sectarian, linguistic and ethnic lines.


Meanwhile, joint resistance leadership has issued fresh protest calendar for the next fortnight starting from Wednesday.


Under the protest calendar, the High Court Bar Association of Kashmir would hold peaceful protests on Wednesday while Resistance Day would be observed on Thursday against the killings of innocent youth.                             



In Afghanistan, an Afghan Taliban commander has been killed in an air strike in Kunduz province.


Kunduz governor Asadullah Amarkhil said Mullah Abdul Salam Akhund was killed when he was holding a meeting in Dasht-e-Archi district. 


He was also Taliban shadow governor in Kunduz province.                        



The European Union has imposed additional sanctions on North Korea over nuclear and ballistic missile tests carried out in defiance of the UN Security Council.


The European Council, comprising the EU's 28 member states, said the new measures include restrictions on trade in metals from North Korea, ban on sale of new helicopters and vessels to Pyongyang, and tighter controls on other sectors.                              



The main opposition group at Syrian peace talks in Geneva plans to meet Russian envoys later on Monday to discuss political transition.  


The High Negotiations Committee negotiator Mohammed Alloush told media that the opposition wanted to discuss the promises the Russians did not keep.


Alloush said the opposition would also talk on humanitarian situation and will emphasize that talks should focus on a real political change.


Meanwhile, Turkey-backed Syrian rebel groups clashed with government forces near al-Bab city in northern Syria.


A statement of Free Syrian Army claimed that twenty two soldiers of Syrian army were killed in the skirmish.


And in another development, a Russian frigate Admiral Grigorovich has left for the Mediterranean where it will join the country's naval forces deployed near the Syrian coast.                       



In Syria, eleven people have been killed in government airstrikes in Idlib province.


According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the war planes hit several areas in the town of Ariha.


Many people are still missing and rescue teams are searching for anyone trapped under the rubble.                        



Iraqi troops have taken control of a key bridge in Mosul in their drive to retake the city.


Commander of the Federal Police Rapid Response Force Maj. Gen Thamir Ahmed told media that his forces captured the bridge in city's western Gawsaq neighborhood on Monday.


Fierce clashes took place as IS fighters fought back with snipers, anti-tank missiles and suicide car bombs.                       



Two Palestinians were wounded when Israeli aircraft carried out strikes in Gaza on Monday.


Witnesses said the aircraft attacked four security positions belonging to Hamas.                       



In Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists have threatened to take control of Ukraine-run businesses in rebel-held areas of the country if the Kiev government does not end a rail blockade.


In a joint statement, leaders of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics said the blockade is against the spirit of the 2015 Minsk peace agreement.


They also said they would stop selling coal to Ukraine and send future coal supplies to Russia or elsewhere.

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