Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
JUNE 08, 2017
Prime Minister says stability in Afghanistan is imperative for peace in the region.
Finance Minister says the government plans to finalize new NFC Award at the earliest.
Four hundred and forty members of Nigerian Special Forces Battalion completed counter-terrorism training at SSG training center in Tarbela today.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three more youth in Kupwara district today.
India have set a victory target of 322 runs for Sri Lanka In the ICC Champions Trophy at Oval.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reiterated Pakistan's strong commitment to cooperate with Kazakhstan in energy sector, regional connectivity and human resource development.
He expressed these views during his meeting with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev at Astana today.
The Prime Minister also underscored the need for enhancing trade between the two countries, which was much less than the potential.
The Prime Minister is in Astana to represent Pakistan at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit.
The summit is poised to grant full SCO membership to Pakistan.
Talking to Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev at Astana today, Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan is keen to further expand ties with Uzbekistan in all fields, including economic, energy cooperation, connectivity and human resource development.
The Prime Minister expressed the desire to take bilateral relations to new heights based on mutually beneficial cooperation.
Earlier, talking to newsmen on board the flight on the way to Kazakhstan, the Prime Minister said stability in Afghanistan is imperative for peace in the region.
Nawaz Sharif 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 subversive activities.
Pakistan says it has always exercised restraint but India's belligerence is a threat to regional peace and security.
Responding to questions at the weekly news briefing in Islamabad today, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria warned India against making any strategic miscalculation.
Nafees Zakaria said India is deliberately escalating tension to divert international community's attention from gross human rights violation in Occupied Kashmir.
To a question, he said Pakistan believes that political settlement based on Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process is the only solution to Afghan conflict.
Asked about tension between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the spokesperson said Pakistan believes in the unity of Muslim countries and it has made consistent and serious efforts for its promotion.
The National Assembly today 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 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 House will now meet tomorrow at 11.00 a.m.
The Senate today 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 a crime against humanity.
Winding up debate in the House on budget 2017-18, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said revenue collection has increased by eighty percent during the last four years.
He said that because of financial discipline we have managed to allocate one trillion rupees for the development expenditures in which infrastructure and energy sectors have been given special emphasis.
Ishaq Dar said the government is making utmost efforts to finalize next NFC Award at the earliest.
The House 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 House will now meet tomorrow morning at 10:30.
Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq says terrorism has no religion and not a single country can claim immunity from this menace.
He was talking to envoys of Australia, Somalia and Romani, who called on him separately in Islamabad today.
The speaker said that unified and collective action is the only solution to root out terrorism.
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that under the dynamic leadership of Nawaz Sharif Pakistan is rising and making improving in every sector.
In an interview, he said several energy projects have been launched to meet the demand of the country.
The Minister said international organizations and many countries have acknowledged the progress and rising growth in Pakistan.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says cultural exchanges are helpful in maintaining cordial relations among the countries.
She was chairing a meeting in Islamabad today, to discuss plan for running a cultural caravan from Urumchi, China to Gawadar.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said this cultural caravan would also promote the historical Silk Road.
Pakistan has signed the Multilateral Convention to Implement tax treaty related measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting.
The signing ceremony to this effect took place at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Secretariat in Paris today.
The Multilateral Convention offers concrete solutions for governments to close the gaps in the existing international rules which allow corporate profits to be shifted to low or no tax environments.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited SSG training area at Terbela today to witness completion of eight weeks long Counter-Terrorism Training of Nigerian Special Forces Battalion by Pak Army SSG team.
The COAS appreciated standard of training imparted and the results attained by the trainee contingent. He said that terrorism is a menace that requires a collective response.
He said that Pakistan Army has vast experience of counter terrorism operations as well as modern training facilities.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has banned unnecessary road blockages for VIP movement in the federal capital.
In a statement, he said that modern security techniques should be used to ensure protection of VIPs instead of deploying police force on roads.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says his government is taking revolutionary steps for welfare of farmers.
He was addressing the signing ceremony of an agreement between Punjab Land Records Management and Bank of Punjab in Lahore today.
Under the agreement, counters of Land Records Management will be set up in four hundred and fifty branches of BoP.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three more Kashmiri youth in Kupwara district today.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the troops martyred the youths in vengeance of the killing of an army man in Nowgam area of the district.
Complete shutdown, marked by anti-India demonstrations, will be observed across the held valley tomorrow against the killing of Aadil Farooq Magray in Shopian.
The United Nations says that Islamic State militant group has killed more than two hundred thirty people attempting to flee from western Mosul city of Iraq during the past twelve days.
In a statement issued in Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said there are reports of significant escalation in deaths in the battle for the Iraqi city.
Hot and 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 isolated places in Hazara, Malakand, Kohat, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore divisions, FATA and Kashmir during evening and night.
In the ICC Champions Trophy against India at Oval, Sri Lanka were 172 for 2 in 28.2 overs a short while ago.
Batting first India scored 321 runs against Sri Lanka for the loss of 6 wickets in fifty allotted overs.
Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field.