JUNE 06, 2017


Prime Minister has directed not to carry out development works by suspending normal power supply during Ramazan.

Commerce Minister says country's exports will increase as a result of incentives given to businessmen under Prime Minister's special package.

Islamabad has urged Kabul to focus on internal situation instead of blaming Pakistan for every ill.

Pakistan and Russia have discussed measures to enhance bilateral military cooperation and regional security situation.

Balochistan Chief Minister has vowed not to allow terrorists to establish safe havens in the province.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa budget for next fiscal year will be presented tomorrow.

Kuwait has launched efforts to resolve the crisis between Qatar and several Arab countries.

Sher Bahadur Deuba has been elected as new Prime Minister of Nepal.


The Cabinet Committee on Energy has unanimously decided that there should be no power shutdowns on account of development works during the month of Ramazan.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired the meeting in Islamabad today.

The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Water and Power to undertake power supply and demand analysis up to year 2023 so as to undertake integrated long-term planning about fulfilling energy requirements.

He also directed to work out shifting of scheduled outages of power plants in view of repairs and maintenance from summer to winter to ensure maximum power supply.

The Secretary Water and Power Division briefed the meeting on progress of decisions made in the previous meeting.

The CCE also accorded in-principle approval for establishment of a new LNG based 1,200 MW capacity power plant.

Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir says prudent economic policies of the government have put the country on the path to development.

In an interview with PTV today, he xpressed hope that under the Prime Minister Package of 180 billion rupees as duty drawback to exporters, the country will witness further improvement in the export sector.

He said the economic growth will create millions of job opportunities, which seems to be possible after ensuring peace and availability of energy in the country.

Special Corps Commanders' Conference was held at GHQ in Rawalpindi today.

The forum reviewed regional security environment in the backdrop of recent terrorist incidents in Afghanistan and vowed to continue its support and cooperation with Afghanistan in fight against terrorism and militancy.

It took exception to the unwarranted accusations and threats against Pakistan in the aftermath of Kabul blast.

The forum concluded that instead of blaming Pakistan, Afghanistan needs to look inward and identify the real issues.

While reaffirming continued support to regional peace and stability, the conference reiterated Pak Army's resolve to defend the motherland against all types of threat.

Russian Ambassador Alexey Yurevich Dedov called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi today.

Matters related to regional security and enhanced military cooperation particularly in defence and training came under discusstion durring the meeting.

Speaking in the National Assembly Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanvir Hussain urged opposition to participate in the budget discussion, saying their genuine proposals will be accommodated in the finance bill.

The Minister said the opposition should sit with the government and formulate a charter of economy for a brighter and prosperous Pakistan.

PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the government should present its stance on the latest Middle East crisis.

Participating in the debate, Amra Khan said special training centres should be set up for disabled people to help them stand on their own feet.

Maulana Gohar Shah said Pakistan Baitul Mal is doing an excellent work for the disadvantaged segments of the society. He said an amount of six billion rupees has been allocated this year for the departmentt.

Earlier, the opposition members staged a walkout from the House for not giving live coverage to their speeches.

Abdul Ghaffar Dogar said subsidy on fertilizers should be further enhanced to provide relief to the farmers.

Siraj Muhammad Khan said merit should be ensured in the recruitment process.

Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon said enhancing agri credit, ensuring zero load-shedding for industries and reducing the fiscal deficit are appreciable steps of the government.

Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan said the budget is development-oriented as forty percent increase has been made in the PSDP for the next fiscal year.

He also appreciated the steps taken by the government to eliminate the power outages.

Nighat Parveen Mir proposed the establishment of model hospitals at the district level in order to ensure medical facilities to the people at their doorstep.

Mansab Ali Khan Dogar expressed concern over the high prices of tractors.

Khalida Mansoor appreciated the performance of the FBR in the collection of taxes.

Dr Asma Mamdot said special emphasis should be laid on the development of southern Punjab.

Ghulam Muhammad Lali said cargo service of Pakistan Railways should be improved besides plantation should be done along the rail tracks.

