DATE: 14-12-2016                                 


Prime Minister says PML-N Government is fully committed to bring neglected parts of Balochistan at par with developed areas of the country.


President says Pakistan wants friendly ties with all countries, including the neighbours.


National Assembly has been informed that steps are being taken to reinvigorate textile and other sectors to strengthen economy.


Army Chief says the operation against terrorism will continue until elimination of last terrorist.


Pakistan has successfully conducted test of enhanced version of indigenously developed Babur Cruise Missile.


Pakistan has said no improvement in ties with India is expected until it changes its negative attitude and stops persecution of defenceless Kashmiris.


In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their ongoing state terrorism have martyred two more Kashmiris youth.


China says it will implement sanctions on North Korea only if they are validated by the United Nations.


First cricket Test of three-match series between Pakistan and Australia begins at Brisbane on Thursday. 




Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Balochistan remained neglected in the past but the PML-N Government is fully committed to bring it at par with other province. 


He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Hoshab-Panjgur-Sorab road in Turbat on Wednesday.


The Prime Minister said development activities are visible in nook and cranny of the country and a number of motorways, highways and other infrastructure projects are being undertaken in different areas.


The 448 kilometer road, which is an important component of the Western Corridor of CPEC, has been completed at a cost of over 22 billion rupees to link Gwadar Port with National Highway network. 


The road will also provide shortest link to Afghanistan and Central Asian Republics from Gwadar.


The Prime Minister said completion of this vital project would create enormous economic and commercial activities and help overcome the challenges of poverty, backwardness, ignorance and unemployment in Pakistan and the entire region.


He said Balochistan has been bestowed with immense natural resources, exploitation of which cannot only change fate of the province but also of the country. He said CPEC and development of Gwadar will prove to be game changer for the province, the country and the entire region.


On this occasion, the Prime Minister announced construction of Hoshab-Avaran-Lasbela road, to be jointly financed by the Federal and the Provincial Governments.                    



Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its National Hook-up, just after the Radio Khabarnama, a special report on "Prime Minister's Address at the Inauguration Ceremony of a 448-Klometre long Sorab-Hoshab Road, Western Route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor at Turbat".



Two day International Maritime Conference on CPEC and Gwadar Port concluded at Gwadar on Wednesday.


The Conference was organized under the auspices of Pakistan Navy in coordination with Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform and Parliamentary Committee on CPEC.


It was aimed at examining the politico-strategic, maritime economic and security dimensions of the CPEC project and the challenges CPEC faces.  



President Mamnoon Hussain has said Pakistan is desirous of further promoting friendly relations with all countries particularly the neighbours for peace, stability and prosperity in the region.


He was talking to envoys-designate of Yemen, Kuwait, Romania, Mali, Colombia, Mauritania and Albania who separately presented their credentials to him at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Wednesday. 


Mamnoon Hussain informed them that Operation Zarb-e-Azb is progressing successfully, which has greatly overcome the menace of terrorism and the operation will continue till elimination of the last terrorist.  



President Mamnoon Hussain has commended the role of National Defence University in imparting quality education and training to both civilian and army officers and carrying out research work in defence strategies.


He was talking to outgoing President NDU, Lt Gen Nazir Ahmed Butt who called on him in Islamabad on Wednesday.


Mamnoon Hussain appreciated NDU for organizing quality strategic and security studies programs not only for the armed forces officers and civil bureaucracy of Pakistan but also for senior officers from friendly countries.


The President lauded the services of the outgoing President NDU and wished him success in his future endeavors.                



The first Pakistan-Russia Consultations on regional issues were held in Islamabad.


They discussed whole range of regional issues as well as key areas of mutual interest including economic cooperation and connectivity.


The two sides decided to strengthen bilateral ties in diverse fields.


It was decided that the next round of consultations will be held in Moscow next year.



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has directed Board of Investment to formulate a long-term investment plan for the country.


Chairing a meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said the plan should focus on sectors, which have potential to absorb maximum investment and create more job opportunities.


The Minister asked Board of Investment to take input from the private sector to make the plan more inclusive and beneficial.                        



