DATE: 07-05-2017


Finance Minister says the government is focusing on sustainable higher growth after achieving macroeconomic stability.


Inspector General Frontier Corps says Pakistani forces killed fifty Afghan troops and destroyed their five posts while retaliating to cross-border Chaman attack.


Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer has demanded Afghanistan to apologize over the attack on Pakistani soil.


Speaker National Assembly has said the government will complete its tenure and general elections will be held on schedule.


Sahiwal Coal Power Plant will start generating one thousand three hundred and twenty megawatt electricity soon.


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister says his government plans to present anti-dowry bill in the assembly next month.


In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed on Sunday in Kulgam and adjoining areas against civilian killings.


In Nigeria, Boko Haram militant group has released eighty-two girls kidnapped in 2014.





Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar says Gross Domestic Product growth rate is expected to be above five per cent during current fiscal year with inflation slashed to single digit around four per cent - the lowest in forty-seven years.


In his address at the second business session of "Annual Meeting" of Board of Governors of Asian Development Bank in Yokohama Japan, he said that an effective resource mobilization strategy also helped in increasing tax collections by sixty per cent over the last three fiscal years.


The Minister said after achieving macroeconomic stability, focus of the government is now on realizing sustainable, inclusive and higher growth.


Ishaq Dar said Pakistan's economy is on the rise and we are open for business offering attractive investment opportunities.


Meanwhile, talking to Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Japan, Taro Aso, Ishaq Dar urged the Japanese corporations to seize economic opportunities in Pakistan.           


The Japanese Deputy Prime Minister appreciated the economic performance of Pakistan and said that country is well poised to become an attract destination for Japanese and international investors especially in the textile sector.                         



Inspector General Frontier Corps Major General Nadeem Ahmed has said territorial integrity of the country will be ensured at all costs.


Addressing a news briefing in Chaman on Sunday, he said Pakistan will never allow any country to cross its territorial boundaries.


IGFC said that Afghan border forces tried to interfere in the census drive in the border areas on Thursday and opened fire on FC personnel deputed on the census duty.


He said that the Pakistani forces retaliated and targeted those Afghan posts from where fire was opened.


Major General Nadeem Ahmed said about five Afghan posts were destroyed and more than fifty Afghan security personnel killed.


He, however, said that no one is happy over the loss of lives of Afghan forces as they are our Muslim brethren.


IGFC said that Afghan forces used the Pakistani citizens as human shield and targeted the innocent children.


He said that Afghan authorities were informed about the census process, however, its forces created hurdles in the process and targeted the civilian population.    



Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Siraj-ul-Haq has demanded Afghanistan to apologize over the attack on Pakistani soil.


Addressing JI Youth Wing in Lahore on Sunday, he said the attack was an Indian conspiracy.                          



Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that the government will complete its tenure and next general elections will be held according to schedule.


Talking to news persons in Lahore on Sunday, he said that National Assembly will complete its tenure next year.


To a question, he said peace in the region is linked to peace in Afghanistan.


The Speaker said the issue of fencing Pak-Afghan border was raised with the Afghan leadership but no positive response was received from the other side.                  



Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain has said that the time has come for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan to face accountability.


Addressing on the occasion of construction of a link-canal in Sharqpur on Sunday, he said PML-N government will complete its tenure and general elections will be held next year.


The Minister also announced construction of an interchange at Sharqpur on Lahore-Karachi Motorway.                    



Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that the government believes in freedom of expression in the country.


Addressing a meeting of Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors in Karachi on Sunday, she said notification in respect of inquiry into the Dawn-leaks will be issued in a couple of days.


She said that the detailed notification will identify all the characters and their role in the Dawn-leaks.


Marriyum Aurangzeb said the government always welcomes constructive and positive criticism. She advised the media houses to avoid destructive criticism and keep national security supreme while reporting.


Responding to a question, the Minister of State said that the Prime Minister has set a precedence by presenting himself for accountability.


She said that this case will strengthen democracy in the country and will bring positive changes.


