Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Pakistan has sought support of international community to get membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group.
The National Assembly was informed on Wednesday that 2665 megawatts of electricity has been added to national grid during the last three years.
The Senate has been informed that recommendations for reforms in FATA are in final stage.
President has accorded assent to 22nd Constitutional Amendment Bill envisaging criteria for appointment of Election Commissioners.
Central Development Working Party has approved fourteen development projects worth over eleven hundred billion rupees.
The Hurriyat leadership has warned that Indian anti-Kashmiri policies are wrought with alarming consequences.
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States will represent the country at funeral of boxing legend Mohammad Ali.
In Turkey, three persons were killed in a car bomb blast in Midyat town on Wednesday.
Pakistan has sought support of the international community for getting membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group.
For the purpose, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz telephoned the foreign ministers of Russia, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea on Wednesday.
In the conversations, the Adviser highlighted Pakistan's credentials for the NSG membership.
His interlocutors supported Pakistan's stance of a non-discriminatory approach on expansion of NSG.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has urged Nuclear Suppliers Group countries to adopt objective and non-discriminatory criteria for awarding membership to the non-NPT states.
The call came from Additional Foreign Secretary Tasnim Aslam during a briefing session for the NSG countries’ diplomatic missions in Islamabad on Wednesday.
It was attended by a large number of ambassadors and other senior level representatives.
The Additional Secretary highlighted the factors, which placed Pakistan’s application for NSG membership on solid grounds. These include Pakistan’s technical experience, capability and well-established commitment to non-proliferation and nuclear safety and security.
She cautioned against any country-specific exemptions for membership of the group, which will negatively impact strategic stability in South Asia.
The National Assembly was informed on Wednesday that 2665 megawatts of electricity has been added to the national grid during the last three years.
Taking part in the debate on the budget, Minister for Water and Power said 600 MW of electricity has also been rehabilitated from the existing units during this period.
The Minister said demand and supply gap of electricity has decreased almost half to the level of the previous government.
Khawaja Asif said thirty-six billion dollars are being invested on energy plants under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and several energy projects are being implemented.
He said these projects, on completion, will generate eleven thousand MW additional electricity, taking the total generation capacity to thirty one thousand MW by 2018.
He said Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower project will be completed by August next year, 1320-MW Port Qasim project by June 2018, and Tarbela-IV will be completed by June next year.
Commenting on the budget, Nawab Yusuf Talpur appreciated concessions being provided on fertilizers.
Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal criticized the opposition members for making political statements instead of giving concrete proposals for improving the economy.
Shah Jee Gul Afridi stressed the need for making Gwadar Port fully operational at the earliest.
Shafqat Mahmood alleged that fudged figures have been provided in the budget, especially of GDP growth, and direct and indirect taxes.
Tahira Aurangzeb said international financial institutions have acknowledged that economy in Pakistan is improving.
In her speech, Shahida Rehmani said no steps have been proposed for benefit of the youth and women. She called for early completion of Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline.
Hamid-ul-Haq complained that the federal government is not releasing development funds for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Sajid Nawaz proposed that contradictions in salary structure of employees of different institutions should be removed.
Malik Aamir Dogar stated that new taxes worth 150 billion rupees have been imposed in the budget. He called for tax reforms.
Sher Akbar underlined the need for reducing foreign debts.
Ayesha Syed was of the view that more funds should be allocated for water resources.
Ghulam Muhammad Lali said basic health facilities in rural areas need to be improved.
The House will now meet on Thursday at 11:00 am.
The Senate has been informed that recommendations for reforms in FATA are in final stage.
Responding to a calling attention notice on Wednesday, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch said the recommendations being prepared by the committee headed by Advisor on Foreign Affairs will soon be presented to the Prime Minister as well as the Parliament for approval.
He said a grand Jirga may also be convened in order to get final approval of the reforms package from the tribal elders.
Responding to another calling attention notice, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali said uninterrupted electricity supply is being ensured in 94 percent area of the country during Sehr and Iftar.
He said that no forced load-shedding is being carried out except in the areas where percentage of losses is over sixty percent.
Later, the house held discussion on the Finance Bill 2016-17.
Taking part in the debate, Abdul Qayyum said agriculture research centres need to be strengthened and latest farming practices adopted to enhance agriculture yield.
