JUNE 11, 2017


Pakistan has rejected reports about deployment of its troops in Qatar as baseless.

Minister for Kashmir Affairs says India's stubbornness and ceasefire violations are destabilizing the entire region.

Planning Minister says Pakistan's full membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation proves effectiveness of our foreign policy.

The government has developed a special software for Election Commission to ensure free and impartial general election.

First unit of Bhikki Power Plant near Sheikhupura will resume power generation tonight.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has allocated one hundred and twenty eight billion rupees for promotion of education.

In occupied Kashmir, joint resistance leadership has condemned Indian forces' crackdown against civilians.

Russia has warned the United States not to attack pro-government forces in Syria.



Pakistan has ruled out deployment of its troops in Qatar.

In a statement, Foreign Office Spokesperson described reports appearing in some foreign press and media regarding deployment of Pakistani troops in Qatar as completely fabricated and baseless.

He stressed that these false reports appear to be part of a malicious campaign aimed at creating misunderstanding between Pakistan and brotherly Muslim countries in the Gulf.

Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhary Barjees Tahir says Indian stubbornness and Indian ceasefire violations are destabilizing the entire region.

In a statement, he said New Delhi is continuously escaping dialogue process to prolong its illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Minister strongly condemned the growing incidents of unprovoked firing by the Indian forces at Line of Control and martyrdom of youths in fake encounters in occupied Kashmir.

He said Indian forces during the last one year violating ceasefire agreement have martyred numerous civilians across the LoC.

He reiterated that Pakistan will not back out from stance on Kashmir and will continue to support their right to self determination.

Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal says the PML-N government has put the country on path to economic and political stability after pulling it out of energy crisis.

This he said while talking to the newsmen in Narowal today.

The Minister said the national economy is in take-off position due to effective economic and industry-friendly policies by the government.

He said Pakistan's full membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is a great success, which prove effectiveness and positivity of our foreign policy.

In an interview, Planning Minister said one hundred thousand youth will be given training in information technology sector this year to produce trained manpower.

The Minister said scholarships are being awarded to talented youth under the US-Pakistan Knowledge corridor.

He said this year thirty-five point five billion rupees have been earmarked for higher education sector which will be increased to fifty billion rupees next year.

Replying to a question about China Pakistan Economic Corridor, Ahsan Iqbal said that projects under CPEC offer immense dividends for socio-economic development of Sindh and Balochistan as most of the energy and infrastructure projects within the ambit of CPEC are in Sindh and Balochistan.

A special software has been developed for Election Commission of Pakistan and NADRA to ensure free, fair and impartial general election in 2018.

This was stated by Law Minister Zahid Hamid while addressing party workers in Pasrur today.

He said the Election Commission of Pakistan would soon get complete autonomy to become a full-fledged independent national institution.

He said the government has put in new effective and positive electoral suggestions into Electoral Reforms Agenda.

Zahid Hamid said next general election would be held on time under electoral reforms.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad says govt is providing maximum facilities to the orphans to make them useful member of the society.

He said this while visiting Sweet Home in Attock where more than one hundred orphans are being looked after.

The Minister emphasised upon the philanthropists to play their role in helping orphans, destitutes and people who are not blessed.

National Assembly will resume its session at the Parliament House in Islamabad tomorrow at four in the afternoon.

According to the agenda, general discussion and consideration of the recommendations made by the Senate of Pakistan will be held during the session.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar will wind up the general discussion on the budget for the next fiscal year in the house.

The Government has allocated three hundred and twenty billion rupees for development of road infrastructure in the country.

Under the Annual Development Plan 2017-18, over one hundred and twenty three billion rupees have been allocated for completion of different sections of motorways.

This includes completion of two hundred thirty kilometres long Lahore-Abdul Hakeem section, Multan-Sukkur and Sukkur-Hyderabad section, and construction of Hakla to D. I. Khan motorway.

Ten billion rupees have been apportioned for construction of Faisalabad-Khanewal expressway and three billion rupees for Burhan-Havelian expressway.

Similarly, the Dera Ismail Khan Mughal Kot and Zhob road will be restored with funds worth of two point seven billion rupees.

Another two point five billion rupees will be spent for Kuzdar, Panjgore, Bisma, Sohrab section and Gwadar Turbat and Hoshab section.

Work on Hazara Motorway is in full swing and the motorway will become operational by end of this year.

