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Headlines
JUNE 04, 2017

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Security forces have killed twelve terrorists in an operation in Balochistan's Mastung District.

Pakistan says terrorism is a global menace and needs to be tackled with collective effort and cooperation.

Minister of State for Information says Prime Minister's children have set a high moral standard by appearing before JIT.

WAPDA has established monitoring teams to ensure implementation of load shedding plan to provide maximum relief to people across the country.

Federal government is taking concrete steps to promote agriculture in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.

Sindh budget for the next fiscal year will be presented tomorrow.

In Gilgit-Baltistan, a mega bridge project linking Iskomin with Gahkuch was inaugurated today.

Turkish security forces have killed eight PKK terrorists in Kagizman district of Kars province.

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TERRORISTS
Security forces have killed twelve hardcore terrorists in an operation in Mastung area of Balochistan during last two days.

An ISPR statement said the intelligence-based operation successfully foiled major terrorist activities in Balochistan. Terrorists were hiding inside a cave for planning and executing terrorist activities in the province.

Five security officials including two officers were also injured during the operation.

According to the statement, Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad is successfully continuing across the country.

PM-CONDOLENCE
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in London resulting in loss of precious lives and injuries to many.

In a statement today, the prime minister said we stand in solidarity with the people and government of United Kingdom.

He expressed condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of the injured.

FO
Meanwhile, the Foreign Office spokesperson in a statement reiterated Pakistan's stance that terrorism is a global menace and needs to be tackled with collective effort and cooperation.

MARRIYUM 
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurganzeb says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family believe in rule of law and supremacy of the Constitution.

In a statement, she said by appearing before the Joint Investigation Team, Nawaz Sharif's children have set a high moral standard.

The Minister of State said leakage of Hussain Nawaz's photo during his appearance before JIT is an extra ordinary thing and a sheer violation of legal procedure.

She said the frequent incidents happening during the past few days indicate a sort of vendetta against the ruling family.

The Minister of State said humiliation in the name of justice is beyond understanding.

WAPDA
Ministry of Water and Power has formed monitoring teams to ensure implementation on load shedding plan and maximum relief to people across the country.

According to the Ministry Spokesman, the teams visited different power distribution companies and found unnecessary and unscheduled load shedding at various feeders.

Spokesman said on the report of monitoring teams, Secretary Water and Power has directed strict action against officers involved in unscheduled load shedding.

BARJEES
Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhry Barjees Tahir says the PML-N government will complete its tenure and ongoing journey to development and prosperity will continue.

In a statement, the Minister said government has laid a strong and unprecedented foundation of development in the country under visionary leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

He said the economy is getting stronger despite conspiracies hatched by enemies of peace, progress and stability.

ANUSHA 
The government has taken a number of initiatives for development of Information and Communication Technology in the country.

In a statement, Minister of state for IT and Telecom Anusha Rehman said affordable and mobile broadband access not only bridges the digital divide but also provide opportunities to the marginalized segment of the population to uplift their socioeconomic conditions.

She said the government will ensure that every village of over a hundred population across the country should have broadband connectivity by next year.

BISP 
Benazir Income Support Programme has completed sixty two percent door to door survey in thirteen districts of the country to update the data of the beneficiaries.

The data included three districts each in Punjab and Sindh, two each in Balochistan and Khaber Pakhtunkhwa, one each in Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and FATA.

Official sources told APP that under National Socio Economic Registry 1,489,649 household were registered so far in thirteen districts in which the door to door survey is going under BISP poverty resurvey pilot project.

AGRICULTURE
The federal government is taking concrete steps to promote agriculture sector in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.

Official sources told our Peshawar correspondent that four agricultural centres are being established in South and North Waziristan Agencies, Tank and Lakki Marwat districts at a cost of over four hundred million rupees.

Sources said the Arid Zone Research Institute in D.I. Khan has been upgraded to Arid Zone Research Centre to further boost research based activities.

SESSIONS
The Senate and National Assembly will resume their sessions at the Parliament House in Islamabad tomorrow.

