Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Finance Minister has reaffirmed the government's resolve to strengthen anti-money laundering measures and combating financing of terrorism frameworks.
Interior Minister has directed to complete registration of all International Non-Governmental Organizations by next month.
Army Chief says the menace of terrorism will be eliminated through ongoing operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.
Pakistan Railways has decided to procure new specific locomotives to improve its performance.
Punjab Provincial Development Working Party has approved seven development schemes of road sector costing four billion rupees.
Over eight hundred small and eight medium dams have been constructed in Balochistan to meet the growing demands for water.
Pakistan has urged the United Nations to take notice of grave human rights violations by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.
Turkish President has called upon the United States and Saudi Arabia to join Astana talks to bring peace to Syria.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has reaffirmed the government's resolve to further strengthen anti-money laundering measures and combating the financing of terrorism frameworks for peace and security of the country.
He was chairing a meeting in Islamabad on Friday to review progress on the implementation of measures against money laundering and terrorism financing.
Ishaq Dar urged all stakeholders to ensure effective coordination and collective efforts in order to achieve the desired results.
Director General, Financial Monitoring Unit informed the meeting about actions undertaken taken to curb the menace of money laundering and terrorism financing.
The Foreign Secretary apprised the meeting about diplomatic efforts undertaken by the Foreign Office and embassies of Pakistan around the world to highlight Pakistan's efforts with respect to anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism.
Chairing another meeting in Islamabad, the Finance Minister has said that government is taking measures to develop Pakistan as an economic corridor and enhance regional connectivity.
The meeting was held to review the progress on the development of border crossing complexes at Torkham and Chaman as part of the Integrated Transit Trade Management System project.
Ishaq Dar said that the project, once completed, will result in significant reduction in processing times at the border crossing points in Torkham and Chaman.
Asian Development Bank Country Director informed the meeting that ADB considers it as an important project due to its significance in the context of the corridor for trade envisaged under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has directed to complete registration of all International Non-Governmental Organizations by next month.
Chairing a high level meeting in Islamabad on Friday, he said completion of registration process under the new regulations will help bring transparency.
He directed to provide all possible assistance to all the registered INGOs to make their work easier.
The meeting was told that so far sixty-six INGOs have formally been registered, whereas rest of the applications are being reviewed.
The meeting also approved registration of three more INGOs, while ten registrations were rejected and fate of thirty-six other INGOs will be decided next month.
It was also decided that three months grace period will be given to those INGOs, which were denied registration so that they can complete their ongoing projects.
Ministry of Interior has cancelled the visa of a Korean national running Urdu Academy in Quetta in connection with the abduction of two Chinese nationals.
The Korean national was also involved in illegal activities.
The ministry is also examining all evidences and relevant facts to reach the Chinese nationals.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa says Pakistan has fought terrorism indiscriminately and this menace will be eliminated through operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.
He was addressing participants of National Security and War Course at National Defence University Islamabad on Friday.
The Army Chief said terrorism has no religion, sect or ethnicity and should not be linked with any particular religion or belief.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that the full spectrum of threat demands comprehensive national response and our Army is fully engaged in enabling that response in coordination with other institutions of the state.
He said Pakistan Army is committed to defence and security of the country and will continue to perform with support of the people of Pakistan.
Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad is continuing across the country with full force.
According to ISPR, security forces during an intelligence based operation recovered huge quantity of arms and ammunition from village Sar Kunr and Manzr Khel of Tehsil Datta Khel in North Waziristan Agency.
The recovered arms and ammunition are heavy machine guns, sub machine guns, missile launcher, pistols and ammunition of various calibres, along with improvised explosive devices and detonators.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has stressed the need to further boost bilateral relations between Pakistan and Tajikistan in diverse fields.
He was talking to Ambassador of Tajikistan Sher Ali Jononov in Islamabad on Friday.
They also discussed matters related to bilateral relations and cooperation in energy sector.
Khawaja Asif said that upcoming visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Tajikistan will also provide an opportunity to hold talks on areas of mutual interest.
Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain has said that friendly ties between Muslim and Sikh community are gaining strength day-by-day.
Addressing the central ceremony of “Jor Mala” at Gurdwara Dera Sahib, in Lahore on Friday, he said Guru Argun Dave spread the message of peace and love.
Rana Tanveer Hussain strongly condemned the Indian government’s tactics to stop Sikh pilgrims from visiting Pakistan.
Sardar Mahendar Singh, who is leading the delegation of Sikh Pilgrims, appreciated security and other arrangements made by Pakistan for Jor Mala.
Pakistan Railways has decided to procure new specific locomotives to increase revenue and improve its performance.
The decision was taken at a meeting in Lahore on Friday with Chairperson of Pakistan Railways Parveen Agha in the chair.
The meeting was apprised that existing locomotives are fifty to fifty five years old and most of these have completed their life.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says that film industry is an effective tool to highlight the soft identity of the country.
