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HEADLINES

15-April-2017

Prime Minister has vowed to bring perpetrators of Mardan lynching to justice.

President says all national institutions are contributing towards strengthening of democracy in the country.

Interior Minister says indiscriminate action is being taken against fake national identity card holders under CNIC reverification campaign.

Finance Minister says wellbeing of common man will be top priority of the government in upcoming budget.

Railways Minister says the government has initiated a number of steps to make Pakistan Railway one of the best railways in region.

Pakistan says no leniency will be shown toward convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees has sought additional funds for repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan.

In occupied Kashmir, joint resistance leadership says the puppet authorities have choked space for peaceful political activities.

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PM

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has taken serious notice of the lynching of a student at Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan.   

In a statement on the murder of student Mashaal Khan by a mob at the university, he said the state will bring the perpetrators of this incient to the book.

He said the nation is united to condemn this brutal incident.

The Prime minister said the state will not allow any one to take the law into his own hands.

He directed to apprehend those responsible for this brutality.

The Prime Minister expressed grief and sorrow over the murder of the young student and said every Pakistani should promote tolerance and rule of law in the society.

PRESIDENT

President Mamnoon Hussain says the government is committed to the freedom of press.

He was addressing office bearers of Karachi Press Club and senior representatives of the journalist community in Karachi today.     

The President said it augurs well that democracy is taking roots in the country and institutions are contributing their bit towards strengthening democracy.

He said we have to make the democratic values even more stronger so as to speed up the pace of national development.

The President handed over a cheque of twenty-five million rupees on behalf of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to the Karachi Press Club as financial assistance.

NISAR

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says indiscriminate action is being taken against fake national identity card holders under the ongoing CNIC reverification campaign.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad today, he said the issue of blocked CNICs should not be politicized.

The Minister said it is responsibility of the Interior Ministry to block fake CNICs.

He said 33,025 passports, including those of 32,740 Afghans, have been canceled during the tenure of the present government.

During the re-verification drive, 3,640 people voluntarily returned illegal passports. Of them, 3579 are from Afghanistan, 58 from Bangladesh and one each from India, Indonesia and Iraq.

The Interior Minister said 3,53,085 CNICs were blocked. Of them, 1,74,184 cards of foreigners were cancelled.

He said the remaining cards will be unblocked for sixty days and their holders should provide any document, including ownership of land, educational degree, or passport, to prove their nationality. 

To a question, the Interior Minister said the government is in contact with Nepalese government regarding missing of a retired army officer, and the Nepalese government is fully cooperating in this regard.

Responding a question about lynching of a student at Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, he said judicial inquiry into the incident is underway. He said the incident is being condemned across the country, and the responsible will be brought to justice.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the government will re-launch Pakistan Origin Card with a new name of Temporary Residence Card.

He said International NGOs will be permitted to carry on their work in Pakistan according to the defined code of conduct.

RAJWANA-NISAR

Talking to Governor Punjab Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana in Islamabad today, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Pakistan Army, Police, Rangers and civilians have rendered sacrifices to protect Pakistan from all types of dangers.

DAR

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says well-being of general public and addressing their needs will be the top most priority of the government in the forthcoming budget.              

He was chairing a meeting in Islamabad today which reviewed budget preparations.      

The finance minister said the government has held comprehensive consultations with all stakeholders and various experts in connection with budget preparations.

Referring to the recently successfully concluded Consultations with IMF, Ishaq Dar said implementation of necessary economic reforms will continue with the same vigour and determination as had been done over the past four years.    

He said successful implementation of economic reforms will play a vital role in achieving higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.          

Secretary Finance briefed the meeting on preparations for the new budget.

RAILWAYS

Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique says the government is determined to convert Pakistan Railways into one of the best railways in the region.    

He was talking to newsmen on welcoming ceremony of Quetta-bound Jaffar Express train on its first journey from Peshawar to Quetta at Railway Station in Lahore today.

The Minister said extension of the route of Jaffar Express from Quetta to Peshawar will link the people of four provinces, which is a major step and a contribution of Railways in national unity.

He said Railways is on a successful track despite facing hurdles, problems and limited resources.

The Minister informed that several agreements about uplift of railways will be signed during the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to China.

After the upgradation of Main Line 1 under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the project will start and trains will run at 160 km/hr in the near future.

