JULY 2, 2017

Prime Minister has vowed to defeat the elements engaged in activities against unity and development of the motherland.

Security Forces have arrested eight operatives of a banned organization in Balochistan's Kohlu district.

Finance Minister says the government is determined to achieve GDP growth target of 6 percent in current fiscal year.

Two NADRA mega centers have been opened in Karachi to facilitate citizens in getting computerized National Identity Cards.

Adviser on Foreign Affairs and visiting US Senators discussed bilateral ties and regional situation in Islamabad today.

Foreign Office spokesperson says Pakistan has completely implemented 'Consular Access Agreement' with India.

In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed today against martyrdom of four Kashmiris by Indian troops in Islamabad district.

China has released a map to prove Indian troops transgression into the disputed Doklam area of Sikkim sector.

Mohammad Sajjad of Pakistan won the Asian Six-Red Snooker Championship in Kyrgyzstan today.


Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says sacrifices of Pakistani nation while fighting terrorism and extremism will not go waste.

In a statement issued today, he said elements engaged in activities against solidarity, unity and development of Pakistan will be defeated.

He said victims of recent Parachinar blasts will be looked after and compensated completely.

Nawaz Sharif directed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra to distribute relief cheques among victims of Parachinar bombings under Prime Minister's package for Parachinar victims.

The Security Forces arrested eight operatives of a banned organization during a search operation in Kohlu district of Balochistan today.

According to ISPR, the arrested terrorists were involved in planting improvised explosive device on the railway track in Mach yesterday.

Three sub-machineguns, five rifles, eighteen magazines, and thousands of live rounds were also recovered from them.

Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique says PML N does not believe in politics of hatred and revenge.

Addressing a ceremony in Lahore today, he said Charter of Democracy was signed to bury the negative politics, however, certain elements are trying to revive the politics of hatred.

He said government inherited worst challenges when it came into power in 2013 but Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif successfully over powered all crises and restored people's confidence.

Saad Rafique said international financial journals and institutions are now acknowledging strong economic growth in Pakistan.

Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has said serving the nation is top priority of the government.

Talking to media in Islamabad today, he said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will continue his efforts for a developed Pakistan despite hurdles by the opponents.

Abid Sher Ali urged the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take notice of statements of opposition regarding investigation of Joint Investigation Team probing panama papers case.

He said the ruling party respects national institutions and expects fair, transparent and merit based investigation by JIT.

Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair says Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif during his recent visits to the Province has expressed his determination to lead the province to progress and prosperity.

He was adressing a reception near Hyderabad today.

The Governor said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will again visit Sindh soon and announce development packages for different areas of the province.

He said as a result of concrete measures taken by the faderal government, law and order situation has improved to a great extent particularly in Karachi.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's cousin Tariq Shafi appeared before the Joint Investigation Team at Federal Judicial Academy in Islamabad today.

He recorded his statement before the team.

Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar says government is determined to achieve the GDP growth target of 6 percent in current fiscal year.

Presiding over a meeting in Islamabad today, he said government has been able to achieve macroeconomic stability through prudent economic policies

Finance Minister said budget of current fiscal year was prepared with main focus of providing relief to the general public.

Secretary Finance on the occasion briefed the meeting on measures to implement the new budget.

The Chashma nuclear power plant- IV of three hundred forty megawatt is expected to be completed by October this year.

According to official sources, government has allocated more than seven billion rupees for this project.

The project is a joint collaboration of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and China National Nuclear Corporation.

Two NADRA mega centers have been opened in Karachi to facilitate citizens in getting computerized National Identity Cards and other facilities under one roof.

These centers have been opened at North Nazimabad and Defence areas.

An official of NADRA told Radio Pakistan Karachi correspondent Ghulam Murtaza that these mega centers will remain open round the clock.

He said that over three thousand applications will be processed daily at both mega centers.

The official said that one more mega center will be opened for the general public at SITE area of Karachi.

Federal Government has decided to continue relief measures for welfare of the farmers and promotion of agriculture sector in the current financial year.

Over forty-three billion rupees have been allocated for welfare of farmers while agriculture credit amount has also been increased from seven hundred billion rupees to over one thousand billion rupees.

