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DATED: JUNE 15, 2017

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HEADLINES

Prime Minister will appear before Joint Investigation Team probing Panama Papers case in Islamabad on Thursday.

The government has announced special package for welfare of artists and promotion of film industry.

Balochistan and AJK budgets for next fiscal year are being presented on Thursday. 

Turkey has called for peaceful and negotiated settlement of diplomatic row between Qatar and other Arab countries.

Seventeen people have been killed in an attack by gunmen on a hotel in Somali capital Mogadishu.

Pakistan has qualified for the final of ICC Champions Trophy after defeating England in semi-final at Cardiff.  

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PM-JIT

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will appear before the Joint Investigation Team probing Panama Papers case in Islamabad on Thursday.

 

The Joint Investigation Team was formed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to probe the case.

 

Prime Minister has directed the party leaders and activists not to gather outside the Federal Judicial Academy where the investigation is being held.

 

Prime Minister's sons Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz have already appeared before JIT.

 

MUSADIK 

Spokesman to the Prime Minister Dr Musadik Malik says with appearance of Prime Minister before the Joint Investigation Team on Thursday would further strengthen democracy in the country.

      

In an interview, he said the Prime Minister would be appearing before the JIT in respect and supremacy of the law.

    

He said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had presented himself and his family for investigation into the Panama Papers and they were fully cooperating with the JIT in this regard.

    

Musadik Malik said on the contrary, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief who talked about accountability all the time, had been avoiding to present himself in Bani Gala land case and has failed to present his money trail.

 

PM-PACKAGE

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has announced a special package for welfare of artists and promotion of film industry.

 

Under the package, Prime Minister Artists Welfare Fund will be established for welfare and financial assistance of artists while Prime Minister Film Finance Award has also been announced for the industry.

 

Similarly, National Film and Broadcast Commission, National Film Institute and Academy will also be established and state of the art facilities will be provided at these institutions.

 

The government has also exempted film industry from taxes and duties to encourage the people associated with entertainment industry.

 

In his message on this occasion, the Prime Minister said art and artists have provided society with an identity and preserved our culture highlighting a soft picture of Pakistan at the international level.

 

He said unfortunately during the last many years, terrorism has inflicted a huge loss to our society, however due to sacrifices of our valiant forces and law enforcement agencies, terrorist activities have significantly reduced.

 

BUDGETS

Balochistan and Azad Kashmir budgets for next fiscal year will be presented on Thursday. 

 

Balochistan budget for fiscal year 2017-18 with a total outlay of 321.67 billion rupees will be presented in Balochistan Provincial Assembly in Quetta. 

 

Meanwhile, the AJK budget for the next fiscal year will be presented in the Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad.

 

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 would be increased hundred per cent on the directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. 

 

TRAINS:

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.

 

Additional coaches will also be added to the routine trains to accommodate the Eid passengers.

 

Pakistan Railways has also started online booking for these special trains.

 

CJCSC

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat who is on a three day official visit to China, attended 12th Round of Defence and Security Talks in Beijing.

 

He also held meetings with Chinese  Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Chief of Joint Staff Department General Fang Fenghui.

 

Chinese Foreign Minister and Chief of Joint Staff during the meetings expressed satisfaction over growing bilateral relations and resolved to deepen the strategic relationship further.  

 

They also lauded strong ties between the two countries and cooperation in diverse sectors including defence relations.

 

 

 

CHINESE FM: 

China has reiterated its support to Pakistan's efforts to fight against terrorist forces and safeguard national security and stability.

 

In a statement in Beijing, China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Lu Kang acknowledged Pakistan's positive efforts for security of Chinese nationals and institutions in the country. 

 

To a question about reports of Chinese nationals allegedly engaging in illegal preaching activities in Pakistan, he said China will work with Pakistani government to carry out investigation into the matter in accordance with law.

 

SARTAJ:

Pakistan has expressed deep grief  and sorrow over the loss of precious human lives and damage to infrastructure due to landslides triggered by torrential rains in Bangladesh.

 

Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz while sympathizing witho the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Abdul Hassan Mahmood Ali on behalf of people and government of Pakistan conveyed condolences to the families of the victims and prayed for early recovery of those who sustained injuries in this calamity.

 

 

KASHMIR:

In occupied Kashmir, Indian Army personnel went on rampage in a village in Shopian district injuring several people.

 

According to Kashmir Media Service, residents of Narpora village of Shopian district told mediamen that the army men ransacked houses and thrashed the people.

 

QATAR

Turkey has called for peaceful dialogue to end the ongoing diplomatic row between Qatar and its neighboring Arab states.

 

The call was made by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu after holding talks with Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani in Doha.

 

 

IRAN

In Iran, two militants have been killed and five others arrested in an operation by government forces in Chabahar city.

 

A security official was also killed in the operation.

 

State news agency IRNA said that the militants were planning to carry out attacks in the country this week.

 

 

SOMALIA

In Somalia, seventeen people have been killed and twenty six others injured in an attack by gunmen on a hotel in the capital Mogadishu.

 

Security officials said a gunman first rammed an explosive-laden car into the gate of the hotel while other gunmen stormed in.

 

Security officials said two of the attackers have been shot dead and ten hostages rescued. They said five gunmen are still inside the hotel and holding an unknown number of hostages.

 

 

CRICKET:

Pakistan has qualified for the final of ICC Champions Trophy, defeating England by eight wickets in the semi final at Cardiff on Wednesday night .  

 

Bating first, England scored 211 runs for the loss of all wickets in 49.5 overs.

 

In reply, Pakistan achieved the target in 37.1 overs.

 

Pakistan's Hasan Ali, who took three wickets was declared player of the match.

 

Second semi-final of the tournament will be played between India and Bangladesh at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Thursday.   

 

The final will be played between Pakistan and the winner of second semi final at Oval on Sunday.    

 

WEATHER

 

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

 

However, rain with dust and thunderstorm is expected at isolated places Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir and adjoining hilly areas.

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded on Thursday morning:-

 

Islamabad twenty-seven degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-eight, Karachi thirty-one, Peshawar twenty-eight, Quetta twenty, Gilgit seventeen, Murree nineteen and Muzaffarabad twenty degree centigrade.

 

 

POWER

Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company says its 660 Megawatt coal power project in Tharparkar will be completed ahead of scheduled.

               

The company's spokesman said the total duration envisaged for completion of the project was set at 42 months, but the pace of work ensures of its completion in 38 months instead.

               

The power project is being built at a cost of 2 billion dollars in Thar Coal Block II.

 

LONDON-FIRE

The number of casualties from a massive fire in a high-rise building in London has risen to twelve.

 

Police say the number of deaths can further rise.

 

The cause of the fire remains unknown.


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