DATE: 05-05-2016                                 


Prime Minister says government is spending every penny on public welfare and pursuing the agenda of progress and development.


President has called for raising awareness against contagious diseases.


Sessions of both houses of Parliament have been summoned separately on Monday.


A total of 69,535 intending pilgrims have been selected through balloting under government Hajj scheme.


Pakistan and Iran have agreed to evolve a comprehensive strategy for controlling crime, human trafficking, and better border management.


Benazir Income Support Program is launching a pilot survey across the country to introduce transparency in the Program.


All Parties Hurriyet Conference has accused India of playing dangerous game of dividing occupied Kashmir on religious basis.


In the third Asian Kabaddi championship, match between Pakistan and Nepal is in progress at Wah Cantt.





Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says government is working strenuously for the welfare of masses and every penny is being spent honestly for progress and prosperity of the people.


He was talking to different members of National Assembly who separately called on him in Islamabad on Thursday.


The Prime Minister said resources are being provided on priority basis for provision of basic amenities to the people.


He said different development projects are being completed speedily to bring improvement in the living standard of people. 


He vowed for early completion of infrastructure projects, like China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. 


The elected representatives apprised the Prime Minister about the ongoing development schemes in their constituencies and discussed political matters with him.


They said people fully support Prime Minister's development initiatives and policies.


Those who called on the Prime Minister included Nasir Iqbal Bosan, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan and Najaf Abbas Sial.


Later, talking to PML-N leader Pir Sabir Shah in Islamabad, the Prime Minister said development projects launched by the government will prove to be fate changer for the country.


He said welfare of the masses is top priority of the government.


Sabir Shah said people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa admire the PML-N`s development agenda. He said the KPK government has failed to deliver to the masses.



The Prime Minister has appointed Azhar Qayyum Nahara MNA as Parliamentary Secretary for Water and Power and Mian Najeeb Uddin Awaisi MNA as Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Commerce.



President Mamnoon Hussain has emphasized the need to raise awareness against contagious diseases.


Inaugurating Bakhtawar Ameen Medical and Dental College in Multan on Thursday, he asked medical colleges to promote culture of research and enhance collaboration with other institutions to introduce best practices in their colleges.


The President said federal and provincial governments are focusing on provision of better healthcare facilities to the people.


He said ensuring healthcare facilities to the people particularly in far-flung areas, is a gigantic task.


He urged all segments of society to join hands to supplement government efforts in this regard.



Radio Pakistan in its National hook-up just after Radio Khabarnama will broadcast a special report in connection with "President address to the inauguration ceremony of Bakhtawar Ameen Medical and Dental College Multan".



The President has convened separate sessions of the National Assembly and Senate on Monday.


The Upper House would meet at three in the afternoon while the Lower House at 5.00 p.m.



Senate Functional Committee on Devolution of Power was held under the chairmanship of Senator Hasil Khan Bizenjo in Islamabad on Thursday.


The Committee discussed the power delegated to the provinces under the 18th Amendment.



Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will change destiny of the nation.


Addressing a seminar on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in Peshawar on Thursday, he said the project is a Chinese gift for the Pakistani nation.


He stressed the need for national harmony to complete this project of vital importance in time.


Ahsan Iqbal said instead of hollow slogans, the incumbent government is making sincere efforts to put the country on the path of rapid development and progress.        



The Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor met in Islamabad on Thursday under the chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed.


The meeting was briefed by the Chief Minister Balochistan, Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal and Acting Chinese Ambassador Zhao Lijian.


The Chief Minister Balochistan reiterated that provincial government will extend its wholehearted cooperation for the Corridor.


The Minister for Planning also briefed the committee about his recent visit to China. He said that issues pertaining to the construction of Gwadar airport and the EastBay Expressway in Gwadar have now been resolved through mutual consultation with the Chinese side.


He said the construction of both the projects would begin within next three months. 



Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan says Pakistan is now coming out of the dark period of extremism and energy crisis.


He was addressing a launching ceremony of a report on Trade and Economic Development in Islamabad on Thursday.


The Minister said the government will reform import regulations to ensure high quality raw material for the industry.


He said the government is encouraging the foreign investment in the country.


Speaking on the occasion, Executive Director Sustainable Development Policy Institute Abid Suleri said export-oriented policy will help create immense job opportunities for the youth.                    



Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says government has set unprecedented example of accountability on issue of Panama Papers.


In an interview, he said government has already shown flexibility on the issue and decided to establish a commission.


