Text Bulletin 2000 HRS

MAY 09, 2016



The National Assembly debated the issue of Panama Papers on Monday.

Senate has passed a resolution recommending conversion of tubewells to solar energy in Balochistan.

The President has urged philanthropists to contribute for eradication of Thalassemia from the country.

Fertilizer companies have slashed prices of Urea by sixty rupees per bag.

Pakistan has called for promoting greater engagement across cultures to counter xenophobia.

Ukraine expresses the desire to further bolster cooperation with Pakistan in diverse fields.

Austrian Chancellor has resigned after losing support of his Social Democratic party.

Stock Exchange witnessed a record surge today which reflects investors' confidence in country's economy.  



The National Assembly debated the issue of Panama Papers on Monday.   

Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah demanded that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should take Parliament into confidence on the issue.

He said the opposition believes in democracy and supremacy of the Parliament.        

He claimed that Terms of Reference of the opposition are not Prime Minister specific, rather would be equally applicable to all those named in Panama Papers.   

Shah Mahmood Qureshi of PTI said the government and the opposition should sit together to discuss TORs for the proposed commission to inquire into allegations levelled in Panama Papers.




Daniyal Aziz pointed out that immediately after release of Panama Papers; the Prime Minister volunteered himself and his family for accountability.

He said opposition did not expect the government would go for a commission of Supreme Court Judges but the government opted for that to come clear on charges levelled by opposition.

He said TORs of the government are more comprehensive than those of the opposition. He said opposition has failed to come out with constructive criticism of the TORs framed by the government.


Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan laid before the House Credit Bureaus (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016.  

Commerce Minister, Khurram Dastgir laid before the House State Life Insurance Corporation (Re-organization and Conversion) Ordinance, 2016. 


The Opposition members staged a walkout from the House on the plea that the Prime Minister should take the Parliament into confidence over Panama Papers.

The Speaker sent Ministers thrice to persuade the opposition to re-join the proceedings but they did not oblige.

The House will now meet tomorrow morning at 10:30.


The Senate passed a resolution today with majority recommending the government to provide eight billion rupees for conversion of tubewells to solar energy in Balochistan for agricultural purposes.

The resolution was moved by Mir Kabeer Ahmad Muhammad Shahi.

Opposing the resolution, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif said the government is ready to provide all possible assistance to the Balochistan Government if it comes with the comprehensive package.

The House also passed another resolution recommending the government to supply natural gas to the residents of Circles Lora, Baghan, Bakot and Upper and Lower Galyat on priority basis.


The House held discussion on ways and means to stop smuggling and control its adverse effects on economy on a motion moved by Chaudhry Tanvir Khan.

The members called for effective mechanism to check smuggling, which is adversely affecting Pakistan's economy.

They stressed the need for installing a special custom border force, satellite monitoring, checking misuse of Afghan Transit Trade and generating economic activities in border areas.

Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said that safety and security, ethics, civil values, tolerance, religious harmony and meeting the challenges of national calamities are being taught in the curriculum of various subjects evolved for educational institutions of Islamabad.           

He was winding up discussion on a motion moved by Chaudhry Tanvir Khan.        

The Minister of State said the government will also consider the proposal of giving NCC training in educational institutions.         

Those who spoke on the occasion include Sehar Kamran, Abdul Qayyum and Dr Jahanzeb Jamaldini.

On another motion moved by Mian Attique Shaikh, Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division, Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said the government is taking steps to fulfill water needs of the residents of Islamabad Capital Territory.         

The House will now meet tomorrow at three pm.


President Mamnoon Hussain has stressed for strict implementation of legislation regarding Thalassemia done by the provinces for complete elimination of this deadly disease.

He was addressing a function in connection with world Thalassemia day held under the auspices of Pakistan Thalassemia Centre in Islamabad on Monday.

He urged philanthropists and welfare organizations to contribute in eradication of Thalassemia disease from the country.

The president lauded the services of Pakistan Thalassemia Centre and said that its braches must be expanded in all parts of the country particularly in the less developed areas.

Mamnoon Hussain said that Pakistan Bait ul Mall is playing due role in providing assistance to the deprived segments of the society. 


He said completion of China Pakistan Economic Corridor will open new avenues of progress and development and create new job opportunities.

Addressing the ceremony Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad Kahn said government is committed for the development of the less developed areas of the country and to bring them at par with the developed areas.


A spokesperson of Prime Minister House has rejected media reports regarding any political consultative meeting at PM House as unfounded.


Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid says the incumbent government believes in transparency, and it is ready to face accountability for its three years rule.

Speaking in the meeting of Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting in Islamabad today, he said the present government has done away with several bad traditions of the past, including secret fund maintained by the Information Ministry.   

He said the PPP and PML-Q governments had misused the secret fund created with tax payer’s money for political, personal and party benefits.


Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Broadcasting Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha has regretted misbehaviour with women in PTI's public meetings.

In a statement, he said that Imran Khan cannot conduct disciplined public gatherings.

Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha strongly condemned the unmannerly behaviour of PTI workers with a woman in Peshawar on Monday.


PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry says government is ready for fair accountability at any forum.

