Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Defence Minister says it is collective responsibility of the government and opposition to work for strengthening state institutions.
Senate has been informed that overall security and economic situation stands improved in the country.
Thirty three suspects were arrested in Peshawar and Mardan on Friday.
All Parties Hurriyet Conference has expressed serious concern over deteriorating health of illegally detained resistance leaders languishing in different jails in Occupied Kashmir.
In the ICC Champions Trophy at Birmingham, match between New Zealand and Australia is in progress.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that PML-N believes in the supremacy of the state institutions.
Talking on the Floor of National Assembly on Friday, he said we have sacrificed a lot for supremacy of judiciary. It is the result of the struggle of PML-N that judiciary has been strengthened in the country.
Khawaja Asif said that statement of Nehal Hashmi is condemnable and the party has taken appropriate action against his move.
He said his party membership has been cancelled and he has resigned from the seat of Senate.
He said it is collective responsibility of both the government and opposition to work for strengthening the state institutions under the constitutional mandate available to us.
Earlier, the National Assembly resumed discussion on Friday on the budget for the year 2017-18.
Taking the floor, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah said that the budget is meant for the betterment of the masses and contribution of opposition in its passage is important.
He said speeches of all the Parliamentary leader should be broadcast live as it will strengthen democracy in the country.
Taking part in the debate, Shaista Malik congratulated the government on presenting people friendly, comprehensive and balanced budget.
She said the budget will bring positive change in the lives of the people and improve the living standard of common man.
The House will now meet on Monday at four p.m.
The Senate on Friday resumed discussion on the budgetary proposals for the next fiscal year.
Participating in the debate, Rehman Malik said overseas Pakistanis should be fully facilitated in order to encourage remittances.
He said maximum resources should be diverted towards energy sector in order to provide relief to the people.
Usman Khan Kakar called for equal development of all areas of the country.
Javed Abbasi said that overall security and economic situation stands improved in the country as a result of policies of the government. This is the reason that the foreign investors are pouring in with their investments.
He said world financial institutions are also recognizing the economic gains made by the country over the last four years.
Najma Hameed described the budget as pro-poor. She said it is a matter of great satisfaction that no new tax has been levied. She said that the government has given relief to the farmers by reducing the prices of fertilizers.
Daud Achakzai said ample funds should be allocated to address the problem of shortage of water in Balochistan including Gwadar. He said transmission system should be upgraded in order to address the issue of line losses.
Responding to a calling attention notice, Minister of State for Interior Baligh-ur-Rehman said the foreign tourists can visit Gilgit Baltistan without any NOC from the interior ministry.
He said the provision of NOC was lifted just last month on the request of Gilgit Baltistan government in order to promote tourism in the area.
He said the GB government has been asked to ensure full protection of the foreign tourists.
The House has been adjourned to meet on Monday at 11 a.m.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has stressed the need for taking concrete measures to present soft image of Pakistan around the world.
Chairing a meeting in Islamabad on Friday, she directed all allied departments of the Ministry including Radio Pakistan, PTV, APP, Pakistan National Council of the Arts, and Lok Virsa to prepare effective programmes for the purpose.
The minister directed PTV and Radio Pakistan to project their archives abroad through Pakistani missions.
She directed PTV World and Directorate of Electronic Media and Publications to produce small duration documentaries for projecting soft image of the country in the comity of nations.
Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair has said that providing better opportunities to the students for research based education is the top priority of the government.
He was addressing the laptop distribution ceremony at the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Lyari in Karachi on Friday.
He said that the standard of higher education can be raised further with the cooperation of Federal and Provincial governments.
One hundred fifty one laptops were distributed among deserving students under the third phase of Prime Minister Laptop Scheme.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has selected seven sites for hydel power projects to overcome energy crises in the country.
Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that the sites are located in Chitral, Mansehra and Swat districts of the province.
The sources told these hydel projects have the potential of eighty seven megawatt electricity.
Thirty three suspects were arrested in Peshawar and Mardan on Friday.
According to police, nineteen suspects were apprehended in Peshawar and fourteen in Mardan.
Meanwhile, police foiled an attempt of terrorism in Charsadda and recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition.
Seven Farraris of a banned outfit along with their commander Nahlan Alias Langri surrendered before the officials of intelligence agencies in Dera Bugti District.
They vowed to quit subversive activities and accept writ of the government.
They also surrendered a huge cache of arms to the officials and also expressed determination to remain loyal to Pakistan.
Leading International magazine the Diplomat has recognized that the macroeconomic management and fiscal discipline has helped Pakistan achieve the status of emerging market in the world.
In an article, the Tokyo based magazine noted that the achievements made by the country on the multiple fronts will restore confidence of investors and help attract more Foreign Direct Investment.
The magazine states that economic growth is stabilizing Pakistan’s political atmosphere in Karachi, Balochistan, and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
The outclass performances of Pakistan’s banking, energy, cement, oil and gas, and fertilizer sectors have brought Pakistan into the limelight of stock markets around the world.
The magazine also notes that Pakistan`s KSE100 Index has outclassed the rest of Asia and Pakistan has become an emerging market.
Pakistan's Ambassador to United Nations Maleeha Lodhi has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor helped Pakistan's economy leap forward.
In an interview with Chinese newspaper "People's Daily", she said One Belt and One Road initiative will unite peoples of different countries and regions for realizing common prosperity.
The ambassador said One Belt and One Road initiative not only had its economic significance, but also benefited the peace and stability of the whole region.
Pakistan has been ranked 9th in the Belt and Road Infrastructure Development Index.
This was stated in a report issued at the 8th International Infrastructure Investment and Construction Forum in Macao China.
The report was made by China International Contractors Association and Dagong Global Credit Rating.
In Occupied Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyet Conference has expressed serious concern over deteriorating health of illegally detained resistance leaders languishing in different jails in the held valley.
In a statement on Friday, the APHC spokesman said these ailing leaders including Aasiya Andrabi, Abdul Subhan Wani and Ghulam Muhammad Tantray and others should be provided proper medical treatment.
The spokesman appealed to the world human rights organizations to take cognizance of deteriorating health of the Kashmiri political detainees and use their influence for their release.
Russia on Friday further relaxed trade sanctions imposed on Turkey.
According to a statement, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev had signed a decree lifting the ban on some agricultural produce and Turkish companies are engaged in construction, engineering and tourism sectors.
Prominent senior lawyer and former Attorney General Sharifuddin Pirzada passed away in Karachi on Friday.
He served as Foreign Minister, Federal Law Minister and Secretary General of OIC from 1985 to 1988.
He was of ninety four years.
He was also awarded Nishan-e-Imtiaz for his services in 1998.