JUNE 17, 2017


Economic Coordination Committee of Cabinet has decided to extend the export period of wheat till 31st August.

Finance Minister has invited Saudi investors to take advantage of opportunities and incentives in Pakistan to foreign investors.

Pakistan opened Kharlachi Crossing with Afghanistan in Kurram Agency today.

Higher Education Commission has launched a new web portal for online registration for attestation of degrees.

Martyrdom day of Hazrat Ali (RA) was observed with due solemnity today.

Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization has appreciated Pakistan's commitment to immunization.

In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed against the killings of three youth by Indian forces.

Final of the ICC Champions Trophy between Pakistan and India will be played at Oval tomorrow.


Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet has decided to extend the export period of wheat and wheat products till 31st August this year.

The committee made the decision at its meeting in Islamabad today with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair.

Only those wheat exporters, who have already shifted wheat from go-downs of food departments prior to 15th March this year will be allowed to benefit from this extension.

The ECC also accorded approval to another proposal of Ministry of National Food Security and Research regarding outstanding claims of PASSCO on account of wheat supplied to Afghanistan.

The ECC considered a proposal submitted by the Ministry of Commerce regarding the Prime Minister's Package of Incentives for Exporters and extended the date of submission of claims till 30th September this year for shipments and exports made up to 30th of this month.

While considering a proposal of the Federal Board of Revenue, the ECC recommended to Federal Government to extend the period of applicability of reduced rate of 0.4 percent on banking transactions of non-filers till 30th September 2017.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has invited Saudi investors to take advantage of opportunities and incentives being provided by Pakistan to foreign investors.

He was talking to Saudi Ambassador-designate to Pakistan, Commodore Nawaf Saeed Ahmed Al-Malkiy, who called on him in Islamabad today.

During the meeting, matters pertaining to bilateral relations and cooperation in different fields came under discussion.

The Finance Minister appreciated the continued support of the Saudi Government for projects aimed at economic development in Pakistan.

He urged Saudi investors to avail the investment opportunities particularly in the petrochemical industry, offered under the liberal investment regime of the present government.

Saudi Ambassador designate said he would be keen on promoting greater presence of Saudi investors and companies in Pakistan with a view to further bolster the current level of bilateral economic cooperation.

Pakistan opened Kharlachi Crossing with Afghanistan in Kurram Agency today.

According to Foreign Office Spokesperson, the decision reflects Pakistan's continued efforts to facilitate Afghan transit and trade through Pakistan.

He said that this is not a pedestrians crossing, but is meant for facilitation of trade and transit vehicles.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif today recorded his statement, before the JIT, probing Panama papers' case in Islamabad.

Later talking to newsmen, Shahbaz Sharif said his family has served the purpose of rule of law in the country by appearing before the JIT.

He said unlike the military dictators, we, the elected representatives respect the law and the constitution.

He said that he has recorded his statement before the JIT with utmost respect. He said elected prime minister wrote a new chapter the other day in the country's history by appearing before the JIT.

Shahbaz Sharif said it is not the first time that his family has been subjected to accountability but in the eras of PPP and military dictatorship, it also faced accountability.

The Punjab Chief Minister said there are no corruption cases against his family and the case before the JIT belongs to their personal business.

Referring to the development projects being executed in present government, Shahbaz Sharif said that two hundred billion rupees have been saved by ensuring transparency in power plants and orange train.

He said Sharif family greatly adores this motherland and they have not plundered any money. He said we have returned all the loans of Ittefaq Foundaries.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has presented himself and the entire family for accountability.

Talking to media persons in Islamabad today, she said the accountability process against Nawaz Sharif was started in Musharraf and PPP regimes but nothing could be proved against him.

She said the Prime Minister will come out victorious from this court as well as the court of public next year.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said the way the Prime Minister presented himself before law and constitution, the PTI chairman should also appear before the court the same way.

Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Khan Zehri says Sharif Family has set a new precedence of respect for judiciary by appearing before JIT in panama probe.

In a statement, he said an elected Prime Minister and his family members presented themselves for accountability for the first time in the history of the country.

Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif has said the people would again bring PML-N to power by giving it heavy mandate in the 2018 general elections.

