DATED: 12 May, 2017



Senate has been informed that settlement of Dawn leaks issue has strengthened democracy in the country. 

The reconstruction of one hundred and ten schools damaged in terror incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been completed.

Australia is considering a NATO request for sending more troops to Afghanistan. 



Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad has said that amicable solution to the issue of Dawn leaks has strengthened democracy in the country.


He was responding to a motion moved by Leader of the Opposition and others regarding Dawn leaks in Senate today.


The minister said some forces wanted to destabilize democratic system over the issue of Dawn leaks but the matter was handled and resolved prudently. 


He urged all the political parties and the media to end debate on Dawn leaks in the best interest of Pakistan, for stability of democracy and supremacy of the constitution.


Earlier, participating in the discussion, opposition members criticized the government over handling of the issue.



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has left for China to attend the two-day Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation beginning in Beijing on Sunday.  


He is accompanied by a high level delegation including the four chief ministers and Federal Ministers Ishaq Dar, Saad Rafique, Khurram Dastgir, Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of State Anusha Rehman and Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.


The prime minister will attend the inaugural session of the summit and the plenary meeting of high-level dialogue and the state banquet.


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


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 the visit. 


The Prime Minister is also expected to meet world leaders on the sidelines of Belt and Road Forum. He will participate in an investment conference and meet with business and corporate leaders. 


The Prime Minister will also visit Hangzhou and Hong Kong. 



Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has rejected reports that the recent visit of Indian entrepreneur Sajjan Jindal came under discussion during a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. 


In a statement, she said Sajjan Jindal is friend of the prime minister and he met him in his personal capacity.




The reconstruction of one hundred and ten schools affected due to terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been completed.


Sources of Provincial Reconstruction and Settlement Authority told radio Pakistan that these schools were completed at a cost of more than two point five billion rupees with the collaboration of USAID.


The sources said that work on sixty three more schools affected due to floods and terrorist activities in different parts of the province is in progress.




Sindh government has launched ten schemes at cost of over 547 million rupees under costal development project to assess the impacts of sea intrusion, improve major settlements of Fishermen and rehabilitate flood affected areas in Thatta, Sujawal and Badin districts.


Our Karachi correspondent reports that the feasibility study for development of an Island Hajamaro creek at Keti Bandar in costal belt of the province also include in the project.




Polling for by-elections against vacant seats of Local Bodies in thirteen districts of Balochistan is in progress smoothly.


The Provincial Election Commissioner Mohammad Naeem Majeed Jaffar told our correspondent in Quetta today that polling will continue till four pm without any break.




Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar has taken notice of Bahria Enclave incident where a stage collapse led to death of two people and injuries to many others.


The Chief Justice has sought report from Chief Commissioner and Inspector General Police Islamabad within forty eight hours.





Australia is considering a NATO request for sending more troops to Afghanistan.  


Talking to reporters in Sydney, today Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said it is very important that we continue with our other allies in the efforts in Afghanistan and work together.


Currently, Australia has nearly 300 troops stationed in Afghanistan for training of the Afghan forces.





Turkey has agreed to a request from the Australian government to extradite top recruiter for the Islamic State group.


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Neil Prakash, the country's most dangerous terrorist of Islamic State group, will be brought back and he will face the court.


Melbourne-born Neil Prakash is involved in planning several attacks in Australia.

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