According to an official of National Highway Authority, work on the first two packages will be completed by August while the package III will be completed by December this year.

He said fifty-nine kilometres Burhan-Havelian section of motorway forming part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will cast thirty four billion rupees.

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says quality medical treatment facilities are right of every citizen and Punjab government is implementing a comprehensive programme for the purpose.

He stated this while chairing a meeting to review implementation of the projects being launched for provision of quality medical facilities to the people of the province in Lahore today.

During the meeting, he directed the authorities concerned to evolve an effective strategy for prevention of the viral disease.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister visited Bhikki Power Plant near Sheikhupra this afternoon.

He was briefed about reasons for failure of gas turbines of the power plant.

Speaking on this occasion, the Chief Minister said first unit of the Plant will resume power generation of three hundred megawatt by tonight.

Meanwhile, talking to elected public representatives in Lahore Punjab Chief Minister said the PML (N) government is serving the masses with sincerity under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

He said some politically defeated elements did open enmity with the country, through their sit-ins and lock-downs, however mature public foiled their nefarious designs.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly continued general debate today on budget for the fiscal year 2017-18.

Initiating the debate, Parliamentary leader of Awami National Party Sardar Hussain Babak said the provincial government presented the budget with the throw forward of three thousand billion rupees, which is a proof of its continuous deficit budget for the last four years.

Mufti Syed Janan of JUI (F) protested against discrimination in allocation of funds.

A PTI member Qurban Ali khan said the provincial government did nothing for revival of industries in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Those who participated in the debate include Shah Farman, Amna Sardar, Mehmood Khan Betani, Jafar Shah and Raja Faisal Zaman.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has allocated about one hundred and twenty eight billion rupees for promotion of education in the province.

Official sources told our Peshawar correspondent that the amount will be spent on seventy-seven projects in education sector.

These projects include construction of four hundred and ten primary schools, ten post graduate colleges, recruitment of fourteen thousand teachers, construction of boundary walls and provision of missing facilities in educational institutions.

The sources said one hundred each primary, middle and high schools will be upgraded in the province under the plan.

Sindh government is committed to provision of best medical facilities to people and no polio case has been reported in the province this year.

An official of Health department told our Karachi correspondent, the government has increased last year Health budget to 26 percent and over hundred billion rupees have been earmarked in new budget.

He said the government is also ensuring provision of vaccine in every corner of the province and over eight billion rupees have been allocated for Immunization Support Program.

A Chinese delegation led by Dr Lee visited Moen Jo Daro today.

The delegation was briefed about the Stupa, great bath, Buddha Stupa, Museum and other places of the historic relics.

Speaking on the occasion, the head of the delegation said Moen Jo Daro is a national heritage of Pakistan and asset of world heritage as well.

Balochistan Government is taking practical steps for promotion of communications sector to provide modern means of communications to the masses.

According to a senior official of Provincial Communications Department, forty-four kilometres long link roads are being constructed in various rural areas of Gwadar district at a cost of more than 185 million rupees.

Similarly, construction of bypass Mekhter Road Chamalang in Loralai district is in progress at a cost of more than sixty million rupees.

AJK President Sardar Masood Khan says steps are being taken to provide speedy and inexpensive justice to the people of the state.

He expressed these views while talking to Vice Chairman of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Bar Council Raja Shoukat Ali Kiani at Kashmir House in Islamabad today.

Sardar Masood Khan said vacant positions of the judges in Azad Jammu and Kashmir High Court would be filled on merit.

He urged lawyers to highlight the massive human rights violations by Indian forces in held valley through use of mainstream and social media.

Advisor to Prime Minister on Aviation Sardar Mehtab Khan Abbasi has taken notice of sub-standard food stuff of Iftar at the flights of Pakistan International Airlines.

In a statement, he said no compromise will be made in respect of standard of services in PIA.

The Advisor directed PIA management to improve standard of services.

Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has expressed grief on the murder of journalist Bakhshis Elahi in Haripur.

Condemning the murder, she said all possible resources should be utilized to help the bereaved family.

Three policemen were martyred and one person was injured when terrorists opened fire on them at Sriab road in Quetta city today.

Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri has strongly condemned the firing incident and expressed sorrow over martyrdom of three police personnel in the incident.

The funneral prayers of the martyred police personnel were offered in Quetta this afternoon.

