DATE: 16-05-2017                             


Prime Minister is in Hong Kong to address One Belt One Road Pakistan Investment Forum and meet leading business figures.


Minister of State for Information says PTI is fanning anarchy in the country through baseless accusations.


By-election on vacant seats of local government in fourteen districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be held on Wednesday.


Pakistan has called on international community to take practical steps for ending conflict-related violence.


In occupied Kashmir, several people were injured in firing by Indian forces in Kulgam and Pattan areas on Tuesday.





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 Special Administrative Region.


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.              



Earlier, the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited offices of Ali Baba company in Zehjiang on Tuesday.


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 Executive Chairman Alibaba Group Jack Ma witnessed the signing ceremony.


The Prime Minister said he was a firm believer in politically empowering 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.       



Chinese electronic and print media accorded extensive and prominent coverage to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his participation in the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing.


English and Chinese languages television channels especially China Global Television Network, CCTV and BT evinced keen interest in the official engagements of the Prime Minister.


China Radio International, the prominent newspapers including Peoples’ Daily, Global Times, China Daily, Beijing Review and Shanghai Daily also carried stories and analysis highlighting the active participation of Nawaz Sharif in the forum.           



Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services Dr Darshan informed the National Assembly on Tuesday 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.



The National Assembly on Tuesday passed "The Senate Secretariat Services Bill, 2017". The bill was moved by Sajid Mehdi.


The House rejected the Panama Papers Inquiries Bill, 2016.


Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Law Zahid Hamid said the bill formulated by the opposition is discriminatory in nature and designed against the Prime Minister.


He said the Supreme Court has already given its decision on the issue.


He said that Pakistan Commission of Inquiry Bill has already been passed by both the Houses for investigation of other persons named in Panama Papers.


The House will now meet on Wednesday at 10:30.                   



Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says motive of PTI is to fan anarchy by disseminating baseless and wrong information in the country.


Reacting to tweets of Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders Shireen Mazari and Naeem-ul-Haque, she said that PTI is habitual of leveling unfounded allegations.


She said that politics of PTI is aimed at confrontation among state institutions.


Regretting irresponsible tweets by the PTI leaders, she urged PTI to avoid baseless allegations.           



A meeting to review methods for increasing cotton production was held in Islamabad on Tuesday with Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan in the chair.


Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that cotton is most important crop that plays a major role in our national economy.



A delegation of China Railway group called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in Beijing on Tuesday and discussed the progress on the Orange Line project.


Talking to the delegation, the Chief Minister said that Orange Line project is a gift of Pakistan-China friendship that will deliver world-class modern, fast and efficient transport facilities to people.



In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, polling for by-election on forty-three vacant seats of local government in fourteen districts will be held on Wednesday.


These districts include Peshawar, Nowshera, Mardan, Karak, Hangu, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, D.I.Khan, Abbottabad, Batagram, Swat, Buner, Shangla and Upper Dir.


According to official sources, the polling will start at 08:00 am and continue till 05:00 pm.


One hundred and thirty-two polling stations have been established to facilitate the voters.


These seats fell vacant due to resignation or death of the elected members.



Anti Terrorism Department arrested a facilitator of target killers, Dr. Muhammad Zahid, in Dera Ismail Khan on Tuesday.


He was accused of providing medical treatment to the target killers in Kulachi tehsil, who attacked a police van in February this year.



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 that such a grave situation is being witnessed 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, several people including women were injured after Indian forces used brute force on protesters in Kulgam and Pattan areas, on Tuesday.


Indian troops fired bullets on women who were protesting against Indian forces’ brutalities and thrashing of civilians during crackdown operation in Okay area of Kulgam.


On the other hand, Indian forces fired teargas shells on protesting students of a school in Pattan.



The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile test and demanded a halt to any further nuclear or missile tests.


In a unanimous statement, the Council vowed to punish Pyongyang's "highly destabilizing behavior" by taking strong measures, including sanctions, to derail its nuclear weapons programme.



Radio Pakistan in its National Hook-up at 1530 hours on Tuesday, will broadcast a Special Documentary about the role of Radio Pakistan in promotion of Religious and Ethical Education under the documentaries series "RISHTA AWAZ KA" in connection with "70-years of Independence Celebrations of Pakistan".

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