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DATED: JUNE 02, 2017

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HEADLINES

The Ministry of Water and Power says no unscheduled load-shedding is being carried out in any part of the country.

Punjab budget for the next fiscal year will be presented in the Provincial Assembly on Friday. 

Iran has lauded Pakistan's role in uniting Muslim Ummah.

The United Nations has expressed concern over deteriorating situation in Occupied Kashmir.

The United States has announced to withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement.

England beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in the opening match of ICC Champions Trophy at Oval last night.

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ELECTRICITY

Minister of Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said government will fulfill its promises to make Pakistan a load-shedding free country.

 

In an interview, he said electricity generation has crossed record level of 18,000 megawatt.

 

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Water and Power has said there has been no unscheduled load-shedding across the country. 

 

AHSAN

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says President Mamnoon Hussain in his address to the Joint sitting of the Parliament appreciated the Vision-2025.

 

Talking to media in Islamabad, he expressed the hope that the government would achieve the targets set under this vision.

 

Ahsan Iqbal said the President pointed out that mega projects like China Pakistan Economic Corridor would prove to be a harbinger of economic development and prosperity.

 

MARRIYUM

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has strongly quashed the notion that the reaction of the government on the remarks of the honourable judge of the Supreme Court indicated any friction, or the commencement of a silent war between the two institutions.

 

Talking to a private news channel, she said the government, however, felt concerned about the remarks because they had tarnished the national identity and prestige in the comity of nations.

 

She said that the remarks against an elected government and the constitutional office of the Prime Minister were very unfortunate.

 

The Minister said that the Prime Minister never tolerated a loose-cannon behavior by any member of the party. 

 

She said despite reservations, Sharif family was assisting the apex court as well as the Joint Investigation Team on the issue of Panama papers.

 

TARIQ

Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary says PML-N has complete trust in the judiciary.

 

Talking to a news channel, he said use of force and adopting intolerant behaviour had never been the policy of PML-N. 

     

Replying to a question, Tariq Fazal said the  Prime Minister took immediate action against Nehal Hashmi for his statement.

 

He said it was Nehal Hashmi's personal view and the party had nothing to do with it.      

 

SHARIF-FAMILY

A spokesman of Sharif family has said the alleged questions and answers of JIT with Hussain Nawaz as broadcast by some TV channels are totally assumptions and baseless.

 

In a statement, the spokesman said we have no idea which sources were used for airing these questions and answers on media as we did not disclose anything outside which was made in JIT.

 

The spokesman said it is better that JIT also clarify its position on the issue.

 

PUNJAB-BUDGET

The Punjab budget for the next fiscal year will be presented in the provincial assembly on Friday.

 

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

 

SINDH-BUDGET

Sindh budget for the next fiscal year will be presented in the provincial assembly on Monday.

 

 

PAK-IRAN

Iranian ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoust has appreciated Pakistan's role in resolving conflicts in Muslim World.

 

In an interview with PTV, he said Pakistan has been playing a very positive role in bridging the differences between Iran and Saudi Arabia. 

 

He said Tehran highly values Islamabad's role in uniting the Muslim Ummah.

 

When asked about striking a deal with the United States on nuclear issue, the Iranian ambassador said Iran wants peace and is not against any accord which ensures tranquility and stability. 

 

AIZAZ

Pakistan Ambassador to the United States, Aizaz Chaudhry has said Pakistan desires to further strengthen relations with the United States.

 

He made these remarks while briefing the editorial team of the Washington Times about Pakistan's economic turnaround.

 

The Ambassador said that Pakistan and the US had historic relations spanning over decades.

 

PAK-JAPAN

Tokyo-based leading publisher The Diplomat magazine has praised progress of Pakistan on economic front.

 

According to magazine, Pakistan is the first country to get the frontier-to-emerging market promotion in Morgan Stanley Capital International latest review.

 

It said Pakistan’s stock market has made history and global investors and business people have acknowledged investment is flowing into Pakistan despite many challenges.

 

NGO-KPK

An international NGO, the Global Learning Trust has expressed its willingness to provide nineteen billion rupees to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government for improving educational and health facilities in the province.

           

This was told at a meeting held in Peshawar with Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in the chair.

           

The meeting was informed that about nine thousand rooms in primary and high schools will be constructed throughout the province by the end of this year.

 

Vice Chairman of the trust, Qaiser Zaman assured that his organization will provide additional funds for development of social sector.

 

UN-PAK

The United Nations has expressed concern over the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan following unprovoked Indian firing across the Line of Control, killing at least two civilians.

 

In a statement, UN Secretary-General, Spokesman Stephane Dujarric also expressed concern over situation in Occupied Kashmir. He said the world body is closely monitoring the situation in the held valley.

 

TURKEY-TALKS

Turkey has agreed to resume Cyprus peace talks in Geneva or in Cyprus without any preconditions.

 

This was announced by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu while speaking at a joint press conference with the Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci in the Lefkosa.

 

He said that a result-oriented process must be followed for a permanent and fair peace.

 

US-CLIMATE

The United States has announced to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

 

The announcement was made by President Donald Trump at the White House.

 

He said moves to negotiate a new "fair" deal that would not disadvantage US businesses and workers would begin.

 

The Paris agreement commits the US and  one hundred and eighty-seven other countries to keeping global temperatures rises well below two degrees Celsius.

 

Only Syria and Nicaragua did not sign the deal.

 

UN-KOREA

The United Nations Security Council will vote on Friday to blacklist more North Korean individuals and entities after its repeated ballistic missile launches.

 

The draft resolution would sanction four entities, including the Koryo Bank and Strategic Rocket Force of the Korean People's Army, and fourteen people.

 

MIGRANTS

In the Niger, forty-four migrants including babies and women have died of thirst in Sahara desert while on the way to Libya.

 

The Red Cross said it has dispatched a team to the site "to gather information" on the circumstances.

 

ICC

England beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy at Oval on Thursday night.

 

Bangladesh scored  305 runs in allotted fifty overs.

 

England achieved the target in 47.2 overs for the loss of two wickets.

 

The second match of Group-A will be played between Australia and New Zealand at Birmingham on Friday.

 

Pakistan will play their first match against arch-rivals India at the same venue on Sunday.

 

WEATHER

 

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

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded on Friday morning was:-

 

Islamabad, twenty-two degree centigrade, Lahore and Karachi twenty-nine, Peshawar twenty-three, Gilgit thirteen, Murree eighteen and Muzaffarabad nineteen degree centigrade.

 


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