DATE: 12-05-2017                                       


A suicide bombing near the convoy of Deputy Chairman Senate in Mastung on Friday left twenty five people dead.


Prime Minister is in Beijing to attend two-day "Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation" beginning on Sunday.      


Railways Minister says track from Karachi up to Landi Kotal and Torkham will be upgraded.


Election Commission has linked over seventy thousand proposed polling stations with Google Map to facilitate voters.


Radio Pakistan's Saut-ul-Quran Channel Multan will go on air on Ist of Ramazan.


Pakistan and Belarus have agreed to enhance cooperation in diverse spheres including trade, economy and defence.


Speakers at an international conference in Brussels have voiced concern over the plight of women in occupied Kashmir.


North Korea has warned the United States that fresh sanctions will only spur its development of nuclear weapons.





Twenty-five people were martyred and forty-two others, including Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, injured in a suicide bomb attack in Mastung this on Friday.


The blast occurred near the convoy of Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri.



President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have strongly condemned the incident.      


The President in a statement reiterated the resolve to continue war on terror to provide protection to the masses by eradicating the menace from the country.


Prime Minister prayed for swift recovery of the injured, including Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri.


Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Minister for State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb have also condemned the attack.


They said terrorists cannot deter nation's resolve against militancy through such coward attacks.


Meanwhile, Senate also offered Fateha for the departed souls and prayed for the early recovery of the injured.



Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam -F Chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman has expressed firm determination to carry forward the mission of national unity and peace in the country.


He was talking to media persons along with Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani in Islamabad on Friday.


JUI-F Chief said cowardly acts like Mastung attack cannot demoralize the nation.


Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman said national solidarity is the need of the hour and all political and religious forces should join hands to defeat terrorists.



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has arrived in 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 comprising 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.


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 Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Kaqiang to further promote bilateral relations between the two friendly countries.                      



Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that it is a matter of immense pleasure that all four Chief Ministers are accompanying Prime Minister during his visit to China.


In his tweet on Friday, he said the event is historic and sign of unity for development and national cause.


The Minister said entire nation wants the unity at all levels and Pakistan needs this kind of demonstration for the national development and prosperity of all people.



Minister for Railways Saad Rafique has said the flagship "One Belt, One Road Forum" will help Pakistan improve its connectivity sector, particularly railways.


Railways minister in an interview said "One Belt One Road" vision of Chinese President Xi Jinping is a mega project aimed at developing a strong connectivity in the region.


He said the vision was joined by Pakistan under the umbrella of CPEC.


Saad Rafique said the railway track from Karachi upto Landi Kotal and Torkham would be upgraded.


To a question, Railways Minister said the fact that all four Chief Ministers are accompanying the Prime Minister has given gave a clear message to international world that all political parties are united on matters of national importance.



State Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar says Prime Minister's visit to China would further promote relations between Pakistan and China.


Addressing a gathering near Hafizabad on Friday, she said mega projects besides strengthening infrastructure will also provide employment opportunities for youth.


Saira Afzal Tarar said that all conspiracies of opponents would be foiled and Pakistan Muslim League-N would win power in next general elections as well.



Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan held a meeting with British High Commissioner Thomas Drew in Islamabad on Friday and discussed matters of mutual interest.


The two sides expressed resolve to further strengthen friendly relations between the two countries.


Interior Minister emphasized the early implementation of decisions made during the visit of British Home Secretary to Pakistan in March this year.



Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi says government has laid down the foundation of economic development in the country.


Addressing a public meeting in Peshawar on Friday, he said people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will vote for Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz in the next general elections.


Murtaza Javed Abbasi said all conspiracies against the government will be foiled.


The public meeting was also addressed by ML-N Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Ameer Muqam and Captain Safdar.



Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad has asked political forces to show patience while commenting on Joint Investigation Team formed by the Supreme Court on Panama Papers.


Winding up discussion on a motion moved by Leader of the Opposition and others in the Senate on Friday, the Minister said Prime Minister had voluntarily presented himself and his family for accountability following allegations leveled in the Panama Papers.


He said nobody, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is above the law and he will appear before the JIT if needed.


Sheikh Aftab Ahmad said it is the prerogative of the people of Pakistan to decide who will be the next Prime Minister of the country and we should not lose patience.


Taking the floor to add a point, Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid said that the JIT has been formed and being monitored by the Supreme Court so there is no question of government influence during the investigation process.                        



The Election Commission of Pakistan has linked more than seventy thousand proposed polling stations with Google Map.


This was informed during a meeting held in Islamabad on Friday with Chief Election Commissioner Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza in the chair.


This link will help the voters to find map of polling stations, location and distance from their residence online to cast their vote.



A high level security meeting of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Resolute Support Mission held in Rawalpindi on Friday discussed measures for improving military to military coordination and operation.


The Afghan delegation was led by its Director General Military Operations Major General Habib Hesari, Major General Christopher Haas represented Resolute Support Mission while Pakistan was represented by DGMO Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza.


During the trilateral meeting, the delegates stressed the need to defeat Daesh through concerted efforts.


Later, during the bilateral meeting of Pak- Afghan officials, Chaman incident, border control and management and measures to curb cross-border violations and firing were also discussed.


Both sides agreed to enhance bilateral interactions at multiple tiers through different channels.



Survey of Pakistan is carrying out re-demarcation of Pak-Afghan border near Chaman in close coordination with other stakeholders.


The Surveyor General of Pakistan, in a statement in Islamabad on Friday, said a team is working for border alignment at the point of recent incident of cross border firing.



Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf held a meeting with Chairman MOSA South Asia Dr Riffat in Makkah on Friday.


