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.

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 during the meeting.


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 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 Governor Muhammad Zubair has said people of Pakistan and UAE are enjoying benefits of cordial 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.



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.



In the wake of suspension of operations by Qatar Airways to Saudi Arabia, about four hundred Pakistani passengers stranded at Doha Airport have been facilitated for their smooth journey to Saudi Arabia via Muscat.

The Embassy of Pakistan and the country head of PIA have been working to facilitate all stranded Pakistani passengers for their onward journey to Saudi Arabia.



Pakistan's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Khan Hasham bin Saddique called on President of Islamic Development Bank Dr. Bandar Hajjar in Jeddah.

He appreciated IDB financing to Pakistan and support in project financing, trade financing, technical assistance and special assistance.

Citing successful IDB project of polio eradication in Pakistan, the IDB President assured the Ambassador that the bank will continue to support Pakistan.



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



Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Yousaf has taken notice 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 flight 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.



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.



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.



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.



Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has been elected 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.



In the ICC Champions Trophy against England  at Cardiff , New Zealand  were 152 for 2 in 28.4 overs a short while ago.


Earlier,bating first, England were all out at 310 in 49.3 overs.



Dust-thunderstorm/rain with gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad divisions, FATA, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.

The rain may also occur at  isolated places in D.G khan, Sahiwal and Multan divisions during the next twelve hours.

However, hot and dry weather is likely to presist elsewhere in the country.

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