DATE: 14-06-2016                                  


The President says the government is talking all possible measures for rehabilitation of displaced families in North Waziristan.


The government has evolved a plan to utilize flood water for creation of wetlands to minimize losses in floods.


Work has been started on Pakistan-China Optical Fiber Cable.


Debate on new federal budget for next fiscal year is underway in National Assembly and Senate.


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa budget is being presented in the provincial assembly on Tuesday.


Namaz-e-Janaza of Major Ali Jawad Shaheed who fell prey to unprovoked firing by Afghan forces at Torkham border was offered in Peshawar on Tuesday.





President Mamnoon Hussain says the government is talking all measures for the rehabilitation of repatriated families in North Waziristan.


He was talking to a delegation of North Waziristan led by Parliamentary Secretary Muhammad Nazir Khan which called on him in Islamabad on Tuesday.


President said repatriated families will be provided all facilities including health, education and medical care.


He said Pakistan Army has purged North Waziristan including Shawal from terrorists and established peace.


President also paid tributes to sacrifices of Tribal people of North Waziristan in war against terrorism.


He said government is also making efforts for economic development and prosperity of people of North Waziristan agency.


Parliamentary Secretary Muhammad Nazir Khan briefed the President about development activities in the area and expressed satisfaction over government initiatives.                       



Army Chief General Raheel Sharif visited North and South Waziristan and reviewed operation against terrorists. 


He also inspected work for the rehabilitation of temporarily displaced persons in the area.


The Army Chief spent some time with the soldiers and notables of the area in two tribal agencies.



Minister of Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan met the Secretary of Communist Party China of Yunnan Province Li Jiheng in Kunming, China.


The two leaders expressed satisfaction on the very successful 4th China-South Asia Expo, especially Pakistan’s active participation with the largest country pavilion.


They also exchanged views on the current status of Yunnan province’s economic and commercial ties with Pakistan and agreed to focus on ways and means to further promote these ties in a comprehensive manner.


The Minister of Commerce suggested that bringing Pakistani agricultural products, like rice and fruits, to Yunnan could be an important step in this direction.


The Yunnan Party Secretary agreed that the two sides needed to work closely in this area.


It was agreed that concerted efforts will be made to enhance people to people contacts and cooperation in important fields of science and technology, culture, tourism, and education.


The Minister is visiting Kunming to lead Pakistan’s delegation to the 4th China-South Asia Expo being held from 12 to 17th of this month.                           



Climate Change Ministry has evolved a plan to utilize flood water for creation of wetlands and recharging of ground water.


Member National Assembly, Moeen Watto and Secretary Climate Change Abu Muhammad Akif said this at a news briefing in Islamabad on Tuesday.


They said the government is working on a long term plan to avoid losses due to floods by utilizing water in different projects.


They said under the plan riverbed areas of all major rivers will be converted into wetlands.


The wetlands project will save ten times more water than Tarbela and Mangla Dams and negotiations are underway with China to incorporate this in China Pakistan Economic Corridor project.


The Secretary Climate Change said Polders will also be developed in more flooded areas where water can be spread on a large barren area.


A ten member Pakistan delegation has completed its study tour of China to observe Chinese projects of wetlands.



The work on Pakistan- China Optical Fiber Cable project has been initiated from Mansehra.


This was stated by a spokesman of Special Communication Organization in an interview to our Gilgit correspondent Sher Muhammad on Tuesday.


Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had laid foundation stone of this project at a ceremony held in Gilgit on 19th May.


Under the project, Optical Fiber Cable from Rawalpindi to Khunjarab would be laid at a cost of 44 million US dollars.


The project will be completed in two years will provide an alternate media route to Pakistan with China and Central Asian states.



The National Assembly resumed general discussion on budgetary proposals for the fiscal year 2016-17 on Tuesday.


Taking part in the discussion, Ramesh Lal said no increase has been made for welfare of minorities in the budget.


He said five percent job quota for minorities is not being implemented. 


Khusro Bakhtiar said Pakistan's economic growth is slowest in Asia.


He pointed out that strong economy is imperative for strengthening of democracy.


He said there should be a national ownership of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


He demanded steps for development of under-developed areas of South Punjab.       



Three bills were introduced before the House on Tuesday.


These are "The Illegal Dispossession (Amendment) Bill, 2016", "The Marine Insurance Bill, 2016" and "The Pakistan National Accreditation Council Bill, 2016".


These bills were moved by Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Balighur Rehman and Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan.


The chair referred these bills to the standing committees concerned.              



The Senate also resumed discussion on the next year's budget on Tuesday.


Taking part in the debate, Mohsin Aziz said the Parliament and other stakeholders should be involved in the budget making process in order to make the document people-oriented.


He said the government has failed to achieve economic targets during the current financial year. Its tax amnesty scheme has failed to bring sufficient entrepreneurs into the tax net.


Kamil Ali Agha said China Pakistan Economic Corridor is an important project and it should be implemented within a given timeframe.


He said preference should be given to the completion of the western route and maximum resources should be earmarked in the budget for this purpose.


Muhammad Ali Saif said the budget envisages no concrete measures for the relief of common man.


Saifullah Magsi said the tax regime is repressive as the common man has been overburdened with indirect taxes. He said the government has done nothing to reduce agriculture input cost.


Mohsin Khan Leghari appreciated the government's steps towards broadening the tax net. He said the government should provide subsidy to the farmers on fertilizers as is being given in the neighbouring India.


The House will now meet on Wednesday morning at 11:00.                                            



The parliamentary committee to probe Panama Papers is scheduled to meet in Islamabad on Tuesday.


It is part of the government and opposition efforts to frame consensus TORs for an inquiry acceptable to all.                    



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa budget for fiscal year 2016-17 is being announced on Tuesday.


Finance Minister Muzaffar Said Advocate will present the budget in the provincial assembly at 04:00 p.m.



Three terrorists were killed in Kabal area of district Swat on Tuesday.


According to official sources, the terrorists opened fire on a police mobile injuring three persons.


The terrorists were chased and killed.



Major Ali Jawad Changezi of Pakistan Army, who was injured in unprovoked firing by Afghan forces in Torkham on Monday, has succumbed to his injuries.


Three army personnel were injured in the firing from across the border.                 


Namaz-e-Janaza of shaheed will be offered on Tuesday at Peshawar Garrison and his body will be taken to his home town Quetta, Balochistan for burial with full military honour.      



In their separate condolence messages, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have expressed sympathies with the bereaved family of Major Changezi Shaheed.


The two leaders paid tributes to the shaheed for sacrificing life for the country.


The Prime Minister said Changezi Shaheed became a victim of Afghan forces' aggression while guarding the motherland.



International Blood Donors Day is being observed on Tuesday.


The theme of this year is "Blood connects us all" with the slogan of "Share life, give blood".                         



In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has condemned the continued detention of senior Hurriyet leaders and raids on their residences in the holy month of Ramzan.


In a statement in Srinagar, a JKLF spokesman said such actions speak volumes about the anti-Kashmiri and anti-Muslim approach of the puppet authorities.


Meanwhile, Indian authorities have sent the illegally detained senior Hurriyet leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League Masarrat Aalam Butt to Srinagar Central Jail on judicial remand.

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