DATE: 14-04-2017                           


Prime Minister says federal government will implement robust development agenda in Sindh to address miseries of people.


Nawaz Sharif has reaffirmed commitment to realize full potential of CPEC with support of China.


Parliamentary Committee on National Security has been constituted to review security-related matters.


Pakistan Railways will extend Quetta-Rawalpindi Jaffar Express route to Peshawar from on Saturday.


Pakistan rejects Indian statement terming death sentence to Kulbhushan Yadav "a premeditated murder."


Ten terrorists have been killed in an encounter with security forces in Dera Ghazi Khan.


Massive demonstrations were held in Occupied Kashmir on Friday to condemn the Indian brutalities against civilians.


North Korea warns of launching a pre-emptive strike against the United States in case of any military aggression.





Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says the federal government will implement a robust development agenda in Sindh to ensure provision of basic facilities to people.


Addressing a public gathering at Jacobabad on Friday evening, he said peace has been attained in Karachi and other parts of the province, and now the mega development projects, which could not be completed by the provincial government, will be taken up by the federal government.


The Prime Minister announced one billion rupees development package for Jacobabad District.


He also announced gas supply schemes in the district, launch of Prime Minister's Health Card Programme, a modern vocational training centre for women, one hundred transformers, a passport office and PASSCO office in Jacobabad.


He said the facilities that have been provided in Punjab should also be available to the people of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


Nawaz Sharif said a number of projects are being executed in infrastructure, energy, and communication sectors. He said the ongoing power projects will help overcome load-shedding by next year.                    



Addressing the launching ceremony of Urdu edition of President Xi Jinping’s book “Governance in China” in Islamabad on Friday, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan endeavours to foster a culture of peace and explore all avenues of cooperation with neighbours.


The Prime Minister said we need to address apprehensions of our neighbours, practice non-interference, build confidence and use all instruments of diplomacy to resolve conflicts peacefully.


He said multilateral institutions like the United Nations should play a more active role to eliminate poverty worldwide, empower people and fight the distant and emerging situations.


The Prime Minister said China’s concept of peaceful development envisages secure prosperous and friendly neighbourhood.


He said Pakistan and China enjoy a special and strategic partnership. We are proud that together with China, we are implementing its flagship megaproject, China Pakistan Economic Corridor.


The Prime Minister said Pakistan is fast becoming both a conduit and a destination for regional commerce and investment.


He said Pakistan was developing into a connective mode for multiple neighborhoods. We are determined to realize the full potential of this miracle with the staunch support of trusted ally and partner China.          



Talking to Director of State Council Information Office of China Jiang Jianguo in Islamabad on Friday, the Prime Minister said Pakistan deeply appreciates China's commitment to the realization of CPEC.


Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan and China are iron brothers and relations between the two countries have been raised to an even higher level of “All-Weather Cooperative Strategic Partnership.                      



Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, in consultation with the Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani, has constituted a thirty three-member Parliamentary Committee on National Security.


The committee will work under Chairmanship of the Speaker National Assembly.


The committee will discuss issues relating to national security of urgent nature, periodically review, monitor and oversee implementation of the National Action Plan with a view to ensuring its expeditious implementation.


It will also monitor the process of transition from military courts to civil courts through criminal justice reforms and will present periodical reports of the Committee to both Houses of the Parliament.



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. 


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 the system will initially be installed in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Multan and later it will be replicated at other airports. 


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


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.


Later, the chair adjourned the session sine die.                    



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 Education 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 Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha told the House that the government is making strenuous efforts to make Pakistan Railways a profitable organization.  


He said seventy-seven 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 eighty-one percent.


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


Members belonging to PPP staged a walkout from the House over the issue of missing of some of its workers.


The House will now meet on Monday afternoon at four.                       



Pakistan Railways will extend Quetta-Rawalpindi Jaffar Express to Peshawar from on Saturday.


According to Railways Spokesperson, this train is the first of its kind that will run across all provinces, which will help promote provincial connectivity and national harmony.



He said Jaffar Express, which is currently running between Rawalpindi and Quetta, will depart from Peshawar at 5:30 in the morning, and will reach Quetta at about 1400 hours next day.                     



Pakistan has asked India to act responsibly over the issue of Kulbhushan Yadav and refrain from issuing statements that could aggravate people-to-people hostility.


Pakistan's reaction to Indian statements on the issue was enunciated by Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz while briefing newsmen in Islamabad on Friday about Yadav's trial.


He said there is need to arrest growing crisis in Pakistan-India relations before it becomes serious.


The Advisor emphasized that all political parties of Pakistan are unanimous that award of death penalty after due process and overwhelming evidence against a foreign spy, who carried out subversive activities and promoted terrorism, is a correct decision.


Sartaj Aziz emphatically stated that the whole nation is solemnly united against any threat to Pakistan's security that may emerge.


He said Yadav was tried under the law of the land in a fairly transparent manner and awarded punishment on the basis of credible and specific evidence of his involvement in financing terrorism and carrying out subversive activities in Pakistan.


The Advisor said specific information was shared with India in January this year but New Delhi has not responded so far.


Sartaj Aziz questioned why the RAW agent was using fake identity impersonating as a Muslim and possessing two passports one with Hindu name and the other with Muslim name. He said since India has no credible explanation about why their serving Naval Commander was in Balochistan, it has unleashed a flimsy propaganda campaign. 


The Advisor said inflammatory statements and rhetoric about 'pre-meditated murder' and 'unrest in Balochistan' will only result in escalation, serving no useful purpose.                        



Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale called on Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua in Islamabad on Friday.


Matters relating to Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav were discussed during the meeting.                      



Afghanistan's Ambassador to Pakistan, Omar Zakhilwal called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi on Friday.


They discussed issues of mutual interest including security situation and measures to improve bilateral relations.



