DATE: 10-04-2017                            


Prime Minister says more than eight thousand megawatt electricity will be added to national grid by June next year eliminating load shedding for good.


Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav has been awarded death sentence for carrying out espionage and sabotage activities in Pakistan.


Senators vow to safeguard country's constitution as national responsibility.


Pakistan Railways has decided to install automatic elevators and construction of overhead bridges at fourteen stations.


Radio Pakistan has replaced its old transmitter with a new powerful 100-KW medium wave transmitter at its station in Larkana.


OIC has criticized India for not allowing its delegation to visit Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.


In Occupied Kashmir, Indian forces martyred another four youths in continuing state terrorism on Monday.


United Nations Children's Fund has sought release of Rohingya children detained in a Myanmar army crackdown.





Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has reaffirmed the resolve to eliminate electricity load-shedding from the country in the shortest possible time.


Presiding over a meeting of the cabinet committee on energy in Islamabad on Monday, he said the government has steadfastly worked in the last three years to achieve this cherished goal, which is its highest priority.


Prime Minister said more than 8,000 megawatt electricity will be added to the national grid before June next year.


He said that the government is not only focusing on the prevailing energy shortfalls in the country, but also determined to cope with the growing future requirements.


Prime Minister directed early completion of power projects without compromising on efficiency and quality of work.


The meeting was informed that a total of 5,710 Megawatts will be added to the system by the end of this year. 


The Committee approved new LNG-based gas connections for domestic, industrial and commercial consumers.                         



Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed for compressive measures to ensure the security of journalists and media workers.


She was participating in a dialogue on "Safety, Security and Welfare of Journalists Bill" at National Press Club in Islamabad on Monday.


She said suggestions from journalists and media workers will be made part of the bill.


Marriyum Aurangzeb said a Journalists Council will be constituted after the approval of bill in order to ensure full implementation of the law.


She said recommendations regarding the Wage Board Award and Journalists Endowment Fund will be considered before finalizing the bill.


The Minister asked all the media groups and civil society representatives to submit their recommendations till 30th of this month so that it can be processed further.                        



Indian RAW agent and Naval Officer Kulbhushan Sudhir Yadav alias Hussain Mubarak Patel has been awarded death sentence for carrying out espionage and sabotage activities in Pakistan.


According to DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor, the spy has been tried by a Field General Court Martial under Pakistan Army Act and official Secret Act.


Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has also confirmed his death sentence.


Kulbhushan Sudhir Yadav was arrested on 3rd of March last year through a Counter Intelligence Operation from Mashkel, Balochistan.


The court found the agent of Indian intelligence agency guilty of all the charges. He had also confessed that he was tasked by RAW to plan, coordinate and organize espionage and sabotage activities to destabilize and wage war against Pakistan.


The accused was provided with defending officer as per legal provisions.



Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that the death sentence of Kulbhushan Yadav is according to law.   


In a statement, he said the sentence of Indian spy is a warning to all forces, who are conspiring against Pakistan.         


Khawaja Muhammad Asif said Indian government is behind the activities of Kulbhushan Yadav.                               



Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri has described the death sentence to Indian RAW agent Kulbhushan Yadav as based on justice.   


In a statement, he said that the verdict has proved the fact that Indian intelligence agency is directly involved in spreading lawlessness in Pakistan especially in Balochistan.



The Senators have vowed to uphold supremacy of the constitution and described it imperative for development and prosperity of the country and the responsibility of all of us to safeguard the constitution.


They were taking part in a discussion in connection with the Constitution Day being observed on Monday.


Initiating the discussion, Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar congratulated Senate and the chairman for celebrating the Constitution Day.


Farhatullah Babar said the constitution is supreme and should be honoured across the board as no one is above the Constitution.


Sardar Azam Khan Musakhel said national resources should be equally distributed among all the federating units.


Jahanzeb Jamaldini stressed the need of implementation of the Constitution in its true spirit.


Azam Khan Swati said the Constitution depicts the courage and vision of the leadership of that time.


Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi said Pakistan's Constitution is one of the best Constitutions of the world.


