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DATED: 27 JULY, 2016     

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HEADLINES

Pakistan and Britain have agreed to continue close cooperation in post Brexit era.

Syed Murad Ali Shah has been nominated as new Sindh Chief Minister.

Economic Coordination Committee allows additional rebate of thirty dollars per ton on export of surplus wheat and flour.

Senate has constituted a special committee to ensure implementation of laws supporting marginalized segments of society. 

US Democratic Party nominates Hillary Clinton as their presidential candidate.

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NAWAZ-THERESA:

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has extended congratulations to Theresa May on her historic appointment as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

 

In a telephonic conversation, he expressed the confidence that under her leadership and vision, Britain will become ever stronger, continuing its important role in world affairs.

 

He said the government and the people of Pakistan greatly value her long association with Pakistan.

 

The Prime Minister of Britain, Theresa May thanked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his kind words saying Pakistan is their dependable ally.

          

She assured the Prime Minister that both the countries will work together in the post Brexit era and there will be no adverse effects on bilateral relations after Great Britain exits the EU.

          

The British Prime Minister said Pakistan and the United Kingdom will work together as partners on security related matters and strengthening democracy.

          

 

NOMINATION

Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has nominated Syed Murad Ali Shah as new Sindh Chief Minister.

 

Syed Qaim Ali Shah will present his resignation to the Governor Sindh Dr. Ishratul Ebad Khan on Wednesday.

 

Earlier, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah presented his resignation to Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari during the party's Parliamentary meeting in Karachi.

 

 

 

ECC

The Economic Coordination Committee has approved exemption from customs duties, levies and other taxes the import of equipment for two projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

 

The approval was given by the Committee at a meeting in Islamabad with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair.

 

The projects include Karakorum Highway Phase-II (Thakot to Havelian section) and Karachi-Lahore Motorway (Sukkur to Multan Section).

 

The committee also approved remittance of AED100 million (equivalent to over twenty-seven million dollars) on account of planned opening of wholesale Branch of Bank Alfalah in the United Arab Emirates.

 

This investment will create employment opportunities for Pakistani nationals in the UAE.

 

The committee also allowed additional rebate of thirty dollars per ton on the export of surplus wheat or flour to allow the exporters to sell the commodity on competitive rates 

 

DAR

Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar says the money of Pakistanis in the Swiss Banks would be brought back to the country.

 

In an interview, he hoped to reach an understanding with the Swiss Government soon to get information about such money in their banks under a multi-lateral agreement.

 

The Minister said Swiss authorities had  done away with their four conditions and agreed to exchange information to this effect.

 

Ishaq Dar expressed the resolve to say goodbye to International Monetary Fund after completion of 12th review of its programme for Pakistan starting from on Wednesday.

                 

 

SHAHBAZ-ENERGY:

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says timely completion of energy projects is the mission of PML-N government.

 

Talking to Director China's National Energy Administration Nur Bekri in Beijing, he said government has made fast progress in energy projects.

 

The Chief Minister appreciated Chinese institutions' contribution to energy projects in Pakistan.

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE

The upper house of the parliament has constituted a special committee to ensure implementation of existing laws and policies to support marginalized segments of the society. 

 

The committee was unanimously approved by the House.

 

Earlier, senators from both opposition and treasury benches participated in the discussion on the existing laws and policies relating to marginalized segments of society, vulnerable children, women and handicapped, transgender and minorities.

 

Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani asked the leader of house and leader of opposition in the senate to cooperate in the constitution of the committee for representation of both sides.

 

He said the committee will examine the existing laws and suggest certain amendments if required.                                                               

 

ECP:

The newly appointed four members of the Election Commission will take oath of their offices on Wednesday.

 

Chief Election Commissioner Justice (Retd) Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan will administer the oath. 

 

 

ARF

ASEAN Regional Forum has expressed the resolve to intensify cooperation on growing global challenges of terrorism, migration, refugees, climate change and maritime security.

 

The move came on conclusion of two-day forum attended by foreign ministers of twenty-seven countries, including ten ASEAN states, Pakistan, China, the United States, Russia, EU, and India in Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic. 

 

Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz led the Pakistani delegation in the forum.

 

The participants called for strengthening cooperation in management of cross border movement of criminals, and enhancing collaboration among maritime law enforcement agencies.

 

They deliberated on ways and means to enhance peace and security of Asia Pacific region and beyond.

 

On the sidelines of ARF, Sartaj Aziz held meetings with the Foreign Ministers of Singapore, New Zealand, Norway and the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

 

The Foreign Ministers acknowledged Pakistan's key role in the fight against terrorism. They also appreciated recent economic progress made by Pakistan and expressed their desire to further strengthen bilateral relations in political, economic and cultural fields.

 

RANGERS

Sindh Rangers in an operation have unearthed a huge quantity of arms and ammunition buried in the back of office of a political party in Karachi.

 

According to a Rangers spokesman, the operation was carried out on a tip given by an arrested member of the party.

 

FUNERAL:

Funeral prayer of two army personnel, martyred in a terrorist attack was offered in Karachi last night.

 

The Corps Commander Lt General Naveed Mukhtar, D.G Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar, representatives of all the three armed forces and I.G Police Sindh attended the funeral prayer.

 

ANNIVERSARY

The 67th martyrdom Anniversary of Captain Sarwar, Shaheed, Nishan-e-Haider is being observed on Wednesday.

 

He is the first recipient of Pakistan's highest gallantry award Nishan-e-Haider for his valor in fight against India, in 1947.  

 

 

HILLARY:

In the United States, Democratic Party has nominated Hillary Clinton as their presidential candidate for the upcoming presidential elections.

 

Her nomination came at a roll call vote from all fifty states at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

 

She is the first woman ever to lead a major political party into the general election.

 

UN-SYRIA:

The United Nations' envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura hopes the intra-Syrian peace talks could be restarted next month.

 

He was talking to newsmen after meeting with US Syria envoy Michael Ratney and deputy Russian foreign minister Gennady Gatilov in Geneva, as part of diplomatic efforts to end the Syrian conflict. 

 

He said our aim is to proceed with a third round of intra-Syrian talks towards the end of next month.

 

 

AFGHANISTAN:

In Afghanistan, government forces, backed by US airstrikes, have ramped up an offensive against the Islamic State group in Nangrahar province.

 

This has been stated by an Afghan defence ministry spokesman in Kabul.

 

Meanwhile, the Afghan troops are said to have seized large parts of the mountainous district of Kot which is a key IS stronghold where they have set up training camps.

 

A US military spokesman said the group has been confined to two or three districts in Nangarhar.

 

WEATHER:

 

Widespread rain-thundershower with isolated heavy falls occurred in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Gujranwala divisions and Kashmir while scattered rain thundershower occurred in Malakand and Hazara divisions.

 

Rain-thunderstorm with isolated heavy fall accompanied by windstorm is expected at a number of places in Islamabad, upper Punjab, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir on Wednesday. Rain is also expected at isolated places in south Punjab, D.I. Khan, Bannu, Zhob, Kalat and Mirpurkhas divisions.

 

Light rain and drizzle is expected along Sindh-Makran coast.

 

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded on Wednesday morning:

 

Islamabad twenty-two degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-seven, Peshawar thirty-one , Karachi twenty-eight, Quetta twenty-four, Gilgit and Muzaffarabad twenty-three and    Murree seventeen degree centigrade.


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