Text Bulletin 2100 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.
The World Bank has projected Pakistan's industrial sector growth at 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.
British Prime Minister has announced plans to hold early general election on 8 June.
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 hearings.
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 the 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 today.
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 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.
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 today.
The President called for early operationalization of the laboratory for verification of locally manufactured medicines from World Health Organization to enhance export of medicines.
A high level meeting in Islamabad today 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.
The Senate was informed today that the government is trying its best to reduce hajj expenses as low as possible.
Minister of State for Religious Affairs Pir Aminul 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 Ramzan.
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.
Making a policy statement in the Senate today, Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan has said Pakistan merchandise exports rose by ten percent in March last year.
He said Pakistan's services exports in February this year also nearly doubled.
Winding up discussion on an adjournment motion moved by Muhammad Azam Khan Swati and Sirajul Haq regarding recent price-hike in basic food items, Khurram Dastgir said prices of the essential food items are mainly stable in the country due to effective monetary policy of the government.
The House will now meet tomorrow afternoon at three.
The World Bank has projected the growth of Pakistan’s industrial sector at 7.7 per cent 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 agriculture 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.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says operations Zarb-e-Azb and Radd- ul Fassad are manifestation of nation's resolve to eliminate terrorism and extremism.
Addressing a workshop at National Defence University in Islamabad today, she said that Pakistan is a peaceloving country and its soft image must be highlighted.
Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal inaugurated a three-day international conference on China Pakistan Economic Corridor, political, economic and social perspective at Sindh University Jamshoro today.
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.
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 today.
The Adviser on thie 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 today.
He said Pakistan is ready to work with the US to support efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan also called on National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua in Islamabad today.
Matters pertaining to peace process in Afghanistan, counter-terrorism and Pakistan-India relations came under discussion during the meeting.
The two sides agreed to explore ways to work together for expediting the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
In occupied Kashmir, life remained paralyzed in Pulwama, Kulgam, Kupwara and other areas, today, 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.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call for early general election on 8 June.
In a statement issued today, 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 Yemen, twelve Saudi officers were killed as Saudi-led coalition's helicopter crashed in eastern province of Marib today.
Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, light rain-thunderstorm is expected at a few places in Malakand division and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Very hot weather is expected in plain areas of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sukkar, Shaheed Benazirabad, Larkana, Hyderabad, Naseerabad, Makran and Sibbi divisions.