The Senate session will start at 11:00 am while National Assembly session will begin at four in the afternoon.

Both the Houses will continue general discussion on the federal budget for the next fiscal year.

SINDH-BUDGET
Sindh budget for the next fiscal year will be presented in the provincial assembly tomorrow.

ZUBAIR
Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair says agriculture sector is of immense importance for the province and there is an urgent need to acquire and implement modern methods of cultivation to ensure utmost agriculture produce.

This he said while talking to a fifteen-member delegation of growers in Karachi today.

The Governor said Sindh is a fertile agriculture province and for getting better and enhanced agriculture yields, it is essential to ensure constant availability of water and power, research for new varieties of seeds and timely announcement of rates of crops.

On this occasion, the growers informed the Governor about their problems.

AGRICULTURE-SINDH
The Sindh Agriculture Supply and Prices Department has announced fifty percent subsidy for farmers on the purchase of solo-type power sprayers and garden-type power sprayers to protect their crops against pests.

Official of Sindh Agriculture Extension told our Karachi correspondent that the farmers having twenty five acres of land can avail this facility with deposit of five thousand rupees refundable demand draft.

SHAHBAZ
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says Punjab government has launched a mega project to ensure provision of clean drinking water to the masses.

He stated this while presiding over a high level meeting which reviewed the progress over the Punjab Water Roadmap in Lahore today.

The meeting approved restructuring of the Water and Sanitation Agency and procurement of mobile water testing laboratories.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said an amount of twenty five billion rupees has been allocated for Clean Drinking Water Project in the new budget 2017-18.

ADD-SHAHBAZ
Chairing a meeting which reviewed Punjab Clean Cities Roadmap Program in Lahore, Chief Minister said this Program has been launched in seven cities of the province in first phase.

The Chief Minister said Clean Cities Program is being implemented in Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Multan, Gujranwala, Bahawalpur and Sialkot through Solid Waste Management companies.

KHATTAK

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak says five hundred and forty five megawatt Kaiga hydro power project will be constructed at a cost more than one point four billion dollars in Kohistan.

Presiding over a meeting in Peshawar today, he said the construction work on the project will commence next year with assistance of South Korean company under public private partnership programme.

Pervez Khattak welcomed Korean investment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and assured full cooperation in this regard.

LANGUAGE
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is offering free of cost Chinese language courses for the youth to enable them secure jobs in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects.

The Chinese language courses spanning from three to six months are continuing for the last three months in five technical institutions located in Peshawar, Nowshehra and Charsadda districts.

The sources said so far four hundred students have been enrolled in these institutes.

CULTURE
The Balochistan government is endeavouring for the promotion of cultural sector and reading habit in the province.

An official of provincial cultural department told our Quetta correspondent that for this purpose, a project of construction of Kech Cultural Centre at Turbat is being executed at a cost of more than two hundred forty-nine million rupees.

Besides, a cultural centre is being constructed at Nawa killi in Quetta city at a cost of more than seventy-two million rupees.

Similarly, a public library is being constructed at eastern bypass in Quetta city at a cost of fifteen million rupees.

FEASIBILITY
In Gilgit Baltistan, Minerals, Industry, Labuor and Commerce departments have initiated feasibility report for setting up of industrial zones under China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

A spokesman of government told our Gilgit correspondent today that two industrial zones are being set up at Minawar and Maqpoon Das area of the region.

AWARD
Faisal Edhi of Edhi Foundation received the Nikkei Asian Award in Tokyo in recognition of social and welfare activities for the general public.

Speaking at the ceremony Faisal Edhi said India's piling up of weapons is fueling arms race in the region and stressed that countries of the region must cooperate and contribute towards solution of common problems.

He said resources might be dedicated to welfare of a common man in the region.

BRIDGE-GB
The inaugural ceremony of Prime Minsiter Nawaz Sharif bridge was held at Gahkutch in district Ghizar today.

Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman inaugruated the bridge.