The National Assembly was informed on Wednesday that the government has taken various steps to strengthen textile and other sectors in the country.


Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan told the House during question hour that sales tax of five export oriented sectors, including textile, leather, sports goods, surgical goods and carpets has been made part of zero rated tax regime from July this year.


He said technology upgradation fund scheme for the textile sector is also available and the facility of duty free import of textile machinery is continuing.


Khurram Dastgir Khan said twenty billion rupees will be spent on development of export sector. He said uninterrupted power supply is being ensured to the industrial sector for the increase of Pakistan's exports.


The Minister said Export and Import Bank is being established to facilitate export credit.                       



On a point of order, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah said that PPP always played a pivotal role in strengthening and protecting Parliament and democracy in the country.


He said sanctity of institutions should not be undermined in any way and it is unfortunate that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif did not stand by his words spoken on floor of the House.


He said such an attitude damages people's trust in Parliament from where the Prime Minister draws strength.


The House will now meet on Thursday afternoon at four.                    



Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that government is ready to discuss Panama Papers issue in the Parliament if demanded by the opposition.


Talking to media outside the parliament House in Islamabad tonight, he said that there is no contradiction in the statement given by the Prime Minister at the floor of the House and that given in the Supreme Court. He said the government is also ready to discuss the issue in the speaker's chamber.


Saad Rafique said that said members of the treasury benches were not allowed to answer the questions raised by the opposition leader in the House on Wednesday due to derogatory behaviour of PTI members.


He said the PTI members tore the copies of Order of the Day and other important documents.



Pakistan Television has decided to broadcast speeches of parliamentarians live from the National Assembly.


Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb in a statement in Islamabad on Wednesday said speeches of treasury and opposition members will be broadcast live on PTV News.



US Consul General Yuriy Fedkiw called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore on Wednesday and discussed matters of mutual interest and boosting cooperation in different sectors.  



The Federal Government has chalked out a five years plan for the development of Khyber, Orakzai, North and South Waziristan Agencies.



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly passed a resolution on Wednesday demanding merger of FATA with KP province.         


The resolution was moved by Dr. Haider Ali of PTI. The resolution demanded that tribal areas should be merged in KP keeping in view the aspiration and wishes of tribal people.         



Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa says the operation against terrorism will continue until the elimination of last terrorist.


He said this while speaking during his visits to Corps Headquarters and Rangers Headquarters in Karachi on Wednesday.


According to ISPR, the Army Chief was briefed about the overall law and order situation in Sindh especially Karachi. He was also briefed about achievements made during the Karachi operation and its future strategy.


General Qamar Javed Bajwa appreciated the improvement in the law and order situation in Karachi and said that Pak Army, Rangers and other law enforcement agencies have played an important role in this regard.



Pakistan on Wednesday conducted a successful test of an enhanced version of the indigenously developed Babur Cruise Missile.


Babur Weapon System version - 2 incorporates advanced aerodynamics and avionics that can strike targets both at land and sea with high accuracy, at a range of 700 kilometers.


It is a low flying, terrain hugging missile, which carries certain stealth features and is capable of carrying various types of warheads.


Babur Weapon System is an important force multiplier for Pakistan’s strategic defence.


On Wednesday’s launch was witnessed by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, senior officers from Strategic Plans Division, Strategic Forces, scientists and engineers of strategic organizations.


The President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan have congratulated the scientists and engineers on successful conduct of on Wednesday’s missile test.                     



Four terrorists were arrested in Haji Camp, Peshawar on Wednesday.


They were asking people to join a terrorist organization.


Pamphlets of a banned outfit were also recovered from them.                  



Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhry has said that thirty four dead bodies of crashed PIA plane have been identified so far.


Talking to media in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said that government will provide all assistance to relatives of victims of the plane crashed.



Funeral prayers of renowned Naat Khawan and preacher Junaid Jamshed who was killed in a recent plane crash in Havelian was offered at Nur Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi on Wednesday. 


He will be laid to rest in Karachi on Thursday.



