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Text Bulletin 2000 hrs.

MAY 15,2016

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Headlines:

National Assembly and Senate resume their sessions on Monday and the Prime Minister is likely to brief the Lower House on Panama Papers.  

Railways Minister says political issues should be resolved at proper forum.

Water and Power Minister has expressed the resolve to cope with energy crisis on top priority basis.

Eight billion rupees have been disbursed among potential entrepreneurs so far under Prime Minister's Youth Business Loan Scheme.

Anti-polio campaign begins in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, FATA, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan on Monday.

Pakistan and Turkey have reiterated determination to eliminate terrorism from their soils and share each other's experience.  

The United States and Saudi Arabia have resolved to cooperate for peace efforts in Syria and Yemen.

Pakistan has won the Asian Squash Championship beating Hong Kong by 2-0 in Taiwan.

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SESSIONS-PM

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

The Senate will resume its session at four in the afternoon while National Assembly at 5:00 p.m. Both the Houses will discuss important national issues besides carrying out legislative business.

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

He may announce some necessary steps to ensure transparent probe into 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.

Both the treasury and opposition are expected to hold separate parliamentary meetings before the start of the sessions to discuss agenda of the sessions.

SAAD:

Railways Minister, Khawaja Saad Rafique says journey of progress will continue under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

Addressing a function in Bahawalpur today, he said government has started development projects all over the country for the betterment of masses.

The Minister said political issues should be resolved at proper forums. He said the political parties should not cross the red lines for point scoring.  He said the negative politics is biggest hurdle in the development of the country.

Talking about the Panama Papers, Saad Rafique said that the Terms of References for the probe commission will be finalized in consultation with the judiciary. 

Speaking about his ministry, he said revolutionary steps are being taken for the betterment of Pakistan Railways.  

Saad Rafique said the renovation of the railway stations is underway and during the next year 31 stations will be renovated. He said e-ticketing system will be introduced in Pakistan Railways within three months.

LOCOMOTIVES:

Some Chinese locomotives which had developed cracks in the under-frame during the train operation, have now been rectified.

According to a spokesman of the Ministry of Railways, a Chinese Company, CSR Ziyang supplied twenty nine locomotives during 2014 to Pakistan Railways.

However, a few of these locomotives developed cracks in the under-frame during train operations.

The supplier firm was approached under the warranty clause of the agreement for rectification of the defect.

The defective portion of all the locomotives was completely replaced by the Chinese firm at Pakistan Locomotive Factory, Risalpur within the target time period during May 2016.

BIRJEES

Minister for Kashmir Affairs, Chaudhry Birjees Tahir while criticizing Opposition on Panama papers issue that people have rejected their negative politics.

Addressing a ceremony in Nankana Sahib on Sunday, he said Imran Khan and his confidants having offshore companies are not sincere for probe.

He further said people will decide on the basis of performance in next elections.

ASIF

Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said incumbent government is committed to cope with energy crisis on top priority basis.

Talking to Radio Pakistan's correspondent in Sialkot today he said all resources are being utilized to enhance power generation capacity and to get rid of load shedding.

He said due to prudent policies of the government the duration of load shedding has been reduced to manifold as compared to previous years.

The Minister said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project will bring revolutionary change and usher in economic growth and prosperity in the country.

AFTAB

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad says government under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is committed to make Pakistan prosperous and developed.

Talking to newsmen at Attock, he said people against the development of the country are making hue and cry just on Panama Leaks.

He said CPEC will bring progress and prosperity to the region.

SHAHBAZ

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 this afternoon.

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

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

The delegation apprised the Chief Minister about their problems and he assured to solve them.

CM-GILLANI

Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif visited residence of former Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani in Lahore on Sunday.

During the meeting, he congratulated former Prime Minister on recovery of his son Ali Haider Gillani.

BIZENJO:

The National Party has established an accountability committee which will scrutinize assets and funds of Parliamentarians of the party. 

In a press conference in Quetta today, President National Party Mir Hasil Bizenjo said the committee will be headed by Senior Vice President of Party Mir Tahir Bizanjo .

He said if any member of the party found in any misappropriation of funds will be expelled from party.

LOAN

The government has disbursed business loans worth eight billion rupees among potential entrepreneurs across the country under Prime Minister's Youth Business Loan Scheme during the last two and half years.

According to official sources, 64,114 applications were received for interest-free loans out of which 8,261 received loans while16,423 applications have been sanctioned for onward disbursement of loans.

FINGER

International Monetary Fund has said Pakistan is achieving macroeconomic stability as a result of economic reforms introduced by government.   

Talking to Radio China, IMF's country director for Pakistan Harald Finger has appreciated Pakistan's strong economic performance. He said Pakistan has achieved required goals in all economic sectors and reduced budget deficit.

BISP

Benazir Income Support Programme is all set to initiate the pilot phase of new poverty survey after Ramzan followed by national roll out in January next year.

Official sources say that door to door approach will be used in 12 pilot districts while desk approach will be used in the rest of four pilot districts.

BISP has decided that whole of the country will be covered equally in the upcoming survey and no area will be left out.

Chairperson Marvi Memon is also visiting the pilot phase districts to create awareness among masses regarding resurvey.

GROWTH

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.

