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HEADLINES

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PML-N Parliamentary party meets in Islamabad on Saturday to nominate new Prime Minister.

 

China says change of situation in Islamabad will not affect its strategic partnership with Pakistan.

 

In the Khyber-IV operation against terrorists, security forces have cleared 110 square kilometres area at Rajgal dismantling a number of their hideouts.

 

United States has imposed new sanctions on key Iranian entities involved in its ballistic missile programme.

 

Three-day annual Shandoor Polo Festival begins in Chitral on Saturday.          

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MUSADIK

Senior PML-N leader, Dr Musadik Malik has said an important meeting of the parliamentary party of PML-N is going to be held in Islamabad on Saturday to nominate next Prime Minister.

 

Talking to Pakistan Television, he said Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz would fulfill all the promises made with the people in 2013 elections.

 

He said the PML-N will continue the development projects to facilitate the people and all the projects would be completed before next elections.

 

Musadik Malik said his party accepted the Supreme Court verdict for supremacy of law and stability of the country.

 

SAAD

Senior leader of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz, Khawaja Saad Rafique has said the decision of the Supreme Court on Panama Papers would be implemented despite reservations.

 

In an interview, he said three names from the top PML-N leadership are under consideration for leader of the house for an interim period of about forty-five days.

 

He said the name of Shahbaz Sharif has been considered for next Prime Minister keeping in view his best political record.

 

CM-GB

Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez-ur Rehman has said the Supreme Court judgment will further strengthen PML-N.

 

In a statement, he said the PML-N will win upcoming general election on the basis of its performance and form the government.

 

Hafiz Hafeez-ur Rehman said Nawaz Sharif respected the Supreme Court's verdict and immediately stepped down from his office.

 

PAK-CHINA

China says its strategic cooperative partnership with Islamabad will not be affected by the change of the situation in Pakistan.

 

This was stated by Chinese Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson Lu Kang while commenting on the latest political situation in Pakistan after disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by the Supreme Court.

 

He said its all-weather friendship with Pakistan has withstood the test of times.

 

Lu Kang said the latest situation is the internal affair of Pakistan and as a friendly neighbor, China hopes that all parties and sections in the country can prioritize state and national interests, properly deal with their domestic affairs.

 

He said China stands ready to work with Pakistan to continue jointly building the Belt and Road and build a community of shared future, which serves the fundamental interests of both countries.

 

SHAHBAZ

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the government has decided to establish a new gas power plant of 1200-megawatt capacity to meet energy requirements of the country.

 

Presiding over a meeting in Lahore, he said approximately 168 billion rupees have been saved in gas projects of 3600-megawatt.

 

Shahbaz Sharif said 1320-megawatt Sahiwal Coal Power Plant has been completed in a record period of time.

 

The Chief Minister said loadshedding has been sufficiently decreased due to completion of energy projects.

 

During the meeting, German experts assured of providing technical cooperation for new gas power project.

 

CM-KP

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said fifteen billion rupees are being spent on construction of defensive bunds on both sides of River Kabul in Nowshera.

 

Addressing a public meeting near Nowshera, he said the step will help save the area from floods devastations.

 

The Chief Minister said a new building is being constructed for Nowshera Medical College at a cost of three billion rupees.

 

Pervez Khattak said PAF will establish Air University on four hundred kanal land in Nowshera.

 

ISPR

In Khyber Agency, Operation Khyber-4 is continuing and security forces are now searching cleared areas of Wucha Wana, Bagh, Ziarat Sereh and Pak Darra. 

 

According to ISPR, the security forces have cleared 110 square kilometers area in Rajgal valley.

 

A number of terrorist hideouts were also dismantled and improvised explosive devices neutralized.

 

Meanwhile, Operation Radd ul Fasaad against the terrorists is also in progress successfully across the country.

 

Pakistan Rangers along with Counter Terrorism Department and Punjab Police arrested 42 suspects during operations against terrorists and their facilitators in Punjab.

 

The apprehended individuals are suspected of providing harboring places to the Terrorists in the suburbs of Lahore and Islamabad.

 

GAZA

Israeli troops have martyred another Palestinian and wounded seven others during clashes east of Al-Bureij refugee camp, near the border fence in Gaza.

 

The clashes erupted after hundreds of youth reached the border area in response to a call by Hamas for protests to show solidarity with Palestinians in Jerusalem.

 

US-IRAN

The United States has imposed new sanctions on Iran, targetting its key entities allegedly involved in ballistic missile programme.

 

The US Treasury singled out six subordinate companies of Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group, which it said is central to Iran's missile programme.

 

The move comes one day after Tehran tested a satellite-launch rocket which Washington called provocative.

            

US-BILL

White House has received the bill, passed by House of Representatives and Senate, to impose sanctions on Russia.

 

It will be now signed or vetoed by President Donald Trump.

 

NK-TEST

North Korea has test fired another Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile.

 

The move came just hours after the United States and Japan moved to step up sanctions against Pyongyang following its first Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile test earlier this month.

 

The unusual late-night missile test was detected by South Korean, US and Japanese monitors.

 

Pentagon spokesman, Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the rocket travelled about one thousand kilometers before splashing down in the Sea of Japan.

            

The United Nations, European Union and Japan have condemned the latest missile test and termed it a clear violation of UN resolutions.

 

The UN spokesman Farhad Haq said it is frustrating that the Secretary General's calls for all sides to de-escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula have gone unheeded.

 

Meanwhile, the United States is likely to conduct another test of a missile-intercept system in Alaska on Saturday, which was already scheduled.

 

SOUTH KOREA

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has called for discussions with the United States on deploying additional THAAD anti-missile defense units, following North Korea's latest missile test.

 

After a National Security Council meeting in Seoul, the President's office said Moon also called on the UN Security Council to discuss new and stronger sanctions against Pyongyang.

 

Two units of the THAAD anti-missile system have already been deployed by the U.S. military in a southern South Korean region, with four more planned but delayed over concerns about their environmental impact.

 

SHANDOOR

A three-day annual Shandoor Polo Festival begins in Chitral on Saturday.

 

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak will inaugurate the festival.

 

Polo teams from Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan are participating in the event.

 

WEATHER

 

Rain-thunderstorm with few heavy falls is expected at scattered places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore, Faisalabad, Dera Ghazi Khan, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Sukkur, Shaheed Benazirabad, Mirpurkhas divisions and Kashmir during the next twelve hours.

 

The rain may also occur at isolated places in Bahawalpur, Multan, Kohat, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Hyderabad, Zhob, Naseerabad, Sibbi, Kalat divisions and FATA.

 

Hot and humid weather is expected elsewhere in the country.

 

Temperatures of major cities recorded on Saturday morning:

 

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


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