Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Finance Minister says the new budget envisages effective steps to put country on the path to sustainable economic development.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs says backbone of terrorists has been broken due to effective measures of the government.
President says Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy fraternal relations and Pakistani nation holds Saudi Arabia in high esteem.
The government plans to introduce screen tourism to highlight country's cultural diversity and scenic beauty at international level.
Afghan authorities say necessary steps are being taken to ensure safe recovery of missing Pakistani Consulate officials in Jalalabad.
In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed today against killing of six people by Indian troops in Kulgam district.
China and Iran began a joint naval exercise in the Gulf today.
In the final of the ICC Champions Trophy at Oval Pakistan has set a victory target of 339 runs for India.
A high level meeting under the chair of Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar in Islamabad today reviewed issues of revenue collection.
Addressing the meeting, the Finance Minister said prudent policies of the present government have resulted in sixty percent growth in tax revenue collection during the last four years.
He directed Federal Board of Revenue to take all necessary measures to meet the target for current fiscal year.
The Minister assured his full support to FBR for achieving the revenue targets for next fiscal year.
He expressed the confidence that the measures announced in the new budget will enhance welfare and prosperity of general public and enable Pakistan to achieve higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has made Pakistan a peaceful country and put it on the track of progress and prosperity.
Addressing a ceremony in Gujranwala, he said the present government has considerably overcome the issues of terrorism, energy crisis, poverty and inflation.
He said opponents of Pakistan Muslim League-N are not happy with the success of the government and they are engaged in making conspiracies against it.
He however said the government would foil all nefarious designs of the anti-Pakistan and anti-government elements with support of the nation.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhary Barjees Tahir says the back of terrorists has been broken and peace in the country including Karachi and Balochistan restored.
In a statement today, he said economic indicators are also moving towards positive trajectory as a result of prudent policies of the government.
The Minister said these measures are representative of sustainable development in the country.
President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy fraternal relations and all Pakistanis have a special place for Saudi Arabia in their hearts.
He expressed these views during his meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, alongwith with a delegation in Makkah.
The President appreciated the generosity of King Salman towards Muslims visiting Haramain Sharifain and his efforts for providing more facilities to Umrah and Hajj pilgrims.
Later the President and his delegation left for Pakistan through a commercial flight.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, along with his family members has arrived Jeddah on a private visit.
Deputy Governor of Makkah Prince Abdullah received them at the airport.
During his visit, the Prime Minister will perform Umrah and also offer prayers in Masjid-e-Nabvi at Madina.
The government plans to introduce screen tourism to highlight its cultural diversity and scenic beauty at international level.
In an interview, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said revival of Pakistan's film industry is prerequisite for screen tourism to showcase the country's true culture and heritage.
The minister of state said the trend of screen tourism is increasing worldwide to attract tourists from across the globe.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said films can play an important role in presenting Pakistan as a peace loving country among the nations.
The government has ensured fifty percent participation of women in Prime Minister's Youth Loan Schemes to empower of women.
According to official sources, the government is committed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, Gender Equality by ending all forms of discrimination against women in the country.
According to Economic Survey 2016-17, Punjab government has created twenty five thousand posts for women at different levels. Seventy percent jobs in primary education have also been earmarked for them.
Women are being encouraged to fully participate in electoral process and a Gender Cell has been established for this purpose in Election Commission of Pakistan.
Over 7.570 billion rupees Zakat fund was distributed amongst provinces and other administrative areas during the outgoing fiscal year.
According to Economic Survey 2016-17, Punjab received 4,038.687 million rupees, Sindh 1,669.408 million rupees, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 973.059 million rupees and Balochistan received 359.792 million rupees.
Besides, that 186.230 million rupees were provided to Islamabad Capital Territory, 98.414 million to Gilgit-Baltistan and 245.320 million to Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
Under the 18th Constitutional Amendment, the subject of Zakat has been devolved to the provinces and federal Areas.
These funds are utilized for assistance to the needy, indigent, poor, orphans, widows, handicapped and disabled.
Under the Prime Minister's Green Pakistan Programme, more than two million trees have so far been planted throughout the country.
The programme launched earlier this year by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif aims to reinvigorate the country’s ailing forestry sector through large-scale tree plantation.