POLIO-DRIVE

Anti-polio campaign begins in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and in six hundred forty union councils of Balochistan on Monday.

About one million children upto five years of age will be administered anti polio drops in FATA and FRs while more than two million in Balochistan.

Two hundred and seventeen thousand children would be vaccinated in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Three-day anti-polio campaign will also begin throughout Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.

During the drive, anti-polio vaccine and vitamin A drops would be administered to over seven hundred thousand children of under five years age.

ANP

President ANP Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Ameer Haider Khan Hoti says PTI deceive people of the province by chanting slogans of new Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, however, it has practically done nothing in this regard.

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

He asked Imran Khan to clarify his position about his offshore company.

SAIFULLAH

Chief Secretary Balochistan Saifullah Chattha 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.

NAVTTC

National Vocational and Technical Training Commission will train over fifty thousand unemployed youth across the country by the end of this year. 

Executive Director of NAVTTC, Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema in an interview said stipend will be paid to all trainees during the free of cost courses.

He said technical and vocational education will benefit the economy of the country in the long run.

CONVENTION

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Affairs Dr. Asif  Kirmani says Workers Convention of PML(N) will be held in Rawalakot on Monday.

He said central leadership of PML(N) , Pakistan and Azad Kashmir will address the convention.

ARRESTS

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.

FIA

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.

 

 

FC

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.

DEATHS

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

QUAKE

An earthquake of 4.1 magnitude at the Richter scale was felt in Swat and surrounding areas on Sunday.

The epicenter of quake was Hindokush and its depth was ninety kilometers.

URS

Ministry of Religious Affairs has invited applications for attending the annual Urs of Hazrat Khawaja Allauddin Ali Ahmed Sabir Kaliyari by 24th of this month.

Urs celebrations are scheduled to be held in Kalyar Sharif, India from December 08 to 15.

The application forms and details could be downloaded from the website of the ministry www.hajjinfo.org or www.mora.gov.pk.

MALEEHA

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

Speaking in the UN Security Council, Pakistan Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi has urged for a comprehensive international approach to wipe out terrorists from the world.

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.

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

PAK-TURKEY

Pakistan and Turkey are determined to eliminate terrorism from their soil and share each other's experiences.

In an interview in Ankara, Pakistan's ambassador to Turkey, Sohail Mahmood said security forces of the two countries are in a regular dialogue on the issue to further cement their cooperation on combating terrorism.

He said it is an on-going process and is always on the agenda for further strengthening security and defence cooperation.

The Ambassador said negotiations over Free Trade Agreement are continuing and this agreement would open up vast opportunities for the Pak-Turk business communities.

KASHMIR

Veteran Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Gilani has said the puppet regime of Mehbooba Mufti is advancing agenda of Hindu extremist organizations in Occupied Kashmir.

In a statement in Srinagar today, he said forces of Bhartiya Jana Sangh are pursuing the policy of converting the Muslim majority into a minority to perpetuate their forcible occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.

He further said that since Hurriyet leaders are a major obstacle in their designs, so they are either put under house arrest or in jails on baseless allegations.

APHC leaders, Nayeem Ahmad Khan and Mohammad Shafi Reshi addressing public gatherings in Kupwara and Bandipora, strongly rejected establishment of separate zones for Kashmiri Pundits and colonies for Indian soldiers in the territory.

Meanwhile, a court in Srinagar has sent illegally -detained senior Hurriyet leader, Masarrat Aalam Butt to jail on another 14-day judicial remand. 

INDIA

In the Indian state of Telangana, fifteen people including ten member of a same family have been killed in a road accident in Adilabad district.

Many of the victims were children

AFGHANISTAN.

In Afghanistan, security forces have claimed to have halted advances by the Taliban on Pul-e-Khumri city in Baghlan province.

The fighting erupted when the Taliban overran several villages and security outposts.                     

BANGLADESH

In Bangladesh, death toll in lightning strike incidents has risen to fifty-nine in different areas as thunderstorms hit the country before the advent of monsoon season.                           

KERRY-SALMAN

The US Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz held a meeting in Jeddah on Sunday.

During the meeting, they discussed peace efforts and latest developments in Yemen and Syria and bilateral cooperation. 

Kerry on this occasion appreciated Saudi role for peace efforts in regional conflicts.

He also discussed cooperation in fighting terrorism at a meeting with Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef.

Earlier John Kerry met his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir and discussed regional issues mainly developments in Syria.

FRANCE

France has rejected the assertion of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over its endeavour for revival of peace talks in Middle East.

Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault while talking to Media persons after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said France has no vested interests.

Earlier, Israel had opposed to a French initiative for an international conference at the end of this month in Paris to revive peace talks between Palestinian Authority and Tel Aviv.

IS-IRAQ

In Iraq, fourteen people were killed and twenty-seven others wounded in a suicide attack of Islamic state militants on a natural gas plant at Taji town near Baghdad on Sunday.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Baghdad, eight people were killed in three separate bomb attacks.

YEMEN

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

EGYPT

In Egypt, over one hundred and fifty people have been sentenced to five years in jail for taking part in anti-government demonstrations.

AIRCRAFT

A military aircraft of United Arab Emirates has crashed during a training flight.

Pilot and an instructor were killed in the incident.

DAY

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


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