A meeting of the National Economic Council is underway in Islamabad to approve the Annual Development Plan for the next financial year.


Federal government is establishing twenty food processing and preservation units across tribal areas to boost agriculture.


Chairman APHC has voiced concerns over attempts of extremist Hindu organization RSS to change the demographic composition of Jammu and Kashmir. 


Japanese cabinet has approved a bill that will allow emperor to step down.   





The National Economic Council, the highest economic policy-making forum, is having its meeting in Islamabad with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair.


It is expected to approve the Annual Development Plan for the next financial year besides reviewing the achievements of the ongoing plan.


The Annual Plan Coordination Committee has already recommended to the NEC a development programme worth 2113 billion rupees for the next financial year.


Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir, Governor KPK and Chief Ministers of Punjab, Sindh, KPK, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan are attending the meeting. Federal and Provincial Ministers concerned are also present.



Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said International Court of Justice has not accepted India’s stance on its spy Kulbhushan Jadhav case. 


Talking to a news channel,  he said Kulbhushan Jadhav is an issue of Pakistan’s national security. 


The Minister said Jadhav was involved in terrorism activities in Pakistan.


Khawaja Muhammad Asif urged political parties to avoid politics on national security issues.


The federal government is spending two point six billion rupees on the promotion of agriculture in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.   


Official sources told our Peshawar correspondent that twenty food processing and preservation units are being established across tribal areas.


Efforts are underway to open at least one fruit and vegetable market in each tribal agency for the benefits of tribal farmers.


The sources said thirty thousand acres of agriculture land will be leveled through laser technology to bring maximum area under cultivation in the tribal belt.



Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says Prime Minister's Health Insurance Scheme will soon be expanded to thirty-two districts of the province.


He was chairing a meeting on the reforms and measures for the improvement of healthcare system in Lahore today.


The Chief Minister said a modern system has been introduced to buy, distribute and deliver medicines.


Shahbaz Sharif said additional one hundred mobile health units will be imported to provide standard medical facilities to the people of far-flung areas.



Punjab Chief Minister's e-Rozgaar Program will be formally launched at University of Gujrat today.


Under the programme, Punjab Information Technology Board will open five centers in  Gujrat, Lahore, Taxila, Wah Cantt and Faisalabad in the first phase this month.


It will help the youth generate self-sustainable income through online freelancing for various sites around the globe in technical, non-technical and creative areas.


The training will enable the youth to generate income from 40,000 to 80,000 rupees per month while working from home.



China has called for solution of Kashmir through dialogue between Pakistan and India.


Addressing a regular press briefing in Beijing, a spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry, Hua Chunying said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will not change China's position on the Kashmir issue.



In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, has said that extremist Hindu organization, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is working to change the demographic composition of Jammu and Kashmir.


In a statement issued in Srinagar, he expressed serious concerns over the reports of proposed public meeting being organized in Srinagar by the RSS.


He said, after Jammu region, Kashmir is the next target of RSS for furthering their bigoted agenda.



Peaceful protests will be held in the occupied Kashmir today, against the slapping of draconian law, Public Safety Act on Aasiya Andrabi and Fehmeeda Sofi by the Indian authorities.


Call for the protests has been given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. 


Meanwhile, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, the Mirwaiz-led Hurriyet forum, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and the Jamaat-e-Islami have strongly condemned the Indian forces’ massive crackdowns in Wokai, Kulgam, and Heff-Shirmal, Shopian. 



In Japan, the  cabinet has approved a bill  that would allow Emperor Akihito to step down.


This step will pave the way for the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in nearly two centuries.


The bill will be sent to parliament, where lawmakers are aiming to pass it before the current session ends next month.

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