Parveen Masood Bhatti said motorway like projects will greatly facilitate the people.

Those who spoke on the occasion include Muhammad Jamaluddin and Phyllis Azeem.

The House will now meet tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Senate continued discussion on the budgetary proposals for the next fiscal year.

Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali says no discrimination is being made with any province regarding distribution of electricity.

He was responding to a call attention notice in the Senate moved by Nauman Wazir Khattak and others regarding underutilization of power by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The Minister said the federal government had released 540 million rupees for the construction of 220 KV grid station at Chakdara. He said 6500 megawatt of additional electricity has been added to the national grid and more will be added in days to come.

Responding to another call attention notice Abid Sher Ali said about 66 civilians have so far been martyred and 228 injured, as a result of unprovoked Indian firing on Line of Control during last four years.

The House held discussion on an adjournment motion moved by Azam Khan Swati and others regarding the incident of firing by the Afghan Security Forces on a census team operating inside the residential areas of Pakistan at Chamman border which resulted into loss of precious lives of civilians as well as armed forces personnel.

The members expressed concerns over the loss of precious human lives on the Pak-Afghan border.

Those who spoke on the occasion include Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Sehar Kamran, Abdul Qayyum, Hafiz Hamdullah, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Mir Kabir Muhammad Shah, Taj Haider, John Kenneth Williams and Rehman Malik.

The House will now meet tomorrow at 11 in the morning.

Senator Nihal Hashmi has submitted an application to Chairman of the Senate for withdrawal of his resignation tendered by him on 31st of last month.

According to a Senate press release, the process has been initiated and order in this regard is expected to be issued tomorrow.

PML-N on the direction of party President Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has constituted a committee, which will complete inquiry against Senator Nehal Hashmi.

According to the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Affairs Dr Asif Kirmani who is also the member of the committee, Raja Zafar Ul Haq will be the convener of the committee.

He said the committee will submit its recommendations to party president within five days.

The Parliamentary party meeting of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz scheduled to be held tomorrow in Murree has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri has vowed not to allow terrorists to establish safe havens in the province.

He expressed these views while inquiring into the health of security forces personnel at CMH Quetta, who sustained wounds during an encounter with terrorists in Mastung.

The Chief Minister said dens of terrorists will be destroyed with the cooperation of security forces and no one will be allowed to challenge writ of the government..

He lauded the security forces for successfully conducting operations against the terrorists.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa budget for fiscal year 2017-18 will be announced tomorrow.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance Minister Muzaffar Said advocate will present the budget in the provincial assembly at 2:00 pm.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah say the annual budget of Sindh for next financial year has a volume of more than one trillion rupees.

Addressing the post budget press conference in Karachi today, he said amount for development works has been increased to 344 billion rupees which is 34 per cent of the total budget.

The Chief Minister said top most priority has been given to education with 202 billion rupees, allocated for it, which is 20 per cent of the budget.

He said next priority is the health sector and 103 billion rupees have been allocted for it.

The Chief Minister informed that allocation for law and order in budget has been increased by 10 percent to more than 92 billion rupees.

Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has felicitated the newly elected office bearers of PFUJ-Dastoor.

In her felicitation message, she said journalist organizations are playing an important role for protection and development of rights of media workers.

She said PML-N government is striving for protection of basic and legal rights of journalists.

Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Yousaf has taken notice of the matter that hundreds of Pakistani Umrah pilgrims proceeding to Saudi Arabia have stranded at Doha airport.

He directed ministry to resolve the issue and arrange special flights for Pakistani citizens to take them to Saudi Arabia.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs also directed tour operators to avoid signing of any agreement with Qatar Airline.

Civil Aviation Authority has decided to bring back Pakistani Umra pilgrims stranded in Qatar through Qatar and other airlines.

Spokesman of CAA has said passengers will be taken to their destinations through adjustment with other airlines.

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has aid a huge amount of two hundred thirty billion rupees has been allocated in next year's Provincial Budget, for betterment of healthcare facilities to public.

