Regional peace prerequisite to economic development: Nawaz Sharif

SANYA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged the Asian countries to wage coordinated efforts for realization of the goal of economic prosperity. He was delivering his keynote address at the Boao conference in China's Hainan province Thursday. Nawaz said top priority should be given to the resolution of disputes as regional peace is a prerequisite to economic development. The Prime Minister particularly appreciated China's economic revival and growth in the last several years. Nawaz Sharif said the Asian countries should particularly focus on regional connectivity to strengthen mutual contacts through road, sea, and train links. He said Pakistan-China Economic Corridor would open new avenues for the development in the region. The Prime Minister said the Asian countries should take effective steps to tap the energies of their youth.He said the Pakistani government has started the Prime Minister's Youth Business Loans scheme and announced scholarship for youth to integrate the youth into the national economic mainstream.Nawaz Sharif said the government is also concentrating on overcoming the energy shortfall to ensure its economic development.The Prime Minister said Pakistan has emerged from the lengthy war on terror, which has negatively affected its economy, trade and industry.Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang in his speech has called for strengthening of cooperation among the Asian countries.He stated this while inaugurating the Boao conference in China's Hainan province this morning. It has been organised by Boao Forum for Asia.The Chinese Premier said that development remains the top priority of the Asian countries.He emphasized the need for shared interest and common development of the regional countries.Li Keqiang said Boao Forum is significant for the economic development of Asia.

Banned UBA claim Islamabad bomb blast

QUETTA: The outlawed United Baloch Army (UBA) owns responsibility of the bomb blast in Islamabad market, said its spokesman hours after the incident on Wednesday.However,

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Siraj ul Haq sworn in as Jamaat-e-Islami chief

LAHORE :The newly elected Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Siraj ul Haq took oath of his office on Wednesday.Haq who is serving as senior minister in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa coalition government was elected as the Jamaat Amir for the next five years.

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11 killed as result of firing at wedding

ABBOTTABAD – Opponents opened fire at a festive house amid wedding, killing eleven persons including women, Dunya News reported.The incident took place at Tehsil Hawelian of Abbottabad.

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Karachi violence: Rangers vow to arrest terrorists

KARACHI: The Pakistan Rangers Sindh has formed two teams for the arrest of elements involved in the fresh wave of targeted killings in the city.

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Anti-graft party faces test as India votes in third round

NEW DELHI : India´s upstart anti-graft party faces a key test Thursday as the national capital votes in the first major stage of the country´s marathon general elections.

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20 hurt in school stabbing spree in Pennsylvania

MURRYSVILLE: A 16-year-old boy with a "blank expression" stabbed and slashed 19 students and a police officer in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday before an assistant principal tackled him.

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NATO air strike kills 5 Afghan soldiers

KABUL: A provincial government official says an early morning NATO air strike in Afghanistan´s central Logar province killed 5 Afghan National Army soldiers and wounded another 17.

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More influential people should be in committees: Samiul Haq

ISLAMABAD : The meeting of Taliban and government negotiating committees with PM Nawaz has ended in Islamabad.According to details,

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Mother fed up with continued starvation kills her 2 children

LAHORE: A mother fed up with starvation, hunger and poverty allegedly killed her two children in Johar Town area on Wednesday here, Police said the accused strangulated her 8-month-old

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India not 'Most Favoured Nation': Khurram Dastagir

ISLAMABAD : Federal Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastagir Khan said on Wednesday that India is no longer being considered for most-favoured nation status adding that India should first reduce tax

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