MAY 09, 2016


The government has expressed its readiness to resolve the issue of ToRs with consensus of all the political parties.

Minister for National Food Security and Research says sufficient subsidy is being given to farmers to help in resolving their issues.

Pakistan has reiterated its stance of restoration of peace in Afghanistan.

In Syria, fifty five Islamic State militants have been killed in Aleppo.

In Philippines, voting has started for general elections in the country.



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says the government is sincere to resolve the issue of Terms of Reference for judicial commission with consensus of all political parties.

In an interview, he said the opposition should display seriousness to get the matter resolved.

Ishaq Dar said the government has prepared very professional and comprehensive ToRs for the judicial commission while the opposition's ToRs are a family-specific.

He said the masses are re-posing their trust in the government due to its public friendly policies.



Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael says sit-in and protest politics is being practiced to halt economic progress of the country.  

Addressing a national solidarity rally of PML-N Minority Wing in Lahore, he said those who want to destabilize the country are toeing foreign agenda.    

The Minister said under the candid and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the country would be put on the road to progress and prosperity.      



Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rahman has urged PTI chief Imran Khan to stop politics of allegations.

Talking to a news channel, she said Imran Khan should focus on welfare of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as his party's government in the province has failed to deliver.



Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Bosan says the government is striving hard to bring real change in the country.  

Addressing an open court at Qasim Bela in Multan, he said farmers are given huge subsidy in the country's history, which would help the peasants in resolving their problems.

Sikandar Hayat Bosan said if projects of the present government get completed within its tenure, the masses will re-elect them for next five years also.

The minister also listened to public complaints and directed officers of different departments to resolve their problems at the earliest.



Adviser to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage, Irfan Siddiqui has said owing to effective economic policies of the present government, there is financial stability in the country.

He was speaking at a reception hosted in his honour by prominent industrialist Mirza Ishtiaq Baig in Karachi.

Irfan Siddiqui also visited the residence of prominent intellectual, poet and writer Prof. Dr. Aslam Farrukhi in Karachi and enquired about his welfare.

Speaking on the occasion, Ifran Siddiqui said writers and poets are important part of our society and the government is taking steps for encouraging them.



The Senate and National Assembly will meet separately at the Parliament House in Islamabad today.

Both the Houses will debate important national issues besides legislative business.



Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said that sincere efforts are being made at all levels to restore normalcy in the province.

Addressing the 49th KP Amateur National Golf Championship in Peshawar, he said we are committed to eliminate the menace of extremism and terrorism from our society once and for al    

The Governor said people of the province have seen a very difficult time in the last few years in shape of terrorism.      

He said we are peace-loving people and have struggled for restoration of peace. He said we would continue our efforts for maintenance of lasting peace.



Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the government is making round the clock efforts to serve the public.

He was addressing a large number of people and party workers after surprise visit of under construction Tehsil Hospital in Raiwind.

The Chief Minister said the mission of public service is being forwarded with honesty and hard work.

He said that he never tolerated corruption and indiscriminate action was taken against the menace.



Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry says Pakistan has achieved immense success in the war against terrorism.     

Talking to a private news channel, he said Pakistan is the main coalition partner of the United States in the war against terrorism and both the countries enjoyed good cordial relations.

He expressed the hope that the success in the war against terrorism would make the world a more secure place.

Aizaz Chaudhry said the issue of F-16 fighter jets would be resolved soon. He said F-16s would help Pakistan in the war against terrorism more effectively.         

The Foreign Secretary said Pakistan is sincerely trying to restore peace in Afghanistan as durable peace in the neighbouring country is essential for it and the entire region.

Replying to a question, he said Operation Zarb-e-Azb is passing through a critical phase.       

He said National Action Plan has been implemented in all parts of the country.



Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani says economic reforms and decisive steps taken by the government against terrorists have resulted in better security environment and improved economic climate.     

Addressing the Convention of Pakistani Physicians in Florida, he said the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, would bring about economic prosperity to the whole region.

Ambassador Jilani emphasized the community's role in solidifying the bonds of friendship between Pakistan and the United States.

He urged the Pakistani-American physicians to come forward and play their due role in the national development of the country.        

The Ambassador also briefed the Pakistani community regarding actions taken by the Government to counter terrorism, extremism and to promote economic development.                            



A delegation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, led by Special Representative of the Organization's Secretary General on Jammu and Kashmir Ambassador Abdullah Alim is on a five-day visit to Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The delegation will call on President Mamnoon Hussain,  the President and the Prime Minister of AJK besides other high level dignitaries.

The delegation will also visit the Line of Control at Chakothi to get first-hand knowledge about the loss of lives and property caused by the indiscriminate firings of the Indian Security Forces.     



In Syria, at least fifty five Islamic State militants have been killed as a result of shelling north of Aleppo.

Turkish artillery targeted several regions in the province, destroying rocket installations and three vehicles.

In another incident, three civilians were killed in a rocket attack by rebels in Aleppo.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the international coalition battling the Islamic State group in Syria of leaving his country alone to fight the militants on its own soil.                               

Speaking in Istanbul, Erdogan said the border town of Kilis has come under frequent rocket attacks from Syria.



Polls have opened in Philippines amid tight security for the country's Presidential election.

Five candidates are in the race to become the new president. A vice-president, senators and about 18,000 local officials including mayors will also be elected.

The election campaign has been marred by violence and fifteen  people have been killed so far during the campaign.



Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country while extreme hot conditions are likely in central and southern parts today.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning.

Islamabad twenty-one degree centigrade, Lahore thirty, Karachi twenty-eight, Peshawar twenty-seven, Quetta sixteen, Gilgit eleven, Murree eighteen and Muzaffarabad nineteen degree centigrade.



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