The Federal Government has decided to maintain petroleum prices at existing level during the next month. 

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.

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.

Ishaq Dar said Finance Ministry will bear the extra burden of prices of petroleum products.

To a question about prevailing political situation in the country, the Finance Minister 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.


Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has congratulates Prime Minister and the nation on improvement of country rating by Standard and Poor's.


International Organization "Standard and Poor's" has improved Pakistan's long-term credit rating from B-Negative to B-Positive with stable outlook.

This comes as a result of government's improved policymaking, strong performance of the economy and the good prospects for country's fiscal and external positions.


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 congratulated Maryam Aurengzeb and said she is one of the most dynamic PML-N team 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 form 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.


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.


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.


Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that no compromise will be made if the writ of the government is challenged.

In an interview with PTV tonight, he said the government has no objection on the peaceful protest but no one will be allowed to create anarchy in the country.  

Khawaja Asif said the government fully respects the decision of the courts while Imran Khan is avoiding appearing before the courts. He said if Imran Khan is sincere then he should appear before the courts.


To a question, he said the government is ready to resolve issue through political dialogue but blackmailing cannot be tolerated.


Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Affairs Asif Kirmani has said protection of lives and property of common people is responsibility of the government.

In a statement today, he said it is for the first time in history of the country that a Chief Minister of a province is setting a wrong tradition against the federation.

Asif Kirmani said Pervez Khattak should resign from his post first and then lead the protesters against federation.


Army Chief General Raheel Sharif says Frontier Works Organization has emerged as a strategic organization with tremendous capability to deliver projects of national significance.

He was speaking at the golden jubilee celebrations of FWO at Thalian, near Islamabad today.

The Army Chief said FWO has played a key role in spearheading Army's contribution in all nation building efforts.

He paid tributes to 1300 officers and soldiers of FWO for laying down their lives during executions of various national projects since their raising in 1966.


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..

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.


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.


Pakistan Cricket Board has announced a sixteen member squad for the tour of New Zealand.

Squad include Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Sharjeel Khan, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan, Imran Khan.

The first test of the two match series will commence from 17th of the next month.


Mainly dry weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country during the next twenty-four hours.


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