DATE: 16-04-2017                               


Hajj applications under the government scheme will be received from on Monday. 


Security forces have carried out successful operation in Kurram and Orakzai Agencies recovering a huge cache of arms.


Election Commission of Pakistan has designed a Polling Station-wise Result Management System to improve accuracy in result tabulation process.


Pakistan says dialogue between Afghan Government and Taliban is the only way to end war in Afghanistan.


In Occupied Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyet Conference says Indian forces have crossed all limits of humanity by using brute forces against civilians.


The Christian community is celebrating Easter on Sunday.





Hajj applications under the government scheme will be received from on Monday.    


According to details, applicants can submit their forms with banks till 26th of this month and the draw will be held on 28th April.


Applications can be submitted with the branches of Habib Bank Limited, United Bank Limited, National Bank of Pakistan, Muslim Commercial Bank, Allied Banks Limited, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited, Bank of Punjab, Bank Alfalah, Meezan Bank and Habib Metro Bank.


Successful applicants will be informed through letters and SMS. Results of the balloting for successful candidates will also be available at www.mora.gov.pk and www.hajjinfo.org.



Security forces have recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition in Kalaya area of Orakzai Agency and Parachinar area of Kurram Agency.


According to ISPR, the recovered arms and ammunition include rockets, prepared IEDs, explosive, grenades, mortor bombs, different types of weapons and communication equipment.


The operations were launched on credible intelligence. A TTP Markaz established in underground tunnels in Kalaya, Orakzai Agency, was also destroyed during the offensive.


The recovery of such huge cache indicative of planning for major terrorist attack which has been averted.



Election Commission of Pakistan has designed a Polling Station-wise Result Management System for general elections to improve accuracy and transparency of result tabulation process. 


According to official sources, the new system is being used by Returning Officer in pilot projects during Bye-Elections.


The sources said the system has capacity to store all scan pages of Forms -XIV, XVI & XVII along with data stored into database permanently for audit and accountability purposes.


Orientation training sessions are currently being conducted for officers and other staff.                               



Sessions of the Senate and the National Assembly will be held at the Parliament House in Islamabad on Monday afternoon at four.


In the last sitting of the Upper House, the Chairman while exercising his powers, adjourned the Senate session sine die.


Both the houses will discuss important national issues besides transacting legislative business.



Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra held a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore on Sunday.


They discussed matters of mutual interest and ways to promote the inter-provincial harmony.


Speaking on the occasion, the Punjab Chief Minister said Punjab government has included brilliant students from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other provinces in its educational programs. He said that this step is aimed at promoting national unity, brotherhood and inter provincial harmony.


Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said extra-ordinary performance of Punjab Chief Minster is a role model for other provinces to follow.



Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman says the government is committed to attract investors for investment in various sectors.


Talking to a delegation in Gilgit, he said Gilgit-Baltistan Investment Board has been set up to promote economic related activities in the area.


He said the government will ensure protection of investors and provide them incentives.                         



A three-day anti polio campaign begins in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Balochistan on Monday.  


Sources of Provincial Health Department told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that more than six point six million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops during the campaign.


In nineteen districts of Balochistan, more than one million children up to five year of age will be administered anti-polio drops.


Polio teams are also available at railway stations, bus stands and public places to ensure administering anti-polio drops to every child.


Special security measures have been taken to ensure security of polio teams.



Chairman National Highway Authority Shahid Ashraf Tarar has said that all the provinces are being connected through a network of high-quality roads and highways.


In a interview in Lahore on Sunday, he said that a number of roads projects have been launched in Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.


He said the completion of these projects will enhance trade and business activities in the country and these projects are also providing jobs to the people.



Anti-Narcotics Force has seized 5067 kg narcotics in two separate incidents in Qilla Abdullah district near Pak-Afghan border.


According to ANF sources, following a tip off, ANF personnel conducted raid and recovered 2793 kg opium in Gulistan area. 


In another raid, 2274 kg opium were seized from a house at Noorak Sulaiman Khel area.              



Pakistan says presence of Daesh in Afghanistan poses threat to regional and international peace and the menace needs to be eliminated.


Speaking at a seminar on "Pakistan and Current Geopolitics" at the University of Michigan, Pakistan Consul General in Chicago Faisal Niaz Tirmizi said a dialogue between the Afghan Government and Taliban remains the only way to end the war in Afghanistan .


He also stressed the need for a genuine and result-based talks between Pakistan and India to resolve all outstanding issues, including the core issue of Kashmir.


The Counsel General welcomed the US offer to facilitate a dialogue between the two countries, but regretted that India has once again rejected the offer.


Talking about CPEC, he said that the project would not only boost the economy of Pakistan and China, but also have a positive impact on other regional countries and the Persian Gulf region.                           



In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed on Sunday against the cold-blooded murder of a youth in Srinagar and ruthless beating of students by Indian troops in Pulwama district. 


Call for the strike was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.


All shops and other business establishments are closed while traffic is off the road.


The resistance leadership condemned the killing terming it as brutal, barbaric and an attempt to muzzle the voice of Kashmiris.


Meanwhile, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference Syed Ali Gilani has asked India to stop bragging about democracy and humanity as its Army has crossed all limits of humanity.


Addressing Hurriyet activists in Srinagar, he said Indian army tied a youth Farooq Ahmed Shalbaf to the front of its vehicle as a human shield and paraded through dozens of villages in Badgam district.


Gilani said Delhi needs to start immediate withdrawal of its troops and allow the people of Kashmir to decide their fate by implementing UN Security Council resolutions.



Pakistan has offered heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the Government and people of Iran over the tragic loss of life caused by heavy rains, flash floods and landslides in different areas of that country.


Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria in a statement on Sunday prayed for the safe and early recovery of those who are still missing as a result of this natural disaster.


Meanwhile, death toll has risen to 30 as a result of   consequent landslides hitting the Iranian provinces of East Azerbaijan, West Azerbaijan, Kordestan and Zanjan.



Christian community is celebrating Easter on Sunday.


Strict security arrangements have been put in place at churches.                        



In Turkey, a historic referendum on introduction of Presidential system of government is in progress.


The referendum gives people option to replace the existing parliamentary system with an executive presidency. 


If the "yes" vote prevails, the eighteen constitutional changes will abolish the office of the prime minister and grant extensive executive powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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