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The Federal Government has decided to maintain petroleum prices at existing level during the next month.
Economic Coordination Committee has approved provision of 50,000 Metric Tons of wheat for TDPs of FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Maryam Aurengzeb has been nominated as Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting.
Prime Minister has said Government is striving to maintain an investment-friendly environment particularly in textile sector.
Islamabad High Court has allowed PTI to hold protest at Parade Ground in the federal capital.
In occupied Kashmir, normal life remained affected for 115th consecutive day, today, due to shutdown against civilian killings.
Lebanese Parliament has elected former General Michel Aoun as new President of the country.
Pakistan Cricket Board has announced a sixteen-member squad for tour of New Zealand.
The government has decided to maintain petroleum prices at existing level during the next month.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad this evening Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said the Prime Minister has rejected the summery submitted by OGRA for 3 to 15 percent increase in the petroleum products.
He said the Prime Minister has directed to maintain the prices to benefit the common people of the country. He said no increase has been made in the petroleum prices since April this year.
The Finance Minister said Finance ministry will bear the extra burden of prices of petroleum products.
To a question about prevailing political situation in the country, Ishaq Dar said the government has no objection on organizing peaceful demonstrations, but PTI's track record did not corroborate this.
He said PTI should respect court's verdict to hold their rally at the parade ground.
Answering another question, he said the government tried its best to evolve consensus Terms of Reference but the opposition wanted them person specific.
He said the government is ready to hold talks with the opposition if it comes with solid and sincere proposals.
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.
The Economic Coordination Committee has approved installation of LPG air-mix plants in Murree, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan.
The committee, which met in Islamabad today with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair approved establishment of 30 such plants in Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Balochistan.
ECC also approved formation of a committee to be headed by Secretary Petroleum to decide prices of the imported LNG.
It approved a government guarantee of 30 billion rupees for modernization of Nandipur Power Plant.
The ECC approved to buy 600 megawatt of electricity from Captive Power Plant during next summer season.
It approved establishment of 132 grid stations and provision of Sui gas to various villages.
The committee also approved procurement of 50,000 tons of wheat worth over two billion rupees to be provided to the displaced people of FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Maryam Aurengzeb has been nominated as Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting.
Talking to Radio Pakistan correspondent Sophia Siddiqui, Maryam Aurengzeb said that she will take oath tomorrow.
Meanwhile, PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif in a tweet message congratulated Maryam Aurengzeb and said she is one of the most dynamic PML-Nteam member.
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 today. 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 textiles from lifeline of Pakistan's economy. He said the Government through its policies support textile industry and will continue to work for providing a 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.
In his address to the conference, Ishaq Dar said the government is committed to introduce latest technologies in agriculture sector.
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 now the target is to achieve higher sustainable and inclusive growth.
He said the growth momentum has remained above four per cent for the third consecutive year and real GDP was four point seven percent during last financial year. Ishaq Dar said [TAPE]
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.
Radio Pakistan in its national hook-up soon after Khabarnama, will broadcast a special Radio Report regarding "International Cotton Conference" held in Islamabad.
Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan has said government is taking all necessary steps to boost local agricultural productions.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad today, he said due to effective measures of the government the cotton crops in the country has been satisfactory this year.
Sikandar Bosan said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will be helpful in boosting agriculture sector and our farmers would be able to export surplus agricultur produce.
Islamabad High Court has allowed PTI to hold its protest at Parade Ground in the Federal Capital.
Disposing off all petitions today filed regarding to the PTI sit-in, Mr.Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui asked the administration not to block any road.
PML-N leaders say the government will not allow anyone to lockdown the federal capital at any cost.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad today, Chairman Privatization Commission Muhammad Zubair, MNAs Talal Chaudhary and Daniyal Aziz said the government will ensure that all the educational institutions, trade centers, hospitals, offices, and roads remain open on 2nd November.
They said every legal step will be taken to protect the life and property of the citizens of Islamabad Capital Territory.
They said case of Panama Papers allegation is now in the Supreme Court and Imran Khan should wait for its decision.
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Muhammad Zubair advised Imran Khan to avoid the way of attack on capital.
Daniyal Aziz said Imran Khan's plan is a security threat to the country and the government is responsible to foil such plans to protect fundamental rights of the citizens.
MNA Talal Chaudhary said a provincial chief minister is setting a wrong tradition by running a campaign against the federal government first time in history of the country.
Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister is inciting party workers for violence.
In an interview, he said Pervez Khattak has been giving threatening statements to march towards Islamabad and worsening the situation.
Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says Imran Khan should come to the floor of the parliament to raise his issues.
In a statement today, he said Imran Khan is trying to derail the development of the country by his designs. He said Imran Khan wants to implement his agenda by force.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhary Barjees Tahir says protection of national institutions and security of lives of citizens of the country is main responsibility of the government.
In a statement today, he said no one could be allowed to lockdown the capital territory and disturb the routine activities of general public.
He said the nation has rejected Imran Khan's sit-in and protest politics.
