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 says Pakistan has achieved required goals in all economic sectors.


Pakistan has offered to share its national experience with world community for defeating terrorism and extremism.


Talks are underway in Kuwait to find amicable solution to Yemen crisis. 


In Iraq, eleven people have been killed in a suicide attack in Baghdad.





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.



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.



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 Government is taking a number of steps to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the country under Vision 2025.


The focus of the growth strategy is on pro-poor sectors including agriculture, Small and Medium Enterprises and construction.


The Government is also implementing various energy generation projects including renewable energy to overcome power shortage.



Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says the government is providing all possible facilities to the patients at urban and rural health centers of the province.


He was talking to a delegation of Young Doctors Association in Lahore on Sunday afternoon.


The Chief Minister said that provision of quality healthcare to public is national obligation of the government.


He urged doctor community to serve the ailing humanity with more dedication.


Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that several measures are being taken to make the medicines procurement process for government hospitals transparent.


The delegation apprised the Chief Minister about their problems.



Chief Secretary Balochistan Saifullah Chatta says every possible attempt will be made to eliminate the curse of embezzlement.


He made these remarks at a briefing in the finance department in Quetta.


Chief Secretary directed to computerize the entire record of the Finance department.


Secretary Finance Akbar Hussain Durrani told the briefing that upcoming budget is being finalized and opinions of media and civil society will be included to present a people friendly budget.                         



Anti-polio campaign begins in six hundred forty union councils of Balochistan on Monday.


More than two million children up to five years of age would be administered anti-polio drops.


Meanwhile, a three-day national immunization campaign will also kick off in Gilgit Baltistan on Monday.


Two hundred and seventeen thousand children would be vaccinated against polio.


Over fifteen hundred teams have been constituted to make the drive successful.



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.



Frontier Corps Balochistan seized a huge arms cache in a search operation against militants of banned outfit in Shabiyan area of District Dalbandin on Sunday.



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.



Five labourers died of poisonous gas emanating from a chemical tank at a factory in Korangi site area of Karachi on Sunday.


All the dead bodies have been shifted to Jinnah Hospital.



The International Day of families is being observed in the country and elsewhere in the world on Sunday.



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


Speaking in the U.N. 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, senior Hurriyet leader Masarrat Aalam Butt has been sent to a 14-day judicial remand by a court in Srinagar.


The Hurriyet leader is lodged in district jail Baramulla.


Masarrat Aalam Butt is facing incarceration since 2010. He was released in March 2015 but only after 40 days he was again arrested.  


The spokesman said that Masarat’s health condition was also deteriorating due to poor facilities in jail.



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.                                 



In Yemen, twenty-five police recruits were killed and twenty-five injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a police headquarters in the city of Mukalla on Sunday.


It was the second deadly blast to hit the city and it was a hub for al Qaeda terrorists.



US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Saudi Arabia for talks on the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen.


Analysts say his visit comes at a critical time in efforts to rein in fighting and encourage political dialogue in war hit countries that have been wracked by violence for years.


Later Kerry will visit Vienna where he will co-host group talks on Libya with Italy and on Syria with his Russian counterpart.                        



In Iraq, at least eleven people have been killed and twenty-one wounded in a suicide bomb attack on gas factory in outskirts of Baghdad.  


According to report, six attackers wearing explosive vests entered the factory and clashed with security forces.


Meanwhile, the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for attack on gas plant.



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.   



Pakistan has won 18th Asian Squash Championships beating Hong Kong by 2-0 in Chinese Taipi. 

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