JUNE 13, 2016


Pakistan has expressed its deep concerns over unprovoked firing from Afghanistan at Torkham border. 

Adviser on Foreign Affairs says Pakistan's credentials for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group are stronger than India.   

Punjab Budget for next financial year will be presented in the Provincial Assembly today. 

In Iraq, army had secured first safe exit route for civilians to leave Fallujah.   

In EURO Cup Football 2016 Germany beat Ukraine by 2-0 at Paris.



Pakistan has expressed its deep concerns over unprovoked firing incident at Afghan border and urged Afghan government to immediately investigate into the matter.

According to a PM Office spokesman, Pakistan considers these unprovoked attacks unhelpful in Pak-Afghan relations.



Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has said Border management with Afghanistan is vital for our security.

In a tweet, he said free flow of traffic cannot be allowed at Pak-Afghan border.

He said latest incident of firing from Afghanistan was appropriately responded by Pakistan at Torkham border.   



Earlier, a soldier of Pakistani security forces got wounded following unprovoked firing by Afghan security forces across the border at Torkham.

According to ISPR, Pakistani security forces responded to Afghan firing effectively.

In order to check movement of terrorists through Torkham, Pakistan is constructing a gate on own its side of the border as a necessity to check unwanted and illegal movement.



Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that Pakistan's credentials for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group are stronger than India.     

In an interview, he said Pakistan had diplomatically engaged many countries over the criteria-based approach for non NPT countries.  

Sartaj Aziz said a criteria should be evolved to grant membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group and then it should be applied to all the aspiring countries.

He said besides China, several NSG member countries are supporting Pakistan's stance..

To a question, the Adviser said talks are the only way to resolve all outstanding disputes between Pakistan and India.

He said Pakistan is ready to hold dialogue with India on all issues including terrorism and Kashmir.

Sartaj Aziz said the government is committed to eliminate the menace of terrorism and it  launched operation Zarb-e-Azb to maintain law and order in the country.



Defence analysts say United States is pursuing its own agenda in Afghanistan instead of restoring peace and stability.

Speaking in Radio Pakistan's Current Affairs programme, Lt Gen (Retd) Talat Masood said United States is not supporting Islamabad in war against terrorism.

He said Islamabad has lodged a strong protest against US drone strike in Balochistan as it is violation of Pakistan's sovereignty.

Brig (Retd) Mehmood Shah said peace in Afghanistan is not priority of United States as it only wants honourable withdrawal of NATO forces.

He said the United States is supporting India to create instability in the region and to counter China as an emerging economic power in the world.



A joint meeting of the Senate Standing Committees on Defence and Foreign Affairs will be held in Islamabad today.      

Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed will chair the meeting.

The agenda of the meeting is to discuss withdrawal of proposed subsidy on sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan by United States.

The meeting will also discuss the situation arising out of the drone strike in Balochistan and its impact on Pakistan's national security, defence and foreign relations.



Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry has said people wanted peace, job opportunities and development and not protests and sit-ins.

In an interview, he said the nation had rejected the sit-ins held by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf at D-Chowk and would not back its such endeavours any more because protests had damaged national economy.

Dr Tariq Fazal said holding peaceful protest is right of every citizen, but law would take its course against the violators.



The Senate and National Assembly will resume their sessions separately at Parliament House in Islamabad today.

The Senate will meet at 11:30 a.m to hold further debate on the next financial year's budget, besides other business.

The National Assembly will meet at 2:30 p.m to continue debate on the federal budget for the fiscal year 2016-17.



Punjab Budget for next fiscal year will be presented in Provincial Assembly today at 1600 hours.   

Provincial Finance Minister Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha will present the budget.



The government has set the agriculture sector growth target at 3.5 per cent while industrial sector's growth target has been set at 7.7 per cent for financial year 2016-17.         

According to budgetary documents, the agriculture sector is targeted to grow by 3.5 per cent on the basis of expected contributions of important crops, cotton ginned, livestock, fishery and forestry.           

Similarly, the industrial sector is expected to grow by 7.7 per cent during 2016-17 on the back of better energy supply and planned investment under China Pakistan Economic Corridor.     

The mining and quarrying sector is projected to grow by 7.4 per cent, besides the manufacturing sector is expected to grow by 6.1 per cent for 2016-17.



Work on Hazara Motorway is in full swing and it will become operational by December-2017.

Talking to APP an official of National Highway Authority said that work on the first two packages would be completed  by March-2017 while the package III would be completed by December next year.

He said the 59 km Burhan-Havelian section of motorway forming part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would cost thirty billion rupees.     

He said the construction of motorway will change the destiny of the people of area and usher in a new era of progress and prosperity. 



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed his sadness over the gruesome act of terrorism in Florida state USA in which fifty people killed.

In a statement, the Prime Minister said this was against every principle of pluralism, tolerance and humanity that we have been striving for. This does not represent the will of a vast majority of Muslims.

He said it is just another representation of a cancer of radicalization – one that we promise to fight every day of our lives.



In Iraqi ,army had secured the first safe exit route for civilians to leave Islamic State's besieged stronghold Fallujah.

Joint Operation Command spokesman Brigadier-General Yahya Rasool said about 4,000 people had fled the city through the new exit route.

The army also launched a fresh advance in the direction of the northern city of Mosul.

The assaults by the Iraqi army are taking place at the same time as advances against Islamic State by U.S.-backed   government forces in Syria.



In Afghanistan, two policemen have been killed in a bomb blast in  Helmand province .



At least 27 people drowned when a large fishing vessel sank on Lake Mai-Ndombe in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The boat, carrying more than 100 passengers, was on its way from the town of d'Inongo to Bokoro  when it collided with another fishing vessel and capsized due to thick fog.



Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.

However, rain-thundershower with dust-storm/strong gusty winds is expected at isolated places of Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Malakand, Hazara divisions and Kashmir.

Dust raising winds with light rain/drizzle are also expected at isolated places of Karachi and Hyderabad divisions.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:

Islamabad twenty-five degree centigrade, Lahore thirty, Karachi twenty-nine, Peshawar twenty-seven, Quetta twenty-five, Gilgit fifteen, Murree eighteen and Muzaffarabad twenty-one degree centigrade.


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