The National Assembly debated the issue of Panama Papers today.

President has stressed for strict implementation of legislation regarding Thalassaemia.

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, today.

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 leveled 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 leveled 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.


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 rejoin 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 tube wells 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 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 Chaudhary Tanvir Khan.

The House will now meet tomorrow at three pm.


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

He was addressing a function in connection with world thalassaemia day in Islamabad today.

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

The president lauded the services of Pakistan Thalassaemia Centre and said that its branches must be expanded to 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. 


Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says the Islamic Development Bank is an important development partner of Pakistan.

He was chairing a meeting in Islamabad today, to review preparations of the Pakistan delegation to attend the upcoming IDB meeting in Jakarta on 17th of this month

He directed Economic Affairs Division to ensure optimal utilization of the financial resources provided by the Islamic Development Bank.

The meeting was briefed in various projects currently under implementation with the assistance of IDB. 


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


Speaking at Senate Standing Committee meeting 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.


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.


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

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

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


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 Umra Packages from certified tour operators to avoid inconvenience.

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


United States incoming commander of Central Command , General Joseph L Votel called on Army Chief General Raheel Sharif in Rawalpindi today.


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 today, 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.

General Joseph acknowledged the role played by Pakistan's Armed Forces in the fight against terrorism.



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.

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



OIC has assured to support the struggle of the Kashmiri people for the right to self determination saying it would continue to voice concerns over the blatant human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.

 The OIC Secretary General’s Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir Ambassador Abdullah Alim said this during his visit to Azad Kashmir.

The OIC delegation called on the President and Prime Minister of AJK. The AJK leadership appreciated the continued support of OIC for the oppressed people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.


Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has expressed his heart felt  grief and sorrow over the sad demise of leading personality of Bagh, Azad Kashmir Col (Retd) Raja Nasim.


In his message, the Prime Minister prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and courage for the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude.


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.




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.


Pakistan Stock Exchange witnessed a record surge at the start of the business week today and hundred index climbed by two hundred twenty seven points. 

The index crossed the limit of 36,200 points, which reflects investors' confidence in Pakistan's economy.

According to business experts, the market is witnessing bullish trend for the last few days and it is hoped that the Stock Exchange will further rise.



Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty-four hours.

However, Rain-thunderstorm with strong gusty winds are likely at Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Upper Punjab, Upper Khyber Paktunkhwa, FATA, Quetta, Zhob divisions, Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir.


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