Text Bulletin 1300 hrs
JULY 22, 2016
The meeting of National Security Committee is underway in Islamabad with Prime Minister in the chair.
Senate has urged the UN Security Council to implement its resolutions on Kashmir.
International ratings agency Atlantic Media Company has ranked Pakistan among the top emerging South Asian economies.
Global Kashmir Day is being observed today on the call of Hurriyat leaders.
The meeting of National Security Committee is underway in Islamabad with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair.
The meeting is discussing national security issues and regional situation.
The meeting is being attended by the Federal Ministers Pervaiz Rashid, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Ishaq Dar, Khawaja Asif, Advisor to Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi, National Security Advisor Nasir Janjua, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashed Mahmood, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, Naval Chief Admiral Zakaullah, DG ISI Rizwan Akhtar and senior officials.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad today.
Matters pertaining to regional and internal security were discussed during the meeting.
The Senate today passed a unanimous resolution urging that the UN Security Council resolutions recognizing the inalienable right of self-determination of the Kashmiri people should be implemented forthwith.
The resolution moved by Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq expressed solidarity with the Kashmiri people over the recent wave of atrocities unleashed by the Indian troops in the held Valley.
The resolution said that black laws including Public Safety Act and other punitive measures in Occupied Kashmir should be repealed immediately which are repugnant to human rights cover up its crimes in the held Valley.
The Senate was informed today that 1830 million rupees have been invested for the promotion of marble and granite sector in the country.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House during question hour that dedicated marble cities are being established with state of art infrastructure to attract investor and foster industrialization. He said a marble city in Risalpur is near completion while another marble city has been developed in FATA.
The Minister said 14 mechanized quarry projects have also been initiated in the country which will help increase production capacity and quality of marble related products.
Shaikh Aftab said there is no proposal under consideration to privatize Utility Stores Corporation but efforts are afoot to bring improvement in its performance.
Law Minister Zahid Hamid told the House that 850 million rupees has been collected under the Voluntary Tax Compliance Scheme. He said the scheme was aimed at widening the tax base and bringing the traders into the tax net. He said so far 9020 people have availed the facility by filing their returns.
The House will now meet on Monday at 4:30 pm.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister Dr. Asif Kirmani has thanked the Kashmiri people for voting in favour of PML(N) candidates in the AJK legislative assembly elections.
In a statement, he said the victory of PML(N) showed that the people have expressed their confidence in Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's vision of development and prosperity in AJK.
Another international ratings agency has ranked Pakistan among the top emerging South Asian economies owing to continuity of policies and political stability.
The Atlantic Media Company (AMC) of the United States has ranked Pakistan as a relatively stronger economy in the South Asian markets and expected that it will grow rapidly during days ahead.
According to Atlantic’s report, the Pakistan Government’s investment in infrastructure and other developmental projects has caused the country’s GDP to grow. The Report said it is being acknowledged internationally that Pakistan is emerging as market leader.
Eight people were injured in a bomb blast on Seryab Road in Quetta today.
According to police sources, the bomb was planted along a road side.
The injured were shifted to civil hospital Quetta for treatment.
Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world are observing Global Kashmir Day, today, to protest against the killing spree unleashed by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.
Call for the observance of the day has been jointly given by the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, and Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
International Monetary Fund has called to end uncertainty over Britain's vote to leave the European Union as it is dampening global economic growth.
Speaking ahead of a weekend gathering of finance officials from the Group of 20 major economies, IMF's Head Christine Lagarde said the IMF cut this year's global growth forecast by 0.1 percentage points due to the British vote.
The second cricket test between Pakistan and England begins at Manchester today.
The match will start at 1500 hours Pakistan Standard Time.
Pakistan is leading the four match series 1-nil.