DATE: 21-04-2017                                  


Prime Minister says Pakistan and Saudi Arabia maintain identical views on regional and international issues.


Leader of House in Senate has said that the Supreme Court's verdict in Panama Papers case has vindicated the stance of Prime Minister.


Eight terrorists have been killed in exchange of fire with the security forces in Narang Mandi area of Punjab.


Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference has urged India to resolve Kashmir dispute as per aspirations of Kashmiri people.





Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have always stood by each other in testing times and the people of Pakistan have deep emotional attachment with the Kingdom being the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.


He was talking to Pakistan's Ambassador-designate to Saudi Arabia Khan Hasham in Islamabad on Friday.


The Prime Minister said the two countries have maintained cordial and brotherly relations marked by commonalities on all issues of mutual interest at regional and international level.


Nawaz Sharif said the government has focused on improving Hajj facilities and directed the Ambassador to personally supervise arrangements for the forthcoming Hajj.



The Senate was informed on Friday that the government is providing incentives to local industry to improve international competitiveness and local productivity.


Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi told the House during question hour that investors in Export Processing Zones are also availing the incentive of duty drawback.


He said ten years income tax holiday and one time exemption on import duties on machinery plant and equipment is also being offered.


To another question, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal said that special security division comprising nine army composite battalions and six civil armed forces wings have been raised to provide security to  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project.



On a point of order, the opposition members claimed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif could not provide any documentary evidence to prove himself innocent in Panama Papers case.


They were of the view that Prime Minister should relinquish his office till the completion of the investigation by Joint Investigation Team. 


 Later, the Opposition members, except MQM, raised anti-Government slogans.


The House has now been prorogued.                          



At the outset of the proceedings of National Assembly, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah speaking on a point of order demanded that the Prime Minister may resign on moral grounds for transparent investigation by Joint Investigation Team. 


Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad said that all the political parties should honour the decision of the apex court and avoid creating hurdles in the path of investigation by JIT.


Later, the chair prorogued the House.



Leader of House in the Senate Raja Zafar-ul-Haq has said that the Supreme Court's decision in Panama case has vindicated the stance of the prime minister.


Talking to the media persons outside the parliament house in Islamabad on Friday, he expressed the confidence that our opponents will continue to face humilitation in future as the PML (N) will emerge victorious at every forum.


Responding to a question, Raja Zafar-ul-Haq said the opposition has no justification to demand the prime minister's resignation.



Eight terrorists associated with a banned outfit have been killed in exchange of fire with Counter Terrorism Department in Narang Mandi area of Sheikhupura.


Two security personnel were also injured during the encounter.



In Occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference Syed Ali Gilani says instead of staging election drama, Indian authorities should respect the aspirations of people and resolve the Kashmir dispute.


Syed Ali Gilani in a statement in Srinagar on Friday urged the puppet authorities to cancel the forthcoming so-called by-elections in Islamabad constituency.


He said the authorities must make an end to incessant bloodshed and instead seek people’s mandate with respect to political destiny of Jammu and Kashmir through referendum.



The first cricket Test of the three-match series between Pakistan and the West Indies will be played at Kingston tonight. 


The match will begin at 8.00 pm Pakistan Standard Time.

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