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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says the government is making hectic efforts to take the country on the path of progress and prosperity. He was speaking at the launching ceremony of the report "Powering Pakistan for 21st Century: How Maths and Science Power Nations," in Islamabad on Friday. Nawaz Sharif regretted that in the past, the vital areas of food security, environmental issues, educational reforms, economic stability were ignored. He said his government is endeavoring to improve the condition of the educational institutions and is upgrading all schools in the federal area in order to bring these at par with those in the modern world. He said this pilot initiative will be expanded to cover each and every corner of the country to ensure improvement in facilities and quality of education.  

Program Incharge: Bilal Khan Mahsud

Host: Shehzad Amjad Farooqi

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Analyst Live on Phone:

Barrister Daniyal Chaudhary (Leader, PML-N)

"To acquire modern knowledge is imperative for progress and development of Pakistan. The education budget has been increased by the current government. The Punjab government has also increased education budget. Also, it has earned scholarships in foreign universities for Pakistani students. Federal government has also allocated funds for federal schools and they will be provided state of the art facilities".

LAW, ORDER SITUATION IMPROVED DUE TO CIVIL-MILITARY JOINT EFFORTS: NISAR

Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan inaugurated Sangjani-Biswal Interchange at M-1 near Islamabad today. The project has been completed at a cost of 650 million rupees jointly contributed by Army Welfare Trust, WAPDA and Engineering Cooperative Housing Societies. The completion of the projects has linked western route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor with Hakla, Dera Ismail Khan. The interchange will benefit one million local populations besides significantly reducing the travel time from Taxila, Khanpur, Wah Cantt and Hazara to Lahore, Karachi and Dera Ismail Khan. The travel time between Islamabad and Dera Ismail Khan will be reduced to three hours. The project has been completed during a record period of eight months. Addressing the ceremony, Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has said that law and order situation in the country has improved due to civil-military joint efforts. The Interior Minister said that the country is facing different challenges but overall situation in all the sectors has improved in all parts of the country. He said the protests and sit-ins are not the solution to the issues. He said being united we can resolve all the problems facing the nation. 

Analyst Live on Phone:

Tahira Aurangzeb (Leader, PML-N)

"The government of PML-N has brought stability to economy of the country and established peace and tranquility in Pakistan. CPEC will bring prosperity to Pakistan and it will emerge as a strong country. With the efforts of incumbent government, military and security institutions, terrorism is controlled in Pakistan. A network of motorways is being constructed in Pakistan. Energy crisis will also be controlled till 2018".

COAS APPROVES PLAN TO SUPPORT CONDUCT OF POPULATION, HOUSING CENSUS

According to ISPR, up to 200,000 troops will be empowered while continuing other security responsibilities. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has approved plan to support conduct of sixth population and housing census.  According to ISPR, up to 200,000 troops will be empowered while continuing other security responsibilities.

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