Text Bulletin 1200 hours
Prime Minister says e-commerce is a catalyst for economic inclusion and political empowerment.
The National Assembly has been informed that tuberculosis control cells have been established in public sector hospitals to check the disease.
In Occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leadership has vowed to continue their cherished goal of freedom from India.
In Central African Republic, UN peacekeeping forces have retaken strategic points of Bangassou town from rebels.
Earlier, the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited offices of Ali Baba company in Zehjiang today.
In his remarks on the occasion, he said Pakistan is an emerging economy and the government is striving hard for prosperity of the people.
The Prime Minister said the policies of the incumbent government have resulted in marked improvement in the economic conditions of the country.
He said the government is also focusing on e-commerce as there are bright prospects for investment in e-commerce in Pakistan.
On the occasion, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Trade Development Authority of Pakistan and Alibaba Group Holdings Limited to promote Pakistan's exports by Small and Medium Enterprises through e-commerce.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Alibaba Group's Executive Chairman, Jack Ma witnessed the signing ceremony.
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The Prime Minister said he was a firm believer of political empowerment of people through economic empowerment. He said e-commerce is a catalyst for economic inclusion and consequently of political empowerment.
Mian Nawaz Sharif said during the past four years, the Government has promoted digital and financial inclusion of all particularly most disadvantage segments of population. He said the Government has made information and communication technologies services more affordable across the board to support, among other things, digital transactions and transfers.
The Prime Minister appreciated the interest of the Ali Baba Group in establishing an e-platform in Pakistan. He said he has issued instructions for facilitation of the Group in this initiative.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has arrived in Hong Kong on a three-day official visit.
During his stay in Hong Kong, he will address One Belt One Road Pakistan Investment Forum, which will be participated by leading business companies of Hong Kong and Mainland China.
The Investment Forum is being organized by the Consulate General of Pakistan in Hong Kong in collaboration with the Government of Hong Kong SAR.
The Prime Minister will also hold meetings with executives of leading business companies of Hong Kong and Mainland China.
The Prime Minister will also meet Mrs. Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive-elect Hong Kong, during his stay in Hong Kong.
Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services Dr Darshan informed the National Assembly today that tuberculosis control cells have been established in the public sector hospitals in order to check the disease.
Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Asiya Naz Tanoli and others, he said these cells also provide medicines to the TB patients.
The parliamentary secretary said that legislation has been done in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to regulate the treatment of TB cases in the private sector. Punjab and Balochistan are also in the process of enacting laws in this regard.
Meanwhile, two bills were laid before the House.
These are "The Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2017" and "The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017".
Pakistan has called on international community to take practical steps for ending conflict-related sexual violence that poses a threat to world peace and security.
Speaking in a debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict, in the UN Security Council, Pakistan's permanent representative, Maleeha Lodhi, said several state and non-state actors have employed sexual abuse as a deliberate policy to suppress entire populations.
She said we see such grave situation in occupied Kashmir where Indian forces are attempting to crush a resolute struggle by Kashmiris for their right to self-determination.
The envoy said the best way to eliminate conflict-related sexual violence is to prevent and resolve these conflicts.
She regretted that those who commit sexual violence are often not fully held accountable.
In occupied Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyet Conference and the forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have said that Kashmiris have made up their mind to pursue their cherished goal of freedom from India.
In their separate statements in Srinagar, they categorically denounced the statement of puppet Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti that people of Kashmir will have to choose between Kashmiriyat and ISIS.
The APHC said India is desperate to discredit and malign the freedom struggle of Kashmiris by giving unnecessary hype to so-called ‘ISIS’ threat.”
The Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in its statement said, “Kashmiriyat and ISIS are new terms adopted by the deceitful subjugators to distort the facts and discredit the Kashmiris' freedom movement.”
In the Central African Republic, UN peacekeeping forces have retaken strategic points of Bangassou town from armed rebels, who had launched attacks on civilians and a UN base in the area.
A U.N. mission spokesman said UN peacekeeping forces have pushed the rebels from the areas, where people had taken shelter to avoid attacks.