Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Pakistan has decided to approach the UN Human Rights Council for investigating the slaughter of innocent civilians in Occupied Kashmir.
China has offered Pakistan to establish four to five economic zones in different parts of the country.
International rating agency Atlantic Media Company has ranked Pakistan among the top emerging South Asian economies.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister says victory of PML(N) in AJK elections is reflective of people confidence on Prime Minister.
Global Kashmir Day is being observed on Friday on the call of Hurriyat leaders.
In India, a military plane with twenty-nine people on board has gone missing over Bay of Bengal.
Pakistan has decided to approach the Human Rights Council of the United Nations to send a fact finding mission to occupied Kashmir for investigating the slaughter of innocent civilians.
The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the National Security Committee chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Friday.
The meeting demanded ban on the use of pellet guns by the Indian troops in the held valley for dispersing people exercising their right to protest.
It unanimously called upon the international community to condemn the blatant human rights violations and play their role in ensuring the realization of human rights of the Kashmiri people through fulfilling its commitments towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir under the UNSC resolutions.
The meeting unanimously expressed grave concern over the deteriorating situation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir in the wake of Martyrdom of indigenous Kashmiri freedom fighter Mr. Burhanuddin Muzaffar Wani.
The meeting reaffirmed its resolve against elimination of terrorism and extremism from the motherland. The meeting appreciated the role of military and civil intelligence agencies against the nefarious designs of the international agencies and hostile countries.
The meeting decided that effective border management system between Pakistan and Afghanistan should be introduced and enforced as it is in the interest of both the countries.
The Senate was informed on Friday 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 the 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.
To a question, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal informed the House that the provinces are currently carrying out feasibility studies for the establishment of special economic zones under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project. He said China has also offered to extend cooperation in the establishment of four to five economic zones in different parts of the country.
He said we have successfully addressed all the reservations of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan on the project.
The Senate on Friday 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 rightscover up its crimes in the held Valley.
SENATE CALL ATTENTION
Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Sassui Palijo, Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid told the House that the new NFC Commission has started its work.
He said this commission met in April last year and constituted four working groups. The three working groups have submitted already their reports while the fourth one is also on the cards.
The Minister clarified that the 7th NFC Award has not expired rather it has been given a legal cover through a Presidential Order.
The House will now meet on Monday at 4:30 pm.
Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman has said that the government is determined to provide telecom facilities to every nook and corner of the country.
Taking to media in Islamabad, she said twenty billion rupees worth projects are in progress under Universal Service Funds throughout the country and these would be further enhanced.
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.
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.
The Corp Commander Lt .General Naveed Mukhtar has called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah in Karachi on Friday.
They reviewed the prevailing law and order situation and other issues under National Action Plan in Karachi.
They expressed satisfaction over the law and order situation and ongoing targeted operation in Karachi.
National Accountability Bureau Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has arrested accused Ex-Secretary Housing Zaki Ullah along with co-accused his brother Ex-Assistant Inspector General Traffic Police Zafarullah Khan. They were allegedly involved in accumulation of illegal assets worth 150.00 million rupees.
During the course of inquiry, it was revealed that during their tenure in Govt both accused persons piled assets worth millions of rupees in their name and in the name of their dependent.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to spend more than two billion rupees on improvement of relief and rehabilitation service in the province.
Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent, Falak Niaz that this amount will be spent on twenty-three new and seventeen ongoing projects.
Tehsil Nazim of Buner Syed Salar was injured in a remote control bomb blast in Kalam area of Swat on Friday.
He was shifted to Civil Hospital Kalam.
Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world are observing Global Kashmir Day, on Friday, 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.
In a joint statement in Srinagar, The leaders are called for complete shutdown in the occupied territory tomorrow.
An Indian military plane with twenty-nine people on board has gone missing over the Bay of Bengal.
The Antonov-32 transporter aircraft took off from Chennai to Port Blair in the eastern archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar.
It was scheduled to land at 11.30am. local time. A search operation has been launched.
In the second cricket test against Pakistan at Manchester, England were eight runs for no loss of wicket a short while ago.
Earlier, England won the toss and elected to bat first.