Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Pakistan says terrorism can only be defeated with unity and cooperation of the international community.
The Government is pursuing a strategy of revenue mobilization and expenditure rationalization to bring down the fiscal deficit.
Prime Minister's focal person for Chitral says no effort will be spared for early rehabilitation of flood affected people.
Pakistan International Airlines has deputed a dedicated aircraft to bring back Prime Minister's Camp Office partly shifted to London.
The Federal Government will provide seventy eight billion rupees for various ongoing and new development projects in Azad Kashmir.
The United States and South Korea will deploy an advanced missile defense system to counter North Korea's missile threat.
Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that terrorism could only be defeated with unity and cooperation of the international community.
Talking to the media persons in Islamabad on Friday, he said the forthcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw is taking place under the long shadows of terrorism, turmoil and continuing conflicts.
The adviser said operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan and concerted operations in other parts of the country against terrorists have been very successful and as a result, dividends have started reaching the people of Pakistan.
He said Pakistan appreciates acknowledgement of our contributions by the international community.
The Government is pursuing a strategy of revenue mobilization and expenditure rationalization to bring down the fiscal deficit to below four per cent to GDP during the current financial year.
Under the strategy, the Government will further streamline the tax concessions and exemptions introduced under Statutory Regulatory Orders, reform the tax administration, focus tax compliance and establish the Tax Policy Research and Analysis Unit to raise tax to GDP ratio.
The government will continue strengthening frameworks for the public debt and financial management by reducing energy subsidies and restructuring or privatizing the loss making Public Sector Enterprises.
The Government is also committed to keep public debt to GDP ratio on a downward trajectory during the current fiscal year through effective fiscal and prudent debt management.
Prime Minister's focal person for relief activities in flood hit areas of Chitral Amir Muqam has said no effort will be spared for early rehabilitation of people affected by the recent rains in Chitral.
Talking to the people in Chitral on Friday, he assured that all available resources will be provided for the relief and rehabilitation of the affected population.
Amir Muqam said Prime Minister instructed him about relief activities in Chitral on phone from London.
The focal person said federal government is taking practical steps for the development of Chitral and provision of electricity to the area will be ensured.
Later, the deputy commissioner Chitral gave him a detailed briefing about the destruction caused by floods and the ongoing relief activities.
He informed that a summary of fifty million rupees has been sent for construction of nine bridges and twenty two roads while ten million rupees have been released by PDMA.
Speaking on the occasion, Amir Muqam said we want early completion of Lowari Tunnel to facilitate the people of the area.
Chairman National Disaster Management Authority Asghar Nawaz visited flood affected Ursoon village in Chitral on Friday.
He met the flood affected people and distributed food items.
On this occasion, he said all possible assistance will be provided to PDMA KP for helping the rains and flood affected people of Chitral.
Pakistan Red Crescent Society has distributed relief goods among the rain and flood affected people of Chitral.
The goods include plastic buckets, water filters and other necessary items.
The affected people have already been given food items and compensation amount.
The injured are being provided free medical treatment in District Headquarters Hospital Chitral.
Federal Minister for Defence Production, Rana Tanveer Hussain has urged the opposition to wait till general elections in 2018.
Addressing a ceremony at Muridke on Friday, he said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is creating hurdles in the way of progress and prosperity of country.
The Minister urged the PTI Chairman Imran Khan to pay full attention over serving people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Pakistan International Airlines has deputed a dedicated aircraft to bring back the Prime Minister's Camp Office partly shifted to London due to his health issues.
The PIA Spokesperson clarified that due to the Prime Minister's health issues, the PM Office had partly been shifted to London, where a Camp Office had been set up.
He said since Prime Minister has now recovered after his surgery and allowed to travel, the whole Camp Office has to be shifted back to Pakistan.
He said as many seats were not available on PIA's regular flights due to which the only option was to depute a dedicated aircraft.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that PML (N) Government has worked tirelessly during the last three years for completion of new energy projects.
Talking to PML-N delegation in Lahore, he said that several power generation plants are being completed by end of next year which will add thousands of megawatts of electricity to the national grid.
He said day and night work is being done on new power plants by using traditional as well as the alternative energy resources.
The business community of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has rejected imposition of Infrastructure Development cess by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.
Talking to Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent Johar Ali, President of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Zulfiqar Ali Khan said businessmen of the province are already paying infrastructure development cess on imported goods.
He said traders will launch protest against the decision of provincial government.
The Federal Government will provide seventy eight billion rupees for various ongoing and new development projects in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Official sources told our Muzaffarabad correspondent Altaf Andrabi that these projects include Neelum- Jhelum Hydro Power project which is being made operational next year with generating capacity of 969MW electricity.
Construction of Taobut- Muzaffarabad express way will not only boost tourism in Neelum Valley but also usher in an era of economic prosperity in the region.
Other projects include water supply scheme Chaksawri Mirpur, women university Bagh, Medical colleges of Mirpur and Muzaffarabad and Construction of a new building of AJK Legislative Assembly.
The Social Welfare Department Sindh is initiating a number of schemes for under privileged segments of society and for this purpose 290 million rupees will be spent during the current financial year.
According to official sources, schemes include establishment of Darul Atfaal in Karachi and up-gradation of existing rehabilitation centers for handicapped persons all over the province.
The department is also carrying out schemes to establish center for senior citizens in Karachi and establishment of Darul Aman at Mirpur Khas and Jacobabad.
Inspector General Frontier Corps Balochistan, Major General Sher Afgun visited Awaran, Wadh, and Basima.
During his visit he met Jawans, of Frontier Corps Balochistan, and tribal elders and said the elements which are working on foreign agenda would not succeed in their nefarious designs.
Four people were killed and fourteen others injured when a tourist van fell into deep ravine at Thandiani road in district Abbottabad.
The injured were shifted to Ayub Medical Complex for medical treatment.
In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference leader Mir Shahid Saleem has said that India is planning to bring about a change in demography of Jammu and Kashmir by creating Israel type settlements in the territory.
Addressing a public gathering in Rajouri he strongly condemned the PDP-BJP puppet regime in the territory for following dictates of RSS.
The United States and South Korea have agreed to deploy an advanced missile defense system to counter North Korea's missile threat.
In a statement in Seoul, South Korea's Defence Ministry and the U.S. Defence Department said the missile system will be used only to counter the threat from North Korea and would not be directed towards any other country.
Meanwhile China has opposed the deployment of the missile system and warned that it will seriously damage regional security in northeast Asia.
In the United States, five police officers have been shot dead and seven injured in Dallas city by sniper fire during protests against shooting of two black men by police in Minnesota and Louisiana.
A senior police officer said the shooting was carried out by two snipers who planned to injure and kill as many police officers as they could.
In Taiwan, thousands of people were evacuated on Friday after Super Typhoon Nepartak lashed the country with powerful winds and torrential rains.