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LAHORE ( FNNI ) CM Punjab M. Shehbaz Sharif has felicitated Pakistani cricket team on winning the second one-day match and the series against West Indies. In a message of felicitation, the CM said that Babar Azam played an important role in the victory in the second one-day match and deserve credit for his second consecutive century. More »

Turkish delegation visits ICCI to explore business collaborations-

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LAHORE (FNNI) Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is the great leader of Pakistan who has steered the country out of crisis and put it on the path to development and the country is speedily heading towards its destination of development under his leadership. He said such standards of transparency and speed have been achieved in the completion of the development projects that are unparalleled in the 70 years history of Pakistan. He said resources worth billions of rupees have been saved in mega development projects and there is no such precedence of saving resources in the history of Pakistan. He said baseless allegations have been leveled against such honest and selfless leader who has set highest standards of transparency in development projects and has spent national resources on public welfare projects in an honest and transparent manner. He said the nation will always remember historic role of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in eliminating darkness of load-shedding prevailing for the last 20 years and the nation will not forgive those who intercepted the progress through negative attitude and negative role.

Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif said bringing about improvement in the living of the deprived segments of society is the manifesto of the PML-N and the government is acting on its manifesto under the leader of Nawaz Sharif. He said the mandate given by the public to the PML-N has been honored and the people are getting benefits of speedy and timely completion of mega projects. He said fear and irritation of opponents of public prosperity is increasing and some of the political elements deprived of public service are trying to spread unrest in the country. He said politics of anarchy, differences, and allegations is poison for the development and progress in the country. He said rejected political elements are becoming an impediment in the way to progress for their lust of power and such elements want to take revenge of their defeat by obstructing the progress, but those wishing to create uncertainty in the country for personal interest will face defeat once again. He said the people have recognized fake and true leaders and they are annoyed with those spreading unrest and obstructing progress. He said mandate to rule is the way to serve the public and such mandate is obtained by serving the public and negative politics has no value as compared to the politics of public service. The Chief Minister said those trying to get power to rule from back doors will not succeed. He said those who show new circus daily at the cost of the country’s development should change their negative attitude because politics of allegations and lies is worthless when compared with politics of public service, honesty, and transparency. The Chief Minister said the PML-N has always kept public interest supreme and the PML-N has served the country and the nation from the depth of its heart for the last four years and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has become a ray of hope for the people due to public service, honesty and transparency and he take forward the journey of the public service again.

The Chief Minister expressed these views while talking to a delegation of PML-N and MNA Rao Muhammad Ajmal who called on his here today.



LAHORE (FNNI)Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif landed his helicopter alongside a road near Head Sulemanki in Tehsil Depalpur, Okara without prior information. The place where the Chief Minister landed his helicopter had no official vehicle, upon which, the staff of the Chief Minister signaled a passing by the car on the road to stop and Chief Minister sat in the car without any protocol to reach the wheat procurement center of Head Sulemanki. Upon seeing the Chief Minister coming in an ordinary car, farmers at procurement center chanted slogans “Shehbaz Sharif Zindabad,” and “Daikho Daikho Kaun Aya, Shair Aya,  Shair Aya.” On arrival of the Chief Minister, a large number of farmers gathered at the procurement center; and this changed the surprise inspection of the Chief Minister into an open court.
cm3 The Chief Minister listened to the complaints of the farmers and issued on the spot instructions for their solutions. The farmers thanked the Chief Minister for the provision of subsidized fertilizers and said that it has provided prompt relief to them. They further said this step should be continued; upon which, Shehbaz Sharif assured to the farmers that the step of the provision of subsidized fertilizers would continue. The Chief Minister took notice of the incident of throwing files of farmers on the road and change of record in the local police station and assured to take the culprits to the task. The farmers expressed their happiness and raised slogan” Aj Mian Dey Naaray Wajjan Gey.” The local administration and police remained totally oblivious of the surprise visit of the Chief Minister. Deputy Commissioner and DPO reached the procurement center just before the end of Chief Minister’s tour.

