DATE: 20-03-2017                             


Bill for 28th Constitutional Amendment to extend Military Courts period has been moved in the National Assembly.


The Senate has been informed that thousands of facilitators and financiers of terrorists have been arrested during operations across the country.


PTA has blocked over nine hundred uniform resource locators and ten websites of Proscribed Organizations.


Planning Minister says extra efforts of the government have resulted in rapid economic growth and prosperity.


Indus Water Commissioners of Pakistan and India will hold second round of talks in Islamabad on Tuesday.


First licence of ferry cruise service has been issued to Pakistan National Shipping Corporation.


Hurriyet leadership say pro-India local political parties are responsible for the plight of people in Occupied Kashmir.


Russia has expressed concerns over the US missile defence system deployment in northeast Asia.





Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid presented "The Constitution (Twenty-eighth Amendment) Bill, 2017" in National Assembly on Monday for consideration. 


Speaking on the first reading of the bill, Mahmood Khan Achakzai of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party opposed the bill conditionally while Shaikh Rashid Ahmad of Awami Muslim League, Syed Naveed Qamar of PPP and Shah Mahmood Qureshi of PTI supported the bill conditionally explaining that government should fulfill the commitments regarding fair trial, formation of national security committee and reforms in the judicial system.


The chair announced that after the discussion the process of voting on the bill will be held on Tuesday.


Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Law Zahid Hamid said that the government will fulfill the commitment of formation of Parliamentary Committee on National Security.


Law Minister Zahid Hamid also presented before the House "The Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill, 2017" for consideration.



The House was informed that no foreigner will be allowed to get Pakistani citizenship through forged documents.


Minister for Interior Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan told the House during question hour that politics should not be done on the verification process of Computerized National Identity Cards.


He said CNICs are mainly blocked in suspect, confirmed aliens and under verification categories.


Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan said that over thirty thousand Pakistani passports, illegally obtained by foreigners, have been cancelled and no one has challenged this in any court of law because they were blocked on solid grounds.


To a question, Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Development Ibadullah told the House that China is agreed to form a mechanism on the development of hydro projects along the North Indus River including the Diamer-Bhasha Hydropower project.


Replying to a question, Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan said that adhoc relief will be given to government employees and pensioners in the upcoming budget in proportion with the inflation.                 



The Senate was informed on Monday that noose has been tightened around the banned terrorist outfits and proscribed sectarian organizations to restore peace in the country.


Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan responding to a motion moved by Sehar Kamran and others said eradication of terrorism from the country is a shared responsibility of all the stakeholders and they should play their role in this regard to make the country cradle of peace.


He said all the efforts for elimination of terrorism should be above political motives.


The Minister said that the terrorist organizations are not allowed to operate in the country at any cost and their headquarters have been demolished during the Zarb-e-Azb operation.


He said now terrorist organizations have their headquarters across the borders and they are operating from there.


He said during the intelligence based operations thousands of facilitators, financiers and abettors of the terrorists have been arrested across the country.


Chaudhary Nisar said that the proscribed sectarian organizations have a number of followers or workers and action cannot be taken against them without any proof of their involvement in any terrorist activity.


He said legislation is underway to address this loophole and he sought support of all the political parties in this regard.


Interior Minister said the overall security and law and order situation in the country has improved significantly.                                      



Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid informed the House that smuggled goods worth thirty-six billion rupees have been confiscated during the last four years.


He was concluding discussion on a motion moved by Mohsin Aziz regarding situation arising out of unabated increase in smuggling of electronics, textile products and other goods.


The Minister said that goods and narcotics worth five point three billion rupees were confiscated in 2012-13, seven point four billion rupees in 2013-14, nine point five billion rupees in 2014-15 and goods and narcotics worth fourteen point three billion rupees were confiscated in 2015-16.


He said that government has devised a stringent strategy for checking smuggling from Pak-Afghan Border.



Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi informed the House that there is stock of 16500 metric ton of furnace oil in the country while the consumption is seven thousand metric tons. 


Responding to a point of public importance raised by Taj Haider, he said that there is no danger of any crisis in this regard and the fuel supply will be ensured according to the demand.


The House will now meet on Tuesday at three in the afternoon.



Under the National Action Plan nine hundred and thirty seven uniform resource locators and ten websites of Proscribed Organizations have been blocked in the country.


According to the data, the Ministry of Interior and Law Enforcement Agencies have registered 17,562 cases and nabbed 19,289 persons to counter hate speech, extremist literature and misuse of loudspeaker. 


Similarly, regarding registration and regulation of Madaris provincial governments have undertaken geo-mapping of Madaris on the standard parameters.


