DATE: 19-04-2017                                     


Prime Minister says nearly nine thousand megawatt electricity will be added to national grid by June next year.


National Assembly has been told that power load-shedding situation will start improving from on Thursday.


President has said Pakistan can benefit from experiences of South Korea to further strengthen its agriculture sector.


Punjab Government has extended tenure of Rangers in the Province for two months.


Supreme Court will announce verdict in Panama papers case on Thursday afternoon.


Chief of Army Staff has endorsed death sentence awarded to thirty terrorists by military courts.


Pro-freedom and anti-India protests by students rocked Occupied Kashmir on fifth consecutive day on Wednesday.


OIC has expressed concern over trend of banning hijab and headscarves in European countries.


US President has ordered a review of the Iran nuclear deal.





Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has lauded the completion of Bhikki power project in record period of just eighteen months, which is the beginning new culture of work.


He was addressing the LNG-fuelled Plant with a total generation capacity of 1180-MW at Sheikhupura on Wednesday.


He said Balloki Power Project will be completed at a total cost of eighty-four billion rupees with saving of fifty-two billion rupees.


He said Haveli Bahadur Shah project will be completed at a cost of ninety billion rupees with a saving of forty-nine billion rupees.


Prime Minister said a total of 8946 megawatt electricity will be added to the national grid by June next year because of speedy completion of Power projects.


He said new power projects being inaugurated every month or so, will ease power crisis. He said Sahiwal Coal Power Project of 660 MW will start power generation in June this year. Similarly, Port Qasim Power project of 660-MW will start generation by the end of this year.


Nawaz Sharif said 1410-MW power from  Tarbela hydro project four will be added to the national grid in February next year while Bhasha and Dasu Power projects will be completed after 2018.


Prime Minister thanked Chinese leadership for their cooperation for speedy completion of power projects in the country..


He said that work on Lahore-Karachi motorway is being completed speedily, while Karachi-Hyderabad Section will be completed this year and Lahore-Multan Section by 2018. He said that a new airport is being speedily completed in Islamabad.              



During organizational matters of PML-N Sindh, the Prime Minister has said the party always secured votes on the basis of its performance and it would emerge victorious in future as well.


The Prime Minister said it is PML-N's right to visit Sindh and those who did nothing for the province and its people should be ready to take nemesis.


Nawaz Sharif directed party members to remain in constant touch with the people and spread the message of progress, prosperity and bright Pakistan in each and every corner of Sindh.


Nawaz Sharif asked provincial President of the party Babu Sarfraz Khan Jatoi to draw up a mass contact programme to ensure initiation of political activities in the province at the earliest.


The Prime Minister vowed to provide civic, medical and educational facilities to people of Sindh to raise their socio-economic condition.                          



Talking to President of a Chinese E-Commerce Company Michael Evens in Islamabad, the Prime Minister has said the government is committed to institutional reforms, good governance and rationalizing the taxation structure.


He said Pakistan has achieved economic stability during the last three years and is now amongst the fastest growing economies of the region.


The head of Chinese Company said he has been very impressed to see the development in IT and telecommunication sectors in Pakistan, which provides vital base for expansion of e-commerce in the country.


Michael Evens expressed confidence that in company's e-platform would provide significant stimulus for growth of Small and Medium Enterprises in Pakistan.                        



Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif has announced that the current power crisis will be overcome in the next eight to ten days.


Responding to a calling attention notice in the National Assembly on Wednesday on prolonged power outages, he said the situation will gradually start improving from on Thursday.


Khawaja Asif said some power plants of 2200 megawatt capacity are closed for maintenance purpose. He said there will be no unannounced load shedding after the 1st of next month.


The Minister said currently the country is facing power shortfall of 5200 megawatt while 6400 megawatt of power will be added to national grid by the end of this year.


Responding to a question, Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir told the House that rice export is on the rise and efforts are being made to find new markets for the commodity.                  



The House passed the "Compulsory Teaching of the Holy Quran Bill 2017".


The bill, moved by Minister of State for Education Baligh-ur-Rehman makes teaching of the Holy Quran to Muslim students compulsory in all educational institutions.


