Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
The President has urged local and foreign investors to avail business friendly policies of Pakistan.
Punjab budget for the next financial year with a total outlay of over 1681 billion rupees has been presented in the provincial Assembly while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa budget will be presented on Tuesday.
The Senate has been informed that civil armed forces are playing a pivotal role to meet border management challenges and security threats.
Adviser on Foreign Affairs says dossiers are being prepared on the involvement of Indian agency RAW in fomenting trouble in Pakistan.
Islamabad has ruled out compromise on its nuclear programme.
A strong protest has been lodged with Afghanistan over unprovoked firing along the Torkham border.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs says Indian hegemonic designs have put South Asia's peace at stake.
The United Nation has expressed concern over Israeli excessive use of force against Palestinians.
President Mamnoon Hussain has urged local and foreign investors to avail business friendly policies of Pakistan by making investment in the country.
He made these remarks during a meeting with a delegation of Telenor Group in Islamabad on Monday.
The President said the Government encourages the development of information technology, telecommunication and digital services in the country.
He said further penetration of mobile broadband technology is vital for economic growth and development of Pakistan in different social sectors.
He appreciated the achievement of Ministry of Information Technology in curbing the grey traffic, which was adversely affecting the telecom industry.
Speaking on the occasion, CEO of Telenor Group Sigve Brekke apprised President Mamnoon Hussain about various services being offered by Telenor Group in the banking, education, health and agriculture sectors in Pakistan.
Punjab budget for the next financial year with a total outlay of over 1681 billion rupees was unveiled on Monday.
Enumerating the salient features of the budget proposals, Provincial Finance Minister Ayesha Ghaus Pasha said five hundred and fifty billion rupees have been allocated for development programme.
She said 43 billion rupees have been allocated for health sector, while 27 billion rupees will be spent on improvement and expansion of road infrastructure.
She said that computerization of land record has been completed in 27 districts and stamp paper system is also being computerized.
The Minister said provincial government has saved 142 billion rupees of development projects during the current financial year.
She said small farmers will be provided loans and for this purpose 17 billion rupees have been allocated.
She said over 46 billion rupees have been earmarked for promotion of higher education.
Ayesha Ghaus said two point five billion rupees will be spent for drip irrigation and 145 billion rupees have been allocated for law and order.
She announced ten percent increase in salaries and pensions of government employees on the pattern of Federal Government.
She said fifteen percent quota for women has been allocated in government jobs.
Punjab Finance Minister said that the Provincial Revenue worth two hundred eighty billion rupees is expected during next fiscal year.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government would present provincial budget with a total outlay of over four hundred eighty-eight billion rupees for next fiscal year on Tuesday.
Provincial Finance Minister Muzaffar Said told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that efforts have been made to give relief to the common man in the budget.
To a question, he said funds have been allocated for construction of schools, roads and hospitals in the budget.
Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Balighur Rehman says twenty-two additional wings of Civil Armed Forces will be raised to ensure security of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project.
Responding to a call attention notice moved by Abdul Qayyum in the Senate on Monday, he said a total of seventeen thousand two hundred eighty personnel will be hired for this purpose. Over three thousand personnel have already been hired.
The Minister of State pointed out the civil armed forces are playing a pivotal role to meet border management challenges and security threats.
Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says in view of the overall realignment in the region, Pakistan has taken decisive steps to further strengthen connectivity not only with China but also Central Asian countries.
He was winding up debate on a motion moved by Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh regarding the agreement signed by India, Iran and Afghanistan for development of Chabahar Port and its negative impact on Pakistan particular Gwadar Port.
The Advisor said with increased connectivity, this region needs more than one port and therefore, both Gwadar and Chabahar ports are complementary. He said both the ports have been declared as sister ports and there is a proposal for rail link between them.
He also pointed out that Gwadar is a deep seaport and Chabahar is not and therefore, utility of Gwadar is much greater than Chabahar.
He said China plans to divert 17% of its oil imports for its Western parts to Gwadar, which will give huge boost to trade activities through this port.
Sartaj Aziz said apart from diplomatic connectivity, Pakistan is also focusing on physical connectivity with regional countries. In this connection, he referred to CASA-1000, TAPI, extension of CPEC to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to provide access to Central Asia, road links with Afghanistan, and up-gradation of railway link with Iran.
