Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Prime Minister says Pakistan is making sustainable economic growth and has emerged as a secure and attractive country for investment
The country's electricity generation reached new record high of 17720 MW on Wednesday.
Planning Minister says government is focusing on broadening tax base and simplifying tax procedure to enhance revenue collection.
National Assembly has been informed that provincial apex committees meet every month to ensure implementation of National Action Plan against terrorism.
Senate Chairman has underscored the need for evolving a comprehensive narrative to effectively combat menace of terrorism.
Sindh Governor says truckers have called off their strike after successful negotiations.
In occupied Kashmir, over one hundred people, including girls, were injured when Indian forces used brute force in Shopian district on Wednesday.
In Afghanistan, ten people were killed in an attack on state television in Nangarhar province on Wednesday.
An international wrestling competition is commencing at KMC Sports Complex in Karachi tonight.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan is making sustainable economic growth and emerging as a secure and attractive country for investment.
He was speaking at "One Belt One Road - Pakistan Investment Forum" in Hong Kong on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister invited businessmen of Hong Kong to invest in Pakistan and take advantage of its strategic location, rich human and material resources, political stability and attractive investment policy.
He said Pakistan with its sixth largest population in the world, 80 million-strong middle class and attractive investment environment is a destination for investors.
Nawaz Sharif said there is no minimum requirement for the amount of foreign equity and the investors can repatriate 100 per cent profits and dividends.
In a detailed presentation, Chairman Board of Investment Miftah Ismali gave to the select gathering of businessmen and investors an overview of Pakistan's economy with exports grown to worth 22 billion dollars, imports of 40 billion dollars and remittances worth 21 billion dollars.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif met with the Chief Executive-elect of Hong Kong Carrie Lam and discussed means to take full advantage of the potential of Pakistan and Hong Kong.
The Prime Minister congratulated Carrie Lam on her overwhelming victory in the elections of the Chief Executive of Hong Kong.
He was happy to note that Hong Kong's 35,000 Pakistani origin residents are making valuable contribution in all spheres of economic activity.
The two sides discussed matters related to bilateral investment and education sector including increasing number of scholarships for students in Hong Kong universities.
The country's electricity generation touched new record high at 17720MW on Wednesday at 3:00 pm.
According to spokesperson of Ministry of Water and Power, the highest generation recorded last year was 17430 megawatt.
He said, the hydel component contributed 5240 megawatt, GENCOs 2901 megawatt while IPPs produced 9579 megawatt.
Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif has congratulated the nation over this achievement and reiterated the government's resolve to take every step to enhance production of electricity.
He said that addition of more power will further help in bridging the gap between demand and supply.
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 tax base, simplifying the tax procedure and strengthening tax administration.
Ahsan Iqbal said over five percent GDP growth rate is expected during the current financial year.
The government has increased spending on public sector development from 348 billion rupees in 2013 to 800 billion rupees in 2017, which has cast positive impact on national economy.
Sources in Finance Division said, a number of massive infrastructure, power and other projects have been initiated which are instrumental in attracting private sector investment.
The sources said the inflation rate has been kept under control due to effective monetary and fiscal policies.
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.
Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan told the House that information regarding unemployment is being collected during the ongoing census.
He said this data will help federal and provincial governments to take steps towards generating employment opportunities.
He said that the state-owned organizations going in loss will be privatized.
Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Development 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.
The House will now meet on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani has underscored the need for evolving a comprehensive narrative to effectively combat the menace of terrorism.
Talking to newsmen at National Institute of Management in Peshawar, he said the people will have to rise above political affiliations and wage a united struggle for eliminating terrorism from the country.
Mian Raza Rabbani said terrorism is a global issue and close coordination among regional countries is imperative to get rid of the scourge.
The Senate chairman called for increasing powers of the upper house of the parliament as it provides equal representation to all the provinces.
He said FATA reforms package should be implemented as per the aspirations of tribal people.
The government is taking practical measures for implementing Urdu as official language, which is a constitutional requirement.
This was stated by Advisor to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui while presiding over the inaugural session of a dialogue on "National Language and Pakistani Languages: Background and Preview" arranged by National Language Promotion Department in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Irfan Siddiqui said practical efforts with national spirit are needed at all levels for implementing Urdu as official language.
Pakistan Muslim League (N) leader Daniyal Aziz says Imran Khan should be prepared for accountability.
Talking to media persons in Islamabad, he said PTI is involved in foreign funding.
Danyal Aziz said PTI is using delaying tactics in giving money trail.
Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair has said that the goods transporters have called off their strike after successful negotiations.
Talking to news persons in Karachi on Wednesday, he said that transportation of goods has now been restored.
Governor said that the foolproof security will be provided to the transporters.
The transporters associations have also confirmed that the strike has been called off after the successful negotiations with Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair.
The spokesman of transporters owner association told our Karachi correspondent that they are starting their usual operation from the port.
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat visited Khan Research Laboratories in Rawalpindi on Wednesday.
According to ISPR, on this occasion, the Chairman expressed his satisfaction on the performance and achievements of the scientists and engineers working at the facility.
He also appreciated their dedication, devotion and selfless services in making the defence of country impregnable.
Another four hardcore terrorists have been executed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
According to ISPR the terrorists were 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.
