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MAY 11, 2017

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Prime Minister will leave for Beijing on tomorrow on an official visit to China.  

Nawaz Sharif says focus of next year's budget would be on achieving higher, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Interior Minister has said there should be no politics on Dawn Leaks issue after its amicable settlement

Pakistan has lodged a strong protest with India over unprovoked firing on the Line of Control.

UN special rapporteurs have urged India to lift ban on social media and internet service in Occupied Kashmir. 

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PM-CHINA

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will leave for Beijing on Friday on an official visit to China.

He is visiting China on the invitation Chinese President Xi Jinping to attend the two-day Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation beginning in Beijing on Sunday.

On the first day of the Forum, the Prime Minister will attend the inaugural session of the One Belt One Road Summit, the plenary meeting of high-level dialogue and the state banquet.

He will also attend the leaders' roundtable sessions on the second day of the forum.

Chief Ministers of all four provinces will accompany the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will also hold meetings with President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Kaqiang to further promote bilateral relations between the two friendly countries.

Many agreements are expected to be signed in connection with China Pakistan Economic Corridor during this visit. 

PM-CABINET

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said focus of next year's budget would be on achieving higher, sustainable and inclusive growth.

He was chairing the Cabinet meeting on 'Budget Strategy Paper 2017-20' in Islamabad today.   

The prime minister said the government is determined to increase investments in both human and physical infrastructure.

The prime minister appreciated market capitalization in the stock exchange that would soon touch the mark of 100 billion dollar.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar while briefing the meeting said the government has devised a medium-term macro-economic strategy to increase foreign reserves and reduce fiscal deficit.

He said fiscal deficit of the federal government would be brought down to 4% of GDP by June 2020.

Ishaq Dar said government would aim to achieve six percent of economic growth and enhance efforts to increase revenue generation in the fiscal year 2017-18.

The Prime Minister directed the cabinet members to accord priority to the areas under their domain that could lead to improved economic growth and generate additional employment opportunities.

PM

Addressing a public gathering in Chichawatni Thursday afternoon, the Prime Minister said the government will continue to pursue its agenda of development and prosperity for the benefit of the masses.

He said whole Pakistan is reaping the benefits of development projects started by PML- N government without any discrimination. 

Nawaz Sharif said the government has taken numerous steps to improve the welfare of people.

The Prime Minister announced to link Chichawatni directly with the Lahore-Karachi Motorway. He also announced to establish a campus of veterinary university in Chichawatni.

He announced a sum of 100 million rupees for provision of electricity in Constituency 162. The Prime Minster also announced provision of Sui gas for constituencies 162, 163, 225 and 226.  

NISAR

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says the condition of NOC for tourists for visiting Gilgit-Baltistan been withdrawn.      

At a news conference in Islamabad this afternoon, he, however, said diplomats, International NGOs, research workers and project related foreigners working in Gilgit-Baltistan would require security clearance before visiting the region.      

Chaudhry Nisar said preparations are underway for issuance of red warrants for Altaf Hussain through Interpol before 15th of next month. He said there is a strong legal aspect of the case.

Replying to questions about Dawn Leaks, the Minister said the issue has been settled amicably and there should be no politics over the matter. He said there were differences over procedural matters which have been taken care of.

The Minister said a committee probed the matter and the government did not intervene in its work. He said the Army wanted implementation of the recommendations of the committee in letter and spirit, which has been done.

He said civil-military relationship is a sensitive issue and we should not play with the security of the country. 

EXECUTION

Four more hardcore terrorists, convicted by military courts, have been hanged.

According to the ISPR, the terrorists were involved in attacks on educational institutions, security forces and Saidu Sharif airport.

SENATE

The Senate today began discussion on several important issues on the Motion moved by Leader of the Opposition Aitzaz Ahsan and others.   

Initiating the debate on the first issue regarding the lynching of Mishal Khan and the rise in such incidents in the country, Farhatullah Babar said that the mob violence is increasingly becoming a routine in the society.

Muhammad Azam Khan Swati said politicians, lawmakers, Ulema, lawyers and every segment of society will have to play their due role to change the extremist mindset and present soft image of Pakistan and Islam.

Leader of the Opposition Aitzaz Ahsan said strict action should be taken against those responsible for lynching of Mishal Khan.

Winding up discussion, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad  assured the House that the government will take every step to protect lives and properties of the citizens.

The House will now meet tomorrow morning at ten.

SHAB-E-BARAT

Shab-e-Barat is being observed with religious fervour and devotion tonight.

The faithfull will spend the night in worship seeking blessings of Allah Almighty.

Special arrangements have been made in mosques across the country, where congregations highlighting the importance of the night will be held.

 

FO-CONDEMNATION

The Foreign Office today summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner and lodged a strong protest with him over the unprovoked ceasefire violation by the Indian forces at LoC last night in Tandar, Subzkot, Khuiratta, Baroh, Bagsar and Khanjar sectors.

The unprovoked firing by Indian forces resulted in martyrdom of a civilian and injuries to two others.

Director General (South Asia and SAARC) Dr Mohammad Faisal condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violation by the Indian forces terming it contrary to human dignity and international human rights.

UN-IHK

The United Nations special rapporteurs have urged the Indian government to lift the ban on social media sites and mobile internet service in Occupied Kashmir.  

In a statement issued in Geneva, the U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye and the special rapporteur on human rights, Michel Forst, said that the ban had disproportionate impact on the fundamental rights of everyone in Kashmir and had the character of collective punishment.

SOMALIA

The United Nations has sought further 900 million dollars this year to meet humanitarian crisis in Somalia.

Addressing an international conference on Somalia in London, the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said some 439,000 people are at risk of famine and more than 6 million are severely food insecure.

EARTHQUAKE

Eight people were killed and twenty-three others wounded when a moderate earthquake jolted northwestern part of China today.

CRICKET

On the second day of third and last cricket test against West Indies in Dominica,  Pakistan were 227 for 3 wickets a short while ago.

Meanwhile, Azhar Ali has completed 17th century of his test career today. He is still on crease with 122 runs.

WEATHER:

Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.

However, dust-thunderstorm and rain with gusty winds are expected at isolated places in Quetta, Kalat, Makran, Sukkar, Larkana, Hyderabad, Multan, D.G.Khan, D.I.Khan, Malakand, Hazara divisions, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.

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