Prime Minister says Pakistan is pursuing a policy of peaceful neighbourhood and wishes to amicably resolve all problems with neighbouring countries.


President has promulgated Hindu Marriage Act to protect family rights of Hindu community.


The government is going to table two bills in the National Assembly tomorrow to extend tenure of Military Courts for two years.


Two-day meeting on Indus Water Treaty between Pakistan and India begins in Islamabad tomorrow.


In Syria, fierce clashes have broken out between government forces and rebel fighters on the eastern fringes of capital Damascus. 




Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan is pursuing a policy of peaceful neighborhood and wishes to resolve all outstanding issues with its neighbors peacefully through dialogue.


He was talking to President of the Republic of Tatarstan  Rustam Minnikhanov, who called on him in Islamabad today.


The Prime Minister reiterated the resolve to establish a strong partnership between Pakistan and Russia in all fields to promote peace and stability in the region.


He said that longstanding bilateral relations between the two countries are manifestation of  common desire to explore possibilities for enhancing bilateral cooperation.


He said Pakistan's partnership with the Russian Federation and with its Muslim regions, including the Republic of Tatarstan, will witness significant progress in all areas of mutual interest.


Prime Minister said cooperation should be boosted in all sectors, including Banking, Halal food, production of cement, automotive industry, pharmaceuticals, technology, culture and education.


The visiting dignitary thanked the Prime Minister for according warm welcome to him and his delegation in Pakistan.




President Mamnoon Hussain has promulgated the Hindu Marriage Act.


The President signed the bill today on the advice of the prime minister.


The Act will protect Hindu marriages and family rights.


In a statement on the occasion of promulgation of the bill, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that all minorities living in Pakistan enjoy equal rights.


He said the law will provide the Hindu community protection in marriage and family rights.


He said the government will appoint registrars for registering Hindu marriages.


He said all the minorities are equally patriotic.




The government is going to table two bills in the National Assembly tomorrow to extend tenure of Military Courts for two years.  


Political consensus to this effect was evolved after intensive consultations among the political parties after the expiry of military courts' tenure in January this year.


After passage from the National Assembly, the bill will be tabled in Senate.


In a statement, today Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said further amendments have been made in the Constitutional Amendment Bill and Army Act Amendment Bill, which have already been lodged in the National Assembly in light of the  consensus reached at the recent Parliamentary leaders meeting.


He said that the house will discuss the consensus Bills tomorrow and the same will be put to vote on Tuesday.


The Minister said that in the meeting of Parliamentary leaders, it was also agreed to set up a Parliamentary Committee on National Security with Parliamentary leaders of National Assembly and Senate as its members. 


The Parliamentary Party meeting of PML-N members, which was earlier scheduled for tomorrow will now be held on Tuesday, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.





The Senate and National Assembly will resume their sessions at Parliament House in Islamabad tomorrow afternoon after two days break.


The Senate will resume its session at 3:00 p.m while National Assembly at 4:00 p.m.


Both the houses will discuss important national issues besides carrying out legislative business.




The first phase of population and household count under the 6th nationwide census is underway in sixty-three districts across the country.


The first block of the first phase includes sixteen districts in Punjab, eight in Sindh, fourteen in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, fifteen in Balochistan and five each in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.



The drive in the first block will continue till 27th of this month while the homeless people is count will be done on 28th of this month.




Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that instead of hurling unfounded allegations against others, PTI chief should give answer of his corruption to NAB.


In a statement today, she said that nation is well aware of the concocted stories and cannot be betrayed.






Brisk preparations are underway to celebrate Pakistan Day on Thursday.


Troops and organizers are busy round the clock in rehearsals of Pakistan Day Parade to be held at Shakarparian parade ground Islamabad. 


Special feature of the parade this year will be participation of Peoples Liberation Army of China's Tri Services and Saudi Special Force's contingents and Turkish Jannisary Military band.


Meanwhile, rehearsal of Pakistan Day parade was held at Shakarparian Parade Ground today.


Pakistan National Council of the Arts is organizing a week-long Cultural Week in connection with Pakistan Day celebrations from tomorrow to 26th of this month.




The two-day meeting of Indus Water Treaty between Pakistan and India begins in Islamabad tomorrow.


Ten member Indian delegation led by Indus Water Commissioner PK Saxena, arrived in Lahore via Wagah border today to attend the meeting.


The Indus Water Commission, which is mandated to meet at least once every year, alternately in Pakistan and India, comprises Indus Commissioners from both sides and discuss technical matters related to the implementation of treaty.


India has fast-tracked the construction of hydropower projects worth 15 billion dollars in Occupied Kashmir and is disrupting water supply to Pakistan.


However, the issue of construction of controversial dams by India is not included in the agenda of two-day dialogue. 






On the orders of Interior Minister Choudhry Nisar Ali Khan two officials of Passport Office Karachi have been arrested for corruption in visa extension of foreigners.


The Interior Ministry had received a report that money was illegally taken from a foreigner at Karachi Passport Office.


Similarly, taking back discretionary powers of Passport and Immigration department regarding extension of visas for a certain period, in future decisions will be taken by the ministry.



In occupied Kashmir, Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference Syed Ali Gilani has criticized the Indian authorities for restricting and arresting pro-freedom leaders ahead of sham Indian parliamentary elections in the territory.


In a statement in Srinagar, he said the holding of elections amidst presence of one million forces' personnel has been reduced to mere drama enacted by the Indian government to mislead the world.


The APHC Chairman urged to decide the political future of Jammu and Kashmir through plebiscite to be held under the supervision of the international community.




In Afghanistan, twelve militants including two of their commanders, have been killed in separate incidents in Paktika and Paktia provinces.


Two commanders were killed in  drone attacks in Barmal district of Paktika province  while 10  insurgents were killed in airstrikes in neighboring Paktia province.





In Syria, fierce clashes have broken out on the eastern side of  Damascus following an assault by rebels against the regime forces . 


Rebels detonated two large car bombs today close to the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus. Government warplanes responded with a number of raids around the areas of the clashes.


Jobar is one of three pockets in the Syrian capital still in opposition hands. It is besieged by government forces.






Mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.





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