Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
> Prime Minister has asked parliamentarians to complete development schemes in their respective constituencies.
> Interior Minister says government will implement National Action Plan effectively and protect young minds from extremism.
> First phase of Kachhi Canal Project in Balochistan is being inaugurated tomorrow.
> Senate has been informed that Pakistan will provide humanitarian assistance to Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
> National Assembly was informed On Wednesday that E-Ticketing System is being introduced on all Motorways and Highways.
> Australian civil and military leadership has lauded Pakistan's achievements in the war on terror.
> Minister of State for Information says media has played pivotal role in strengthening democracy and eliminating terrorism.
> Amnesty International has urged India to immediately ban the use of pellet guns in Occupied Kashmir.
> Second T-20 match between Pakistan and World XI is underway in Lahore.
A delegation of PML-N MNAs from Sargodha Division called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad On Wednesday.
Development projects and matters pertaining to the respective constituencies of MNAs were discussed during the meeting.
The Prime Minister said the parliamentarians should especially focus on development and welfare schemes in those constituencies, which have not been at par with other constituencies in terms of development.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister of State for Religious Affairs Pir Muhammad Amin ul Hasnat Shah, Minister of State Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Obaid ullah Khan, Abdul Majeed Khan, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla and Shahzadi Umar Tiwana were present during the meeting.
The first Phase of Kachhi Canal project in Balochistan has been completed at a cost of eighty billion rupees and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will formally inaugurate the project tomorrow in Dera Bugti.
Kachhi Canal project will irrigate 72 thousand acre of land in Dera Bugti.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal says government will implement National Action Plan effectively and protect young minds from extremism.
He made these remarks at a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control which was held in Islamabad under the chairmanship of Senator Abdul Rehman Malik.
The Minister said that it was decided in the meeting that all the Chief Secretaries of the provinces will meet once in a month and Chief Ministers will sit together after two months for the better implementation of NAP.
Ahsan Iqbal said all recommendations of the committee members and general public will be welcomed for proper implementation of National Action Plan.
Meanwhile, talking to newsmen in Islamabad, he said the government will soon impose ban on Ansar-ul Sharia, a terrorist group involved in attack on Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan leader in Karachi.
He said the mastermind of the attack had been arrested and other culprits will be arrested shortly as the law enforcement agencies are following them.
Ahsan Iqbal said that it was major breakthrough and the government is committed to break entire network of the group.
Minister for Law Zahid Hamid says Pakistan is committed to provide humanitarian assistance to Rohingya Muslims to alleviate their sufferings.
He was concluding discussion on the persecution, massacre and genocide of Rohingya Muslims and their forced exile from their homeland.
He said the plight of Rohingya Muslims continues to be a challenge to the conscience of the International community.
He said the cabinet has adopted a resolution against violence on Rohingya Muslims.
Zahid Hamid said the Ambassador of Myanmar was called to the Foreign Office to convey our concerns and register a strong protest about the ongoing discrimination against the Rohingya Muslims.
Law Minister said as part of durable settlement of the problem, the swift implementation of the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission was emphasized.
The Senate was informed on 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.
Minister for Law Zahid Hamid said resolution of Kashmir issue is imperative for durable peace in the South Asia.
He was concluding discussion on a motion regarding the situation arising out of the visit by the Indian Prime Minister to the United States and signing of a number of defence agreements between the two countries.
He said Pakistan is committed to resolve all outstanding issues with India through composite dialogue process.
The Minister said that Pakistan will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris in their just struggle for their right to self-determination in line with the United Nations Security Council resolution.
He said any attempt to link indigenous struggle of Kashmiris with the terrorism is totally unacceptable.
Minister for Law Zahid Hamid presented before the House follow up report regarding implementation status of the recommendations of the Senate on US President's new South Asia policy statement and policy guidelines in wake of the emerging regional realities.
The House continued discussion on a motion moved by Shaikh Aftab Ahmed to express gratitude to the President for his address to both the Houses assembled together on 1st June this year.
Taking part in the discussion, the members highlighted different aspects of President's address.
The House will now meet tomorrow at three in the afternoon.
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 Anwaar 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 conducts raids 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.
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.
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 on 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.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says government is committed to protect rights of journalists and provide them safety and security.
Addressing a media workers convention at Rawalpindi Press Club on Wednesday, she said the government has passion for welfare of journalists.
She said media has played pivotal role in strengthening democracy and elimination of the menace of terrorism.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said security and safety bill, for protection of working and non-working journalists, has also been introduced to provide them full protection in execution of their responsibilities. She said that the bill will soon be passed by the parliament.
