DATE: 13-04-2017                                


The Senate has been informed that rail based mass transport systems are being established in all provinces under CPEC.


Defence Minister says Terms of Reference about joining Saudi-led Alliance against terrorism once defined, will be placed before the National Assembly.


Finance Minister has said electoral reforms package will be finalized before presenting new federal budget.


Corps Commanders at a meeting in Rawalpindi have reviewed national security with focus on fresh developments in the region.


Eight terrorists have been killed in two separate operations in Dera Ghazi Khan.


Complete shutdown was observed in Occupied Kashmir on the occasion of re-polling in Srinagar on Thursday.


China has supported Palestinians' right to an independent State. 


Asian Rugby Union grants No 1 status to Pakistan in Asia in "Get into Rugby Programme".





The Senate was informed on Thursday that rail based mass transport systems are being established in all the four provinces under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal told the House during question hour that Lahore Orange Line Metro Mass Transit Project, Greater Peshawar Region Mass Transit System, Karachi Circular Railway, and Quetta Mass Transit System are part of CPEC.


Answering a question, the minister said in addition to these projects, coal fired Port Qasim Electric Company in Sindh, development of an industrial park at Port Qasim, and Quetta Water Supply Scheme will also be completed under CPEC.


To a question, Planning Minister said nine economic zones will be established under CPEC each in all the four provinces, FATA, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and two in Islamabad Capital Territory. 


Replying to a question, Ahsan Iqbal said 10,000 megawatt of electricity will be added to the national grid by May next year to overcome shortage of electricity in the country.


Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed said improved security situation in Pakistan will certainly increase importance and credibility of green passport worldwide.


He was responding to a calling attention notice moved by Salim Mandviwalla and others regarding the ranking of Pakistani Passport as second last in Global Indexing Arton Capital Passport Index.


Responding to another call attention notice, Law Minister Zahid Hamid said that decrease in oil prices, reduction in demand for foreign workers and cut in wages are the basic factors behind downward trend in remittances.


He said heavy reliance on sending money through Hundi and depreciation in value of British pound also contributed in remittances' decline.


Law Minister said greater efforts are needed to increase foreign remittances to further strengthen country's economy.


The House will now meet on Friday morning at 10:00.



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 work on the project will begin in the next two to three months.


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


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.


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 said Terms of Reference of the alliance are not clear.  


Asad Umar said the decision to join the 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.                      



The excavation work on 969-MW Neelum-Jhelum hydropower Project's second tunnel will be completed by the end of current month.


Chairman Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) retired Lieutenant General Muzamil Hussain said this during a visit to the under-construction project in Azad  Kashmir on Thursday.


He said that ninety-two percent work on the project has been completed.


The project will contribute about five billion units of electricity to the national grid every year.



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says consensus will be evolved on election reforms package before the federal budget.


Talking to media after the meeting of Election Reforms Committee in Islamabad on Thursday evening, he said on Friday onwards the Sub-Committee of  Election Reforms Committee will meet on daily basis to complete the task at the earliest.


Ishaq Dar said that nine different laws are being consolidated into one law under the reforms package.



Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has directed to ensure proper implementation of rules and regulations vis-a-vis issuance of visas to foreigners.


Chairing a meeting in Islamabad on Thursday, he said violation of rules in issuance of visa during the past put the security of the country at stake.


Interior Minister said country's dignity and sovereignty demands that law of land be implemented without any distinction.


The meeting decided to maintain record of visa officers in embassies abroad and high commissions and transferred to the Ministry of Interior.



The first phase of the 6th population and housing census in sixty-three districts has been completed.


Spokesperson of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics told Radio Pakistan that in the second block of phase one, homeless persons were counted on Thursday.


He said the work on the 1st block of the phase two will start from 25th of this month which will continue till 8th of the next month. 


Similarly the work on 2nd block of phase two will start on 11th of next month. 



Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says ever-growing strategic relations between Pakistan and China are the bedrock of regional peace and stability.   