He was talking to media outside the parliament house along with PML-N leader Maryam Aurganzeb on Monday.

Talal Chaudhry said what an irony it is that PTI leaders whose names have also been mentioned in Panama Leaks are demanding the accountability of others. 

Parliamentary Secretary Maryen Aurangzeb condemned ill-treatment being meted out to women at PTI public gatherings.

She urged media to show the real face of PTI to the people.


Fertilizer companies have slashed prices of Urea by sixty rupees per bag.

The production cost has decreased owing to reduced gas tariff.

The price of a Urea bag has now been fixed at 1,790 rupees instead of 1,850 rupees.


Religious Affairs Ministry has certified the documents of 540 tour operators as per advice of Saudi government regarding visas.

It has advised the people to get Umrah Packages from certified tour operators to avoid inconvenience.

The list of certified tour operators is available on ministry's website haj.gov.sa  


Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme Marvi Memon says re-survey will be initiated in fifteen districts and a tribal agency by middle of this year.

In a statement today, she said that no deserving person will remain deprived of financial assistance of the Programme.

She said that justice would be done to Balochistan in the new survey.  


Renowned economist Mirza Ikhtiar Baig says political stability and consistent policies are inevitable to attract foreign investment.

In an interview, he said bullish trend in Pakistan Stock exchange is an outcome of government positive policies.  

Ikhtiar Baig said Pakistan Stock Exchange is one of the best markets in the world. He said boost in Stock Exchange will help attract foreign investors.  


A Chinese company has expressed interest in establishing a steel mill with a million tonne capacity in Punjab.

The move came during a meeting between a ten-member delegation of Ansteel International Trading Company and Punjab Board of Investment and Trade in Lahore on Monday.


The company has been promised easy access to raw materials such as water, limestone and coal as well as a steady supply of labourers and skilled workers who will be trained as per requirements. 


The Central Asia-South Asia 1000 project to supply one thousand megawatts electricity from Tajikistan to Pakistan would formally be inaugurated in Dushanbe on Thursday.

The project, signed between Tajikistan and Pakistan, would be completed at a cost of 1.2 billion dollars in two years.

The project would help Pakistan get cheaper and clean energy to minimize its electricity shortages.

Afghanistan has already given a guarantee to ensure security of seven hundred fifty kilometers long transmission line.

According to Ambassador of Tajikistan to Pakistan, Sherali S Jononov, all arrangements including necessary financial resources have been made to undertake the project forthwith.


Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri says civil and military leadership is on one page for elimination of anti-state elements.

Speaking on the occasion of National Athletics championship in Quetta today, he said improved law and order situation in the province has reposed people's confidence in the security agencies.

The Chief Minister said such sports events would not only promote constructive activities, but also produce international level players in the province.


Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak says government is offering attractive incentives to promote industrialization.

He was presiding over a meeting of Board of Investment in Peshawar on Monday.

The meeting reviewed various proposals for increasing investment in the province.

He announced to allocate one hundred million rupees for the Board in the next budget to carry on its activities.

He directed the Board to create conducive environment for industrialization in the province.



United States Incoming commander of Central Command General Joseph L Votel called on Army Chief General Raheel Sharif in Rawalpindi on Monday.  

During the meeting matters of mutual and professional interests with special emphasis on security situation in Afghanistan came under discussion.

The visiting dignitary lauded the role of Pakistan Army for bringing peace and stability to the region.

General Joseph L Votel also laid floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada.


Secretary Defence Retired Lt.General, Muhammad Alam Khattak expressing concern over the issue of F-16s has said that the aircrafts are essential for Pakistan's fight against terrorism.

Talking to Commander US Central Command General Joseph L. Votel in Islamabad on Monday, he said Operation Zarb-e-Azb and the National Action Plan are the testament of Pakistan's commitment in its fight against terrorism and extremism.

The secretary also asked about the status of roadmap regarding future reimbursement mechanism under the Coalition Support Fund beyond 2016.

General Joseph acknowledged the role played by Pakistan's Armed Forces in the fight against terrorism and said that the continued support from US in training, equipment and necessary funding would act as tools essential to fight against terrorist outfits.



The Interior Ministry has issued a notification extending the powers of Pakistan Rangers in Karachi division for another seventy seven days.  

The powers have been extended on the request of Home Department Sindh.


Corps Commander Karachi Lt. General Naveed Mukhtar called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah in Karachi on Monday.

They discussed law and order situation and on-going operation in Karachi.

They also showed determination to implement National Action Plan in letter and spirit.



The Anti-Terrorism Court in Karachi on Monday handed over the criminal Raheem Swati to police on remand till 20th of this month.

 Raheem Swati is the main suspect of the murder of prominent social worker and Director of Orangi Town Pilot Project Parveen Rehman.


National Accountability Bureau Balochistan has arrested ex-chairman Balochistan Public Service Commission Muhammad Ashraf Magsi for misuse of powers.

A spokesman for NAB Balochistan said in Quetta on Monday, that the former chairman Balochistan Public Service Commission had illegally recruited his two daughters, one son and several other persons.

