DATED: JUNE 01, 2016



Prime Minister who underwent open heart surgery in London is now improving.

President addresses joint session of the parliament on Wednesday marking the beginning of new parliamentary year.

Government has decided not to increase petroleum prices for this month.

Planning Minister says government is trying to remove reservations of the provinces regarding funds in the upcoming budget.

Interior Minister has said Computerized National Identity Cards verification process would be made transparent.  

In India, 2,234 people have contracted the deadly HIV virus due to unscreened blood transfusion.

UNICEF has decided to scale up operations in Greece to support twenty two thousand migrant children.



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who underwent a cardiac-surgery in London is now improving and expected to return to Pakistan within three weeks after the  doctors allow him to travel.


Talking to various private television channels, Maryam Nawaz said the Prime Minister is successfully operated upon for the heart ailment and according to the doctors this surgery would make him more healthy.       


Maryam Nawaz thanked people from different walks of life including political workers and leaders for their prayers and well wishes for the Prime Minister.


She said political opponents of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are hatching conspiracies as they are afraid of the PML-N's development agenda.



President Mamnoon Hussain addresses the joint session of the parliament at eleven this morning, marking the beginning of the new parliamentary year.   


The President's address to the joint parliamentary session at the advent of a new parliamentary year is mandatory under the Constitution.


In his address, the president will highlight steps taken by the government to address energy crisis and strengthen the economy. He will also accentuate the significance of China Pakistan Economic Corridor project for the progress and development of the country.


Mamnoon Hussain will also throw light on the performance of the government as well as the challenge of extremism and terrorism faced by the country and the achievements made by the security forces in this regard.



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says it has been decided not to increase prices of the petroleum products during the Holy month of Ramazan in light of Prime Minister's vision.


Talking to newsmen in Islamabad, he said Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority had proposed an increase in the petroleum products. 


The Finance Minister said previous prices will continue during June and there will be no increase in this regard to facilitate masses.



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said original budget documents duly signed by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in London have been received.


Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, he said according to the article 83 of the constitution, the budgetary documents are to be signed by the Prime Minister, so this constitutional obligation has been fulfilled.    



Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has expressed the hope that the government and opposition would soon formulate Terms of Reference for judicial commission to probe Panama Papers with consensus.


In an interview, he said we are all against the menace of corruption and want to remove it from the society.


The Minister said those whose names were mentioned in the Panama Papers are trying to escape from accountability.





Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid says journey of development has started under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.                   


He was addressing prayer ceremony arranged for early and complete recovery of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Rawalpindi. 


The Information Minister said terrorists are not only a threat to the country but also for the entire world and situation has changed with the start of operation Zarb-e-Azb. 


He said the operation's successes have been acknowledged world over as it not only secured Pakistan rather the whole world.


The Minister said the government under the dynamic leadership of Nawaz Sharif is following policies to eliminate power load-shedding from the country and various projects are underway to overcome the crisis.  




Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said Computerized National Identity Cards verification process would be made transparent.  


Talking to reporters after chairing the 50th meeting of NADRA in Islamabad, he said NADRA would complete reverification of CNICs within six months. 


The Interior Minister said those found involved in issuing fake CNICs would have to face 14 years imprisonment.


He said a comprehensive strategy is being chalked out for re-verification of CNICs and data would be confirmed through mobile phone SIMs. 


He said report of DNA test of Mullah Mansoor has been received and his death could be confirmed on scientific basis and all four persons who verified CNIC of Mullah Mansoor have been arrested.



Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said extremism and terrorism would be eliminated for the prosperity and bright future of the country.


Speaking at a ceremony in Peshawar, he said social and economic issues are being resolved as government is committed to deliver the masses.




Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif who is in Turkey  witnessed multinational military exercises "EFES".


Turkish Chief of General Staff General Hulusi Akar, welcomed Army Chief.  


Along with Turkish troops US, UK, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Azerbaijan, and a contingent of Pakistani Armed Forces is participating in the joint exercises.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also witnessed the Exercise and held a separate meeting with Army Chief General Raheel Sharif.


On this occasion, he said the Exercise will enhance the existing close friendly ties between Pakistan and Turkey specially between the two Armed Forces.


Turkish President also praised Pakistan Army's accomplishments in Operation Zarb-e-Azb and contributions towards regional peace and stability.


Army Chief appreciated Turkish armed forces for an outstanding conduct of the Exercise of such magnitude and scope. 



A two-day international seminar on Kashmir begins in Islamabad on Wednesday.


The seminar has been organized by the Mirpur University of Science and Technology.


The participants will deliberate upon global dimensions of Kashmir dispute and the Indian plans to suppress Kashmir liberation movement.


Around a dozen Hurriyet leaders, lawyers and journalists from occupied Kashmir have already arrived in Pakistan to attend the seminar.




At least 2,234 Indians have contracted the deadly HIV virus while receiving blood transfusions in hospitals in the past 17 months alone.


The information was revealed by the country's National Aids Control Organisation  


India has around 2.09 million people living with HIV/Aids.


The highest number of patients who had been infected with HIV as a result of contaminated blood in hospitals, were from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh with 361 cases.



In Iraq, government forces have faced tough resistance from the Islamic State group  as they attempted to enter the centre of Fallujah city. 


According to the overall commander of the Fallujah operation Lieutenant General Abdelwahab al-Saadi, IS fighters mounted a fierce counter-attack as government troops push into the city of Falluja.


He said government forces were eventually able to repel the attack and killed seventy-five militants in the area.




The UN children's agency UNICEF has decided to scale up operations in Greece to support twenty two thousand migrant children.


The decision was announced after a UNICEF goodwill ambassador singer Nana Mouskouri's visit to migrant facilities.


According to UNICEF's special coordinator for the refugee crisis in Europe, the organisation will support programmes by the Greek government and other partners.




Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country on Wednesday.


However, dust-thunderstorm rain is expected at isolated places of Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Malakand, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, Zhob and Quetta divisions and FATA.


Temperature of some major cities recorded on Wednesday morning:


Islamabad twenty-two degree centigrade, Lahore and Peshawar twenty-eight, Karachi twenty-nine, Quetta nineteen, Gilgit thirteen, Murree seventeen and Muzaffarabad twenty degree centigrade.


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