Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Supreme Court will announce verdict in Panama papers case on Thursday afternoon.
Prime Minister has expressed displeasure over increased electricity load shedding and directed strict action against the negligent officials.
Minister of State for Information has said curriculum is being reviewed to ensure imparting quality education to the youth.
Senate has been informed that Pakistan is extremely alert to safeguarding water of its three rivers under Indus Water Treaty.
Commerce Minister says Pakistan's exports have increased by 10 percent in March this year.
The World Bank has projected Pakistan's industrial sector growth by 7.7 per cent by 2019.
Pakistan says it is ready to work with the United States to support efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.
In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama, Kupwara and other areas on Tuesday against Indian brutalities.
The Supreme Court will announce the verdict in Panama papers case on Thursday afternoon.
The verdict was reserved by the apex court on 23rd February this year after twenty six hearing.
The case was heard by 5-member larger bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.
The Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that Supreme Court decision will be according to Law and constitution.
She said the government believes in respect of institutions.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the ministry of water and power to utilize all resources to overcome power shortage in the country.
He was addressing a meeting of the cabinet committee on energy in Islamabad on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister said consumers should be given relief by reducing the power outages.
Expressing concern over the negligence of relevant departments, he said they did not take preemptive measures keeping in view the intensity of weather and shortage of water in dams.
The Ministry of Water and Power briefed the meeting that the power demand has suddenly increased because of rise in temperature and shortage of water in the dams.
The Prime Minister expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of the officials of ministry of water and power and directed to take strict action against those responsible for the negligence.
A high level meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday decided that after suspension of landing permits, all foreigners entering Pakistan without valid visas or without completing immigration process will be proceeded against under the law.
The meeting was chaired by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
He asked his Ministry to identify all airports and landing strips in the country where delegations arrive for hunting purpose and devise SOPs for immigration and customs clearance.
He directed that nobody should be allowed to enter Pakistan without completing immigration procedures.
Meanwhile, talking to Sindh Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair, he discussed overall situation in the province particularly in Karachi.
Interior Minister on this occasion said that improved security situation in Karachi is the result of joint efforts of the law enforcement agencies, and rangers played a key role for this purpose.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says operations Zarb-e-Azb and Radd- ul-Fasaad are manifestation of nation's resolve to eliminate terrorism and extremism.
Addressing a workshop at National Defence University in Islamabad on Tuesday, she said that Pakistan is a peace looking country and its soft image must be highlighted.
The Minister said that the government is working on national narrative to meet the challenge of extremism.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said the government is also reviewing the curriculum to impart quality education to our youth.
The Senate was informed on Tuesday that the government is trying its best to reduce hajj expenses as low as possible.
Minister of State for Religious Affairs Pir Amin-ul-Hasnat Shah told the House during question hour that 743 Hajj Group Organizers were allowed during the current year to send pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
To a question, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali told the House that all possible steps will be taken to provide maximum relief in electricity load shedding to the consumers during the holy month of Ramazan.
Answering a question, Abid Sher Ali said Pakistan is highly vigilant for safeguarding waters of three western rivers allotted to it under Indus Waters Treaty.
Responding to a question, he said 73 small dams were constructed during last three years having cumulative water storage capacity of over 1.2 million acre feet.
He said 36 of these dams were constructed in Balochistan, six in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 30 in Sindh and one in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan told the House that trade deficit increased due to sizeable increase in import payment.
He was responding to a calling attention notice moved by Sherry Rehman regarding increasing trade deficit during current financial year.
The Minister said that a large amount of the import bill is due to import of machinery and other capital goods, which support the economy in its transition from low growth to higher growth.
Making a policy statement in the Senate on Tuesday, Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan has said that Pakistan merchandise exports rose by ten percent in March last year.
He said Pakistan's services exports in February this year also nearly doubled.
The Commerce Minister said textile exports to EU have increased by 55 percent during the same period.
