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DATED: 20th April, 2017

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HEADLINES

Supreme Court will announce verdict in Panama Papers case on Thursday afternoon.

Railways Minister says the general election will be held next year.

Eight terrorists have been killed in an operation in Sheikhupura.

Angoor Ada gate at Pak-Afghan border in South Waziristan has been opened for traffic.

The United States has accused Iran of destabilizing Middle East.

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PANAMA:

The Supreme Court is going to announce its verdict in the Panama Papers case at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

 

NAWAZ-SC:

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has asked PML-N workers not to come to the Supreme Court on Thursday for hearing the verdict of Panama Papers case.

 

In a statement, he said irrelevant people should refrain from entering the court's premises. 

 

SECURITY:

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali khan has directed Islamabad administration to ensur foolproof security of the Supreme Court and the adjoining areas by Rangers on Thursday.

 

In a statement, he said only those persons will be allowed to enter the Supreme Court premises who have passes or security cards issued by Registrar of the apex Court.

 

The Interior Minister directed that permission should not be given for any political gathering or any kind of activity in the area.

 

He also directed the Rangers to assist police in ensuring fool-proof security.

 

SAAD:

Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique says the next general elections will be held in 2018 and there is no need of having early polls in the country.

   

In an interview, he said our opponents have failed to provide any evidence against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to get him disqualified through the court.

      

The Minister said the PML-N has always demonstrated tolerance in facing opponents' criticism.

 

MARRIYUM:

Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says Imran Khan's politics is a hindrance in the way of the country's development.

   

In an interview, she said the people of Pakistan have once again reposed trust in PML-N in recently held by-election in Chakwal.

  

The State Minister said Imran Khan's unfounded allegations one going to be over on Thursday and he should wait for the court's verdict.

 

She said the PTI chief has done nothing except mudslinging against political opponents. She urged political parties to play a role in political stability of the country.

    

The State Minister said PML-N has established power plants in last three years more than anyone else in the country due to which loadshedding will certainly be overcome by 2018.   

 

TERRORISTS:

Eight terrorists affiliated with a banned outfit were killed in exchange of fire with Counter Terrorism Department in Narangmandi area of Sheikhpura district on Wednesday night.

 

Two CTD personnel were also injured in exchange of fire while four terrorists managed to escape.

 

Three kilogram explosives, suicide vests, three kalashnikov, five hand guns and several live rounds were also recovered from them.

   

 

SARTAJ:

Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says the government is ready to work with international partners and private sector to build a stable and economically vibrant Pakistan.

   

He was addressing a dinner hosted by the Chairman Board of Investment for Heads of Missions of top 20 investor countries in Islamabad.

    

The advisor said the menace of terrorism has successfully been countered in the country, while the ongoing operations under the National Action Plan and Raddul Fasaad are successfully eliminating the offshoots and remnants of such networks from urban centers and the countryside.

  

He said various projects in energy and infrastructure under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor are nearing fruition.

 

The Advisor said Pakistan has more than 1,000 kilometre long coastline allowing incomparable opportunities in shipping, tourism, fishing and wind power.

 

SESSIONS:

Sessions of the Senate and National Assembly will be held separately at the parliament house in Islamabad on Thursday.

    

The Upper House will meet at ten and the Lower House at 10:30 in the morning.

 

CJP-NOTICE:

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has taken notice of the torture of Norwegian ladies at Islamabad Airport.

    

The notice was taken on a news item published in a section of media highlighting that two female Norwegian Nationals of Pakistani origin were allegedly beaten and tortured by Immigration staff over a petty issue at Islamabad Airport.

    

The Chief Justice has called report from Secretary Interior and Secretary Aviation within three days.

 

BYE-ELECTION:

By-election is being held in Sindh Assembly constituency PS-81, district Sanghar on Thursday.

 

Polling will start at 8 am and continue till 5pm without any break.

 

It will be a public holiday in district Sanghar.

 

The seat was left vacant after Jam Madad Ali left Pakistan Muslim League-Functional and joined Pakistan Peoples Party.

 

SABA:

Director General Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Saba Mohsin Raza says Radio Pakistan is most effective medium, which disseminates information, entertainment and knowledge to the people.

 

This she said while talking to employees of Radio Pakistan in Gilgit.

 

Saba Mohsin said being at the gateway of CPEC, the importance of Radio Pakistan Gilgit and Skardu has further been increased.

 

The Director General said the old transmitters in both the stations would be changed with new digital transmitters to make the broadcast powerful.

 

Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly Jafarullah Khan met with the Director General and appreciated the valuable services of Radio Pakistan.

 

GATE:

The Angoor Ada gate at Pakistan-Afghanistan border in South Waziristan Agency has been opened for traffic.

           

This decision was taken during a tribal Jirga held in Wana, the headquarters of South Waziristan Agency.

 

The Jirga was also attended by Major General Nauman Zakria and Political Agent South Waziristan Agency Zafar ul Islam Khattak.

 

US-IRAN

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has accused Iran of alarming ongoing provocations to destabilise the Middle East and undermine US interests in the region.

 

In a statement, he said that an unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea and to take the world along with it.

 

Earlier, Tillerson acknowledged  that Tehran is complying with the 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers.

 

 

EMIRATES:

Emirates Airlines has decided to reduce flights to five US cities from next month, after new security rules targeted travellers from the Middle East.

 

The airline said the change has taken place due to weaker demand for travel following President Donald Trump executive orders barring refugees and nationals of several Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and north Africa from travelling to the US.

 

UN-EDUCATION

The UN special envoy for education Gordon Brown has warned that if a better way is not  found to finance education, more than 800 million young people will leave schools all over the world.

 

He told a press conference at the United Nations that years of neglect have left 260 million children out of school and another 400 million functionally illiterate now.

 

He said, if actions were not taken  the U.N. goal of ensuring every child having a quality secondary school education by 2030 won't be met.

 

 

WEATHER:

 

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

 

However, dust thunderstorm / rain with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Mardan, Peshawar, Kohat, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala divisions, Islamabad, FATA, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Very hot weather is expected in central / south Punjab, Sindh and south Balochistan.

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded on Thursday morning:

 

Islamabad twenty-four degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-seven, Karachi twenty-eight, Peshawar twenty-nine, Quetta and Gilgit fourteen, Murree nineteen and Muzaffarabad fifteen degree centigrade.


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