DATE: 07-06-2016                   


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


The Senate has been informed that Pakistan will take all possible measures to augment its defence capability. 


Members of the both houses of parliament during debate on Tuesday gave proposals to make budget more people friendly.


Parliamentary Committee on Panama Papers held another round of talks on Tuesday to frame consensus terms of reference. 


The government says electricity is being provided to almost all urban and rural areas of the country during Sehr and Iftar.


WAPDA and Frontier Works Organization have signed an MoU to construct Kurram Tangi Dam in North Waziristan.


Hillary Clinton has clinched Democratic Party nomination for US presidential election.


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 and Ishaq Dar, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, Adviser on National Security (RTD) Lt General Nasir Janjua and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry.


The 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 terming it a clear violation of Pakistan's sovereignty affecting mutual trust and undermining the spirit of Afghan Peace Process under mutually agreed Quadrilateral framework.                      



Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said Pakistan will take all possible measures to augment its defense capability.  


He was winding up discussion on an adjournment motion in the Senate on Tuesday over the recent Indian test-fire of supersonic interceptor missile.


He said Pakistan is not oblivious to its defense requirements and upgrading its capabilities through suitable technologies without entering into arms race.


The advisor said Pakistan's efforts for peace and friendship must not be interpreted as its weakness. He said we are fully capable to defend our people and territory.


On the diplomatic front, the Advisor said Pakistan is planning to highlight the dangerous implications of India's plan to nuclearize the Indian ocean at all the relevant international fora.


He said one specific proposal under consideration is to move resolution in the next session of the UN General Assembly to declare the Indian ocean nuclear free zone. Pakistan will approach other countries as well to co-sponsor this resolution. 


About the Nuclear Suppliers Group membership, the Advisor said Pakistan has undertaken a proactive diplomatic offensive in all the member countries of the group. He was confident that Pakistan's efforts towards non-discriminatory approach will pay off.


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 held 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.


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.


Participating in the debate, PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar urged the government to prioritize the western route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in the budget.


Shibli Faraz of PTI said a law should be formulated to discourage the tendency of amending budgetary provisions after passage of the budget by the National Assembly. 


The house will now meet on Wednesday morning at eleven.                                  



The National Assembly also held debate on budget in Islamabad on Tuesday.


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


He 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 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 incorrect.


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 conducting the Population Census early for future planning.


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


Participating in the debate, Parliamentary Secretary for National Food Security Rajab Ali Baloch said the opposition should look into its own performance before criticizing the government. He said PTI did nothing for development in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.


Naeema Kishwar said good measures announced in the budget should be appreciated and constructive suggestions offered to improve it further.  


Sahabzada Yaqoob said in its manifesto PML (N) committed to strengthen economy, end VIP culture, cut non-developmental expenditure and expand tax net but the budget does not support these objectives. He said there is more focus on indirect taxes while the party promised to resort to direct taxes.


The discussion would continue when the house meets again on Wednesday morning at eleven.                          



The Parliamentary committee on Panama Papers met in Islamabad on Tuesday.


Members of the committee representing the government and the opposition sides deliberated upon devolving of consensus Terms of Reference to probe allegations levelled in the Panama leaks and other issue.


Next meeting of the committee will be held at 1100 hours on Friday.                  



Talking to newsmen after the meeting, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq said the opposition needs to come with generic ToRs for an across the board accountability.


The Minister said unfortunately the opposition is still sticking to person-specific ToRs.


Khawaja Saad Rafiq said a law should be enacted to make all kinds of corruption accountable instead of a particular case.


He said the government wants to solve the matter at the earliest, but it cannot be done without cooperation of the opposition.                           



No unscheduled load-shedding is being carried out in any part of the country.


In a statement issued in Islamabad on Tuesday, the Ministry of Water and Power spokesman said ninety-seven per cent urban and eighty-five per cent of rural areas have been provided electricity without any interruption at the moment during Sehar and Iftar.


The spokesman said there is record demand of electricity this year due to severe heat wave. Load-shedding schedule will start after fifteen minutes of the Sheri timing. Normal load management would follow for the day.                                        



WAPDA and Frontier Works Organization signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Peshawar on Tuesday to construct Kurram Tangi Dam in North Waziristan Agency.


The dam, on completion, will generate 83.4 MW electricity besides irrigating three hundred and fifty thousand acres of barren land.


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra who was also present on the occasion said the multi-purpose dam is part of the government's vision 2025.


He said Kurram Tangi Dam will play a leading role in socio-economic development of the people of North Waziristan Agency, Bannu, Lakki Marwat and Karak districts.                      



