Finance Minister says next National Finance Award would be announced after developing consensus with all the provinces.


Gilgit Baltistan budget for next fiscal year is being presented in the Legislative Assembly today.


Minister of State for Information says PML-N believes in supremacy of constitution and respects the institutions.


At the United Nations, Pakistan has called for democratic reforms in Security Council by enhancing non-permanent members.


US President has authorized his Defence Secretary to determine troop levels in Afghanistan.


Pakistan will take on England in the first semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy at Cardiff today.




Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says the current National Finance Commission Award would remain intact until the announcement of the next award.


He was explaining reasons behind delay in the announcement of next NFC Awad while winding up budget debate in the National Assembly last evening.


Ishaq Dar said the government wants to allocate three per cent each out of the gross divisible pool to meet expenses for additional security and FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.


He said proposals needed consensus from the provinces and the next award would be announced as soon as the consensus developed in this regard.


Clarifying the misconceptions about the public debt, the Finance Minister said that the foreign debt which was 48.1 billion dollars in 2013 stands at 58.4 billion dollars now.


He said according to a transition plan, the debt to GDP ratio would be reduced to 50 per cent during next fifteen years.


The Finance Minister again invited the Opposition to agree on a Charter of Economy in consultation with all stakeholders to ensure economic stability in the country.



US Ambassador to Islamabad David Hale says Pakistan has shown impressive economic performance during the recent years.


Speaking at an Iftar dinner hosted by Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance Qaisar Sheikh in Islamabad, he said there are tremendous opportunities for development in Pakistan.


The US Envoy said US supports democracy in Pakistan.



The budget for fiscal year 2017-18 for Gilgit Baltistan will be presented in the Legislative Assembly today.


GB Minister for Finance Haji Akbar Taban will present the budget.



Balochistan budget for next fiscal year with a total outlay of 321.67 billion rupees will be presented tomorrow. 


According to Provincial Finance Department sources eighty billion rupees have been proposed for public sector development program while thirty-eight billion rupees each will be set-aside for education and law and order departments.


Health department will receive thirty-five billion rupees.



The AJK budget for the next fiscal year will be presented in the Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad tomorrow.


AJK Minister for Finance and Planning Dr. Najeeb Naqi will present the budget.


It would be first time in the history of the state that development budget of the state has been increased hundred percent on the directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. 



Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says Nawaz Sharif is the most popular leader according to all surveys conducted since 2013 general election, when he was elected as Prime Minister for the third time.


In an interview, she said parliament is a sovereign institution and its members should ensure its sovereignty.


She said expression of reservations about JIT proceedings is the right of Sharif family.


She said PML-N believes in supremacy of constitution and respects the institutions.


Addressing a meeting in Islamabad, Marriyum Aurengzeb said the government believes in freedom of expression and there is no restriction on Media in the country.


She said PEMRA and PBA should resolve their differences through negotiations and Media should also play a responsible role in the society.



Tunisian Ambassador Adel Elarbi called on Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain in Islamabad.


Bilateral relations and avenues of bilateral cooperation came under discussion during the meeting.


Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said  export level from both sides needs to be geared up for expanding bilateral ties.



Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman says Pakistan’s membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group is inescapable for lasting peace and stability in the region as well as the world.


Addressing a seminar in Islamabad titled “NSG Membership of Non-NPT States: Opportunities and Challenges” he said nuclearization of the South Asian region and Pakistan is primarily in response to its much-larger neighbor's desires to acquire nuclear arsenal.


He said nuclearization of Pakistan had brought, to some extent, peace and stability within the region.


Earlier, the speakers said Pakistan fulfilled criterion for the NSG membership as its credentials were much stronger than India.



Sindh Police and Rangers personnel in a search operation have arrested forty suspects from Larkana.


The search operation was conducted on the basis of intelligence reports.



Pakistan has urged member states of Organization of Islamic Cooperation to play an active role in support of Kashmiri people in their just struggle for right to self-determination.


Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua while briefing OIC Ambassadors in Islamabad said Indian forces are violating human rights in occupied Kashmir and ceasefire agreement at the Line of Control and Working Boundary.


She said Indian brutalities have resulted in martyrdom of two hundred civilians during the last one year.


The Foreign Secretary invited attention of OIC Ambassadors over the incident of using an innocent Kashmiri as a human shield.



At the United Nations, Pakistan has called for reforms based on democratic principles in the Security Council to enhance non-permanent members.


Addressing the inter-governmental debate in New York, Pakistan's permanent representative at the United Nations Dr. Maleela Lodhi said Pakistan belongs to a group of countries,  which favors democratic reforms of Security Council.


Maleeha Lodhi categorically said Pakistan does not agree with those who want to add permanent members as that will perpetuate centers of privilege.



United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has lauded the commitment of Central Asian states to jointly address and defeat the scourge of terrorism.


Speaking in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat, on completion of his five day tour of the region, he however urged Central Asian states to observe human rights in the fight against extremism.


He expressed these views after Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan adopted a joint declaration on strengthening regional anti-terror efforts.



US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says government forces in Afghanistan are unable to defeat Taliban insurgents despite more than fifteen years of war.


In a testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee he said Taliban are "surging" at the moment and "we are not winning in Afghanistan right now."


He, however, said "we will correct the situation as soon as possible."


Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has reportedly authorized Defence Secretary Jim Mattis to set troop levels in Afghanistan.



The European Union has launched legal action against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for refusing to take in their share of refugees under a plan.


This was stated by EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos while addressing European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.


He said despite repeated calls, these three countries have not yet taken the necessary action with respect to accepting their share of the migrants.



Pakistan will face England in the first semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy at Cardiff today.


The match will start at 14:30 Pakistan Standard Time.




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


However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at a few places of Gujranwala, Malakand, Hazara divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.


Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:-


Islamabad twenty-three degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-seven, Karachi thirty, Peshawar twenty-six, Quetta seventeen, Gilgit sixteen, Murree eighteen and Muzaffarabad nineteen degree centigrade.

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