Date 01-06-2016

The President says positive economic indicators will encourage foreign investment in the country and accelerate economic growth.

Pakistan and Sweden have expressed desire to enhance cooperation on issues of regional and international importance.

Margalla Express will ply between Rawalpindi and Lahore on daily basis from next Sunday. 

Border management system between Pakistan and Afghanistan at Torkham has become functional.

Two day U.S.-Pakistan Business Opportunities Conference will start in New York on Thursday..

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 on Wednesday, 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.


The President said at the juncture of our history, we need national consensus and solidarity.


He said CPEC is a national project and not for the benefit of any government, political party or group.


The President recounted measures and projects launched by the government to address the energy crisis including LNG and electricity import and construction of water reservoirs.


He said the dream of national development would materialize only when there is peace and conducive business environment.


He expressed satisfaction that efforts to restore law and order in different areas particularly in FATA, Balochistan and Karachi have produced positive results. He was confident that the objectives of Zarb-e-Azb would be achieved by the end of the year.


Addressing the world community, the President said Pakistan's foreign policy is based on principles of peaceful neighbourhood.


He said Pakistan is of the view that peace and stability in Afghanistan is imperative for peace in the region.


The President said Pakistan has special relationship with the Islamic world including Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, other countries of Middle East and Central Asia.


He 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 on Wednesday.


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.



Secretary General OIC Iyad Ameen Madani called on Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on Wednesday and discussed matters pertaining to cooperation amongst Muslim countries in different areas.


Pakistan Railways has decided to operate Margalla Express train from Rawalpindi to Lahore on daily basis from next Sunday.


An official in the Ministry of Railways said before the decision the Margalla Express was plying for three days a week.


Margalla Express will now simultaneously depart and arrive from Lahore-Rawalpindi at 5:30 am and 10:10 am respectively.





The first border management system between Pakistan and Afghanistan at the Torkham became functional on Wednesday.


After the implementation of system, the border security forces on both sides would be able to identify people with fake documents.


People without valid travel documents will not be allowed to cross into Pakistan anymore.


According to estimates, around fifteen thousand people cross into Pakistan from Torkham border daily.



By-polls in three constituencies of Sindh Assembly will be held on Thursday..


Election will be held in PS-106, PS-117 and PS-22.


PS-106, PS-117 seats in Karachi had become vacantafter lawmakers from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement , Iftikhar Alam and Dr Sagheer Ahmed, resigned to join Pak Sarzameen Party of former MQM leader Mustafa Kamal while PS-22 seat fell  vacant due to the unseating of Pakistan Peoples Party lawmaker Dr Abdul Sattar Rajpar.


Meanwhile,ECP has finalised all security arrangements to ensure peaceful elections.



Speaker, Balochistan Assembly, Ms. Raheela Hameed

Khan Durrani has summoned the session of the Balochistan Assembly on Thursday..



Transporters and employees of Construction and Works, Public Health Engineering and Irrigation departments held protest in Peshawar on Wednesday to press their demands.


The protestors criticized the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for not accepting their demands.


They vowed to continue their strike till acceptance of their demands.



Sindh Rangers in targeted operations in various parts of the Karachi have arrested seven accused including four target killers.


According to a spokesman of Sindh Rangers the raids were carried in Mlir, Gadap. Bin Qasim, SITE and other areas of the city.


Weapons were also recovered from them.



The two day U.S.-Pakistan Business Opportunities Conference will start in New York on Thursday..


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.



In Afghanistan, six people were killed and thirteen others injured in a suicide attack in eastern Ghazni on Wednesday.



Japan says North Korea's intention to carry on with its nuclear and missile programs cannot be tolerated.


This has been stated by Japan's chief envoy Kimihiro Ishikane while talking to newsmen after talks with U.S. and South Korean counterparts in Tokyo.


He said we have agreed on stepping up pressure on North Korea to resolve the issues




The world's longest and deepest rail tunnel is to be officially opened in Switzerland on Wednesday, 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.



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.



Radio Pakistan in its national hook-up at 1605 hours will broadcast a special Discussion Programme in connection with "International Children's Day"


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