Turkey’s 2018 Budget Approved By Parliament-Highlights

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s parliament has approved the government’s 2018 budget, which includes increased spending on defense and projects a rise in the fiscal deficit to 65.9 billion lira ($17.28 billion).

In 2017, Turkey’s financial plan is relied upon to demonstrate a deficiency of 61.7 billion lira, more than double the 2016 spending shortage of around 30 billion lira.Turkey’s 2018 spending plan additionally extends impose salary of 599.4 billion lira, up somewhere in the range of 15 percent from gauges for 2017, and a 5.8 billion lira eacssential overflow.In the course of recent years, Turkey’s present record deficiency has augmented because of expanding government motivating forces to support the economy and protection spending. One year from now’s spending deficiency to total national output proportion is relied upon to be 1.9 percent.The Govt. says the extra barrier spending is direly expected to modernize the military, the second-biggest in the NATO cooperation, and meet the expenses of local and remote security operations.Turkey’s economy has bounced back from a downturn that took after an endeavored overthrow a year ago, helped by a progression of government jolt measures. Gross domestic product grew 11.1 percent year-on-year in the second from last quarter, its quickest extension in six years, as per official information.

Army chief to brief Senate on security situation Today



ISLAMABAD: In a break from the past tradition, army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa will brief the Senate’s Committee of the Whole on the security situation today (Tuesday), as legislators last week wanted to know the terms of reference (ToRs) of the Saudi-led Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) that met in Riyadh recently.As per a declaration by the Senate Secretariat, Gen Bajwa will brief the whole House, to be changed over into a House board of trustees, in an in-camera sitting at 10am on December 19 on “the rising national security worldview for Pakistan as for late visits/advancements”.Director Senate Mian Raza Rabbani, Leader of the House Raja Muhammad Zafarul Haq, Leader of the Opposition Aitzaz Ahsan, individuals from the Senate and Minister for Defense Khurram Dastagir Khan will go to the meeting. Chief General Military Operations (DGMO) Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza will go with the COAS.

Chinese citizens in Pakistan warned of terror attacks

China has warned its citizens in Pakistan to be on alert after receiving intelligence reports about possible attacks targeting Chinese nationals.

The Chinese Embassy in Islamabad issued a travel advisory on Friday, stating it had information about a “series of terror attacks” planned against Chinese organisations and personnel, without giving details. It urged its citizens to stay indoors and avoid crowded places.

A large number of people from China are working in Pakistan under various projects of the Belt and Road Initiative. Parts of the initiative underway in Balochistan have come under attack time and again.

source: Geo News

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan arrives in Lahore, meets CM SS Punjab

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan arrived in Lahore on Wednesday via the Wagah Border.

The mayor was received by officials from the Punjab government upon his arrival and is currently holding a meeting with Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Model Town.

During his time in Pakistan, Khan will also visit Islamabad and Karachi. Khan has said that his trip seeks to “strengthen the links that exist between London and these great cities of Pakistan”.

He arrived in Lahore after a three-day visit to India. 

During his stay there, Khan had visited Delhi, Mumbai and Amritsar and met with politicians and celebrities. Meanwhile, the chairman of Pakistan Super League franchise Peshawar Zalmi, Javed Afridi, also met the London mayor and presented him with a Zalmi t-shirt and a bat signed by team’s players.

Pak Reaction on Trump plan for recognising Jerusalem as Israel

Pakistan has expressed its concern over proposed move by the Trump administration to shift US embassy to Jerusalem, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday.

The decision would alter the legal and historical status of the city, it added.

Islamabad has already endorsed the recently adopted Final Communique of the OIC on this issue.

While reaffirming solidarity with the Palestinian people, the government of Pakistan has renewed its call for establishment of a viable, independent and contiguous State of Palestine, on the basis of internationally agreed parametres, the pre-1967 borders, and with Jerusalem as its capital.https://twitter.com/ForeignOfficePk/status/938410085738524672/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftribune.com.pk%2Fstory%2F1577615%2F1-pakistan-expresses-concern-trump-plan-recognise-jerusalem-israeli-capital%2F