> The Senate has been informed that Turkmenistan Government has launched development of gas field of TAPI project.

> Minister of State for Information says media is playing a crucial role in elimination of terrorism.

> Army Chief says enhanced defence ties between Pakistan and Australia will help boost regional connectivity.

> Amnesty International has urged India to immediately ban the use of pellet guns against Kashmiris in Occupied Kashmir.

> Uzbekistan has called on Myanmar to put an end to the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims.

> The second T-20 between Pakistan and World XI is being played in Lahore this evening.



The Senate was informed Wednesday that Turkmenistan government has started development of gas field of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas project.

Replying to a question during the question hour, Minister of State for Energy Jam Kamal Khan informed the House that the project is scheduled to be completed by December 2020.

The Minister of State said the pipeline will enter Pakistan from Chaman Border and follow the route through Quetta, Pashin and Multan from where the pipeline will be linked with India.



The National Assembly has been informed that the government is pursuing a vigorous campaign  to create awareness on Basic Human Rights.

Replying to a question, Minister for Human Rights Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar said target of the campaign is general public, civil society, researchers, academia, students, government functionaries and different segments of society.

The Minister said that a toll -free helpline numbers, 1099 has been launched at Islamabad for Legal advice and assistance.

Responding to another question, Minister of State for Communication Junaid Anwar Chaudhry said that E-Ticketing System will be started on all Motorways and Highways during the current financial year.

The System will ensure quick access to authentic and precise information.

Answering a question, Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid said the National Accountability Bureau contacts raid on the basis of sound information.



Parliamentary Secretary for Power Azhar Qayyum Nahra told the House that load-shedding has been reduced to four hours in urban areas and five hours in rural areas.

He said zero load-shedding is being observed in the industrial sector. 

Speaking on a point of order, the Chairperson of Benazir Income Support Programme Marvi Memon said government has increased Benazir Income Support Programme budget from seventy billion rupees to one hundred and twenty billion rupees.



Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmed introduced "The Service Tribunals (Amendment) Bill, 2017" in the House.

The house passed "The National Commission on the Rights of the Child Bill, 2017." The Bill was moved by Minister for Human Rights Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar.

The House was adjourned to meet again tomorrow at 10.30 in the morning. 



Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says Media is playing a crucial role in eliminating the menace of terrorism and foiling the extra constitutional attacks on democracy in the country.

Addressing media workshop in Rawalpindi Wednesday, she said the government is taking bold steps to ensure protection and security of working journalists of the country.

She said Access to Information Bill approved by the parliament will be help journalists to gather news through credible and authentic sources.

The Minister of State said without respect of votes and continuation of democratic system, the country could not move toward development.



Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Muhammad Barjees Tahir says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project will put Gilgit-Baltistan on the path of rapid development.

Addressing inaugural ceremony of the camp office of Gilgit-Baltistan Council in Gilgit Wednesday, he said Diamer Basha Dam and Gilgit Chitral mega road projects would be constructed under CPEC.

He said work on Gilgit-Skardu road project has also been initiated. 

The Minister said Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has set up a Constitutional Reforms Committee for Gilgit-Baltistan.



Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain held a meeting with Minister of State for the Armed Forces of United Kingdom Mark Lancaster in London Wednesday.

Matters of bilateral importance came under discussion during the meeting.

The Minister is in London to attend Defence and Security Equipment International Exhibition.

He visited stall of Pakistan Ordnance Factory and International Companies.



Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa says enhanced defence ties between Pakistan and Australia will help boost their bilateral cooperation, in education investment, regional connectivity and trade fields.

The Army Chief, who is on an official visit to Australia, said this during his meetings with representatives of Australian civil and military leadership.

He visited the Australian Joint Operations and Planning Headquarters and Force Command headquarters.

General Bajwa also visited the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the Office of National Assessment.

Army Chief said he was extremely impressed by the Australian goodwill for Pakistan and desire that country's leadership wants to enhance bilateral relations.

Both civil and military leadership of Australia appreciated Pakistan's contributions and achievements in the war against terror and acknowledged sacrifices of Pakistani nation and its Army in this connection.



AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider says concrete measures are being taken to promote tourism through public private partnership in Azad Kashmir.

Talking to a delegation of investors led by Malik Khalid in Muzaffarabad Wednesday, he said the state government is encouraging investors by providing them all requisite facilities through one window operation. 



Meanwhile, Kashmiri representative Syed Faiz Naqshbandi has apprised the international community about grim human rights situation in Occupied Kashmir.

In a statement submitted at a session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi informed the world body that India did not allow a UN fact-finding team to visit occupied Kashmir as suggested by the High Commissioner for Human Rights to assess the human rights violations.

The statement said Kashmiri resistance leaders; Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik and others were in continued detention and being victimized and harassed by Indian forces and even not allowed to meet the people.

Syed Faiz Naqshbandi urged the Council to play a role in ending the human rights violations and send a UN fact-finding mission to Occupied Kashmir.



Amnesty International has asked India to immediately ban the use of pellet guns against oppressed Kashmiris by its forces in Occupied Kashmir.

In a statement, the human rights group also criticized Indian authorities for failing to support those who have been injured and disabled by the weapons.



Uzbekistan has called on Myanmar to put an end to the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Uzbek Foreign Ministry expressed  concerns over growing violence against the Muslim minority in Myanmar.

The Uzbek government also pledged to send humanitarian aid to the Rohingya asylum seekers.



Over 379,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state for Bangladesh since new violence erupted there last month.

In a statement Wednesday, UN Refugee Agency Spokesman Joseph Tripura said Bangladesh authorities are building a massive new camp near the border with Myanmar to accommodate them.



The second T-20 of Independence Cup between Pakistan and World XI will be played in Lahore this evening.

The match will begin at seven p.m.

Pakistan lead the three-match series one-nil.

The third and last match will be played on Friday.



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

However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at scattered places in Faisalabad, Sargodha, Multan, Kohat, Bannu, D.I.Khan,  D.G Khan, Zhob divisions and FATA while at isolated places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Multan, Bahawalpur, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan divisions, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.

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