She stated this during meeting with spokesman of Punjab government Malik Ahmed Khan in Islamabad on Friday.
They also discussed matters related to package announced by the Prime Minister for promotion of film industry and welfare of artists.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said revival of film industry will provide good entertainment opportunities to people.
She said Prime Minister Fund will be established to assist film makers to boost the industry.
Spokesman to Prime Minister Musadik Malik has said that appearance of prime minister before Joint Investigation Team vindicates that he believes in rule of law and supremacy of constitution.
Addressing a news conference along with MNA Daniyal Aziz in Islamabad on Friday, he said the prime minister has presented himself for accountability despite the fact that his name is not included in Panama Papers.
Musadik Malik said atmosphere of bias and doubts should be removed from the proceedings of JIT and a transparent investigation should be ensured.
MNA Daniyal Aziz urged Imran Khan to appear before courts and Election Commission and prove his money trail.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Affairs Dr Asif Kirmani has said that PTI chief has failed in creating misunderstanding between government and the state institutions.
In a statement in Islamabad on Friday, he said that the government believes in the supremacy of the institutions and rule of law.
He said we have answered all the questions posed by JIT in Panama case and now Imran Khan should be ready for accountability.
Punjab Provincial Development Working Party has approved seven development schemes of road sector worth four point four eight (4.48) billion rupees.
The schemes were approved at a meeting of Provincial Development Working Party in Lahore on Friday.
The schemes are dualization of Road Jandiala Sher Khan Hiran Minaar, Minaar Road to Chichoki Mallian, District Sheikhupura. Construction of Flyover at Shahabpura Chowk Defence Road Sialkot, District Sialkot. Rehabilitation and construction of road from Kotmomin Bhabrah Road to Thathi Noor , District Sargodha and widening and reconstruction of Rawat to Jorrian road, District Rawalpindi.
It also includes rehabilitation and widening of road from Buchal Kalan to Lillah, District Chakwal, Dual Carriageway from Allah-Abad to Liaquatpur, District Rahim Yar Khan and construction of Additional Ring Road Bahawalpur Railway Station to Bino Cancer Hospital, Bahawalpur.
Over eight hundred small and eight medium dams have been constructed to meet the growing need of water in Balochistan.
This was informed during meeting of Senate Functional Committee on problems of less developed areas held in Islamabad.
The meeting was chaired by Usman Khan Kakar.
The committee was also informed that work on 234 more small and medium dams is also in process.
Chairman National Accountability Bureau Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has said the NAB's top priority is to eradicate corruption without any fear and favour.
He was chairing a meeting in Islamabad on Friday to review progress on implementation of new initiatives taken by the Bureau.
He said NAB's steps regarding eradication of corruption are being acknowledged by the international organizations.
Qamar Zaman said NAB's conviction ratio is about 76 per cent which is comparatively high than other Anti-Corruption organizations investigating the White Collar Crimes.
Sindh Assembly passed the Finance Bill 2017-2018 with majority with total outlay of one point 043 trillion rupees in Karachi on Friday.
The house chaired by Speaker Agha Siraj Ahmed Durrani.
All 732 cut motions presented by the opposition were rejected with majority and the opposition staged a protest in the house.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Friday passed supplementary budget of over 47 billion rupees for the outgoing fiscal year.
Earlier, the house approved all the demands for grant.
These demands for grants were related to law and order, Higher Education, Health, Communication and Works, Local Government, Environment and Wild Life, Irrigation and Agriculture Departments.
The house also passed Private Schools authority Bill, 2017.
Later the session was prorogued.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has planned to provide scholarships to top twenty position holders each from boards of intermediate and secondary education in the province.
Sources at Elementary and Secondary Education Department told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent, that two hundred and sixty million rupees have been allocated for this purpose.
Each student will be given one point two million rupees annually.
AJK Minister for Finance Dr Najeeb Naqi says over twenty-three billion rupees have been allocated for Annual Development Programme of the next fiscal year.
Addressing post-budget news conference in Muzaffarabad on Friday, he said communication, tourism and hydro-power sectors have been given special attention to make the state economically stable and overcome unemployment.
The Minister said under the first phase of CPEC, Mansehra-Muzaffarabad-Mirpur-Mangla Expressway will be constructed at a cost of 142 billion rupees.
He said Lower Toppa Kohala Expressway is part of Federal Development Programme costing over 20 billion rupees. The Minister said Special Economic Zone status has been given to Mirpur under CPEC.
Youm-e-Ali, the martyrdom day of Hazrat Ali (RA), will be observed with due solemnity on Saturday.
In this connection, various programmes have been chalked out in which Ulema and scholars will shed light on the life and martyrdom of Hazrat Ali (RA).
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, seven persons died and three others injured when a pickup plunged into a deep ravine at Ranyaal area of Shangla district on Friday afternoon.
The injured have been shifted to District Headquarters Hospital Shangla for treatment.
Former Punjab Minister for Zakat and Usher Haji Saeed Ahmad Qureshi passed away in Multan on Friday.