He was talking to newsmen after a ceremony in Lahore this evening.

He said the Punjab Government is taking revolutionary measures for providing better healthcare facilities to the people.

He said that special clinics are being setup for treatment of hepatitis patients. He said CT Scan facility is being provided at all district headquarter hospitals.

Punjab Information Technology Board on the request of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria has registered 95000 pilgrims through online system.

PITB had launched Nigeria's online Pilgrims Registration system and trained five master trainers to further train officials in 36 states of the country which was later extended to 776 towns.

The electronic Hajj management system of PITB has improved the services for intending pilgrims from Pakistan and curtailed the delay.

Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair has said people of Pakistan and UAE are enjoying benefits of cardial relations between the two countries.

This he said during a meeting with Consul General Al Ketbi of UAE in Karachi today.

The Governor said with cooperation of UAE government, different projects of development have been completed across the province which include construction of schools, hospitals, water supply schemes and a flyover.

A thirteen-member delegation of Frontier Works Organization led by Lt General Muhammad Afzal called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in Karachi today.

Projects being carried out by FWO in Sindh were discussed.

In the meeting, construction of K-4 mega drinking water project for metropolitan city also came under discussion.

About Karachi-Hyderabad M-9 motorway, the meeting was informed that it will be completed by August this year.

Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar has directed to expedite launch of Prime Minister's National Health Programme in district Mardan of
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

In a press release issued today, Minister of State has directed official of her ministry to start services for 33,000 beneficiaries of district Mardan at the earliest.

She said in line with the vision of the Prime Minister to provide universal health coverage to all population, her ministry will leave no stone unturned to provide highest quality services to the beneficiaries.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says promotion of education in tribal areas is top priority of the government.

He expressed these views while presiding over a meeting regarding FATA University in Peshawar today.

The Governor directed concerned authorities to take steps for release of funds and provision of necessary facilities to the administration and students of the university.

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has approved one point five billion rupees of gas royalty for Kohat Division.

Presiding over a meeting in Peshawar today, he said the funds will be utilized for the development and welfare of southern districts of the province.

Pervez Khattak said the government is working on the improvement of infrastructure, education and health sectors of Kohat Division.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is planning to boost date farming in southern districts of the province.

Pakistan and Finland have agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse fields, including economy, trade, energy, agriculture, and industry.

This understanding was reached during the third round of bilateral political consultations in Helsinki.

The Pakistan side briefed on Islamabad’s efforts to reach out to Kabul and New Delhi as part of the Prime Minister’s vision for a peaceful neighborhood. 

A high level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider has accorded approval to State Disaster Risk Management and Districts Disaster Risk Management Plans.

It was also decided in the meeting that services of Rescue 1122 staff will be regularized on the pattern of Punjab.

Raja Farooq Haider directed to prepare a comprehensive plan to start 1122 services in the 15 tehsils adjacent to Line of Control.

In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, has said that Indian authorities are working on a new strategy to create an appalling situation in the territory to justify the use of lethal weapons against local population.

In a statement issued in Srinagar, Syed Ali Gilani asked India to shun rigid approach and fulfill its commitment with the people of Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik in a joint statement has called for peaceful protest demonstrations after Friday prayers against the raids by Indian National Investigation Agency on the residences and offices of Hurriyet leaders and activists.

In Afghanistan, ten people were killed and several injured in a bomb explosion near a mosque in Herat. The bomb was planted in a rickshaw.

Meanwhile, in another incident, a rocket hit the Indian Ambassador's house in Kabul. Police said no one was injured in the attack.

A Taliban tweet said the group had targeted a command center of foreign invading forces with a missile.

Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has been elected as the 40th Prime Minister of Nepal.

During voting in the 593-strong Parliament today, the new prime minister get 388 votes while 170 votes were cast against him.

Qatar says Kuwait is trying to mediate the Gulf crisis after several Arab countries have cut diplomatic ties to Qatar.

Qatar Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said Kuwait’s ruler has asked Qatar’s Emir, to postpone his speech in order to give time to solve the crisis.

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