Text Bulletin 0700 hrs
DATED: 20 March, 2017
Two bills will be tabled in National Assembly on Monday to extend tenure of Military Courts for two years.
Prime Minister says relations with Qatar will be strengthened for benefit of the two nations.
Three-day anti-polio drive kicks off in different parts of the country on Monday.
Two-day meeting of Permanent Indus Commission of Pakistan and India begins in Islamabad on Monday.
Chinese companies have expressed keen interest to invest in various sectors in Pakistan.
The government is going to table two bills in the National Assembly on Monday to extend tenure of Military Courts for two years.
Political consensus to this effect was evolved after intensive consultations among the political parties after the expiry of military courts' tenure in January this year.
After passage from the National Assembly, the bill will be tabled in Senate.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says amendments to the already tabled Constitutional Amendment Bill and Army Act amendment Bill have been lodged in the National Assembly in light of consensus arrived in the Parliamentary leaders meeting.
In a statement, he said that in meeting of Parliamentary leaders it was also agreed to set up a Parliamentary Committee on National Security with Parliamentary leaders of National Assembly and Senate as its members.
He said that a resolution in this regard will also be moved in the National Assembly on Monday.
The Senate and National Assembly resume sessions at Parliament House in Islamabad this afternoon after a two-day break.
The Senate will resume its session at 3:00 p.m. while National Assembly at 4:00 p.m.
Both the houses will discuss important national issues besides carrying out legislative business.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan and Qatar enjoyed strong brotherly relationship which would be further strengthened into sustained cooperation for benefit of both countries.
The prime minister was talking to Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, father of Emir of Qatar and Sheikh
Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani, former Prime Minister of Qatar in Islamabad.
Nawaz Sharif expressed the resolve to boost relations between the two countries for betterment of people.
The Prime Minister expressed his good wishes for Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.
Three-day anti-polio drive begins in twenty nine districts of Balochistan, six districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA on Monday.
In Balochistan, more than two point four million children up to five years of age would be administered anti-polio drops during the campaign.
In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the campaign will be carried out in Peshawar, Kohistan, Shangla, Battagram, Abbottabad and Mansehra districts.
More than two million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops.
A three-day campaign against polio also begins in Gilgit and Diamer on Monday.
Special security measures have been chalked out to ensure security of polio teams.
On the direction of Federal government Water and Power Development Authority has upgraded various posts of its officials across the country from existing Basic Pay Scales to higher scales.
The decision to this effect was made by WAPDA Authority, during meeting chaired by its Chairman Muzammil Hussain in Islamabad.
As many as 2960 WAPDA officials will benefit from this up-gradation.
Operation Raddul Fasaad continues across the country with full vigour.
According to ISPR, nineteen suspects have been apprehended in joint search and intelligence-based operations conducted by Punjab Rangers, police and intelligence agencies.
They were arrested in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Attock, Sialkot, Lahore and Kasur.
Weapons, ammunition, laptops, currency, sectarian and hate material and foreign passports have been recovered from them.
The two-day 113th meeting of Permanent Indus Commission between Pakistan and India begins in Islamabad on Monday.
The agenda of the talks includes discussions on the design aspects of Pakal Dul, Lower Kalnai and Miyar hydroelectric plants, flood data supply by India and programme of tours of inspection and meetings by Pakistan and India to the sites of their interest in the Indus basin.
Despite various media statements causing speculations, Pakistan showed restraint and kept on making efforts for resumption of Commission level talks.
In a statement, Pakistan welcomed the decision of the Indian government to resume the regular talks and welcomes the Indian delegation to Islamabad.
Secretary General of Worldwide Business Culture Exchange Centre Secretary General Yin Lin Bing says Chinese investors considered Pakistan a potential country for business and had come here to explore opportunities for investment.
Addressing business community at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Islamabad he said the two countries had good potential to cooperate in pharmaceuticals, transport, industrial parks and many other areas.
Yin Lin Bing hoped that their visit would contribute to further strengthen cooperation between Pakistan and China.
Sri Lankan Deputy Minister for Petroleum Resources Development Dr Anoma Gamage has termed Pakistani women parliamentarians strong and assertive as compared with other countries in South Asia.
She stated this in an interview with APP in Islamabad.
She said that Pakistani parliament did a lot of work for promulgating pro-women laws and they had good experience to empower women for their bright future.
Turkey member parliament, Zuhal Topcu said that Pakistan had always been a friendly and loving country and always stand with Turkey in every difficult time.
Nepal member parliament Pemba Lama said people of Pakistan are peace-loving, very kind of nature and visionary to protect and promote women in their society.
Mayor of Olathe City in the US state of Kansas has proclaimed March 23 as Pakistan Day in the city.
Pakistan's Consul General in Chicago Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, who is touring Kansas state, thanked the Mayor, Michael Copeland, and the city council for the goodwill gesture.
Speaking to Pakistani community at events to celebrate Pakistan's 70th independence day, Faisal Niaz Tirmizi apprised them about investment opportunities in Pakistan.
In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leader Shabbir Ahmed Dar has urged freedom-loving people of the valley to stay away from the so-called coming parliamentary elections.
In a statement in Srinagar, he said boycotting these elections are necessary to serve the cause of freedom and show respect to the huge sacrifices of great martyrs.
He said, the sacrifices, discipline and steadfastness exhibited by all Kashmiris is manifestation of their desire to get complete freedom from Indian occupation.
Shabbir Ahmad Dar said India must now stop calling Kashmir as its integral part and face the reality.
New Zealand has expelled a US diplomat after US embassy in Wellington declined a Police request to question him for being involved in an incident.
US officials have confirmed that the diplomat has left the country.
Police have refused to give details of the allegations against the diplomat.
In Syria, government forces claim to have pushed back the rebels who launched a surprise attack in Jobar district on the eastern outskirts of Damascus.
Earlier, the rebels targeted the city with artillery shells and rockets as they launched the attack.
An earthquake of six magnitude hit off the Solomon Islands early on Monday morning.
No tsunami warning was issued.
Italian coastguard have rescued around three thousand migrants off the Libya coast when they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.
An Italian coastguard official said a new wave of migrants' arrival to Europe has started after improvement in weather condition in the Mediterranean.
In Spain, thousands of people held a rally in Barcelona against Catalonia regional government's push to break away from the rest of country.
Catalonia regional government plans to hold an independence referendum, but the central government in Madrid terms it as unconstitutional.
Catalonia is a wealthy region in northeastern Spain that is home to 7.5 million people with a separate language and customs.
Saudi-led coalition has urged the United Nations to place the strategic Hodeidah port in Yemen under its supervision.
In a statement, the coalition said supervision of the port by UN will facilitate flow of humanitarian supplies to Yemeni people and end its use for weapons smuggling and human trafficking.
The demand was made after forty two Somali refugees were killed when their boat came under attack after departing the port city en route to Sudan.
The port is currently under the control of Houthi rebels.
Mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country on Monday.
However, light rain thunderstorm is expected at isolated places of Quetta, Zhob, Kalat and D.G Khan divisions.
Temperature of some major cities recorded on Monday morning:-
Islamabad nine degree centigrade, Lahore seventeen, Karachi twenty-three, Peshawar thirteen, Quetta six, Gilgit five, Muzaffarabad nine and Murree seven degree centigrade.