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He said improved security has led to economic recovery and the country is focusing on upgrading communications and energy infrastructure and enhancing regional connectivity.

He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will further put our economy on an upward trajectory of robust growth.

Pakistan’s integration into the Eurasian Belt and Road network will provide a firm foundation for Pakistan’s rapid economic development.

Earlier, the Summit adopted the Istanbul Declaration 2017 and the D-8 Istanbul Plan of Action to inject further dynamism into the pace of progress of the Organization.


President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Pakistan is keen to further strengthen relations with Malaysia, Vietnam and Jordan to expand trade, investment and people to people contacts with these countries.

He was talking to Outgoing High Commissioner of Malaysia Dr. Hasrul Sani bin Mujtabar, Outgoing Ambassador of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Luu and Pakistan’s Ambassador designate to Jordan Junaid Rehmat who called on him separately in Islamabad on Friday.

Talking to the High Commissioner of Malaysia, the President said that Pakistan and Malaysia have strong ties based on shared history and heritage. He said both the countries can benefit each other’s experience.

Talking to the Ambassador of Vietnam, Mamnoon Husain said that Vietnam can benefit from Pakistan’s experience for training of its officers.

Talking to Pakistan’s Ambassador designate for Jordan Junaid Rehmat, the President expressed the hope that the new ambassador will play his best role for strengthening relations with Jordan and will also work hard for the welfare of the Pakistani community there.


President Mamnoon Hussain has summoned session of the National Assembly on 2nd of the next month at four in the afternoon at the Parliament House in Islamabad.

The house will discuss important national issues besides legislative business.


US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Pakistan this month to discuss joint efforts against terrorism and expanding economic ties between the two countries.

A State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told a briefing in Washington that the visit is part of Secretary Tillerson’s first trip to Asia.

She said the Secretary of State will meet with senior Pakistani leaders to discuss continued bilateral cooperation, Pakistan’s critical role in the success of Washington’s South Asia strategy and expanding economic ties between the two countries.

She said Rex Tillerson will meet Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and senior military officials to discuss joint efforts to fight terrorist groups.


The accelerated pace of visits of the leadership of Pakistan and the United States and other important events that happened during the current month have strengthened the confidence level between the two countries.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif visited United States during the first week of this month and held meetings with the US leadership including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

It was agreed to remain constructively engaged with a view to achieve the shared objectives of peace, stability and economic prosperity in the region.

The Foreign Minister also invited his US counterpart to visit Pakistan.

Similarly the Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal also visited US during the second week of the current month and held important meetings.

An Interagency US delegation led by Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for South Asia Ms. Lisa Curtis visited Islamabad on 12th of this month and held talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Recovery of Canadian-US family by the Pakistan army was also an important development that took place during the current month.

It is expected that the upcoming visit by Rex Tillerson will help boost cooperation between the two counties for durable peace in the region.


Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has emphasized to establish knowledge gateway between Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

He was talking to British High Commissioner Thomas Drew in Islamabad on Friday.

The Minister said the knowledge gateway will provide opportunities to Pakistani students to study PhD level programmes in top universities of the United Kingdom.

He said overseas Pakistanis are playing an important role for the economic development of the United Kingdom. He expressed the resolve to increase cooperation between the two countries in consultation with overseas Pakistanis living in the United Kingdom.

Both the sides also exchanged views on matters of bilateral interest.


National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua has said that the peace and stability in Afghanistan is critical for regional trade and connectivity.

He was talking to Afghan Ambassador Dr Omar Zakhilwal, who called on him in Islamabad on Friday.

He said cooperative relationship between the two neighbours will augment trade activities in the area and offer greater connectivity to the regional countries.

They expressed their satisfaction over the recent improvement in bilateral relations in the backdrop of General Qamar Javed’s Bajwa visit to Kabul.

They stressed the importance of seizing this opportunity to take this relationship forward in the positive direction.

The Ambassador reiterated the desire to turn Pak-Afghan relations in the best interest of peace, stability and development.

Both sides agreed to keep the positive momentum and to overcome all problems and irritants through better understanding and regular contacts at all levels.


Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Pakistan Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal also called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi on Friday.

Chief of Army Staff strongly condemned recent terrorists’ attacks in Afghanistan, including attack on Afghan National Army Base in Kandahar.

He expressed his sympathies with the bereaved families.

Chief of Army Staff said both the countries have suffered a lot from terrorism and such attacks shall not deter our resolve and commitments for peace in the region.


Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, thirty people were killed while forty-five wounded in a suicide bomb explosion inside a mosque in the capital Kabul this evening.


One terrorist was killed and seven others apprehended during an Intelligence Based Operation by FC Balochistan in Ghulam Pring, Killi Kungar area in Mastung and Rojhan Jamali.

According to ISPR, the operation was conducted on terrorists hide outs involved in target killing and grenade attacks.

Cache of arms and ammunition including explosive was also recovered.


Counter Terrorism Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa foiled a major terrorist bid in Dera Ismael Khan on Friday and arrested seven terrorists of a banned outfit.

Explosive material, detonators and pistols were also recovered from them.

