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One person was killed and 8 injured when a bomb ripped off in Bacha Khan square in Quetta.

Security forces and rescue teams rushed to the scene and shifted the injured people to civil hospital Quetta. Police and security forces cordoned off the area and initiated investigation of the incident. Talking to media CCPO Quetta Abdul Razzaq Cheema said initial inquiry suggests that explosive material was planted in a bag.

 

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says Pakistan and china have placed a special emphasis on enlarging the economic footprint of the bilateral relationship.

In an interview with CCTV news of china, he said the two countries are cooperating on a number of people-centric projects. The highlight of these projects is China-Pakistan economic corridor, which is considered as a game changer for Pakistan and china as well as the region at large. Ishaq Dar said that the CPEC is being conceived as a lynchpin of plans by both china and Pakistan to deepen their economic cooperation. The minister said the goal of China-Pak economic corridor is to facilitate and intensify economic activity along the corridor.

 

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that two million youth of the province will be imparted training in different skills during the next three years.

Presiding over a meeting in Lahore he said that the skill development Programme will soon be extended to all districts of the province. The chief minister said the skills development Programme would help eliminate unemployment and poverty from the country.

 

Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed says government always seeks guidance from media as media has a key role in strengthening democracy.

Addressing a function of council of Pakistan newspaper’s editors in Lahore Pervaiz Rasheed said that Pakistan is confronted with energy and terrorism crises. The nation wants these crises to be solved. He said that these crises were created by dictatorial rules and continuity of democracy would solve them. Information minister said present economic situation is better than 2013. He said that operation will continue till complete elimination of terrorist organizations. He said a committee headed by advisor Sartaj Aziz is working on reforms in FATA. He said that India should avoid jingoism and work for peace in the region. He asked owners of newspapers to clear dues to journalists in accordance with wage award.

 

The Senate will begin its session at parliament house in Islamabad on Monday afternoon at three.

The upper house will transact private members business on Monday.

 
 
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