To a question, Saad Rafique said a strategy is under process to instal signals at unmanned and signal-less level crossings.

To another question, he said outsourcing of the trains is a good experiment and more trains will be out sourced in future.

AYAZ

Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq says all political parties are on the same page on the issue of Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav.

Talking to newsmen in Lahore today, he said no leniency will be shown to Kulbhushan Yadav.

The Speaker said Lt Col (Retd) Mohammad Habib was abducted from Nepal under a proper planning.

He said shortage of electricity has been considerably overcome and the situation will further improve in days to come.

Ayaz Saidq said he will hold meeting with Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani on Monday to remove his reservations about presence of ministers in the Senate sessions.

NAFEES

Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya says India has been totally exposed for terror-financing and subversive activities in Pakistan through Kulbhushan Yadav's episode.

Talking to Radio Pakistan today, he said India has been blowing the trumpet of terrorism since long, but the fact is that the country's intelligence agency itself is involved in terrorism.

The Spokesman said Kulbushan Yadav was an agent of RAW and a serving officer of Indian Navy. He said Yadav has been awarded death sentence according to the law of the land.

To a question, Nafees Zakariya said the United Nations and the United States have expressed their desire to play a role for resolution of all disputes between the two countries, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir. 

YOUTH

The government plans to formulate a national youth employment framework in collaboration with International Labour Organization.

According to official sources, the framework will focus on training and education and exploring employment opportunities for youth in mega development projects, including China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

It will also look into overseas employment opportunities for  youth and social protection for unemployed youth.

The sources said the provincial governments have also agreed to develop provincial youth employment strategies in line with the national framework.

SHAHBAZ

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has announced metro bus project for Faisalabad. 

Addressing local bodies' convention in Faisalabad today, he said an IT university will be set up in the city while work on Faisalabad Safe City Project will also be started soon.

Referring to the mega projects launched by the present government in the power sector, the Chief Minister said seven thousand megawatts of electricity will be added to the national grid by the end of this year.

KHIDMAT

Nine E-Khidmat Centres have become operational in different districts of Punjab where four hundred fifty-two thousand  people have been provided services so far.        

This was stated by Chairman of Punjab Information Technology Board Dr. Umar Saif in an interview to APP in Faisalabad today.  

He said services of seventeen government departments are available at these centers under one roof.               

Umar Saif said the E-Khidmat Centres will be established in all districts and tehsils of Punjab soon.

ZUBAIR

A three-day anti-polio campaign began in Sindh today.

Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair inaugurated the drive by administrating polio drops to children at a ceremony in Karachi today. 

Around eight point eight million children of up to five years of age will be administered polio drops in the province during the campaign.

ASIM

Anti-Terrorism Court in Karachi today allowed PPP leader Dr. Asim Hussain to proceed abroad for treatment for two weeks.

Dr. Asim Hussain had submitted an application seeking permission to go abroad for treatment.

The court ordered him to submit surety bonds of two million rupees.

OPERATION

Operation Raddul Fassad continues successfully in the country.

According to ISPR, the intelligence agencies foiled a major terrorist bid in Lahore on the eve of Easter. One terrorist was killed and a woman arrested during an operation of security forces in the city.

Four security personnel were also injured in the operation.

Suicide Jackets and explosives were also recovered.

Frontier Corps Balochistan conducted an intelligence-based operation in Loralai and recovered a large number of improvised explosive devices, which were dumped for terrorist activities.

CRIMINALS

Rangers have arrested nine criminals in various areas of Karachi.

Weapons, ammunition and drugs were recovered from them.

GHAZANFAR

Governor Gilgit-Baltistan Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan says the federal government is providing wheat on subsidize rates in the area.

Talking to Secretary Food Burhan Afandi in Gilgit, he directed  to ensure provision of wheat to the people at their doorsteps.

SOHAIL

Air Chief Sohail Aman has urged the youth to acquire skills in different spheres to cope with the future challenges.

Addressing the convocation of Air University in Islamabad today, he said Pakistan is our asset and everybody has to contribute to its development. 

The Air Chief urged the graduating students to dedicatedly fulfill their responsibilities for nation building.  

PMA

Passing out parade of 135 PMA long course, Integrated Course 54 and Mujhaid Course 7 was held at Pakistan Military Academy Kakul today.

