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DATED: JANUARY 30, 2017

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HEADLINES

Palestinian President arrives in Islamabad on Monday to discuss ways and means for promotion of bilateral cooperation with Pakistani leadership.  

Government has categorically rejected a news report about change in the blasphemy law.     

Work is in full swing on two mega nuclear power projects in Karachi to generate 2200 megawatts of electricity.

In occupied Kashmir, puppet authorities are adamant on use of pellet guns against protesters.

International community has criticized Trump's Immigration Ban measures as discriminatory and divisive.                      

Pakistan will play against New Zealand in T-20 Blind cricket World Cup in India on Monday.  

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ABBAS:

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will arrive in Islamabad on Monday on three-day visit to hold talks with Pakistani leadership over diverse issues.  

 

According to Foreign Office spokesperson, this would be his third visit to Pakistan. He will be accompanied by a seventeen member delegation, including five ministers.       

 

During the visit, the Palestinian President will have a one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif followed by delegation-level talks.

 

The President of Palestine and the Prime Minister of Pakistan will jointly inaugurate the newly constructed Palestinian embassy complex in the diplomatic enclave, Islamabad. 

 

President Mahmoud Abbas and his delegation will meet the President of Pakistan, followed by a state banquet in his honour.

 

Bilateral political matters as well as other issues of common interest will be discussed between the two heads of States.

 

SARDAR:

Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf has categorically rejected news report that the government is likely to change the blasphemy law.  

     

In a statement, he said we have no plan to modify the blasphemy law and the government is fully determined to implement the existing laws in true spirit.

     

He said the news reports published in the media about modifying of theblasphemy law by the government is not true and baseless.

     

Sardar Yousaf said Islam is a peaceful religion, which protects the right of every individual irrespective of any religious affiliations.

     

The minister said Islam teaches us tolerance and harmony towards all religions

                     

 

KIRMANI:

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Affairs Dr  Asif Kirmani has said the country is making progress, politically and economically under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

     

Addressing a public gathering at Bharakahu Islamabad, he said

the economy is growing as law and order situation in the country had improved.

               

He said terrorist activities had reduced and the menace would be completely rooted out from the country soon.

    

Asif Kirmani said China Pakistan Economic Corridor is a game changer for the entire region and work on it would continue despite internal and external conspiracies.

    

 

MUQAM

Advisor to the Prime Minister Amir Muqam says the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has put the country on the path of rapid development through his pragmatic policies.

          

Addressing a public meeting at Mattani near Peshawar, he said credit goes to Nawaz Sharif for spreading a network of motorways and other development projects all over the country.

          

Advisor to the Prime Minister said people of the province will reject PTI in the general elections to be held next year.

                                       

 

KHATTAK:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak says thirteen billion rupees have been spent on the embankments of river Kabul to protect Peshawar from flood disasters.

   

Speaking at a public gathering in Nowshera, he said the provincial government has established one window service and abolished the condition of NOC for setting up new industries in the province.

   

Pervez Khattak said Chinese investors have shown interest in relocating their industries in Rashakai Industrial Estate.

 

PLANTS:

The development work is in full swing on two mega nuclear power projects (KNUPP II AND III) with total capacity of producing 2200 megawatts of electricity in Karachi .

 

Official sources in KNUPP told our Karachi correspondent, that these power projects will start producing electricity by 2020.

 

The power plants are being constructed in cooperation with China-Pak Economic Corridor with the cost of nine point five nine (9.59) billion dollars.

 

The official sources said construction work on the projects is being carried out day and night to complete the projects till the deadline.

 

 

LOC:

Indian troops again resorted to unprovoked firing at Line of Control (LoC) in Khanjar sector near Bhimber.

     

According to the Inter Services Public Relations,  Indians fired with Rocket Propelled Guns and Automatic Grenade Launchers.

     

Pakistan Army effectively responded and silenced the Indian firing.

   

 

KASHMIR:

In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities are adamant on use of pellet guns against protesters.

 

In reply to a question in the so-called Legislative Assembly, the puppet authorities said the pellet guns are being used in the situations where all other means of dispersing the protesters are ineffective.

 

Hundreds of youth with pellet injuries were admitted in hospitals across occupied Kashmir during the six month long uprising last year.

 

 

FAROOQ

AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has said an extensive drive had been launched against land mafia in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

               

Speaking at a reception hosted in his honour in the United Kingdom, he said the record of the land allotments for the last ten years would be thoroughly checked as to how state lands were allotted as political bribes.

                                 

Farooq Haider said it is his mission to restore the sanctity of the principle of merit in Azad Kashmir.

               

 

TRUMP-WORLD:

President Donald Trump's immigration curbs have drawn a global backlash from several countries, criticizing the measures as discriminatory and divisive. 

 

Arab League has expressed deep concern over the ban saying the restrictions are unjustified.

 

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel said global fight against terrorism is no excuse for the measures and does not justify putting people of a specific background under general suspicion.

 

French Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said terrorism knows no nationality and that discrimination is no response.

 

Responding to the decision, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tweeted divisive and wrong to stigmatize because of nationality.

 

SABA news agency quoted a source at Yemen's foreign ministry as saying that such decisions support the stance of extremists and sow divisions.

 

 

IRAQ-US:

Iraqi parliament's foreign affairs committee has called for a reciprocal travel ban on Americans after Washington barred the entry of its citizens into US.

 

This was stated by the deputy head of the committee, Hassan Shwairid while talking to a foreign news agency in Baghdad.

 

 

CANADA:

Meanwhile, Canada has offered temporary residency to any travelers stranded by U.S. President Donald Trump's orders, barring people from seven Muslim countries.

 

This was stated by Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen at a news conference in Ottawa.

 

 

UKRAINE:

In Ukraine, three government soldiers and a rebel have been killed in fresh fighting at Avdiivka town.

 

 

GERMANY:

In Germany, six teenagers have been found dead after a party at a garden shed in Arnstein town of Bavaria state.

 

 

 

T-20:

T-20 Blind cricket World Cup beings in India on Monday.

 

The first two matches of the tournament will be played in Delhi, in which Pakistan will play against New Zealand at Siri Fort DDA ground while India will take on Bangladesh at IIT Ground.

 

Both matches will start at the same time at 09:30 PST.

 

 

WEATHER:

Rain-thunderstorm with snowfall over the hills is expected at scattered places in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, while at isolated places in Quetta, Zhob , Bannu, D.I Khan, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore division and Islamabad during next 12 hours.

 

Foggy conditions are likely to prevail over plain areas of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and upper Sindh during night and morning hours.

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded on Monday morning:

 

Islamabad eight degree centigrade, Lahore and Peshawar eleven, Karachi fourteen, Quetta ten, Gilgit two, Murree three and Muzaffarabad nine degree centigrade.


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