DATE: 15-05-2016                               


Prime Minister is expected to give a policy statement on Panama Papers in the National Assembly on Monday.


International Monitory Fund has lauded Pakistan's economic performance. 


Pakistan has called for a comprehensive international approach against terrorists. 


The United Nations has urged all parties concerned to find early solution to the Yemen conflict.





Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is expected to give a policy statement on the issue of Panama Papers in the National Assembly on Monday.


He may announce some necessary steps to ensure transparent probe into the Panama Papers issue and offshore companies.


The Prime Minister has already presented himself and his family for accountability and announced formation of Judicial Commission on the demand of the Opposition.


The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists had also acknowledged that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has no offshore company and his name was mistakenly included.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says the provincial government is committed to ensure standard health facilities to the people.


He was chairing a high level meeting in Lahore on Sunday, in which progress on measures taken for the provision of healthcare facilities to people was reviewed.


The Chief Minister directed free medicines to all patients in the government run hospitals, especially in remote areas of the province.                         



International Monitory Fund has lauded Pakistan's strong economic performance. 


Talking to Radio China, IMF's country director for Pakistan Harald Finger said Pakistan is achieving macroeconomic stability as a result of economic reforms introduced by government.


He said Pakistani government has achieved required goals in all economic sectors and reduced budget deficit.



The Senate and National Assembly will resume their sessions at Parliament House in Islamabad on Monday after two days' break.


The Senate will meet at 4:00 p.m. while National Assembly at 5:00 p.m.


Both the Houses will discuss important national issues besides carrying out legislative business.



President ANP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has asked PTI Chairman Imran Khan to clarify his position about his offshore company.


Addressing party workers in Mardan, he said PTI chairman has adopted double standard by making hue and cry about the offshore companies and turning blind eye to his own offshore company.


Ameer Haider Khan Hoti said PTI has deceived people of the province by chanting slogans of new Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but it has practically done nothing in this regard.



Twenty suspects were arrested during search operation by police and other law enforcement agencies in Sheikh Maltoon Town area of Mardan on Sunday.


Illegal arms and ammunition were recovered from them.



Federal Investigation Agency has arrested four people, off loaded from international flights at Islamabad Airport, for having suspected documents.


The suspects are being questioned by the anti-human trafficking cell of the Agency.



At the United Nations, Pakistan has called for a comprehensive international approach to wipe out terrorists from the world.


Speaking in the UN Security Council, Pakistan Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said the failure to redress genuine grievances of the weak against the powerful created the breeding grounds of terrorism.


She said terrorism could not be associated with any religion, culture or region.


She said the unprecedented use of social media platforms by terrorists allowed them to engage young people, disseminate messages and mobilize recruits.


Maleeha Lodhi emphasize the key importance of countering online radicalization and measures to prevent such groups from exploiting the digital space.


She said Pakistan's National Action Plan to counter terrorism contains six specific actions points that directly and indirectly aim to counter the narratives and ideologies of terrorists.


She said Pakistan stands ready to share its national experience with the international community to further our common goal of defeating terrorism and eliminating violent extremism."                           



In occupied Kashmir, pro-India National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah has said that a long-existing lobby in India is re-inventing its mission to erode what remains of the Article 370, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.


Addressing a day-long lawyers’ conclave in Srinagar, Dr Farooq Abdullah said Mehbooba Mufti and her colleagues should draw lessons from history and fear the reprisals of political connivance with forces inimical to the interests of Jammu and Kashmir.                      



United Nation says progress is being achieved in Yemen peace talks albeit at a relatively slow pace. 


UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said the two sides discussed proposals to bridge the gap and reached consensus on some issues.


He called on all parties to work towards finding a comprehensive solution as soon as possible.


Yemeni peace talks are currently under way in Kuwait. 


Meanwhile, several political representatives and diplomats urged international community's constant support to the peace process in Yemen.



Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has threatened to seizure of factories that have stopped production and the imprisonment of their owners. 


Addressing to supporters in the capital Caracas, he said the country had to recover the means of production to counter its deep economic crisis.


He said military exercises would take place next weekend to counter foreign threats.


Opposition protesters have been rallying in Caracas to push for a recall vote to eject him from power.


Earlier, the President declared a 60-day state of emergency due to what he called plots from Venezuela and the United States to subvert him. 

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