Over two million faithful are gathering at Mina as the Hajj rituals begin on Wednesday.


Foreign Direct Investment has witnessed an increase of 2.4 billion dollars during the current financial year.


Foreign Minister says political solution is the only way forward to bring peace to Afghanistan.


United Nations Security Council has condemned North Korea's test firing of a ballistic missile over Japan.


NDMA has warned of possible flash floods in Sindh and Balochistan due to widespread rains.


West Indies have defeated England by five wickets in the Second Investec Test at Headingly.




Over two million faithful are gathering at the tent valley of Mina as the Hajj rituals begin on Wednesday.


The Hujjaj will offer Zohar, Asr, Maghrib and Isha prayers at Mina and move to Arafat soon after Fajr prayers on 9th Zilhaj where they will listen to Hajj sermon to be delivered from Masjid-e-Nimra.


They will stay at Arafat till the call for Maghrib prayer.

After Azaan Maghrib, the Hujjaj will leave for Muzdalfa where they will offer Maghrib and Isha prayers and spend the night in the open sky.



Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbas says renowned international rating organizations have recognized upward economic growth of Pakistan. 


He was speaking at the cabinet meeting in Islamabad. 


The meeting was apprised that Pakistan has recorded an increased GDP growth of 5.3 percent during the current fiscal year due to prudent economic policies of the government.


It was told that large scale manufacturing achieved 5.6 percent  growth whereas per capita income increased to 1,629 dollars from 1,334 dollars in 2013.


It was further told that remittances increased to 19.3 billion dollars, tax collection reached 3,362 billion rupees and fiscal deficit  reduced by 5.8 percent.


The Cabinet was informed that forex reserves increased to 21.4 billion dollars and Foreign Direct Investment witnessed an increase of  2.4 billion dollars in the current financial year. 


The Federal Cabinet approved amendments in Rules of Business, 1973 after revamping new federal ministries and divisions.                              



Chairing a meeting on Pakistan Railways in Islamabad last evening, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi directed to provide quality services to the passengers of Pakistan Railways.


He appreciated the efforts made for the revival of Railways.  


Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq briefed the Prime Minister about various measures that were taken during past four years for the revival of railways.


The Minister said that as a result of adoption of a comprehensive business strategy, infrastructure investment, tariff rationalization, introduction of right mix of service and emphasis on better and transparent management, significant increase of passenger and freight revenues have been achieved.


The Minister said that revenue from passenger operations has been increased almost three times to 50 billion rupees during the last four years.


He said that the revenue from freight operations has also increased from 1500 billion to 12420 billion rupees during the same period.


The Minister said early harvest project under China Pakistan Economic Corridor includes up gradation of existing main line ML-1 and establishment of a dry port near Havelian.



Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has ensured all sort of cooperation to Afghanistan for peace and stability in the region.


In an interview he said both Pakistan and Afghanistan are interdependent for lasting peace in the region.


Khawaja Asif said political solution is the only way forward for bringing about peace in Afghanistan.


He said military solution has already failed to produce desired result.



Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal says economic progress is linked with political stability in the country.  


Speaking at a seminar in Islamabad he said if the country lacked political stability, no kind of policies could ensure economic progress.


He said China became engine of economic growth by maintaining political stability.


The Minister said CPEC would help Pakistan graduate to another level of industrialization and development.


The Minister said Central Asian Republics are also eager to reap benefits from the CPEC projects.


He said prudent policies of the government have resulted in elimination of terrorism and  overcoming energy crisis in the country.



Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz says Consortium of Business Schools and Pakistan China University Alliance will provide a platform for collaboration and sharing of knowledge between Pakistani and Chinese academic institutions. 


Talking to President China Association of Higher Education Du Yubo  in Islamabad Sartaj Aziz underscored the need of promoting research and development in accordance with long-term planning of CPEC.



Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Media Affairs Dr. Musadik Malik says the government is pursuing policy of transparency, effective planning and development of human capital.


Addressing a news conference in Islamabad last evening he said PML-N government has taken a number of steps for welfare of the people. 


He said free medical facilities are being extended to poor people under Prime Minister's health care programme.



Security Forces have carried out search operations in Halka Plandara, Mohmand Agency on reports about a terrorist hideout.


According to ISPR on search suicide jackets, improvised explosive devices, rockets, hand grenades, detonators, huge amount of various caliber ammunition and communication equipment were recovered.


Meanwhile, Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa conducted search operation in Orakzai Agency and apprehended six suspects.


Cache of arms and ammunition, including rockets and mortars were also recovered.



National Disaster Management Authority has advised all concerned departments for an update of SMS alert in view of expected flash flooding due to rains and thunderstorm during current week.


According to NDMA, flash floods are likely to impact areas of Sindh and Balochistan provinces.


NDMA has asked the PDMAs of Sindh and Balochistan to coordinate with cellular mobile operators for early dissemination of SMS alert in the areas.



The United Nations Security Council has condemned North Korea's firing of a ballistic missile over Japan as an "outrageous" threat.


In a statement the 15-member Security Council demanded of Pyongyang not to launch any more missiles and abandon all nuclear weapons and programmes.


The UN Security Council also said it was of "vital importance" that North Korea take immediate, concrete actions to reduce tensions. It called on all states to implement United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang.


The council also expressed "its commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to restore peace to the Korean Peninsula.


Meanwhile, North’s leader Kim Jong Un has said the test of an intermediate-range ballistic missile was to counter U.S. and South Korean military drills.



The Arab League has strongly denounced the remarks of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about never leaving settlements.


In a statement, Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit said this shows that the Israel regime does not seek peace in the Middle East.



US President Donald Trump has said a long term planning of five to ten years will be needed to cover the deadly devastations by hurricane Harvey in Texas.


While expressing the grief during his visit to the storm-ravaged Texas city, he said we want to do it better than ever before.



In the Second Investec Test at Headingly, West Indies have defeated England by five wickets for the first time in seventeen years.


The scores:-


England 258 & 490-8


West Indies 427 & 322-5




Widespread rain/thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds is expected in Hyderabad, Karachi divisions, at scattered places in Sukkur, Larkana, Quetta, Multan, D.G. Khan, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Hazara divisions, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir, while at isolated places in Malakand, Peshawar divisions during the next twelve hours. 


However, hot and humid weather is expected elsewhere in the country.


Temperature of some major cities recorded on Wednesday morning:


Islamabad and Lahore twenty-six degree centigrade, Peshawar twenty-seven, Karachi thirty, Quetta twenty, Gilgit eighteen, Murree seventeen and Muzaffarabad twenty-three degree centigrade.

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