JUNE 13, 2017


The National Assembly has passed Federal Budget for the next fiscal year by approving "The Finance Bill 2017".

Finance Minister says government's economic vision envisages self-sufficiency, poverty alleviation, and sustainable economic development.

Saudi Ambassador says visa problems being faced by intending Pakistani Umrah pilgrims will be solved within a few days.

Pakistan has urged OIC member states to play an active role on Kashmir issue.

The first semi-final of ICC Champions Trophy will be played between Pakistan and England at Cardiff tomorrow


The National Assembly today passed Federal Budget for the next fiscal year by approving "The Finance Bill 2017".

The House adopted a number of amendments proposed by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Senators and MNAs during the debate.

The new budget, with a total outlay of over 4700 billion rupees, is aimed to spur growth and development in the country.

The provincial share in federal taxes is estimated at 2,384.2 billion rupees, which is 11.6 percent higher than the budget estimates of the outgoing fiscal year.

The external receipts during next year are estimated at 837.8 billion rupees.

The budget envisages defense allocations of over 920 billion rupees.

The budget accorded approval to merger of the adhoc relief allowance granted to civil employees and adhoc allowances of 2009 and 2010 for personnel of armed forces with the salary and ten percent adhoc relief allowance on the basic salary after merger.

Zarb-e-Azb allowance for armed forces personnel will be in addition to this.

In the budget, sales tax rate has been reduced from seventeen to seven percent on different types of machinery used in poultry sector.

Allocations for Azad Jammu and Kashmir have been enhanced from 12 to 22 billion rupees which will ensure rapid development process in the area.

Gilgit Baltistan will also be given 15 billion rupees for its development projects as against 9 billion rupees during outgoing year.

FATA's development budget has been enhanced to 24.5 billion rupees from 21 billion rupees.

Infrastructure gets priority in the new budget with huge allocations of 414 billion rupees including 320 billion rupees for National Highway Authority.

The budget envisages 404 billion rupees allocations for energy sector.

About 180 billion rupees have been earmarked for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects.

Earlier, winding up debate on the burdget in the National Assembly, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said prudent economic policies initiated by the government will bring prosperity to the country.

He said the government has set six per cent growth rate for next year, which is realistic and achievable.

The Minister hope seven per cent GDP growth rate in 2018-19 will be achieved.

Ishaq Dar said 75 budget proposals of the Senate have been accepted totally or partially out of total 276 while 147 suggestions have been forward to the planning division with favourable remarks.

He said the government wants to complete National Finance Commission Award at the earliest in consultation with all the provinces.

Ishaq Dar said five years economic vision of the government carries special features of self-sufficiency, poverty alleviation, food security and sustainable economic development.

The National Assembly approved 71 Demands for Grants relating to different ministries, divisions and departments for the next fiscal year.

The Opposition did not move any cut motion of these demands for grants as they boycotted the House for not airing Opposition's speeches live on PTV.

The House will now meet tomorrow morning at 11.

The United Nations Development Program has expressed readiness to help Pakistan in the prgorams to cope with adverse impact of climate change.

An understanding to this effect came during a meeting between UNDP Regional Director Haoling Xu and Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid in Islamabad today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said Pakistan is also developing hydro-power projects and wind energy projects to meet energy requirements.

UNDP Regional Director said Pakistan is the first country in the region to secure Green Climate fund.

Pakistan State Oil and Pakistan Railways have signed Fuel Supply Agreement under which PSO will meet Railways fuel requirements.

The agreement was signed in Islamabad today.

Addressing the ceremony, the Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said Pakistan Railways is working for long term agreements with big national and international suppliers to make the system effective.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbassi said cooperation between Pakistan Railways and PSO will be further bolstered in future.

Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Marwan Ridwan Mirdad says around one hundred and eighty thousand Pakistanis will perform Hajj this year after increase of twenty percent quota.

He was talking to media persons in Islamabad today in the wake of visa problems being faced by the Pakistani Umrah pilgrims.

He said delay in issuance of visas was due to shortage of visa stickers and the problem will be resolved in the next three days.

Tunisian Ambassador Adel Elarbi called on
Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain in Islamabad today.

Bilateral relations and avenues of bilateral cooperation came under discussion during the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said export level from both sides needs to be geared up for expanding the bilateral ties.

Pakistan has urged the member states of Organization of Islamic Cooperation to play an active role in support of Kashmiri people in their just struggle for right to self-determination.

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua while briefing OIC Ambassadorsin Islamabad today said the Indian forces are violating human rights in occupied Kashmir and violating ceasefire agreement at the Line of Control and the Working Boundary.

She said Indian brutalities have resulted in martyrdom of 200 civilians during the last one year.

The Foreign Secretary invited the attention of OIC Ambassadors over the incident of using an innocent Kashmiri as a human shield.

Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique says PML-N has always respected constitutional institutions of the country.

Talking to media persons in Islamabad today, he said the opposition should avoid giving statements which can cause damage to the country's image.

Khawaja Saad Rafique said PTI Chairman is making attempts to derail democracy and halt the process of country's development for vested interests.

Prime Minister's focal person on Polio eradication Ayesh Raza Farooq has said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has made a commitment to a polio-free world for the current and future generations of Pakistan.

Addressing the global leaders at an event for Polio Eradication in Atlanta, she said polio eradication has become our national imperative and enjoys broad political support.

She said National Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication is yielding results. Mustafa/2000.

In Occupied Kashmir, dozens of people were injured after Indian troops barged into their houses and ruthlessly beat them in Shopian district over celebrating Pakistan's win against Sri Lanka in the ongoing Champions Trophy in England.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Indian troops rushed to the Vehil and Turkwangam areas of the district, smashed windowpanes and beat the inmates.

The troops also ransacked shops and vandalized vehicles.

The brutal action of Indian troops led to massive protests in Shopian.

The protesters raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.

Turkey has urged Saudi Arabia to make sincere efforts for resolving the ongoing Gulf countries crisis with Qatar.

Addressing the ruling Justice and Development Party's parliamentary group meeting in Ankara today, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said isolation of Qatar was neither Islamic nor humanitarian.

Pakistan will face England in the first semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy at Cardiff tomorrow.

In the second Semi-final, Bangladesh will take on India at Birmingham on Thursday.

The winning teams of both the semi-finals will meet in the final at Oval on Sunday.


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

However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at a few places in Bahawalpur division, Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas.

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