DATE: 14-06-2016                                    


The Prime Minister says agenda of development, prosperity and good governance will also be taken to Azad Kashmir. 


The President says government is making all out efforts for economic development and prosperity of people of North Waziristan.


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa budget for the next fiscal year with a total outlay of 505 billion rupees has been presented before the provincial Assembly.


Pakistan has sought support from Turkey and Austria for the membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group.


Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet has approved transfer of Heavy Mechanical Complex to Strategic Plans Division.


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


A two-day international conference on conflict mediation opened in Oslo on Tuesday.


In Afghanistan, twenty-eight Taliban have been killed in airstrikes in Helmand province.





Pakistan Muslim League (N) has approved names of candidates for the upcoming general elections in Azad Kashmir.


The approval was given by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. 


Congratulating the candidates who received the party tickets, the Prime Minister said that the PML (N) will take the agenda of development, prosperity, welfare of public and good governance to Azad Kashmir. 


He said it is priority of the government to transform Azad Kashmir into a tourist hub by bringing improvement in the health and education facilities as well as basic infrastructure there. He noted that this will also give impetus to the Kashmir freedom movement.


The Prime Minister expressed the confidence that the PML (N) candidates will win majority seats in the elections and devote all their energies to address the problems faced by the people.


Nawaz Sharif said the popularity of the PML (N) in Azad Kashmir could be gauged from the fact that the party received a large number of applications for the award of tickets.                         



President Mamnoon Hussain says the government is taking every possible measure 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 in Islamabad on Tuesday.


The 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 of terrorists and established peace.


The President 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.                    



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


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


Khusro Bakhtiar said Pakistan's economic growth is slowest in Asia. He pointed out that strong economy is imperative for strengthening of democracy.


Ghulam Rasool Koreja lauded package for agriculture especially lowering of prices of fertilizer and hoped this would have salutary impact on crop production.


Ch. Khadim Hussain said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif demonstrated remarkable patience in the face of undue criticism by some elements. He called for across the board accountability process.


Qaiser Jamal proposed extension of NAB to FATA so as to stem corrupt practices there. He said there is need to review foreign policy of the country in view of increasingly hostile environment in the neighbourhood.


Qari Muhammad Yousaf demanded increase in allocations for Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal and extension of Prime Minister's Health Programme to Battagram.


Chaudhry Riaz-ul-Haq demanded construction of a five hundred bed hospital in Okara.


Shazia Marri said the government should adopt a strategy to reduce reliance on loans.


Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan said 4.71 percent GDP growth rate is real one and its calculation has been given in the economic survey in detail. He said the government is working on the identification of account holders of Swiss Banks.


Syed Waseem Hussain demanded across the board accountability of all politicians and said all those in politics should declare their assets.


Shahabuddin expressed satisfaction over restoration of law and order in FATA where IDPs are going back and normal life is resuming.


Amirullah Marwat alleged that growth figures given in the budget were not reflective of the ground realities.


Rao Muhammad Ajmal said the Prime Minister has won hearts of people in rural areas by giving liberal incentives for agriculture sector.


Kiran Haider said it is a balanced budget in the prevailing circumstances and added that prices of many items of daily use have come down due to Ramzan Package of the Government. 


SA Iqbal Qadri said policy shift is required to promote exports and demanded taxing agricultural income.


Khalida Mansoor said the budget reflects aspiration of different segments of the population.


Bilal Rehman said priority should be given for rehabilitation of those affected by war on terror.


Parveen Masood Bhatti said the Government has allocated huge funds for development in the budget, which would stimulate growth and generate more jobs. 


Salim-ur-Rehman was of the view that Malakand and Swat have remained neglected and they should be given special consideration in infrastructure development.


Kiran Dar said the opposition should have moral courage to appreciate budgetary proposals and offer constructive suggestions.


Shahnaz Salim said increased tax collection target would help generate necessary resources for developmental activities.


The house will now meet on Wednesday morning at eleven.



Taking part in the debate on budget in the Senate, 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. 


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.


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



The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa budget for the next fiscal year with total outlay of 505 billion rupees was announced on Tuesday evening. 


Presenting the budget in the Provincial Assembly, Finance Minister Muzaffar Said Advocate said one hundred and twenty five billion rupees have been allocated for Annual Development Programme. Over one thousand five hundred development projects will be completed in fiscal year 2016-17.


He said about thirty three billion rupees have been earmarked for improvement of law and order situation and eliminating the menace of terrorism.


The Finance Minister said thirty-eight billion rupees will be spent on improvement of health services which is about 28 percent more than the outgoing fiscal year.


About fifteen thousand Lady Health Workers and Vaccinators will be recruited in the next financial year.


Muzaffar Said Advocate said one hundred eleven billion rupees have been allocated for the promotion of education.


One point six billion rupees will be spent on social welfare and women development.


He said eight billion rupees will be spent on the promotion of agriculture and two billion rupees on industrial development.


The ratio of several taxes including registration fee of vehicles has been enhanced.


Earlier, the provincial cabinet in its meeting in Peshawar approved the budgetary proposals for the new fiscal year.



Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz telephoned Foreign Ministers of Austria and Turkey to seek support for Nuclear Supplier Group membership.


Sartaj Aziz underscored Pakistan's credentials for NSG membership and emphasized the importance of non-discriminatory approach on NSG expansion to non-NPT states.                         



Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq says it is government's priority to frame consensus Terms of Reference to probe allegations levelled in the Panama Papers. 


Talking to newsmen, after meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on ToRs, in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said that dictatorial mindset of a particular political party would not be allowed to dominate the entire issue.


The Minister said the prime objective of the Parliamentary Committee on ToRs to look for a solution acceptable to everyone.


