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HEADLINES

21-04-2017

Interior Minister says government will implement judgement of the Supreme Court in Panama Papers case in letter and spirit.

Finance Minister has said Pakistan is pursuing the policy of good neighborly relations for peace and prosperity in region.

Election Commission has decided to introduce Internet Voting System for Overseas Pakistanis as a pilot project.

Pakistan has been re-elected as member of Committee on Programme and Coordination of the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

In Afghanistan, eight government soldiers were killed in an attack on military headquarters in Mazar-e-Sharif today.

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NISAR

Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan says the government will implement the judgement of Supreme Court in Panama papers case in letter and spirit.

Talking to media persons in Wah Cantt this afternoon, he said the decision by the apex court must be accepted by everyone and there should be no trial of the verdict.

He regretted that people are giving strange and illogical arguments on the verdict. 

Chaudhary Nisar said that case is still sub judice, as the JIT is being formed for further investigation. He said the court will give its final verdict on the basis of evidence and not allegations. He said all the five judges were unanimous about formation of the JIT.

The minister said the opposition has repeatedly been demanding formation of the JIT but now some of them are objecting to it. He expressed surprise that leader of a party with proverbial corruption record is giving sermons on corruption.  

Replying to a question, Ch. Nisar expressed the hope that he will get report of the Dawn Leaks on Monday or Tuesday next and it would then be submitted to the Prime Minister.

B-ASSEMBLY

Balochistan Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution expressing full confidence in the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif this afternoon.

Chief Minister Sanaullah Khan Zehri tabled the resolution in the House.

Speaking on the floor of the House, the Chief Minister said they accept the verdict.

PANAMA

Lawyers and members of legal fraternity have hailed the decision of the Supreme Court in Panama Papers case and described it as a good omen for the country's future. 

Talking to Radio Pakistan Karachi correspondent, Barrister Shahida Jameel said it is for the first time in the judicial history of the country that respondents have been provided ample opportunity to defend themselves.    

Member Pakistan Bar Council Maqsood Hussain Buttar told Radio Pakistan Faisalabad there is no provision in law to disqualify the prime minister by Supreme Court on the basis of  allegations. 

Member Punjab Bar Council Rana Intezar said the judgment is a landmark in the history of Pakistan and constitution of JIT is a wise decision of bench.

Former President Lahore High Court Bar Association Bahawalpur Bench, Chaudhry Riaz Ahmed told Radio Pakistan Bahawalpur correspondent that the decision has saved the country from big crisis.

DAR

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says Pakistan is pursusing the policy of good neighborly relations for peace and prosperity in the region.

Addressing a ceremony in the Heritage Foundation in Washington tonight, he said Pakistan is hosting about three million Afghan refugees.

Ishaq Dar said the government is effectively carrying out operations against terrorists to eliminate the menace from the country.

He said seventy-five percent temporarily displaced persons have returned to their homes after restoration of normalcy in their areas.

The Minister said Pakistan desires to enhance cooperation with the United States in defence, economy and other sectors.

MARRIYUM-MEDIA

Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says Pakistan's economy has achieved sound footings as reflected by various economic indicators.

Talking to the representatives of international media in Islamabad today, she said in 2013, the law and order situation in the country was alarming, but now it has significantly improved due to prudent policies of the government.

The Minister of State said the government has answered all the baseless allegations against it through its performance.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said the positive economic indicators are giving confidence to the foreign investors and also to the government and the people of Pakistan.                                                                   

INTERNET-VOTING

A meeting chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza in Islamabad today decided to introduce Internet Voting System for Overseas Pakistanis on pilot project basis.      

NADRA informed the participants that the system would be introduced in three phases. In the first stage, voters' verification and registration would be carried out followed by internet vote casting in the second stage and results in the third phase.      

Most of the participants opined that the system should be introduced only after assessing its drawbacks during pilot project.

 

 

ECOSOC

Pakistan has been re-elected as member of the Committee on Programme and Coordination of the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Pakistan secured forty-eight votes out of fifty members of  the Council.

Pakistan will continue its membership till 2020.

PRESIDENT

President Mamnoon Hussain has said Pakistan supported all regional and international efforts to combat the scourge of terrorism.       

He was talking to Ambassador-designate of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia Khan Hasham Bin Saddique in Islamabad today

The president said both countries had convergence of views on all regional and international issues and support each other on international fora, which reflects friendly relations between the two states.   

He directed the ambassador-designate to urge the Saudi entrepreneurs to invest in different projects in Pakistan and work for further enhancing bilateral trade.                  

HOSPITAL

A Saudi delegation of Al-Fanar Group called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore today.

The two sides agreed to boost cooperation in health care.

The Saudi Group showed willingness to construct a five hundred bed modern hospital in Lahore under the public private partnership.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said measures are being taken for improvement of health care system.

DELEGATION

A-ten member parliamentary delegation headed by Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq is in Tehran. 

The delegation during its stay will hold talks with the Speaker, Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran and Iranian Leadership on ways to boost bilateral relations in diverse fields.

FERRARIS

In Balochistan, four hundred and fifty Ferrari commanders have laid down their weapons. 

A ceremony in this regard was held in Quetta today with Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri as the chief guest.

The Chief Minister presented national flags and flowers to the Ferrari commanders.                                                                               

KASHMIR

In occupied Kashmir, people staged massive anti-India demonstrations today to protest against the worst state terrorism unleashed by Indian forces on students across the territory.   

People, including students, took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, and many other areas of the held territory.

The demonstrators raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. They also waved Pakistani flags at various places. Police personnel fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters injuring several people.

Meanwhile, in the Indian city of Hyderabad, Maulana Azad National Urdu University Students' Union, took out a protest march to condemn the unchecked state terrorism unleashed by Indian forces upon the students and the people in occupied Kashmir.

AFGHANISTAN

In Afghanistan, eight Afghan army soldiers were killed and several wounded when Taliban gunmen attacked a military headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif today.     

The attack occurred when soldiers were leaving a mosque after the Friday prayers.

TEST

In the first cricket Test against  Pakistan at Kingston,West Indies were 23 for 3. a short while ago.

Earlier Pakistan won the toss and elected to field.

WEATHER

Dust-thunderstorm with rain and gusty winds is likely at isolated places in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, upper Punjab, Islamabad, FATA, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan during the next twelve hours.

Hot and dry weather is expected elsewhere in the country.

 

 


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