JUNE 10, 2017

Pakistn and Russia have agreed to transform their existing relations into substantive economic partnership.

Prime Minister says close cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan is imparetive for eliminating scourge of terrorism in the region.

Acting President says Army and law enforcement agencies will continue fighting against terrorism till its complete elimination.

Finance Minister says new budget focuses on welfare of the common man.

Prime Minister National Health programme has been extended to eight districts of Azad Kashmir.

Three Chinese Navy ships have arrived in Karachi for a good will gesture.

APHC Chairman has underlined need to hold meaningful talks among Pakistan, India and genuine Kashmiri leadership to resolve Kashmir dispute.

Russia and Qatar have agreed on joint efforts to resolve Qatar's row with other Gulf countries through peaceful means.


Pakistan and Russia have expressed the desire to transform the current cordial political relations into a long-term partnership in diverse fields.

The resolve was expressed during meeting between Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the side line SCO Summit in Astana.

The two leaders reaffirmed their desire to further enhance bilateral relations.

They took a comprehensive review of bilateral relations and agreed that there is a healthy growth in relations between two countries.

Both sides noted that high-level interactions and cordial political relations between the two countries have set the stage for translating political goodwill into a substantive economic partnership.

They also agreed to work on concrete proposals for the next session of Pakistan-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, and Technical Cooperation which will take place in Moscow in December this year.

It was also agreed to fast-track the implementation of North-South Gas Pipeline, the agreement for which was signed in October 2015 between two sides.

The two sides also reviewed defence relations during recent years.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has now reached Lahore, after concluding his two-day official visit to Kazakhstan.

Talking to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Astan, The Prime Minister said that Pakistan remains committed to peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Nawaz Sharif said that terrorism remains a common threat to both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He said Pakistan and its forces are valiantly fighting the menace of terrorism and the country has rendered immense human and economic sacrifice in the struggle in recent years.

Nawaz Sharif said close cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan is important for eliminating the scourge of terrorism from our region.

The two leaders agreed to use Quadrilateral Coordination Group mechanism as well as bilateral channels to undertake specific actions against terror groups.

They also agreed to use Quadrilateral Coordination Group to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also visited Pakistan's stall at international specialized exhibition 'Expo 2017' in Astana.

He took keen interest in the items displayed at the stall and was briefed about the traditional arts items and wind and solar technologies gadgets.

Expo-2017 will continue upto the 10th of September. It is dedicated to development of alternative energy sources, green technologies and preservation of ecology system.

Over one hundred countries and twenty-two international organizations are participating in the exhibition.

Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir, Minister of State for Petroleum Jam Kamal and Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, also accompanied the Prime Minister.

Shanghai Cooperation Organization was expanded for the first time at the two-day summit in Astana with the inclusion of Pakistan and India.

According to an article published in Daily China today, the inclusion of the two major regional countries in the SCO demonstrates the organization's growing appeal.

The article said the inclusion of these countries will greatly boost SCO's role in promoting regional stability and bringing prosperity to the whole region.

The SCO could also serve as a platform to promote the common need for economic and trade development, especially under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative framework.

It is further said that the organization is expected to more comprehensively promote regional unity in the quest for a more secure and prosperous future.

Acting President Mian Raza Rabbani says the Army and Law Enforcement Agencies are fighting against terrorism for its complete elimination form the country.

He was addressing the Leisure Leagues' final player ceremony in Karachi today.

Raza Rabbani said that Pakistan is faced with the menace of terrorism and sectarianism but of our security forces are effectively handling the issue.

He said the arrival of foreign Soccer legends' to Pakistan will help enhance its positive image.

Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar says ensuring the well-being of the general public is the top priority of the budget and all sectors of the economy will be catered in the final budget document.

Presiding over a meeting to review various proposals recieved from parliamentarians in Islamabad today, he said that the measures announced in the budget will enhance the welfare and prosperity of the general public.

The Minister said economic reforms will enable Pakistan to achieve higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

He said that, in keeping with the past four years’ tradition and democratic spirit of the PML-N government, the government is accommodating maximum possible proposals from the

The Minister appreciated the hard work put in by the budget team at the Ministry of Finance and FBR during the ongoing budget session.

Talking to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister for Irrigation Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao in Islamabad, the Finance Minister said that the federal government has always been keen to work with all provincial governments to enhance the welfare of the general public.

