DATE: 31-10-2016                                


Prime Minister says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will make Pakistan an attractive hub for investment.


Indian forces again resorted to unprovoked firing at Line of Control in Kel, Nakyal and Jandrut sectors on Monday.


Islamabad High Court has asked PTI to hold protest at Islamabad's Parade Ground.


Pakistan has urged Houthi rebels of Yemen to return to the negotiation table.


In Occupied Kashmir, shutdown is being observed on Monday in support of demand for right to self-determination.





Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says the government will leave no stone unturned to make Pakistan a secure, peaceful and attractive market for investors.


This he said in a message to the Conference of International Cotton Advisory Committee, in Islamabad on Monday. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar read out the message of the Prime Minister.


The Prime Minister said the Government is continuously striving to maintain an investment-friendly environment particularly in textile sector. He said the Government is ensuring infrastructure and provision of facilities and human resource.   


The Prime Minister said cotton and textile is lifeline of Pakistan's economy. He said the Government through its policies support textile industry and continue to work for providing conducive environment to make the local industry competitive. 


He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would make Pakistan an attractive hub for investment. He said the Government is encouraging investment in textile sector.


The Prime Minister said the government is focusing on improving the standard of agricultural products.



In his address to the conference, Ishaq Dar said the government is committed to introduce latest technologies in agriculture sector.


The Finance Minister said the Government has already carried out important amendments in Seed Act of 1976 and the Plant Breeders' Right Bill is under legislation.


He said the government has undertaken various initiatives to facilitate farmers both through budgetary proposals and under Prime Minister's package for farmers. 


Dar said economic policies of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have led to macro-economic stability and the now the target is to achieve higher sustainable and inclusive growth.   


He said the growth momentum has remained above four percent for the third consecutive year and real GDP was four point seven percent during last financial year. This would have been above five percent but unfortunately failure of cotton crop by nearly thirty percent brought down the rate.


The Finance Minister said revenue has increased by twenty percent annually during the last three years as against just 3.38% in 2013.


Foreign exchange reserves are at the highest level of over twenty-four billion dollar providing more than five months' of import cover.



Indian forces yet again resorted to unprovoked firing at Line of Control in Kel, Nakyal and Jandrut sectors on Monday.


According to ISPR, Pakistani troops are befittingly responding and targeting Indian posts.



Islamabad High Court has allowed PTI to hold its protest at Parade Ground near Faizabad.


Disposing off all petitions filed about the PTI sit-in on Monday, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui asked the administration not to block any road.



Federal Government has asked Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to take effective measures to stop any movement of organized or unorganized armed mob towards Islamabad.


Interior Secretary has written a letter to Chief Secretary of the province asking him to take necessary steps to prevent unlawful congregations within the jurisdiction of the province.


The letter drew attention towards various intelligence reports indicating intentions of a selected group of people to march on to Islamabad on Wednesday from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with a declared intention of paralyzing and holding hostage the people and government institutions in the Federal Capital.


It said that certain Cabinet Ministers and members of the KPK Provincial Assembly intend to lead some of these processions along with their official and personal armed body guards. 


The letter says if it happens it will be a grave violation of law and in complete breach of public order since no permission has been given for such processions or protests.


The Interior Secretary said not discharging the responsibility shall amount to violation of the constitutional obligation on part of the Provincial Government for which it shall be responsible.



Interior Ministry has informed IG Police Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that FC officials called from the province for special duty in Islamabad would be sent back as soon as law and order situation in the Federal Capital improve.


Responding to his letter on the matter, IG Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa was told that the Federal Government is fully abreast of the security situation and its demands in the Province.


The Ministry asked the IG as to what would have been his reaction if he were IG Islamabad and there were threats of making the Capital hostage by armed gangs. Would you not take measures to ensure rule of law and protection of fundamental rights of the people of Islamabad.



Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan has approved upgradation of posts of Constables, Head Constables and ASIs of Islamabad Police.


The scale of Constable has been increased from the existing five to seven; that of Head Constable from seven to nine and that of ASI from nine to eleven.


The Interior Minister also approved to bringing the salary of FC personnel at par with Police during the next one and a half year.



Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi has emphasized that a stable and peaceful Yemen is imperative for regional and international peace.   


He was talking to newly appointed Ambassador of Yemen to Pakistan Mohammed Motahar Ali-Shabi in Islamabad on Monday.


Tariq Fatemi said Pakistan is deeply concerned over continuing bloodshed and deteriorating security situation in Yemen.


He said Pakistan strongly condemns actions of Houthi rebels to overthrow the legitimate government in Yemen led by President Hadi.


He said Houthis should return to the negotiating table for an amicable settlement of all disputes.


Ambassador Motahar conveyed his government’s appreciation for Pakistan’s support.


He expressed confidence that Pakistan-Yemen relations would continue to follow a positive trajectory and stressed that he is looking forward to working closely with Pakistan to this end.



Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources is spending over 587 million rupees during the current year to accelerate oil and gas exploration.


Official sources said the ongoing schemes are aimed at stepping up exploration activities of natural resources to achieve self-reliance in the energy sector.



Asian Development Bank has approved seventy-five million dollars loan to support the development of Jhimpir wind power project.


The three fifty megawatt wind farms are expected to be completed by March 2018.



Over two hundred twenty one thousand interest free loans amounting to around five billion rupees have been disbursed to the poorest of the poor in 44 economically deprived districts of the country under the Prime Minister’s Interest Free Loan Scheme so far. 


This was stated by Chairman of the Steering Committee of Prime Minister’s Interest Free Loan Scheme, Dr. Amjad Saqib in a briefing about the program to the Chairperson Prime Minister Youth Program Ms. Leila Khan in Islamabad on Monday.



Senior broadcaster Khurshid Malik has assumed charge as Director-General Radio Pakistan.    


He was recently appointed as DG and was on an official tour abroad to Indonesia to attend an international conference.


Senior officers and employees of PBC congratulated him on assumption of charge.



Election is underway for President of Supreme Court Bar Association.


Farooq H. Naek and Rasheed A.Rizvi are the main contenders.


Over twenty-nine hundred enrolled lawyers are using their right to vote.


Voting will continue till five on Monday evening.



World Cities Day is being observed on Monday with the commitment to work together for a planned and sustainable urban life in the wake of rapid growth of population and problems.


This year's theme of the Day is "Inclusive Cities, Shared Development" to highlight the role of urbanization as a source of global development and social inclusion.



In Occupied Kashmir, normal life remained affected for the 115th consecutive day on Monday due to shutdown against the recent civilian killings and in support of demand for right to self-determination.


Shops and business establishments were shut and traffic was off the road in Srinagar and other areas while forces were deployed in markets and along the main roads.


Clashes erupted in a Shopian village after forces raided the residence of Tehreek-e-Hurriyet leader, Mohammad Yousuf Flahi.


The forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has also warned that frequent skirmishes at the Line of Control have the potential to escalate into a full-fledged war between Pakistan and India.



In Iraq, government forces, including elite counter terrorism force, resumed an offensive against Islamic State on the eastern front of Mosul on Monday.


A military statement said troops are targeting the eastern bank of Tigris River inching closer to the city's limits.


Armored vehicles, including Abrams tanks were moved to Bazwaya village as allied artillery and air strikes hit Islamic State positions.



Radio Pakistan in its National Hook-up at 1605 will broadcast an interview of Director General National Savings in connection with "WORLD SAVINGS DAY".



On the second day of third cricket test at Sharjah against Pakistan, West Indies in their first innings were 38 for 3 at lunch.


Earlier, Pakistan in their first innings were all out for 281.


Pakistan have already won the three-match series 2-nil.

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