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DATED: 29 March, 2017

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HEADLINES

Islamabad has again urged Kabul not to allow its soil to be used against Pakistan.

Petroleum Minister says uninterrupted gas supply has been ensured to all provinces.

Businessmen and investors from Gulf countries have arrived in Islamabad to attend Pakistan-Bahrain Business Opportunities Conference. 

In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown will be observed on Wednesday against killing of youth by Indian forces.

Arab League summit begins in Amman on Wednesday to discuss regional conflicts and mutual cooperation.

The second T-20 between Pakistan and West Indies will be played at Port of Spain on Thursday.

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NAFEES:

Pakistan says cooperation between Islamabad and Kabul is imperative for proper border management and making their common border safe and secure.

 

In an interview, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said terrorists are common enemy and both countries should adopt joint strategy to eliminate them.

 

He said Pakistan is playing its due role to protect the border and Afghanistan also needs to take concrete measures in this regard. 

 

The spokesperson said the purpose of border fencing is to ensure protection of people in Pakistan. He said every Afghan citizen having valid documents will be allowed to cross the border.

 

He said some elements in Afghanistan are playing in the hands of enemies of peace and Pakistan has already presented its proof to Afghan government. 

 

He urged Kabul not to allow any terrorist to use its soil against Pakistan.

 

 

RABBANI:

Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani says Pakistan strongly supports Afghan-owned and Afghan-led efforts to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan. 

 

Talking to an Afghan parliamentary delegation in Islamabad, he said terrorism is the biggest challenge and joint efforts are required to root out this menace.

 

Raza Rabbani said regional and global players are involved in destabilizing regional peace to promote their own agenda.

 

Chairman Senate said Pakistan wants peaceful relations with all its neighbouring countries.

 

He emphasized the need to boost mutual cooperation in different sectors to strengthen people to people contacts.

 

 

KHAQAN

Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says uninterrupted gas supply has been ensured to all provinces including Sindh. 

    

In an interview, he said federal government has briefed Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah about gas supply to the province.

    

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said his ministry has also satisfactorily addressed the problems of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority.

 

SPEAKER:

Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq says Pakistan and Turkey are focused on exploiting the vast opportunities of bilateral trade between the two brotherly countries.

 

In an interview with Turkish News Agency during his visit to Istanbul, he said the relationship between the two countries is based on the principles of two "loyal, good friends" without any secret agenda.

 

About Afghanistan, Ayaz Sadiq said Pakistan will continue to extend every possible support to an Afghan-led peace process.

 

PAK-BAHRAIN:

A delegation of businessmen and investors from Gulf countries led by Bahrain's Commerce Minister Zayed R. Alzayan has arrived Islamabad on two-day visit to Pakistan.

    

The delegation will attend Pakistan-Bahrain Business Opportunities Conference to be held in Islamabad on Thursday jointly organized by Ministry of Commerce and Pakistan Embassy in Bahrain. 

 

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Bahrain Javed Malik has said it is for the first time that such a large business delegation is coming from any gulf country to Pakistan.

 

MUSADIQ:

Prime Minister's Spokesperson Dr. Musadik Malik says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will accept the decision of Apex court in Panama Papers case.

 

In an interview, he said the opposition will focus on Panama papers issue in next general elections, as it lacks manifesto and agenda.

    

He said PML-N led government has fulfilled all its promises made with nation during previous general elections.

     

Musadik Malik said the government is working effectively to complete the ongoing energy and infrastructure projects across the country.

       

ZUBAIR:

Pakistan will be able to meet its energy requirements by the end of this year and get rid of gas shortage by 2018.

    

This was informed at a briefing at Governor House Sindh in Karachi.

    

The briefing was attended by the head of energy companies, businessmen and faculty members from universities.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair said Prime Minister accords priority to economic development and prosperity of the country.

    

Chairman Board of Investment, Miftah Ismail said exploring new gas reserves is essential besides encouraging alternatives resources.

 

YOUSUF:

A conference on interfaith harmony in Muzaffarabad has  supported operation Raddul Fassad to root out the menace of terrorism.

 

The conference organized by Ministry of Religious Affairs was attended by scholars from all Islamic schools of thought and other religions.

 

Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf was chief guest.

 

The moot urged international community to make collaborated efforts to address its basic causes of extremism and terrorism,  instead of linking Islam with them.

               

The conference recommended to the United Nations to enact laws binding communities and individuals to respect holy places and personalities of all religions for lasting peace and harmony.

 

 

BAJWA:

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa says Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad will bring lasting peace and stability to the country.

 

Addressing officers at Bahawalpur Garrison, he said experience of war against terrorism has made Pak Army battle-hardened force.

 

The Army Chief expressed satisfaction over operational preparedness of the troops for conventional war as well performance in ongoing internal security operations.

 

Later, he inaugurated Combined Military Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences at Bahawalpur.

 

CENSUS:

The second block under first phase of the 6th population and household census will begin from Friday and conclude on 13th of next month.

    

During this stage 6445 blocks of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 125 of FATA, 20188 of Punjab, 9081 of Sindh, 2814 of Balochistan, 1222 of AJK and 360 of Gilgit Baltistan will be covered.   

    

The house listing operation in the second block of phase one will start on Friday and will continue for three days.

    

A control room has been established at Pakistan Bureau of Statistics in Islamabad and general public can dial toll free number 0800-57574 for any complaint regarding the census.

  

So far, 1400 complaints have been received and addressed amicably.

 

KASHMIR

In Occupied Kashmir, a complete shutdown will be observed on Wednesday against the killing of Kashmiri youth by Indian army and police.

 

The call for protest has been given by  Joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik .

 

They demanded a probe by a neutral body into the killings in the held territory. 

 

Meanwhile, India is sending additional twenty thousand paramilitary personnel for deployment in Occupied Kashmir in the name of security during the forthcoming sham parliamentary by-elections in Srinagar and Islamabad districts.

 

 

ARAB SUMMIT:

The 28th Arab League summit will be held at Amman, Jordan on Wednesday to discuss the issues of Palestinian, Syrian conflict, war on terrorism and pan-Arab Cooperation.

 

Around seven resolutions related to the Palestinian cause are expected to be adopted at the summit.

 

SYRIA

The Syrian government and rebels have reached a deal to allow the evacuation of four besieged areas.

 

According to  UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, residents of government held villages of  Foah and Kefraya, will be evacuated in return for safe passage for people in two rebel-held areas of Madaya and Zabadani.

 

About 60,000 people live in the four besieged areas.

 

 

T-20

The second T-20 international between Pakistan and West Indies will be played  at Port of Spain on Thursday.

 

Pakistan lead the 4-match series 1-0

 

 

WEATHER:

 

Mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.

 

However, light rain with thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara divisions, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

 

Temperature of some major citied recorded on Wednesday morning was:-

 

Islamabad sixteen degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-four, Karachi twenty-five, Peshawar nineteen, Quetta fifteen, Murree, Gilgit and Muzaffarabad thirteen degree centigrade.


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