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HEADLINES

MAY 23, 2016

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Prime Minister says Pakistan has become ideal destination for investment.

Nomination process of the ToRs Committee on Panama Papers will be completed today. 

Elections for four vacant seats of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council will be held in Muzaffarabad today.

Shab-e-Barat was observed with religious zeal and fervor last night.

London Conference expresses serious concern over India's plan to change demographic composition of occupied Kashmir.

In Syria, ten civilians have been killed in airstrike in Aleppo province.                  

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PM

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has invited the expatriate Pakistanis to invest in Pakistan as it has become the ideal destination.

Talking to media in London, he said gas and electricity is being provided to industries round the clock.

The Prime Minister said the government is moving forward speedily on development projects. He expressed the resolve to complete all projects.

He said the issue of power load shedding would end completely very soon.

He said since coming into politics, even a single allegation is not proved against him.

The Prime Minister said he has explained every thing about his assets in National Assembly and people who are making false allegations should see their own deeds.

He said those who got their loans written off and took kickbacks cannot be forgiven,

About the drone attack in Pakistan, the Prime Minister said Pakistan has always raised its protest as it is violation of our sovereignty.

TORs COMMITTEE

Nomination process of the TORs committee on Panama Papers will be completed today. 

This was stated by Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq while talking to newsmen in Lahore.

Ayaz Sadiq said the names of opposition members of National Assembly have been received while the names from the government side have been conveyed verbally.

He said the Commission on Panama Leaks will start functioning as soon as terms of reference are finalised.

He said nobody can influence the TORs committee or the judiciary.

 

ISHAQ

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says the forthcoming budget must reflect  resolve to provide maximum facilitation to the tax payers.

He was chairing a meeting in Islamabad that reviewed the current level of revenue collection and budget proposals.

Chairman FBR, Nisar Mohammad Khan informed the meeting that concerted efforts are being made to achieve the revenue collection target of 3104 billion Rupees for the current fiscal year.

The meeting was informed that FBR officials have formulated proposals for the budget 2016-17.                                

RASHID

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid says Pakistan and China have common views and culture and enjoy deep relations.

Addressing a function in connection with 65th anniversary of Pak- China diplomatic relations in Islamabad, he called for enhanced people to people contacts and bilateral interaction between two countries.

Pervaiz Rashid said sustained relations between Pakistan and China require a mutual understanding of cultures, traditions and language, which can take place only through a robust people-to-people contact.

BOSAN

Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Bosan says Pakistan is actively pursuing the agenda of World Organization for Animal Health.

He was speaking at the 84th session of world assembly of delegates in Paris.

Bosan said Pakistan is fully cooperating and benefiting from the organization's technical and expert support.

 

ELECTION

Elections for four vacant seats of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council will be held in Muzaffarabad today.

According to the AJK Election Commission, the polling will be held in AJK Legislative Assembly from 9 am to 2 pm.

Forty eight members of AJK Legislative Assembly will exercise their right to vote.

 

SHAB-E-BARAT

Shab-e-Barat was observed with religious fervor and zeal across the country last night.

Faithful offered night-long special prayers, while various gatherings included Mahafil-e-Na'at were arranged in mosques to mark the holy night and win the divine blessings.

Ulema and religious scholars in their sermons highlighted the true teachings of Islam and various aspects of the life of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).

 

MARVI

Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme Marvi Memon says computerized system has been introduced in BISP to ensure transparency.   

Addressing BISP beneficiaries in Gilgit, she said a new poverty survey would be conducted after the holy month of Ramazan.     

She said the survey teams would be accompanied by monitoring squads to ensure transparency and best international practices.

Marvi Memon also announced provision of interest free loan to educated women of the area.

 

PAK-UKRAINE

Ukrainian Ambassador Volodymyr Lakomov has called for enhancing trade relations with Pakistan.

In an interview, he said both the countries could easily boost their existing trade volume to new heights by exploring non-traditional avenues.

The envoy said current trade volume between the two countries is five hundred million dollars and steps are being taken to enhance it further.   

He said his country is in the process of signing about a dozen agreements with Pakistan.

He urged Pakistani businessmen to explore Ukrainian market for their products.

He said the two countries have recently inked an agreement to do away with double taxation.

 

IGFC

The Inspector General Frontier Corps Balochistan Major General Sher Afgun says nobody would be allowed at any cost to sabotage development activities including CPEC in Balochistan.

Addressing tribal notables in Turbat, he said China Pakistan Economic Corridor is the guarantor of development and prosperity in country especially in Balochistan. He said we will not hesitate to render any sacrifice for the protection of CPEC.           

He urged the people to cooperate with security forces for peace, development and prosperity.

 

KASHMIR:

In London, an all-party conference, has urged the international community to stop Indian government from taking steps against Kashmiris in violation of UN resolutions.

The conference was chaired by Chief Patron of Kashmir Concern UK Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl and was attended by leaders of political parties from Pakistan and Azad Kashmir and members of British councils.

Mr. Shawl said Modi government’s plan to change the demographic composition of the territory is a matter of serious concern . It was a violation of the UN resolutions and also against the state subject rules of the territory.

 

SYRIA:

In Syria, at least ten civilians have lost their lives in a  US-led coalition airstrike against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group at Marea town in strategic northern province of Aleppo.

 

IRAQ:

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced the start of a military operation to retake Falluja from the so-called Islamic State.

Iraq's military has already warned civilians to leave the town.

Fallujah was the first city to fall to Islamic State in 2014 and is one of only two of its remaining strongholds in Iraq.

 

MIGRANTS:

Libyan coastguards intercepted seven vessels carrying around 850 African migrants trying to reach Europe illegally by sea.

Libyan navy spokesman Colonel Ayoub Qassem said the migrants from several African countries were handed over to the authorities for transfer to shelters.

WEATHER:

Rain-thunderstorm with strong gusty winds , dust storm is expected at scattered places of  Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Faisalabad,  Lahore, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Mardan divisions,  FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir today.

Rain-thunderstorm with dust storm is also expected at isolated places of D I Khan, Bannu, Multan, D G Khan, Quetta, Zhob, Sukkur and Larkana divisions.

Hot and dry weather would persist over rest of the country.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:

Islamabad twenty-three degree centigrade,  Lahore twenty-eight, Karachi thirty, Peshawar twenty-two, Quetta seventeen, Gilgit sixteen, Murree fifteen and Muzaffarabad twenty degree centigrade.


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