He said import of Liquefied Natural Gas increased by 144 percent this year, which will help mitigate gas shortage in the country and meet the requirements of the industry, especially in fertilizer and power sectors.
Winding up discussion on an adjournment motion moved by Muhammad Azam Khan Swati and Siraj-ul-Haq regarding recent price-hike in basic food items, Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan said prices of the essential food items are mainly stable in the country due to effective monetary policy of the government.
He said prices of only six out of 53 essential food items have increased while the prices of 32 items remained stable.
Earlier, taking part in the discussion, the members said high rates of kitchen items have made life of the common man miserable.
They urged the government to provide quality food items in sufficient amounts and at affordable prices.
Those who took part in the discussion include Azam Khan Swati, Siraj-ul-Haq, Sehar Kamran, Mian Ateeq Shaikh, Dr Jahanzeb Jamaldini, Usman Khan Kakar, Kamil Ali Agha, Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Nehal Hashmi and Hafiz Hamdullah.
The House will now meet on Wednesday afternoon at three.
The National Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution condemning the cold blooded murder of Mashal Khan, a Wali Khan University student in Mardan.
The resolution moved by Federal Minister Rana Tanvir Hussain demanded the federal and provincial governments to take strict action against the perpetrators and facilitators of this heinous act, including those making hate speeches.
Speaking on a point of order, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah said that political parties have rendered great sacrifices for the restoration of democracy in the country.
He said opposition believes in strengthening parliament and other institutions, including judiciary.
Khurshid Shah expressed concerns over power outages and water shortage in the country.
Responding to the points raised by the opposition leader, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab said the government believes in a strong democratic setup.
Pakistan People's Party staged a walk out from the house over the disappearance of party workers.
The house was later adjourned due to lack of quorum to meet again on Wednesday 10:30 a.m.
President Mamnoon Hussain has said that prices of medicines should be within the purchasing power of the masses to facilitate the low income groups.
He was talking to the Secretary, Ministry of National Health Services Muhammad Ayub Sheikh who called on him in Islamabad on Tuesday.
The President called for early operationalization of the laboratory for verification of locally manufactured medicines from World Health Organization to enhance export of medicines.
Expressing pleasure over manufacturing and availability of lifesaving drug for Hepatitis C at low price, he emphasized the need to focus on manufacturing other essential drugs the same way.
The World Bank has projected the growth of Pakistan’s industrial sector at 7.7 percent by 2019.
According to the twice-a-year South Asia Economic Focus report, the growth of industrial sector by the end of current fiscal year is estimated to remain at 6.1 per cent.
The report says in the next fiscal year and in 2018 it will grow by 7.0 per cent.
The report also predicted a significant growth of 3.4 per cent in agricultural sector in next fiscal year.
Furthermore, the services sector of the country is also projected to grow at 5.6 per cent in next fiscal year.
The report says Pakistan economy will continue to grow at 5.2 percent in 2017.
The Parliamentary delegation of European Parliament led by Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs David McAllister also called on speaker National Assembly in Islamabad on Tuesday.
Speaking to the delegation, the Speaker underlined the need for cementing inter-parliament relations to strengthen Pak-EU relations.
Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz received a delegation of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs led by its Chair David McAllister in Islamabad on Tuesday.
The Adviser on this occasion briefed the delegation about the regional geo-politics and Pakistan’s approach towards promoting regional stability and prosperity through connectivity.
He also highlighted the grave human rights violations in occupied Kashmir, especially since July last year.
The delegation acknowledged important progress made by Pakistan in the recent years including counterterrorism and economic revival.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi says successful counter-terrorism operations have produced tangible results.
He was talking to US acting special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Laurel Miller in Islamabad on Tuesday.
He said Pakistan is ready to work with the US to support efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.
Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal inaugurated a three-day international conference on China Pakistan Economic Corridor, political, economic and social prospective at Sindh University Jamshoro on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that projects worth billions of dollars will eliminate energy crisis and lead the country on road to economic progress and prosperity.
The Minister said CPEC will enable us to achieve the targets of vision 2025.
