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

 Pakistan says its efforts for border management are being sabotaged by Afghanistan.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa budget for next fiscal year with a total outlay of 505 billion rupees has been announced.

Islamabad says resolution of Kashmir dispute is imperative for durable peace and stability in the region.

Army Chief says unparalled successes have been achieved in fight against terrorism.

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 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 to health and education facilities as well as basic infrastructure there. This will also give impetus to the Kashmir freedom movement.



President Mamnoon Hussain says the government is taking every possible measure for 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 today.

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

He said Pakistan Army has purged North Waziristan of terrorists and established peace in the area.

The President said the government is also making efforts for economic development and prosperity of people of North Waziristan Agency.



Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says Afghanistan will have to decide either it wants to support Paksitan's efforts for peace in the region or be part of the game of someone else.

In a statement issued today, he said Pakistan's sincere efforts for border management are being sabotaged from across the border.  

The Minister said Major Jawad and other Pakistani officials were martyred as a result of provocative firing from across the border, which is unacceptable.

He said it seems Afghanistan is playing at the hands of someone else.



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

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

The Committee emphasized that the rights of HMC’s employees will 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 Regassified LNG.



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

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

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



The National Assembly today continued debate on budgetary proposals for the fiscal year 2016-17.

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 the slowest in Asia. He pointed out that strong economy is imperative for strengthening of democracy.

Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan said 4.71 percent GDP growth rate is the real one.

Others who gave proposals for the budget included Ch. Khadim Hussain, Qaiser Jamal, Qari Muhammd Yousaf, Chaudhry Riazul Haq, Shazia Marri, Syed Waseem Hussain, Shahbuddin, Amirullah Marwat, and Bilal Rehman.

The house will now meet tomorrow morning at eleven.



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

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



Punjab Finance Minister Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha says a people-friendly budget having 550 billion ruppes for annual develoment programm has been presented.

Addressing a post-budget news conference in Lahore this evening, she said five hundred thousand new jobs will be created under this program.

The provincial finance minister said besides development special attention will be given to education, health, agriculture, clean drinking water and law and order.



Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid says Kashmir issue will be resolved in accordance with the United Nations resolutions and aspirations of the people of Kashmir.

He was talking to a delegation of Kashmiri Hurriyat

leaders who called on him in Islamabad today.

He said resolution of Kashmir dispute is imperative for durable peace and stability in the region.

Senator Pervaiz Rashid said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has highlighted the Kashmir dispute at all international forums.      

The minister also reiterated the continued support of the government and the people of Pakistan for the Kashmiris in their struggle for right of self determination.

The delegation was headed by Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Front Zafar Akbar Bhat.



Pakistan continues with diplomatic efforts to muster support for its application for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz today made telephone calls to the Foreign Minister of Austria Sebastian Kurz, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, and Foreign Minister of Argentina Susana Malcorra. 

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



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



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



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

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.


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

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




Mainly hot and dry weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country during the next twenty-four hours.

However, rain with dust-thunderstorm and gusty winds is expected in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Malakand divisions, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.

Dust raising winds are also expected in South Punjab and Sindh.

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