Text Bulletin 1300 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.
APHC chairman says Indian policy-makers have created a do or die situation for Kashmiris.
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 development.
He was addressing 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 creating job opportunities to the youth.
Nawaz Sharif said the federal government is determined to steer the country out of all challenges and has also achieved significant success in this regard.
He said Pakistan-China Optical Fiber cable project will be a milestone in the development of IT and telecom services.
The Prime Minister said the project will bring 3-G and 4-G services to Gilgit Baltistan. He said Gilgit-Baltistan will soon emerge as the most developed area with the launching Optical Fiber like projects.
He said a network of road is being developed in Balochistan which will link the province with the rest of the country.
The Prime Minister directed the authorities concerned to expand the network of Pakistan-China Optical fiber cable project to Gwadar and other areas of the country.
He also announced the construction of a technical training institute in Gilgit to equip youth of the area with the modern technical education.
Earlier, the 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.
Pakistan says it has taken all necessary steps to complete China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.
This was stated by the Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria in the weekly briefing in Islamabad today.
He said CPEC is a development and connectivity project meant for the welfare of the entire region.
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 include six nominees from of the government and six from the opposition in both Houses of the Parliament.
The committee will submit its report to Parliament within two weeks.
Earlier, the House suspended the question hour to take up legislative business.
Asif Hasnain of MQM said without inclusion of MQM in the parliamentary committee, the committee will not be representative committee of the House.
Khawaja Saad Rafique said there are 25 members of MQM in the National Assembly sitting on opposition benches. Therefore hence the party cannot be ignored.
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.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Olson called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad today. Richard Olson congratulated Ishaq Dar on successful conclusion of talks with the International Monetary Fund.
Richard Olson invited Ishaq Dar to participate in the forthcoming Pak-US Business Opportunities conference.
The Minister thanked Olson for the invitation, but expressed his inability to attend the conference due to engagements in budget preparations.
Frontier Corps Balochistan recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunitions in Sabzab area of Panjgur district today.
According to FC spokesmen, more than one thousand shells, twenty six rockets, IEDs, rifles and hundreds of rounds were recovered from a hideout of terrorists.
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.