DATE: 07-06-2016                      


The civil and military leadership has resolved to protect core national interests thwarting all evil designs of inimical forces.


Pakistan and the United Kingdom have agreed to enhance cooperation in trade, economy and other fields.


National Assembly and Senate are discussing budgetary proposals to make them more comprehensive and people-friendly. 


One hundred million saplings will be planted across the country under 'Green Pakistan Programme' in monsoon this year.  


In Turkey, eleven people including seven police officers have been killed in a car bomb attack in Vezneciler district.


Pakistan Army won Inter-Regiment Volleyball Championship defeating Sri Lanka in Colombo on Tuesday.





The civil and military leadership has resolved to protect core national interests thwarting all evil designs of inimical forces.


The resolve was expressed at a high level meeting held at GHQ in Rawalpindi on Tuesday to discuss issues related to national security.


The meeting was attended by Federal Ministers Khawaja Asif, Ishaq Dar, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, Adviser on National Security Lt General (RTD) Nasir Janjua and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad.


Meeting was also attended by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, DG ISI and other senior military officials.


The meeting expressed satisfaction on the successes of operation Zarb-e-Azb. 


Reaffirming commitment to enduring regional peace, it was underlined that hostile intelligence agencies and their facilitators will not be allowed to foment trouble inside Pakistan.


The meeting expressed concern on US drone strike in Balochistan calling it a clear violation of Pakistan's sovereignty affecting mutual trust and undermining the spirit of Afghan Peace Process under mutually agreed Quadrilateral framework.



Pakistan and the United Kingdom have agreed to enhance cooperation in trade, economy and other fields.


The agreement came at a meeting between UK Minister for International Development Justine Greening and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar at Prime Minister House in Islamabad on Tuesday.


The two sides expressed satisfaction over the existing level of bilateral relations and discussed ways and means to further strengthen them.


British High Commissioner in Pakistan Thomas Drew was also present at the meeting.



Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yusuf has said it is because of the government's efforts that first of Ramazan-ul-Mubarak is being observed on the same day on Tuesday across the country.


He was confident that Eid-ul-Fitr will also be observed on the same day in the entire country.



Later, the House resumed discussion on the Finance Bill, 2016-17.


Taking part in the debate, Usman Khan Kakar said all federating units should be treated equally in terms of economic development.


Saeed Ghani said development schemes of small provinces should be incorporated in the PSDP to remove their sense of deprivation.


He said concrete steps are required to revive the agriculture sector which is the backbone of our economy.


Muhammad Zafarullah Khan Dhandla said the government has announced a farmer-friendly budget. He said reduction in the prices of fertilizers and increase in agri-loans will help bring improvement in the lives of farmers.


He also appreciated the government for enhancing the budget of BISP from 40 billion rupees to 115 billion rupees in a span of three years.


Shahi Syed said a proper mechanism should be evolved to check corruption in the country.


Dr Jahanzeb Jamaldini said that new water reservoirs should be built to meet the issue of water shortage as well as power outages.


Sirajul Haq said budget 2016-17 is neither welfare nor development oriented.


He said farmers' packaged announced in the budget will not benefit the growers but the landlords.


He said the government should allocate more resources for the promotion of health and education sectors.



The National Assembly resumed debate on budget in Islamabad on Tuesday.


Taking part in the debate, Dr Farooq Sattar termed the budget traditional one and said there should be some revolutionary steps to address the problems faced by the poor.


He pointed out that there is no progressive tax proposed in the budget for taking the country forward.


Dr Farooq Sattar said salary of government employees should be increased by twenty percent. Similarly, there should be considerable increase in retired employees’ pension and minimum wage should be fixed at twenty thousand rupees per month.                       



Asad Umar said government should launch new housing schemes for government employees to overcome housing shortage.


He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a good project and maximum benefit should be taken from it for the country.


In his speech, Shaikh Rashid Ahmad said 4.71 percent GDP growth rate mentioned in the budget documents is not real one.


He stressed for speeding up the process of probe into Panama Papers issue.


Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari praised the economic performance of the government. He said revenue collection has increased, fiscal deficit decreased and exchange rate has been stabilized due to steps taken by the government.


Sahibzada Tariqullah said the government failed to achieve economic targets.


He stressed the need for early conducting of Population Census for future planning.


Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho said the PML-N government's 4th budget is high on promises and short on delivery.


She alleged that due to increase in public debt, no sector can show growth.



Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has expressed good wishes for speedy recovery of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.


In his message, the President of Belarus said he was deeply concerned about the health of the prime minister.


Alexander Lukashenko said he is confident that we will continue to work on the development of friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries.



Green Pakistan Program will be launched formally with monsoon tree plantation campaign this year.  


This was stated by a spokesman of the Ministry of Climate Change at a briefing in Islamabad on Tuesday.


Under the program, one hundred million trees will be planted in the country including Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.


The Spokesman said "National Forest Policy" has been submitted to Council of Common Interests for consideration.      



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has directed Traffic Police to ensure flow of traffic in big cities during Ramazan.


In a statement issued in Lahore on Tuesday, the Chief Minister instructed senior police officials to devise an effective strategy in this regard.   



Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri has reaffirmed government's commitment to protect lives and properties of the people.


Talking to delegations belonging to Pishin and Chaman districts, who called on him in Quetta on Tuesday, he said that kidnapping for ransom is a challenge for the provincial government and necessary measures have been taken to control the situation.


The Chief Minister said kidnappers would be eliminated soon no matter how powerful they may be.


He said we are in a state of war and our enemies want to damage our unity. However, he observed with pleasure the security forces and law enforcement have foiled their design.                               



Rangers have arrested five criminals including two target killers in an action at various parts of the Karachi city.


According to the spokesman of Sindh Rangers, the arrested culprits belong to militant wing of political party and banned organization.


Weapons and explosive material have also been recovered from them.           



In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has deplored intimidation of media for highlighting problems of the Kashmiri people.


In a tweet, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that after caging the entire pro-freedom leadership in the name of peace, Mehbooba Mufti-led puppet government is now trying to gag media.


The forum also condemned the continued house arrest of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq terming it politics of revenge.


Denouncing the detention of Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Shahid-ul-Islam, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War and many other leaders and activists, the forum said such repressive tactics cannot stop Kashmiris from waging freedom struggle.



In Turkey, eleven people including seven police officers have been killed and thirty-six others injured in a car bomb attack targeted a police vehicle in Vezneciler district.



Pakistan Army won Inter-Regiment Volleyball Championship defeating Sri Lanka in Colombo on Tuesday.


Commandant, Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force, Major General Channa Goonetilleke was the chief guest on the occasion and distributed prizes among winning and runners-up teams.


Pakistan Army Volleyball Team took part as a foreign country for the first time in the history of this championship.

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