Speaking on the bill, the Minister of State said under the bill, students from grade one to five will be taught "Nazra" Quran while several suraks and verses with simple translation will be taught to students from grade 6 to intermediate.


He clarified that the legislation is only meant for the Muslim students.


The House will now meet on Thursday at 10.30 a.m.               



Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has asked media to help project positive and soft image of Pakistan.


He was speaking at a ceremony to administer oath to the newly elected office-bearers of Parliamentary Reporters Association at Parliament House in Islamabad on Wednesday.


Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said the problems faced by reporters covering the parliament would be resolved with cooperation of all relevant departments.                             



The Senate was informed on Wednesday that the Pakistan Railways has retrieved 3573 acres of land worth over nine billion rupees by conducting anti-encroachment operation across the country.


Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman told the House during question hour that at present, 4196 acres of Railway land is either encroached by private or government departments throughout the country.


He said the campaign is still continuing against the encroachers.                     



Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi said Engineering Board is being restructured to make it more effective.


He was concluding discussion on a motion moved by Senator Ateeq Shaikh.



The Senate on Wednesday passed "The Limited Liability Partnership Bill, 2017".         



Eight international wrestlers who are on a tour of Pakistan visited Parliament House on Wednesday and witnessed proceedings of the Senate.


Senate Chairman and members warmly welcomed the visiting wrestlers in the House.                     



The House will now meet on Thursday morning at ten.



President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan can benefit from experiences of South Korea to further strengthen its agriculture sector.


He was talking to Ambassador designate to South Korea Rahim Hayat Qureshi in Islamabad on Wednesday.  


President pointed out that Pakistan can attract tourists from South Korea by introducing to them the religious sites of Buddhism and other picturesque places.


The President also emphasized the need for further promoting trade relations between the two countries.


Talking to High Commissioner-designate of Pakistan to South Africa Dr Sohail Khan, the President has called for finding ways to benefit from South Africa’s strong manufacturing and technological base.


He asked the High Commissioner to focus on enhancing bilateral trade with South Africa.



First lady Mahmooda Mamnoon Hussain has said that government is taking serious steps to prevent and control spreading of cancer.


Addressing participant of cancer walk in Islamabad on Wednesday, she said Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission has setup twenty cancer treatment centers in different parts of the country.


The First Lady said that Prime Minister's Health program is also supporting hundreds of cancer patient to fight the disease.


A walk was also held at Aiwan-e-Sadr on the occasion.



The interior ministry has approved extension of Rangers' powers in Punjab for another sixty days.


The ministry has issued a notification on the request of Punjab Government three days prior to expiry of Rangers powers in the province.


Rangers’ powers have been extended under Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.



Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says Federation will consider alternate legal options if Sindh Government does not extend Rangers powers in public interest.


In a statement, he said it is unfortunate that Rangers' performance and sacrifices are made controversial after every three months.


The Minister said residents of Karachi are fully satisfied with Rangers' performance and trust it a lot.


Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Rangers have been given powers in Punjab under Anti Terrorism Act 1997.



Supreme Court will announce its verdict in the Panama papers case on Thursday afternoon.


The verdict was reserved by the Apex court on 23rd February this year.


The case was heard by a 5-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.               



Election Commission of Pakistan on Wednesday disqualified a Member of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Abdul Munim.


He was elected from PK-88 Shangla-II in the general elections in 2013 on the ticket on Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf.


He was disqualified as he contested election before completion of two years after retirement from government job.                      



Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has endorsed death sentences of thirty terrorists involved in different terrorist attacks.


According to ISPR, the death sentences were given by military Courts.


The terrorists were involved in attacks on Saidu Sharif Airport, APS Peshawar, Security Personnel and other citizens.



Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi on Wednesday.


They discussed the evolving regional security matrix and other issues of mutual interest including measures against common threat of terrorism.


The Army Chief said that Pakistan greatly values historic Pak-Iran relationship.                  



Investiture ceremony was held at Corps Headquarters in Lahore on Wednesday.


Corps Commander Lahore Lieutenant General Sadiq Ali, conferred military awards on army personnel for acts of gallantry during operations, outstanding performances in respective fields and for their long meritorious services.


