JUNE 14, 2017

Finance Minister says state institutions are fully cooperating with JIT in Panama Papers case, as government fully respects the law.

Commerce Minister says incentives are being provided to exporters to bolster national exports.

Interior Minister has directed strict action against elements involved in drug smuggling through PIA flights.

Army Chief says drone strikes are counterproductive and against the spirit of ongoing counter-terrorism cooperation.

In occupied Kashmir, several students were injured by police during a protest demonstration in Pulwama today.


Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says state institutions are fully cooperating with the Joint Investigation Team in Panama Papers case, as government fully respects the law.

Speaking in the National Assembly today, he said state institutions are not creating any hurdle in the way of JIT proceedings.

The Minister said the government respects the process of investigation and suspicions over it are also part of the record.

The Finance Minister said the Prime Minister, who will appear before the JIT tomorrow, has asked party workers to stay away from the JIT Secretariat.

About supplementary grants, the Finance Minister clarified that these are not unconstitutional.

The house hs now been prorogued.

PML-N leaders say the government believes in supremacy of the law and the constitution.

This was stated by PML-N leaders Daniyal Aziz, Maiza Hameed, Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha and Talal Chaudhry while talking to newsmen in Islamabad today.

They said the PTI Chairman has always ridiculed the state institutions.

Gilgit Baltistan budget for the next fiscal year with a total outlay of over fifty-four billion rupees was presented in the Legilslative Assembly.

Presenting the budgetin the legislative assembly, Gilgit-Baltistan Finance Minister Muhammad Akbar Taban said 28.2 billion rupees have been proposed for non-development and 18.3 billion rupees for development expenditures.

He said development budget has been increased from nine billion to fifteen billion rupees.

The Minister said top priority has been given to the power sector by allocating 3.5 billion rupees, which is 26.5 percent of the overall development budget.

He said an amount of 1.53 billion rupees has been earmarked for promotion of education.

He said the government will implement thirty-four new schemes in health sector, and ten of them will be completed during the next fiscal year.

He announced ten percent increase in pay and pension of government employees after merger of the adhoc relief of 2010 in the basis pay.

He said under CPEC Gilgit Shandoor road will be constructed at a cost of twenty-two billion rupees.

Balochistan and AJK budgets for next fiscal year will be presented tomorrow.

Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir says the government is providing incentives to exporters to bolster exports of the country.

He was talking to a delegation of Asian Development Bank, which was led by its senior advisor Warner Liepach, in Islamabad today.

The Minister said Commerce Ministry is working on revising "Strategic Trade Policy Framework".

He said the government will launch a campaign for international brand marketing of Pakistan.

Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has directed strict action against the culprits involved in drug smuggling through PIA passenger flights.

Talking to Director General Anti-Narcotics Force Major General Musarrat Nawaz Malik on telephone today, he said transparent investigation should be ensured in such cases.

The Elections Commission has arranged one hundred biometric verification machines for use in elections.

All the digital data of electoral rolls will be fed into these machines, which will increase transparency of scrutiny of voters.

Pilot testing of these machines will be conducted in collaboration with NADRA during by-elections.

Pakistan Railways has issued schedule of the five special special trains, to be run between different cities, to accommodate passengers on Eid-ul Fitr.

The first Eid train will leave Karachi for Peshawar on 23rd of this month, while the second one will depart from Quetta for Rawalpindi the same day.

The third train will leave Karachi on the 24th for Lahore, while the fourth will ply between Rawalpindi and Multan on 25th.

The fifth and final special train will leave Multan for Rawalpindi on 28th of this month.

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa says terrorism requires Pakistan and Afghanistan to give a coordinated response rather than indulging in blame game.

Speaking during his visit to Peshawar Corps Headquarters today, he said unilateral actions like drone strikes are counterproductive and against spirit of ongoing cooperation and intelligence sharing being diligently undertaken by Pakistan.

The Army Chief said Pakistan Army is capable of taking effective measures if actionable intelligence is shared.

UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has expressed satisfaction over implementation of its convention in Pakistan.

The Committee reviewed Pakistan's report on International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Geneva.

Pakistani delegation led by Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael submitted its initial report on International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

The Azad Jammu and Kashmir government has launched 4G service of PTCL to provide fastest telecommunication to people.

The Prime Minister AJK Raja Farooq Haider Khan formally launched the service at a function in Muzaffarabad today.

Speaking on the occasion, he stressed the need for spreading internet services in educational institution across Azad Kashmir.

In occupied Kashmir, a number of students were injured when police used brute force during a protest demonstration in Pulwama today.

According to KMS, they were protesting against vandalizing of houses and private vehicles by the Indian troops. A complete shutdown was also observed in the area.

In a statement, joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has given a call for peaceful protest demonstrations on Friday against raids by India's National Investigation Agency and brutalities of Indian troops in Shopian district.

World Blood Donor Day wasobserved today.

The theme this year of World Blood Donor Day 2017 is Give blood, Give now, Give often.

According to World Health Organization, blood donation by one percent of the population can meet a nation’s most basic requirements for blood.

The United Nations has alarmed about the possible impact of the diplomatic isolation of Qatar and warned that it could lead to widespread suffering among ordinary people.

In a statement issued in Geneva today, the UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said he is alarmed about the possible impact on people's human rights in the wake of the decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates Egypt and Bahrain to cut diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar.

In Iraq, at least nine people including six police personnel were killed in clashes when more than one hundred Islamic State militants launched attack in Mosul today.

In the first semi-final of ICC Champions Trophy against England at Cardiff, Pakistan were .206. for the loss of .2. wickets in .36.2. overs a short while ago.

Earlier, England set the victory target of 212 runs for Pakistan.


Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty four hours.

Meanwhile, very hot weather is expected in plain areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, upper Sindh, Sibbi, Makran divisions and Punjab. However, light rain with thunderstorm is expected at few places in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha divisions, Kashmir and its adjoining areas.

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