Text Bulletin 1200 hrs
MAY 19, 2016
Prime Minister performed ground-breaking of Pakistan-China Optical Fiber Cable Project in Gilgit today.
The National Assembly has authorized the Speaker to constitute a Parliamentary Committee to prepare Terms of Reference to probe Panama Papers.
Chief Minister Punjab says exploitation of farmers will not be tolerated in wheat purchasing.
An Egyptian plane with 66 passengers and crew members on board has crashed in the Mediterranean Sea.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says China Pakistan Economic Corridor project will put the country on the path of sustainable progress and development.
He was addressing the ground-breaking ceremony of Pakistan-China Optical Fiber Cable project in Gilgit today.
The Prime Minister said the mega project will not only bring economic benefits to the people but also help address the issue of extremism by providing job opportunities to the youth.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman said the Optical Fiber Project will make Pakistan a hub of telecommunication in the region.
She said a comprehensive strategy is being evolved to ensure provision of 3 G and 4G services in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.
Earlier, Prime Minister inaugurated Gilgit Baltistan CPEC patrolling police in Gilgit.
The patrolling force-comprising three hundred personnel will help ensure safe and smooth flow of traffic on the 439 kilometer long chunk of the corridor project in Gilgit Baltistan.
China has gifted twenty-five vehicles for the patrolling police.
Earlier, on arrival at Gilgit, the prime minister was received by Gilgit Baltistan Governor Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan and Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman.
Prime Minister will also perform ground-breaking of Pakistan-China Optical Fiber Cable project.
He will also administer oath to the newly elected members of Gilgit Baltistan Council.
The Prime Minister accompanied by Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Barjees Tahir and Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman.
The National Assembly today adopted a motion authorizing the Speaker to constitute a Parliamentary Committee to prepare Terms of Reference to probe Panama Papers issue in consultation with Chairman Senate, Leader of the Opposition and leaders of the parliamentary parties.
The motion was moved by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid.
The motion said the committee will consider various options to inquire important issues raised in controversy over Panama Papers, media reports about offshore companies, transfer of funds from Pakistan originating from corruption, commissions, kickback and written off bank loans.
The committee will formulate the TORs and determine the timeline for submission of the report.
The committee will be constituted of eight nominees of government and eight from the opposition in both the Houses of Parliament.
The committee will submit its report to Parliament within two weeks.
Earlier, the House suspended the question hour to take up legislative business.
The House passed two bills.
These are "The National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016" and "The Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2016".
The bills were moved by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad.
The Twenty-Second Amendment constitution Bill is being introduced in the National Assembly today. The bill envisages qualifications and procedure for appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and members of the Election Commission of Pakistan.
The bill has been prepared in the light of deliberations and unanimous recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms.
The amendment provides that a retired judge of the Supreme Court, a senior bureaucrat or a technocrat could be considered for appointment as Chief Election Commissioner.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says protection of small farmers is top priority of the government.
He was addressing a meeting in Lahore today that reviewed wheat purchasing campaign.
The Chief Minister said all possible facilities will be provided to the farmers in wheat purchasing campaign.
He said exploitation of farmers will not be tolerated. He said strict action will be taken if farmers lodge complains regarding the wheat purchase.
Former Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani appeared before Federal Anti-Corruption Court in TIDAP scandal case in Karachi today.
One terrorist, Gul Rahman, was arrested in Matta area of Swat today.
He was wanted to police in terrorist acts in Swat in 2008.
Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani says Indian policymakers have created a do or die situation for the Kashmiris.
He said this in a meeting with Muhammad Yasin Malik in Srinagar.
Both the leaders observed that the policy makers of India want to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir.
An Egyptian plane with 66 passengers and crew member on board has crashed in the Mediterranean Sea.
Egyptian aviation officials say the Plane was on its way from Paris to Cairo.
In Sri Lanka death toll in landslides triggered by heavy rains has risen to thirty-seven.
According to reports over 350,000 people have been affected by rains in Kegalle district.