DATE: 10-06-2016                                        


Pakistan says any further US drone strike in its territory will be detrimental to the desire for strengthening bilateral relations.


Army Chief has reiterated the resolve not to allow hostile intelligence agencies to foment terrorism inside the country.  


The Finance Minister says government has presented a business and consumer friendly budget widely hailed by all segments of society.    


The Senate was informed on Friday that three more LNG terminals are being constructed to meet energy shortage.


The President says protection of women at workplace is vital for national development. 


Parliamentary Committee further discusses ToRs and draft bill to reach consensus for inquiry into Panama leaks.


President Obama has approved broader role for US forces in Afghanistan.


In Syria, an international aid convoy has delivered food aid to people in Daraya for the first time in four years. 





Pakistan has conveyed a strong message to the United States on violation of its sovereignty by a drone strike targeting Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour.


The message was conveyed at a meeting between Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson and Advisor to US President Peter Lavoy in Islamabad on Friday.


Sartaj Aziz said any future strike will be detrimental to the bilateral ties.


He said the May 21 drone strike was not only a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and breach of the principles of the United Nation's Charter, but has also vitiated bilateral ties.


The two sides had candid discussions on bilateral relations, regional security situation and the Afghan peace process in the wake of the drone strike in Balochistan.


The Adviser expressed his concern that the drone strike has seriously undermined the ongoing efforts for Afghan peace and reconciliation process.


He said it comes at a time when Pakistan, along with other Quadrilateral Coordination Group is engaged in serious efforts to revive peace talks between Afghan Government and the Taliban.


Advisor to the US president conveyed President Obama's good wishes for the Prime Minister's speedy recovery.                    



US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Richard Olson and Commander Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan General John Nicholson held a meeting with Army Chief General Raheel Sharif in Rawalpindi on Friday.


Regional security situation with particular reference to border management and peace and stability in Afghanistan in the post-21 May US drone strike environment came under discussion.


Expressing his serious concern on the US drone strike in Balochistan as a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty, the army chief highlighted as to how it has impacted the mutual trust and respect and is counter-productive in consolidating the gains of Operation Zarb-e-Azb.


Raising the demand of targeting TTP and Mullah Fazlullah at their bases in Afghanistan, the army chief reiterated Pakistan's resolve not to allow hostile intelligence agencies' efforts of fomenting terrorism.


The Army Chief reaffirmed the need for continuing harmonized efforts against terrorists and effective border management as ways to regional peace and stability.                           



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says the government has presented a business and consumer friendly budget, which has been widely acclaimed by different segments of the society.


He was chairing a meeting in Islamabad on Friday to discuss post-budget proposals and suggestions made during the course of budget debate in the Parliament.


The Finance Minister said measures announced by the government for upkeep of the farmers' community and agriculture sector are specially being lauded. 


He said appreciation has also been received on government interventions for promotion of exports as well as development of industry. He said the government has placed due focus on inclusive growth and the budget 2016-17 will help achieve this objective.


Secretary Finance and Chairman Board of Revenue briefed the meeting on all the proposals made by Parliamentarians.                    



The Senate continued discussion on the budget on Friday.


Taking part in the debate, Karim Ahmad Khawaja said it is the first time in the country's history that agriculture sector witnessed negative growth during the current fiscal year.


Sitara Ayaz opined that 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.


Ashok Kumar said small and medium dams should be constructed in Balochistan to bring the barren land under cultivation in the province.


Others who spoke on the budget included Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Gianchand, Khanzada Khan, and Muzaffar Hussain Shah.


Earlier, responding to a call attention notice, Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid said three more LNG terminals are being constructed while one has been completed at Port Qasim.


The House will now meet on Monday at 11:30 in the morning.             



The National Assembly also continued discussion on budgetary proposals on Friday.


Taking part in the debate, Abdul Sattar Bachani demanded more decrease in prices of fertilizers to benefit the farmers.


Qaiser Ahmad Shaikh called for collective efforts for a charter of economy.


Abdul Wasim said twenty per cent pay raise should be given to government employees and minimum wage of worker should be fixed at twenty thousand rupees per month.


Dr Fauzia Hameed stressed the need for setting up of industries and creation of job opportunities.


Zahra Wadood Fatemi described the budget as pro-poor.