They discussed matters relating to the financing of different projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including the Pehur High Level Canal Extension Project, for which a loan agreement has been signed with Asian Development Bank.

The Federal government is also making a financial contribution for the project which will have positive impact on the development of the agriculture sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar says jurisdiction of the Prime Minister's National Health Programme is being extended to eight districts of AJK.

In a statement, she said that around ninety-five thousand families are being facilitated under the programme in Muzaffarabad and Kotli districts.

The state minister said fifteen thousand women have been given treatment under the Prime Minister's Health Program.

She said that the programme specially focuses on the health and treatment of women. With help of this program treatment of fifteen thousand women has been carried out.

Saira Afzal Tarar said forty heart operations have also been conducted during three months in Bajaur and Khyber Agencies of FATA under the program.

Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Muhammad Barjees Tahir has said that the government is making all-out endeavors to provide basic amenities to people across the country.

He was talking to newsmen during a visit to a Ramzan Bazaar near Sheikhupura today.

The minister appreciated the measures taken by the Punjab government to provide essential food items at subsidized rates.

He said people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are fed up with the policies of the provincial government and PTI has miserably failed to address problems being faced by the masses.

Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali says the government is implementing a comprehensive plan to transform Pakistan into a developed and prosperous country.

Talking to media in Faisalabad today, he said the government respects all political forces and matters should be resolved in the parliament.

Abid Sher Ali said that some political elements are creating hindrance in the way of progress and prosperity of the country.

He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has presented himself for accountability, which has no example in the history of Pakistan.

The minister state said that Prime Minster gave answered to all baseless allegations against him and his family in the apex court.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa says Pakistan is capable to defeat all threats irrespective of the front.

He was interacting with troops during his visit to Line of Control near Muzaffarabad. He was also given a detailed briefing on Indian ceasefire violations and response by Pakistani troops.

The Army Chief appreciated the operational readiness of troops and their exemplary high morale and motivation for fulfillment of assigned mission.

General Bajwa also hailed Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control for their determination against Indian brutalities and assured Pakistan's support to them.

On the occasion, the troops shared with the army chief their feelings about Indian ceasefire violations,which are targeting innocent civilians. They pledged that no Indian misadventure shall go without a befitting response.

One civilian was martyred due to unprovoked firing by Indian forces at Line of Control in Rawalakot Sector today.

Police sources told Radio Pakistan that Indian army resorted to unprovoked firing from across the LoC that seriously injured Muhammad Shabir of Abbas Pur. Who was shifted to the nearby hospital but succumbed to his injuries this afternoon.

According to ISPR, Pakistani troops befittingly responded and silenced the Indian guns.

Three ships of Chinese Navy task group namely Chung Chun, Chang Xu and Cha Ho have arrived in Karachi for a good will gesture.

According to a spokesman of Pakistan Navy that Rear Admiral Shan Hu has headed the contingent of Chinese Navy.

Pakistan Navy high officials, Chinese Ambassador and staff of embassy welcomed the fleet.

The spokesman said that during the visit the staff of Chinese Navy will discuss professional issues, matters of mutual interest and bilateral naval collaboration with Pakistanis counterparts. The Chinese ships will also take part exercises in deep sea.

Punjab Cabinet at its meeting with Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the chair in Lahore today approved privatization of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Private Limited.

The Chief Minister said investors have shown keen interest in the privatization of this project.

The Chief Minister directed for formation of Standing Committee of the Cabinet to monitor privatization process of the company.

The provincial Cabinet also approved establishment of "Punjab Thermal Power Company Limited" for new twelve hundred megawatt gas power Project.

The meeting also approved Amendment in "Punjab Servants Housing Foundation Act 2004", amendment in Provincial Motor Vehicles Ordinance Schedule 12" and Punjab Zakat and Ushar Act 2016.

Sindh Assembly continued debate on the new budget today..
Speaker Agha Siraj Ahmed Durrani presided over the session.

Taking part in the debate, Khairunnissa Mughal, Rehana Leghari and other described the budget as people-friendly.

They lauded the fifteen percent increase in the salaries and pension.

Members belonging to opposition benches criticised the government for not carrying out development work inspite of earmarking huge funds.

Twenty students previously belonging to a banned organization passed out today at the Rehabilitation Centre of Pakistan Rangers Sindh in Karachi.

According to a Rangers spokesman, nine of the twenty passed out students were trained in terrorism in Afghanistan.