 Chief Justice Lahore High Court inaugurated new model courts and SMS service at Judicial Complex Rawalpindi –

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Rawalpindi (FNNI) Chief Justice, Lahore High Court, Mr. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah on Thursday visited Judicial Complex Rawalpindi and inaugurated new model courts and SMS service. The Judge of Lahore High Court Mr. Justice Anwar ul Haq, Registrar Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench, District & Session Judge Rawalpindi Suhail Nasir, Additional District & Session Judges, Civil Judges, senior law officers, lawyers, office bearers and members of Bar Associations present on the occasion. Chief Justice, Lahore High Court Syed Mansoor Ali Shah also delivered a lecture during the first session of training of young lawyers by District Judicial Commission about duties of local commission and court auctioneer.Pix (2) CJ LHC 4-5-17 (2)

Addressing the participants, Chief Justice, Lahore High Court, Mr. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah said that the concept of establishing model courts in the province has produced remarkable results with regard to disposal of judicial cases on fast track. He said that a new efficient and quick disposal model justice system would be evolved in the province which would help to dispose of under trial cases within stipulated period. He said that IT technology has been introduced in the judicial system to reduce the shelf life of judicial cases. Chief Justice Mr. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah said that 1780 cases had been disposed of in session trials within just two months which is unprecedented in the history of the judiciary which has provided extra relief to the applicants. He said that Punjab would be made model province by introducing the latest and digitalized criminal and civil judicial system. He further stated that six lakh civil trials would be completed in model courts established in six districts of the province while ADR System has also been introduced for judicial mediation. He said that three mediation center has been established in Lahore High Court where 148 cases were submitted and out of which 86 cases were resolved in just one day after mutual arbitration.  In this connection, he mentioned the role of Chamber of Commerce and other trade organizations that had approached judiciary to resolve settlement of their cases and even 15 years old cases had been remarkably resolved within just one day through judicial mediation. Chief Justice said that we are committed to alleviating “Date Culture “in the judicial system by conducting uninterrupted and regular trials of cases. He disclosed that similar mediation centers would be established in 36 districts of the province so that the maximum number of cases would be resolved between the aggrieved parties on just a cup of tea. He said that we had introduced best IT system of sub-continent to improve the working of judiciary. He further revealed that in order to facilitate judges, each civil judge at tehsil level would be provided a vehicle and this project would be started from female judges. He further said that the conditions of courtrooms would also be improved and all tehsil bar associations would be equipped with the computer, printer, furniture, and internet connection, which would help to approach the E-libraries across the world. Mr. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah said that there is the shortage of about seven hundred judges in the judiciary. He said that new judges would be inducted by the end of December this year and examinations for the purpose would be conducted in October 2017. Chief Justice, Lahore High Court Mr. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah laid emphasis on automation of judicial system and said that we are committed to make judiciary a knowledge bases institution and to achieve the objective, database of all cases were being consolidated which would be made available through the online system. He said that new SMS service would help to regulate under trial cases which would facilitate applicants.Pix (3) CJ LHC 4-5-17 Judge, Lahore High Court Mr. Justice Anwar ul Haq termed model courts initiative a game changer in the history of the judiciary system and said that this pilot project would be extended in the entire province with the cooperation of bar members. He also appreciated the keen interest and support of lawyers of Rawalpindi in the provision of speedy justice.

District & Session Judge Rawalpindi Mr. Suhail Nasir while talking on the occasion appreciated the valuable contributions of Honourable Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah for upgrading judicial system on modern line. He said that 22 model courts started functioning in the province on 1st February 2017 and in just two months they have decided 629 cases which included 140 murder cases, 328 narcotics cases and 161 cases of other crimes. These courts recorded the statement of 2287 witnesses and keeping in view the excellent performance of model courts two more districts of Mandi Baha Uddin and Lodhran has also been included in the program, he added. He said that it is a matter of honor that Rawalpindi District has been included in the model courts program and we will try our best to come up to the expectations of Honourable Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah. On this occasion, he informed that six model courts had been established in Rawalpindi district including Taxila and Gujar Khan.  He lauded the close cooperation and spirit of bar members for speedy trials and improving the performance of courts to ensure prompt disposal of the maximum number of cases. He informed that a new underground parking project would be proposed for judicial complex Rawalpindi which would facilitate more than 250 vehicles and new courts would construct over this underground parking. He said that escalator on the overhead bridge between judicial complex and kutchery would also be made functional within next week.



LAHORE (FNNI)Bus Rapid Transit Systems in major cities of the world were compared during the seminar held on ‘Smart Cities’ subject in collaboration with Swedish Business Council and the Embassy of Sweden. Speakers while addressing the seminar shared that Metro Bus Project in Lahore, Pakistan has been completed to the highest speed and it is worlds’ best Bus Rapid Transit system which was completed under the supervision of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in a short span of 11 months.CM PUNJAB-1 Today, millions of people are enjoying modern transportation facilities of international standard. Speakers added that under the dynamic leadership of Shehbaz Sharif, Punjab is growing rapidly, infrastructure has been improved and Punjab is emerging as a developed province for which modern transport system in the larger cities is extremely important. Shehbaz Sharif launched rapid transit system timely keeping in view requirements of major cities and today, Metro Bus is operating successfully in Lahore, Rawalpindi-Islamabad, and Multan while work on Orange Line Project is also moving forward.