She said this during a meeting with Director Information Office of the State Council of China Jiang Jianguo, who called on her along with a high level delegation in Islamabad on Thursday.


State Minister said Pakistan and China had exemplary friendship which had withstood the vicissitudes of time.


Marriyum Aurangzeb said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would bring prosperity to the peoples of China, Pakistan, South Asia, Central Asia and Middle East.


Marriyum Aurangzeb acknowledged Chinese assistance in infrastructure and economic development as well as the continuous support for Pakistan in the fight against global terrorism.


Director Information Office of the State Council of China on the occasion acknowledged Pakistan's rapid strides towards higher level of economic growth and great improvement in the security situation.                   



Australian has announced additional support worth one million dollars to United Nations World Food Programme in Pakistan to improve nutrition and food security.


The announcement was made after the official launch of Food Fortification a strategy in Islamabad on Thursday.


Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar speaking at a launching ceremony said the strategy is in line with the Government's priorities to improve status of nutrition for its people.


Acting High Commissioner of Australia Jurek Juszczyk on the occasion said Australian Government has been supporting the National and Provincial Fortification Alliances of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh since June 2015.


WFP Country Director, Finbarr Curran said that the wide-ranging food fortification strategy will have a  long term impact on the economic development of Pakistan.



Corps Commanders at a meeting in Rawalpindi have reviewed the national security with focus on fresh developments in the region.


Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa chaired the meeting. 


The meeting was also briefed about the recent sentence awarded to RAW agent Kulbhushan Yadav and New Delhi's reaction in this regard.


The meeting expressed the resolve that there will be no compromise on anti-state acts.


Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad and process of ongoing National Housing and Population census also came under discussion.


The Army Chief appreciated formations, intelligence agencies and Law Enforcement Agencies for successful execution of operations.



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


At the weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said RAW agent Kulbhushan was arrested red-handed and he made repeated confessions about his involvement in terror 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.


Answering another question, Nafees Zakaria said state terrorism is being perpetrated in Indian occupied Kashmir by the Indian forces.


Nafees Zakaria strongly condemned the martyrdom of 14 Kashmiris and 250 others injured by Indian forces during the past one week.


He called upon the international community to help stop bloodshed in Occupied Kashmir.                 



In Punjab, ongoing operation Radd-ul-Fasaad has achieved positive results in eliminating terrorists and their facilitators.


Staff Officer of Pakistan Rangers Punjab, Col Amjad Iqbal briefing newsmen in Lahore on Thursday said that five terrorists of Balochistan Liberation Army have been killed and two apprehended in an operation in Chhera Thal area of border belt of Dera Ghazi Khan. He said that Sepoy Kamran of Pakistan Rangers embraced martyrdom in the operation.


He said three terrorists of a banned outfit were killed in Taunsa area of DG Khan district. Suicide jackets and large amount of arms and ammunition were recovered from their possession.


The Staff Officer said that a wanted criminal has also been taken into custody during a combing operation in Attock.                       



A Chinese delegation led by the Chairman of Bagong Company Guan Jian Zhong met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore on Thursday.



Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has demanded of federal government to finalize the agreement for provision of gas to the province soon.


Speaking in Provincial Assembly on Thursday, he said Sindh produces 70 percent gas and Sui Southern Gas Company has not provided gas to the province for the last four months as per allocated quota.



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has stressed the need for proper utilization of mineral resources in Southern districts of the province.


Presiding over a meeting in Peshawar on Thursday, he urged the federal government to enhance gas infrastructure development quota of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.



Sindh Disaster Management Authority has issued precautionary plan in view of current heat wave across the province.


Health department has been put on alert, whereas heat stroke centers will be established at all the major hospitals and rural health units.


Helpline system will also be established to ensure timely response in case of any emergency besides launching an awareness campaign on electronic and print media.



Gilgit-Baltistan Cabinet has approved Child Protection Bill 2016 and Gilgit-Baltistan Forest and Wildlife bill 2016.



Sikh Yatrees including more than two thousand Indians have started performing their rituals in 319th Baisakhi festival at Gurdwara Sri Panja Sahib Hasanabdal.