He said that NAB Balochistan has accelerated its efforts to arrest the accused involved in massive financial corruption in different government departments.


Sixty suspects were arrested during search operations in Hayatabad and Phandu areas of Peshawar on Monday.

Police said thirty two Afghan nationals were among the detainees living without legal documents.

Arms and drugs were also recovered from them.

Meanwhile, fifty six suspects were also arrested during a search operation in Kohat.

Arms, ammunition and drugs were recovered from them.


Three persons were killed and two injured when unknown miscreants opened firing on their car at Sheringal in Upper Dir on Monday.


Pakistan has called for promoting greater engagement across cultures to counter xenophobia.

This has been stated by Pakistan's Ambassador at United Nations, Maleeha while addressing a Pakistani festival in New York, Lodhi.

She said we are proud that for the first time a festival of ideas from Pakistan has been taken overseas.

The Ambassador said country's literary ethos have been going through remarkable change while Pakistan's culture is about attitudes that value openness and dialogue.           


Ukraine has expressed the desire to further bolster cooperation with Pakistan in diverse fields including agriculture and education.

Ambassador of Ukraine to Pakistan Volodymyr Lakomov in an interview with APP said Pakistan and Ukraine enjoy strong friendship bonds in all sectors.    

He said both the countries are taking further steps to increase the current volume of bilateral business and trade.


The UN Food and Agriculture Organization have supported government's efforts to ensure dignified return of the temporarily displaced persons to their homes.

The support was announced by FAO Country Representative Patrick T Evans at the second steering committee meeting of the Project for Assistance to Recovery and Development of Agricultural Economy for FATA in Islamabad on Monday.

He said that our main focus is to rebuild the lives of the TDPs and provide timely assistance that would not only help in putting their lives together, but also improve overall economy in FATA.

Speaking on the occasion, Additional Secretary Planning and Development Yousaf Rahim appreciated the support of FAO.


Chairman Senate Committee on Defence, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed says Kashmir is among top national priorities of Pakistan and Kashmiri leadership should be included in all level of discussions and negotiation on Kashmir.

He was addressing the closing ceremony of a four-day training workshop on enhancing youth political participation in AJK.

Mushahid Hussain Syed said Pakistan and India have to revive dialogue on all bilateral outstanding issues including Jammu and Kashmir. 




Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed has appreciated efforts of Organization of Islamic Cooperation to resolve the lingering Kashmir dispute.

He was addressing a reception in the honour of visiting OIC delegation headed by its Special representative on Kashmir Abdullah Al-Aleem in Muzaffarabad on Monday.   

AJK Prime Minister expressed hope that member countries will continue to play their important role in settling the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions.

He said Indian military and paramilitary forces are involved in massive human rights violations in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking on the occasion OIC Special Representative on Kashmir Abdullah Al-Aleem assured that OIC would continue to support Kashmiris for their birth right, right to self-determination.


In occupies Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party has condemned the house arrest of party Chairman Shabbir Ahmad Shah on returning from New Delhi.

A party spokesperson in a statement issued in Srinagar said  The Peoples Democratic Party -led regime has turned the whole state info a virtual jail.

The Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while paying rich tributes to Khanyar martyrs who were killed by Indian troops 25 years ago has reiterated the Kashmiris’ resolve to safeguard sacrifices of the martyrs.

Meanwhile, the Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi has urged the Kashmiri youth to foil sinister designs of India and its puppets in the territory.

In a statement issued in Srinagar, she said  pro-India politicians like Mehbooba have no interest in securing the future of Kashmir youth.


Peace talks to resolve Syrian conflict are being held in French capital of Paris on Monday.

Representatives of Britain, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Turkey and the European Union are attending the meeting in an effort to re-launch the Syrian peace process.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has also arrived in Paris for talks over the conflict.



An anti-corruption summit will be held in London on Thursday to drive out the culture of corruption wherever it exists.

Meanwhile 300 economists in a letter issued today have urged world leaders to end the era of tax havens, arguing they only benefit rich individuals and multinational corporations and increase inequality.


Iran has test-fired a ballistic missile having a range of two thousand kilometers.

Iranian Deputy Chief of Armed Forces Gen. Ali Abdollahi said the test-firing of the missile was carried out two weeks ago and it was very accurate.


Indonesia has urged Islamic leaders to spread message of tolerant Islam to curb extremism.

This was stated by Vice President Jusuf Kalla while addressing an international summit of moderate Islamic leaders in Jakarta.


Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann has resigned after losing support of his Social Democratic party.

The decision comes after defeat of his party's candidate in the first round of elections for presidency.


Russian armed forces paraded in Moscow today to mark the 71st anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two.

Fighters, heavy bombers and helicopters flew over Red Square besides latest military hardware on show including the RS-24 long-range nuclear missile.

The parade involved 10,000 military staff, 135 armoured vehicles and 71 aircraft.


In Philippines, elections for president, vice president and other public offices were held on Monday.

Five candidates are contesting for the slot of president including former mayor Rodrigo Duterte.


In Rwanda, 53 people have been killed by landslides triggered by heavy rains during two days.

The catastrophe destroyed more than 500 homes and damaged infrastructure across the country.


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