Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Prime Minister is on visit of Saudi Arabia to hold talks with Saudi leadership on the Gulf crisis.
Minister of State for Information says Prime Minister has decided to appear before JIT as he believes in rule of law and dignity of judiciary.
Interior Minister has directed for maintaining a databank of Chinese nationals working on different projects in Pakistan.
Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources has said the government strictly abides by the constitution in distribution of gas.
Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa says almost ninety percent of Temporarily Displaced Persons have returned to their native areas.
Pakistan has lodged strong protest with India over unprovoked shelling from across the Line of Control.
In Occupied Kashmir, students staged forceful demonstrations in Shopian on Monday against martyrdom of a colleague.
In Afghanistan, American troops have killed three civilians after their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Nangarhar Province.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has arrived in Jeddah.
He is visiting Saudi Arabia for consultations with Saudi leadership on the situation emerging among GCC countries.
He is accompanied by Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and senior officials.
The Prime Minister was received by Governor Makkah Prince Fysal Bin Abdul Aziz.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to meet Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz at Jeddah on Monday evening.
The King will host Iftar reception in honor of the visiting delegation.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says Prime Minister has decided to appear before the Joint Investigation Team probing Panama Papers case in respect of apex court.
Talking to newsmen in Islamabad on Monday, she said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had launched the movement for independence and restoration of judiciary in the past.
The Minister of State said Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz believes in supremacy of law and constitution and Prime Minister will go to JIT for the dignity of people.
She said Chairman PTI Imran Khan is making false claims and running away from appearing before the courts and Election Commission in cases against him.
Speaking on this occasion, MNA Talal Chaudhry said Prime Minister is working for development of the country and prosperity of the people.
Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry says Prime Minister and his family believe in rule of law and respect of judiciary.
Addressing a news conference along with MNA Daniyal Aziz in Islamabad on Monday, he said PML-N rendered unprecedented sacrifices for democracy and judiciary in the past.
The Minister of State said Nawaz Sharif launched long march for restoration of judiciary.
He said by presenting himself before JIT, Prime Minister will make a history.
MNA Daniyal Aziz speaking on the occasion said PTI Chairman is consistently making false statements and does not appear before the courts in different cases.
President of Pakistan Muslim League (N) Nawaz Sharif has ordered cancellation of party membership of Nihal Hashmi.
He has taken the decision on unanimous recommendation of the committee formed to investigate the objectionable statement of Senator Nihal Hashmi.
The committee in its recommendations noted that Nihal Hashmi violated the party policy and discipline by churning out a controversial statement.
A review meeting of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was held in Islamabad on Monday with Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal in the chair.
During the meeting, progress on ongoing projects under the CPEC was reviewed.
The meeting was attended by high officials of the federal ministries and provincial governments.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has directed for maintaining a databank of Chinese nationals working at different projects in Pakistan.
Presiding over a meeting in Islamabad on Monday, he directed the Ministry to review, regulate and streamline the process of issuance of visas to Chinese nationals.
The Minister said this databank, prepared by NADRA should be shared with all security agencies.
The Meeting also reviewed progress in the registration of International NGOs under the new policy framework devised by the Ministry of Interior.
Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says five new oil and gas discoveries have been made in Sindh.
He made the announcement at a news conference in Islamabad on Monday.
The discoveries have been made in Hyderabad, Sanghar, Sajawal and Khairpur districts.
The Minister said new wells will produce six hundred barrels of oil and seventy million cubic feet of gas per day.
He said there have been ninety-eight oil and gas discoveries during tenure of the present Government and so far nine hundred forty-four million cubic feet of gas has been added to the system.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the present Government is strictly abiding by the constitutional provisions in distribution of gas.
To a question, he said work on Iran Pakistan gas pipeline project is delayed because of the effect of sanctions on Iran that prohibit donor transactions.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said for procurement of oil and gas, the government is working on Government to Government level with various countries including Azerbaijan, Turkey, Oman, Russia, China, Malayasia and Iran.
He said Sindh and Balochistan are fully getting the dividends of oil and gas discoveries made there during last four year.