Defence Minister of Qatar Khalid Bin Mohamed  Al Attiyah was the chief guest on the occasion.

Cadets from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Palestine were also amongst the passed out cadets.

A large number of senior serving and retired military officials, diplomats and relatives of passing out cadets witnessed the parade.

REFUGEES

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has appealed for five hundred and fifty million dollars to ensure voluntarily repatriation of the Afghan refugees from Pakistan.

A UNHCR spokesman told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that the world body needs additional resources to provide financial assistance to those Afghan refugees, who have opted for voluntarily return to their homeland.

The UNHCR has opened a repatriation center at Chamkani near Peshawar to register those refugees, who want to go back to Afghanistan.

Pakistan is currently hosting one point three million registered and about one million unregistered Afghan refugees, who have put extra burden on resources of the country.

The stay of the Afghan refugees in Pakistan expires by end of this year.

MASOOD

Azad Kashmir President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan says Pakistan is being recognized an emerging economic power in the world.

Talking to a group of students  in Islamabad today, he said the world has become a global village due to the information technology revolution.

He urged students to highlight the Indian atrocities on Kashmiri people through social media.

AJK-PM

Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has said the government has taken tangible steps for the development and prosperity of the state.

He was talking to Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar in Islamabad today.

Both the leaders discussed AJK budget for next fiscal year, ongoing development projects and latest situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Raja Farooq Haider Khan said the state government has established effective financial discipline and launched a number of programs for the welfare of masses.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar assured the AJK Prime Minister that all financial needs of the AJK government would be met at priority.

KASHMIR

In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership say  the puppet authorities have choked space for peaceful political activities.

Resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement in Srinagar strongly condemned the detention of Hurriyet leaders and restrictions on a condolence meeting in Badgam yesterday.

The resistance leaders said that Indian forces were carrying out genocide in occupied Kashmir.

Meanwhile, more than fifty students, including girls, were injured when Indian police and troops used brute force against protesting students outside Government Degree College, Pulwama today.

On the other hand, shocking videos depicting the atrocities of Indian troops in Occupied Kashmir are making rounds on social media.

Amnesty International India-chapter, in a statement, issued in Srinagar, demanded prosecution in civilian courts of the Indian troops and paramilitary personnel filmed in these videos.                         

SYRIA

In Syria, twenty two people were killed in a car bomb explosion  near a bus convoy carrying evacuated residents of besieged towns in Aleppo today.

According to Syrian State TV,the blast occurred at Rashidin where dozens of buses carrying residents of Fuaa and Kafraya villages  were waiting to enter the city.

Thousands of Syrians have been stuck in and around Aleppo today due to halt of a deal to evacuate people because rebels  had not yet been granted safe passage out.

Meanwhile, Syrian air force has carried out a series of airstrikes against Islamic State group militants in Raqqa, the town of al-Bukamal and village of al-Dishaisha near the Iraqi border.

One of the air strikes killed IS group leader in Raqqa while another strike hit a group of suicide attackers who were planning to enter Iraq.

BAGHDAD

In Iraq,Islamic State militants have launched a gas attack in a newly-liberated area in western Mosul.

An Iraqi military officer says the Islamic State fired a rocked loaded with chlorine  in the al-Abar neighborhood severely injuring seven soldiers.

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces are currently battling IS militants in Mosul and more than half of western Mosul has been retaken.

AFGHANISTAN

In Afghanistan, eleven civilians were killed in a roadside bomb blast in  Helmand province today.

Government officials said the blast occurred when the passengers were travelling from remote Nawa district to the provincial capital Lashkar Gah .

TURKEY

In Turkey, referendum on new political system will be held tomorrow under which Presidential system of government will be introduced in the country.

KOREA

North Korea has warned the United States not to take provocative action in the region and said it is ready to hit back with nuclear attacks.

A senior government official in Pyongyang said that North Korea is prepared to respond to an all-out war with an all-out war

The comments came as North Korea marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founding president, Kim Il-sung.

The main theme of a giant military parade held in central Pyongyang on this occasion is the display of new intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

The show of strength from North Korea comes amid mounting tension, with a US aircraft carrier group steaming towards the region.

SRILANKA

In Sri Lanka, at least 16 people were killed and more than 600 others fled their homes after a massive mound of garbage collapsed on a poor neighborhood near capital Colombo today.


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