Minister of State for Interior, Baleeghur Rehman has said Federal Government will deal with an iron hand any untoward incident during protest on Wednesday in Islamabad.
In an interview with Radio Pakistan Bahawalpur Correspondent Sajjad Pervez, he said PIT has no right to shut down the thoroughfares and roads in a democratic set-up.
Advisor to the Prime Minister, Engineer Ameer Muqam says people have rejected PTI Chief Imran Khan’s politics of sit-ins and agitation.
Addressing a big public gathering at Chota Lahore in Swabi this evening, he said people of Pakistan do not want politics of terrorism, protests and sit-ins, but they want politics of development and prosperity.
Ameer Muqam said people have given mandate to Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Muslim League(N).
The Advisor said there is no justification of politics of sit-ins and protests when case regarding Panama papers is subjudice.
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 alongwith their official and personal armed body guards.
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 improves.
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.
Workers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf burnt eight vehicles and ten motorcycles on Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway near Swabi this evening. They also pelted stones on motorway police.
The PTI workers are going to Islamabad to participate in sit in which has been called by party Chairman Imran Khan in the federal capital on Wednesday.
Talking to newsmen near Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak claimed that PTI protest will be peaceful.
PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz has decided to send a legal notice of ten billion rupees to PTI Secretary Information Naeemul Haq.
According to Spokesman of Sharif family, Naeemul Haq had accused Maryam Nawaz Sharif for leaking news regarding meeting on National Security.
He said Naeemul Haq should immediately tender apology or be ready to face legal action.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has taken notice of dead body stranded at Attock Bridge.
He asked Interior Ministry to evacuate the 'mayyat' by helicopter.
Senior broadcaster Khurshid Malik has assumed charge as Director General Radio Pakistan.
He was recently appointed as Director General and was on an official tour abroad to Indonesia to attend an international conference.
Senior officers and employees of Radio Pakistan congratulated him on assumption of charge.
Counter Terrorism Department Peshawar arrested three terrorists after a successful raid in Bannu today.
They were involved in different incidents of terrorism.
Huge quantity of arms and ammunition were also recovered from them.
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 programme to the Chairperson Prime Minister Youth Program Leila Khan in Islamabad today.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says, Pakistan is committed to further enriching bilateral ties and forging a strong, multi-dimensional strategic partnership with Turkey.
He expressed these views in his felicitation message to his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim on the auspicious occasion of 93rd Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Turkish Republic.
Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan and Turkey have shared history and the people of Pakistan have alway been shoulder-to -shoulder with their Turkish brethren throughout this juncture.
He said the heroic struggle by the Turkish people against the heinous coup attempt of July 15th this year has recorded a new chapter in the annals of history.
Asian Development Bank has approved seventy-five million dollars loan to support the development of Jhimpir wind power project.
The three hundred and fifty megawatt wind farm is expected to be completed by March 2018.
The first consignment of China Pakistan Economic Corridor comprising sixty containers loaded with construction material left Sost, Hunza to Gawader today.
More details from Radio Pakistan Gilgit correspondent. [Tape]
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has completed a number of projects for provision of clean drinking water facility particularly in remote areas of the province.
According to official sources, two hundred forty two new schemes of clean water facility, out of them, one hundred forty were completed whereas work on remaining schemes is in progress.
The provincial government has also established water quality monitoring laboratories in District Mardan, Abbottabad, Kohat and Dera Ismail Khan.
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 today.
Tariq Fatemi said Pakistan is deeply concerned over continuing bloodshed and deteriorating security situation in Yemen.
Ambassador Motahar Ali-Shabi conveyed his government’s appreciation for Pakistan’s support.
Indian forces resorted yet again to unprovoked firing at Line of Control in Kel, Nakyal and Jandrut sectors today.
According to ISPR, Pakistani troops are befittingly responding and targeting Indian posts.
In Occupied Kashmir, many people were injured when Indian security forces used brute force on protesters in Shopian and Pulwama and other districts today.
Clashes erupted in Shopian when security forces raided the residence of Tehreek-e-Hurriyet district President, Mohammad Yousuf Flahi in Muloo village..
In Pulwama district, Indian army and paramilitary forces opened fire after locals objected to removal of some banners of freedom struggle in Rohmoo village. .
Meanwhile, normal life remained affected in Occupied Kashmir for the 115th consecutive day, today, due to the shutdown against the civilian killings. Shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the road.
Meanwhile, APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement in Srinagar said that the killing of civilian people by Indian armed forces was a part of a well-planned strategy of the Indian authorities.
In Afghanistan, fifteen persons were killed and sixteen injured in two separate incidents today.
Six persons were killed and another six injured when a suicide bomber attacked a meeting of local tribal elders in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province.
In the other incident at least nine Taliban were killed in airstrikes in eastern Kunuar province.
Lebanon Parliament has elected former general Michel Aoun as new president of the country.
The new President received more than 50 per cent-plus-one majority of 65 votes.
World Savings Day was observed today.
Objective of the day was to create awareness about the importance of savings and its role in achieving sustainable and inclusive economic development.
The theme of this day was "future belongs to those who save".