On a point of order raised by Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah, the Speaker said no request was received for issuance of production order for MNA Jamshed Dasti until last Friday.
He said the request from Jamshed Dasti was received on Monday and his production order has been issued.
The members belonging to opposition parties staged a walk out from National Assembly to press their demand for live broadcast of speech of Opposition Leader on PTV.
Journalists covering the session staged a walk out from the House to record their protest against the martyrdom of a journalist in Haripur and other issues.
On the assurance of Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb for resolution of their problems, the journalists ended their protest.
Later, speaking at the floor of the House, Minister of State for Information said the federal government will provide all possible assistance to the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for investigation into the murder of the journalist in Haripur.
She said the issues including Wage Board award and journalist quota in the Federal Housing Schemes are being taken up seriously with the concerned ministries and departments.
Later, the House started general discussion and consideration of the recommendation made by the Senate on the budget for the next fiscal year.
Taking part in the debate, Qari Muhammad Yousuf proposed that more funds should be allocated for education sector.
Malik Muhammad Pervaiz lauded government's efforts for presenting a balanced and people-friendly budget.
Naeema Kishwar said the proposals given by the Senate should be given due consideration and maximum recommendations should be accommodated.
The House will now meet on Tuesday at three in the afternoon.
The security forces killed two wanted terrorists in an intelligence based operation in Quetta on Monday.
The killed terrorists were involved in attacking armed forces, target killing, kidnapping for ransom and IEDS planting in Quetta, Margate and Sangaan areas of Balochistan.
The security forces also recovered huge quantity of weapons and ammunition during an IBO in various parts of South Waziristan Agency, Lower Dir, Chitral and Dara Adamkhel.
These actions are part of operation Radd-ul-Fasaad continuing across the country for complete elimination of terrorism from Pakistan.
Sindh Rangers in targeted operations in various areas of Karachi arrested eight criminals, including three members of MQM London militant wing, on Monday.
A spokesman of Sindh Rangers said the arrested criminals were involved in target killing, extortion and other heinous crimes.
He said illegal weapons, ammunition, looted items and drugs were also recovered from them.
Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says almost ninety percent of Temporarily Displaced Persons have returned to their native areas.
Talking to US Consul General Rymond Mc. Grath who called on him in Peshawar on Monday, he said FATA reforms will bring prosperity and development to the tribal areas.
The feasibility study for the establishment of a dry port at Havelian in Hazara division has been completed and practical work on the project will be initiated soon.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has expedited construction work on 130 bomb proof checkpoints in the districts bordering tribal belt to check militants’ infiltration from FATA.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says record funds have been allocated for development schemes in the next fiscal year's provincial budget.
He was talking to members of provincial assembly from different districts in Lahore on Monday.
Shahbaz Sharif said mega clean water programme is being launched in all Tehsils of southern Punjab and a huge amount of twenty five billion rupees has been earmarked for this program.
A Chinese Navy delegation called on Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair in Karachi on Monday.
Talking to the delegation, the Governor said friendly relations between Pakistan and China will be further strengthened with completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project.
The Governor informed the delegation about investment opportunities in Karachi saying the city has become ideal for foreign investment after restoration of peace.
The leader of the delegation said China gives utmost importance to its relations with Pakistan.
The next fiscal year's budget of Balochistan with a total outlay of 321.67 billion rupees will be presented on Thursday.
Provincial Finance Department sources told APP that eighty billion rupees have been proposed for public sector development programme while thirty-eight billion rupees each will be set-aside for education and law and order departments.
Health department will receive thirty-five billion rupees.
Chairman National Accountability Bureau Qamar Zaman Chaudhry says a comprehensive operational methodology has been chalked out for proceeding of cases, complaint verification, inquiry and investigation.
He was chairing Directors General Conference in Islamabad on Monday.
Addressing concluding session of the conference, he said NAB is determined to make Pakistan corruption free.
The International Day against Child Labour is being observed across the world on Monday, including Pakistan.
The theme for this year's observance is focus on the impact of conflicts and disasters on child labour.
The purpose of observing this day is to rid the children of child labour and provide them maximum opportunities of education for a brighter future.
