Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Prime Minister says peace in Afghanistan is imperative for peace in the region.
The Senate and National Assembly have strongly condemned terrorist attacks on Iranian Parliament and mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini.
The Senate has been informed that a mechanism is being evolved to check objectionable content on social media.
Pakistan says India's belligerence is a threat to regional peace and security.
In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed on Thursday against the killing of a student by Indian forces in Shopian.
President Trump has offered mediation to resolve diplomatic row between Qatar and other Arab countries.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has arrived at Astana, Kazakhstan on a two-day visit.
He will participate in the two-day meeting of the Heads of State Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) beginning on Thursday.
Talking to newsmen on board the flight, the Prime Minister said peace in Afghanistan is imperative for peace in the region. He said peaceful Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan.
He said Pakistan will not allow the use of its soil against any other country for subversite activities.
The National Assembly on Thursday passed a unanimous resolution strongly condemning the terrorist attacks on Iranian Parliament and mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini.
The resolution moved by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid expressed solidarity with the people and Parliament of brotherly neighbour Iran.
The resolution reiterated the resolve to jointly combat the menace of terrorism with the neighbours in the region.
The National Assembly also adopted another unanimous resolution expressing deep concerns over the recent developments in relations between Muslim states in the Gulf region including Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The resolution moved by Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao called upon all the countries to show restraints and resolve all differences through dialogue.
The resolution also called upon the government to take concrete steps towards forging unity among the Muslims Ummah.
The Senate also passed a unanimous resolution strongly condemning the recent act of terrorism in Iran.
The resolution moved by Karim Ahmad Khawaja described the act as the crime against humanity.
The Senate was informed on Thursday that the Ministry of Interior has taken notice of the activities of banned outfits on the social media.
Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Karim Ahmad Khawaja and others, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab told the House FIA has been tasked to carry out investigation into the matter.
He regretted that certain elements are trying to sow seed of hatred through social media.
He said security agencies and NACTA are coordinating to develop a mechanism to check the activities of the proscribed outfits.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says revenue collection has increased by eighty percent during the last four years.
Winding up discussion on Budget 2017-18 in Senate on Thursday, he said that because of financial discipline we managed to allocate one trillion rupees for the development expenditures in which infrastructure and energy sectors have been given special emphasis.
He said electricity generation has improved significantly and the government has envisaged projects keeping in view the future requirements of the country.
Ishaq Dar said the government is making utmost efforts to finalize next NFC Award at the earliest. He said a meeting with the provincial Chief Ministers will soon be held on the matter.
Earlier, taking part in the debate, Talha Mahmood said private sector should be fully facilitated to bolster exports and generate employment opportunities.
Momin Khan Afridi said that FATA should be given five percent share in the NFC.
Saeedul Hassan Mandokhel emphasized the need for promotion of harmony and unity amongst the federating units.
The House on Thursday adopted recommendations presented by the Standing Committee on Finance on the Finance Bill 2017-18.
The recommendations, include twenty percent raise in salaries and pensions of government employees and increase in their house rent ceiling. The Senator also proposed that the limit of loan of fifty thousand rupees for farmers be increased upto two hundred and fifty thousand rupees and sales tax be reduced from seventeen to ten percent on all items.
They also recommended that the profit on National Savings Certificates, Special Savings Certificates, Bahbood and Pensioners Accounts should be raised by two percent to benefit old age pensioners and widows.
The House will now meet on Friday morning at 10:30.
Pakistan has warned India against making any strategic miscalculation.
Responding to questions at the weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said it appears India is seeking a conflict with Pakistan.
He said Pakistan has always exercised restraint but India's belligerance is a threat to regional peace and security.
He said India is deliberately escalating tension to divert international community's attention from gross human rights violation in Occupied Kashmir.
To a question the spokesman said Pakistan has suffered from Indian state-sponsored terrorism for over five decades. He said India is using Afghan soil against Pakistan and is also sabotaging Pak-Afghan relations.
The spokesperson called upon the UN Security Council, Members of UN and Human Rights organizations to call India to account for the grave human rights violations and crimes against humanity committed by its forces in occupied Kashmir.
Advisor to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui says new offices of Pakistan Academy of Letters will be established for promotion of literary activities across the country.
Talking to newsmen in Islamabad on Thursday, he said four offices will be established in Gilgit, Khyber Agency, district Dadu in Sindh and Muzaffarabad in Azad Kashmir.
Irfan Siddiqui said the regional offices will also help promote national harmony.
In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two more youth in a military operation in Nowgam area of Kupwara district, on Thursday.
An Indian Army official said that an Indian soldier was also killed during the operation.
Meanwhile a complete shutdown will be observed across the held Valley on Friday against the killing of a student by Indian troops in Shopian.
Call for the strike and demonstrations has been given by the joint resistance leadership to protest against the biased reporting of Indian news channels on Kashmir and the raids of National Investigation Agency on the residences of pro-freedom leaders, activists and businessmen.
Meanwhile a complete shutdown is being observed on the second consecutive day, on Thursday, in Shopian to mourn the killing of a student, Aadil Farooq Magray.
All shops and business centers are closed in the town and its adjacent areas.
US President Donald Trump has offered mediation to resolve diplomatic crisis between Qatar and other Arab countries.
He offered mediation in his telephonic onversation with Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Meanwhile Qatar's U.S. ambassador, Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani, told media that his country needs Washington's help to persuade Saudi Arabia and others to reconsider their decisions.
In the ICC Champions Trophy, India will play against Sri Lanka at Oval on Thursday afternoon.
World Oceans Day is being observed on Thursday to mobilize and unite the world community for the sustainable management and conservation of the world's oceans.
This year theme of the Day is “Our oceans, our future”.
Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its National Hook-up on Thursday at 1605 hours a Special Documentary Programme in connection with "World Oceans Day".