Text Bulletin 1200 hrs
APRIL 20, 2017
Supreme Court announces verdict in Panama Papers case this afternoon.
Punjab Chief Minister has said his party will accept court verdict in Panama Papers case.
Senate has been informed that Pakistan has signed a forty-year agreement with China for operating Gwadar Port.
In Khyber Pakhtunkwa, police have arrested eight more suspects in Mashaal Khan lynching case.
A five member larger bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa is to announce verdict in Panama Papers Case today.
The head of the bench is likely to read out the judgment at 2.00 pm at court room no 1.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that they will accept court verdict in Panama Papers case.
Talking to newsmen in Kasur, he said civilized nations accept judgements of the courts.
Meanwhile, talking to a television channel, Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf has said that whatever the decision, political parties should not get emotional and accept it willingly.
Senate was informed today that one hundred thousand less educated and unskilled youth will be imparted training in different market oriented trades under the fourth phase PM's Youth Skill Development Programme.
During the question hour, Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Trainings Balighur Rehman said the main objective of his programme is to meet national, regional and international market demand of skilled labour force.
To a question, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that the maintenance of Islamabad-Lahore Motorway [M-2] has been handed over to FWO for the next twenty years under an agreement.
The Minister said that the Prime Minister has approved a logistic company for Pakistan Post in order to improve its service delivery.
To a question, Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo told the House that Pakistan has signed a forty-year agreement with China for the operations of Gwadar Port.
Under the agreement, China will carry out all development work on the Port.
Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz responding to a question told the House that Pakistan is continuing diplomatic efforts for the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui. He said that consular access is also being provided to the detainee.
Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar told the House that a total of two polio cases have so far been reported from Lodhran and Diamer this year.
She expressed the confidence that the country will be able to eliminate the virus this year.
Planning Minister Ahsan lqbal says foreign investment is coming due to prudent policies of the incumbent government.
In an interview today, he said PML-N is a national party and people of Pakistan have a special attachment with it.
Ahsan Iqbal said we have to focus on China Pakistan Economic Corridor to make this multi-billion project successful.
To a question, he said there are allegations of corruption against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and if any one raises his voice then he is expelled from the party.
Chairperson of Benazir Income Support Programme Marvi Memon has emphasized the need for promoting all languages of country.
Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad today, she said all the languages that are spoken in Pakistan, are part of culture and source of national harmony.
The BISP Chairperson said, our women are playing a pivotal role in development of the country.
Eight more suspects involved in lynching Mashaal Khan, a student of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, were arrested today.
According to police sources, the number of arrests in this case has risen to thirty two.
Meanwhile, a rally was taken out in Swabi today condemning the murder of Mashaal Khan.
The protestors demanded exemplary punishment for the perpetrators of this inhuman act.
In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership has called for peaceful protests tomorrow after Friday prayers in solidarity with the student community.
The resistance leaders comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued in Srinagar criticized the puppet administration for invading the educational institutions and assaulting students and termed it absolute state-terrorism.