Three Chinese warships have arrived at Karachi port as part of a goodwill and training mission which will also include some naval exercises.
The Chinese official news agency Xinhua reports Rear Admiral Shen Hao, the commander of the People's Liberation Army fleet said the visit will further mutual trust between China and Pakistan.
The fleet was received by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah and other senior officers.
Two civilians were martyred and three others injured in unprovoked firing and shelling by Indian forces in Jandrot and Hot Spring sectors of the Line of Control on Monday.
According to ISPR, Indian troops targeted civil population with heavy weapons.
Pakistan Army effectively responded to the firing.
There are reports of casualties and damages to the Indian troops.
Indian Deputy High Commissioner J. P Singh was summoned to the Foreign Office in Islamabad on Monday and a strong protest lodged with him over the Indian firing on the Line of Control.
The Foreign Office said deliberate targeting of civilians is condemnable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws.
Pakistan urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement; investigate the incidents of ceasefire violations and instruct its forces to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit for peace on the LoC.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has expressed disappointment over Indian behavior for not allowing Sikh Yatrees to visit their religious site in Hassanabadal.
Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria in a statement said that one hundred Sikh Yatrees had been issued visas but Indian authorities stopped most of them at Atari.
Spokesman said India does not care about human values and makes excuses one after another.
In Occupied Kashmir, students of Degree College Shopian held forceful protest demonstrations on Monday against the killing of young student Adil Farooq Magray by Indian troops last week.
According to Kashmir Media Service, Indian police and paramilitary forces used massive force, including teargas shelling, on the protesting students. Several students were injured during the clashes.
APHC Chairman Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, on Monday urged international human rights organizations to prevail upon India to release all illegal Kashmiri detainees before Eid.
The Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement expressed serious concern over the plight of political prisoners lodged in various jails and demanded their immediate release.
APHC General Secretary Shabbir Ahmad Shah has paid glowing tributes to Mirwaiz Yousuf Shah on his 50th anniversary for his immense religious, social and political contribution.
Meanwhile, Hurriyet leaders of AJK chapter held a protest demonstration in Islamabad and strongly condemned the continued illegal detention and house arrest of APHC leaders.
The AJK Prime Minister, Raja Farooq Haider has urged civil servants to cooperate fully with public representatives to ensure speedy development in the state.
He was addressing a function in connection with the 69th Foundation Day of Kashmir Institute of Management in Muzaffarabad on Monday.
Raja Farooq Haider said bureaucracy should play its effective role in ensuring good governance in the state.
In Afghanistan, three Afghan civilians have been killed when American troops opened fire after their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Nangarhar Province.
A spokesman for the Nangarhar Governor said a man and his two sons were killed at their home in Ghani Khel district in firing by American soldiers.
The US military command in Kabul said it was investigating the incident.
Qatar has launched direct shipping services to ports in Oman to bypass a blockade imposed by other Arab countries.
Qatar's port authority announced on Monday the launch of two new services from Hamad Port to Oman's Sohar and Salalah ports.
Iran and Turkey are playing a major role in supplying food to Qatar.
In sheer violation of international public opinion, Israel has allowed plans for construction of over eight thousand new homes in the West Bank.
According to Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, out of these 3,066 have been given final approval and will soon be built.
It is the largest expansion of Jewish settlements in the area in 25 years.
Nearly 400,000 Jewish settlers are estimated to be living in the West Bank along with 2.8 million Palestinians.
Iranian Police have killed four Islamic State suspects, including two foreigners, in south of the country.
Semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted a local police chief as saying that four men were killed in an encounter in a mountainous area in the province of Hormuzgan.
In Saudi Arabia, a senior police officer has been killed in a bomb blast in the town of Awamiya.
According to a statement issued by Interior Ministry in Riyadh on Monday, two policemen were also injured in the blast.
A plebiscite in America's oldest and largest colony Puerto Rico has returned an overwhelming vote in favour of becoming the 51st state of the United States.
The option of formally joining the US as a full-fledged state was backed by 97.1 percent of voters.