According to spokesman of the Ministry of Climate Change, more than one million and fifty one thousand trees have been planted in Punjab, 409,300 in Sindh, 202,000 trees in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 232,400 in Balochistan, 130,500 in Azad Kashmir, 86,330 in Gilgit Baltistan and 87,000 trees have been planted in FATA.
He said 9.58 million tree saplings are in different nurseries set up in various parts of the country under the Programme.
He further said that a viable mechanism has been hammered out to ensure maximum survival of the tree samplings through utmost care.
Sindh government is launching tree plantation drive under Green Pakistan Program from 15th of next month.
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Sindh Government is paying special attention to preserving the historical spots and cultural heritage of the province to attract more and more tourists.
An official of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities department informed that several new schemes have been chalked out for the purpose for which 210 million rupees have been allocated in the new budget.
Sindh Health Department and USAID Sindh Community Mobilization Programme have entered in to a partnership to address the issues of malnutrition in children.
Under the partnership over one million children, between the age group of five to nine years, in seven northern districts of the province will be benefited.
A spokesman of Sindh health department told Radio Pakistan Hyderabad's correspondent that initiative will prove highly beneficial to combat malnutrition among children in the province.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says billions of rupees of the nation have been saved by ensuring transparency in development projects.
Taking to renowned industrialists Chaudhry Ahmad Saeed in Lahore today, he said opponents cannot raise fingers on the development projects of government.
He said all the promises made with people will be materialized.
Punjab Government has launched crackdown against unqualified medical practitioners and quacks in the province.
According to official sources, the Provincial Healthcare Commission has established an anti-quackery cell to prevent such malpractices.
A comprehensive process of screening of all healthcare establishments was done by the commission to identify and take action against the illegal practitioners and quacks.
Moreover licensing has been made mandatory and no Healthcare Establishment is allowed to function or operate without prior permission of the Commission.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak says eight hundred million rupees have been spent on police reforms for improvement of law and order situation in the province.
He was talking to a delegation of UN Mission led by Assistant Secretary General of United Nations in Peshawar today.
The Chief Minister said model police stations are being established at tehsil level to provide foolproof security to investors.
He said peace has been restored in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which has encouraged foreign investors to shift their industries to the province.
Earlier, speaking at a public gathering in Swabi, the Chief Minister said the provincial government has banned interest and dowry in the province through legislation.
Pervez Khattak said four thousand mosques will be converted on solar energy at a cost of two billion rupees during next year.
Construction work of Chashma Right Bank Canal in Dera Ismail Khan will be started this year.
Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that the project will be completed at a cost of one hundred and twenty billion rupees. Sixty-five percent of the amount will be provided by federal government.
On completion, the canal will bring two hundred and eighty-six thousand acres of barren land under cultivation in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank districts.
Balochistan Assembly held its session in Quetta today with Speaker Raheela Hameed Khan Durrani in the chair.
The session approved supplementary demands for grant of approximately 50 billion rupees.
Opening debate on the new budget, Leader of Opposition in the House, Moulana Abdul Wasey urged the federal government to immediately pay its due share to Balochistan to accelerate the pace of progress and prosperity in the province.
Later, the Speaker adjourned session of the house till 3:00 pm tomorrow.
Balochistan government has chalked-out a five-year plan to establish new schools and upgrade all existing ones in the province.
Official sources told Radio Pakistan today that under the plan, seven hundred twenty-five new primary schools will be established. Five hundred schools will be upgraded to middle level and five hundred middle schools to higher level.
The sources said under the plan, more teachers will be recruited on merit.
Thousands of residents have returned to their respective towns in Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir of Chaman near Pak-Afghan border.
They had been shifted to safer places after unprovoked firing by Afghan forces into Pakistani territory.
The government is making arrangements to rehabilitate and provide maximum relief to the affectees.
Medical camps have also been set up to provide them with medical facilities.
AJK Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad today continued general debate on budget proposals for fiscal year 2017-18 on the second consecutive day toady.
Members from treasury benches in their speeches thanked the federal government for including major projects in its development programme for AJK.
They said out of development funds, 86 percent have been allocated for the ongoing 154 schemes while a huge amount has also been set aside for new development schemes.
The government allocated over 22 billion rupees for education and over 6 billion rupees for the health sectors besides proper allocations for all other sectors.