Sajida Begum said schemes should be launched under Benazir Income Support Programme so that beneficiaries start their own business.


Maulana Gohar Shah emphasized that measures should be taken to make economy interest-free. He stressed for revival of sick industrial units particularly Pakistan Steel.


Rana Muhammad Qasim described the budget as balanced and pro-farmers and said it contains a number of incentives to promote agriculture sector.


Lal Chand demanded effective measures to safeguard rights and interests of minorities.


The house will now meet on Saturday morning at eleven.



President Mamnoon Hussain says protection of women against workplace harassment is inevitable for their effective participation in national progress and prosperity.


He was talking to Federal Ombudsman for Protection of Women against Workplace Harassment Retired Justice, Yasmin Abbasi in Islamabad on Friday.


The President said the ombudsman institution can play a key role in ensuring harassment-free environment at workplace.


He advised the Ombudsman to make use of modern technology for immediate and hassle-free redressal of women`s complaints.                       



The seventh meeting of parliamentary committee on Panama Papers was held in Islamabad on Friday. 


The government side circulated amongst members a document comparing the joint opposition's original terms of reference with those presented by the government on Tuesday.


The government also circulated amongst members the copy of a bill titled "Commission of Inquiry Act 2016." The committee discussed the salient features of the TORs and the bill and decided to continue discussion on the matter at the next meeting to be held on 14th of this month.                            



Power China President Du Chungou called on Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal in Islamabad on Friday.


The meeting reviewed progress on 1320 MW power plant at Port Qasim and expressed satisfaction over the pace of work.


The Minister said the power plant is a flagship project of China Pakistan Economic Corridor.


The President Power China assured to complete the plant in record time.                   



Pakistan will sign 18th protocol with China on Science and Technology cooperation during the current year.


This was revealed by Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain before leaving on a five-day official visit to China.


The Minister said presently Pakistan and China are pursuing cooperation in the fields of Science and Technology under the framework of Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation-1976.



Ambassador for European Union in Pakistan Jean Francois Cautain called on   Minister for Human Rights, Kamran Michael in Islamabad and discussed matters of mutual interest.


The minister apprised him about the vision and policies of the government regarding human rights.


He said government of Pakistan believes in enhancing mutual cooperation with the European Union.



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says dignified return of Temporarily Displaced Persons of FATA to their native areas is top priority of the government.


Chairing a meeting of FATA Disaster Management Authority to review repatriation of the TDPs in Peshawar, he directed the authorities concerned to use all available resources for rehabilitation of the TDPs.



Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited Ramadan Bazaar Township in Lahore on Friday, and checked prices and quality of the daily use items being sold there.


During the visit, on customers demand, the Chief Minister announced that all Ramadan Bazaars will remain open till 2100 hours daily, instead of 1800 hours to facilitate public.               



Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has prayed for the speedy recovery of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.


In his message, he expressed his pleasure over the successful surgery of the Prime Minister.


Meanwhile, a member of the UAE ruling family Sheikh Suroor Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan presented a bouquet for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Pakistan's High Commission in London.


He wished for the Prime Minister's speedy recovery.


Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera also wished the prime minister a speedy recovery and good health and conveyed his sincere well wishes to him and his family.                     



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has voiced serious concerns over the recent incident of torching of girl in Lahore.


In a statement, he termed the incident contrary to Islamic norms and traditions.         



One hundred and fifty Sikh Yatrees performed their religious rituals at Gurdwara Succha Sauda in Sheikhupura on Friday in connection with their religious festival Jor Mela.


The visitors thanked Pakistan government for the facilities provided to them during the visit.



Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah performed ground-breaking 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 the project daily.


The cost of project will be equally shared by the Sindh government and Federal government.                                   



Five people martyred when a roof of a mosque collapsed in North Nazism Abad in Karachi on Friday.


Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the incident and prayed for the departed souls. He condoled with the bereaved families.                          



National Highway Authority has been working for improving the condition of the Karakoram Highway.


According to an NHA official, about seventy per cent of the road is in fair to good condition and about thirty per cent is in poor condition. 


He said measures have been taken to improve the condition of KKH and over 1910 million rupees have been allocated for the purpose.                           



Chairman National Accountability Bureau, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry says NAB is an apex anti-corruption organization.


He was chairing a meeting to review Training of Trainers, Refresher and Capacity Building Courses for NAB Investigation Officers, Case Officers and Prosecutors in Islamabad on Friday.           