National Security Advisor Nasser Janjua says Pakistan is on way to become a hub of trade, economy and industry with the execution of China Pakistan Economic Corridor project.


Speaking at a function at Pakistan Institute of International Relations in Karachi on Friday, he said the menace of terrorism is being effectively dealt with in the country. 


The Advisor said the law enforcement agencies are carrying out operation in Karachi to bring peace to the city.                      



Ten terrorists were killed in an encounter with the security personnel in Basti Dadwani near Choti Zeerin in Dera Ghazi Khan on Friday.


According to ISPR, three Rangers also embraced martyrdom in the incident. Two soldiers were 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.          



Funeral prayers for the martyrs of Pakistan Rangers, who embraced martyrdom during an operation in Dera Ghazi Khan on Friday, was offered at Multan Garrison.


Corps Commander Multan Lieutenant General Sarfraz Sattar, DG Rangers Punjab Major General Azhar Naveed Hayat, and a large number of serving and retired military officials attended the prayers for the martyrs.


The coffins of martyrs will be dispatched to their home towns where the martyrs will be buried with full military honour.                 



The Sub-Committee of the Parliamentary Committee on electoral reforms discussed the proposals on Elections Reforms on Friday.


Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid presided the committee meeting.


Later talking to media men, the convener of the committee said the sub-committee is fully mandated to finalize Elections Bill, 2017.


He said next meeting of the Committee will be held on Monday.



Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has lauded the sacrifices of Police in the war against terrorism.


He said this during a meeting with Inspector General Punjab Police Capt. (R) Muhammad Usman Khattak in Lahore on Friday.


Chief Minister said provincial government has taken numerous steps for reforms in police department.


Talking to Senior Vice President of Pakistan Muslim League-N United Kingdom-wing, Raja Zarif in Lahore on Friday, the Chief Minister said gigantic efforts have been made by the government for controlling energy crisis.


He said Punjab Overseas Commission is playing an effective role in resolving the problems of the Overseas Pakistanis.



Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri has said that peace and tranquility has been restored in the province as a result of concrete measures taken by the government.


He was talking to the Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri who called on him in Quetta on Friday afternoon.


The Chief Minister apprised Deputy Chairman Senate about installation of LPG plants at each District Headquarters of the Province and supply of natural gas to the masses.



Two-day road show organized by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will begin in Beijing on Sunday.


Addressing a news conference in Peshawar on Friday afternoon, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said more than one hundred projects of ten billion dollars will be presented in the road show.


The Chief Minister said a road connecting Chakdara with Gilgit via Chitral will be constructed under China Pakistan Economic Corridor.



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has approved a special package to provide free medical education to the siblings of the martyred students of Army Public School Peshawar.


Under the package one sibling of the martyred student if acquires admission on open merit in medical college recognized by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council will get free education.



A twelve-member Pakistani judicial delegation visited Justice Academy in Ankara on Friday.


The delegation, which is on a four-day visit to Turkey, was briefed about the Turkish judicial system.


The members also visited the Court of Cessation and the Ministry of Justice.



Azad Kashmir Development Working Party in its meeting in Muzaffarabad on Friday accorded approval to ten development projects of various sectors costing 1115.308 million rupees.


These projects are related to Information Technology, Industry, Wild Life and Fisheries, Education, Agriculture and Livestock and works and communication.



Azad Kashmir e President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan says India its trying to internally destabilize Pakistan.


Talking to different delegations in Islamabad on Friday, he said that Indian spy Kulbhushan was the master mind of various terrorist activities in the country.


Sardar Masood Khan said Indian army is involved in planned genocide of Kashmiri youth to suppress the indigenous Kashmir liberation movement.


AJK President urged India not to escalate tension in the region and hold meaningful dialogue with Pakistan.



The Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan says concrete measures are being taken to address problems of overseas Kashmiris.


Talking to British Lord Qurban Hussain in Islamabad on Friday, he lauded the role of overseas Kashmiris and Pakistanis for highlighting Kashmir issue in its true perspective at various international forums.


Lord Qurban Hussain on this occasion assured to extend his support for highlighting Kashmir issue at international fora.



In Occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities sealed Badgam on Friday by deploying Indian troops and police personnel in strength to prevent people from converging in the town.


The joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had called for a march towards Badgam on Friday to pay tributes to the martyrs.


Eight civilians were killed in Badgam and Ganderbal districts in the indiscriminate firing of Indian police and troops on demonstrations against the polling for the so-called Indian Parliamentary elections on Sunday last.


Despite heavy deployment of occupational forces people staged massive anti-India demonstrations in Badgam.


They raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.


Indian troops and police subjected protesters to brute force in Srinagar and Sopore areas triggering severe clashes between the demonstrators and the forces’ personnel.


On the other hand, Hurriyet leaders in their statements in Srinagar termed the exemplary boycott of the re-polling in Central Kashmir as people’s referendum against the Indian occupation.



China has called for resuming dialogue leading to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi talking to reporters in Beijing on Friday called on all parties to refrain from provoking and threatening each other and not let the situation get to an irreversible stage.


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


Vice foreign minister Han Song Ryol told the Associated Press in an interview on Friday that if the U.S. shows any sign of reckless military aggression, Pyongyang is ready to launch a pre-emptive strike of its own.


He said North Korea will keep building up its nuclear arsenal in "quality and quantity.



Russia, Syria and Iran have strongly warned the United States against launching new strikes on Syria.


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, along with his Iranian and Syrian counterparts at a trilateral meeting in Moscow on Friday denounced last week's U.S. attack on Syria.


The leaders warned that any further such action would entail grave consequences not only for regional but global security.



In Tanzania, eight police officers have been ambushed to death while returning from patrol outside the commercial hub of Dar es Salaam.

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