Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
National Economic Council has approved two point five trillion rupees Public Sector Development Program for next financial year.
Prime Minister says development projects should not be politicized, as it hampers the progress of the country and prosperity of the countrymen.
Balochistan government is upgrading one hundred Basic Health Units to facilitate the people in the province.
In Punjab Madni Dastarkhwans will be established to provide free Sehri and Iftari to the poor.
Federal Government is spending two point six billion rupees on the promotion of agriculture in FATA.
The Election Commission has introduced computerized electoral rolls system in Punjab and Balochistan.
Pakistan has sought French cooperation in peaceful use of nuclear technology and support for its membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group.
In occupied Kashmir, forceful anti-India demonstrations were staged today against detention of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson.
National Economic Council has approved a record 2.5 trillion rupees Public Sector Development Program for next financial year, showing highest-ever increase in development budget.
This was announced by Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal at a press conference after a meeting of National Economic Council chaired by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad today.
The new budget includes 1001 billion rupees Federal Public Sector Development Programme, 1112 billion rupees provincial PSDP while 400 billion rupees would be spent by various corporations to carry out their development projects.
Ahsan Iqbal said 411 billion rupees would be spent on infrastructure development, 43 billion for different projects of Railways, 404 billion for energy while 180 billion rupees on projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
The minister said that the Prime Minister during the NEC meeting directed for devising a mechanism for providing more funds to AJK, Gilgit Baltistan and FATA.
The Minister said that the social sector is being given importance in the development budget, financing for which has been increased from 90 billion to 153 billion rupees.
He said that in order to promote higher education, the budget for Higher Education Commission has been increased from 21 billion to over 35 billion rupees.
Ahsan Iqbal said that Atomic Energy Commission was also being provided additional funds to upgrade its cancer facilitation centers.
He said that seventeen billion rupees has been specifically approved for Balochistan to improve communication system and for different water related projects.
The minister said that state media would also be strengthened and various centers of it would be upgraded to facilitate people.
Hefty amount will be provided for drastic changes in Radio Pakistan and PTV.
For upcoming year, the minister said that the NEC approved 6% GDP growth target, with agriculture developing by more than 3.5 per cent, manufacturing by 6.4 per cent, services sector by 6.4 per cent, while inflation would be curtailed at 6% per cent.
Earlier, addressing the meeting, the Prime Minister said Pakistan's economic indicators have significantly improved, which has also been acknowledged by international financial and rating institutions.
He said the GDP growth rate of 5.28 percent for the current financial year is commendable.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan is now among the fastest growing economies of the world.
Mian Nawaz Sharif said Federal and Provincial governments are working in harmony for development of the country. He said development should not be politicized as it is for prosperity of every Pakistani.
He said the government is paying special attention to energy projects, as uninterrupted power supply at affordable rates is priority of the government.
Describing strong infrastructure as key to development, he said the government is concentrating on roads and communication networks.
The Prime Minister said the Government has adopted people centric approach while planning development projects.
Nawaz Sharif directed that rural development projects in health, education, and other social sectors should be given special attention.
Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir, Governor KPK and Chief Ministers of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan attended the meeting besides federal and provincial ministers concerned.
A delegation of Chinese experts will visit Pakistan next month to review suitability of Special Economic Zones in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Spokesman Board of Investment Shah Jhan Shah said a total of seven zones have been approved for facilitating the investors through one window operation.
He said three zones each will be established in Punjab and Sindh while one in KPK.
Responding to a question, he said nine more industrial zones have been approved for high tech industry to enhance the exports and provide employment opportunities in the country.
Second Gas Turbine at 1230MW Haveli Bahaduar Shah Power Plant in Jhang District has started power generation on trial basis.
This is a great achievement for the country, especially before the Holy month of Ramazan.
State Minister for Education and Interior Balig-ur-Rehman has said the government is taking all possible steps for the welfare and development of students.
He stated this while addressing eleventh convocation ceremony of Islamia University of Bahawalpur today.
The State Minister said provision of quality education to students is the top priority of the government, He said indigenous and foreign scholarships are also being provided to deserving students.
The Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rahman says Pakistan has taken many concrete steps to create an enabling environment for E-commerce online businesses.
This she stated during meeting with Senior Advisor of the International Trade Center James Howe Leslie in Islamabad today.
They also discussed matters pertaining to E-commerce platforms and other value chain component as well as E-Solutions.
James Howe Leslie appreciated the developments in E-commerce arena in Pakistan.
Advisor to Prime Minister on National History and Literature Irfan Siddiqui has said that Benazir Income Support Programme is playing an important role in poverty alleviation.
This he stated during a meeting with Chairperson BISP Marvi Memon in Islamabad today.
Irfan Siddiqui said continuity of policies has created maturity in political parties and BISP is a good example of this tradition.
He said PML-N government not only continued this programme, but also increased allocation for it to help maximum deserving people.
On this occasion, Marvi Memon informed the Advisor about measures taken for the transparency in BISP.
Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that the government is making strenuous efforts to improve the communication infrastructure in the country.
He was addressing a public meeting after the inauguration of a road scheme near Abbottabad today.
Deputy Speaker said under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, a broad network of roads is being set up to expedite the development process.
He said work on Hazara Motorway is continuing at full pace and this project will ushere in a new era of progress in the region.
Balochistan government is spending huge amounts to provide basic health facilities to the poor masses in remote areas of the province.
An official of Provincial Health Department told our correspondent in Quetta today, that a project of up gradation of 100 Basic Health Units to the level of BHU Plus and thirty Rural Health Centres to the level of RHCs Plus is being executed at a cost of one billion rupees.