The data said Karachi operation has achieved significant success by reduction in crime rates which included 90 per cent decrease in terrorism, 91 per cent decline in target killings, 62 per cent in murders and 48 per cent in robberies.


About steps taken towards reconciliation in Balochistan, the data showed that surrender and reconciliation/rehabilitation of Ferraris is under progress.                       



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered immediate re-opening of Pak-Afghan border.


In a statement, he said the decision is being taken as a goodwill gesture.


The Prime Minister said that in the backdrop of religious, culture, economic and historical ties between the two countries closure of the border was not in the interest of both the countries.


He said that recent incidents of terrorism in Pakistan have been traced back to anti-Pakistan elements in Afghanistan.


He hoped that the Afghan Government would take measures to address the reasons for which the borders were closed.


The Prime Minister said they have reiterated time and again that durable peace in Afghanistan is imperative for peace and security in Pakistan.


He said Pakistan would continue to collaborate with Afghanistan to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the two countries.           



President Mamnoon Hussain has underscored the need for new linguistic experiments to facilitate mutual contacts among regional countries in the emerging scenario of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


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


President said Urdu language provides an excellent basis to make CPEC successful.


Mamnoon Hussain said in order to overcome the issues of communication after the operationalization of CPEC, he has donated a reasonable amount to NUML for the establishment of a campus in Gwadar.


President said that the state institutions are playing an active role for elimination of extremist conduct, however, it is the responsibility of educated segments particularly youth to utilize their abilities for rejecting and correcting the misleading narrative.


He said that it is imperative to defeat terrorism and extremist mindset in order to materialize the revolution of regional connectivity in the form of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.       



Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal has said extra efforts of the government to overcome the challenges have resulted in rapid economic growth and prosperity in the country.


He was addressing a ceremony in connection with the completion of development programme of Denmark in Islamabad on Monday.


The Minister said Pakistan's Vision 2025 is roadmap to ensure that we achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals.


Around five point seven million people have benefited from the Danish Government's support to the Multi-Donor Trust Fund which helped revitalize the economy, and improve education and health services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Balochistan.



Indus Water Commissioners of Pakistan and India will hold second round of talks in Islamabad on Tuesday. 


Both sides on Monday discussed issues relating to water resources and dilated upon on the ways to resolve differences.


Meanwhile, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif addressing a news conference in Islamabad has expressed the hope that things will move in the positive direction as a result of meeting between Permanent Indus Commissioners of Pakistan and India.


Khawaja Asif said the meeting will discuss the design aspects of Pakal Dul, Lower Kalnai and Miyar hydroelectric plants, flood data supply by India.


He said that Pak-India Secretary level talks on Ratle hydro electric plant will be held in Washington on 12th of next month.


He said dialogue relating to Indus Waters Treaty was suspended in 2015 and now taking place almost after two years break.


Khawaja Asif reiterated that Indus Waters Treaty is an International agreement which provides amicable solution of serious water issues between Pakistan and India.


He said Pakistan has welcomed the readiness of India for talks at Indus Water Commissioners level. 


To a question, he said Pakistan is pressing for implementation of arbitration court's decision on Kishanganga.            



Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo has issued the very first license of ferry cruise service to Pakistan National Shipping Corporation Chairman Arif Ilahi in Karachi on Monday.


This license will make the PNSC capable to facilitate passengers in both domestic and international journeys through ferry ships.                      



Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has emphasized the need for close cooperation among Muslim countries to meet the challenges of terrorism and extremism.


He was talking to outgoing Saudi Arabian Ambassador Abdullah Marzouq Al-Zahrani, who called on him in Islamabad on Monday.  


Speaker said Pakistan is committed to work with Saudi Arabia for the cause of unity and harmony among Muslim countries.



Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Pir Syed Saddaruddin Shah Rashidi has said that efforts are being made to provide maximum services to Pakistani expatriates besides evolving mechanism to address their grievances.  


He expressed these views while addressing a reception in the Consulate of Pakistan in Manchester.


The Minister expressed his pleasure that Pakistani expatriates earned great name in all walks of life.



Federal Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan says government is committed to ensure the protection of intellectual property rights.


He was addressing a seminar on National Intellectual Property Strategy in Lahore on Monday.


He said that the intellectual property rights play an important role in the international trade and the government will take all stakeholders into confidence in this regard.



Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan called on Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore on Monday.


Talking on this occasion, Chief Minister said that only the politics of development and prosperity will survive in the country as the people are fed up with negative politics.


Khurram Dastgir lauded measures taken by Punjab Chief Minister for the progress of province and well-being of the people.      



