Text Bulletin 0800 hrs
May 05, 2016
Finance Minister says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor enjoys across-the-board political and institutional support in Pakistan.
Advisor on Foreign Affairs says Pakistan is still engaged with the United States for purchasing eight F-16s.
Information Minister says opposition's ToRs are not based on justice rather to save their own members from accountability.
Balloting of Hajj applications under government scheme will be held in Islamabad today.
Eight terrorists of a banned outfit have been killed in security forces operation in Sheikhupura.
In India, thirteen persons were killed when a bus skidded off a bridge in Chatisgarh state.
Pakistan will play against Nepal, Iran against India while Afghanistan take on Sri Lanka in the third Asian Kabaddi championship at Wah Cantt today.
Pakistan beat Afghanistan in a match of the third Asian Kabaddi championship at Wah Cantt.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says China Pakistan Economic Corridor enjoys across-the-board political and institutional support in Pakistan.
Talking to a Chinese delegation led by Finance Minister Lou Jiwei on the sidelines of the ADB meeting, he thanked the Chinese leadership for providing valuable support to Pakistan for different projects including projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
In another meeting with Annette Dixon, Vice-President of the World Bank, the Finance Minister appreciated support from the World Bank in development in Pakistan.
He informed the World Bank Vice President about progress of reform initiatives in different sectors especially in the areas of energy and economic growth.
Annette Dixon appreciated the performance of Pakistan's economy during the recent years.
She said progress on co-financing with Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank for Tarbela-V is on track.
Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan is still engaged with the United States regarding the funds to be provided to Pakistan for purchasing eight F-16s.
Speaking in Nuqta-e-Nazar programme of Radio Pakistan's current affairs channel, he said Pakistan has conveyed a strong message to the United States to maintain balance of power in the region.
Sartaj Aziz said originally Islamabad was supposed to pay around 270 million dollars with the rest of the money made available by the United States through a foreign military financing subsidy.
Taking part in the programme, senior analyst, Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema said there is no reason to block funds for Pakistan to purchase F-16 fighter jets from the United States as these jets were to be used in ongoing war against terrorism.
However, US Congress has blocked supply of funds to Pakistan for purchasing the fighter jets.
Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid says the opposition's
Terms of Reference are focusing the Prime Minister and protecting their own people.
In an interview, he said opposition's ToRs are not based on justice rather designed with the sole purpose of saving their own members from accountability.
The minister said Panama Papers contained the names of some opposition members, who have offshore companies but opposition ignored them.
He asked the opposition to pinpoint any short-coming in government's ToRs.
He urged media persons to readout government's ToRs on their TV channels and also highlights opposition's ToRs to enable people to compare both.
Spokesman to the Prime Minister, Dr. Musadik Malik says the Prime Minister's name is not mentioned in Panama Papers but he presented himself and his family for accountability.
In an interview, he said other people, who were mentioned in the Panama Papers are escaping from accountability but the Prime Minister had announced a judicial commission to investigate the matter.
Musadik Malik said whenever, there is a development in the country, some elements found busy in creating hurdles in the process of stability and progress.
The Awami National Party President Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Haider Khan Hoti has criticized performance of the PTI Government in the province.
Addressing a public meeting near Mardan, he said the PTI leadership is making hue and cry about Panama papers but it has turned deaf ear to corruption in the Bank of Khyber.
He said instead of solving basic problems of the people, the provincial government is wasting time and resources on non-issues.
The balloting of Hajj applications under government scheme will be held at 4.pm in Islamabad today.
Earlier, the balloting was postponed in view of a writ petition filed by the private Hajj organizers in the Supreme Court challenging the Haj quota.
Polling for the by-elections in four districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa began a short while ago.
According to a spokesman of the Provincial Election Commission by-elections are being held in Mardan, Bannu, Haripur and Lower Dir.
Polling will continue till 5:00 pm without any break.
Polling for indirect seats in union councils and union committees of Sindh would be held on 24th of this month.
According to the schedule issued by the Election Commission, nomination papers can be filed on Friday and Saturday.
Scrutiny of nomination papers would be held on 10th and 11th of this month and last date for withdrawal of candidature would be the 17th.
Eight terrorists belonging to a banned outfit were killed in a security forces operation in Sheikhupura last night.
Counter-Terrorism Department also recovered heavy weapons and maps of sensitve installations during the operation
A police constable was martyred when some unknown miscreants opened fire at him in Maskeen Abad area of Peshawar last night.
The three day fourth 'Made in Pakistan Exhibition 2016' began in Kabul to enhance trade activities with the regional countries.
More than forty stalls of paint and hardware, electronic goods, leather goods, gems and jewellery, furniture, services sector, textile and handicrafts have been set up.
Chairman of the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah says Gwadar Port will play an important role in socio-economic development of the country in general.
Chairing a meeting of the committee in Gwadar, he said Gwadar Port Free Zone, the New Gwadar International Airport and the Gwadar Port Eastbay Expressway projects will soon be completed.
In India, at least thirteen persons were killed and fifty three others injured when a bus skidded off a bridge in Chatishgarh state.
The bus was travelling from Jharkhand state to Raipur.
In Syria, army says it will respect a two-day ceasefire in Aleppo city agreed between the United States and Russia.
Official sources say the truce will start today from 1:00 am local time.
In the United States, Ohio Governor John Kasich has dropped out of the presidential race against Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
Earlier, Mr Kasich only won his home state.
Pakistan beat Afghanistan by 43-13 points in a match of the third Asian Kabbadi championship at Wah Cantt.
It is third convective victory of Pakistan.
In other matches, India defeated Nepal by 48-16 while Iran defeated Sri Lanka by 36-10 points.
In today's matches Pakistan will play against Nepal, Iran against India while Afghanistan take on Sri Lanka.
The Pakistan Air Force Twenty-20 Cricket Champions Trophy for the Blind will kick off in Islamabad today.
Pakistan Blind Cricket Council, Secretary, Bilal Satti told six teams including Islamabad, Peshawar, Okara Gujranwala, AJK and Bahawalpur will participate in the mega event.
The final of the event will be played on Monday.
Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country today.
However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Bahawalpur, Sukkur, Mirpur Khas and Shaheed Benazirabad divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was:
Islamabad eighteen, Lahore twenty-two, Karachi twenty-seven, Peshawar twenty-one, Quetta twelve, Gilgit and Murree thirteen, and Muzaffarabad fifteen degree centigrade.