Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Prime Minister has urged United Nations to play a more proactive role to eliminate poverty.
The government has chalked out a comprehensive Policy to ensure merit in recruitment process at all levels.
Minister for Law has assured Senate that the government has no intention to undermine constitutional status of the upper house.
Minister for Religious Affairs says complete religious freedom is being provided to Sikh pilgrims visiting Pakistan on different occasions.
At least ten terrorists have been killed in an encounter with the security forces in Dera Ghazi Khan.
Pakistan junior hockey team left for Australia on Friday to participate in the Australian National Junior Championship.
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.
Talking to Director of State Council Information Office of China Jiang Jianguo in Islamabad on Friday, Prime Minister said Pakistan deeply appreciates China’s commitment to the realization of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan and China are iron brothers and relations between the two countries has been raised to an even higher level of “All –Weather Cooperative Strategic Partnership.
He said that cultural exchanges and people to people contacts are essential for further enhancing the relations between the two countries.
Mr. Jiang Jianguo thanked the Prime Minister for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to him and his delegation during the visit to Pakistan.
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 flood 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.
Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Yousaf says the government is committed to provide complete religious freedom to Sikh pilgrims visiting Pakistan on different occasions.
He stated this while addressing concluding ceremony of Baisakhi Mela at Gurdwara Panja Sahib Hassanabdal.
He said the government is not only ensuring religious freedom for minorities but also keeping their sacred places in renovated condition.
The minister said Pakistan issues visas to Sikhs coming from India but India is busy in negative propaganda against Islamabad.
Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale called on Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua in Islamabad on Friday.
During the meeting matters relating to Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav were discussed.
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 of 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.
Pakistan's national junior hockey team left for Australia on Friday to participate in the Australian National Junior Championships.
The 2017 Women's and Men's Australian Junior Championships would take place in Hobart, Tasmania, from 19th to 29th of this month.
Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its National Hook-up at 1605 hours on Friday a special documentary in connection with the death anniversary of renowned scientist Dr. Saleem-uz-Zaman Siddiqui.