Muhammad Javed Abbasi said the day should be observed with a commitment that no one will be allowed to trample the constitution.         


Taj Haider said that the constitution was passed with consensus of all political forces of that time and great flexibility was shown in this regard.


Chaudhary Tanvir Khan ours is an Islamic constitution as there is nothing against the teachings of Islam in it.


Maulana Tanvir-ul-Haq Thanvi said religious scholars of all sects were involved in the creation of the Constitution of Pakistan.


Kalsoom Parveen said that the Pakistan's Constitution safeguards the rights of the all segments of society.


Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah said the constitution serves as a social contract between the people and the government.


Ashok Kumar said that the constitution is our sacred book and no one should be allowed to violate it.


The chair in his remarks thanked the President, Prime Minister, the National Assembly and all the provincial assemblies for their contribution in celebration of the Constitution Day.



The Senators while speaking on a motion moved by Azam Khan Swati have called for devising an effective mechanism for oversight of construction of roads in the country.


The Senators said that contractors should be held responsible for repairing of the roads for at least five years.


They said that the mechanism of collecting toll tax also needs to be revisited.


Concluding the discussion, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad said the government is committed to develop quality network of roads across the country.


Taking part in another motion moved by Ayesha Raza Farooq and others, the members called for effective measures to boost industrial growth in the country.


They said that foreign investors should be invited for investment in the country by providing tax relief and other incentives to them.                      



The Senate on Monday passed three resolutions.


The first resolution recommended the government to take effective steps for promotion of wind energy in the country.


It was moved by Chaudhary Tanvir Khan. 


The second resolution recommended the government to take effective steps to implement the provision of clause (3) of Article 172 of the Constitution in letter and spirit.


The resolution was moved by Karim Ahmad Khawaja.


The third resolution urged the government to appoint a Minister for the Ministry of Textile Industry to promote textile exports and sustainability of the textile sector.


The resolution was moved by Mohsin Aziz.



All Pakistanis travelling to Saudi Arabia are required to take anti-polio vaccine drops.


This was stated by Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz while responding to point of public importance regarding discriminatory treatment of Pakistanis at Saudi airports.


To another point, Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman said the step of suspension of mobile phone services in Bajaur and Mohmand Agencies and internet services in district Qallat, has been taken due to security reasons.             



The House will now meet on Tuesday at three in the afternoon.



Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has vowed to complete the house and population census process at all costs.


He said this while visiting the population census center in Rawalpindi on Monday.  


Army Chief was briefed about the population and house census process.


He lauded the performance of the support center of the census center.


Qamar Javed Bajwa said that the house and population census is continuing in the best possible manner, which is the joint success of the military and the civilian authorities.


He paid homage to the martyred military and the civilian officials for rendering their lives during discharging of their duties.                                 



Pakistan Railways has decided to install automatic elevators besides construction of overhead bridges at fourteen stations across the country.


These stations include Karachi, Hyderabad, Rohri, Bahawalpur, Multan, Raiwind, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Quetta, Sahiwal, Okara, Khanewal and Faisalabad.


Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan Railways has directed for availability of wheel chairs at railway stations for disabled.                        



Radio Pakistan has replaced ten-kilowatt medium wave transmitter with a new hundred-kilowatt transmitter in Larkana enabling listeners to get clearer transmission.


The project was completed at a cost of 63.150 million rupees.


Radio Azad Kashmir Mirpur is also airing its broadcast through one hundred kilowatt medium wave transmitter to counter the Indian propaganda.



Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir has said that present government has completed unprecedented development projects across the country during last four years.


Addressing a function in Gujranwala, he said that positive results in the form of economic growth are emerging in due to prudent policies of the government.



Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Sindh President Babu Sarfaraz Jatoi has said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will visit Jacobabad on Friday.


Addressing a news conference in Larkana on Monday, he said Prime Minister has announced various development schemes for Sindh province including health cards, establishment of universities and hospitals.


Babu Sarfaraz Jatoi said PML- N government is committed to work for the betterment of the masses.             



Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah called on Governor Muhammad Zubair in Karachi on Monday.