He said any legislation to probe Panama Papers should be perpetual instead of time or person specific.


Saad Rafiq said two political parties are hell bent on targeting Prime Minister, which is not acceptable.                         



Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan says trade agreements help local industries to modernize themselves besides providing better choice of products to the local people.


Chairing a meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said that local industries in Pakistan should remodel themselves as par international standards.



Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet has approved transfer of Heavy Mechanical Complex to Strategic Plans Division.


The committee held its meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair.


The Committee emphasized that the rights of HMC’s employees would be fully protected during transfer process.


Officials of SPD and Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission assured the Committee that all efforts would be made to revive HMC to its maximum potential.


The meeting approved the recommendations regarding pricing mechanism for Regasified LNG which would be conveyed to OGRA as policy guidelines.                                    



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 in Gilgit on 19th May.


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


The project will be completed in two years.



Climate Change Ministry has evolved a plan to utilize floods 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.                                      



Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif says Pakistan Army with support of the entire nation has achieved unparalleled successes in fight against terrorism.


He said this during his visit to forward locations in North and South Waziristan on Tuesday. He spent whole day with the tribes and troops busy in consolidation phase of Operation Zarb-e Azb. 


The Army Chief was given detailed briefing on ongoing operations and comprehensive rehabilitation work and its effects on the social landscape of area.


General Raheel said that operation Zarb-e-Azb is in its final stage in the fewer left out pockets.


The Army Chief also inaugurated multiple projects as part of the post operation comprehensive rehabilitation plan for FATA.


He appreciated the support of the tribal brethren in combating terrorism and acknowledged their sacrifices.


He assured them that terrorists would never be allowed to return and Army will not go back till the job is fully done.


He said besides rehabilitation of IDPs, our focus within FATA will now be on more efficient border management to prevent cross border movement.


He said for enduring stability, intelligence based operations and combing operations will continue with same vigour across the country.



The Namaz-e-Janaza of Shaheed Major Ali Jawad Changezi was offered at Peshawar Garrison on Tuesday.


Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Hidayat-ur-Rehman, family members and relatives of the martyred Major Jawad and military officials attended the Namaz-e-Janaza.


Major Ali Jawad Changezi sustained injuries in unprovoked firing by Afghan forces in Torkham on Monday and later succumbed to his injuries.


The body of the Shaheed Major will be taken to his home town Quetta for burial with full military honour.     



President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have condoled sympathies with the bereaved family of Major Jawad Ali Changezi Shaheed.


They paid tributes to the shaheed for sacrificing his life for the motherland.



In Occupied Kashmir, people staged protests in Bemina and Batamaloo areas of Srinagar against the killing of a youth and a woman by Indian troops.


The Indian troops shot dead the youth and the woman during checking in a passenger bus at Kud on Srinagar-Jammu highway, on Monday.


Meanwhile, the Indian police have launched a massive hunt for Hurriyet leaders and activists to foil a joint protest sit-in in Srinagar on Wednesday.


The call for the protest has been given by Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik against anti-Kashmir policies of India.


In Geneva, Kashmiri woman representative Shamim Shawl while speaking at the 32nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council demanded of the Council to take immediate action against the inhuman treatment meted out to the Kashmiri people at the hands of Indian forces in held terrority.


Kashmiri representative Syed Faiz Naqshbandi during his meeting with Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations in Geneva stressed the need for implementation of World Body's resolutions on Kashmir to avert threat to peace in South Asia.



In Afghanistan, twenty-eight Taliban have been killed and sixteen wounded in an airstrike in southern Helmand province.


According to an official, the dead Taliban include five commanders.


He said that Taliban had gathered in Babaji area of provincial capital Lashkargah to plan attacks on security forces, but they were eliminated in the raid.



In Myanmar, three army officers were killed when their helicopter crashed into a hillside in Bago area.


The military in a statement said all three crew members on board the MI2 helicopter died on the spot.



A two-day conference on conflict mediation opened in the Norwegian capital, Oslo on Tuesday.


Addressing the conference, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said war on extremism is a global one and finding solution requires a lot of soul-searching in Europe.


He stressed the need of looking at political solution to the problems and underlying problems in his region.


The EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini who also attended the event later told a news conference that fight against any form of terrorism inside Europe is taken extremely seriously.



Turkey has announced that it will not cooperate with terrorist organizations like PKK in Syria.


This was announced by Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in a speech to his ruling AK Party in parliament on Tuesday.



Italy's President Sergio Mattarella has called on the European Union to adopt a more organized approach to large numbers of migrants who arrive in Europe.


He made the call during his meeting with his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis in Bucharest on Tuesday.



The International Organization of Migration has said over fifty five thousand migrants have died on their journey in the past twenty years.


In a report entitled "Fatal Journeys", the agency called on authorities to ensure the missing are identified and their families traced.


The IOM said a record 5,400 migrants are estimated to have died last year and a further 3,100 have perished in the first five months of this year.



Migrant children making the perilous journey to Europe to escape war and poverty face possible beatings, rape and forced labour in addition to risk of drowning in the Mediterranean.


In a report, "Danger Every Step of the Way",  the United Nations Children's Fund said minors account for a growing percentage of migrants and refugees, particularly those trying to reach Italy by sea from Libya.


UNICEF said that there is strong evidence that criminal human trafficking networks are targeting the most vulnerable, in particular women and children.


The UN refugee agency said the flow of people from Turkey to Greece has slowed hugely but dealing with migrants now stranded along the route remains a huge challenge.



A Vietnamese fighter jet is missing after disappearing off the radar during a training flight along the central part of the country's South China Sea coastline.


A military official told Reuters that they have not found the jet and still looking for the Russian made Sukhoi SU-30 MK2.


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