MOSA is association of committees which provides services to the Hujjaj in Saudi Arabia.


Upcoming Hajj arrangements including accommodation, food and travelling facilities to Hujjaj were discussed during the meeting.                



Utility Stores Corporation has evolved a comprehensive strategy to ensure quality and standard for sale and purchase of products during the holy month of Ramazan.


According to Utility Stores Corporation spokesman Wajid Ali Khan Swati, the corporation would announce over one billion rupees subsidy during holy month of Ramazan to facilitate the customers.


Wajid Ali Khan Swati said that Utility Stores Corporation is committed to maintain transparency and accountability in the corporation.


He said a centre has also been established for this purpose.



Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair has said that Pakistan is emerging at international level as a peaceful and attractive country for investment.


Addressing diplomats of USA, Russia, China, UAE, Qatar and Bahrain in Karachi on Friday, Governor said after the completion of CPEC, the region will speedily head towards progress and prosperity.


Meanwhile, talking to a delegation of Bangladesh journalists in Karachi, the governor said such exchanges of delegations will help improve mutual trust.



Sindh Assembly unanimously passed a resolution condemning 12th May 2007 carnage in which over fifty people were killed in Karachi.   



National Accountability Bureau is pursuing zero tolerance for corruption to make Pakistan corruption-free state.


Chairman NAB, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry chairing a meeting in Islamabad on Friday said that NAB has deposited two hundred eighty-seven billion rupees in the national exchequer since its inception.



A Saut-ul-Quran Channel FM 93.4 of Radio Pakistan will start its regular transmission from 1st of Ramazan-ul-Mubarak.


This Channel will broadcast the recitation of Holy Quran in the voices of renowned Qura with Urdu translation for 19 hours daily.



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



Pakistan and Belarus have agreed to enhance cooperation in diverse spheres.


This was decided during the third round of the two-day Pak-Belarus Bilateral Political Consultations, held in Minsk.


The Pakistan side was led by Ambassador Zaheer A. Janjua, while Deputy Foreign Minister Valentin Rybakov headed the Belarus delegation.


The two sides undertook a comprehensive review of bilateral ties and decided to boost cooperation in diverse fields including economy, trade, energy, agriculture, IT, defence and parliamentary exchanges.



Speakers at an international conference in Brussels have voiced concern over the plight of Kashmiri women in occupied Kashmir.


The two-day event titled "Educating Women for Peace and Democracy -a South Asian Perspective" was arranged by Kashmir Council-EU in collaboration with Friends of Kashmir Group based in the EU Parliament.


Member European Parliament Sajjad Karim said Kashmiri women are increasingly facing emotional wounds.


MEP Amjad Bashir hailed the conference saying it would help give voice to the people of occupied Kashmir and highlight the role of Kashmiri women in a South Asian perspective.


Chairman Kashmir Council-EU Ali Raza Syed said Kashmiri women not only suffer violence, but also the emotional pain of losing their loved ones.                                



In Occupied Kashmir, forceful demonstrations rocked the Kashmir valley on Friday against the use of brute force on students and grave human rights violations by Indian security forces.


According to Kashmir Media Service, people took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Sopore, Pattan, Baramulla, Islamabad, Pulwama, and other areas.  Indian troops and police personnel fired teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators. Several protesters were injured in the brutal actions of the Indian forces.


The Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, addressing a gathering at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar announced various programmes to be conducted in connection with the Martyrdom Week starting on Tuesday.


The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement in Srinagar strongly condemned the atrocities of Indian police and troops on students community in the territory.


Meanwhile, complete strike was observed in Pulwama and Shopian on Friday.


And in Geneva, the UN Special Reporters, David Kaye and Michel Forst, in a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern over the ban imposed by India on internet and social media in occupied Kashmir.                       



The UN Committee against Torture has asked to prosecute police chief of Afghanistan's Kandahar province General Abdul Raziq over allegations of torture and enforced disappearances.


The committee in a statement on Friday said it was deeply concerned about the situation in Kandahar, including the use of cruel torture methods.


The International Criminal Court in The Hague is conducting a separate review of torture in Afghanistan.                            



North Korea has sent a letter of protest to the US House of Representatives warning that a new package of tougher sanctions would only spur its development of nuclear weapons.


The rare letter urges US House of Representatives to think twice over the move.                             



Russia says it is ready to play a constructive role in resolving North Korea's nuclear threat.


This was expressed by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a phone call to his newly elected South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in.


South Korean President said he will endeavour to begin talks quickly between the two Koreas, as well as the six-party dialogue.                       



In Myanmar, police have arrested two radical Buddhist nationalists accused of stoking tensions with Muslims.


The commander of Yangon's regional police said extra security forces have been deployed around Muslim areas and the police are on high alert to prevent communal violence.                        



Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says de-escalation zones are a chance for rebels to reconcile with Damascus and drive out Islamic State militants.


In an interview, the Syrian President pledged to defend the zones and crush those who try to breach them.


Assad said government wants to give the militants a chance to settle their cases and hand over their weapons in return for amnesty.



In Iraq, three mass graves have been discovered in western province of Anbar.


Iraqi officials told media that the graves contain the bodies of civilians and soldiers who had been executed by the Islamic State militants.                                  



The United Nations has warned that an attack on Yemen's Hodeidah port would displace more than four hundred thousand people.


The UN International Organization for Migration said in a statement on Friday that the people will flee the city eastwards once the port is under attack.



A meeting of top finance officials from G7 countries started in Italian city of Bari on Friday.


The meeting themes include making economic growth benefit more people, coordination among international financial organizations, and efforts to stop companies from evading taxes.

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