During the meeting, overall law and order situation, development projects and other issues came under discussion.



Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said that government is taking steps to provide all educational facilities to tribal students.


Addressing a function in connection with enrolment of FATA students in Peshawar on Monday, he said education is pre-requisite for the development of the country.


On this occasion, free bags and books were also distributed among the students.



The last phase of return of temporarily displaced persons of South Waziristan Agency began on Monday.                                   



The meeting of Gilgit-Baltistan Development Working Party was held in Gilgit on Monday with Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman in the chair.


The meeting approved eight development projects costing over two billion rupees.                     



Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Dr Yousaf Ahmad Al-Othaimeen has said that Kashmir issue is on top of the OIC agenda.


Addressing a joint news conference along with the Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on Monday, he said OIC will continue to work with Pakistan on all major issues.


He said the OIC has been urging India to provide access to Occupied Kashmir but unfortunately it has declined to accede to the request.


Condemning terrorist acts all over the world, Yousef bin al-Othaimeen said, Islam is the religion of peace and peaceful coexistence, and terrorists are not representatives of Islam.


On this occasion, Sartaj Aziz said the matters related to Islamophobia and discriminatory policies of different countries towards Muslims also came under discussion during the meeting.                 



Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhary Barjees Tahir has strongly condemned the Indian brutalities against unarmed Kashmiris in Occupied Kashmir.


In a statement on Monday, he said the international community should take notice of human rights violations in Occupied territory and stop Indian forces' brutal acts.


The Minister said that India has denied providing access to the human right activists to Occupied Kashmir to hide its crimes against humanity.


Barjees Tahir said that Pakistan will continue its political and moral support to Kashmiris for their right to self-determination and will highlight the Indian brutalities at every international forum.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has strongly condemned the brutal firing on innocent Kashmiri people in Occupied Kashmir.


In a statement, he urged the international community to take notice of the Indian barbarity.


Chief Minister said use of brute force by India cannot deter Kashmiris from their struggle for right to self-determination.  



In Muzaffarabad, a protest rally was staged on Monday to condemn the martyrdom of twelve Kashmiri youth and brute use of force on peaceful protesters in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir on the occasion of sham parliamentary elections.


People belonging to all walks of life, including Kashmiri refugees, women and children, participated in the rally. They were holding banners and placards inscribed with pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.


Addressing the participants, speakers appealed to United Nations and international community to exert pressure on India to stop killing Kashmiris.                



In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed across the territory on Monday against the martyrdom of eight civilians and injuries to over one hundred protestors by Indian forces in Badgam and Ganderbal districts on Sunday.


Call for the two-day strike and protest was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.


All markets, education institutions and other businesses remained closed and traffic was off the road. 


Thousands of people, on Monday, participated in the funeral prayers of martyred youth in different areas of Badgam and Gandarbal districts. They chanted high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. Pakistani flags were also hoisted on the occasion. 


Meanwhile, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred four more youth during a violent military operation in Keran area of Kupwara district, on Monday.


The joint resistance leadership in a joint statement said that the poll boycott in central Kashmir should serve as an eye-opener for India. The leadership asked the people in south Kashmir to stay away from the farcical elections being staged in Islamabad constituency on Wednesday.                      



United Nations Children's Fund has sought the release of Rohingya children detained in a Myanmar army crackdown.


UNICEF representative to Myanmar Bertrand Bainvel in a statement said the issue has recently been discussed in meetings with Myanmar leader Suu Kyi and Army Chief Min Aung Hlaing.


Children as young as ten were among hundreds of Rohingyas detained on charges of association with insurgents.                    



China has stepped up a campaign against foreign espionage from on Monday to protect its national security.


According to official "Beijing Daily" newspaper, rewards from 10,000 to 500,000 yuan will be offered to citizens who provide information on spies.


It said the measure is aimed at stopping foreign intelligence organs and other hostile forces from harming the country through political infiltration, division and subversion.                    



Russia says the recent US missile strike on Syria was an aggressive act against a sovereign state and violated international law.


This was said in a statement by Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday after a phone call between Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

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