Meanwhile, Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, in a statement said the elements flaring up the Panama Papers issue want instability in the region.


He said despite a biased and prejudiced opposition the Government is trying its best to find a positive solution to the issue.


He said Nawaz Sharif has set an example by presenting himself and his family for open-ended accountability.                   



Law Minister Punjab Rana Sanaullah says nation will decide the fate of PML-N through vote in 2018 elections.


Addressing a news conference in Lahore on Thursday, he said PTI Chief Imran Khan wants to create hurdles in the way of development projects.



Computerized balloting of Hajj applications received under Government Scheme was held in Islamabad on Thursday.


Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf pressed the button to trigger the process of balloting at a ceremony in the presence of media-persons and members of the civil society.


In all, two hundred eighty thousand six hundred and seventeen applications were received last month against quota of seventy-one thousand six hundred eighty-four under the Government Hajj Scheme.


On Thursday, 69534 intending pilgrims were selected through balloting while remaining 2150 cases would be decided against hardship quota of new born children, labour and broken families.


Under instructions of the Prime Minister, the hardship quota has further been divided on provincial basis.


Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Religious Affairs said successful applicants can get information from the website of the Ministry after ten tonight.


The applicants would also receive information through SMS on their given mobile telephone numbers. Successful applicants would also be informed through formal letters by the Ministry.


The successful applicants are required to submit their machine readable passports, which are valid till March next year, to the concerned branch of the bank by 15th of this month otherwise, they would be treated as unsuccessful.                                        



Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Muhammad Aminul Hasnat says the government has decided to introduce a special tracking system this year to know about the exact location of each pilgrim.


In an interview, he said a device would be fixed in wrist watches, lockets or rings worn by the pilgrims which would help the monitoring team to keep their track.


The Minister said food would be provided to the pilgrims of Government Hajj Scheme during their stay in Makkah Mukarramah, Madina Munawara and Mina as it was included in the package.


He said government has launched a training programme for the pilgrims to guide them throughout the whole trip.                        



Information Minister, Parvaiz Rashid has said United States should realize that Pakistan is fighting war against terrorism to ensure peace in the world.


He was speaking in the News and Current Affairs Channel of Radio Pakistan on Thursday.


The Information Minister said attitude of American senate committee regarding purchasing of F-16 jet fighters is not appropriate and it is just creating trouble for United States present administration.


He said Pakistan is fighting war against terrorists successfully and F-16 fighter jets are playing a vital role in continuing war against terrorism.                     



Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost called on Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in Islamabad on Thursday and discussed matters of bilateral relations and mutual corporation.


Chaudhry Nisar Ali khan emphasized that a comprehensive strategy should be evolved to control crime, human trafficking and narcotics for better boarder management. 


The Iranian envoy lauded Pakistan's efforts in eliminating terrorism from the country.                           



Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar has called for enhancing economic cooperation between Pakistan and Japan.


He made these remarks in a meeting with Japan International Cooperation Agency's delegation on the sidelines of ADB's Annual Board of Governors meeting in Frankfurt.


Ishaq Dar appreciated the government of Japan and JICA for their continued support for economic development of Pakistan.


He informed the Japanese side that Karachi Circular Railway is an important national project. He urged Japan to expedite action for providing firm commitment for funding the project. 


The JICA delegation expressed desire for enhancing bilateral cooperation.


Matters relating to projects funded by JICA in Pakistan also came under discussion.



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has unanimously been elected as Vice Chairman of the Asian Development Bank.


He was elected during annual meeting of Board of Governors of the Bank at Frankfurt.                   



Minister of State for Education and Professional Training Balighur Rehman says Pakistan is ready to extend all possible cooperation to Maldives for promotion of education.


He was talking to Deputy Education Minister of Maldives Azleen Ahmed in Islamabad on Thursday.


Deputy Education Minister of Maldives sought Pakistan's assistance in medicine and engineering fields


He said a Maldives National University and COMSATS have signed Memorandum of Understanding for joint education and research collaboration.                                   



Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training, Baligh-ur-Rehman says all out efforts are being made to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal relating to quality education.


He was addressing the closing session of two-day workshop on provincial consultation on the SDG-4 in Islamabad on Thursday.


The Minister said the government has converted the quality education goal into National development agenda.


He said almost more than twenty-five percent of total budget is being allocated for the education.



Chairperson Benazir Income Support Program, Marvi Memon says a pilot survey will be launched across the country for introducing transparency in the Program after the month of Ramadan.


She said this while addressing district councillors at Qilla Saifullah on Thursday.


