Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Pakistan says any further US drone strike in its territory will be detrimental to the desire for strengthening bilateral relations.
Both houses of the Parliament continued debate on Friday on budget proposals for the next financial year.
Railways Minister says every effort is being made to convert the department into a profitable institution.
Islamabad says long stay of Afghan refugees in Pakistan has created socio-economic problems.
Sindh Chief Minister laid foundation stone of Orange Line Bus project in Karachi on Friday that will benefit almost fifty thousand people daily.
Legend boxer Muhammad Ali will be laid to rest in Louisville on Friday.
Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that any future US drone strike in Pakistan will be detrimental to our common desire to strengthen relations.
This he stated while talking to US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and advisor to the US President Peter Lavoy in Islamabad on Friday.
The two sides held candid discussions on bilateral relations, regional security situation and the Afghan peace process in the wake of 21 May drone strike in Balochistan.
The Adviser conveyed a strong message to the United States that the 21 May drone strike was not only a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and breach of the principles of the United Nation’s Charter, but also vitiated bilateral ties.
He expressed his concern that the drone strike has seriously undermined the ongoing efforts for Afghan peace and reconciliation process.
Advisor to the US president conveyed President Obama’s good wishes for the Prime Minister’s speedy recovery.
The National Assembly resumed on Friday general discussion on budgetary proposals for the fiscal year 2016-17.
Taking part in the discussion, Abdul Sattar Bachani demanded more decrease in prices of fertilizers to benefit the farmers.
Qaiser Ahmad Shaikh urged for collective efforts for a Charter of Economy.
In his speech, Jamaluddin congratulated the Government for presenting 4th budget despite difficult circumstances.
Abdul Wasim said twenty percent pay raise should be given to government employees and minimum wage of worker should be fixed at twenty thousand rupees per month.
Makhdoom Syed Mustafa Mahmood said Government is running day to day affairs in better manner but there is no long-term vision witnessed in the budget.
He stressed for better prices to farmers for their produce.
Taking part in the debate, Asiya Naz Tanoli said the PML-N Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has always made efforts to give better future to the country.
Dr Fauzia Hameed emphasized for setting up of industries and creation of job opportunities.
Zahra Wadood Fatemi described the budget as pro-poor.
The Senate also resumed discussion on budget proposals for the next year.
Taking part in the debate, Karim Ahmad Khawaja said that it is the first time in the country's history that the agriculture sector witnessed negative growth during the current fiscal year.
Muzaffar Hussain Shah said the Upper House should protect the interests of the provinces.
Sitara Ayaz said marginalized segments of society have been totally ignored in the budget.
Taj Afridi appreciated the government's steps towards eliminating the menace of terrorism.
M Hamza expressed the confidence that the measures announced in the budget will help improve the lot of the common man.
Khalida Parveen said the government should firm up a strategy to cope with the natural disasters.
Mir Kabir in his remarks said the 4.7 percent growth rate depicts that the economy has been put on the right track.
Khanzada Khan said terrorism has inflicted the most damages to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and it should be fully compensated.
Ashok Kumar said that small and medium dams should be constructed in Balochistan to bring the barren land under cultivation in the province.
Muhammad Javed Abbasi rejected the opposition's criticism on the budgetary proposals saying the growth rate of 4.7 percent is the highest in the last eight years.
Gianchand said equal development should be carried out in all parts of the country. He said imposition of new taxes in the budget will multiple the woes of common man.
Earlier, responding to a calling attention notice moved by Taj Haider and others, Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid said that three more LNG Terminals are being constructed while one have been completed at Port Qasim.
The Chair referred the matter of the construction of LNG terminals to the Standing Committee on Climate Change.
The House will now meet on Monday at 11:30 a.m.
Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said no stone would be left unturned to convert Railways into a profitable institution.
In an interview, he said, the department has increased its revenue generation up to 36 billion rupees during last three years.
He said land record of the department would be fully computerized to save railway land from grabbers.
A meeting between Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal and President Power China Du Chungou held in Islamabad on Friday.
The meeting reviewed progress on 1320 MW power plant at Port Qasim and expressed satisfaction over the pace of work on the project.
The Minister said, this power plant was a flagship project of China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
The President Power China said this plant will be completed in record time.
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, Maleeha Lodhi has urged international community to take notice of millions of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan for the last four decades.
In a statement, she said the issue should be discussed in current summit of the United Nations regarding refugees.
Maliha Lodhi said arrival of refugees in Pakistan has created socio-political problems in the country.
She stressed the need for enhancing aid of the countries who host the migrants.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is recovering fast. He is thankful to the people of Pakistan who prayed for his early recovery.
In a statement in Lahore, he said that Prime Minister will come back to Pakistan very soon.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah laid the foundation stone of Orange Line Bus project in Karachi on Friday.
The project will be completed in one year at a cost of over one billion rupees. Around fifty thousand passengers will benefit from this project per day.
The cost of project will be equally shared by the Sindh government and Federal government.
In Karachi, at least four people were killed and number of others injured when the roof of a mosque collapsed in Nazimabad area during Friday prayers on Friday.
Anti-Narcotics Force has seized fifty tons of drugs worth 3.98 billion rupees during the last six months.
This was stated by Director General ANF Major General Nasir Dilawar Shah while giving briefing to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in Islamabad on Friday.
The minister expressed satisfaction on international acknowledgement of the performance of ANF.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has voiced serious concerns over the recent incident of torching of a girl in Lahore.
Nawaz Sharif directed Punjab government to arrest the culprits and submit a comprehensive report to him on the incident.
Arab-Kurd forces have cut main IS supply route between Syria and Turkey.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Syrian Democratic Forces cut off the last road from Manbij to the Turkish border on Friday.
The legendry boxer Muhammad Ali will be laid to rest at his home town Louisville on Friday.
A funeral procession for Muhammad Ali will travel through his hometown, passing by his childhood home to the first boxing gym where he was trained.
Earlier, Pakistan's ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani attended the funeral of legendary boxer held in the state of Kentucky.