DATE: 17-04-2017                          


Prime Minister has welcomed US President's willingness to help Pakistan and India resolve their disputes particularly Kashmir.


President has urged intellectuals to prepare narrative against extremism and terrorism in the light of teachings of Islam.


Planning Minister has said ten thousand megawatt electricity will be added to national grid by May next year to resolve energy crisis.


Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly has criticized lynching of a university student in Mardan in the name of blasphemy.


Senate has been informed that industrial growth in the country has increased up to 6.8 percent this year.


DG ISPR says one hundred and eight terrorists have so far been killed in Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has singed eleven MoUs with Chinese companies for completion of various projects under CPEC.


In Occupied Kashmir, over a hundred students were injured in Indian firing on demonstrators across the territory on Monday.


The United Nations has expressed serious concern over sufferings of children in Yemen who are at a risk of being recruited as child soldiers.




Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has welcomed President Trump's willingness to help India and Pakistan resolve their differences particularly on Kashmir.


He was talking to the US National Security Advisor Lt Gen H R McMaster in Islamabad on Monday.


The Prime Minister said dialogue and meaningful engagement are the only means to resolve all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan, including Kashmir dispute.


Nawaz Sharif reaffirmed his commitment to a peaceful neighbourhood and apprised the US official of the steps taken by Pakistan to reach out to both India and Afghanistan.


He said Pakistan desires a strong and mutually beneficial partnership with the US to promote peace and security in the region and beyond.


General McMaster conveyed to the Prime Minister the greetings of President Trump.


He assured the Prime Minister that the US new Administration is committed to strengthening bilateral relations and working with Pakistan to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan and in the wider South Asian region.


Later, talking to Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad, US National Security Adviser reaffirmed Trump administration's commitment to work closely with Pakistan in strengthening mutually beneficial relations.


McMaster acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices in combating extremism and terrorism.


Sartaj Aziz apprised the US official of the plight of Kashmiris in Occupied Kashmir and the status of  relations with India.


Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond Mc Master during a meeting with Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi discussed bilateral relations and regional issues including peace efforts in Afghanistan.   


Later, US National Security Advisor H R McMaster left for Washington.      



President Mamnoon Hussain says educational institutions and intellectuals have an important role in building a counter narrative against extremism and terrorism in the light of teachings of Islam.


He was presiding over the 12th meeting of Board of Trustees of International Islamic University in Islamabad on Monday.


The President said that no nation can progress in the world without excelling in the realm of education particularly science and technology.



Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has expressed the confidence that Pakistan will be amongst the twenty leading economies of the world by 2030.


Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Monday, he said international financial institutions are recognizing Pakistan's economic turnaround, which is the result of prudent policies of the government.


The Minister said energy shortage has reasonably been overcome and 10,000 megawatt of additional electricity will be added to national grid by May next year.                  



The National Assembly was informed on Monday that 29.5 percent population of the country is living below the poverty line.


He said according to the latest survey Pakistan's poverty line has been set up at 3030 rupees per adult per month.



Speaking on a point of order, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah has termed exploiting the name of Holy Prophet [PBUH] as the biggest blasphemy. 


He said 65 people have been killed since 1990 on the charges of blasphemy but not a single person has been hanged.


PPP Parliamentarians staged a walkout to protest over the issue of missing persons in Sindh and increased power load-shedding in the province.


Later, the House was adjourned due to lack of quorum to meet again on Tuesday at 10.30 a.m.                       



Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi has said that the government is taking effective measures to boost industrial growth in the country.


He was winding up discussion on a motion moved by Ayesha Raza Farooq and others in the Senate on Monday.


He said that due to the steps taken by the government, the industrial growth which was 4.8 percent last year has reached 6.8 percent this year.


The Minister said that under the CPEC, nine economic zones have been approved by the 6th Joint Coordination Committee while work on 42 others is underway.                    



Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the house that the government has allocated 35 billion rupees for providing basic health facilities to common man.


He was speaking on a motion moved by Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh regarding the present status of implementation of Sustainable Development Goals No. 3 to ensure universal access to quality treatment at affordable rates.                     



Winding up discussion on a motion moved by Mohsin Aziz and others regarding the report of the United Nations Development Programme on the water scarcity issue in Pakistan, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali called for strict legislation regarding water use to address the water shortage issue in the country.


He said that there is need of construction of reservoirs to preserve the rain water for future use.


Abid Sher Ali said all the provinces should sit together to address the water issue in the country and make future strategy in this regard.



The Senate on Monday passed a resolution asking the government to take effective steps to control the indecent and vulgar material on electronic and print media and on web.



Senators also strongly condemned the incident of lynching of Mashal Khan in Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan.


Speaking on a point of order, they said that nobody has right to take law into hands in the name of blasphemy. They said that the culprits involved in the crime should be brought to justice under the terrorist act at the earliest.


Winding up discussion, Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman said that FIR has been registered against the accused and twenty two people have been arrested in this connection.


The Minister said that no individual or mob can be allowed to take law into hands under any situation.



Earlier, Senators warmly welcomed Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani on his arrival for the proceedings of the House.


Leader of the House Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq and other Senators congratulated the Chairman for his successful efforts to uphold the supremacy of the House.



Director General Inter Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor has said that operation Radd-ul-Fasaad will continue until the complete elimination of terrorists, their abettors, and sympathizers.


Addressing a news conference in Rawalpindi on Monday, he said fifteen major operations and over 4,000 intelligence-based operations have been carried out in all parts of the country since launch of the operation Radd-ul-Fasaad on 22 February this year.