They hoped major projects in communication, hydel power generation and tourism sectors will usher in a new era of development in the state.
Opposition members criticized government for neglecting them in development schemes and demanded an equal share in these.
Gilgit-Baltistan government is giving top priority to education sector to further improve its standard and make it accessible to all.
An Amount of 1.53 billion rupees has been allocated to education sector in the next annual development program, which is sixty three percent higher as compared to last year's allocation.
Under the annual development program, an endowment fund will be set up for poor students.
Government will construct a tourist resot in Attabad to promote tourism in Gilgit Baltistan.
Official sources said that master plan in this regard is being prepared.
Meanwhile the administration has imposed ban on constructions in the Attabad lake area to preserve its natural beauty.
However, temporary constructions are allowed.
International Fathers' Day was observed today, to recognize the contribution and services of fathers for their children.
Although it is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide, many countries observe this day on the third Sunday of June.
Pakistan has urged the Afghan government to ensure early recovery of the officials of its Jalalabad Consulate General who went missing while on way to their country on Friday.
In a statement today, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Islamabad is in constant touch with Afghan authorities for safe recovery of the two Pakistani officials.
He said Afghan authorities have informed that three distinct investigating groups have been constituted to ensure safe recovery of the officials.
In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed across the territory today against the killing of six people by Indian troops at Arwani in Kulgam district.
According to Kashmir Media Service, normal life remained paralysed in Kulgam, Islamabad, Pulwama, Shopian and other districts of South Kashmir due to the strike.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement strongly rejected the propaganda of Indian media against the Kashmiri people. He said Kashmiris were not fighting against followers of any religion but their aim was to secure their fundamental right to self-determination.
The authorities continued to place Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other resistance leaders under house arrest and detain Muhammad Yasin Malik at Central Jail in Srinagar.
In Geneva, members of a Kashmiri delegation told diplomats from different countries that India had officially waged a war against the youth of Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Indian authorities continued to impose curfew and other restrictions in Srinagar and other parts of the territory to prevent protests against the brutal killings by troops in Kulgam district.
Complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama town for the second consecutive day today against the killing of youth by Indian troops.
All shops and other business establishments remained closed, while public transport was off the roads.
Iran and China began a joint naval exercise in the Gulf today.
According to Islamic Republic News Agency, an Iranian destroyer and two Chinese destroyers are among the vessels taking part in the drill in eastern portion of the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman.
The military drill comes at a time of heightened tension between the Iranian and US military in the Gulf.
Iraqi forces have launched a conclusive assault on Old City area of Mosul to rid it from Islamic State militants.
Commander of the Counter Terrorism Service elite units spearheading the assault Lieutenant General Abdul Ghani al-Assadi said this is the final chapter in the offensive to take Iraq's second largest city.
According to the United Nations, about one hundred thousand civilians remain trapped in harrowing conditions in the city, with little food, water and access to hospitals.
Formal talks on Britain's separation from the European Union will start in Brussels tomorrow.
Brexit minister David Davis will launch the talks with chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier.
The first issue at the Brussels talks will be the status of millions of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom and British residents of the other 27 countries, including their right to stay, to work, and to access medical care.
The extent of Britain's exit bill needs to be decided, with the EU expected to seek tens of billions of euros.
Britain has less than two years to negotiate the terms of the divorce before it is due to leave in March 2019.
Greece has blocked a European Union statement at the United Nations criticizing human rights in China.
A Greek Foreign Ministry official said Athens blocked the statement calling it unconstructive criticism of China and said separate EU talks with China outside the UN were a better avenue for discussions.
Bodies of several missing American sailors have been found in flooded compartments of the US Naval Ship, USS Fitzgerald which collided with a container ship off Japan a day earlier.
A US navy statement said the bodies were found in the berthing compartments inside the guided missile destroyer.
US Seventh fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin told a news conference at Yokosuka naval base in Japan that search at sea has been called off.
He said the US ship has been heavily damaged and repairs will likely take months.
In Portugal, the death toll of a forest fire near Coimbra city has risen to sixty-two.
According to Portuguese government, most people died while fleeing Pedrógão Grande area in their cars.
Hundreds of firefighters are continuing to tackle the blaze.