Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Prime Minister says Pakistan is highly attractive destination for international investors due to its strategic location and business friendly environment.
National Assembly has been informed that National Action Plan against terrorism has significantly helped in improving the overall security situation in the country.
Four hardcore terrorists sentenced by Military Courts have been executed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A seminar on "Role of Youth in Rejecting Extremism" will be held in Rawalpindi on Thursday.
Hurriyet leadership has given a call for peaceful protests on Friday, demanding release of all political prisoners in Occupied Kashmir.
In Afghanistan, three armed men stormed the state Radio and Television building in Jalalabad city on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan is highly attractive destination for investment that no global player can afford to miss.
He was speaking at "One Belt One Road - Pakistan Investment Forum" in Hong Kong on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan has sixth largest population in the world, rising middle class, rich human and natural resources, strategic location and political stability.
Nawaz Sharif urged prospective investors to benefit from economic revival of Pakistan and enjoy the first mover's advantage. He said Pakistan is ready to do business with the world.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan is a gateway to energy rich Central Asia, oil rich Gulf and economically advanced Far East. It stands at the cross-roads of an economic revolution which would produce win outcome for all.
He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is designed to achieve connectivity and shared prosperity for all nations of our region and beyond.
He said CPEC will shorten transportation distances, bringing Africa and Middle East much closer to Central and South Asian regions.
Nawaz Sharif said linking Port of Gwadar with Kashghar would not only connect Pakistan and China but also provide connectivity to entire Central Asian Region and even Europe.
The Prime Minister said nine Special Economic Zones are being established along CPEC route where foreign companies can invest in factories, warehouses, logistic centers and much more for consumption in Pakistani market and export.
He said the Government has devised a comprehensive plan to create an investment friendly environment. We have liberalized investment policies to welcome Foreign Direct Investment, offered incentives to attract new capital inflows including tax exemptions, tariff reductions and investment facilitation services. He said Pakistan's investment policy is focused on reducing the cost of doing business.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz met Chief Executive-elect of Hong Kong Carrie Lam in Hong Kong on Wednesday.
She will assume her office on first of July this year.
The Prime Minister congratulated her on victory in elections and becoming the First Lady Chief Executive of Hong Kong.
Speaking on the occasion, Nawaz Sharif appreciated the contributions of Carrie Lam to maintain the position of Hong Kong as global leader in financial services and trade.
He also apprised her about the economic turnaround of Pakistan.
Carrie LAM said that Pakistan and Hong Kong have deep relationship based on people to people contacts. She hoped that the relationship between Hong Kong and Pakistan will get stronger in future.
The National Assembly has been informed that overall security situation has improved due to implementation of National Action Plan against terrorism.
Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Dr Muhammad Afzal Dhandla told the House during question hour that provincial apex committees meet every month to review security situation and ensure implementation of NAP.
He said efforts are being made for an early return of Afghan refugees to their homeland.
Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan told the House that information regarding unemployment is being collected in the ongoing census.
He said this data will help federal and provincial governments to take steps towards generating employment opportunities.
Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Development Dr Ibadullah said no energy project of Balochistan under CPEC has been shelved. He said that special economic zones under CPEC will be set up in all the provinces.
He said road projects under the corridor are expected to be completed during the next two years while early harvest energy projects in one year.
NA CALLING ATTENTION
Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Khalida Mansoor and others, Parliamentary Secretary for Housing and Works Syed Sajid Mehdi said efforts are afoot to start work on Bhara Kahu Housing Scheme.
He said the scheme for federal employees was delayed due to the contractor. He said that NAB has also been involved in order to take action against the contractor.
To another calling attention notice moved by Syed Naveed Qamar and others, Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan told the House that loans are being disbursed to the youth under PM Youth Programme as per the laid down criterion. He said the programme launched in 2013 is meant for the unemployed youth.
As regard agriculture loans, he said the government approved 500 billion rupees for this purpose during the current financial year.
The House will now meet on Thursday morning at 10:30.
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says Pakistan has bright prospects of economic growth in years to come.
He was chairing Annual Plan Coordination Committee meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday.
He said the government is focusing on generating more revenue by broadening the tax base, simplifying the tax procedure and strengthening tax administration.
Ahsan Iqbal said over five percent GDP growth rate is expected at the end of the current financial year.
He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has the potential to further spur GDP growth rate and transform Pakistan into a regional economic hub.
The Minister said early harvest energy projects under CPEC will have a discernible impact on the economy.
Advisor to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui has said that concrete measures are being taken for adoption of Urdu as official language.
Speaking at dialogue on National Language in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said under instructions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a phased programme has been launched for the purpose.
Another four hardcore terrorists have been executed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
According to ISPR the terrorists had been awarded death sentence by the military courts.
They were involved in heinous crimes including killing of innocent civilians, destruction of educational institutions, attacking Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies.
A seminar on “Role of Youth in Rejecting Extremism” will be held in Rawalpindi on Thursday.
Eminent academicians, students, mohtamims of madaris, national and international media and civil society will attend.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa would deliver the keynote address.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees handed over shelter material to FATA Disaster Management Authority for temporarily displaced persons of South and North Waziristan agencies at a ceremony in Peshawar on Wednesday.
The shelter material includes four thousand tents, eight thousand plastic sheets and four thousand kits of relief items.
Speaking on the occasion, Director General FATA Disaster Management Authority Muhammad Khalid said ninety four percent of TDPs have returned to their native areas. He said the remaining forty nine thousand families will be repatriated soon.
Country Director United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Indrika Ratwatte informed that two hundred million dollars have been provided to assist the displaced persons.
The Country Director lauded the government’s commitment to ensure the return of TDPs in a dignified manner.
In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership has called for peaceful protests on Friday, against the slapping of draconian Public Safety Act on Aasiya Andrabi, and Fehmeeda Sofi.
In a joint statement in Srinagar on Wednesday, the leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said the protests would also be aimed at demanding release of all Kashmiri political prisoners.
They termed the act of slapping of Public Safety Act on Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi, and her associate, Fehmeeda Sofi, as the worst form of state terrorism.
In Afghanistan, armed men stormed the state Radio and Television building in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Wednesday.
According to the Afghan officials, the gunmen entered Radio Television Afghanistan building and engaged in a gun fight with security forces.
They said two out of three attackers blew themselves up while one was still alive when the reports last came in.