He said that the projects will prove to be highly beneficial for smaller provinces and also help bring the backward areas at par with the developed regions of the country.
Minister for Industries and production Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has opened new horizons of industrial opportunities between China and Pakistan.
He expressed these views while talking to a delegation of Chinese investors in Islamabad on Tuesday.
Chinese group said that it will introduce new marble technology in Pakistan and also expressed the desire to establish industrial estate in Karachi.
A two-day meeting on Sanitation and Water for All will be held in Washington from on Wednesday.
Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid will represent Pakistan at the meeting.
During the meeting, issues of water, sanitation and hygiene will be discussed and participants will have the opportunity to engage in debate for improving access to sanitation and drinking water for all.
A summit of Finance Ministers to discuss the same issues will also be held on Thursday, which has been convened by the World Bank.
It will be attended by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
SAFE CITY SHAHBAZ
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says Safe City Project is being launched in six major cities of the province.
He stated this while chairing a high-level meeting in Lahore on Tuesday, which reviewed various matters regarding the Safe City Project.
Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair has said that steps are being taken by the government in cooperation with industrialists and educational institutions to equip our youth with technical expertise which is the need of the hour.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has decided to establish women desks in all model police stations in the province.
Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan visited the residence of Mashal Khan in Swabi on Tuesday.
He condoled with the bereaved family and prayed for the departed soul.
Later talking to news persons, Imran Khan said those involved in the incident will be dealt with iron hands.
The 40th foundation day of Radio Pakistan Skardu was celebrated on Tuesday.
A ceremony in this connection was held at Broadcasting House in Skardu.
Director General Radio Pakistan Saba Mohsin Raza was the chief guest, while Speaker Gilgit Baltistan Assembly Haji Fida Muhammad Nashad also attended the function.
Speakers highlighted the role of Radio Pakistan as a largest medium in dissemination of information.
President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Masood Khan said Kashmir freedom struggle is the only movement in the world wherein hundred of thousands of armless Kashmiris are countering brutalities of armed and merciless Indian forces.
Speaking at a ceremony in Peshawar on Tuesday, he said the world community should take notice of tyranny and unjust being meted out in occupied Kashmir.
He said people of KP and FATA have rendered great sacrifices in a bid to secure freedom for their Kashmiri brethren.
The Azad Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to hold next Local Bodies elections under the AJK Election Commission..
The decision was made during the AJK Cabinet meeting held in Muzaffarabad on Tuesday with Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider in the chair.
The Cabinet decided to establish a "Food Authority" and a Food Testing Laboratory to provide quality edibles to the masses and have a check on substandard food items.
The Cabinet also decided to increase compensation of laborers and skilled manpower from two hundred thousand to four hundred thousand rupees in case of death during the work.
It also decided to form a committee to curb cyber crimes.
Addressing the Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan said the federal government has taken concrete steps for solution of the problems being faced by people in Azad Kashmir.
In Occupied Kashmir, life remained paralyzed in Pulwama, Kulgam, Kupwara and other areas, on Tuesday, because of shutdown against the Indian forces’ brutal actions on protesting students in the territory.
All shops and business establishments remained closed while roads wore a deserted look in all the three districts.
In order to prevent widespread protests by students, the puppet regime ordered the closure of all universities, colleges and higher secondary schools in the Kashmir Valley.
All segments of the society including resistance leaders and organizations in their statements strongly condemned the use of brute force on students.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that India had waged a war against the Kashmiri people. In his keynote address delivered through a video link at the Harvard University, Boston, he said that the kind of repression unleashed by Indian forces on civilians in Kashmir is unprecedented.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call for early general election on 8 June.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, she said it was the only way to guarantee political stability for years ahead as Britain negotiates its way out of the European Union.
In the Philippines, at least twenty-four people were killed and number of others injured when a bus plunged into a deep ravine in northern part of the country on Tuesday.
A Turkish police helicopter with at least 12 people on board crashed in eastern province of Tunceli on Tuesday.