DATE: 18-05-2017                              


Foreign Office says India's fastest growing nuclear programme will have serious implications on strategic stability in South Asia and national security of Pakistan


Minister for States has said the government is committed to FATA reforms to facilitate the tribal brethren.


The Army Chief says the war on terrorism will continue with the support of all state organs and the people.


Punjab Chief Minister says agreements worth billions of rupees have been signed during recent visit of Pakistani leadership to China.


The government has reaffirmed commitment to promote independent media as it is directly linked with strengthening democracy in the country.


Iran has condemned fresh US sanctions on its missile programme saying it will undermine nuclear deal with world powers.





Foreign Office says India's fastest growing nuclear programme in the world will have serious implications on strategic stability in South Asia and national security of Pakistan.


This was stated by Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria at weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday while responding to latest reports that India has material to make 2,600 nuclear weapons.


He urged Nuclear Suppliers Group members to consider risks involved in transfer of nuclear material to India and its NSG membership bid.


Giving update on situation in Occupied Kashmir, the spokesperson said Hindu terrorist outfit, RSS, has been stationing its activists and establishing its units in occupied territory. He said the move of the RSS, which had slaughtered more than half a million Kashmiri Muslims in November 1947 together with Dogra and Indian occupation forces, is designed to terrorize Kashmiris and suppressing their struggle for right to self-determination.


To another question, he said Pakistan condemns killings and arrests of Kashmiris and persecution of freedom leadership by Indian forces.


The spokesperson said Advisor Foreign Affairs has written a letter to the UN inviting its attention towards demographic changes being engineered by India in Occupied Kashmir in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.


To a question he said International Court of Justice has no jurisdiction to hear case of Indian RAW agent as it pertains to the security of Pakistan. 


The spokesman said the joint survey of some villages on Pak-Afghan border has been completed and a decision about reopening of the border would be made on the basis of its outcome.        



Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua called on President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan in Islamabad on Thursday.


The Foreign Secretary assured the AJK President that Foreign Office and all Pakistan missions abroad will continue to support the cause of Kashmir and highlight the gross human rights violations by Indian occupation forces on all international forums, especially at United Nations and UNHRC.     



Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch has said that the government is committed to FATA reforms.


Replying to points raised by Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah and others on the issue in National Assembly on Thursday, he said FATA Reforms Package comprising 36 points was formulated in consultation with all stakeholders.


The Minister said that the government believes in the supremacy of the Parliament, which is why the Tribal Areas Rewaj Act was laid before the House the other day.


He said mainstreaming of tribal areas and abolition of FCR are main points of the package.


Abdul Qadir Baloch rejected all rumours about the FATA reforms.


Earlier, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah said that FATA is part of Pakistan and there is no other way but to merge it with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.       



Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan and others, Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan told the House that the present government is giving priority to agriculture sector.


He said substantial allocations will also be made for the farmers in the next budget. He said that it will be our utmost effort to reduce lending rates and give maximum relief to the farmers.      



On a point of order, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif strongly regretted the procession led by an MNA outside PESCO office in Peshawar. He said the protestors ransacked the PESCO office and manhandled the staff there.


He pointed out that there is 89 percent power pilferage in the feeder where the MNA resides.


Khawaja Asif said that there are 928 feeders in PESCO. Of these, 252 are to be totally exempted from load-shedding. Such a facility is not available in any other province.

He further stated that four hours load-shedding is being carried out 171 feeders and six hours in 85 feeders.


Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah said power pilferage is prevalent across the country but even those who are paying their bills are faced with power outages.                            



The Opposition staged a walkout from the House over the remarks made by the Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif on the PESCO procession.



The house has now been prorogued. 



Secretary Election Commission Babar Yaqoob Fateh has said the Commission has been making all out efforts to improve the election system and bring transparency.


Talking to media in Islamabad on Thursday afternoon, he said 586,000 employees will be given election related training on modern lines in order to conduct the process of elections in a smooth manner. He hoped that the census data will be shared as soon as possible in order to help draw new constituencies.   



Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa says security situation has improved significantly due to operations against  terrorists resulting into a congenial atmosphere for economic activities.


He was addressing a seminar in Rawalpindi on Thursday.


Army Chief said Raad-ul-Fasaad is just the beginning of a new phase.


Army Chief said fight against terrorism will continue with the support of all organs of the state and people.


He said youth is Pakistan's future and hostile forces are polluting mind of youth through social media.                               



President Mamnoon Hussain has urged doctors to use their professional skills to find ways to make medical treatment easy and affordable.


He was addressing 35th undergraduate convocation of Army Medical College in Rawalpindi on Thursday.        



Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif has left Hong Kong for home.


During his visit to Hong Kong and China he met Chinese President Xi Jing Ping, Premier Li Keqiang and other key world leaders.


Mohammad Nawaz Sharif also attended world leaders Belt and Road Conference and One Belt One Road Forum in Beijing.


The Prime Minister also addressed businessmen at investment conference in Hong Kong.           



Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says Islamabad and Beijing have signed agreements worth billions of rupees during the recent visit of Pakistani leadership to China.


He said this while talking to newsmen at Lahore airport on return from a successful visit to China on Thursday.


Shahbaz Sharif said "One Belt One Road Forum" is a great program for welfare of humanity.


He said all provinces attend the Forum, which sent a positive message to the world.     



Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has congratulated the newly elected office bearers of Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors.


In her felicitation message, she said media and democracy are linked to each other and the Government is fully supportive of independent media in the country. She said steps are being taken to facilitate the media.    



Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman says incumbent government pursuing a policy of use of technology for socio-economic development of the people. 


She said this while addressing a conference titled "Pakistan Telecom 2017" in Islamabad on Thursday.     



In Occupied Kashmir, the Human Rights Commission has taken suo-moto notice of reports that puppet authorities are not allowing APHC Chairman Syed Ali Gilani to undergo medical check-up.


A bench comprising Commission's Chairperson, Justice Bilal Nazki, directed Budgam Police chief to explain the circumstance in which Syed Ali Gilani was disallowed to visit the hospital.  



Iran has condemned new US sanctions on its missile programme saying it will undermine the nuclear deal with world powers.


He said Iran will continue its missile programme with power and authority based on its plans.


Earlier, the US Departments of State and Treasury announced to apply new targeted sanctions on individuals and firms helping Iran's banned ballistic missile programme.            



Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its National hook-up on Thursday just after the news bulletin of 1600 hours, a special talk in connection with the death anniversary of Tehrik-e-Pakistan leader Ch. Khaleeq-uz-Zaman. Soon after, another special report in connection with the death anniversary of renowned poet "Ubaidullah Aleem" will be broadcast.

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