National Assembly and Senate resume their sessions tomorrow 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.

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

In Iraq, twenty-two people were killed in latest upsurge in violence across the country today.

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



The Senate and National Assembly will resume their sessions at Parliament House in Islamabad tomorrow 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 also 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 erroneously included.





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 fora. 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, Khawaja Saad Rafique said that the Terms of Reference for the probe commission will be finalized in consultation with the judiciary. 


Speaking about his ministry, he said the renovation of the railway stations is underway and during the next year 31 stations will be renovated.




Minister for Kashmir Affairs, Choudhry Birjees Tahir while criticizing oppostion on Panama papers issue has said that people have rejected their negative politics.


Addressing a ceremony in Nankana Sahib today, he said PTI Chief Imran Khan and his cronies having offshore companies are not sincere may probe.





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.




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 manifold as compared to previous years.




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.


Talking to a delegation of Young Doctors Association in Lahore today, he said provision of quality healthcare to public is obligation of the government.


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




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.



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


About one million children up to five years of age will be administered anti polio drops in FATA and Frontier Regions while more than two million in Balochistan.


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


Similarly, three-day anti-polio campaign will also begin throughout Azad Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow.




Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz  has said that Indian test launch of supersonic interceptor missile will disturb the balance of power in the region.


Speaking in Radio Pakistan's Current Affairs Channel Program, he said Pakistan is not oblivious to its defense and will continue  to upgrade its defensive capabilities.




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 engage in 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.




Pakistan says it stands ready to share its national experiences 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 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.





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.




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


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


Kerry on the 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.




In Iraq, twenty two people were killed in fresh wave of violence across the country today.








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


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




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


Pakistan won this title for fourth time consecutively.


Pakistan's Farhan Zaman and Farhan Mehboob won their respective matches against Hong Kong's Lee Hu Yen and Tang Ming Hong.






Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty-four hours.


However, rain with dust-thunderstorm is likely to prevail at a few places of Hazara, Lahore, Gujranwala Divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.



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