He said those rehabilitated in the rehabilitation center had not criminal record. Therefore, they were passed out after nine months of rehabilitations.

The federal government has decided to establish regional passport office at Miran Shah, North Waziristan Agency.

According to official sources, a team of Immigration and Passport Department would visit Miran Shah next week to select a suitable place for the office.

The opening of regional passport office will facilitate the tribesmen in getting passport at their doorstep.

Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafiz-ur-Rehman has appreciated PML-N government for taking special measures for promotion of sports and tourism in Gilgit Baltistan.

In a statement today, he said under Prime Minister's Youth Loan Schemes, six hundred thousand rupees each loan will be provided to five hundred Youth to promote tourism in the area.

The Chief Minister said the federal government has allocated 320 million rupees for the purpose.

The Senate of Pakistan has donated three ambulances to the Edhi Foundation.

The ambulances were handed over by the acting president Mian Raza Rabbani to Faisal Edhi at a ceremony in Karachi today.

Speaking on the occasion, Mian Raza Rabbani lauded the services of Abdul Sattar Edhi for the welfare of the humanity.

Under the ongoing operation Radd ul Fasaad, security forces conducted search operation against a banned outfit in Kahaan Tehsil of Kohlu district in Balochistan today.

A huge cache of arms and ammunition including mortar shells and other incendiaries used in terrorist activities was recovered.

World Orphans Day was observed today to create awareness about the issue and needs of the orphans.

Different organizations arranged special programme and seminars to highlight the importance of the day.

Pakistan has called for effective implementation of Paris Agreement on climate change.

This was stated by Pakistan`s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi while addressing the concluding ceremony of a conference on Oceans in New York.

She expressed its commitment to work closely with international community for improving health of oceans.

Maleeha Lodhi said Pakistan will play an active role in the efforts to reverse the decline of oceans' health, resulting from irresponsible human activity.

The Ambassador said Pakistan is undertaking a number of steps to strengthen its national capacity to undertake Marine Scientific Research to increasing oceanographic knowledge.

Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference Syed Ali Gilani has underlined the need to hold meaningful tripartite talks amongst Pakistan, India and the genuine Kashmiri leadership to resolve the Kashmir dispute.

In a statement in Srinagar today, he said the Indian leaders can resolve the lingering dispute by respecting the Kashmiris' aspirations, but they are relying on their military might to strangulate the voice of the people of Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the APHC has strongly denounced the continued house arrest of its Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, and said that India wants to kill the octogenarian leader without taking blame.

The Mirwaiz-led Hurriyet forum in a statement strongly condemned the continued house arrest and detention of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Aasiya Andrabi, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Fehmeeda Sofi, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Shakeel Ahmed Bakhshi and other leaders.

In a statement in Srinagar, Dukhtaran-e-Millat said that the puppet authorities had disrespected court's order by not shifting the party Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi and her associate, Fehmeeda Sofi, from Jammu's Amphalla jail to Srinagar.

Meanwhile, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred one more Kashmiri youth in Bandipora district, today, raising the number of killed in fake encounters in the territory to seven since yesterday.

Russia and Qatar have agreed to make joint efforts to resolve the row between Gulf countries and Qatar through peaceful means.

An understanding to this effect came during a meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani in Moscow today.

Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was ready to act with consent and interest of the parties concerned to help resolve the diplomatic row through talks.

In his remarks, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman said Qatar was committed to solving the issue through dialogue and termed the Gulf Cooperation Council as the most appropriate format for such talks.

In Syria, at least forty-five civilians were killed in fresh violence in northern city of Raqqah.

Reports say casualties occurred due to airstrikes carried out by a US-led coalition and attacks by the PKK terrorist group the Al-Mashlab district east of Raqqa city.

It is pertinent to mention that the military campaign recently launhed by US-led coalition is underway aimed at retaking Raqqah from the Daesh terrorist group.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed willingness to join Brexit talks scheduled to begin on 19th of this month.

Addressing a news conference along with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico, she said the European Union wants talks to progress quickly and smoothly.

She expressed hope that the United Kingdom remain a good partner and stick to the timetable of Brexit talks after Theresa May failed to win a majority in recent UK election.

In Kosovo, parliamentary election will be held tomorrow after collapse of the government in no-confidence motion last month.

According to media reports, nearly two million voters will use their right to vote to elect new government.

This will be the third election in the country since it got independence from Serbia in 2008.

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