By-election in NA-162 Sahiwal-III will be held on the 19th of the next month.


The seat had fallen vacant due to de-notification of MNA Rai Hasan Nawaz Khan.                     



Rangers arrested five accused in targeted raids conducted in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Bin Qasim Town, Liaquatabad, Kemari and Orangi Town areas of Karachi.


Weapons and ammunition were also recovered from them.                       



Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz telephoned Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu on Friday.


The call was made as part of Pakistan's continuing diplomatic efforts towards mobilizing support for its membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group.


The advisor highlighted Pakistan's credentials for the NSG membership with a view to seek Mexico’s support.


The Mexican Foreign Minister expressed support for a non-discriminatory approach on NSG expansion to non-NPT states.                     



Ambassador of Switzerland Marc George and Charge d' Affaires Embassy of Netherlands Renate Pors called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad on Friday.


The future investment plans of Swiss and Netherlands companies in Pakistan were discussed in the meeting.


The Finance Minister apprised the two envoys about the liberal investment regime and a level playing field Pakistan offered to international companies.                     



In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Heads of all the development authorities and the identical civic institutions have been removed from their offices on special directive issued by the AJK government.


In the light of the orders by the AJK government, Commissioner Mirpur Division Raja Amjad Pervez Ali Khan has been assigned the additional charges of Director General Mirpur Development Authority and Director General Mangla Dam Housing Authority.


The Divisional Commissioner Mirpur has assumed the additional charge of both of the offices as DG MDA and DG MDHA.


Similarly, Commissioners of Muzaffarabad and Poonch Divisions have assumed the charge of the offices of Director General MDA Muzaffarabad and DG Pearl Development Authority Rawalakot respectively with immediate effect.


The Deputy Commissioners of rest of the districts of AJK have assumed the additional charge of the heads of development authorities and civic institutions in their respective district.



In Occupied Kashmir, people staged forceful demonstrations in Srinagar, Kulgam and Islamabad areas on Friday against Indian atrocities.


People took to the streets in Nowhatta, Shalteng, Khudwani, Kaimoh and Islamabad areas and shouted slogans in favour of freedom and against India.


The protesters waved Pakistani National flag in Nowhatta during the protests while Indian police fired teargas shells to disperse them.


Complete shutdown was also observed in Khudwani and Kaimoh areas of Kulgam against the arrest of innocent youth by the police.


Meanwhile, occupation authorities put Hurriyet leaders under house arrest or behind the bars. They were not even allowed to offer Juma prayers.


Addressing a gathering in Srinagar, Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday termed the detention of the resistance leaders as frustration of the puppet authorities.


On the other hand, the Imams and Khateebs in their sermons informed the people about the serious consequences of the anti-Kashmiri agenda being advanced by RSS-backed Indian government and its local collaborators in the territory.



US President Barack Obama has approved broader role for US forces in Afghanistan.


The decision would also allow greater use of US air power, particularly close air support.


The new policy will also give power to the US commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, to decide when it will be appropriate for American troops to accompany conventional Afghan forces into the field.             



In Afghanistan, five persons have been killed and ten wounded in a clash between the fighters loyal to two influential figures in northern Faryab province.



In Syria, the first international convoy of food aid since 2012 have reached Darayya after the Syrian government had approved access to 15 of the 19 besieged areas within the country.


However, opposition activists said distribution of the aid was held up amid heavy bombardment from the air by government forces on Friday.


The UN estimates that there are currently 592,700 people living under siege in Syria, with the vast majority of them - some 452,700 people - besieged by government forces.                 



In Turkey, ten people have been killed and four injured in a road accident in Konya province.



In Kazakhstan, five militants were killed in a gunbattle with police in the northwest of Aktobe on Friday.


National Security Committee said the four suspects who were hiding in an apartment refused to surrender, fired on police and security officers, and were killed in the ensuing gunbattle.


Another gunman fired at police at a different location and was killed by retaliatory fire. Two police officers were wounded.



German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed hope that Britain will vote to remain in the European Union in a June 23 referendum.


In a speech in Berlin, she said her country have very close cooperation with Britain in various fields.


Both have traditionally been allies in the EU on matters such as free trade.


Germany has the biggest economy in the 28-nation bloc.

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