Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Prime Minister has directed power distribution companies to prepare a comprehensive plan to improve system efficiency for meeting growing electricity demand.
Bill has been introduced in the National Assembly to extend jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and Islamabad High Court to FATA.
Supreme Court has dismissed all review petitions against Panama Papers case verdict.
Four people were killed in a US drone attack in Kurram Agency along the Pak-Afghan border this afternoon.
Foreign Office says pleadings received from International Court of Justice as submitted by India in the Jadhav spying case are being reviewed.
Amnesty International India chapter says there has been deliberate denial of justice in Occupied Kashmir.
Russia, Iran and Turkey have agreed to jointly police a fourth safe zone in Syria's Idlib province to ease the conflict.
International Democracy Day was observed today with the aim to strengthen democratic nations.
The third and final T-20 between Pakistan and World-XI is underway in Lahore.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says achieving balanced energy mix and reduction in the basket price of electricity remains the foremost priority of the government.
He stated this during briefing on the performance of various power distribution companies across the country in Islamabad today.
The prime minister directed ministry of water and power and the heads of DISCOs to come up with a comprehensive plan for improving system efficiency, reducing line losses and equipping the system to meet increased demand and supply.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi directed the heads of the distribution companies to carry out a detailed diagnostic analysis of the technical and administrative issues of the existing system and come up with workable solutions for their redressal.
The prime minister also directed heads of distribution companies to adopt proactive approach with regards to implementation of projects being undertaken under Sustainable Development Goals.
Power demand and supply situation in the country was also reviewed during the meeting. The meeting expressed satisfaction that there was a marked improvement in the power generation and supply situation compared to 2013-14.
Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad today.
He briefed the Prime Minister regarding various ongoing and new development projects of the federal government in Sindh particularly in Karachi.
The governor also apprised him about the positive feedback received from the private sector and the business community about the investment friendly policies of the government and improved law and order situation.
Talking to US Ambassador David Hale in Islamabad, the Prime Minister emphasized the importance of engagement between Pakistan and the United States to pursue common objectives and issues of mutual interest.
It was agreed that the decades long relations between Pakistan and the US should be further strengthened through multifaceted engagement.
Meanwhile, in his meeting with the Afghan Ambassador Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, the Prime Minister highlighted Pakistan’s commitment for peace and stability in the region and particularly in Afghanistan.
He reiterated Pakistan’s support for Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process.
Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal conveyed the commitment of Afghan government to work for furthering bilateral relations between the two countries that have significant historical, cultural, economic and political linkages.
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 today by Law Minister Zahid Hamid.
The Federal Cabinet had cleared the bill for introduction in Parliament during its meeting on Tuesday.
The National Assembly was informed today 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.
He said Pakistan has become the first country of the world whose National Assembly passed the unanimous resolution adopting 2030 agenda as its own national development agenda. He said the SDGs can therefore be termed as Pakistan Development Goals.
The House has been adjourned to meet again on Monday at 03:00 pm.
The Senate today resumed discussion on President's address to the joint sitting of 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. Militancy has been defeated and the economy has been put on upward trajectory.
Senators also called for good neighbourly relations with Afghanistan and India. They, however, lauded the government for strengthening relations with Russia and other countries of the world.
They emphasized the need to bring marginalized segments of society at par with other people. 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 judgment after completion of the hearing today.
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 today, 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.
Talking to newsmen outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad, Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman Khan said though our applications for review have not been accommodated, but we believe that fairness of trial before the accountability court will be ensured.
Barrister Zafarullah said that we believe in the constitution and democratic system of the country.
PML- N leader Maryam Nawaz says that with the support of the people, PML-N will win bye-election in the constituency NA-120 with majority votes.
She was addressing the PML-N women's convention in Lahore today.
She said opposition is creating hurdles in progress and development of Pakistan.
Four people were killed in a US drone attack in Kurram Agency along the Pak-Afghan border this afternoon.
According to Political Administration of Kurram Agency, the drone targeted a house in Khormanak village of the Agency.
Corps Commander Rawalpindi, Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza, today visited sectors along Line of Control where Indian troops targeted innocent civilians yesterday.
He said that troops along LoC shall continue to give befitting response to Indian brutality against innocent citizens.
Pakistan has received the Memorial (written pleadings) from the International Court of Justice, submitted by India in the Commander Jadhav case.
According to Foreign Office, the Memorial is under consideration by a team of lawyers and experts, led by the Attorney General of Pakistan.
The position of Government of Pakistan, especially highlighting the acts of espionage, terrorism and sabotage committed by Jadhav in Pakistan, which resulted in the loss of many precious and innocent lives of Pakistanis, will soon be submitted at the International Court of Justice.
National Security Advisor Nasser Khan Janjua says Pakistan attaches great importance to cordial and cooperative relations with Uzbekistan.
He was talking to Uzbek Ambassador Furqat Sidiqov in Islamabad today.
The Advisor said both countries have immense potential to expand the spectrum of bilateral relations. He also appreciated the approach of Uzbek Government towards different regional issues.
The Ambassador extended an invitation to Nasser Khan Janjua for participation in the forthcoming international high-level conference on Security and Sustainable Development to be held in Uzbekistan in November this year.
Ambassador of Uzbekistan said that his government is keen to further strengthen ties with Pakistan through extending cooperation in multiple areas.