The mark-up rate has also been reduced to nine point nine percent on agriculture loans up to fifty thousand rupees to facilitate small farmers.

Under the government's relief package, subsidized electricity is being provided to agricultural tube-wells to ensure water for irrigation.

The government, through its Benazir Income Support Programme, has set a target to send two million children to school by 2018.

Highlighting outlook for year 2017-18, official sources souces said that the objective will be achieved through partnerships with provincial governments and NGOs.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says provincial government is laying network of carpeted roads across the province.

Addressing signing ceremony of dualization of Sheikhupura-Gujranwala Road Project in Lahore today, he said billions of rupees have been provided for development of southern Punjab.

The Chief Minister said democracy is flourishing and today's democratic institutions are much stronger as compared to the past.

Earlier, talking to a delegation of the China Huwanging Group, the Chief Minister said Sahiwal Coal Power Plant has been completed in only twenty-two months, which is a new world record.

Shahbaz Sharif said the Power Plant will help reduce electricity load-shedding.

The federal government is making all out efforts to ensure basic facilities to people of remote and backward areas of Bajaur Agency.

This was stated by Political Agent of Bajaur Agency Abdul Amir Khattak while talking to a delegation of Jamaat-i-Islami led by its deputy provincial chief Sahibzada Haroon Rasheed.

He said increase in development funds for FATA in the current federal budget would help ensure basic and modern facilities to people of the region.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in collaboration with federal government will relocate three Afghan refugee camps coming in the way of Hazara motorway in Mansehra.

The relocation of the camps will be financed by Federal Ministry of States and Frontier Regions.

The motorway is being built under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

According to sources, the decision has been made upon the request of provincial government.

According to details, Khaki, Sheikhabad and Ichrian Afghan refugee camps will be relocated to some other suitable place in the district.

Currently at total of 3,889 Afghan families, consisting of 22,748 people are living in the three camps in district.

Sources said that relocation process of the camps wil be started by 20th of this month.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak says two hundred million rupees have been allocated as scholarship for the promotion of sports at institute level.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony of sports competitions at Nathiagali today, he said Youth Policy and Youth Commission have been constituted for welfare of youth.

The Chief Minister said provincial government will bear training expenses of players at domestic and international levels.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is spending more than five billion rupees on supply of clean drinking water to public during current fiscal year.

Our correspondent with more details in this regard (TAPE)

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri says all possible steps will be taken for rehabilitation of rain-affected people in the province.

He sought report of losses and relief activities from Commissioner Kalat Division.

Nawab Sanaullah Zehri also directed Provincial Disaster Management Authority to ensure provision of relief items to the affected people without any delay.

Balochistan government attaches high priority to provision of health facilities in the province.

Official sources told Radio Pakistan Loralai correspondent today that eighteen billion rupees have been set aside for this purpose in the current provincial budget.

The sources said under a plan solar energy will be provided in all state-run hospitals and basic health units in rural areas during this financial year.

Gilgit-Baltistan Senior Minister for Finance and Power Haji Akbar Taban says widening and construction work of Joglot-Skardu Road will begin this month.

Radio Pakitsan's Skardu correspondent reports the road would be completed at a cost of thirty-three billion rupees and provide better traveling facilities for the people.

Six people were killed and twenty-four injured when fire broke out in a passenger van near Head Muhammad Wala Pul in Multan District today.

According to rescue sources, the injured have been shifted to Nishtar hospital. The van was coming to Multan from Chowk Munda.

They said the fire erupted when LPG cylinder burst in the vehicle.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in a van fire .

He expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and advised to provide best medical facilities to the injured.

The Chief Minister has directed to probe the incident.

The death toll in Ahmadpur Sharqia oil tanker fire incident has risen to one hundred and ninety eight.

Hospital sources said over 70 bodies have been handed over to families after identification, while 75 injured are still admitted to different hospitals.

Doctors have feared the death toll will further rise, as many injured have suffered serious burn injuries.

A delegation of US Senators called on Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad today.

Views were exchanged on matters of bilateral interest and overall situation in the region.

The delegation include John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Sheldon Whitehouse, Elizabeth Warren, and David Perdue.

