DATE: 14-04-2017                          


Prime Minister has emphasized on the need to use of all instruments of diplomacy to resolve global conflicts peacefully.


The government has adopted a national strategy to strengthen early disaster warning system.


At least ten terrorists have been killed in an encounter with the security forces in Dera Ghazi Khan. 


In Syria, evacuation began from al-Foua and Kefraya towns of Idlib province under a deal between warring parties.              





Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says there is historic opportunity for countries of the region to address apprehensions of neighbours, practice non-interference, build confidence and use all instruments of diplomacy to resolve conflicts peacefully.


He was speaking at the launching ceremony of Urdu edition of book "The Governance of China" by Chinese President Xi Jinping in Islamabad.  


He said in this regard multilateral institutions especial the United Nations need to play a more proactive role to eliminate poverty and empower people.


He said Pakistan and China enjoy special and strategic partnership. Pakistan is proud to work with China in the implementation of Beijing's flagship project of One Belt, One Road.


The Prime Minister said enterpreneurs from developed countries have shown confidence in CPEC and are keen to invest in Pakistan.


He said the vision includes several other corridors that would connect Asia, Africa and Europe and the entire world.


Addressing the ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong said the book is a new symbol of deep friendship between Pakistan and China.


The ceremony was attended by cabinet members, members of parliament and diplomats.



The National Assembly was informed on Friday that the government has devised a comprehensive Recruitment Policy and Mechanism to ensure merit and transparency in the recruitment process at all levels.  


Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House during question hour that recruitment mechanism and initial screening will be conducted by a testing agency to be hired by the concerned Ministries and Divisions.


To a question, Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman told the House that the number of out of school children has drastically decreased in last three years due to effective measures of the government.      


Replying to a question, Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Broadcasting Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha told the House that the government is making strenuous efforts to make Pakistan Railways a profitable organization.  


He said that 77 locomotives have been inducted in Pakistan Railways during the last five years. He said over ten billion rupees revenue was earned from freight sector in last fiscal year showing an increase of 81 percent.


He said Pakistan Railways will start new passenger trains very soon which will run between Rawalpindi and Kohat, Sibi and Harnai and Karachi to Mirpur Khas.


The House will now meet on Monday at 4:00 pm.



The Senate was informed on Friday that the government has adopted a national strategy towards strengthening of early disaster warning systems.


Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House during question hour that the approach includes expansion of telemetric network and monitoring as well as database for timely floods broadcasts. 


He said a PC-I worth 19081 million rupees has been sent to planning commission for approval to strengthen the forecasting capabilities of Pakistan Meteorological Department.


 To a question, the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs told the House that Japanese government has approved a grant to provide CCTV with face recognition system for four airports.


He said given security situation in the country, the system will initially be installed in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Multan and later it will be replicated at other airports. 


The Minister said that Pakistan International Airline has 35 aircraft in its fleet and it is in the process of acquiring more fuel efficient aircraft to replace the aged fleet.



Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani expressed serious concerns over the absence of Ministers from the House and non-receipt of answers. 


He said he is issuing a final notice to all the Secretaries, Additional Secretaries and Joint Secretaries that he will act according to the law if in future replies were not received or information was withheld from the Parliament.


Federal Minister for Law Zahid Hamid clarified that the government accords full respect to the House and has no intention to undermine its constitutional status.


He said matters relating to the presence of Ministers and replies could be sorted out by sitting together.


Later, the chair adjourned the session sine die.



A special campaign has been launched in tribal areas to enroll maximum students in schools.


Sources of FATA Secretariat told our Peshawar correspondent that the campaign will continue till 30st of this month.


At least two hundred thousand students will be enrolled in schools.


The sources said that efforts are also underway to provide free textbooks to school students in FATA.



At least ten terrorists have been killed in an armed encounter with the security personnel in Basti Dadwani near Choti Zeerin in Dera Ghazi Khan.


According to ISPR, three Rangers have also embraced shahadat in the incident. Two soldiers were also injured.


During the search operation, terrorists opened fire at the law-enforcers who retaliated killing ten of the attackers.


Weapons in huge quantity have also been recovered from them.



Sindh Rangers carried out a targeted raid at a shop in Napeir area in Karachi on Friday and recovered large amount of weapons and ammunition.


According to Rangers spokesperson, the raid was carried out on intelligence information.



In Afghanistan, thirty six Islamic State militants have been killed in Nangrahar province in a massive bomb strike of the US military.   


Afghan Defense Ministry said the bomb struck a village in the Momand valley where IS fighters were using a network of caves. 


Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah confirmed that the attack had been carried out in co-ordination with Afghan government.



In Syria, the government and rebel forces have begun an operation to move people away from four besieged towns.


People from Foah and Kefraya, towns in the north-west, have arrived in Rashideen, west of Aleppo.


Similar operations have begun in rebel-held Madaya and Zabadani, near Damascus. 


More than 30,000 people are expected to be evacuated under the deal.



North Korea has condemned the United States for bringing huge nuclear strategic assets to the Korean peninsula.


A spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry in a statement said the US action threatens peace and security of the peninsula and pushes the situation there to the brink of a war.


Meanwhile, Japan's National Security Council has discussed how to evacuate its nearly 60,000 citizens from South Korea in the event of a crisis.


In another development, US Vice President Mike Pence will travel to South Korea on Sunday as a sign of the U.S. commitment to its ally in the face of rising tensions over North Korea's nuclear program.

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