The Corps Commander Karachi Lieutenant General Shahid Baig Mirza called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in Karachi on Wednesday.
During the meeting, matters pertaining to law and order and ongoing Karachi operation came under discussion.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has announced fully funded PhD scholarships for the students of the province in top hundred universities of the world.
The Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan Ali Alizada called on Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra in Peshawar on Wednesday.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations and matters of mutual interest.
Iqbal Zafar Jhagra highlighted the peace initiatives and developmental projects in tribal areas.
United Nations High Commission for Refugees handed over shelter material to FATA Disaster Management Authority for temporarily displaced persons of South Waziristan 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 Commission for Refugees Indrika Ratwatte informed that two hundred million dollars have been provided to assist the displaced persons.
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri has said that work on China Pakistan Economic Corridor is in full swing in the province and it will be completed as early as possible.
Addressing a news conference in Quetta on Wednesday, he said that several other projects have been signed during his recent visit in China.
He said that the 50 bed hospital in Gwadar will be expanded to 150 beds hospital.
Sardar Sanaullah Zehri said that construction work on 300 megawatt power plant in Gwadar will also be initiated soon.
The International Court of Justice will announce its verdict in Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav case on Thursday.
Foreign Affairs Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov has felicitated the Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on the occasion of 25th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between two countries.
In a message to the advisor, Abdulaziz Kamilov emphasized that two countries enjoy close relations based on historical and cultural affinities.
He also expressed the hope that events scheduled for this year between two countries will further strengthen relations.
US Congressman and Member of the House Foreign Relations and Arms Services Committees Thomas Suozzi met Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Chaudhry in Washington on Wednesday.
The Ambassador briefed him on Pakistan's success in the security arena and the economic turnaround.
Congressman agreed that Pakistan's achievements in security domain should be acknowledged.
Reflecting on the regional situation, Thomas Suozzi said the US can play a role in the resolution of the Kashmir issue.
The US congressman said both countries have a greater opportunity to stabilize Afghanistan by working together.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Barjees Tahir has reiterated that Kashmir is the jugular vein of Pakistan and it will continue to extend political, diplomatic, and moral support to Kashmiri brethren in their just struggle for right to self-determination.
Addressing a ceremony in Kotli district of Azad Kashmir on Wednesday, he said without resolution of Kashmir dispute, relations between Pakistan and India will not become normal.
He said that India's stubbornness in resolving the longstanding issue of Kashmir is a serious threat to the peace in South Asia.
The Minister said that Indian forces have crossed all limits of brutalities and barbarism martyring over 200 Kashmiris and injuring thousands others during the last nine months.
Meanwhile, addressing a ceremony of handing over an ambulance at Tehsil Charhoi in Kotli district of Azad Kashmir on Wednesday, Minister for Kashmir Affairs said the government has prepared a development plan for 13 districts of Azad Kashmir along the Line of Control.
He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is taking keen interest in the development of Azad Kashmir. He said work on several hydel and road projects will soon be started in Azad Kashmir, besides completion of Neelum-Jhelum Hydel Project.
In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the Coordination Council of Local Government and Rural Development Department has accorded approval to development projects costing 150 million rupees.
The approval was given at a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan in Muzaffarabad on Wednesday.
Speaking on this occasion, Raja Farooq Haider Khan directed the concerned authorities to complete all development schemes being run under "Prime Minister Community Infrastructure Development Program" by 30th of next month.
He said the government is committed to hold local bodies’ elections at the earliest so that powers could be transferred at grassroots level.
In Occupied Kashmir, over one hundred people including girls were injured when Indian forces used brute force during a massive siege and search operation in Shopian district on Wednesday.
According to Kashmir Media Service, Indian troops cordoned off the Heff Shirmal area, barged into the houses, and thrashed residents.
People took to the streets in the area and staged forceful demonstrations.
Indian troops fired bullets and pellets to disperse the protesters injuring dozens of people.
Meanwhile, hundreds of students in Srinagar and Hajin areas staged forceful protests against the arrest of students across the Kashmir Valley. They chanted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.
The Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq organized a seminar in Srinagar in connection with the Martyrdom Week to pay homage to prominent martyred Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone and other martyrs of Hawal.
Meanwhile, the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has given a call for peaceful protests on Friday against slapping of draconian law, Public Safety Act and illegally detaining the iling Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi.
In Afghanistan, at least ten people were killed and eighteen injured when gunmen attacked the Afghanistan's state television in the eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday.
A spokesman of the Afghan Interior Ministry said the attack began with an explosion, followed by a gun battle with the Afghan security forces.
He said four attackers and three people, including a police officer, were killed in the fighting.
Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
In Iran, presidential elections will be held on Friday.
Four candidates are in the run. However, main contest is between the incumbent President Hassan Rouhani and Ebrahim Raisi.
President Rouhani had won the 2013 presidential election by getting with nearly 51 percent of the vote.
In Somalia, three experts of bomb disposal squad were killed in a car bomb blast in west of capital Mogadishu.
According to a local police officer, the bomb went off when these experts were trying to dismantle a car laden with explosive.
In Poland, two persons were killed and 15 injured in an explosion at a black gunpowder plant in southwestern Wroclaw region.