Meanwhile, Police recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from a truck on Indus Highway near Kohat on Friday.

Two persons have also been arrested.


Accountability Court Islamabad indicted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday in a NAB reference pertaining to Flagship Investment.

Judge of accountability court Muhammad Bashir read out the charge sheet.

Zafar Khan, the representative of the former Prime Minister, denied the charges.

In on Thursday’s hearing the accountability court had indicted Nawaz Sharif in avenfield flats and Al-Azizya Steel Mills references.

Maryam Nawaz and her spouse retired Captain Safdar were also indicted on Thursday in Avenfield Flats reference.

Hearing of the flagship investment reference has been adjourned till Thursday next.

The court summoned prosecution witness Jehangir Ahmed on next hearing.

The Court observed that the right of accused persons to fair trial must be ensured.


Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was being ousted from politics on accountability pretext under a ‘conspiracy’.

In a statement, he said that opponents are in fact opposing the country’s welfare in their enmity for Nawaz Sharif.

He said there is not a single case or proof of corruption, or misuse of office by Nawaz Sharif.

Saad Rafique said that surrounded by strong enemies, Pakistan cannot bear internal strife and it is need of the hour to struggle for progress by joining hands instead of quarreling with each other.

He said there is a single way for the betterment of the country and that is ‘forgiving’ one another as the country can only progress through unity.

He said the PLM-N government has filed times more supporters than its opponents and nothing can divert them from their rightful track.


Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that Pakistan has become cradle of peace due to the sacrifices of the security forces and people of the country.

Addressing a function at Pakistan National Council of the Arts in Islamabad tonight, she said that all the communities of the country are fully independent to prosper and develop without any fear.

She said that active participation of the people of all faiths in their religious festivals is the fruit of government’s policies and counter terrorism strategy during the last four years.

The Minister of State said that there is a need to strengthen tolerance culture in the country. She said there can be difference of opinion but the main objective should be the development of the country.


Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain says Pakistan and Czech Republic relations have been very warm and strong, and growing stronger with each passing moment.

He made these remarks on the occasion of National Day of Czech Republic which was celebrated in Islamabad.

He expressed his desire that both sides should proceed further to strengthen brotherly ties in fields of bilateral trade, investment, energy, sports and institution building.

The Minister extended his felicitations to the ambassador and people of the Czech Republic on the auspicious occasion.


Global Green Growth Institute has agreed to partner with the Ministry of Climate Change, Pakistan in developing and prompting climate resilient green growth without compromising its developmental targets.

The initiative would place Pakistan as an opportune destination for green investment.

This outcome was achieved after Minister for Climate Change Mushahid Ullah Khan’s successful participation in Institutes Assembly and Council meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In his address to assembly and council of Global green Growth Institute Mushahid Ullah Khan highlighted achievements of Pakistan for promoting green growth.

Global Green Growth Institute is an intergovernmental body supporting green growth in its member states. It was established in 2012,at the Rio plus twenty United Nations Conference on Sustainable development.


The Senate’s standing committee on communication met at the parliament house in Islamabad on Friday.

Chairman National Highway Authority Shahid Ashraf Tarar briefed the committee about different projects being implemented under China Pakistan economic corridor project.

The chairman told the committee that a special security division has been established for security of the mega corridor project.

Inspector General National Highways and Motorway police Kaleem Imam told the committee that the personnel of motorway police will be given special training for security of CPEC.


Advisor to the Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui says the government is striving to provide best medical facilities for diabetes treatment in the country.

He made these remarks during his visit to a welfare organization’s Diabetes Center in Islamabad on Friday.

He urged experts of private sector to play their due role in efforts of government to achieve the set target in health sector.


Newly appointed Corp Commander Lahore Lt General Amir Riaz called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore on Friday.

The Chief Minister expressed best wishes for him.

Speaking on this occasion, the Chief Minister said great achievements have been made in the war against terrorism through combine decision making process by political and military leadership.

He said the entire nation including military and political leadership is on the same page for elimination of terrorism from the country.

Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said martyrs are the real heroes of the nation and their sacrifices will not go waste.


Elected representatives held a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz in Lahore on Friday.

Talking to them, he said the PML-N government has set an example while saving billions of rupees in development projects.

The Chief Minister said the government has executed development projects speedily.

Shahbaz Sharif said people levelling baseless allegations are not serving the nation and the country.


Punjab Food Authority has been playing a key role to ensure provision of standardized and clean food to public since its establishment in 2012.

This was told by Provincial Minister for Food Bilal Yasin during Question Hour in Punjab Assembly session in Lahore.

Our Lahore correspondent has more details.

Punjab Provincial Development Working Party has approved two development schemes with an estimated cost of nine point three four billion rupees.

The approval was accorded at a meeting in Lahore with Chairman Planning and Development Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan in the chair.


The British Deputy High Commissioner Ms Elin Burns called on Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair in Karachi on Friday.

During the meeting, matters relating to bilateral economic and diplomatic relations, Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war against terrorism, investment opportunities in Karachi and matters of mutual interest came under discussion.

The Governor said cooperation between both the countries in different sectors is need of the time that will benefit both the sides.

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