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PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s cabinet takes oath

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s 43-member cabinet was sworn-in by President Mamnoon Hussain at a ceremony on Friday morning.

The new cabinet includes eight members from South Punjab, five each from Balochistan and Sindh, three from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and one each from FATA and Islamabad.

Sources said party MNAs Daniyal Aziz, Mir Dostain Domki, Ayaz Sherazi and Mumtaz Tarar did not attend the ceremony despite being on the list of new ministers.

Aziz is said to have reservations regarding his appointment as a state minister, according to sources. But Aziz rubbished such claims in a tweet, saying he stands with Nawaz Sharif.

A new ministry of ‘power’ has also been formed after combining the ministries of petroleum and electricity, sources added. A separate ministry of water will be formed as well. The prime minister, who held the portfolio of petroleum and natural resources ministry in the previous cabinet, will head the new power ministry.

The oath-taking ceremony took place at the Presidency and was attended by PML-N members and senior government officials, as well as people from other walks of life.

The members of the cabinet, speaking after the president, repeated their oath of office submitted the signed oaths to the president.

Following the oath-taking, the prime minister chaired the first session of his cabinet. The premier gave directions to the ministers to complete their designated tasks in the stipulated time period.

In the meeting, it was also decided that the cabinet will meet weekly so the ministries’ weekly progress can be gauged.

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China’s CPEC investment in Pakistan reaches $62 billion

Islamabad: China’s investment in its ambitious economic corridor project in Pakistan has reached $62 billion, jumping more than 34% from its initial investment of $46 billion, a top Pakistani official said on Wednesday.

CPEC key Gwadar port

Sindh province governor Mohammad Zubair said China’s approved financing for several projects in Pakistan under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has reached $62 billion. He made the remarks at a conference on ‘Infrastructure demand and financing’ jointly organised by credit rating agencies Pacra (Pakistan) and Dagong (China) in Karachi.

“New investment has been approved for projects in various sectors including (establishment of) industrial zones,” said Zubair. He said that the government was also in talks with China to place the Karachi Circular Railway project under the CPEC.

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China has handed a 600-ton patrol ship over to Pakistan

BEIJING: China has handed a 600-ton patrol ship over to Pakistan’s maritime safety authority in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, reported the Chinese newspaper People’s Daily.

China has handed a 600-ton patrol ship over to Pakistan

Among other things, the ship will be used to safeguard Pakistan’s maritime interests.

The new ship, just the third of its kind, was built by China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd. (CSTC) and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Xijiang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Its two predecessors have already demonstrated their reliability and excellent performance during visits and exchanges, joint drills, maritime rescue and other missions in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s maritime safety authority expressed appreciation for the quality of the ships and for sound cooperation with Chinese ship manufactures, who have promised to provide after-sale services, the report said.

“The ships are key to consolidating China-Pakistan relations, protecting Pakistan’s sea transportation and pushing forward the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Belt and Road Initiative.”

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US acknowledges Pak Army’s contributions towards regional peace, stability

Source: GEO News

US ambassodor to Pakistan meeting COAS

RAWALPINDI: United States Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale has acknowledged Pakistan Army’s contributions towards peace and stability in the region.

The US ambassador on Tuesday called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, according to the Inter Services Public Relations said in a statement.

The two figures discussed matters of regional security and mutual interest at the meeting, it read.

Ambassador Hale also expressed his appreciation for ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad for elimination of terrorism from Pakistan, the statement added.

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Tibetan wolf

Tibetan wolf is a subspecies of the grey wolf and found across Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan. It is present in considerable concentrations along the north of Pakistan some are even sighted inland as far as Islamabad Margala hills. It has shorter legs as compared to grey wolf and a bit smaller size. It is also called Himalayan wolf.

Tibetan wolf

 

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