Pakistan has said no improvement in relations with India is expected until it changes its negative attitude and stops persecution of defenseless Kashmiri people.


Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria stated this in an exclusive interview with Radio Pakistan's News and Current Affairs Channel.


He regretted that the Indian side has missed many opportunities of normalization of relations with Pakistan due to its negative attitude.


The spokesperson said the ongoing movement in Occupied Kashmir cannot be with linked terrorism as it is the just struggle of local people for their right to self-determination.


The spokesperson said India is trying to cover up its persecution campaign in occupied Kashmir by heating up the situation on the line of control.                        



Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control has passed a resolution condemning the Indian Home Minister's statement regarding dismemberment of Pakistan.


The committee met in Islamabad on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Senator Abdul Rehman Malik.


The resolution urged the international community and United Nations to take notice of Indian outbursts.



In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two Kashmiri youth in Anantnag-Islamabad and Baramulla districts, on Wednesday.


Over fifty thousand people chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans participated in the funeral of a student, Basit Rasool Dar.


The student was martyred by Indian troops in Marhama area on Wednesday. 


His martyrdom led to massive anti-India protests in Bijbehara, Kanelwan, Bewoora and Srigufwara areas of the district.


The body of another youth was recovered from debris of a residential house blasted by Indian troops in Sopore area of the Baramulla district. 


Meanwhile, APHC leaders  in their separate statements denounced the killing of youth by Indian troops and continued illegal detention of woman Hurriyet leaders Aasiya Andrabi and Fehmida Sofi.


On the other hand, the International Federation of Journalists in a resolution adopted at its meeting in Kathmandu strongly condemned the attacks and restrictions on media reporting in Jammu and Kashmir.

It regretted the use of pellet guns and firing by police, troops and paramilitary forces on unarmed people.                          



In India, Congress Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi says Prime Minister Narendra Modi is involved in corruption.


Addressing a news conference in New Delhi on Wednesday, he said he will present this information in the Parliament.


Rahul Gandhi said Prime Minister Modi is scared for the information he possesses regarding his corruption. He said for this reason, the government is hampering Lok Sabha's proceedings.


However, ruling BJP spokesman has rejected Rahul Gandhi's allegation as baseless.



China has reiterated its willingness to work with the international community to fully implement U.N. resolutions on North Korea, but opposes any unilateral sanctions outside that framework.


Earlier, Japan and South Korea said they would impose new unilateral sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.                      



In Syria, a deal to evacuate civilians and rebels from opposition-held parts of Aleppo appears to have stalled, as heavy shelling has been reported in the city.


A ceasefire was declared in Aleppo on Tuesday and buses brought in to ferry people out of the devastated enclave.


However, fighting resumed on Wednesday, breaking down the deal brokered by Russia and Turkey.                  



Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged all sides to abide by a cease-fire agreement for the Syrian city of Aleppo.


Erdogan in televised speech appealed for the immediate opening of a humanitarian corridor without any obstruction or sabotage so people can safely leave the Aleppo.                       



In Yemen, Police say eleven dead bodies have been found dumped in a nature reserve in Aden city.


According to Police, the bodies with their throats cut were found in the Al-Hiswa nature reserve and are believed to have been killed more than a month ago.



The United Nations Human Rights Council says South Sudan is on the brink of an all-out ethnic civil war which could destabilize the entire region.


This was stated by head of a team of U.N. human rights investigators Yasmin Sooka at the U.N. Human Rights Council meeting in Berlin on Wednesday.


The U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, urged the council to call on South Sudan's leaders to refrain from incitement to violence and ethnic hatred.


Meanwhile, South Sudan President Salva Kiir in a speech to parliament called for a national dialogue that would attempt to redefine the country's national identity.



An Afghan police officer shot and killed one foreigner and wounded another at a security checkpoint outside the Kabul airport on Wednesday.


Authorities were investigating the incident but declined to comment on the nationalities of the foreigners.


Police stepped up security at Kabul airport for the arrival of Afghan warlord Faryadi Zardad, deported from Britain after serving a prison sentence for torture.

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