DATED: June 7, 2016



Information Minister says Pakistan desires good relations with all countries to resolve differences through dialogue.

Minister for Religious Affairs says government is taking necessary steps to maintain religious harmony. 

Prime Minister has been discharged from hospital and shifted to home in London.

In Afghanistan, government, Ulema Council and United Nations have called on militants to stop fighting during Ramadan.     

In Syria, twenty-six people have been killed in air strikes in Deir Az Zor province.

In the Tri-Nation, One-day International series, Australia will face South Africa at Guyana, on Tuesday.



Information Minister, Pervaiz Rashid says Pakistan desires good relations with all the countries and believes that all outstanding issues must be resolved through dialogue.


He was addressing the 118th anniversary celebration of proclamation of Philippines independence in Islamabad.


The Minister said our relations with the Philippines form an important component of our 'Vision East Asia Policy, which aims at enhancing collaboration with Southeast Asian region in diverse fields.


He said there exists commonality of views on various regional and international issues translating into a reservoir of goodwill between the leadership and people of the two countries.


Pervaiz Rashid said Philippines, a founding member of ASEAN, has been a steadfast supporter of our efforts to strengthen our institutional linkages with ASEAN.


He said Philippines has also committed to support Pakistan's bid for the Full Dialogue Partnership of the ASEAN.


He expressed the hope that the relations between the two countries will further grow.



Minister for Religious Affair and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf says government is taking necessary steps to maintain religious harmony in Pakistan.


Addressing a function in Jhelum, he said terrorism can be eliminated after bringing religious harmony in the country.


He said Sufis have given the lessons of tolerance, peace and harmony.




Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says Quran is the best epitome of learning and piety.


Inaugurating Saut-ul-Quran transmission of Radio Pakistan Faisalabad, he said the prevailing uncertainty and dissatisfaction in the society is a result of our indifference with the teachings of the Holy Qur'an.


Speaking on the occasion, Director General Radio Pakistan Saba Mohsan Raza said Saut-ul-Quran channel would broadcast its programmes from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 mid night.



Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Bizenjo says government is sincere to prepare Terms of Reference with consensus but opposition seems to be least interested in the matter.


In an interview, he said it is wrong perception that the government is using delaying tactics on formulation of ToRs.


He said the government intends to formulate such ToRs that are not person specific rather address issue across the board.



Adviser to the Prime Minister on Revenue Haroon Akhtar says emergence of off-shore companies is an international phenomenon, however, the government is fully determined to tackle it within the legal means.


In an interview, he said a committee had already been formed with Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar as its Chairman focusing on this issue.


He said the government is determined to make lawful amendments so that issues like off-shore companies do not surface again.



Minister of State for Privatization, Muhammad Zubair says the federal government had broadened tax net as 60 percent tax collection increased this year.


In an interview, he termed the new budget as people-friendly and said, the government has provided relief to the masses by utilizing all available resources.


The minister said the government had announced massive relief for agriculture sector in the budget that would ameliorate the lot of poor and small farmers in the country.



Saudi ambassador Abdullah Marzouk Al-Zahrani held a meeting with interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in Islamabad and discussed bilateral relations.


On the occasion, the Interior Minister said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy unique relations and should enhance their cooperation to confront all challenges.



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has been discharged from the hospital and shifted to home in London.


Earlier, PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif, in a tweet message, said doctors are satisfied with Prime Minister's health progress and latest reports.





The government spokesperson has clarified that the speech of opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah was broadcast live on PTV National.


He said protest of the opposition leader in this regard is against the facts. 







Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah says Pakistan Navy is fully prepared to ensure security of Gwadar Port.


He was addressing 45th PN Staff Course at Pakistan Navy War College Lahore.


He focused on the prevailing geostrategic environment and enhanced responsibilities of the Navy in the wake of upcoming Gwadar port and CPEC projects.



Commander Southern Command, Lt . General. Aamir Riaz says mega projects of Gwadar Deep Sea Port and China-Pak Economic Corridor would open doors of progress and prosperity in Balochistan.


He was addressing a seminar on the sustainable development of Balochistan in Quetta


He said the enemies of Pakistan will not be allowed to implement their nefarious designs in Balochistan.


He said people of Balochistan are loyal to Pakistan and they love Pakistan like people of other federating units.                



Chief Minister Balochistan Sardar Sanaullah Khan Zehri says government is determined to make Balochistan a progressive and peaceful province.


Speaking at a seminar on Comprehensive Development Plan of Balochistan in Quetta, he said education and health sectors are our top priority.


Chief Minister said construction of new dams is pivotal to fulfill water demands of the province.




Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has stressed the need for improvement in the system of production and supply of quality medicines.


Addressing a meeting through video link from London, he said concerned institutions would have to play an active role for ensuring supply of quality medicines to hospitals.


The Chief Minister said all out efforts would be made for curbing substandard and spurious drugs.


He directed authorities concerned to adopt effective measures with regard to drug regularity mechanism.




The US Consul General Brian Heath called on Sindh Governor Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan in Karachi.


Talking to him, the Governor said peace has returned in the city due to operation in Karachi which has also given a boost to the economic activities.  


The US Consul General assured that US investors will also   invest in various projects due to the changed situation in Karachi.



Anti-Narcotics Force has recovered huge quantity of drugs during sixteen countrywide operations.


During the operations, ANF also arrested twenty-one persons involved in drug smuggling including three foreigners.



The Afghan government, Afghanistan Ulema Council and the United Nations have called on militants to stop their war and embark on a ceasefire with government during Ramazan.


President Ashraf Ghani's deputy spokesman Sayed Zafar Hashemi said if Taliban want to continue violence, they will face serious action.


UN Special Representative to Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, expressed the hope that it will provide ground for lasting peace in Afghanistan.



In France, authorities have evacuated 1,850 migrants from a tent camp, which had sprung up in a Paris park.


According to reports, it was the biggest operation carried out in the capital where makeshift camps have mushroomed in recent months as France struggles to accommodate asylum seekers.


The migrants mostly included Afghans, Sudanese and Eritreans.



In Syria, twenty-six people including women and children have been killed in air strikes in a busy market in Deir Az Zor province.


The death toll is expected to rise.



Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will attend the procession and funeral of legend boxer Muhammad Ali on Friday in Louisville.



In Tri-Nation One-Day International series, Australia will face South Africa at Guyana  on Tuesday.


The match will start at 2200 hrs Pakistan Standard Time.




Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours. 


Very hot and dry condition is likely to continue over plain areas of Punjab, central and southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, upper Sindh, Sibi and Makran divisions.


However, dust/thunderstorm-rain with strong gusty winds is expected at isolated places of  Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala divisions during night.


Temperature of some major cities recorded on Tuesday morning:


Islamabad, twenty-six degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-eight, Karachi twenty-nine, Peshawar twenty-five, Quetta  seventeen, Gilgit fifteen, Murree twenty and Muzaffarabad twenty two degree centigrade.

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