Addressing party workers in Sialkot, he said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would succeed in the court of the people in 2018 elections. The people will reject negative politics as well.

He said the government is fulfilling all promises made by the PML-N during the last elections in 2013. He said the country is now moving forward on the path of progress and prosperity.

Minister of State for National Health Services Regulations and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar has said that some internal and external anti-Pakistan elements have started conspiracies to derail the development process.

Addressing a ceremony in Hafizabad, she said that value of our passport and confidence of foreign investors had been restored due to prudent policies of the government.

She said that the world is acknowledging measures taken by the government for revival of economy, elimination of terrorism, extremism, poverty and energy crisis

Higher Education Commission has launched a new portal for online registration and creation of account for attestation of degrees while sitting at home.

According to official sources, the system has been evolved to facilitate degree holders with a hassle-free mechanism where the applicant will no longer have to stand in queues for attestation of their documents.

The applicant may now fill an online application form and upload his or her scanned documents.

After submission, the application will initially be scrutinized online by HEC. The applicant will then receive an email or SMS to schedule his visit at one of HEC offices in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar or Quetta.

The applicant may also get his or her degrees attested through courier service.

Further details of the new online attestation process are available at HEC's website.

Minister for Railway, Khawaja Saad Rafique says all passenger coaches will be upgraded in the next two years to bring it at par.

Presiding over a high level meeting in Lahore today, he said that after the Shalimar, Jaffer and Pakistan Express, Awami express is being upgraded .

He directed to expedite work on restructuring of the railways employees.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad has said the government is committed to provide maximum facilities to youth to get better education.

He said this while addressing a ceremony in Attock today.

Sheikh Aftab Ahmad said the government has initiated competition in extra-curricular activities to boost the abilities of students and bring out their hidden qualities.

Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman has said that a high level of cooperation and synergy exists among armed forces and through our synergistic efforts we achieved remarkable success in war against terrorism.

This he said while addressing the convocation ceremony of 30th Air War Course held at PAF Air War College, Karachi.

He said that Pakistan Air Force has accepted every challenge and demonstrated remarkable heights of professional excellence.

Beside officers from Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Army and Pakistan Navy, the graduates included officers from twelve friendly countries Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Oman, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe.

The ceremony was attended by various high ranking civil and military officers and diplomats from different countries.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to establish Confucius Institute at University of Peshawar in collaboration with Northwest University of China.

A Spokesman of provincial government told Our Peshawar correspondent that students will be taught Chinese language at the Institute for preparing them to fulfill the needs arising from CPEC related projects.

The sources said courses on Chinese Culture will also be introduced in the institute for the benefit of business community and students.

Work on the construction of Lowari Tunnel has been almost completed and it will be opened for traffic soon.

Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair has said that to serve the humanity is great worship and welfare departments are performing well in this regards.

This he said while talking to a delegation of Saylani Welfare International Trust in Karachi today.

Muhammad Zubair said that it is appreciable that welfare departments are performing well in the sectors of education, health, employment in the country.

Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly today initiated general debate on budget proposals for the next fiscal.

Expressing his views on various points raised by opposition members, AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan informed the house that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has given assurance that Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA will be included in National Finance Commission Award.

He said the AJK government has also been assured of payment of water user charges on the pattern of Punjab and KPK governments.

He assured the House that rights of Mangla Dam affectees would be protected on every forum.

Gilgit-Baltistan government is vigorously focusing on power sector to overcome the energy shortage.

According to Annual Development program of the new budget, power sector has been given top priority by allocating over three billion rupees.

All old distribution lines will be replaced and installed new digital meters to smooth the recovery of the bills.

The federal government is making all out efforts to make Levies Force a model force in tribal areas by providing modern training and equipments.

This was stated by Assistant political agent Bajaur Anwarul Haq while speaking to personnel of Levies force during his visit to a number of check posts at border areas.

He urged the Levies personnel to discharge their duties with commitment and sincerity to maintain their credibility and reliability.

Rescue 1122 has completed its preparation to cope with any type of emergency during the upcoming flood season in the districts of Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalnagar.

