Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Addressing joint session of the parliament on Thursday, President urged all political parties to develop consensus on Vision-2025.
Mamnoon Hussain has invited comity of nations, particularly neighbours, to agree on fundamental principle of economic cooperation.
The Senate has been informed that Pakistan maintains a balanced position on regional conflicts and fully supports Saudi Arabia's territorial integrity.
Islamabad has dismissed as baseless Afghan allegation of Pakistan's involvement in Kabul bombing.
Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference has ruled out talks with India unless New Delhi accepts Kashmir as a disputed territory.
The ICC Champions Trophy began in England on Thursday.
The President Mamnoon Hussain has proposed the Government, the opposition and all the political parties should declare Vision-2025 as a national plan through consensus so that process of welfare of public is not hampered at any cost.
He was addressing the joint session of the Parliament in Islamabad on Thursday to mark beginning of the new parliamentary year.
The President said forward looking nations invest heavily in human resources and infrastructure for sustainable development. He appreciated programmes aimed at bettering the lot of the young.
The President said Pakistan's defence production sector has performed better.
He lauded allocation of considerable funds to bring the backward areas of Azad Kashmir, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan at par with other parts of the country.
Referring to electricity shortage, the President hoped that after completion of on-going energy projects, the issue would be resolved permanently.
Turning to foreign policy, the President invited comity of nations, particularly neighbours, to agree on the fundamental principle of economic cooperation which can lead to ending of regional tensions.
He said Kashmir dispute is an unfinished agenda of the partition.
The President said plebiscite is the only solution to the Kashmir dispute. He said Pakistan will always continue extending political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiri brethren.
Mamnoon Hussain said India is consistently indulging in acts of aggression on the Line of Control resulting in huge loss of life and prosperity.
The President invited Afghan leadership to improve border management system with mutual cooperation to overcome the menace of terrorism.
He said Pakistan has best relations with Islamic countries especially Saudi Arabia. He said Pakistan has recently established fresh contacts with the new US administration, which will pave the way for further expansion of bilateral relations.
The President said reforms in the Security Council are imperative to make the UN a more effective and beneficial international body so that all member states get representation in it. He expressed the confidence that like Zarb-e-Azb, Radd-ul-Fasaad will also soon succeed in achieving its objectives.
The President expressed satisfaction that the parliament has emerged as a symbol of national unity even in the face of severe political differences. He said all national issues should be resolved in the parliament. He said we should joint hands to make parliament a medium of achieving national objectives.
Members belonging to Opposition parties raised anti-government slogans during the address of the President and later staged a walkout from the House.
The Joint Session has now been prorogued.
Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called on President Mamnoon Hussain and discussed with him matters relating to country`s internal and external security situation.
The Prime Minister briefed the President on the meeting of Cabinet`s National Security Committee.
The Prime Minister also apprised the President about One Belt One Road Summit in China last month.
They expressed satisfaction over the pace of ongoing projects under the CPEC.
Minister for Railways Saad Rafique has said that on Thursday's protest of the opposition during the president's address was against the parliamentary norms.
Talking to media outside the Parliament House in Islamabad on Thursday, he said that the behavior of the opposition members in the presence of the foreign diplomats was irresponsible.
To a question, he said there is no example of live broadcast of the speech of the opposition leader in the parliamentary history but even then the government was ready to broadcast it live.
Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz has informed the Senate said that Pakistan maintains a balanced position on regional conflicts and fully supports Saudi Arabia's territorial integrity and protects the sanctity of Harmain Sharifain.
He said this while responding to a calling attention notice moved by Farhatullah Babar regarding statements of Saudi Authorities that the Islamic Military Alliance will not restrict only to terrorist organizations like ISIS Al-Qaeda but it will also take action against the rebel groups posing threat to any Member country, on the request of that country, as reported in media.
Foreign Office has strongly rejected as baseless the Afghan allegation that Pakistan is behind the recent terrorist attack in Kabul.
At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said the accusatory approach will harm efforts for peace. He said Pakistan itself has suffered immensely from the menace of terrorism.
He said Pakistan has the highest stakes in Afghan peace and stability more than any other country of the world.
The spokesperson said our commitment to peace in Afghanistan is based on sincerity and should be considered beyond any doubt.
He, however, said it is disappointing that the elements which have no interest in Afghan peace and want to damage relations between the two neighboring countries are trying to malign Pakistan for their vested agenda.
The spokesperson said India is escalating tension on the border and committing ceasefire violations in order to divert attention from the Kashmir dispute. He said the latest Indian unprovoked firing on the line of control resulted in the martyrdom of two civilians and injuries to seven others.
Nafees Zakaria said India is perpetrating and financing terrorism in Pakistan.
In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two more Kashmiri youth in Nathipora area of Sopore, on Thursday.
The occupant Indian troops martyred twenty eight Kashmiris last month.
According to the data issued by Kashmir Media Service, nine hundred forty five people were injured and three hundred sixty seven persons including Hurriyet activists and students were arrested during this period.
Meanwhile, Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said that no talks are possible with India unless it accepts Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed territory.
In a statement issued in Srinagar, Syed Ali Gilani said that we will never beg for talks nor will surrender but will continue our struggle for the right to self determination.
He strongly denounced the continued house arrest and detention of resistance leaders and expressed concern over suspension of class work in educational institutions in held territory.
The United States has signed business deals worth eight billion dollars with Vietnam.
The U.S. Commerce Department announced that thirteen new transactions were signed in different sectors during visit of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to Washington.
The ICC Champions Trophy began with first match between host England and Bangladesh, at Oval on Thursday.
The eight participating teams are divided into two groups:
Group A consists of Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh and England while Group B include India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa.
Pakistan will play their first match against India on Sunday at Birmingham.
Global Day of Parents is being celebrated on Thursday.
It aims to appreciate parents for their selfless commitment to children and lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship.
Radio Pakistan will broadcast a Special Discussion programme in connection with the Global Day of Parents titled "The role of patents in the character building of children." in its national hook-up at 1605 hours on Thursday.