Sikh Yatrees from Afghanistan, UK, USA, Canada and UAE are participating in the festival.


Fool proof security arrangements have been made during the festival.



To celebrate 77th National Day of Pakistan in a befitting manner, Charge d' Affaires of Pakistan to Niger, Ahsan Wagan has climbed to the summit of highest mountain in Africa the Mount Kilimanjaro.


The Mount Kilimanjaro located in Tanzania has an altitude of 19,341 feet above sea level.


According to Kilimanjaro National Park Authorities, Mr Wagan is the first Pakistani diplomat to reach the Summit of highest point in Africa.


He has dedicated this climb to the founding Father of the Nation.



A student was killed and two injured in a clash between two student groups in Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan on Thursday.


Twelve students involved in the clash have been arrested.


Meanwhile, the University administration has closed the university and its all campuses for an indefinite period.



The AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has said Indian troops in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir are involved in worst human rights abuses. 


He was talking to Ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Pakistan Abdul Aziz Al-Ghadeer in Islamabad on Thursday.


Raja Farooq Haider Khan said that deteriorating situation in the held territory demands immediate attention of the international community.


On this occasion, Saudi ambassador said his country would continue to extend its cooperation for the development and prosperity of Azad Kashmir.              



In Occupied Kashmir, re-polling at thirty eight polling stations in Srinagar constituency on Thursday was marked by a boycott, curfew, restrictions and complete shutdown.


No vote was cast at many polling stations including Bagh-e-Mehtab in Srinagar and Repora, Chrar-e-Shareef, Khansahib and Galwanpora in Badgam district.


Meanwhile, a march towards Bagdam will be held on Friday to express solidarity with the families of the eight Kashmiris shot dead by Indian troops during polling for sham Indian parliamentary elections on Sunday.


Call for the march has been given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. 


Hurriyet leaders Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir and Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, on Thursday visited Ganderbal and Badgam areas to express solidarity with the families of martyrs. 


Senior Hurriyet leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a statement in Srinagar strongly condemned the assertions made by Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh, terming them as frustration of Indian leaders.


On the other hand, complete shutdown was observed in Tral and other areas of Pulwama district on the second martyrdom anniversary of Khalid Muzaffar Wani, the brother of martyred Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani.                           



China has supported the Palestinians' right to have their own independent state. 


This was stated by China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a joint news briefing with his visiting Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Maliki in Beijing on Thursday.


He said Palestinians are still being prevented from having their own independent country even after seventy years.


Terming it unfair, the Chinese Foreign Minister said this kind of historical injustice must be corrected as it cannot continue.


He said it was time to overcome inertia and restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.


Maliki appreciated and welcomed China's efforts to facilitate peace in the Middle East.                      



Syria's President Bashar-al Assad says reports of a chemical attack by his forces were totally fabricated. 


In an exclusive video interview with Agence France-Presse broadcast on Thursday, he said his government had handed over all its chemical weapons stockpiles in 2013.


Bashar-al Assad said there was no order to make any chemical attack.


Syrian President said he would only allow an impartial investigation into the attack to ensure it would not be used for political purposes.                          



The United Nations will conclude its peacekeeping mission in Haiti by mid October.


The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution to extend the mandate of the mission for a final six months in the Caribbean country.


The step has been taken in recognition of the major milestone the country has achieved toward stabilization following recent elections.



United States’ first female Muslim judge has been found dead in Hudson River in New York.


Sheila Abdus-Salaam was an associate judge of New York’s highest court.                



In Senegal, twenty two Muslim worshippers have been killed and eighty seven injured in a fire at a Sufi retreat in southeast of the country. 


According to police, the fire broke out as devotees gathered in the town of Medina Gounass for the event.



Nigeria's government is in talks to release the remaining Chibok girls that were kidnapped by Boko Haram three years ago.


President Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement that the government is in constant touch through negotiations to secure the release of the remaining girls and other abducted persons unharmed.


The militant group had kidnapped 276 schoolgirls in 2014.

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