Addressing a three-day Asia Peace Film Festival in Islamabad this evening, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting says Pakistan's first Film and Broadcasting Policy will be announced soon.
She said that the government will soon announce the Film Finance Fund and Artist Fund to provide assistance to deserving artists of the country.
She said holding of international cricket and film festival in Pakistan is evidence that Pakistan is peace loving country.
The Minister said backbone of terrorists has now been broken and their remnants are on the run.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Muhammad Barjees Tahir says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will put Gilgit-Baltistan on the path of rapid development.
Addressing inaugural ceremony of the camp office of Gilgit-Baltistan Council in Gilgit On 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.
Supreme Court has adjourned hearing of review petitions against its decision in Panama Papers Case till tomorrow.
A five-member Larger Bench of the Court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa heard the case in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's counsel Khawaja Haris presented his submissions before the court.
Minister of State for Interior Talal Chaudhry says former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif respected the Supreme Court's decision.
Talking to media outside Supreme Court in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said the upcoming election and political campaign will be based on respect for Constitution and the ballot.
Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman said disqualification of Nawaz Sharif was not made on the basis of petitioner's objections.
She said petitioners did not accuse Nawaz Sharif of having membership of 'Capital FZE' company, its chairmanship or not receiving any salary from the same.
She said the decision was therefore challenged on the same grounds in the apex court.
Anti-Narcotics Force Pakistan has recovered more than eight hundred kilogram drugs amounting to over one billion rupees in international market during its counter-narcotics strikes across the country.
According to ANF, fifteen drug offenders have been arrested and six vehicles seized.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak says the provincial government has laid foundation of educational revolution in the province by recruiting forty thousand teachers on merit.
Addressing laptop distribution ceremony in Peshawar on Wednesday, he said five hundred Information Technology laboratories have been established in government schools across the province.
Director General Sindh Rangers Major General Mohammad Saeed chaired a meeting in Karachi on Wednesday to review security arrangements for the upcoming month of Muharram-ul-Haram.
During the meeting, it was decided that strict implementation of laws and code of conduct would be ensured to maintain peace during the holy month.
Chairman National Accountability Bureau Qamar Zaman Chaudhry says NAB is committed to eradicate corruption by adopting Zero Tolerance Policy.
This he said while addressing the Executive Board meeting of the bureau in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The Board decided to file corruption reference against Syed Asif Akhtar Hashmi, former-Chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board for illegal investment with Highlink Capital Limited.
It also decided to authorize investigations against Director of Umair Steel Industries, Power Pack Company, Abdul Rauf Khoso, former-Director NARA Canal Saeed Ahmed Jagrani.
The Board decided to close cases against Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Asad Qaiser and MNA Sialkot Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah due to lack of incriminating evidence.
Federal Board of Revenue has launched an extensive drive to boost the filing of Income Tax returns by reaching out to large public and private sector organizations and companies.
In a press release the Board said it has compiled a list of over fifty large corporations, financial institutions and companies to seek their help and support for motivating their employees to file tax returns.
Ministry of Religious Affairs has said that over twenty nine thousand pilgrims have so far returned to Pakistan.
In a statement in Islamabad On Wednesday, the Ministry said the post Hajj operation will continue till 6th of the next month.
Pakistan's ambassador to China Masood Khalid said Pakistan seeks a peaceful and prosperous neighbourhood, which is the key principle of Islamabad's foreign policy.
Addressing a Defence Day of Pakistan ceremony in Beijing, he said India has unleashed a reign of terror in Occupied Kashmir instead of addressing the dispute.
The Ambassador reaffirmed Pakistan's political, moral and diplomatic support to the just cause of the Kashmiri people.
High ranking officials of People's Liberation Army, Air Force, Navy and Vice Chief of Office of International Military Cooperation of the Central Military Commission Major General Ci Guowei attended the ceremony.
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 On Wednesday, he said the state government is encouraging investors by providing them all requisite facilities through one window operation.
The AJK Prime Minister said 108 kilometer-long roads are being constructed under a mega tourism corridor, while Pirchanasi, Neelum, Rawalakot, Sudhangali and Mangla are being made tourists hubs. Tourist destinations in all ten districts of the state are also being upgraded.
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 On 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 On Wednesday, UN Refugee Agency Spokesman Joseph Tripura said Bangladesh authorities are building a massive new camp near the border with Myanmar to accommodate them.
Three people were killed and five others injured in a suicide attack near a cricket stadium in Kabul on Wednesday.
In the United States, five people were killed when Hurricane Irma hit a nursing home in Florida on Wednesday.
The nursing home had been left without power.