Punjab Governor Muhammad Rafique Rajwana says government is paying special attention for the provision of quality education to the girls of South Punjab.


He was addressing the first convocation of Government Sadiq College Women University in Bahawalpur on Monday.


He said government of PML (N) has also established veterinary university in Bahawalpur and Information Technology University in Rahim Yar Khan so that students can get higher education at their door steps.



Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair has underlined the need to involve business community to further improve the economy.


He was chairing a meeting of the committee in Karachi that has been formed by Prime Minister to review overall economic situation of the country and to recommend steps to improve the same.


Mohammad Zubair said proposals finalized by the committee would further strengthen the economy.


The committee will finalize its recommendations by 31st of this month.           



Chief Justice Sindh High Court Justice Ahmed Ali M. Sheikh presided over a high level meeting of session judges in Karachi on Monday.



Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri has said that protection of life and property of the people is top priority of the provincial government.


He was talking to the family members of abducted Provincial Secretary Higher Education Abdullah Jan during his visit to his residence in Quetta on Monday afternoon who was abducted from Quetta a few days back.


On this occasion, Chief Minister assured that Abdullah Jan will be recovered at all costs.               



The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has planned to provide online municipal services across the province.



Forty suspects, including ten proclaimed offenders, were arrested during search operations in different areas of Peshawar on Monday.


Arms and ammunition were recovered from them.



Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain embarked upon a five-day visit to Malaysia on Monday.


He will attend 14th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition being held in Langkawi from on Tuesday.


The Minister besides attending exhibition will also meet politico-military leadership of various countries, including defence ministers of the United Kingdom, Qatar and Malaysia.                    



Pakistan and Poland have agreed to enhance bilateral defense cooperation to ensure security of the region. 


This was decided at a meeting of Chief of Polish Navy Rear Admiral Miroslaw Mordel and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah in Islamabad.


The Polish Naval Chief highly appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Navy in maintaining collaborative security in Indian Ocean and beyond. 


Rear Admiral Miroslaw Mordel also called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Air Staff during his engagements at Islamabad.


Inspector of Polish Navy Rear Admiral Mirsolaw Mordel also called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat in Rawalpindi on Monday.


During the meeting, he acknowledged the sacrifices made by Pakistan's Armed Forces in fight against terrorism.



Pakistan has strongly condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violation by the Indian occupation forces on 17th of this month on the Line of Control in which a woman embraced martyrdom.


According to a statement of spokesperson, Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh was summoned at Foreign Office and strong protest was lodged by the Director General South Asia and SAARC  Mohammad Faisal.


On this occasion, he said that deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed condemnable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights laws.


He urged the Indian side to respect ceasefire agreement of 2003 and investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violation.



In Occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman Syed Ali Gilani and senior Hurriyet leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have said that pro-India local political parties are pursuing the Indian agenda in the territory.


According to Kashmir Media Service, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said pro-India parties were responsible for the plight of the people as they were justifying illogical occupation of India over Kashmir.


Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a media interview said that resistance leadership would write to every imam of Masjid to urge people in their Friday sermons to stay away from the so-called election process. 


Meanwhile, ahead of Indian parliamentary elections to be held in central and south Kashmir on 9th and 12th of April, the Indian authorities have intensified crackdown on Hurriyet leaders and activists. The police have either arrested or placed under house detention Hurriyet leaders to prevent them from running poll boycott campaign.                              



China has urged India to honour its commitment on Tibet and avoid steps that could undermine the relations between both the countries.


China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying during a Press briefing in Beijing said New Delhi government in total disregard of China's strong opposition invited Dalai Lama to attend an international conference in India.                       



Dozens of people are feared dead after a plane crash landed and exploded into flames at an airport in South Sudan today.


Forty four people were onboard when it crashed in town of Wau.



Syrian government forces bombed eastern areas of the capital Damascus on Monday.  


Activists said opposition-held parts of Jobar had been targeted repeatedly by aircraft and artillery, amid fierce clashes along the frontlines.


Air raids were also reported in neighbouring Qaboun and Arbin.


There are no reports of any casualty so far.


Earlier, state media said the military had recaptured all of the territory it had lost in on Sunday's rebel assault.            



Russia has expressed concerns over the US missile defense system deployment in northeast Asia as a threat to regional security.


This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov following talks with Japanese officials in Tokyo.


Lavrov said the installation of the THAAD system was a response completely out of proportion to the threat from North Korea. 


Both sides discussed issues of strategic interest, including Syria and Ukraine, in the one-day talks among foreign and defense ministers from Japan and Russia.

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