About growing Indo-US relations, he said broader geo-political factors are involved particularly the US policy of containing China where India fits in.
He said Pakistan is building dossiers about activities of RAW agents in fomenting trouble in Balochistan and elsewhere in the country.
The Advisor expressed the confidence that in view of effective diplomacy of Pakistan, India would not be able to get another exception this time to make an entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group.
He said Pakistan has been urging that there should be criteria-based approach for inclusion of non-NPT countries into NSG and the criteria should be equally apply to all. He said Pakistan's point of view has received considerable support from many countries.
He said our point of view was generally accepted at the meeting of NSG in Vienna and hoped that same would be the result at its forthcoming meeting in South Korea.
Earlier, the members emphasized the need for accelerating the work on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project in accordance with the decisions arrived at the all parties' conference.
The house continued debate on a motion to make recommendations to the National Assembly on the new Federal Budget.
Daud Khan Achakzai claimed that the budget was disappointing as the Government could not achieve most of the economic targets.
Babar Awan demanded announcement of the next NFC award and population census as these form basis for distribution of national resources.
Saeedul Hassan Mandokhel said substantial relief has not been provided to people.
Sardar Yaqoob Khan Nasir expressed the confidence that measures initiated by the Government would help stimulate economic activity further and GDP growth rate would increase.
Sehr Kamran expressed concern over growing debt burden and increase in GST on some items.
Khushbakht Shujaat pleaded creation of more provinces to address present-day challenges.
The House will now meet on Tuesday morning at eleven.
The National Assembly resumed general debate on budgetary proposals for the fiscal year 2016-17.
Taking part in the discussion, Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto said that Kissan Package announced in the next year's budget should be implemented in letter and spirit.
Farhana Qammar lauded government's measures for enhancing revenue collection.
Dr Arif Alvi said that the tax rate has been increased and no measures have been taken to include new persons in the tax circle in the next year's budget.
Iftikhar Ahmad Cheema said it is a good omen that the government has allocated funds to end the load shedding.
Naseema Panezai said that subsidy on the fertilizer is a good step but she proposed that it should be enhanced.
Tariq Iqbal Chaudhry said that the government has set the country in the right direction.
Shaikh Salahuddin proposed that census should be conducted to ascertain the actual population of the country.
Mian Tariq Mahmood proposed provision of solar tubewells to the farmers on soft loans.
Imran Zafar Leghari said that more resources should be allocated for the under developed areas of the country.
Waheed Alam Khan said relief has been provided to all segments of the society.
Dr Shireen Mazari said that government should take measures for the protection of women rights.
Dr Muhammad Afzal Khan described the budget as labour, people and farmers friendly.
Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao proposed that FATA should be merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to bring improvements in both the areas.
Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan described the budget as pro-poor.
Gulzar Khan said that agriculture sector should be subsidized in the pattern of Europe and US.
The House will now meet at 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday.
Pakistan has categorically stated that no compromise will be made on its nuclear programme.
This was stated by Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on defence and foreign affairs in Islamabad on Monday.
He said Angoor Adda has not been handed over to Afghanistan, rather Pakistan Army constructed a gate for the Kabul government in Afghan area as a gift.
The foreign secretary said Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan and emphasized peaceful solution to the Afghan issue.
He said Pakistan has been hosting millions of Afghan refugees despite difficulties. He said terrorists from Afghanistan take shelter in the camps of the Afghan refugees.
The foreign secretary said Pakistan will not allow its soil to be used against any other country.
He said terrorism is the major issue for Pakistan as over five thousand Pakistani soldiers have so far sacrificed their lives in war on terror.
The Afghan Charge D' Affaires was summoned to the Foreign Office on Monday and a protest was lodged over unprovoked firing by the Afghan forces along the Torkham border.
Two soldiers and nine civilians including women and children were injured in the incident.
The Afghan Charge d’Affaires was told that the firing incident was contrary to the spirit of friendly relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The Afghan side was urged to thoroughly investigate the incident and share the findings with Pakistani authorities.