The Project has been completed at a cost of three hudrned twenty four million rupees in eighteen month instead of stipulated time of three years.

The mega project will connect Tehsil Iskomin with District Headquarters Gahkuch of district Ghizar.

YASEEN-AJK 
The Leader of the Opposition in Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Chaudhary Muhammad Yaseen has called upon international community to take notice of Indian state terrorism in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

He was talking to various public delegations that called on him in Bradford, United Kingdom.

Chaudhary Yaseen said that peace loving countries should exert pressure on India to give Kashmiris their internationally recognized right to self determination.

KASHMIR
In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership has strongly condemned the malicious campaign launched by India against the Hurriyet leadership and the ongoing Kashmir's freedom movement.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the resistance leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued in Srinagar denounced the massive crackdown by Indian National Investigation Agency against the resistance leaders.

Addressing a gathering in Srinagar, Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Yasin Malik said that killing, blinding, maiming and arrests could not stop the Kashmiri people from struggle for freedom.

Meanwhile, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons has sought intervention by the UN Human Rights Council and the International Court of justice to ascertain the whereabouts of thousands of enforced disappeared persons in the territory.

On the other hand, Kashmiris living in the UK staged protest shouting "Go India Go" inside the stadium during the cricket match between Pakistan and India in London.

The Chairman Kashmir Council EU Ali Raza Syed has urged the European countries to stop Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir.


DAY
World Environment Day will be observed tomorrow to create awareness among the masses about impact of human activities in their surroundings and the climate.

The theme for this year is "Connecting People to Nature".

Ministry of Climate Change in collaboration with SAARC Energy Centre will organize a special function in Islamabad tomorrow to mark the day.

UK-ELECTIONS
British Prime Minister Theresa May has said the parliamentary elections on Thursday will be held as scheduled.

In a televised statement in front of her Downing Street office, she said the terrorist attacks cannot be allowed to disrupt the democratic process. She said the election campaign has been suspended today and will continue as usual tomorrow.

The latest attack was the third to hit Britain in quick succession after a similar incident on Westminster Bridge in March and a suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester less than two weeks ago.

UK-CODEMNATION
World leaders have also expressed solidarity, outrage after seven people are killed in a car and stabbing attack.

President Donald Trump called British Prime Minister Theresa May on phone and offered full support in investigating the two terror attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market.

French President Emmanuel Macron said that in the face of this new tragedy, France is more than ever at Britain's side.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau termed it the awful news from London tonight and said we're monitoring the situation.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also offered his condolences, prayers with the people of Britain in the face of the shocking terrorist attacks in London.

TOWER
In Paris, the lights at the Eiffel Tower will be switched off tonight to honour victims of the attack in London.

The company running the monument said on Twitter that the lights will be turned off the way it was done to pay tribute to the victims of suicide blasts in Baghdad that killed at least 42 people and most recently to honour the 90 people killed in a huge truck bomb in Kabul.

PKK
Turkish security forces killed eight PKK terrorists in Kagizman district of Kars province.

Air-supported operation was conducted after detecting the terrorists' positions by surveillance image.

SYRIA 
US-backed Syrian Democratic Force has started a major operation for capturing Islamic State groups declared capital Raqqa.

This was announced by Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim while addressing the representatives of media outlets in capital Ankara.

The US-led coalition has provided air support and special forces to help the forces' operations near Raqqa.

IRAQ
Meanwhile, in Iraq, paramilitary forces have captured the town of Baaj from Islamic State, an area near the border with Syria.

According to Iraqi and United States officials, Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is believed to be hiding in this area.

MIGRANTS 
In Bulgaria, nine migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan were killed and nine others injured in a road accident near Pazardjik, close to the Greek and Turkish borders.

Police said the migrants did not have any identity documents with them but the survivors said they were Afghan and Pakistani nationals.

RUSSIA
In Russia, a drunken man has shot dead nine people in Redkino northwest of Moscow.

Police said the victims included four women and five men.The accused was arrested.


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