DATE: 17-04-2017                                


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


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.


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


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





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.


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.                         



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says Pakistan is a peace loving country and pursuing the policy of good neighborly relations.


Talking to the Acting US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ms Laurel Miller in Islamabad on Monday, he said Pakistan greatly values its relations with the United States and looks forward to their further enhancement in different spheres particularly economy and trade.


The Minister shared key economic indicators and Pakistan's all encompassing drive for economic reforms in collaboration with development partners including the USA.


Ms Laurel Miller appreciated the macroeconomic stability that Pakistan has achieved under the leadership of Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif.    



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.


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.


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.


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 House will now meet on Tuesday at three in the afternoon.                      



The Spokesperson of the Interior Ministry has said that a sincere effort is being made to reinvestigate the Khanani and Kalia case.


In a statement, he said a section of media is finding faults in every effort initiated in the national interest.


He said a sincere effort has been made after various legal consultations to re-initiate the inquiry with a new dimension and angle.



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.    



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 was 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.                            



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.                   



Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.


Very hot weather is likely in plain areas of Punjab, Jacobabad, Makran, Sibbi, Sukkur, Larkana, Hyderabad and Mirpur Khas Divisions.


Light rain thunderstorm is expected in Malakand and Gilgit Baltistan.


Dusty winds are also likely in DG-Khan, Multan and Bahawalpur Divisions.

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