Text Bulletin 1800 hrs
AUGUST 20, 2017
Former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says the operation against terrorists has entered into final stage.
Under Preferential Trade Agreement, Indonesia has agreed to give concession on major imports from Pakistan
The United Nations has called for mobilizing more support from International Community to facilitate Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
Azad Kashmir Prime Minister says Indian troops are involved in war crimes and gross human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.
Babar Khan from Peshawar won the first Sarfranga cold desert Jeep Rally in Skardu today.
Former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said operation against terrorists has entered into final stage and we will have to counter the terrorists with perseverance.
He was addressing a news conference in Islamabad today.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said due to this successful operation, the graph of terrorism has come down and there is no network of terrorists on the ground.
He said that billions of rupees are being spent on fencing of Pak-Afghan border to check the flow of terrorists into the country.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that during his tenure, he cancelled ninety-eight million mobile SIMs, cancelled thirty-two thousand Passports issued to foreigners besides two thousand diplomatic Passports.
He said that there is no civil-military conflict and the military has been extending support to the Interior Ministry.
Under Preferential Trade Agreement, Indonesia has agreed to give concession on major imports from Pakistan including rice, textile, ethanol, Kinnow and mangoes.
This was stated by a senior official of the Ministry of Commerce in Islamabad today.
He said the agreement was reached during bilateral negotiation between the two countries under the Preferential Trade Agreement.
The official said both sides discussed twenty tariff lines and they agreed on concession for twenty different items.
He said the current annual trade volume between the two countries is one hundred seventy million dollars, which is expected to increase after renegotiation on Preferential Trade Agreement.
The Government has taken a number of steps to enhance the country's exports.
According to official sources, over six billion rupees have been allocated in the current financial year to facilitate exporters under the Textile Policy 2014-2019.
Efforts are also being undertaken to get access for Pakistani products in the potential markets.
A joint research study is also underway to assess the potential for a preferential trade arrangement with Korea.
Various export promotional activities, like trade exhibitions, are organized by Trade Development Authority of Pakistan to promote exports to new markets.
The sales tax zero-rating regime for five export oriented sectors, including textile, leather, carpets, surgical and sports goods has been introduced.
National Tariff Commission Act has been revamped to counter the import surge through unfair trade and strengthen trade defence mechanisms.
Pakistan continues to host the largest number of refugees in the world.
According to a report of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Pakistan is hosting 1.45 million refugees, nearly all of them from Afghanistan.
The report says Pakistan has generously hosted the world's largest refugee population for three decades and it is essential to mobilise more support from the international community.
It said since March 2002, UNHCR has facilitated the return of approximately four point one million registered Afghans from Pakistan.
The 266th session of the Senate will start at the Parliament House in Islamabad tomorrow at three in the afternoon.
During the session, the house will discuss important national issues besides legislative business.
The National Assembly session will also start at three in the afternoon after two days break.
Azadi Train has arrived at Mubarakpur Railway Junction, where people from different walk of life are visiting its different galleries and expressing their keen interest in it.
The people highly appreciated different floats which show the cultural diversity of the country.
Over one hundred twenty-eight thousand five hundred Pakistani Hajj pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia under the government and private Hajj schemes.
Our correspondent Zahid Hameed reports from Makkah that these include eighty-four thousand seven hundred ninety-nine under government and forty-three thousand seven hundred thirty-two under private Hajj scheme.
The flight operation will continue till 26th of this month to airlift the remaining pilgrims to the holy land for performance of Hajj.
Meanwhile, Hajj gift packs were distributed amongst Pakistani pilgrims in Makkah by the Ministry of Religious Affairs as part of efforts to make their stay in Mina, Arafat and Muzdalfa comfortable.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister, Raja Farooq Haider Khan says India is conspiring to change demography of Kashmir by allotting property to people who are not residents of the state.
In an interview in Muzaffarabad today, he said this issue coupled with Indian state terrorism in the held valley is being taken up at all international forums.
He reiterated that federal government and people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir will continue to extend moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiris for their just right to self determination.
Raja Farooq Haider said Indian troops are playing with lives of defenseless Kashmiris, detaining Huriyat leaders on baseless allegations and banning political gatherings.
He said the puppet administration is involved in war crimes and gross human rights violations and the Indian troops do not even spare schools, ambulances and civilian population at Line of Control.
In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association has said that the Kashmir dispute can only be resolved through implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions and holding of unconditional and result-oriented talks among all stakeholders.
This was said by the Association’s executive members during a meeting with an Indian delegation led by former Minister, Yashwant Sinha, at a meeting in Srinagar.
General Secretary of the Association, Bashir Siddique, in a statement, said that the delegation was informed that the Indian army and paramilitary forces have been tasked with killing, blinding and maiming innocent Kashmiris, while National Investigation Agency and Enforcement Directorate has been assigned the job of harassing the people by raiding their houses.
In Bangladesh, ten persons have been executed for plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid.
The men were sentenced to death by firing squad for planting a huge explosive near the venue where Hasina Wajid was scheduled to speak during her first term as prime minister in 2000.
In Lebanon, three soldiers were killed when a mine exploded under their vehicle near the Syrian border today.
The soldiers were en route to participate in an operation to oust Islamic State group militants from north along the Lebanon-Syria border.
Babar Khan has won the first Sarfranga cold desert Jeep Rally in Shigar, Skardu today.
More than eighty drivers participated in the rally.
Trials for selection of Under-21 Women cricket team for National Junior Women Cricket Championship will be held in Faisalabad on Tuesday.
Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its national hookup at 1905 hours a special dialogue on "Rawaaiti Taleemi Nizam Ka Tasalsal aur Jadeed Tareeqa-e-Taleem" in connection with the "70 years of Independence Celebrations of Pakistan".
Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most part of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, upper Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, lower Sindh, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha divisions, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.