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 tomorrow. 


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.


A strong protest has been lodged with Afghanistan over unprovoked firing along the Torkham border.


In the EURO Cup Football 2016, World champions Spain beat Czech Republic by one goal to nil at Paris today.



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 today.


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.





The Country Director Asian Development Bank Werner Liepach called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad today.


They discussed matters relating to the upcoming Ministerial meeting of the Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation, to be held in Islamabad this year.


Werner Liepach briefed Ishaq Dar regarding the six-day visit of the ADB Vice President to Pakistan from 15th of this month.


Finance Minister Ishaq Dar appreciated the continued support of the Asian Development Bank for socio-economic development of Pakistan.





Punjab budget for the next financial year with a total outlay of over 1681 billion rupees was unveiled today.


Enumerating the salient features of the budget proposals, Provincial Finance Minister Ayesha Ghous 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 computrization 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 Ghous 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 qouta 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 tomorrow. 


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 today, he said a total of seventeen thousand two hundred eighty personnel will be hired for this purpose.


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 said 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 Chahbahar Port and its negative impact on Pakistan particular Gwadar 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 upgradation of railway link with Iran.





The Advisor 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 applied to all.


The House continued debate on a motion to make recommendations to the National Assembly on the new Federal Budget.


Those who took part in the debate include Daud Khan Achakzai, Babar Awan, Saeedul Hassan Mandokhel, Sardar Yaqoob Khan Nasir, Sehr Kamran and Khushbakht Shujaat.


The House will now meet tomorrow 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, Naseema Panezai, Tariq Iqbal Chaudhary, Shaikh Salahuddin, Mian Tariq Mahmood, Imran Zafar Leghari, Waheed Alam Khan, Dr. Shireen Mazari, Dr Muhammad Afzal Khan, Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao,

Sahibzada Faizul Hassan and Gulzar Khan also took part in the debate.


The House will now meet at 11.00 a.m. tomorrow.





Pakistan has said unprovoked firing at the Torkham border is not in line with the spirit of cooperation and friendship between the two countries.


Talking to Radio Pakistan's Current Affairs channel, Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakariya said Pakistan lodged a strong protest with the Afghan charge d'affaires over the incident.


The spokesman said border management is concern of both the countries and flow of people should be checked and controlled appropriately.




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.




In the EURO Cup Football 2016, World champions Spain beat Czech Republic by one goal to nil at Paris today.


In another match, Ireland will take on Sweden tonight.






Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty four hours.

However, rain and thunderstorm with strong gusty winds are expected at few places of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore and  Sargodha divisions, Malakand, Hazara, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.


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