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HEADLINES

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Prime Minister has appeared before Joint Investigation Team probing Panama Papers case.

 

The budgets of Balochistan and Azad Kashmir for next fiscal year will be presented this afternoon.

 

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

 

Egyptian  Parliament has approved to hand over two uninhabited islands in Red Sea to Saudi Arabia.

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PM

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has appeared before the Joint Investigation Team probing Panama Papers case at Federal Judicial Academy in Islamabad.

 

He will record his statement and answer queries of the JIT.  

 

The Prime Minister reached the Academy without official protocol. Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif also accompanied him.

 

Radio Pakistan's correspondent says it is for the first time in the country's history that an elected Prime Minister has presented himself for accountability.

 

DAR-PM

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar  called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad today.

 

They exchanged views on current political situation in the country.

 

BUDGETS

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

 

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's 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.

 

INVESTMENT

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government says it is preparing Foreign Investment Policy to facilitate foreign investor in the province.

 

A spokesman of provincial government told our Peshawar correspondent that a Foreign Investment Desk will be established  in this regard to facilitate foreign investors.

 

The spokesman said several foreign businessmen have shown keen interest to invest in economic and industrial sectors in the province during the Beijing Road Show in April this year.   

 

CHINESE FM

China has reiterated its support to Pakistan's efforts to fight 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.

 

GILLANI

 In occupied Kashmir, Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, has expressed serious concern over continued harassment of resistance leaders by India’s National Investigation Agency.

 

In a statement Srinagar, he said NIA has no evidence against the resistance leaders but it wants to implicate pro freedom leaders in fake and false cases. APHC leader said health of Altaf Ahmed Shah is worsening.

 

Syed Ali Gilani urged the world human rights organizations to take notice of the war crimes being committed by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.

 

EGYPT

Egyptian  Parliament has approved handing over two uninhabited islands in Red Sea to Saudi Arabia.

 

The deal, to hand over the Tiran and Sanafir islands, was agreed during King Salman's visit to Egypt last year.

 

It had sparked protests in Egypt, but the parliament says the issue lies in its jurisdiction, while final approval will be given by president.

 

 

DAY

Global Wind Day is being observed today. 

 

The objective of the day is to raise awareness about the role of wind power in reshaping global energy systems, decarburizing economies, boosting growth and increasing job opportunities.

 

The theme of the day this year is "discover the power of wind energy".

 

HOCKEY

Pakistan hockey team is playing its first match of the World Cup qualifying round against Holland in London this evening.

 

During the qualifying round, Pakistan will play four matches.

 

Ten teams are participating in the qualifying round and five top teams will play in the World Cup to be played in India next year.


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