LAHORE (FNNI)A delegation of High-Court Bar and District Bar Associations Multan called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif at Governor House today. Governor Punjab Rafique Rajwana, Provincial Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed and other concerned authorities were present on the occasion. District Bar Association Multan delegation was led by its President Muhammad Yousaf Zubair while President Sher Zaman Qureshi was leading the delegation of High Court Bar Association Multan. Speaking of the occasion, Shehbaz Sharif said that PML (N) government has always preferred welfare of Lawyers’ fraternity. He said that problems of lawyers’ community have been resolved in the past and will be resolved in future as well. He said we are well aware of the fact that provision of justice is the basic entity which strengthens and develops a society well. He said those societies progress their justice is provided. CM PUNJAB-2He said that lawyer’s community has to perform its responsibility of provision of justice efficiently. He said that people have high expectations of lawyers and they have to come up with their expectations. The Chief Minister said that lawyers’ community has rendered innumerable sacrifices for restoration of democracy in the country and our nation not only regards their efforts but expects a lot from them. Additionally, he said that work is being carried out on the projects of billions of rupees for the development and prosperity of South Punjab specifically Multan. He said that today people here are cherishing best transport facilities in the form of Metro Bus. He assured to solve problems of lawyers on the priority basis and added that work on the project of construction of a parking plaza will be started immediately to resolve parking problems. The Chief Minister also directed to form the committee to complete construction of Judicial Complex instantly.CM PUNJAB-5 CM PUNJAB-4 Announcing provision of computers for libraries, Shehbaz Sharif said that shuttle service containing 03 speedo buses will be started to take lawyers from chambers to courts. Governor Punjab Rafique Rajwana said that irrespective of politics, Lawyers have always played their role for justice and rule of law. He said that PML (N) government has taken many steps to solve issues of lawyers and added that their problems will also be addressed in future. President District Bar Association Muhammad Yousaf Zubair said that we are standing with you in the effort of providing justice to common people. President High Court Bar Association Sher Zaman Qureshi said that Metro bus service is an incredible gift for people of Multan and today thousands of citizens are benefitting from this service.



LAHORE (FNNI) Office-bearers of Press Club Faisalabad called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif here today and paid tributes to the Chief Minister for excellent development work in Punjab particularly Faisalabad. On this occasion, President Press Club Ijaz Ansaari said that with the completion of development projects, Shehbaz Sharif has refurbished Faisalabad. He additionally expressed gratitude towards him for his cooperation to develop Faisalabad Press Club. Former President Press Club added that the whole team of Shehbaz Sharif merits recognition for execution of every one of these tasks in debasement free environment. Speaking on the occasion, Shehbaz Sharif said that Punjab Government has promoted corruption-free culture by completing development projects under transparent policy throughout the province.123 He said that a State-of-the-art Service Centre here is providing multiple services to people under one roof while welfare ventures like Safe City Project, Information Technology & Skill University, and Metro Bus projects will also be implemented in Faisalabad shortly. Billions of rupees saved in development projects are also being spent on public welfare, he added. The Chief Minister assured the continuation of contribution for the welfare of Faisalabad Press Club and journalists. Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah Khan, Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Special Assistant Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan, Press Secretary Shoaib-bin-Aziz, Chairman Taskforce on Information and Culture Muhammad Maalik, Secretary Information Raja Muhammad Jahangir Anwar were also present on the occasion. The delegation included President Faisalabad Press Club Ijaz Ansaari, Former President Shahid Ali, Vice President Arqam, Secretary Sajid Khan, Finance Secretary Tahir Najafi and other members.

Pakistan and Malaysia focus on trade diversification to improve bilateral trade volume – HC –


Islamabad (FNNI) A 13 member trade mission of Malaysia visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry along with H.E. Dr. Hasrul Sani Mujtabar, High Commissioner of Malaysia. Mr. Tunku Rizal was leading the delegation. The delegation was representing various sectors including hydropower generation, construction, manufacturing, water filtration technology, cosmetics, seafood etc.

Speaking at the occasion, H.E. Dr. Hasrul Sani Mujtaba, High Commissioner of Malaysia said that Pakistan and Malaysia were the first two Islamic countries that had signed FTA long time ago, but the bilateral trade was still confined to few products. He said there was an urgent need to focus on diversification of trade for improving trade figure. He said both countries have good relations in education and defense fields as over 5000 Pakistani students were studying in Malaysia while Malaysia used to send its military officers to Pakistan for training. However, he said it was high time that both countries should intensify efforts for improving two-way trade that would bring far better results for their economies. He said Pakistan should further streamline its visa policy for Malaysian businessmen so that they could easily visit Pakistan for exploring new business opportunities.

