Text Bulletin 1300 hrs
Prime Minister inaugurated Kachhi Canal Project in Dera Bugti District on Thursday.
National Assembly has been informed that government has taken concrete steps for development of agriculture sector in the country.
Election Commission has issued bailable arrest warrants of PTI chief in a contempt of court case.
A Delhi court has extended judicial custody of Hurriyet leader Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a decade-old fake case.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated Kachhi Canal Project in district Dera Bugti of Balochistan on Thursday.
The Canal will irrigate 72,000 acres of barren yet cultivable land in the far-flung and backward areas of the district.
The project completed at a cost of about 80 billion rupees, will ensure economic development and social uplift in the remote areas of Balochistan by promoting agriculture and agro-based economy.
National Assembly was informed on Thursday that government has taken concrete steps for development of agriculture sector.
Replying to a question during the question hour, Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada said that subsidy on fertilizers was increased to thirty-nine billion rupees in last fiscal year. He said cash subsidy of 100 rupees per bag is being provided to the farmers on Urea fertilizer in the current fiscal year.
The Minister said that a cash subsidy of 5000 rupees per acer was provided for cotton and rice growers in 2015-16.
Answering a question, Minister for Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar informed the House that 8074 cases of HIV-AIDS have been reported in the country during the last one and a half year.
Supreme Court has resumed hearing of review petitions against its verdict in Panama Papers case.
A five member larger bench of the apex court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa is hearing the case in Islamabad.
The review petitions have been filed by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family.
Election Commission has issued bailable arrest warrants of PTI leader Imran Khan in a contempt of court case.
The warrants were issued after on Thursday's hearing in Islamabad.
Imran Khan was issued notice to appear in person on Thursday but he did not.
Later, talking to newsmen founding member of PTI Akbar S. Babar said Imran is back in the country and he should have appeared the Commission on Thursday.
He said Imran is deliberately avoiding cases against him.
Parliament of Pakistan and Leadership for Environment and Development Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Islamabad on Thursday for technical assistance and capacity building of staff in connection with Sustainable Development Goals.
The MoU was signed by Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and CEO of LEAD Pakistan Ali Tauqir Sheikh at a ceremony at the Parliament House.
Speaking after the signing ceremony, the Speaker said Parliament has taken the lead in establishing a Secretariat of Sustainable Development Goals.
In Occupied Kashmir, Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani says pro-India Kashmiri parties are playing a dubious role in the people’s agitation against attempts to abrogate Article 35A of the Indian Constitution.
In a statement in Srinagar, he said these parties are exploiting sentiments of innocent people to retain and grab power.
Meanwhile, a Delhi court has extended the judicial custody of Hurriyet leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a decade-old fake case.
In India, nineteen people were killed after a crowded boat capsized in the Yamuna River in Uttar Pradesh state.