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Headlines

JUNE 07, 2017

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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 tomorrow 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 today.

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.

Pakistan has strongly condemned terrorist attacks in Iran in which twelve people were killed today.

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NSC
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 today 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.

ECC
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 today 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.

VISIT
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will represent Pakistan at the two-day meeting of the "Heads of State Council" of Shanghai Cooperation Organization beginning at Astana, Kazakhstan, tomorrow.

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.

 

KP-BUDGET
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa budget for new fiscal year amounting to six hundred and three billion rupees was presented in the provincial assembly in Peshawar today.

Presenting the budget, Finance Minister Muzaffar 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.

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.

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.

He announced ten percent increase in pay and pension of the government servants after merger of adhoc relief of 2010 in the basic pay.

ISPR
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.

RAILWAYS
An agreement was signed between Pakistan Railways and a US company in Islamabad today 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.

 

HOLIDAYS
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.

 

FO
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 condolencess 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.

PAK-CHINA
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.

 

SC
Supreme Court today 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 today.

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.

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.

 

KASHMIR
In occupied Kashmir, anti-India protests, marked by shutdown and clashes, were held today 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.

 

TEHRAN-ATTACK
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 today.

Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

 

ASIF
Private Power and Infrastructure Board has approved time line for the completion of four Thar coal-fired power projects of 1650 megawatt cumulative capacity.

The meeting of PPIB held in Islamabad today with Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif in the chair reviewed progress on different power projects.

Khawaja Muhammad Asif while speaking on the occasion said Bin Qasim power plants will generate 1320 megawatt power and first unit will begin its production in November this year.

He said early completion of power projects is highly imperative to achieve zero load shedding.

 

CRASH
In Myanmar, debris of a Myanmar military plane which went missing with more than one hundred twenty passengers including fourteen member crew aboard were found in the Andaman Sea.

Pieces of the damaged plane in the sea 136 miles away from Dawei city.

The plane was on a flight from a southern town to the city of Yangon.

 

MATCH
In the ICC Champions Trophy against Pakistan at Birmingham, South Africa gives 219 runs target.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.

 

WEATHER

Hot & dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during day time in next twenty-four hours.

However, rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Multan, Sahiwal, Dera Ghazi Khan, Dera Ismail Khan, Bahawalpur, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad divisions & Kashmir, while at isolated places in Quetta, Zhob, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, Rawalpindi divisions, FATA, Islamabad & Gilgit-Baltistan.

 


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