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HEADLINES

20-March-2017

President says the government and state institutions are taking practical steps to eradicate the menace of extremism and terrorism.

Permanent Indus Commission of Pakistan and India began its two-day meeting in Islamabad today. 

Punjab Government launches speedy feeder bus service in Lahore today.

In Occupied Kashmir, resistance leadership has decided to initiate a hectic campaign against Indian Parliamentary by-election in the state.

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PRESIDENT

President says the government and state institutions are taking practical steps to eradicate the menace of extremism and terrorism. 

He was addressing the convocation of National University of Modern Language in Islamabad today.  

The President urged the youth to play an active role in establishment of an enlightened society, as elimination of extremist mindset was not possible using force alone.

He said the educated youth should become instrumental in bringing about a sustainable change in the country.    

COURTS

The government is going to table two bills regarding extension of military courts in the National Assembly today.

The House will resume its session at Parliament House in Islamabad at 4:00 pm   

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in a statement said amendments to the already tabled Constitutional Amendment Bill and Army Act amendment Bill have been lodged in the National Assembly in the light of consensus arrived in the Parliamentary leaders meeting.

Ishaq Dar 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.        

Meanwhile, the Senate also resumes its session at 3:00 pm today.

SC

Supreme Court has dismissed the review petition in rigging case in NA-110 against PML (N) leader Khawaja Muhammad Asif.

Usman Dar of PTI filed the review petition.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the case.

IHC

Islamabad High Court has exonerated former Religious Affairs Minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi in Hajj corruption case.

The Court has also exonerated two other officials in the case.

The three had gone into an appeal against sentences awarded to them by a lower court.

TEHMINA

Tehmina Janjua has assumed charge as new Foreign Secretary of Pakistan.    

Earlier, she served Pakistan as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva.

PAK-INDIA

 The two-day 113th meeting of Permanent Indus Commission between Pakistan and India began in Islamabad today.

The Pakistani delegation is being headed by Water Commissioner Mirza Asif Saeed while India's Indus Water Commissioner P K Saxena is leading the Indian delegation.         

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.

The meeting is taking place after almost two years break. Earlier, these talks were held in May 2015.            

Despite various media statements causing speculations, Pakistan showed restraint and kept on making efforts for resumption of Commission level talks.

CAMPAIGN

Three-day anti-polio drive begins in twenty-nine districts of Balochistan, eleven districts of Punjab, six districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA today. 

In Balochistan, more than two point four million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops during the campaign. 

In Punjab, polio eradication campaign began in eleven districts of the province today.

Punjab Healthcare Department sources informed that the campaign is part of case that was reported in Lodhran and positive environment samples in Multan.            

In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, more than two million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops in Peshawar, Kohistan, Shangla, Battagram, Abbottabad and Mansehra districts.

Three-day campaign against polio also begins in Gilgit and Diamer today.

Special security measures have been chalked out to ensure security of polio teams.

BUS

Punjab Government is launching "Punjab Speed" Feeder Bus Service in Lahore today.

Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif is inaugurating the bus service.

In the first phase, two hundred air-conditioned buses will connect Lahore city with the 27-km-corridor of the Metro Bus.               

IHK

In occupied Kashmir, the resistance leadership has decided to run campaign through distribution of posters to prevent people from casting votes in the upcoming parliamentary by-elections in the territory.

The decision was made after the authorities intensified crackdown against on Hurriyet leaders to prevent them from running poll boycott campaign. However, the resistance leaders say they will intensify their campaign to stop people from casting votes.

GERMAN-JAPAN

European Union and Japan are negotiating a free trade deal that may be reached this year.

This was announced by German Chancellor Angela Markel delivering before the world's biggest computer trade fair, kicks off in Berlin.

Markel said we want to link together our societies and work together in an equitable way.

In response, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Japan wants to be the champion upholding open systems alongside Germany.

 


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