DATE: 07-06-2017                                    


Pakistan has vowed to strongly defend itself against all intrigues and aggression by inimical forces.


Prime Minister will attend two-day SCO summit in Kazakhstan beginning on Thursday.


Hussain Nawaz has filed a petition in the Supreme Court requesting probe into his leaked photograph and against harassment by JIT members.


Pakistan and Romania have agreed to bolster mutual cooperation in defence production and other fields.


In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops used brute force on protesters in Pampore and Pulwama areas on Wednesday.


In Iran, one guard was killed and several people were injured in terrorist attacks on Parliament and mausoleum of Imam Khomeini. 





Pakistan will strongly defend itself against all intrigues and aggression by inimical forces.


This resolve was reaffirmed by National Security Committee, which met in Islamabad with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair.


The meeting out rightly rejected Afghan allegations on Pakistan and its agencies for deteriorating law and order in that country.


It said Pakistan has not only remained committed to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan but also worked with all regional and global initiatives to that end. 


The meeting observed that Pakistan is the only country in the Afghan scenario which has achieved clear and measurable success against terrorism despite limited capacity and at huge human and economic costs.


The forum noted that Pakistan has also shown exceptional restraint even when Afghan territory was used for terrorist acts in Pakistan which resulted in massive human losses.


The meeting was attended by Minister for Defense Khawaja Asif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Air Chief Sohail Aman, Naval Chief Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah and DG ISI Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar.



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will participate in the two-day meeting of the "Heads of State Council" of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at Astana in Kazakhstan beginning on Thursday. 


Heads of State Council is the highest decision-making body of SCO which meets annually.


Pakistan, which has observer status in SCO will be granted its full member at Astana.


On the sidelines of the SCO Summit, the Prime Minister will hold a number of bilateral meetings with other participating leaders.


Besides the SCO Summit, Kazakhstan is also hosting International Expo 2017, in which more than 100 countries, including Pakistan, are participating. The Prime Minister, along with other participating SCO Heads of State, will also attend the inaugural ceremony of the Expo.                                  



The House on Wednesday held discussion on the disappearance of Col. (Retd) Habib in Nepal.


Leader of the Opposition Aitzaz Ahsan regretted the silence of the government on the matter.


Other members said that the Indian intelligence agency RAW is behind the abduction of the retired colonel. They said the government should take serious steps for the recovery of Colonel Habib. They said that Colonel Habib was not a spy but was in search of a job. They said the government should take this matter to the United Nations and the ICJ as the Indian side has committed a crime by abducting an innocent person.


Winding up discussion on the motion, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch said that the government has taken up the matter with the Indian and Nepalese governments to trace out the retired Colonel.


He said the government is not oblivious to its responsibilities and will make all out efforts in the case of Colonel Habib. He said we are sure like anybody else that the Indian agency RAW is behind the kidnapping of Colonel Habib.                            



The House on Wednesday continued discussion on the budgetary proposals for the next fiscal year.


Participating in the debate, Rubina Irfan said the budget does not come up to the expectations of the common man.


She said it envisages incentives for the elite class but nothing for the poor people.


The house will now meet on Thursday morning at 11.                                



Members belonging to the opposition parties staged a walkout from the National Assembly to press for their demand for live broadcast of speech of the Opposition leader on PTV.                             



Taking the floor after the walkout, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Barjees Tahir said that the government is ready to take opposition on board.


He said the opposition members should avail the opportunity of highlighting the problems of their constituencies.


Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Interior Baligh-ur-Rehman said the opposition leader is not allowing members to speak during the budget discussion. He said most of the opposition members are anxious to speak on the budget.


Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali said that Pakistan Peoples Party should focus on Sindh province rather than levelling baseless allegations against the federal government.



Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said PML-N believes in supremacy of the judiciary and has all respect for the judges.


He said PML-N leadership and its members have always presented themselves for accountability and will continue to do so in future.



Later, the National Assembly resumed general discussion on the budget for the next fiscal year.


Iftikharuddin congratulated the government on presenting the federal budget for the fifth consecutive time. He said government's steps to strengthen economy are appreciable.


Awais Ahmad Leghari appreciated the government's steps for uplift of the agriculture sector in the country. He proposed that the markup rate on loan for the farmers should be reduced and efficiency of Zarai Taraqiati Bank be enhanced.


Naseema Hafeez Panezai proposed that more funds should be allocated for women development and Balochistan province.


She said attention should be paid to address the water issues in the country.


The House will now meet on Thursday morning at 11.       



The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa budget for next fiscal year is being presented in provincial Assembly on Wednesday afternoon.



Hussain Nawaz filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking formation of a Commission to probe the issue of his leaked picture during appearance before the Joint Investigation Team.


He has requested that the Commission should be headed by a serving or retired judge.


Hussain Nawaz has stated in the petition that the JIT members put pressure to get statements of their liking. Those appearing before the JIT are threatened of arrest or dire consequences.


The petition said the incident of leaked picture and video recording are violation of code of ethics and law.


He asked the court to stop JIT from video recording to fulfill demands of justice.                             



PML-N leaders say Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his family are extending full cooperation to the apex court and Joint Investigation Team on Panama Papers case.


This was stated by Parliamentary Secretary for Information Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha, MNA Danyal Aziz, Talal Chaudhry and Maiza Hameed talking to newsmen in Islamabad on Wednesday.


They said unfortunately a media trial has been launched to malign Prime Minister and his family.



Pakistan and Romania have agreed to bolster mutual cooperation in defence production and other fields. 


The agreement reached at a meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday between ambassador of Romania and Minister for Defence Production, Rana Tanveer Hussain.


In his remarks, the Federal Minister reiterated Pakistan's commitment to combat terrorism, extremism and militancy. 


Romanian Ambassador expressed the desire to increase the trade volume between the two countries.                                 



In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops used brute force on protesters, including students, in Pampore and Pulwama areas on Wednesday.


Hundreds of students of Islamic University of Science and Technology Awantipora in Pulwama started marching on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway against the martyrdom of a college student Aadil Farooq Magray by Indian troops in Shopian.


Indian forces fired teargas shells and pellets on the protesters injuring several people.


Meanwhile, thousands of people attended the funeral prayers of Aadil Farooq Magray, in Shopian, who was martyred by Indian forces on Tuesday.             



In Iran, one person died and twelve others were injured in two separate terrorist attacks on parliament building and mausoleum of Ayatullah Khomeini in Teheran on Wednesday.


Iran's state TV says four attackers were involved in the parliament shooting injuring eight people.


Another four terrorists attacked the shrine of Imam Khomeini killing a security guard and injuring four people. The guards killed one of the attackers and also arrested a woman from the shrine.


Islamic State militants group has accepted responsibility for the attack.



In the ICC Champions Trophy, Pakistan will play their second match against South Africa at Birmingham on Wednesday.


The match will begin at 5:30 PM Pakistan Standard Time.



Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its National Hook-up on Wednesday at 1530 hours, a special interview of Dr. Fahmida Mirza, Ex-Speaker National Assembly under the interviews series of "70 years of Independence Celebrations of Pakistan".

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