July 17: The Nation states that Afghanistan’s President Dr Ashraf Ghani Monday telephoned Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and assured him of the provision of “enhanced border security measures” on Afghan side to assist Pakistan’s law enforcement and security forces during the time of elections, military’s spokesperson said. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) chief Maj Gen Ghafoor, the Afghan president called the army chief to condole the loss of lives in recent terror incidents in Pakistan. He also assured assistance to Pakistan’s security forces during the election period.
Global Times: CPEC boosts opportunity for Pakistan: experts
October 18 – Global Times states that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will play a great role in eradicating poverty in Pakistan by creating many employment and business opportunities, Muhammad Irfan, assistant professor of Economics at Comsats University Islamabad, said recently.
"You will need warehouses, factories, hotels, houses, hospitals, and schools along the roads built under CPEC. The important thing about CPEC is that it passes through a region where Pakistan has not spent much so far. It will remove the disparity between the regions. If the disparity decreases and income opportunities increase and deprived people have the option to earn well, it will change Pakistan as a whole," Irfan told Xinhua.