The Minister of State said that Prime Minister had suggested in his first address to the nation after Panama Leaks and also wrote a letter to court that a JIT be formed to investigate the issue.                       



Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that fifty-five new locomotives are being inducted this year to revamp freight sector of the department.


Speaking at a meeting in Lahore on Sunday, he said the new locomotives being purchased from the United States will be used for oil and coal transportation.



Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir has said the government is working on a comprehensive plan to enhance exports and a number of steps have already been taken in this regard.


Talking to a private news channel, he said the government has announced many incentives for exporters to facilitate them and give boost to this sector.


The Minister said overall law and order situation in the country has improved and energy shortage has been significantly overcome, which is attracting foreign investors.                             



Prime Minister's Special Assistant on political affairs Dr Asif Kirmani says "Digital Pakistan Program" will integrate the entire country.


Addressing students at a ceremony in Islamabad on Sunday, he said the government is adhering to its agenda of Information Technology based education system in the country and a considerable achievement has been made in this regard.               



The Quaid-i-Azam Mazar Management Board has approved a modern fire-fighting system worth thirty million rupees for the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.


The Board members in a meeting chaired by Adviser to the Prime Minister on National History Irfan Siddiqui appreciated that the system is capable to automatically respond to any fire outbreak on the premises.                     



Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Sahiwal Coal Power Plant being completed at a cost of one hundred ninety two billion rupees will generate thirteen hundred twenty mega watts electricity soon.


Talking to news persons during the visit to the plant in Sahiwal on Sunday, he said it is the first energy project being completed under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


Shahbaz Sharif said international environmental standards are also being ensured in the project.                  



Earlier, chairing a high level meeting in Lahore on Sunday, Chief Minister reaffirmed PML-N government's resolve to completely eradicate spurious medicines from the country.


He said that a modern and foolproof system is being introduced for the procurement, supply and distribution of medicines in Punjab.


The Chief Minister said that two hundred and seventy-six samples of medicines are being sent to the laboratories in South Africa, Switzerland, Singapore, Thailand and Turkey for their analysis.


He announced a cash award of one million rupees to anyone giving correct and timely information about the units producing spurious medicine.


Shahbaz Sharif also directed for evolving an effective plan for the proper disposal of the hospital waste.                      



Punjab Information Technology Board will assist Dubai Police in digitizing police stations and system.


A formal request in this regard was made by Chief of the Dubai Police Abdullah Khalifa at a meeting with Chairman PITB Dr. Umar Saif in Dubai on Sunday.


Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Umar Saif said that PITB has digitized all the seven hundred and twelve Police stations in the thirty-six districts of the Punjab.


He said that PITB is also assisting Nigerian Hajj authorities to computerize their Hajj operation.                    



Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair has urged the students to work hard to achieve their goals.


Speaking at a ceremony of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University in Larkana on Sunday, he said federal and provincial governments will provide every required modern technology so that students could get standard education.


Earlier, the Governor distributed one hundred fifty-three laptops among the students under Prime Minister's Scheme.                      



Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says the federal government will provide solar panels to the people in tribal areas.


This he stated while talking to a representative delegation of Khyber Agency in Peshawar on Sunday.


Iqbal Zafar Jhagra assured the delegation that their problems will be resolved.                        



Chief Minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak says a bill to ban dowry will be presented in the provincial assembly next month to rid the society of this curse.


Speaking at a function in Nowshera on Sunday, he said all necessary steps are being taken to resolve the problems being faced by the people.


Pervez Khattak said investors are now coming to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa due to lucrative incentives and business friendly policies.



In South Waziristan agency, the fourth phase of survey of damaged houses will begin on Monday.


According to official sources, the survey will be conducted in sixty-five villages of Ladha, Makeen, Sarwakai and Sra Rogha Tehsils of the agency.


After completion of the survey, the owners of completely damaged houses will receive four hundred thousand rupees while the owner of partially damaged house will be given one hundred and sixty thousand rupees each.