He said over 5,000 suspects and 1,859 unregistered Afghan nationals were arrested during the operations.


General Asif Ghafoor said 108 terrorists have so far been killed during the operation.


DG ISPR said that work on fencing the Pak-Afghan border is continuing and under the first phase, country's border linking its Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province with Afghanistan will be fenced.


In the second, phase, Balochistan's border with Afghanistan will be fenced.                     



Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Government has singed eleven Memorandum of Understanding with Chinese companies in Beijing on Monday for completion of various development projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


The development projects relate to information technology, special economic zones, power plants, oil refinery, infrastructure and e-commerce sectors.


Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, provincial ministers and Pakistan Ambassador to China, Masood Khalid were also present at the signing ceremony.         



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to rehabilitate Reshun Hydropower Station in district Chitral.



Amir Muqam has been appointed PML-N Khyber Pakhtunkhwa President and Murtaza Javed Abbasi as General Secretary.


This decision was made at a meeting of senior leaders of the province in Islamabad on Monday.


Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is also party's President, and other party leaders paid tributes to the services of former provincial party President Peer Sabir Shah and former General Secretary Rehmat Salaam Khattak.


Nawaz Sharif expressed confidence that new provincial office bearers will take along the party workers and devote all their energies to further strengthen the PML (N) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.                       



Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair has said that there is a dire need of Rangers in Karachi for maintaining peace in the city.                             



Meanwhile, talking to a delegation of Ulema, Governor Muhammad Zubair urged to play their due role in promoting sectarian harmony, tolerance and brotherhood in the society.


He said improved law and order situation has brought back political, social, cultural and literary activities in Karachi.


He called on ulema of all sects to keep a strict check on elements among their ranks that spread hatred.


The Shia Ulema Council Sindh assured the Governor of their full cooperation.



Governor Balochistan, Muhammad Khan Achakzai has said that the present government is striving for progress and prosperity of Balochistan.


Talking to a delegation of parliamentarians from Sibi in Quetta, he said developmental projects are being swiftly executed in different districts of the province.                



A three-day anti-polio campaign is in progress across the country.


Polio teams are visiting door-to-door in Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Balochistan to administer anti polio drops to children under the age of five years of age.



Director General Radio Pakistan Saba Mohsin Raza visited Skardu Broadcasting House on Monday.


Addressing the staff, she said Radio Pakistan is playing a vital role in dissemination of information across the country particularly in far flung areas.


The Director General during the visit also held a meeting with Speaker Gilgit Baltistan Assembly Haji Fida Muhammad Nashaad and discussed with him up-gradation of transmitter at the unit.


She apprised the Speaker that all old transmitters of Radio Pakistan are being replaced with new and modern transmitters.                 



AJK President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan has urged overseas Kashmiris to highlight Kashmir issue at international level in its true perspective.


He was talking to Member European Parliament Chaudhary Amjad Bashir and Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Right to Self Determination Movement Raja Nijabat Hussain in Islamabad on Monday.


Sardar Masood Khan said Indian troops have crossed all limits of brutalities and state terrorism on innocent Kashmiris who are struggling for their birth right.                



In Occupied Kashmir, over hundred male and female students and a journalist were injured on Monday, in Indian forces’ actions on thousands of students, who took to the streets in almost all educational institutions across the territory.


Call for the protests were given by the Kashmir University Students Union against the torture of Pulwama degree college students by Indian troops on Saturday. 


Students chanting anti-India and pro-freedom slogans marched on all big and small streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Baramulla, Shopian, Kulgam, Gandarbal, Kupwara, Pulwama, Islamabad and Bandipora districts.


The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement in Srinagar criticized the human rights organizations for their failure in highlighting the sufferings of Kashmiris in the territory.


Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed for the third consecutive day at Batamaloo in Srinagar, on Monday, against the target killing of a civilian Sajjad Ahmad Sheikh by Indian troops.                        



The United Nations has expressed serious concern over sufferings of children in Yemen who are at a risk of being recruited as child soldiers.


UN childrens' agency UNICEF representative in Yemen told a news conference in Sanaa that months of unpaid salaries have affected over three-quarters of teachers, meaning up to 4.5 million children may not finish the school year.


He said the children who are not in school are at risk of being recruited for military services.             



In Syria, government forces and their allies are advancing in the central Hama province under the cover of intense air strikes.


According to Syrian Observatory, forces are pushing towards the town of Tibet al-Imam and Syrian air force jets have conducted nearly 25 air strikes on the town and nearby villages.                   



In Iraq, door to door fight between government forces and Islamic State militants continues in old city of Mosul.


However a government forces spokesman has claimed that they have gained some fresh ground.



Organization of Islamic Cooperation Secretary General Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen has vowed to support the issue of Palestinian prisoners languishing in Israel's jails.


In a statement, he urged the international community to compel Israel to respect the provisions of international humanitarian law and Geneva Conventions.                    



Seventeen members of Organization of Islamic Cooperation representing all geographical regions of the organization have expressed their willingness to join Contact Group on Peace and Conflict Resolution. 


Secretary General OIC Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen has expressed confidence that the Contact group will help resolve internal conflicts among the member states


The OIC Contact Group will work on issues like radicalism, extremism, sectarianism, terrorism and challenges of peace with consent of concerned member states; as well as intra- and inter-state conflict resolution in the Islamic world.      



In Portugal, five people were killed when a small aircraft crashed near Lisbon on Monday.

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