He said work on a hospital project in Zehri in Khuzdar district is also in progress at a cost of more than forty-nine million rupees.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor is a project of prosperity and development in the region.
In a message, he said that under CPEC, China is investing billions of dollars in Pakistan in the various sectors, which will create vast employment opportunities.
He said CPEC project is a truly game changer and will benefit not only Pakistan but the entire region.
Punjab government is establishing "Madni Dastarkhwans" to provide free Sehri and Iftari to the poor across the province.
This was stated by Punjab Chief Minister's Special Assistant Muhammad Nawaz while chairing a meeting in Sargodha today.
Madni Dastarkhwans are being set up on the direction of the Chief Minister Punjab.
Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair has said that CPEC will usher in a new era of peace and prosperity creating new employment opportunities.
He was talking to a British delegation of Royal College of Defense Studies in Karachi today.
The Governor said that with the restoration of peace, Karachi has become an ideal city for foreign investment.
Muhammad Zubair emphasized on collective endeavors to promote trade between Pakistan and Britain.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly has been informed that eight hundred and fifty three million saplings have been planted in the province under tsunami billion tree plantation campaign.
Replying to a question, PTI Parliamentary Secretary Fazal Elahi said that more than seven billion rupees have been spent on the tree plantation campaign so far.
National Highway Authority is planning to rehabilitate Peshawar-Kohat section of Indus Highway (N-55).
An official source told APP today, that Asian Development Bank is financing the project and the civil works will be completed by November this year.
He said the construction period of project is twelve months and it PC-I is currently under preparation.
The Federal Government is spending two point six billion rupees on the promotion of agriculture in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
More details from our Peshawar correspondent:
Election Commission of Pakistan has introduced electoral rolls' computerized system in Punjab and Balochistan.
ECP Director Electoral Rolls Wing Babar Malik said that after introduction of this system, the training process of district election commissioners, election officers and other concerned staff has started.
He said after training the staff and implementation of this system in the entire country, people would have latest facility of their vote registration.
Babar Malik said all concerned machinery and computers would be installed in ECP offices in all districts of the country.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Affairs Asif Kirmani has said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is committed to take the country towards new climax of developments.
In his reaction to PTI's public gathering in Quetta, he said that PTI's chief always leveling baseless allegation on the government without having any solid proofs.
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has issued a reminder to all satellite TV channels and FM radio stations to strictly follow the Ramadan guidelines.
PEMRA will be constantly monitoring the Ramadan transmissions of all the satellite TV channels and FM radio stations.
Strict action will be taken against those violating the Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015.
A spokesman of the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan has refuted media reports that several development schemes and projects are in doldrums due to delay in GB Council's budget session.
In a statement, he said that any delay in GB Council's budget session will never affect development projects and council's daily needs as its chairman has granted an interim approval in this regard.
Three labourers were killed while another was injured when some unknown terrorists opened fire on them in Turbat today.
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri has directed law enforcement agencies for taking stern action against elements involved in killing the labuorers.
In a statement in Quetta, he condemned killing of innocent workers and said their sacrifices will not go waste.
The Chief Minister said the government will defeat terrorists with support of people.
He expressed sympathies with families of deceased labourers.
Pakistan has sought France’s cooperation in peaceful use of nuclear technology and support for its membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group.
Pakistan conveyed its desire to France during a meeting in Islamabad today to discuss issues related to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
The French delegation was headed by Assistant Secretary of State for Strategic Affairs Nicolas Roche, while Ambassador Tasnim Aslam represented Pakistani side.
The two sides had a detailed, constructive and candid exchange of views on a wide range of issues, including emerging threats to strategic stability at the global level as well as in their respective regions
Keel laying ceremony of thirty-two tons tug being built for Pakistan navy was held at Karachi shipyard today.
Deputy Chief of naval staff vice admiral Arifullah Hussaini was a chief guest of the ceremony, lauded the cooperation extended by ministry of defense production and hard working staff of Karachi shipyard.
He said that construction of 32 tons tug is evident of Pakistan Navy’s vision of achieving self-reliance in the field of ship making industry.
In occupied Kashmir, people including students staged massive anti-India demonstrations today.
Call for the demonstrations was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to register protest against invoking of draconian law Public Safety Act against Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi.
People including students took out to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Sopore, Baramulla, Islamabad, Pulwama, Hajin, Shopian, Kulgam, Kupwara, Bandipore and other areas in the held valley.
They raised vociferous pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. They also waved Pakistani flags at various places.
Many people including students were injured while Indian troops used brute force against the protesters.
Meanwhile, Syed Ali Gilani, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi, Farida Bahenji and other resistance leaders in their statements paid glowing tributes to prominent martyred Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone and other martyrs of Hawal.
The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, addressing a news conference at Aabi Guzar in Srinagar said Indian media is taking dictations from Indian Army to defame Kashmir freedom movement.
In Afghanistan, a roadside bomb blast has killed eleven people in eastern Logar province today.
Three people were also wounded in the blast. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
At least 60 people have been killed in an attack on a military base in southern Libya following clashes between rival factions.
According to reports, the clashes took place at Brak El-Shati airbase.
Meanwhile, a tribal elder and five other people were killed in a car bomb blast in Suluq town, 50 kilometers south of Benghazi today.
According to a security official, the blast took place outside a mosque.
Jordan and Egypt have affirmed the importance of intensifying regional and international efforts to fight terrorism with a holistic approach.
The two countries expressed the resolve during a meeting of Jordanian King Abdullah and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo today.
The two leaders stressed the need to reach political solutions to the crises in the region.