Text Bulletin 1200 Hrs
Finance Minister says budget for the next fiscal year will be presented before Ramazan ul Mubarak.
Ministry of Water and Power has established a round the clock cell to address complaints related to Power load-shedding.
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations says solution of Kashmir issue is imperative for lasting peace in the region.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said the budget for the next fiscal year will be presented next month before Ramazan-ul-Mubarak.
In an interview, he said the budget making process has been expedited.
Governor Sindh, Mohammad Zubair has said that all the minorities in the country enjoy religious freedom and Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif is taking steps on priority basis for the welfare of the minorities.
He expressed these views while talking to the Bishop of Karachi Sadique Danial who called on him at governors’ house in Karachi today.
Muhammad Zubair said that Christian community plays an important role in the development of the province. He assured that all the problems faced by the Christian community will be resolved.
Banks have started receiving Hajj applications under the Government Scheme from today.
According to the Ministry of Religious Affairs, applicants can submit their forms in banks till 26th of this month. The draw will be held on 28th April.
Forms can be submitted with the branches of Habib Bank, United Bank, National Bank of Pakistan, Muslim Commercial Bank, Allied Banks, Zarai Taraqiati Bank, 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
Radio Pakistan has won first prize in different categories of flower exhibition organized by National Rose Society at Fatimah Jinnah Park in Islamabad.
Different organizations in the federal capital and Rawalpindi participated in the exhibition.
The organizing society awarded the first prize to Radio Pakistan in cut flower, gardening, bouquet and buttonhole categories.
The ministry of water and power has established a round the clock cell to address complaints relating to power outages.
For complaints, the public can contact on 0519204430 and 0519206834.
Pakistan has extended felicitations to the Government and people of Turkey on the outcome of the referendum for constitutional amendment.
Under the amendment, the Turkish president will have powers to appoint the cabinet and vice-presidents, besides selecting and removing senior civil servants.
In their messages, the President and the Prime Minister highlighted that this affirmative vote is reflective of the desire of the Turkish people for a strong Turkey.
They also reaffirmed the strong desire of the people of Pakistan for further strengthening the historic bonds of friendship between the two countries.
A member of a banned outfit was arrested in Peshawar today.
The terrorist is an Afghan national was wanted to police in extorting money from general public.
Pakistan has called on the United States to play role for defusing tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi by resolving Kashmir issue.
Speaking in television programme of World Affairs Council, a Washington-based think-tank in New York, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi said solution of Kashmir is important for lasting peace in the region.
She said the grave situation in Occupied Kashmir poses a critical threat to regional peace and security.
Regretting the continuing tensions between India and Pakistan, the ambassador underscored the need for a dialogue to resolve Kashmir and other issues between the two countries.
In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza has demanded for a probe by the UN war crimes tribunal in to brutal target killings of civilians by Indian forces.
In his address to a public rally at Salar Tehsil in Islamabad district the Chairman of JKPL while paying tributes to the youths martyred by Indian troops, demanded the world community to take notice of brutal killing of civilians in the territory.
Meanwhile the All Parties Hurriyet Conference has castigated the human rights organizations for their failure in highlighting the sufferings of Kashmiris in the territory.
In a statement in Srinagar the APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani said that people of Kashmir were facing state-sponsored terrorism and they were suffering at the hands of bigoted Indian forces personnel.