The ambassador also acknowledged Pakistan’s commitment and efforts against terrorism and stressed the need for well-planned coordinated efforts by all countries in the region to tackle this menace.
Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Sartaj Aziz has said the government is committed to social development of the country, especially in rural areas.
Addressing National Convention of LSOs 2017 in Islamabad, he said the government is focussing on bringing about prosperity and sustainable development in the country.
He said Pakistan had set its own developmental goals for social development as the government believed that social development is its real target.
Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme Marvi Memon said the government had included women in the development process of the country.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has directed the law enforcement agencies to devise a foolproof security plan for the upcoming month of Muharram-ul-Haram with the consultation of all stakeholders.
He was addressing a high level meeting in Karachi today to review the arrangements for the holy month.
The Chief Minister directed the law enforcement agencies to strengthen the intelligence network and sharing of information.
A delegation of OXFAM led by its head Mark Ian Goldering called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in Karachi today.
The delegation informed Chief Minister that OXFAM is working to overcome poverty in women in Pakistan since 1973.
Murad Ali Shah expressed the desire that Sindh government and OXFAM could work together to overcome poverty, reviving water bodies and dealing with national disasters.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has acquired two hundred and fifty seven acres land for the establishment of a special economic zone at Jalozai in Nowshera.
A spokesman of provincial government told our Peshawar correspondent that the zone will be constructed under China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Industrial plots in the zone will be offered to investors soon.
Governor Balochistan, Muhammad Khan Achakzai has said the government has constructed small and big dams in the province to overcome water crisis in the province.
Talking to a delegation of District Loralai in Quetta, he said that the government believes on equal development of all districts of Balochistan.
He assured the delegation that all possible steps would be taken to address the problems being faced by the people.
Gilgit Baltistan Government is focusing on the development of tourism to attract foreign and national tourists to the area.
This was stated by Minister Tourism Fida Khan while addressing to the concluding ceremony of Rama polo
festival in Astore today.
He said a number of development projects are being implemented in Gilgit Baltistan to facilitate tourists.
Chairman National Accountability Bureau Qamar Zaman Chaudhary says that NAB is committed to root out corruption and recover looted money.
He was addressing his farewell ceremony in NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Peshawar today.
On the occasion, Director General NAB KP Brig Farooq Nasar Awan said that NAB KP is actively perusing the cause of elimination of corruption and corrupt practices by adopting Zero Tolerance Policy across the board.
Radio Pakistan Faisalabad is celebrating its 35th anniversary today.
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AJK President Masood Khan says India has intensified its malicious efforts to change demographic composition of Occupied Kashmir.
Speaking at the Central Press Club in Muzaffarabad today, he said despite India's escalating aggression in the held valley, Kashmiris are determined to frustrate New Delhi designs in order to attain their basic right of self- determination.
Masood Khan denounced the construction of illegal settlements for the Pandits and former military personnel of India in the Occupied Kashmir.
In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities imposed stringent restrictions in Srinagar today, to prevent people from staging protests against killing of two youth by Indian troops.
The youth were martyred by troops during a military operation in Nawgam area of Srinagar, yesterday.
The authorities disallowed Juma prayers at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar today. The puppet administration also placed Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and Zafar Akbar Butt under house arrest to prevent them from leading the protests.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front staged a protest in Maisuma area of Srinagar, today, against the raids and arrests by India’s National Investigation Agency.
In an interview, the Amnesty International India-chapter Chief, Aakar Patel said that the deliberate denial of justice happened only in occupied Kashmir.
The Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution condemning violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and termed it a systematic state sponsored terrorism and genocide.
Deputy Speaker Sardar Farooq Tahir presided over the session in Muzaffarabad today.
In a resolution the house expressed complete solidarity with the oppressed Muslims of Myanmar and called upon United Nations and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to take practical steps to stop killings of Rohingya Muslims,
Myanmar says aid access to conflict area is not blocked but authorities might restrict access for security reasons.
Myanmar’s government spokesman Zaw Htay told newsmen in Yangon that organisations sending aid might have some difficulty travelling where access is restricted by local authorities for security reasons.
International Democracy Day is being observed today.
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.
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 Parliament should continue playing its guiding and supervisory role in strengthening democracy in the country.
Russia and France have agreed that resuming direct talks with North Korea was the only way to resolve tensions over its
The agreement was reached during a phone call by Russian President Vladimir Putin and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Moscow today.
United Nations called on North Korea to comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions on denuclearization.
In a statement, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said talks on the crisis would be held on the sidelines of General Assembly meeting next week.
European Union has condemned North Korea's ballistic missile launch over Japan as an outrageous provocation.
European Union diplomatic Chief, Federica Mogherini said in Brussels that EU will implement latest UN measures against individuals and organisations and press on with efforts already under way to extend the bloc's own sanction regime.
Russia, Iran and Turkey have agreed to jointly police a fourth safe zone around Syria's Idlib province to ease the conflict.
In a joint statement after two days of talks in Kazakhstan the three powers agreed to allocate their forces to patrol the zone covering rebel-held Idlib province and parts of neighbouring Latakia, Hama and Aleppo regions.
In Iraq, death toll has risen to more than eighty in a suicide attack in the southern city of Nassiriya.