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JUNE 01, 2017

Headlines

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The President has urged all political parties to declare Vision 2025 a national plan for development.

Finance Minister says government made difficult decisions to bring improvement to national economy.

Senate has been informed that Pakistan maintains a balanced position on regional conflicts.

Foreign Office says Afghanistan's accusatory approach will harm efforts for peace.

Pakistan has lodged a strong protest with India over unprovoked ceasefire violation on the Line of Control.

China has demanded removal of advanced US THAAD missile defense system from South Korea.

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PRESIDENT
President Mamnoon Hussain has urged all political parties to declare Vision 2025 a national plan through consensus for welfare of people.

He was addressing joint session of Parliament in Islamabad today 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 commended programmes aimed at improving lot of the youth.

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.

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 continue extending political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri brethren.

He said India has been carrying out acts of aggression on the Line of Control resulting in huge losses of life and property.

PRESIDENT
The President urged the 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 expansion of bilateral relations.

The President said reforms in the UN Security Council are imperative to make the United Nations a more effective world body.

The Joint Session has now been prorogued.

NAWAZ
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has termed the presidential address to joint sitting of Parliament as positive and fair.

In a brief and informal chat with media today, he said the President addressed the joint session to fulfil constitutional obligations.

When asked about the attitude of the opposition parties during presidential address, he said, his views about the opposition are the same as of the whole nation.

He expressed confidence that the government will complete its five years constitutional term.

KP-REACTION
Social and political circles in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have lauded the speech of President Mamnoon Hussain to the joint sitting of parliament.

Commenting on the speech, PML-N leader Pir Sabir Shah said President highlighted all the major issues faced by the nation.

Parliamentary leader in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Sardar Aurangzeb said the President threw light on the sacrifices rendered by the nation in the war against terrorism.

DAR-BUDGET
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says government has made difficult decisions to bring improvement to economic condition of the country.

Addressing a post budget conference in Islamabad this evening, he said suggestions of all stakeholders were taken into consideration while preparing budget. He said the present economic stability is due to collective wisdom and consultations.

He said our GDP has reached 5.28 percent from three percent in four years time. Finance Minister said inflation rate has decreased to less than four percent and the target of tax collection set at 4000 billion rupees.

DAR
Chairing a meeting in Islamabad today regarding energy-related matters,Finance Minister directed for provision of maximum electricity during the holy month of Ramzan, especially at the time of Sehar and Iftar.

He said the government is focused on resolving the issue of energy as a top priority.

The Minister said that additional electricity will be added to the national grid by early next year through completion of ongoing projects, which will help improve the energy situation and reduce load-shedding.

PUNJAB-BUDGET
The Punjab budget for the next fiscal year will be presented before the provincial assembly tomorrow.

Provincial Finance Minister Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha will present the budget.

SPOKESMAN-SC
A spokesman of the government has expressed dismay over the remarks passed by an honorable judge during hearing of the Nihal Hashmi suo-moto case.

In a statement, he said the alleged remarks are against the code of conduct and traditions of the senior judiciary.

The spokesman said the honorable judge leveled baseless allegations against the government without knowing complete facts.

He said the court ignored the disciplinary action taken by the Prime Minister against Nihal Hashmi. He said media record testifies that the government had expressed strong reaction on the irresponsible remarks by Nihal Hashmi and promptly declared his opinion as personal views.

SENATE-SARTAJ
Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan maintains a balanced position on regional conflicts and fully supports Saudi Arabia's territorial integrity.

Responding to a calling attention notice in the Senate today, he said programmes and mechanism of Islamic Military Alliance will be decided at a meeting of the defence ministers of the member countries.

He said as and when terms of reference of the alliance are finalized, they will be presented before the House prior to their ratification by the government.

The Advisor made it clear that Pakistan will never deploy anything outside Saudi Arabia.

The House will now meet tomorrow morning at 10:30.

KHURRAM
Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan says trade incentives extended by European Union under the GSP Plus have played a positive role in boosting Pakistan's exports.

In a statement, he said European Union is the largest market for us and under GSP Plus Pakistani goods have duty free access in twenty-eight member states of the union.

He said Pakistan's textile exports increased by 55 percent in value in 2016 in comparison with 2013 and Pakistan's exports also registered an increase of 33 percent in terms of quantity during the same period.

BRIEFING
Foreign Office has strongly rejected as baseless the Afghan allegation that Pakistan is behind the recent terrorist attack in Kabul.

At the weekly news briefing in Islamabad today, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya said the accusatory approach of Afghanistan will harm efforts for peace. He said Pakistan itself has suffered immensely from the menace of terrorism.

FO-CONDEMNATION
Indian Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh was summoned to Foreign Office and lodged a strong protest over the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces at the Line of Control.

Director General at Foreign Office Dr Mohammad Faisal said the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces are contrary to international human rights and humanitarian laws.

Two civilians were martyred and five others, including three women injured in the ceasefire violations this morning.

CHINA-PAK
China has expressed the confidence that Pakistan and India will improve bilateral relations after becoming the full members of Shanghai Cooperation Organization during upcoming Astana Summit.

Speaking at a briefing in Beijing, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hua Chunying hoped that Pakistan and India would inject new impetus to the development of organization.

Meanwhile, China has demanded removal of advanced US THAAD missile defense system from South Korea.

CRICKET
In the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy against Bangladesh at Oval, England were 220 for 2 in 37.4 overs a short while ago.

Batting first Bangladesh set a victory target of 306 runs for England in allotted fifty overs.

Tamim Iqbal remaind the top scorer with 128 runs for Bangladesh.


WEATHER

Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hour.

Very hot weather is likely in central and southern areas.

However, rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Kashmir and its adjoining areas.

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