Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Prime Minister will appear before Joint Investigation team on Thursday.
Finance Minister has urged political parties to jointly formulate a national economic agenda for the country.
Gilgit-Baltistan budget for 2017-18 will be presented in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday afternoon.
Three Chinese naval ships concluded their four day goodwill visit to Pakistan.
Qatar has pulled out its troops from border between Djibouti and Eritrea.
In the ICC Champions Trophy, match between Pakistan and England is in progress at Cardiff.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has categorically said that state institutions are not creating any hurdle in the proceedings of Joint Investigation Team constituted to probe Panama case.
Speaking in the National Assembly on Wednesday, he said the institutions are providing all the required material to the JIT. He said the government respects the process of investigation but doubts and suspicions over it are also part of the record. He said we fully respect the law and the constitution.
Finance Minister said the Prime Minister, who will appear before the JIT on Thursday has also asked party workers to stay away from the JIT Secretariat.
Ishaq Dar urged political parties to sit together and formulate a national economic agenda for the country. He said the Speaker National Assembly may lead these efforts after the Holy month of Ramazan. He said it will be a great service to the nation if we agree on the agenda with an open heart.
The Finance Minister said he is firm believer that the future of Pakistan is bright. He said international financial institutions are also admiring the economic performance of the country.
About Supplementary Grants, the Finance Minister clarified that these are not unconstitutional.
He said we are also grateful to the Supreme Court for recognizing the government's stance on the supplementary grants.
The Finance Minister said the government is trying to bring them to the minimum level. He said we have succeeded to significantly reduce the supplementary grants to 121 billion rupees during the outgoing financial year.
The House on Wednesday approved all 124 Supplementary Demands for Grants and Appropriations amounting to over 121 billion rupees for the outgoing financial year. These were related to different ministries and departments.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar moved the supplementary demands for grants.
The House also held discussion on the Charged Expenditure amounting to over 68 billion rupees for the outgoing financial year.
These were related to the Senate, repayment of domestic debt, servicing of foreign debt, Supreme Court, Islamabad High Court, Wafaqi Mohtasib and Federal Tax Ombudsman.
Taking the floor, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah expressed serious concerns over the situation developing in the Gulf region. He said this situation also entails serious implications for Pakistan. He said the Prime Minister should have come to the National Assembly on Wednesday to brief the House about Pakistan's policy on the matter. Turning to the internal situation, he said poverty ratio has increased in the country under the present regime.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has lauded Pakistan Navy's efforts for maritime security in the region.
He was talking to Naval Chief Admiral Zakaullah in Colombo.
The Sri Lankan President also admired cooperation extended by Pakistan Navy to Sri Lanka in the recent floods.
The Naval Chief assured to continue providing training to Sri Lankan armed forces personnel.
The fleet of three Chinese naval ships concluded its four-day training and good will visit to Pakistan on Wednesday.
According to a spokesman of Pakistan Navy, the ships, including Chang Chin, Jing Zhong, and Chao hua were part of China Navy's Task Force.
It was led by Deputy Commander of the Eastern Ship Rear Admiral Shen Hao.
The officers and jawans of Chinese Ships met with their Pakistani counterparts and exchanged views with them on professional issues.
Gilgit Baltistan budget for fiscal year 2017-18 will be presented in the Legislative Assembly at four on Wednesday afternoon.
GB Minister for Finance Haji Akbar Taban will present the budget.
Balochistan and AJK budget for next fiscal year will be presented on Thursday.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says nobody will be allowed to play with interest of the people.
He was talking to a delegation of elected representatives of PML-N in Lahore on Wednesday.
Shahbaz Sharif told the delegation the government has made best arrangements in Ramzan Bazaars to facilitate people.
The Chief Minister said availability of daily use items on reasonable prices has been ensured
He said action has been taken against stockholders without any discrimination.
Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri has said that provincial government has established Education Endowment Fund worth of eight billion rupees to promote education in the province.
Speaking at a meeting in Quetta, he said the young generation is the asset of the country and it is our priority to provide them conducive environment for getting education.
The federal government has launched a free paramedics training programme for tribal youth under its Skill Development Programme.
A spokesman of FATA Development Authority told our Peshawar correspondent that youth will be trained in nine different categories.
Besides free boarding-lodging monthly stipends will also be given them during the training.
Interested candidates have been asked to submit their applications in the office of Agency Coordination Officer of their respective agency till 21st of this month.
Counter Terrorism Department arrested an extortionist in Peshawar on Wednesday.
He was demanding money on phone from people.
World Blood Donors" Day is being observed on Wednesday.
Its aim of observing the day is to thank blood donors from around the world who give their blood voluntarily to save lives of others.
This year's theme for the day is "Give blood, Give now, Give often."
In Occupied Kashmir, several students were injured when Indian police used brute force on protesting students in Pulwama town, on Wednesday.
According to Kashmir Media Service, students of Government Degree College and Higher Secondary School in Pulwama took to the streets and staged forceful demonstrations against the brutalities of Indian forces on student community and common people across the territory.
They demanded release of all illegally detained students arrested during the ongoing students’ agitation.
Indian police fired pellets and teargas shells to disperse the protesting students, triggering clashes between the protesters and the police personnel.
Qatar said on Wednesday it has pulled all of its troops from the border of Djibouti and Eritrea.
Eritrea has confirmed that 450 Qatari troops controlled a mountainous border crossing between Eritrea and Djibouti have left the area.
Qatar had been mediating to resolve the long dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea.
Turkey will send its Foreign Minister to Doha on Wednesday to help end the diplomatic row between Qatar and other Arab countries.
Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will meet his Qatari counterpart and the country's Emir.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Doha last week, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and Iran.
In Afghanistan, nine people were killed when a suicide bomber targeted a checkpoint run by rival insurgents in the southern Helmand province on Wednesday.
Chief of Gareshk district said six other militants from a breakaway Taliban faction were also wounded in the attack.