DATE: 13-04-2017                           


Pakistan says Kulbhushan Yadav issue is irrefutable proof of Indian state's involvement in terrorism, subversion and terror financing. 


National Assembly has been assured that Pakistan will not become part of any conflict between two Muslim countries.


Government says steps have been taken to ensure availability of high standard stents for cardiac patients.


President has called for devising a new social contract in healthcare to effectively cope with complexities in the society. 


China has urged North Korea to halt its nuclear program and join talks for denuclearization of Korean Peninsula.





Pakistan says Kulbhushan Yadav episode is an irrefutable proof of Indian state involvement in terrorism, subversion and terror financing.   


At the weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said RAW agent Kulbhushan was arrested red-handed, he identified himself and made repeated confessions about his involvement in terrorist and anti-State activities in Pakistan.


The spokesperson said arrest of four terrorists by Sindh Rangers on Wednesday is also a case in point of Indian involvement in Pakistan.


Asked to comment on Indian External Affairs Minister's reaction to award of capital punishment to RAW agent, the spokesperson said India stands exposed as far as its state sponsored terrorism in Pakistan is concerned.


Nafees Zakaria strongly condemned the martyrdom of 14 Kashmiris and injuries to 250 others by Indian forces during the past one week. He called upon the international community to help stop bloodshed in Occupied Kashmir.



The National Assembly was informed on Thursday that the government has acquired about 392 acres of land for Dasu Hydropower Project and 695 million rupees have been paid to the land owners.


Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali told the House during question hour that further land acquisition and payment to the owners will be made very soon.   


He expressed the hope that the work on the project will begin in the next two to three months.


To a question, he said subsidy is being provided to mosques on electricity charges.


Replying to a question, Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services, Dr Darshan told the House that steps have been taken to ensure availability of high standard stents for cardiac patients in order to save them from spurious and sub-standard stents.


Answering a question, Abid Sher Ali clarified that no IPP has been closed during the tenure of this government due to non-payment.


He said at present, the circular debt is between 330 to 340 billion rupees. However, the Minister added that we have an outstanding receivable arrears of 500 billion rupees all over the country.



The National Assembly held discussion on an adjournment motion moved by Dr Shireen Mazari and others relating to Pakistan's entry into Muslim Alliance led by Saudi Arabia.


Initiating the debate, the mover expressed concerns over Pakistan's entry into the alliance. She said Terms of Reference of the alliance are not clear.  


Asad Umar said the decision to enter into Saudi-led alliance should be taken by the Parliament after discussion.


Winding up discussion, Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif clarified that the proposed alliance has not yet been taken formal shape.


Khawaja Asif said Terms of Reference, Terms of Engagements and contours of the alliance, whenever defined, will be placed before the House.         


Khawaja Asif emphatically stated that Pakistan will not become part of any conflict between two Muslim countries.


The chair adjourned the House to meet again on Friday morning at 10:30 due to lack of quorum.



President Mamnoon Hussain has called for devising a new social contract in healthcare between patient and doctor to effectively cope with complexities of contemporary society. 


He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Surgeon General’s Annual International Conference-2017 in Rawalpindi on Thursday.


The President said doctors and others associated with medical profession can rightly be concerned about their career but they must also ensure that these concerns do not conflict with basic human values.


Mamnoon Hussain said that on Thursday patients want to make informed decisions. 


Welcoming the foreign delegates participating in the conference, the President expressed optimism that it will enable our institutions to benefit from the experiences of external world.



Pakistan says it attaches great importance to relations with the Britain.   


This was stated by Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi during meeting Lord Qurban Hussain in Islamabad on Thursday.


Tariq Fatemi highlighted the remarkable progress made by Pakistan during the last four years in counter-terrorism, economic development and democratic consolidation.


Lord Qurban Hussain assured his continued support for Pakistan in the British Parliament and acknowledged the positive impact of Government's socio-economic policies.



Pakistan's Ambassador to United Nations Maleeha Lodhi has said Chinese President Xi Jin Ping's vision of one belt one road is win win situation for the entire region.


In an interview with Xinhua News Agency, she described CPEC as cornerstone of Pakistan's foreign policy and said we will ensure regional connectivity to bring not only the people but also the hearts together.


Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said the regional connectivity aims to ensure that all people will prosper from economic cooperation and trade relations.


She said Pakistan always welcomes its relations with China which are like, what president Xi described, as "iron brothers".


Maleeha said both Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and the people of Pakistan believe that CPEC is going to be a game changer.                              



A high level delegation from Tianjin, Chian called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore on Thursday.


They exchanged view to enhance cooperation in textiles, garments, skill development and other industrial sectors.


Meanwhile, a delegation led by the Chairman of Bagong Chinese Company Guan Jian Zhong also called on Punjab Chief Minister. 


Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz Sharif said that friendship between Pakistan and China has been turned into economic partnership.



Democratic Freedom Party Chairman Shabbir Ahmad Shah has said that re-polling at 38 polling stations in Badgam district in Occupied Kashmir is aimed at increasing voting percentage through rigging. 


Shabbir Ahmad Shah, who continues to be under house detention, in a statement issued in Srinagar said people will not forget the eight youth martyred by Indian troops on Sunday.


He said the Kashmiris have sent a clear message to the world that they want nothing less than freedom from Indian occupation.



China has called for talks for peaceful resolution and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.


Talking to reporters in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned that use of military means cannot resolve tension in the region.  


Meanwhile, Chinese newspaper Global Times in an editorial said the best option for North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un, is to give up their nuclear program, and assure that China will protect it if it does so.



The US President Donald Trump has said that Washington's relationship with Moscow may be at an all-time low now.


Trump made these remark at a joint press conference with visiting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House.


The Russian government has condemned the missile strikes by the United States on a Syrian airbase and has termed it an aggression against a sovereign state.



Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that he is working to end political division between his West Bank-based autonomy government and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.


According to official WAFA news agency, Abbas has not mentioned details of measures being taken for unity of all groups of Palestinians.


Hamas had taken control of Gaza in 2007and the unity government, set up in 2014 has not been succeeded so far to take control in Gaza.

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