DATE: 09-06-2017                     


Addressing Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in Kazakhstan Prime Minister has called for creating shared space instead of talking about containment.


Senate has been informed that rapid mass transit system has been launched to check vehicular air pollution in different cities.


Punjab government has announced to issue Zameen Sehat Cards scheme among the farmers to improve the agricultural production.  


Pakistan has urged the United Nation to force India to immediately put an end bloodshed in Occupied Kashmir.


In United Kingdom, conservative party has lost overall largest in the general election.





Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged SCO member states to leave behind the legacy of peace and amity and not the toxic harvest of conflict and animosity. 


Addressing the Heads of State Council of the SCO at Astana in Kazakhstan on Friday, he said instead of talking about containment, we should create shared spaces for all.  


The Prime Minister welcomed the proposal of the Chinese President Xi Jinping on the need of a long term treaty of good neighborliness for the next five years.


Expressing gratitude to the member countries for supporting Pakistan's permanent membership to the organization, he said it is a historic day for Pakistan to become the full member of the organization.


Also congratulating India for joining the SCO family, the Prime Minister noted that the SCO gives us a powerful platform to build trust, peace and spur economic growth. He said it will also help us to combat terrorism, reduce arms race, fight poverty and epidemic, deal with climate change and ensure water security.


While fully endorsing the SCO resolve to eliminate terrorism and extremism, Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan has valiantly fought against the menace.                            



Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Astana on the sideline of the SCO summit and discussed the bilateral relations.


Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz was also present on the occasion.



Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid has informed the Senate said that a series of initiatives have been taken over the past one year to tackle the issue of Climate Change.


Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Sherry Rehman in Senate on Friday, he said Pakistan is ranked amongst the countries most vulnerable to climate change. He said the government is cognizant of the challenge.


He pointed out that Pakistan is signatory to the Paris Agreement under which it has made commitments to reduce emissions by 20 percent. 


He said we have set up a Climate Change Council which will be chaired by the Prime Minister himself. Similarly, a climate change authority will be set up to prepare climate change adaption and mitigation projects.


He said the federal government is fully supporting all the four provinces in the execution of Green Pakistan Programme.


The Minister said that rapid mass transit system has also been launched in different cities as part of efforts to check vehicular air pollution.



The Senate on Friday passed "The Illegal Dispossession (Amendment) Bill, 2017". 


The bill was moved by Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Balighur Rehman.


Two bills were also presented before the House on Friday.


These are "The Post Office (Amendment) Bill, 2017" and "The Compulsory Teaching of Holy Quran Bill, 2017". The bills were moved by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid


The chair referred the bills to the Standing Committees concerned.


The House has now been prorogued.



Taking floor at the outset of the proceedings of the National Assembly, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah raised the issue of maltreatment with Shaikh Rashid Ahmad outside the Parliament House on Thursday.    


He said it is the responsibility of the custodian of the House to safeguard the rights of the elected representatives. He said the issue should be thoroughly investigated and measures should be taken to stop such happenings in future. He also raised the issue of arrest of Jamshed Dasti.


Speaking on occasion, Minister of State for Interior Baligh-ur-Rehman said that the person involved in the incident has been arrested and FIR registered against him in Secretariat Police Station.


He said he was produced before the Court on Friday and further investigations are underway.


Talking about Joint Investigation Team probing the Panama Papers case, Baligh-ur-Rehman said that PML-N believes in supremacy of law and the Prime Minister has presented his family for the accountability.


The House will now meet on Monday afternoon at four.



Pakistan and Sweden have agreed to enhance cooperation at the United Nations and other multilateral international fora.


This was agreed during 15th round of Pakistan-Sweden Bilateral Political Consultations meeting in Stockholm, Swedish.  


The Pakistani delegation was led by Additional Secretary (Europe) Ambassador Zaheer Janjua while the Swedish side was led by Deputy Director General and Head of Department for Asia and Oceania Ambassador Cecilia Ruthstrom-Ruin.


The forum reviewed entire spectrum of bilateral relations and identified opportunities in spheres of trade, economy, investment, culture, education, Information Technology and telecommunications and parliamentary exchanges.


The two sides also discussed international issues of mutual interest and deliberated upon means and ways for peace and security environments in their regions.


The Pakistani side briefed the Swedish delegation on Pakistan's credentials for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, while emphasizing the need for a criteria-based, non-discriminatory approach towards new non-NPT member states.



National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua has stressed the need for political solution of Afghan conflict.


He was talking to High Commissioner of Australia Margret Adamson and High Commissioner of Canada Perry Calderwood in Islamabad on Friday.


Nasser Janjua reiterated that stability in Afghanistan is prerequisite for lasting peace in the region.


Matters pertaining to regional security situation with special reference to recent attack in Kabul also came under discussion.



Pakistan has called upon the United Nation to force India to immediately put an end bloodshed in Occupied Kashmir.


The call was made by Pakistan`s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Farrukh Amil at the 35th session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.


The ambassador said that India continues to interfere in the internal affairs of Pakistan through subversive activities in Baluchistan. Dossiers in this regard have been handed over to UN Secretary General.


He said that Indian attempts to term the legitimate freedom struggle of Kashmiris for the right to self determination as terrorism are absolutely absurd.


Farrukh Amil said the Indian government needs to accept the demand for right of self-determination of Kashmiris.



Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Affairs Asif Kirmani has said that we will continue cooperating with the JIT.     


Talking to media outside Judicial Academy in Islamabad on Friday,

he said the JIT was given powers of NAB through consultations with the cabinet.


Asif Kirmani said the Prime Minister`s sons could seek exemption from appearing before the JIT but they opted to present themselves for accountability.


Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said PML-N is pursuing the agenda of development promised during 2013 elections.


Earlier, Joint Investigation Team formed to probe into Panama Papers case has resumed its proceedings at the Judicial Academy in Islamabad.


Prime Minister`s son Hussain Nawaz also reached the Federal Judicial Academy to appear before the team. 



The Punjab government has decided to issue ‘’ Zameen Sehat Cards’’ scheme among the farmers of the province to improve the agricultural production and fertility of the land.



Balochistan government is taking practical steps for promotion of communications in neglected areas of the province.


An official of Provincial Communications Department told our Quetta correspondent that a metaled road via Dargai to Shabozai and Tunsa Sharif is being constructed at a cost of over 1918 million rupees. 


Likewise, construction of a bridge on Pat Feeder Canal in Gopat area of Naseerabad district is also to be completed at a cost of forty-nine million rupees.



Seventy suspects were arrested in Yar Hussain area of Swabi district on Friday.


Arms and ammunition were recovered from them.             



In United Kingdom, conservative party has emerged as largest party in the general election but lost overall majority.


According to reports, Conservative party secured 318 seats, Labor party won 261 seats and the Scottish National party won 35 seats so far.  


For the first time 950 women took part in the elections.


Jeremy Corbyn, head of the Labor party, won his seat and Prime Minister Theresa May also won her seat.


From Bolton Pakistani candidate of Labor party Yasmin Qureshi emerged successful.



In the ICC Champions Trophy in Cardiff, the match between, New Zealand and Bangladesh is delayed due to wet ground.

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