Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
National Security Committee has expressed the resolve to frustrate all intrigues and aggression by inimical forces.
Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet has approved extension of sugar export for two months.
Prime Minister will participate in Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Astana on Thursday which will grant it's full membership to Pakistan.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa budget for new fiscal year amounting to over six hundred billion rupees was presented in the Provincial Assembly in Peshawar on Wednesday.
Supreme Court has asked Joint Investigation Team to clarify its position on leakage of Hussain Nawaz's photo.
The federal government has announced three Eid holidays with effect from 26th of this month.
China reiterating its friendly cooperation with Pakistan has made it clear that their relations will not target any third country.
Pakistan has strongly condemned terrorist attacks in Iran in which twelve people were killed on Wednesday.
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 on Wednesday with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair.
The meeting outrightly 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 Chaudhry 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.
Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet has approved extension of two months in export of sugar till July 31 this year.
The Committee, which met in Islamabad on Wednesday with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair, also accorded approval for release of one month salary for employees of Pakistan Steel Mills before Eid.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will represent Pakistan at the two-day meeting of the "Heads of State Council" of Shanghai Cooperation Organization at Astana, 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 full membership at Astana.
On the sidelines of the 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 Senate has been informed that the government is taking sincere efforts for early recovery of Col (retired) Habib, who was disappeared in Nepal on April 6.
Replying to an adjournment motion, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch said the government is seriously handling this issue and trying to recover him as early as possible.
He said the government has taken up the matter with the Indian and Nepalese governments to trace the retired Colonel.
Abdul Qadir Baloch said we are sure that the Indian intelligence agency RAW is behind the kidnapping of Colonel Habib.
Earlier speaking on the issue, Leader of the Opposition Aitzaz Ahsan regretted the silence of the government on the matter.
Other members said RAW is behind the abduction of the retired colonel. They said the government should take serious steps for the recovery of Colonel (retired) Habib.
The House continued discussion on Wednesday 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.
Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said PML-N believes in supremacy of judiciary and has all respect for the judges.
Speaking in the National Assembly on Wednesday, he said PML-N leadership and its members have always presented themselves for accountability and will continue to do so in future.
Members belonging to the opposition parties staged 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 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 Pakistan Peoples Party should focus on Sindh province rather than levelling baseless allegations against the federal government.
Later, the House held 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 the 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.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa budget for new fiscal year amounting to six hundred and three billion rupees was presented in the provincial assembly in Peshawar on Wednesday.
Presenting the budget, Finance Minister Muzafar Said Advocate said the province will receive three hundred and twenty-six billion rupees from the federal divisible pool, which is eleven percent more than the amount received in the outgoing fiscal year.
The province will also get more than thirty-nine billion rupees from the federal government for the war on terror. This is also eleven percent more that the amount received in the financial year 2016-17.
It will get over twenty-four billion rupees as royalty of oil and gas reflecting forty three percent increase as compared to the amount received in the outgoing fiscal year.
Muzafar Said Advocate said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will get twenty point seven-eight billion rupees as net profit of electricity and fifteen billion rupees as arrears of the net profit.
The province’s own receipts have been estimated at forty five point two billion rupees.
The Finance Minister said two hundred and eight billion rupees have been allocated for annual development programme, showing an increase of twenty nine percent as compared to the ADP of outgoing fiscal year.
One hundred and twenty-seven billion rupees have been earmarked for the promotion of education. Over four hundred new primary schools will be opened across the province besides recruiting fourteen thousand teachers.
Forty-nine billion rupees have been proposed for enhancing health facilities.
Muzafar Said Advocate said about forty billion rupees have been proposed for police, which will help in the improvement of law and order situation.
Muzafar Said Advocate said a number of hydro-power stations will be completed in different districts, which will generate 1533 megawatt electricity.
The Finance Minister said work on Rapid Bus Transit Project Peshawar will be launched in August this year. It will be completed at a cost of fifty three billion rupees in eight months.
He said four economic zones one each in Nowshera, Dera Ismail Khan, Karak and Mansehra will be established under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. He said the federal government has approved lying of a railway line between Kohat and DIK and construction of Chakdara-Gilgit road via Chitral under CPEC.
Muzafar Said Advocate said twenty-eight billion rupees will be provided to district governments in the new financial year for initiating development schemes.
He announced ten percent increase in pay and pension of the government servants after merger of adhoc relief of 2010 in the basic pay.
Election Commission of Pakistan has decided to procure all relevant material and equipment used in elections well in time.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the commission chaired by Secretary Babar Yaqoob in Islamabad on Wednesday.
It decided to purchase transparent ballot boxes, folding screen compartment, plastic stamps, canvas bags and markers instead of ink and UHU gum, and CCTV cameras.
The Election Commission also decided to seek services of Lead Trainers among officers of Commission, and also considered a proposal of retired officers of commission for this purpose.
The meeting decided to start training process from next month.
Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Panama Papers case Joint Investigation Team to clarify its position on leakage of Hussain Nawaz's photo of his appearance before it.
A three-member special implementation bench of the apex court headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan heard Panama implementation case on Wednesday.
During the course of proceedings, Hussain Nawaz's counsel Khawaja Haris Ahmad pleaded the court to constitute an independent commission headed by a retired or sitting judge of the apex court to inquire into the circumstances leading to the leaking of his client's photograph on social media.