These houses were damaged during the operation against terrorists in the area.                      



Work on the construction of Raghagan Dam in Bajaur Agency is in final stage.



Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhary Barjees Tahir has said that unprovoked firing by the Indian forces on Line of Control is aimed to divert world attention from the human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.


In a statement, he said firing incidents on western borders are the result of India-Afghan nexus.


The Minister said entire nation is united on Kashmir and government will continue to provide political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiri people.


He said Pakistan has emerged as a strong economy in the world due to prudent policies of the government.


Chaudhary Barjees Tahir said political opponents are worried about their future because Prime Minister has initiated record development projects in the country to facilitate the people.                    



AJK President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan has said government and people of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir will continue to extend diplomatic, moral and political support to their brethren in occupied Kashmir.


Addressing a public gathering in Rawalakot on Sunday, he said Kashmiris are struggling for their fundamental right to self-determination.


Sardar Masood said India cannot suppress indigenous liberation struggle of Kashmiris through state terrorism.


He urged the students to highlight Kashmir issue through social Media.



AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has asked PML (N) workers to step up preparations for the forthcoming local government elections and maintain close liaison with people.


Addressing party workers in Hatiyan Bala on Sunday, he said huge funds will be allocated to the local government institutions to provide people with basic amenities, which will be spent in consultation with the local people.


Raja Farooq Haider announced establishing of two primary schools and a dispensary for the area besides metaling link roads and construction of bridges.                               



In Occupied Kashmir, thousands of people on Sunday participated in the funeral prayers of the youth, Fayaz Ahmad who was martyred along with three civilians by Indian troops on Srinagar-Jammu highway in Islamabad district, on Saturday.


According to Kashmir Media Service, the funeral prayers of the martyred youth were offered amidst forceful anti-India and pro-freedom slogans in Qaimoh area of Kulgam district. 


Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Kulgam and adjoining areas against the killing of Fayaz Ahmad and three civilians.


The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, on Sunday, said that India's unrealistic policies had turned Jammu and Kashmir into a killing ground. He also denounced the use of brute force on students in Handwara. Over 50 male and female students were seriously injured in forces' actions.


On the other hand, puppet administration has banned Pakistani television channels in occupied Kashmir. The administration has asked District Magistrates to ensure the ban.                               



Iran and Afghanistan underlined the need for a joint fight against terrorism and extremism.  

Addressing a joint press conference in Kabul on Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javed Zarif and his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani said fight against terrorism could succeed only when terrorism is clearly defined and joint efforts are done in fight against militant groups.                         



Pope Francis has criticized naming of the US military's largest non-nuclear bomb as "the mother of all bombs".


Addressing the students in Vatican, he said he was ashamed when he heard the name. He said a mother gives life but this bomb gives death, therefore it is inappropriate to call it a mother.                        



In Nigeria, Boko Haram has released eighty-two girls who were kidnapped by the terrorist group in 2014 in the north Nigerian town of Chibok.


The girls arrived at Abuja airport on Sunday after the government secured their release in exchange for Boko Haram prisoners.                    



In Iraq, the government forces are facing stiff resistance from Islamic State on Sunday in their fight to take control of Mosul. 


The militants are fighting back with a barrage of suicide car bombs and snipers by getting benefit of the civilian population.


Having gained a foothold in the northern Musherfa district last week, Iraqi forces are trying to capture remaining districts held by Islamic State in Mosul, including the historical old city.


Meanwhile, the Islamic State launched an attack on a military base in Kirkuk in northern Iraq on Sunday killing two soldiers.                         



In Syria, the government forces have seized control of the village al-Zalakiyat north of Hama on Sunday. 


According to a war monitor, Syrian government forces are continuing to advance in rebel held areas.                         



A Spanish aid organization has rescued over 500 migrants who were trying to cross the Mediterranean in several small boats that were in danger of capsizing.


According to Proactiva Open Arms, the people rescued were refugees fleeing the war in Syria and migrants from sub-Saharan Africa who had set sail from Libya.

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