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 today gave proposals to make budget more people friendly.

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

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



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 today 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. 




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 today 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. 


The house will now meet tomorrow morning at eleven.




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


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


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

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.


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


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




The Parliamentary committee on Panama Papers met in Islamabad today.


Members of the committee representing the government and the opposition sides deliberated upon devolving of consensus Terms of Reference to probe allegations leveled 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. 





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


In a statement issued in Islamabad today, 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.


Meanwhile, the Ministry has established a complaint cell for the consumers to register their complaints.


The consumers can register their complaints at 051-9204430, 051-9206834, and 051-9103888 round the clock.


Consumers can also submit their complaints online on the official website of the ministry (www.mowp.gov.pk)




Federal Board of Revenue has clarified that section 80(2)(vb) of the Income Tax Ordnance in the proposed Finance Bill is meant for granting exemption from imposing any tax liability on the foreign trusts. 


In a statement the board said that section 80 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 only defines various entities as individuals, association of persons or companies, now trusts have been included in the definition of companies.




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


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.




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


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 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.


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.





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.



Pakistan has strongly condemned terrorist attack in Istanbul.


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




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


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.







Very hot and dry weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country during next twenty-four hours. 


However, rain with dust and thunderstorm is expected at few places in Islamabad,  Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Hazara and Kashmir.




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