Marvi Memon said Qilla Abdullah, Nasirabad, and Kech districts would be inducted in the first phase of Pilot survey.


She said survey team would go home to home to prepare transparent data of beneficiaries.


She urged local government representatives to help the government in preparing transparent lists of beneficiaries of BISP.                    



Ground-breaking of Sukkur-Multan Section of Pakistan Motorway is scheduled to be held at Sukkur on Friday.


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to perform the ground breaking ceremony.


The 392 kilometer section, costing 294 billion rupees, would be completed in three years.


The project is part of Karachi-Peshawar Motorway and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


The six-lane motorway passing through Multan-Jalalpur Peerwala Ahmedpur East, Ubaro and Pano Aqil will terminate at Sukkur. It will provide high speed transportation facility between Sindh and Punjab.                                



The Apex Committee Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has reviewed security situation in the province and FATA with particular focus on return of temporarily displaced persons.


The committee went into session in Peshawar on Thursday with Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra in the chair.


The apex committee considered various steps for blockage of illegal cellular SIMs and curbing crimes including kidnapping for ransom.


It assured that all available resources would be utilized for respectable return and resettlement of the TDPs in their own areas.



One hundred fifty-four suspects were arrested in Peshawar and Charsadda districts on Thursday.


Those arrested also include seventy-eight Afghan nationals for illegally living in Pakistan.


Arms and ammunition were also recovered from them.



Three persons of a same family died due to an electric short circuit in Shangla on Thursday.



Police arrested five robbers in Karachi on Thursday.


Weapons and snatched motorcycles were also recovered from them.



Pakistan's Ambassador to Afghanistan Abrar Hussain says Pakistan is trying to enhance trade volume with Afghanistan from two billion to five billion dollars.


Addressing a ceremony in connection with Pakistani products exhibition in Kabul on Thursday, he said Pakistan is an important and largest trade partner of Afghanistan.


The ambassador said the construction of Torkham-Jalalabad highway has entered into final stages and work on Peshawar-Jalalabad and Chaman-Kandahar railway lines is underway.



All Parties Hurriyet Conference says Indian government and its policymakers are playing a dangerous game of dividing the held territory on religious lines to harm Kashmiris' ongoing freedom movement.


In a statement in Srinagar, it warned India and its puppet administration in the territory over their plan of setting up separate colonies for Kashmiri Pandits in the Kashmir Valley.


The APHC also denounced in strong terms the invoking of draconian law, Public Safety Act, against Hurriyet leaders and continued illegal detention of Masarrat Aalam Butt. 


It appealed to the world human rights organizations to play their role in the release of all Kashmiri detainees.


Meanwhile, Indian Army continued massive military operation on the third consecutive  day, on Thursday, in Lolab, Kralpora, Dardsun, Rishigund, Guzryal, Warsun, Chowkibal, Zonrishi and Budnumbal areas of Kupwara district.



In Syria, ten civilians have been killed and forty injured in twin blasts in Homs.


The suicide attack and car bombing occurred in a square in Mukharram al-Fawqani of the city.



Syrian government jets have dropped barrel bombs on targets in the countryside near Aleppo city despite a ceasefire.


The ceasefire came into effect on Wednesday and was supposed to include not only the city but also surrounding districts.            



Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi and Chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano at a meeting in Vienna have discussed implementation of Iran's nuclear agreement with world powers.


During the meeting, Amano welcomed regular dialogue between Iran and the IAEA to “ensure good monitoring and verification of nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.


He also welcomed further Iran-IAEA discussions on issues of common interest.                             



Saudi security forces have undertaken an operation against alleged Islamic State fighters in Makkah.


Earlier, in a two-day security operation, two Islamic State suspects were killed in south-western Bisha province.                  



Medical charity Doctors Without Borders has pulled out of the upcoming UN-backed World Humanitarian Summit.


In a statement it said World Humanitarian Summit will not help the humanitarian sector to address massive needs caused by continuing violence against patients and medical staff in Syria, Yemen and South Sudan.                



Iraqi Forces have recaptured a number of villages in the western Anbar province during an anti-terror operation against Islamic State.


Iraqi forces are now just a few kilometers away from Fallujah city. 



Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says he will stand down at an extraordinary congress of his ruling AK Party later this month.


He announced his resignation after holding talks with party leaders.                        



In Canada, a state of emergency has been declared in the province of Alberta after a wildfire forced all 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray to flee.


Officials say the fast-moving blaze could destroy much of the city.

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