Pakistan says any further US drone strike on 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. 


 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 today.


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


He said the May 21st 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 recent drone strike in Balochistan.


The Adviser expressed Pakistan's concern that the drone strike has seriously undermined the ongoing efforts for peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.


He said it comes at a time when Pakistan, along with 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 today.


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 over the recent 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 today 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.





The Senate continued discussion on the budget today.


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 today.


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 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 tomorrow morning at eleven.





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


He was talking to Federal Ombudsman for Protection of Women against Workplace Harrassment Retired Justice, Yasmin Abbassi in Islamabad today.


The President 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 today. 


The committee discussed the salient features of the TORs and the bill and decided to continue discussion on the matter during the next meeting to be held on 14th of this month.





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


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




Five people martyred when a roof of a mosque collapsed in North Nazim Abad in Karachi today.


President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif have expressed deep grief and sorrow over the incident and prayed for the departed souls. They condoled with the bereaved families.





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


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





Rain with dust-thunderstorm and strong gusty winds is expcted at scattered places of Upper Punjab, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Lahore, Faisalabad divisions, Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the next twenty-four hours.


However, rain with thunderstorm is expected at isolated places of north east Balochistan, Sukkur, Larkana, Shaheed Benazirabad, Quetta, Zhob divisions, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan.



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