Mr. Tunku Rizal, Head of Malaysian delegation said that Pakistan and Malaysia have good potential to enhance cooperation in many fields and both countries should encourage frequent exchange of trade delegations to explore all untapped areas of potential cooperation. He said Malaysia could help Pakistan in hydropower generation, designing and construction of industrial parks, hotels, tourism and other sectors.  He hoped that visit of Malaysian delegation to Pakistan would lead to finalization of some business deals between the private sectors of both countries.Pic-May-04,-17In his welcome address, Khalid Iqbal Malik, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that Pak-Malaysia FTA signed in 2007 has not achieved the desired results as yet He said the main reason for low trade volume was that both countries were doing trade in few items. He stressed that both should focus on new products to improve two-way trade. He said many Pakistani products including non-basmati rice, wheat, mangoes, halal food, seafood, meat products, cutlery & sports goods, spices, handicrafts, light engineering goods, hospital & surgical equipment, pharmaceuticals and gems & jewelry could find the good market in Malaysia.

He said many sectors of Pakistan’s economy including palm oil cultivation & refining, construction of low-cost housing schemes and highways, livestock & dairy, energy, education, transportation, IT, shipbreaking, food processing, sports goods and Halal industry offered good potential to Malaysian investors. He urged that more Malaysian investors should visit Pakistan to explore investment and joint ventures in CPEC projects and other areas of interest.  Khalid Malik Senior Vice President ICCI, Tahir Ayub Vice President ICCI, Tariq Sadiq, Zafar Bakhtawari, Zahid Maqbool and others also spoke at the occasion.


Lahore (FNNI) Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has expressed the deep sense of sorrow and grief over the death of father and three children due to the explosion of rickshaw gas cylinder caused by the collision between truck and rickshaw. The Chief Minister offered sincere condolences to the bereaved family. The Chief Minister directed for the provision of best medical facilities to the injured women. The Chief Minister also sought a report about the accident and ordered to initiate proceedings as per law against the truck driver.



 Lahore (FNNI) Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that International Labour Day revives the memory of struggle of workers of Chicago in 1886 for their fundamental rights and sacrifices they offered in the attainment of their objectives. In his message on International Labour Day, the Chief Minister said labourers and workers play a key role in strengthening of national economy and targets of development cannot be achieved without prosperity, empowerment and due respect of the workers. He said Islam has declared the labourer as a friend of God and as such acknowledged his dignity. 123labourHe said role of labourers and workers is very important in the progress and development of the country. The more the workforce will be empowered, the soon we achieve targets of development. The Chief Minister said under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the PML-N government is paying full attention to the welfare and upliftment of the workers’ community, adding that workforce of the country has full potential to achieve the targets of development. He said thousands of youngsters have been imparted training under the Skill Development Program of Punjab government. Besides, 87,000 children of brick-kiln workers have been enrolled in different government-sponsored schools for providing them free education, he added. Shehbaz stated that establishment of quality educational institutions for the children of labourers besides social security hospitals and labour colonies are a proof of labour-friendly policies of Punjab government. He said welfare measures for labourers would continue in future as well. “On this day, there is a need to renew the pledge that all out support would be extended for the welfare of labourers and protection of their rights,” he added.

FCCI Chinese Language participants may be offered an opportunity for further training in Technical and Business Language in China: Muhammad Saeed Sheikh –


Faisalabad (FNNI) FCCI Chinese Language participants may be offered an opportunity for further training in Technical and Business Language in China said Engr. Muhammad Saeed Sheikh, President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI). In this regard, FCCI Chinese Language Course participants headed by Muhammad Din Tahir, Director Research & Development Department visited the Chinese Cultural Centre Islamabad and handed over the written proposals from President FCCI before H. E. Sun Weidong, Ambassador of China to Pakistan.

FCCI 33In this regard, Muhammad Din Tahir also presented invitation letter to H. E. The Ambassador of China to visit FCCI for a business meeting with the Executive Committee and Members of FCCI.

During the visit, the Course participants also attended the opening ceremony of China Cultural Centre in Islamabad. In this regard, a significant number of businessmen and civil society members from all walks of life attended the Ceremony. Moreover, Muhammad Din Tahir, on behalf of President FCCI, presented FCCI Study Report on ‘CPEC – Opportunities & Challenges’ to H.E. the Ambassador of China and Cultural Counsellor of the Center.