Meanwhile, talking to PTV, Senator John McCain said that Pakistan has a significant role for establishment of peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He said peace and stability in Afghanistan is not possible without Pakistan's help.

To a question, John McCain said Kashmir issue should be resolved in peaceful way through negotiation. He said that US wants end to violence in Kashmir. He said the US will continue its policy regarding Kashmir issue and no change has been made in this regard.

Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria says Pakistan has ensured effective implementation of bilateral consular access agreement with India.

In a statement in Islamabad today, he said five Indian nationals after completing their sentences were repatriated last month.

In contrast, twenty Pakistani civilian prisoners who have completed their sentences still await repatriation, while consular access to one hundred seven Pakistani fishermen and eighty-five civilian Pakistani prisoners is also pending.

He described the Indian attempt to equate its spy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav's case with civilian prisoners and fishermen as travesty of logic.

FO spokesman said Commander Jadhav is a serving Indian Naval officer and was sent to Pakistan by its intelligence agency RAW for espionage, terrorism and subversive activities, which resulted into loss of many innocent lives and damages to property.

Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has said that all available resources are being mobilized to minimize the problems being faced by the people residing along the Line of Control.

Addressing a public gathering at Chinari near Line of Control, he said a project to construct community bunkers on Line of Control is under consideration in Ministry of Kashmir Affairs which would cost six point five billion rupees.

AJK Prime Minister said India by violating ceasefire agreement could not divert the attention of international community from deteriorating human rights situation in Occupied Kashmir.

Raja Farooq Haider Khan also addressed oath taking ceremony of District Bar Association.

In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed against the martyrdom of four people by Indian troops in Dialgam area of Islamabad district.

Call for the strike was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

All shops and business establishments were closed while traffic was off the road in all major towns and cities of the territory.

On the other hand, curfew-like restrictions continued in Srinagar for the second consecutive day today to prevent protests against the killings.

Meahwhile, thousands of people attended funeral prayers of martyr Bashir Ahmed Wani and three others in different areas today.

Mobile, Internet and train services remained suspended, in view of tense situation in the Valley.

China has released a map to prove Indian troops transgression into the disputed Doklam area of the Sikkim sector.

In the map, released by the Chinese foreign ministry, a blue arrow with markings in Chinese, points Indian troops transgression into the area to prevent the PLA troops from building a road.

China has launched the country's second heavy-lift carrier rocket, the Long March-5 Y2, from Wenchang Space Center in southern province of Hainan this evening.

The rocket carrying 7.5 tonnes satellite Shijian-18 is China's latest technology experiment and the heaviest satellite China has ever launched into space.

In Afghanistan, thirteen people have been killed in an attack of Taliban militants in Balkh Province.

Spokesman of norrthern Balkh province Governor said the local forces were on their way to take part in a security operation when they were ambushed in the Chemtal district.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid has claimed responsibility for the attack.

In Turkey, thirteen terrorists of PKK have been killed in Turkish Army's operations in Sirnak province.

Meanwhile, two senior officials of the ruling Party were shot dead in Diyar Baqir and Van provinces by Kurdish terrorists.

In Syria, eighteen people were killed in a suicide car bombing in eastern Damascus today.

Syrian state media said security forces intercepted three car bombers on their way into Damascus. Two of them were destroyed in the outskirts of the city, while the third managed to reach capital's Tahrir Square
district, where the bomber detonated the explosive-laden vehicle.

Meahwhile, three people were killed in a big fire in a camp for Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley today.

Lebanon is hosting at least over one million registered Syrian refugees.

Bangladesh Supreme Court has rejected former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s plea to re-investigate graft case.

During the hearing today, Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha-led four-member bench of the Appellate Division upheld the High Court’s order rejecting the petition filed by the two-time former prime minister.

With the apex court’s order, all the obstacles have been removed to continue a trial in a lower court against Khalida Zia the chairperson of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

UN refugee agency has urged the European Union to help Italy cope with the thousands of migrants flooding its shores.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has also called for greater international efforts to tackle the causes of migration to protect people and to fight trafficking.

Italy has threatened to refuse people arriving on boats not flying Italian flags.

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