DATE: 21-04-2017                             


Prime Minister has reaffirmed his pledge to provide maximum facilities to Hajj Pilgrims.


Senate has been informed that the government is providing maximum incentives to boost local industry and its productivity.


Minister for Parliamentary Affairs has urged political parties to honour the Supreme Court verdict in Panama Papers case.


79th death anniversary of national poet and philosopher Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal is being observed on Friday.


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


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





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 a question, Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan told the House that total amount of agricultural loans of 21.5 billion rupees waived off to 313,392 borrowers during last ten years.


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.


He said all the security personnel are Pakistani citizens as no foreigner could be employed in the security force.



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.


He said the demand of the opposition is reflective of their disappointment on the decision.


Despite repeated warnings by the chair to follow the rules of the business of the House, the opposition members continued to raise slogans.


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.


Raja Zafar-ul-Haq regretted the PPP's attitude during the proceedings of the upper house on Friday.


Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali said the PPP has never accepted the judgments of the apex court.                                 



Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that the Prime Minister has set a precedent by presenting himself and his three generations for accountability before the apex court.


Talking to media persons in Islamabad on Friday, she said that the Prime Minister underwent accountability for the welfare of the people of the country.


She said the Supreme Court has rejected the pray of the petitioners. 


She said the Prime Minister will also answer all the questions of Joint Investigation team.


The Minister of State said those negating JIT are doing contempt of court.



British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew has said that events will be organized throughout the year to celebrate seventy years of bilateral relations between Pakistan and the United Kingdom.


He said this while announcing Yasir Mehmood of Pakistan as winner of British High Commission's photography competition celebrating 70 years of UK-Pakistan ties.



The 79th death anniversary of national poet and philosopher Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal is being observed on Friday.


Allama Iqbal promoted Two-Nation Theory and gave concept of a separate Muslim state in Subcontinent where they can independently live in accordance with their religion and cultural traditions.


Born on 9 November 1877 in Sialkot, he breathed his last on 21 April 1938 in Lahore.                



The 8th death Anniversary of renowned Ghazal Singer Iqbal Bano is being observed on Friday.



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.



AJK President Sardar Masood Khan says Pakistani media has the ingenuity and sophistication to depict and project the country in its true perspective.


Addressing a media workshop at National Defence University in Islamabad on Friday, he said it is imperative in view of the fact that India is using dexterity of its media prowess to project Pakistan as a state sponsoring terrorism and fueling extremism.


The AJK President said media's role becomes crucial not only because of India factor but also because Pakistan has opted to be a major nation in the comity of nations.


Referring to CPEC, he said Pakistan would be both a conduit and a destination for commerce, industry and services.


He pointed out that Kashmiris in Occupied Kashmir are most unarmed on the earth yet Indian media is trying to depict them as militants and terrorists.                                       



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.


The APHC Chairman expressing deep grief over the death of Muzaffar Ahmad of Kulgam has said that Indian forces were brutally massacring Kashmiri young generation.



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.                



Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its National Hook-up on Friday at 1530 hours a Special Feature Programme in connection with the death anniversary of Great Poet and Thinker "Allama Muhammad Iqbal".


In another Hookup at 1605 hours a Special Feature Programme in connection with the Death Anniversary of Renowned Ghazal Singer "Iqbal Bano" will be broadcast.

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