It was further emphasized that all steps should be taken for avoiding recurrence of such incidents in the future.
It was conveyed to the Afghan side that the regulation of movements at Torkham is part of government’s policy to strengthen border management, and Afghan government’s cooperation was needed as it would enhance mutual security and help combat the threat of terrorism.
Over 12,568 Megawatt of electricity would be added to the national grid after completion of a number of power generation projects by 2018.
According to Ministry of Water and Power, under a long term plan, the country would have an additional generation capacity of 30,948 MW by the year 2022 through Neelum Jhelum, Chashma nuclear, wind, hydel, LNG and Jamshoro Coal power projects.
Around 8,630 MW would be generated under China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects in the same period.
Election Commission has issued schedule for local government by-Election to fill in the vacant general seats in territorial wards of district, town and Village Councils in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Polling is scheduled for eighteenth of next month while the nomination papers can be submitted by candidates till sixteenth of this month.
Final list of candidates along with their respective symbols will be published on fourth of next month.
Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf Imran Khan has stressed the need for pragmatic efforts to enhance forest area in the country.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Monday, he said increased warming has caused rapid melting of glaciers, which will have adverse effects on our future water needs.
Imran Khan said one point two billion saplings are being planted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Six facilitators of a banned outfit surrendered to Frontier Corps Balochistan in District Nushki on Monday and pledged to lead peaceful life.
The FC spokesman told Radio Pakistan Quetta correspondent that surrendered facilitators were involved in terrorist activities in different areas of Balochistan.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Barjees Tahir says resolution of Kashmir dispute under UN resolutions guarantees durable peace in the region.
In a statement, he said Indian hegemonic designs have put peace of South Asia at stake.
The Minister said though India has accelerated state persecution in occupied Kashmir, yet it has further strengthened freedom movement in the territory.
He also condemned the establishment of colonies for army personnel in occupied Kashmir on the pattern of Israel and said that Kashmiri people will foil these attempts.
In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has demanded release of all illegally- detained Hurriyet leaders and activists.
In his statement, Syed Ali Gilani called for observing the coming Friday as day of solidarity with illegally detained Kashmiris.
He maintained that the continued detention of Masarrat Aalam Butt and other Hurriyet leaders was indicative of the fact that local administration was just a puppet and all decisions were made by the Home Ministry of India.
Meanwhile, talking to a Sikh delegation from Punjab and Kashmir, APHC Secretary General, Shabbir Ahmad Shah said that the Kashmiris' liberation struggle was not specific for any particular community, but it was meant for securing the right to self-determination of all communities in Jammu and Kashmir.
Talking to a delegation of Pandits at his residence in Srinagar, Chairman of Hurriyet Forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that the Pandits were part of the Kashmir society and the people were in favour of dignified return to their houses.
Iranian security forces handed over fifty eight Pakistani nationals to Levies force on Pak-Iran borders in Taftan area of Chaghi district.
Levies sources said that these Pakistani workers had been arrested from different parts of Iran by Iranian security forces because they were living there without traveling documents.
The Levies sources said that they would be handed over to Federal Investigation Agency for further interrogation.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards have killed five militants of Kurdish separatist group involved in attacks on Iranian forces in Sardasht.
In recent months the number of clashes has climbed and the deal is violated regularly.
A ceasefire between the government and Party of Free Life of Kurdistan was signed in 2011, when Iran said it would suspend executions of Kurdish political prisoners if PJAK stopped its attacks.
A US official says President Barack Obama may not change the number of American troops in Afghanistan at the summit in Warsaw on next month.
Former commanders and envoys have warned that it would be a mistake. The official said there is no expectation of decision to slash the 9,800 US troops to 5,500 before Obama leaves office next year.
Meanwhile, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter flies to Brussels on Monday to meet NATO counterparts where it is expected that Afghanistan peace issue will be high on the agenda.
United Nation has termed Israel's occupation of the West Bank as major cause for Palestinian “humanitarian vulnerabilities.”
Expressing serious concern over 'Israel's excessive use of force, UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in its annual report that thirty Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli soldiers and settlers, which is the highest figure recorded since 2006.
The report further said as many as over four hundred Palestinian children were also held by Israel by the end of year 2015.