DATE: 15-09-2017                            


A bill has been introduced in the National Assembly to extend jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and Islamabad High Court to FATA. 


Under the Prime Minister's Green Pakistan Programme, 3.65 billion rupees have been allocated for revival of forestry.


Supreme Court has dismissed all review petitions against its verdict in Panama Papers case.


In Occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet forum has urged the global community to impress upon India to stop use of pellet guns against Kashmiri people.


The third and final T-20 between Pakistan and World-XI will be played in Lahore on Friday evening.





A bill has been introduced in the National Assembly to extend the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and Islamabad High Court to tribal areas.


The bill was moved in the House on Friday by Law Minister Zahid Hamid.


The Federal Cabinet had cleared the bill for introduction in the Parliament during its meeting on Tuesday.                           



The National Assembly was informed on Friday that the government has taken a number of steps to achieve the objectives for Climate Change during the last five years.


Responding to a question during the Question Hour, Parliamentary Secretary for Cabinet Secretariat, Raja Muhammad Javed Ikhlas informed the House that the government ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in November last year.


He said under the Prime Minister's Green Pakistan Programme 3.65 billion rupees have been allocated for revival of forestry resources and conservation of biodiversity.


He said more than one billion rupees have also been allocated for wildlife conservation.


He said the National Forest Policy has also been approved by the Council of Common Interests.


The House has been adjourned to meet again on Monday at 03:00 pm.



The Senate was informed on Friday that the government is making all out efforts to promote sports to involve more youth in the country.  


Responding to a question, during Question Hour, Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada said inter-university level sports competitions are being encouraged.


To another question, the Minister said the entire Pakistan has been divided in 16 regions to promote domestic cricket in the country.


Riaz Hussain Pirzada said regional cricket associations are responsible to promote, develop, regulate and maintain general control of cricket in their respective regions.                         



The Senate on Friday resumed discussion on President's address to the joint sitting of the parliament.


Taking part in the debate, Senators termed President's address as balanced one and urged the government to ponder upon the shortcomings mentioned by the President.


They said all the indicators have improved due to prudent policies of the government as the country got GSP-Plus status, membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organization and recognition on other world forums.


The Senate Members said that the government has successfully completed the census process.


They said militancy has been defeated and the economy has been put on upward trajectory.


Senators also called for good neighborly relations with Afghanistan and India. They, however, lauded the government for strengthening relations with Russia and other countries of the world.


They said that tribal areas should be mainstreamed in light of the FATA reforms.


Later, the House was adjourned to meet again on Monday afternoon.                        



The Supreme Court has dismissed all review petitions against its verdict in Panama Papers case.


The five member larger bench of the apex court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa delivered its short judgement after completion of the hearing on Friday.


The bench dismissed review petitions for reasons to be recorded later.


The review petitions were filed by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his children and Ishaq Dar to seek review of the Court's decision of 28th of July this year.


The court had disqualified the former Prime Minister as Member of the National Assembly.                            



Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said the PML-N went into review petition in Panama Papers case judgment to seek justice.


Talking to media in Islamabad on Friday, he said the Supreme Court is the highest institution for seeking justice.


He said the supremacy of the institutions should be upheld and PML-N believes in this principle.


Saad Rafique said being the ruling party, it is responsibility of the PML-N to run the government according to the constitution and the law.


He said at a time when world powers are apprehensive against Pakistan, we cannot afford internal conflicts.                  



Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman Khan says though our applications for review have not been accommodated, but we believe that fairness of trial before the accountability court will be ensured.


Talking to newsmen outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad on Friday, she expressed the hope that our fundamental rights will be protected as assured by the honorable members of the bench.


Barrister Zafarullah said that we believe in the constitution and democratic system of the country.


He said despite the fact that Nawaz Sharif could have challenged the jurisdiction of the court at the initial stages of the case, but he did not do so and instead he presented himself for accountability in respect of the court.



International Democracy Day is being observed on Friday.    


In his message on the day, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that continuity of democracy is essential for peace and stability in the country.


He said aim of celebrating the day is to strengthen democratic nations and discourage the dictators.


He said that democracy guarantees economic and social development, international peace and stability and freedom of basic human rights. 


Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi, in his message, said democracy is strengthening in Pakistan and parliament is actively working for welfare of the people.



Making a statement on the day Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani urged the government to learn from the mistakes of past and strengthen parliament to reinforce democracy in the country.


He said all the institutions should work within its constitutional limits.


He said any attempt of going beyond the Constitution will destabilize democracy in the country.


The Chairman said that the Parliament should continue playing its guiding and supervisory role in strengthening democracy in the country.                        



Radio Pakistan will broadcast its National Hook-up on Friday at 1630 hours, a special discussion programme in connection with the "International Democracy Day". 



Corps Commander Rawalpindi, Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza, on Friday visited sectors along Line of Control where Indian troops targeted innocent civilians on Thursday.


He said that troops along LoC shall continue to give befitting response to Indian brutality against innocent citizens.                          



In Occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has urged the global community to impress upon India to stop the use of lethal weapons against the people of Kashmir.


The forum said indiscriminate and inhuman use of pellet guns against the people of occupied Kashmir should serve as an eye-opener to all champions of human rights in India and the world over and should shake the conscience of nations across the globe.


The meeting also strongly denounced the frequent cordon and search operations conducted by Indian forces in the Valley especially in South Kashmir villages, turning the villages into a garrison.


Meanwhile, Senior Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, met the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, outside his residence in Srinagar after Indian police disallowed them to enter the house.                   



United Nations Children's Emergency Fund is undertaking a massive emergency operation for the Rohingyas Muslims.


Head of UNICEF in Bangladesh, Edouard Beigbeder has said there is acute shortage of humanitarian supplies.


UN agency said it has been dispatching trucks filled with emergency water, sanitation and hygiene supplies to Cox's Bazar, situated near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.


UNICEF has also appealed for 7.3 million dollar to provide emergency support to Rohingya children over the next four months.



The third and final T-20 match of the Independence cup between the World-XI and Pakistan will be played at Lahore on Friday evening.


The match will start at 7 pm Pakistan Standard Time.


The three match series is levelled at 1-1.

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