Usman Saifullah Khan said the government should ensure equal development of all the areas in order to reduce poverty and create job opportunities.
Sardar Azam Khan Musakhel said the people of tribal areas have rendered immense sacrifices in the war on terror but only a meagre amount has been allocated for their development.
Rehman Malik pointed out that Balochistan is the most deprived province and steps should be taken to remove their sense of deprivation.
Hidayatullah appreciated the government's steps for enhancing revenue and GDP growth rate.
Hari Ram said maximum resources should be allocated for promotion of health and education sectors.
Nehal Hashmi was of the view that the opposition parties should sit with the government and evolve a charter of economy for unhindered development of the country.
Nuzhat Sadiq said economy is on positive trajectory due to prudent policies of the present government, which has also been acknowledged by several international financial institutions.
Kalsoom Parveen said inputs of elected representatives should be included in the budget to make it more people and welfare oriented.
The House will now meet on Thursday morning at 11:00.
The President has accorded his assent to Constitution's 22nd Amendment Bill, 2016.
The bill envisages qualifications and procedure for appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and members of the Election Commission of Pakistan.
The President also gave his assent to the National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and Delimitation of Constituencies (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has directed National Database and Registration Authority to strictly follow the timeline for launch of the CNIC re-verification drive across Pakistan.
Chairing a meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said no slackness will be tolerated to complete the drive within six months.
The Interior Minister asserted that a set-timeline also be given by NADRA for sending short-message-service to all the 105 million CNIC customers.
The Chairman NADRA also briefed the minister about the media campaign for awareness of the general masses in relation to re-verification drive of CNICs.
Meanwhile, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also approved the central database format prepared for the proclaimed offenders.
The Minister was informed that Federal Investigation Agency, Islamabad Police and Anti-Narcotics Force have so far provided record of 7678 Proclaimed Offenders for inclusion in the Central databank.
The Director General Immigration and Passport briefed the meeting about the online renewal of passports.
The minister directed DG immigration to ensure that online facility is made available to the expatriates and citizens living in Pakistan at the minimum possible additional cost.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says Companies Bill 2016 carries due significance for efficient and effective regulation of corporate sector.
He was chairing a meeting to review the progress of draft Companies Bill 2016 in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The Central Development Working Party has approved fourteen development projects worth over 1113 billion rupees.
The approval was given at a meeting of the party chaired by Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The approved projects were related to energy, water resource and environment, transport and communication, housing, information technology, and mass media.
They include rehabilitation of National Transmission and Despatch Company, Gwadar-Nawabshah LNG Terminal and Pipeline, procurement of 75 Diesel Electric Locomotives, Up-gradation of Pakistan Railway's existing Mainline-1, establishment of a dry port near Havelian and Improvement & Widening of N-45.
Speaking on the occasion, Ahsan Iqbal directed for cost rationalization of different projects as well as revising their financial models for utilization of public money in a transparent way.
Ministry of Water and Power is making all out efforts to provide maximum relief to the domestic consumers at Sehri, Iftar and Taraweeh.
A spokesperson of the ministry said demand for electricity has gone up due to unprecedented heat wave in the country.
He appealed to the consumers to adopt energy conservation measures.
He urged the consumers to minimize use of Air conditioners at the time of Sehri and Iftar so that maximum relief can be provided to the domestic consumers across the country.
The spokesman said there is no unannounced load-shedding in the country and power supply situation on Sehri, Iftari and Taraweeh was being monitored.
He said DISCOs have formed special teams to rectify faults at local level on emergency basis.
The spokesman said consumers can call at 051-9103888, 051-9206834 and 051-9204430 for registration of complaints or may register online complaints on www.mowp.gov.pk.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed K-Electric Administration to ensure availability of electricity supply without any interruption during Ramzan-ul-Mubarak.
Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong called on Maryam Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Wednesday.
He enquired after the health of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
The ambassador expressed his wishes for speedy recovery of the prime minister.
He also conveyed the good will messages of Chinese President and Prime minister for Nawaz Sharif.
Hungarian Ambassador to Pakistan Istvan Szabo called on Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhry in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Bilateral Relations were discussed in the meeting.
The Minister stressed for efforts to further bolster bilateral cooperation in industrial and trade sectors.
