JUNE 02, 2017


Punjab budget for next fiscal year with a total outlay of 1970 billion rupees has been presented in provincial assembly in Lahore.

Finance Minister says tax measures proposed in federal budget will enable Pakistan to achieve higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

In occupied Kashmir, people staged demonstrations today to protest recent martyrdom of several youth by Indian troops.

Russian President has urged US businessmen to use their influence to help normalize Moscow-Washington relations.

In an ICC Champions Trophy match at Birmingham today, New Zealand have set a victory target of 292 runs for Australia.


A tax-free people-friendly Punjab budget for next fiscal year with a total outlay of over 1970 billion rupees was presented in Punjab Assembly in Lahore this afternoon.

In her budget speech, Punjab Finance Minister Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha said despite all difficulties, a balanced budget has been presented.

She said a huge amount of six hundred and thirty five billion rupees with an increase of twenty-nine point five percent has been proposed for annual development programme.

Ayesha Ghaus Pasha said one thousand seventeen billion rupees have been allocated for education, health, agriculture, law and order and local governments.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has expressed the confidence that the steps announced in the budget will enhance welfare of the general public.

Presiding over a meeting in Islamabad today, he said the tax measures will enable the country achieve higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

He said the government will welcome all constructive suggestions regarding the budget from parliamentarians.

British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew called on Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar in Islamabad today.

He extended invitation to the Finance Minister to attend the Family Planning Summit scheduled to be held next month in London.

The Finance Minster talking on this occasion said that family planning is an important policy area for Pakistan and the government will like to benefit from the ideas to be presented in the Summit.

Tokyo-based magazine "The Diplomat" says macro-economic management and fiscal discipline has helped Pakistan achieve the status of emerging market in the world.

In an article, the magazine said the achievements made by the country on 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 FATA.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif says PML-N believes in the supremacy of state institutions.

Speaking on the floor of National Assembly today, he said PML-N has sacrificed a lot for supremacy of judiciary, which strengthened judiciary.

Khawaja Asif said the statement of Nihal Hashmi is condemnable and the party has taken appropriate action against him.

Earlier, the National Assembly held debate on the federal budget for next fiscal year.

Taking the floor, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah said the budget is meant for the betterment of the masses, and contribution of the opposition in its passage is important.

Taking part in the debate, Shaista Malik congratulated the government on presenting a people-friendly and balanced budget.

The House will now meet on Monday at four pm.

The Senate today continued 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.

Javed Abbasi said overall security and economic situation in the country has improved as a result of government's effective policies.

Najma Hameed described the budget as pro-poor.

Daud Achakzai said ample funds should be allocated to address the problem of shortage of water in Balochistan.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says government's practical steps have led to improvement in security situation, development and political stability.

Talking to Prime Minister's Advisor Ameer Muqam in Islamabad today, he said restoration of peace in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA is a top priority of the government.

Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has stressed the need for taking concrete measures to present soft image of Pakistan in the world.

Chairing a meeting in Islamabad today, she directed all allied departments of the Ministry, including Radio Pakistan, PTV, APP, Pakistan National Council of Arts, and Lok Virsa to prepare effective programmes for the purpose.

Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael says protection of human rights, including of women, children and minorities, is a top priority of the government.

He was talking to US State Department's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration Nancy Izzo Jackson in Islamabad today.

They discussed matters of human rights with particular reference of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, their dignified return, and situation in the region.

Seven towers of Guddu transmission line have been repaired and power supply link between south and north has been restored.

A spokesman of National Transmission and Despatch Company has said that overall sixteen towers were damaged due to thunderstorm in Dadu and other areas.

Meanwhile, during her meeting with Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch in Islamabad today, she reaffirmed US commitment to humanitarian assistance to Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

She said both countries have joined together in this cause to help those who are suffering from violence and conflict.

National Security Advisor Nasser Janjua says Pakistan wants peace and stability in Afghanistan and is ready to support all efforts in this regard.

He was talking to British High Commissioner Thomas Drew in Islamabad today.

The two sides discussed prevailing security situation in the region with special reference to security situation in Afghanistan and the state of Pak-India relations.

Japanese Ambassador Takashi Kurai and Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost also called on the National Security Advisor in Islamabad today.

They discussed matters pertaining to improvement of bilateral relations and regional security situation.

Nasser Janjua said Pakistan is committed to overcome all irritants in bilateral ties.

Prime Minister's son Hassan Nawaz appeared before Joint Investigation Team on Panama Papers case in Islamabad today.

He recorded his statement.

Seven insurgents along with their commander Nahlan alias Langri surrendered to the security personnel in Dera Bugti District.

They vowed to quit subversive activities and accept writ of the government.

Pakistan Railways has reinstated goods train for Afghan Transit Trade after five years.

Secretary Railways Parveen Agha inaugurated this train in Karachi today.

The train will provide freight services to Afghan traders from Karachi to Peshawar.

In occupied Kashmir, people staged forceful anti-India demonstrations today to protest against the recent martyrdom of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Sabzar Ahmed Butt, and other Kashmiri youth by Indian troops.

Indian forces used brute force to break up the demonstrations, injuring several people.

Meanwhile, life remained affected for the 2nd consecutive day, today, in Sopore town and adjoining areas due to strike against the killing of two youth, Basharat Ahmad Sheikh and Aijaz Ahmad Mir, by Indian forces.

President Vladimir Putin has urged U.S. businessmen to use their influence to help normalize Russia-U.S. relations.

Speaking at an economic forum in St. Petersburg, Putin said relations between Moscow and Washington are now at their lowest point since Cold War times.

In the second match of ICC Champions Trophy at Birmingham, New Zealand against Australia set a victory target of 292 runs.

Due to rain, 50 overs match has reduced to 46 overs.

Pakistan will play its first match against arch-rival India at Birmingham on Sunday.


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

Meanwhile, very hot weather is likely over upper Sindh & its adjoining areas of Balochistan, plain areas of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

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