Rescue 1122 officials told our Radio Pakistan Bahawalpur Correspondent that Punjab Disaster Management Authority has provided six inflatable boats with complete accessories to use during floods season.

Martyrdom day of Hazrat Ali (RA) is being observed with due solemnity today.

Various programmes have been chalked out in connection with the day where Ulema and scholars will shed light on the life and services of Hazrat Ali (RA) for Islam.

In Lahore, a procession in connection with Youm-i-Ali (R.A.) has been taken out from Mubarak Haveli inside Bhati Gate that will culminate at Karbala Gamay Shah.

In Karachi, main procession of the day is being taken out from Nishtar Park. After passing through its traditional routes, the procession will culminate at Imambargah Hussainia Iranian at Kharadar.

In Quetta, main procession on the day will be taken out from Shauhda Chowk, Alamdar Road at 9:30 PM tonight and will march through its conventional routes and terminate at its destination.

In Gilgit, a procession has been brought from Dakpura Imam Brgah which after passing through Ameer Jahandar Shah Road culminated at Markzi Imamia Masjid at noon.

Special arrangements have been made to provide security to the mourners attending majalis and processions.

Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization has called upon developing nations to follow Pakistan's model to reform and upscale immunization services in their respective countries.

The GAVI board in its meeting in Geneva,appreciated the political commitment in Pakistan at the federal and provincial levels for prioritizing and reforming immunization services in the country.

Pakistan's Director General Health Dr. Assad Hafeez representing Pakistan at the GAVI board meeting made a detailed presentation before the global forum.

The board decided to document case study of the turnaround in Pakistan in the last three years and share with developing nations eligible for GAVI support so they can adopt the best practices to improve their country vaccination programs.

Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar has welcomed the decision of Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization.

She said that we believe in performance and service of people.

She said that our performance is being acknowledged at the international level.

In Occupied Kashmir, tens of thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of martyred youth, Junaid Mattoo, Nasir Wani and Aadil Mushtaq in different areas today.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the funeral prayers of the martyred youth were held in Islamabad, Shopian and Pampore areas. The mourners raised high-pitched pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. The martyred youth were laid to rest after being shrouded in Pakistani flag.

The puppet authorities imposed restrictions in Srinagar and other parts of the Kashmir Valley to prevent people from staging demonstrations against the killing of youth by Indian troops in Rangreth and Arwani areas.
The authorities made heavy deployment of Indian police and troops in all major towns to prevent the protests.

Complete shutdown was observed in the Occupied territory against the killings to register protest on the call of the joint resistance leadership.

Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah and Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi in their statements strongly denounced the killing of the youth. They said that after the recent statements of Indian Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat, the occupational forces were treating occupied Kashmir as a hunting ground and killing whosoever came in their way.

Meanwhile, the puppet authorities put Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest in Srinagar, today, while continuously confining Syed Ali Gilani to his residence.

On the other hand, six Indian policemen, including a station house officer, have been killed in an attack in Islamabad District.

The killing occurred when some unknown attackers opened fire on a police party travelling in a vehicle in Achabal area of the district.

In Iraq, the military troops have taken control of a border crossing with Syria from the Islamic State militants.

In a statement, Iraqi Joint Operations Command said tribal forces and border police, supported by Iraqi and US-led coalition aircraft, took part in the operation to take the al-Waleed crossing.

In Egypt, a Criminal Court has recommended death penalty for 31 people convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of top prosecutor Hisham Barakat.

The court set a verdict session for 22nd of next month after referring the sentences to Egypt's grand mufti for a non-binding opinion.

Prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat was killed in a car bomb attack on his convoy in eastern Cairo in June 2015.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that new US sanctions against Moscow will damage ties between the two countries.

In an interview, he dismissed the proposed sanctions and said they reflect an internal political struggle in the United States.

The US Senate voted overwhelmingly earlier this week to approve sanctions against Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 election.

The first round of formal Brexit negotiations will begin in Brussels on Monday.

An announcement to this effect was made after a meeting between Brexit Secretary David Davis and European Union Chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels.

The negotiations will focus on matters pertaining to citizens' rights, the financial settlement, the Northern Irish border and other separation issues.


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