Text Bulletin 0700 hrs
- Interior Minister has urged politicians not to politicize the sensitive issue of CNICs blocked for national security.
- First phase of national population census has been completed in sixty-three districts across the country.
- Chief Justice has taken suo moto notice of Mardan Lynching incident.
- The Christian community is celebrating Easter today.
- In Turkey, people are voting in a referendum today on introduction of Presidential system of government.
Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan says the government has taken various steps to streamline visa policy.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, he said landing card has been strictly banned while work is in progress to issue on-line visas, which will also help end the role of middle man.
The Minister said the government has decided to re-launch Pakistan Origin Card with a new name as Temporary Residence Card.
He said one year visa will be issued to any foreigner woman married to a Pakistani national, which will be extended to five years more subject to security clearness.
About verification campaign of Computerized National Identity Cards, the Minister said a total of 353,085 CNICs have been blocked so far. Of them, 178,891 are being unblocked temporarily for sixty days while the remaining 174,084 of foreigners have been cancelled.
He said those people, whose CNICs were being temporarily unblocked, will have to provide documentary evidence about their Pakistani nationality within sixty days.
The minister said the issue of blocked CNICs should not be politicized as it is an issue of Pakistani nationality.
The process for CNICs verification was initiated to remove anomalies in the system as Pakistan is waging a war against terror.
The first phase of the sixth population census, which began on 15th of the last month, has been concluded in sixty-three districts across the country.
During the first phase, the census was conducted in sixteen districts of Punjab, eight of Sindh, fourteen of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, fifteen of Balochistan, five of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and five districts of Gilgit Baltistan.
The second phase of the census will commence on 25th of this month, and culminate on 25th of the next month.
As many as 84,000 enumerators are taking part in the exercise to collect data from 168,120 census blocks across the country.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says the government will continue implementation of necessary economic reforms with the same determination as has been done over the past four years.
Chairing a meeting to review budget preparations in Islamabad, he said successful implementation of economic reforms will play a vital role in achieving higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
The Minister said well-being of the general public and addressing their needs will be the top most priority of the government in the forthcoming budget.
Mian Raza Rabbani has agreed to continue as Senate Chairman on the government's assurance to address his reservations.
This was stated by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar while talking to media after holding talks with the Senate Chairman.
Ishaq Dar said Raza Rabbani will not resign from the office and will chair the Senate session tomorrow.
Replying to a question, he assured that the ministers will ensure their presence in Senate sessions.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has taken notice of lynching of a student at Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, by a mob over alleged blasphemy charges.
The Chief Justice has sought report from the inspector general of police Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A two-day road show being organized by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government begins in Beijing today.
A delegation of provincial government headed by Chief Minister Pervez Khattak will attend the road show, wherein
eighty three projects will be highlighted.
The aim of the show is to attract maximum Chinese investment in the province in hydro-power generation, communication, tourism, science and information technology.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has approved the Heritage Trail Development Project to preserve the historical image of the provincial metropolis Peshawar.
Chairing a meeting in Peshawar, he said the project will be completed in three months.
The Chief Minister said twenty-five skilled artisans have been deputed for this purpose.
He directed the concerned authority to complete sanitation schemes in the city on priority basis.
President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed his deep grief and sorrow on the sad demise of prominent intellectual and writer Mukhtar Masood, who passed away in Lahore.
In a statement, the President prayed the Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace.
Rangers have busted a gang of kidnappers of newborn babies and arrested four suspects, including a woman, in Karachi.
A Rangers spokesman said the gang used to abduct newborn babies from government and private hospitals and sell them in Karachi and the interior of Sindh.
The Christian community in the country is celebrating Easter today.
Strict security arrangements have been put in place at churches.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their continued acts of state terrorism, have martyred a Kashmiri youth and injured another in Srinagar.
People gathered on roads in large numbers protesting against the killing.They put the Indian flag on fire and chanted slogans demanding their right of self-determination.
Indian troops fired tear smoke shells to disperse the people.
In Turkey, people are voting in a referendum today on introduction of Presidential system of government.
The referendum gives people option to replace the existing parliamentary system with an executive presidency in the country.
If the referendum vote falls in President Tayyip Erdogan's favour, it will give him powers to appoint cabinet ministers, issue decrees, choose senior judges and dissolve parliament.
The referendum will abolish the post of prime minister, allowing the president to bring all state bureaucracy under his control.
In United States, tens of thousands of people have gathered in rallies in more than 150 cities, demanding President Donald Trump release his tax returns.
The biggest tax marches took place in Washington, New York and Los Angeles, while in California clashes erupted between Trump supporters and opponents, where fourteen people were arrested.
The protesters want to call attention to Trump's refusal to disclose his tax history, as his White House predecessors have done for more than 40 years.
North Korea's attempt to launch a missile on its eastern coast is believed to have failed.
According to US military officials and South Korean state TV, the missile blew up immediately after launch.
In Syria, at least 100 people have been killed when a blast hit a bus convoy carrying evacuated residents of besieged towns in Aleppo.
According to Syrian State TV, the blast occurred at Rashidin where dozens of buses carrying residents of Fuaa and Kafraya villages were waiting to enter the city.
Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
Very hot weather is expected in Naseerabad, Makran, Sibbi, Sukkur, Shaheed Benazirabad, Larkana, Hyderabad,Multan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, D.G. Khan, D.I.Khan and Faisalabad divisions.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:
Islamabad fifteen degree centigrade, Lahore twenty four, Karachi twenty seven, Peshawar nineteen, Murree fourteen,Muzaffarabad seventeen while Quetta and Gilgit eleven, degree centigrade.