One terrorist was arrested during search operation in Janikhel area of district Bannu today.

He was wanted to police for terrorist activities in the area.

Karachi Police in a combing operation have arrested eighteen criminals in Shahra-e-Faisal and Pehlwan Goth areas of the city today.

According to police sources, the criminals were involved in dacoity, motor bikes stealing, kidnapping for ransom and other street crimes.

Arms, ammunition, stolen motor bikes and robbed mobile phones were also recovered from their possession.

Pakistan and China will embark upon Cultural Caravan on CPEC route to strengthen region's economic, cultural connectivity, showcase soft image and trade potential of the region.

Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb along with Chinese Minister for Culture would formally launch the Cultural Caravan from Urumqi (China) in August this year.

The 60-member troupe comprising Chinese and Pakistani artists, musicians, dancers, photographers, anthropologists, writers and filmmakers riding on 15-fully equipped vehicles would reach Gwadar in 30 days from Urumqi.

Caravan would pass through Athushi, Thumshuk, Shulay, Shefu, Akto and Tashgul in China, and Gilgit to Peshawar, Lahore, Multan, Dera Ismail Khan, Quetta, Sukkur, Karachi and Gwadar in Pakistan.

Pakistan and Turkey are celebrating seventy years of diplomatic relations this year.

To mark this milestone in a befitting manner the embassies of the two countries are organizing cultural and literary events.

In this connection a press conference was held at the conclusion of a Pakistani film's shooting in Turkey.

Addressing the Press Conference, Pakistan's Ambassador to Turkey Sohail Mahmood said efforts are underway to further increase Pakistan-Turkey collaboration in joint production and exchange of films and TV serials.

In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership has condemned Indian forces' crackdown against civilians saying that Kashmiri people are being harassed in all possible ways.

The resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar today said that raids and crackdowns had become a regular feature in the occupied territory and the people of Kashmir were being held hostage for hours by Indian troops on gunpoint.

They urged the international human rights organizations to take notice of occupational forces' inhuman treatment towards the Kashmiri people.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar today condemned the harassment of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Altaf Ahmad Shah by India's National Investigation Agency and termed the action as political vengeance.

Meanwhile, Indian police arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik along with his associate, Noor Muhammad Kalwal in Shopian district, today.

The Mirwaiz-led Hurriyet forum in a statement strongly condemned the continued house detention of its Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Kuwait says Qatar has agreed to listen to the concerns of other Gulf countries.

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah was quoted by KUNA news agency as saying that his country would continue its efforts to patch a rift within the Gulf.

Meanwhile, Iran has sent four cargo planes of food to Qatar.

In a related development, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu discussed the row between Qatar and its fellow Arab states on a phone call.

Russia has warned the United States not to attack pro-government forces in Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov conveyed the message to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call.

Russian foreign minister urged the American side to take concrete measures to prevent such incidents in future.

They also exchanged views on situation in Syria and expressed their desire to step up co-operation to try to end the conflict there.

Meanwhile, the US-backed Syrian fighters captured their first western district in Islamic State held Raqqa today.

It comes days after seizing an eastern neighbourhood from the militants.

A statement by the Syrian Democratic Forces said their fighters liberated the neighbourhood of Al-Romaniya on the western front of the city after two days of continued clashes

Australia plans to build its first prison for militants to isolate them and stop the spread of radical beliefs as part of efforts to eliminate terrorism.

This was stated by the premier of New South Wales State Gladys Berejiklian while talking to newsmen in Sydney today.

The unit will be within a maximum-security prison and have capacity for 54 inmates.

Earlier this week, police in New South Wales were granted authority to shoot suspects in terrorist-related incidents even if the attacker do not pose an imminent threat.

In Europe, voting is underway in France, Italy and Kosovo for parliamentary and Municipal elections.

In France, voting is being held in the first round of parliamentary elections and opinion polls suggest that new President Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move party is set to emerge from the June 18 second-round vote with a solid governing majority.

In Kosovo, parliamentary election is in progress today after collapse of the government in no-confidence motion last month.

And Italians are casting their votes to elect municipal mayors ahead of parliamentary election.

Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its National hookup at immediately after this bulletin a special dialogue entitled "Adam bardashat kee waja ghair munsifana rawaiye ya kam elmi" under the Dialogue series in connection with 70 years of Independence Celebrations of Pakistan.

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