His funeral prayers will be offered at MCC ground in Multan at 8:00 pm tonight.
Pakistan has declared largest offshore island, Jazira Haft Talar commonly known as Astola as its first Marine Protected Area.
Astola Island is located approximately 25 km off the coast of Pasni in Balochistan. Spanning over 6.7 square kilometers it is Pakistan's largest offshore island.
Radio Pakistan correspondent Sophia Siddiqui reports that the declaration of Marine Protected Areas is an international obligation of Pakistan under the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Aichi Biodiversity.
Pakistan had signed the agreement in 2016 during the Oceans Conference in Washington.
Under the agreement member countries have to declare at least 10 percent of their coastal and marine areas as Marine Protected Area.
Efforts are underway to declare the Indus Canyon and several other sites including Churna Island and Miani Hor as Marine Protected Areas thus meeting Pakistan's target of nearly 27,000 square kilometer before 2020.
Awards ceremony for the second edition of “Jinnah Young Writers Award” essay competition was held in Ankara on Friday.
The Award, named after the Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, is the initiative of Pakistan Embassy in Ankara.
The theme for this year’s competition was “Pakistan-Turkey Brotherhood and Recent Developments.”
Speaking on the occasion, Turkey’s Minister for National Education Ismet Yilmaz said leaders like Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk changed the fate of Pakistan and Turkey.
The United States has expressed desire to further strengthen cooperation with Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.
In a press briefing in Washington, US State Department Spokesperson Ms. Heather Nauert said both the countries would continue working together on regional peace, security, prosperity and stability.
The spokesperson said that the State Department is beginning an interagency review towards US policy on Pakistan.
Meanwhile, at the White House briefing, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, while responding to a question about the recent powers given to the Pentagon to decide the troop levels in Afghanistan, said that it is part of a broader cohesive plan for that region.
Pakistan has urged the United Nations to take notice of grave human rights violations being perpetrated by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.
In a statement at the 35th session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Pakistan said that Indian forces killed over 100 young unarmed Kashmiri protestors in recent time.
It said the occupation forces rendered hundreds of Kashmiris blind, including children, and injured over 16,000 protesters with live ammunition, pellet guns and gas shells.
The statement said that continuing Indian brutalities are a cause of deep anguish and pain for the Kashmiris and a slur on respect for human rights globally.
It urged the international community to force India to put an immediate end to the ongoing bloodshed of innocent Kashmiris.
The statement said the world witnessed its first "mass blinding" in Kashmir, which compelled the New York Times to label the year 2016 as a "Year of dead eyes" in Kashmir.
It said India has banned the social, electronic and print media to prevent reports of brutalities against Kashmiris from reaching the outside world. Despite this media blackout, the atrocities being committed in Kashmir are being reported in Indian and international media.
Pakistan said these brutalities are also being increasingly criticized in many parliaments around the world. Political analysts and members of civil society from across the globe have concluded that the large scale uprising, clearly shows that Kashmir is a burning issue requiring urgent International attention.
It said the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir are losing faith in Indian democracy. In April, 2017 election, the abysmally low voter turnout of 7% collapsing to 2% during re-polling is the lowest in 30 years.
In Occupied Kashmir, two civilians were martyred and several others injured due to the use of brute force by Indian troops on unarmed civilians across the territory since on Thursday evening.
According to Kashmir Media Service, people took to the streets after the troops launched a siege and search operation in Arwani area of Kulgam district.
The troops fired pellets, bullets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters, killing a civilian Naseer Ahmed and injuring several others.
Bodies of two youth were recovered from debris of two houses blasted by the troops in the area.
Thousands of people attended the funeral prayers of Naseer Ahmed at his native Ashtengoo village in Bandipora. The joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for complete shutdown in the occupied territory, on Saturday, against the killings.
Meanwhile, people staged forceful anti-India demonstrations in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Islamabad, Bijbehara, Arwani, Kulgam, Pampore, Shopian, Pulwama Baramulla, Sopore, Hajin, Bandipora, Kupwara and other areas. They raised high-pitched pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. Indian police fired teargas shells to disperse protesters in many areas, causing injuries to several of them. Call for the protests was given by the joint resistance leadership to protest against the brutalities of Indian troops in the territory particularly in Shopian.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the United States and Saudi Arabia to join the Astana talks aimed at bringing peace to Syria.
In an interview, he said fifth round of talks would be held in Astana soon.
A cease-fire in Syria brokered by Turkey and Russia led to the Astana talks, which are being held parallel to UN talks in Geneva to find a political solution to the six-year old conflict.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has urged Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE to take steps to reduce tensions in the Gulf region.
In a statement, she called on all sides to urgently de-escalate the situation, engage in a meaningful dialogue, and restore Gulf Cooperation Council unity at the earliest.
Theresa May also spoke with the kings of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and the emir of Qatar on telephone to discuss ways and means to defuse the ongoing crisis.