Text Bulletin 1300 hrs
JUNE 01, 2016
The President expressing satisfaction over the performance of the government has stressed for more steps to pass on benefits of improving economy to the common man.
Pakistan and Sweden have expressed desire to enhance cooperation on issues of regional and international importance.
Two day U.S.-Pakistan Business Opportunities Conference will start in New York tomorrow.
The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has strongly condemned continued illegal detention of its Chairman by Indian authorities.
President Mamnoon Hussain has said that successful completion of three years of democratic journey is testimony to the political maturity of the nation.
Addressing joint session of the Parliament in Islamabad today, he said the democratic system is capable enough to sustain crises and take the country forward on the path of durable progress and stability.
The President said the government that ensures rule of law, economic development and provision of basic needs to the people easily overcome challenges, succeed in stabilizing democracy and reinforce the relationship between an individual and the state.
Mamnoon Hussain said he was glad to note that both the government and opposition are cognizant of this and are formulating policies in the light of this philosophy to strengthen democracy.
Enumerating to three year's economic achievements of the Government, the President said tax system and collection has improved, foreign exchange reserves increased, GDP has steadily expanded and this year growth has been 4.7%. He said budget deficit stands reduced, inflation controlled and the rupee stabilized.
He said these positive indicators will encourage foreign investors and accelerate our economic progress, which will be further boosted by CPEC.
The President said more steps should be taken to pass on the benefits of improved economic situation to the common man.
Addressing the world community, the President said Pakistan's foreign policy is based on the principle of peace for development and peaceful neighbourhood.
President Mamnoon Hussain said Pakistan is of the view that peace and stability in Afghanistan is imperative for peace in the region.
He said Pakistan has special relationship with the Islamic world including Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, other countries of Middle East and Central Asia.
The President said Pakistan strongly believes in nuclear security and made state of the art arrangements for safety of its nuclear installations.
The joint session was witnessed by Governors of the provinces, Chief Minister GB, members of the diplomatic community, services chiefs and senior officials.
After address of the President, the joint session was prorogued.
Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi has underscored the importance of increased engagement between Pakistan and Sweden in all areas particularly economic, education and culture.
He was talking to a two member Swedish delegation who called on him in Islamabad today.
Cooperation in international forums on issues of regional and international importance also came under discussion during the meeting.
Tariq Fatemi also briefed the Swedish delegation about Pakistan's comprehensive strategy to effectively deal with the menace of terrorism and extremism.
The Swedish delegation appreciated Pakistan's success in the campaign against terrorism and acknowledged Pakistan's positive strides in all fields, including the economy and law and order.
The two day U.S.-Pakistan Business Opportunities Conference will start in New York tomorrow.
The conference is aimed at building business-to-business linkages between U.S. and Pakistani businesses.
The conference will particularly focus on fashion apparel, health care, information communication technology, and agriculture.
The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has strongly condemned the continued illegal detention of its Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik by the Indian occupational authorities.
The JKLF spokesman in a statement in Srinagar said that these undemocratic, unethical and inhuman acts could not deter the Kashmiris from pursuing their cause of freedom.
Meanwhile, the High Court of occupied Kashmir has asked the authorities to inform it under which law Muhammad Yasin Malik has been arrested.
The world's longest and deepest rail tunnel is to be officially opened in Switzerland today, after almost two decades of construction work.
The 57km tunnel will provide a high-speed rail link under the Swiss Alps between northern and southern Europe.