A large number of military officials and relatives of Shuhada and Ghazis attended the ceremony.


26 officers were awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz (military), 38 officers Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (military) and 42 officers and soldiers were awarded Tamgha-e-Bisalat.


Medals of martyrs were received by their family members.                    



Governor Balochistan Mohammad Khan Achakzai says the young generation is precious asset and builder of the nation.


This he said while speaking at a briefing about cadet colleges of the province in Quetta on Wednesday.


The Governor said government has always been endeavouring to establish cadet colleges in each and every district of the province in order to provide quality education to the youth at their doorsteps.                    



The two-day road show organized by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has concluded in Beijing.



Tajik Ambassador Sher Ali Jonono says strenuous efforts are underway to enhance trade between Tajikistan and Pakistan.


Talking to APP in Sialkot on Wednesday, he said there is wide scope for establishing joint ventures in various trade fields in Pakistan and certain proposals are under consideration of Tajikistan government.


He invited Pakistani business community to consider investment in Tajikistan.                       



Director General Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Saba Mohsin says that Radio Pakistan Skardu is playing a vital role in disseminating latest news about the developmental activities in Gilgit Baltistan.


Addressing 38th Foundation day of the PBC Skardu, she said that the station also took part in educating the general public through its news and cultural programs.


Speaker Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly Haji Fida Muhammad Nashad appreciated Radio Skardu for its commendable role in providing information, education and entertainment to the masses.                                     



Pakistan has expressed grief and sorrow over the tragic helicopter crash in which twelve Saudi crew members lost their life.


In a statement, Foreign Office said the Government and people of Pakistan condole with Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and pray for victims of the crash.                 



In Occupied Kashmir, the entire territory was rocked by pro-freedom and anti-India protests by student community on the fifth consecutive day on Wednesday.


Clashes broke out at various places in northern and central Kashmir between Indian troops and students, who are demonstrating against use of force in different colleges across the Valley.


Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement issued in Srinagar, said educational institutions have been turned into battlefields and youth are subjected to worst form of state terrorism. 


Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik visited hospitals in Srinagar and enquired about the well-being of injured students.


Meanwhile, a youth, who was injured in firing of Indian troops a few days ago, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Srinagar, on Wednesday.  



The Indian Supreme Court has ordered to try BJP leaders L. K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti in Babri Mosque demolition case.


In its order on Wednesday, the two-judge Supreme Court bench said the trial must be completed in two years.


The Supreme Court has been hearing the case since 2011 after setting aside a high court judgment which allocated two-thirds of the disputed site to Hindu groups, and the remainder to Muslims.                        



In Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, forty-four people were killed after a bus swerved off a mountain road and plunged into a deep gorge.                            



In Afghanistan, fourteen Taliban fighters, including the shadow governor of Baghlan province Maulvi Lal Muhammad, have been killed in heavy fighting with Afghan forces.


The deputy police chief of Baghlan province said Afghan security forces launched a large-scale attack on the insurgents, setting off five hours of intense fighting.


He said no government forces were killed.                           



A new assessment released by the Islamophobia Observatory of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation stressed that the trend of outlawing veil, headscarf, hijab, niqab, and burqa in Europe deserves particular attention. 


It noted with regret that at least 12 European countries have partially or fully banned these symbols of Muslim identity and the pattern indicates complete ban of headscarf in Europe in a manner which is beyond security considerations.                       



US President Donald Trump has ordered a review of the Iran nuclear deal.


This has been disclosed in a letter to Congress by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. 

He acknowledged the Iranians had met the terms of the 2015 deal, but raised concerns about the country as a "state sponsor of terrorism".


Donald Trump has described the landmark agreement as the worst deal ever.                         



US Secretary of Defense James Mattis called on Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh on Wednesday.


They discussed ways to enhance strategic relationship between the two countries, especially in the field of defense.  


The latest developments of regional and international events also figured at the meeting.            



China says it is seriously concerned about North Korean nuclear development.


In a statement on Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China opposes words or actions that could further raise tension.

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