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


Secretary General Commonwealth Ms Patricia Scotland and Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj also wished early recovery of the Prime Minister.                                                        



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 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.                        



Ambassadors of Italy, Germany and Japan held separate meetings with Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif in Islamabad on Tuesday.


Talking to the Italian Ambassador, Khawaja Asif that Pakistan is cognizant of the expertise of Italy in the renewable energy resources and is aspirant of taking full advantage of these expertise.


At the meeting with German Ambassador, the Minister invited the German investors to invest in the off grid energy solution in Pakistan.


The Japanese Ambassador told the Minister that Japanese companies are interested in Lakhra coal project and other energy-related projects.                             



Chief Minister Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri says the provincial government is devising a comprehensive strategy to promote investment in various sectors in the province.


Talking to Ambassador of Czech Republic Jan Fury in Quetta on Tuesday, he said law and order situation in the province has remarkably improved.


The Chief Minister said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project is opening new doors of development, prosperity and investment in Balochistan.                                                                                                      



An accountability court in Quetta on Tuesday indicted former Chairmen Balochistan Public Service Commission Ashraf Magsi and two former deputy directors in a case of illegal recruitments and abuse of powers.


The NAB authorities produced the accused before the court on Tuesday.


The next hearing of the case will held on the 21st of this month.



Fifty-four kilometer long road from 48 Bridge to Sher Garh in Vehari has been completed at a cost of four hundred eighty million rupees under Chief Minister Punjab Rural Roads Programme.


MNA Tahir Iqbal Chaudhry inaugurated the road in Vehari on Tuesday.


Speaking on the occasion, he said the road will help farmers take their agricultural produce to markets.                       



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.



Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong called on Army Chief General Raheel Sharif in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.


Matters of mutual interest, including regional security and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, came under discussion during the meeting.


The Ambassador appreciated Pakistan Army's achievements and sacrifices for peace and stability in the region.                    



In Occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that India cannot suppress Kashmiri people into submission through oppressive means.


After appearing before a TADA court in Srinagar in a 29-year old concocted case, he said that the Kashmiris would not budge an inch from their just demand of freedom from India.


He said, no Kashmiri can remain silent over issues like construction of Israeli-type settlements in the name of Pandits and Indian soldiers, implementation of East India Company-type Industrial policy and oppression on Jammu Muslims.


Meanwhile, in a statement, the Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq deplored that the BJP-PDP regime was imposing restrictions on media to prevent it from highlighting the problems faced by the Kashmiri people.



US President Barack Obama has expressed his best wishes for Muslims in the United States and across the world on start of the holy month of Ramazan.


In his message on the occasion, he called for working together to alleviate sufferings of the individuals displaced by conflict and struggle.


He said that United States stands firmly with Muslim American communities in rejection of the voices that seek to divide us or limit our religious freedoms or civil rights.                                         



In the United States, Hillary Clinton has clinched the Democratic nomination for US president after reaching the required number of delegates.


The count puts Hillary Clinton on 2,383, the number needed to make her the presumptive nominee.


She will become the first female nominee for a major US political party.


Mrs Clinton reached the threshold with a big win in Puerto Rico and a burst of last-minute support from super delegates.


Super delegates are party insiders who can pledge their support for a candidate ahead of the convention but do not formally vote for them until the convention itself.                  



The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen has been removed from a UN blacklist of states and groups that violate children's rights in conflict.


Saudi Arabia protested after the UN released a report saying the coalition was responsible for 60% of the child deaths and injuries in Yemen last year.


It said the casualty figures were wildly exaggerated.


The UN said it would now carry out a joint review with the coalition of the cases listed in the report.               



In Afghanistan, eleven Afghan National Army soldiers were killed and a dozen others captured by the Taliban in the Deh Rawood district of central Uruzgan province.


A former public representative said the incident happed when the militants launched a coordinated attack on an ANA base in Sokhti area.


He said the assailants also seized weapons and other equipment.



In Turkey, eleven people including seven police officers were killed and thirty six others wounded in a car bomb attack targeting a bus carrying riot police in the district of Beyazit of Istanbul.


Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said these attacks cannot be pardoned or forgiven. He said that we shall continue our fight against terrorists tirelessly until the end.



Pakistan has strongly condemned terrorist attack in Istanbul.


In a statement, foreign office spokesperson said Pakistan denounces terrorism in all forms and manifestations.


The spokesperson said Pakistan stands in strong solidarity with the fraternal people of Turkey and it is sure that the people of Turkey will succeed in their resolute fight against terrorism.

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