He also pleaded the court to direct JIT members to immediately stop the video recording of its proceedings relating to recording of statement and interrogation of witnesses.
The court asked the JIT to file its response to Hussain Nawaz's plea and adjourned hearing for Monday.
Head of the JIT Wajid Zia submitted its second report.
PML-N leaders say Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family have not raised objection to the proceedings of Joint Investigation Team, and allegations in this regard are totally baseless.
Addressing a news conference along with Senator Mushahidullah Khan in Islamabad on Wednesday evening, Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said we believe in supremacy of law and democracy.
Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said Hussain Nawaz despite living abroad appeared before the JIT for four times and all evidences have been submitted.
Senator Mushahidullah Khan said for the first time in the history of the country, a Prime Minister himself and his family presented themselves for accountability.
PML-N's Ethics and Disciplinary Committee probing the controversial speech of Senator Nehal Hashmi met in Islamabad on Wednesday with convener Raja Zafar-ul-Haq in the chair.
The committee summoned Senator Nehal Hashmi on Friday to record his statement.
An agreement was signed between Pakistan Railways and a US company in Islamabad on Wednesday to bring further improvement in the railways system.
Under the agreement, the US Company will provide twenty locomotives to Pakistan Railways.
Speaking on the occasion, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said new locomotives will enhance capacity of Pakistan Railways to meet growing need of the country.
He said this is the continuation of earlier agreement of fifty-five locomotives having four thousand horse power.
The Minister said Pakistan Railways has initiated a number of projects for up-gradation of carriage factories and coaches to meet the challenges.
The government has announced three public holidays for Eid-ul Fitr with effect from 26th of this month.
The Ministry of Interior has issued notification to this effect.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has directed for starting construction work on Karachi Circular Railway project in December this year.
He was talking to a delegation of China Railways Construction Corporation in Karachi on Wednesday.
China Railway Construction Corporation will construct the Karachi Circular Railway.
Inter Service Public Relations has rejected some social media threat messages, terming them as fake and fabricated.
ISPR in a statement clarified that it uses only official accounts for the communication of messages and information.
It has elucidated that no information is shared through WhatsApp.
The general public is also advised to avoid circulation of messages without cross checking it on official ISPR website and accounts.
China has stressed that friendly cooperation between Beijing and Islamabad does not target any third country and it is also totally in line with each others international agreements.
A spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry Hua Chunying said this while responding to a question regarding a report issued by the US Defence Department accusing China of building more military bases in friendly countries like Pakistan.
Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesperson said the US report is irresponsible and contrary to the facts and added that China and Pakistan are enjoying traditional friendship.
Pakistan has strongly condemned terrorist attacks on Iranian Parliament and mausoleum of Imam Khomeini in Tehran.
In a statement, Foreign Office spokesperson said Pakistan stands in solidarity with the people of Iran in their hour of grief.
He also expressed condolences to the people of Iran, the government, and the bereaved families and prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured.
The spokesman said terrorism is a global phenomenon requiring resolute and coordinated approach to deal with the menace.
At least twelve people were killed and thirty eight others injured in two separate terrorist attacks on parliament building and mausoleum of Ayatullah Khomeini in Tehran on Wednesday.
Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
In Occupied Kashmir, anti-India protests, marked by shutdown and clashes, were held on Wednesday against the killing of a student, Aadil Farooq Magray by Indian troops in Shopian.
According to Kashmir Media Service, Indian troops used brute force and fired teargas shells on the protesters, mainly students, in Pampore, Tral, Pulwama and Handwara areas whereas Shopian witnessed complete shutdown against the killing of the youth. Mobile Internet services that were restored four days ago were again suspended in the territory.
Meanwhile, thousands of people participated in the funeral of Aadil Farooq Magray in Ganowpora in Shopian. The joint resistance leadership in a statement called for shutdown and peaceful protests across the Kashmir Valley on Friday against the brutal killing of Aadil Farooq Magray.
Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, Dukhtaran-e-Millat and High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir strongly condemned the coercive raids conducted by Indian National Investigation Agency on the residences and offices of Hurriyet leaders and activists.
On the other hand, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three more Kashmiri youth in Kupwara district on Wednesday.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said he hopes Qatar will respond to demands of his country, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt for restoration of relations.
Speaking in Berlin, he said he is seeking a response to those demands soon.
The Saudi Foreign Minister said Qatar has not lived up to commitments it made earlier to end support for terror organizations and halt interference in affairs of the regional countries.
Qatar is engaged in talks with Iran and Turkey to secure food and water supplies amid concerns of possible shortage after the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia cut their trade and diplomatic ties with Doha.
An official said in Doha that there are enough grain supplies in Qatar to last four weeks and that the government also has large strategic food reserves.
Germany has decided to withdraw its troops from Turkey's Incirlik Airbase.
German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday after cabinet meeting that troops stationed in the southern Turkish base would be moved to a military facility in Jordan over the coming months.
Von der Leyen said the relocation would be carried out in stages to avoid interruption in Germany's support to the global coalition fighting Daesh.
The step to withdraw troops has been taken amid political tension between Berlin and Ankara.
In the United Kingdom, general elections will be held on Thursday.
Each of the 650 parliamentary constituencies will elect one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons, the lower house of Parliament.
In Myanmar, an army aircraft with one hundred five people on board went missing on Wednesday.
The plane was on a flight from a southern town to the city of Yangon.