Speaking on the occasion, the Ambassador said improvement in law and order situation in Pakistan has opened up new vistas for investment in the country.
The senior most Controller of PBC News Rao Sadiq Ali has been promoted and appointed as Director News and Current Affairs in Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation.
A notification to this effect was issued on Wednesday after approval of the Prime Minister and accordingly he has assumed the charge of his duty.
Rao Sadiq Ali has vast experience of working as Controller Coordination and Controller Reporting besides Controller General News Room for long time. He has also worked as head of different News Units of Radio Pakistan across the country.
Meanwhile, senior most Controller Programme of Radio Pakistan Khursheed Ahmad Malik has also been promoted and appointed as Director Programme. He has also assumed charge of his duty.
By-election in PS-14 Jacobabad-II will be held on the twenty second of this month.
Japanese Ambassador Takashi Kurai called on Prime Minister’s Focal Person for Polio Eradication Senator Ayesha Raza in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion, Ayesha Raza said Pakistan values Japanese support for eradication of polio.
The Ambassador was briefed about the progress made in the polio-eradication program.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has expressed satisfaction over performance of polio teams to eradicate the disease from FATA.
Chairing a meeting to review government efforts to eradicate polio from FATA in Peshawar on Wednesday, he said no polio case has so far been reported from FATA this year which is commendable.
Iqbal Zafar Jhagra directed authorities concerned to improve performance of basic health units in FATA.
A meeting chaired by Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri was held in Quetta on Wednesday which reviewed law and order situation.
The chief minister expressed deep concern over the killing of Principal Law College Barrister Amanullah Khan Achakzai.
The Chief Minister directed to devise a comprehensive strategy for prevention of such kind of incidents.
Deputy Chief of Air Staff of Pakistan Air Force, Air Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan has vowed to further strengthen cooperation between the air forces of Pakistan and Turkey.
He said this after attending the Turkish Air Force’s multinational exercise in Turkey on Wednesday.
Besides Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Italy and the Netherlands are also participating in the exercises.
UN Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information Ms Cristina Gallach has said that UN’s partnership with Radio Pakistan will help identify and advance key issues of development in Pakistan.
Taking part in Perspective program of News and Current Affairs Channel live via telephone from New York she said radio being the mass medium can help educate and aware people.
Cristina Gallach said radio is a critical communication medium that helps in dissemination of information.
In Occupied Kashmir, top Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have given a joint call for protests against construction of separate colonies for Kashmiri Pandits.
In their joint statement in Srinagar on Wednesday, they termed the statements of the PDP-BJP coalition administration about colonies and industrialization as vague, ambiguous and confusing.
They said that these anti-Kashmiri policies were wrought with alarming consequences and the Hurriyet leadership would not remain silent over these issues.
They appealed to the people to make the joint protest programmes a success. The leaders urged Imams of all Masjid to inform people about the serious consequences of the Indian moves in their Friday sermons on 10th June. The Hurriyet leaders condemned curbs on the movement of resistance leadership.
The members of High Court Bar Association of the territory boycotted the courts’ proceedings to protest against increasing atrocities of Indian police in the Kashmir Valley.
Ghulam Muhammad Khan, father of National Front Chairman and senior Hurriyat (G) leader Nayeem Ahmad Khan passed away in Srinagar. He was 74.
Ghulam Muhammad Khan served for the Kashmir freedom struggle right from his young age. He remained behind the bars several times for the struggle for liberation of the motherland from Indian occupation.
AJK Prime Minister Ch. Abdul Majeed and APHC AJK Chapter leader and JKNF's Senior Vice Chairman Altaf Hussain Wani have expressed grief over the demise of Ghulam Muhammad Khan. They termed his death a great loss to the Kashmir freedom struggle.
Meanwhile Jammu Kashmir National Front has also expressed grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Ghulam Mohammad Khan.
In Turkey, at least three people were killed and dozens injured in a car bombing at a police station in Midyat town on Wednesday.
In Syria, at least 15 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a series of air strikes on rebel-held areas in the Aleppo city.
Activists and a monitoring group said that one of the strikes hit a makeshift hospital in the eastern Shaar district.
But government forces are seeking to regain control of the divided city.
Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad promised to retake every inch of the country from his opponents.