DATE: 23-05-2016                           


President says Government has allocated huge funds for resettlement of displaced persons in FATA.


Planning Minister says Asia has emerged as the centre of economics in the world.


Commerce Minister has said Pak-Iran joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry would further enhance bilateral trade.


Pakistan has handed over relief goods for Sri Lankan flood-affectees in Colombo on Monday.


PTI Chairman says resolution of Kashmir issue is a prerequisite for enduring peace and stability in the region.


In Occupied Kashmir, four Indian security forces officials have been killed in attacks in Srinagar and Kupwara districts.


The UN Chief has urged the need to expedite joint efforts to reduce number of displaced people from their homes by half by 2030.


In Syria, more than one hundred and twenty people have been killed in fresh wave of violence across the country.





President Mamnoon has said that the Reforms Committee of the Government is working on priority basis for betterment of FATA.


Talking to a delegation from FATA in Islamabad on Monday, he expressed the confidence that situation in the region would improve further after introduction of reforms.


The President said no constitutional change will be introduced without taking the people of FATA into confidence.


President Mamnoon Hussain pointed out that the Government has allocated a large sum for resettlement of displaced persons. He said that return of displaced persons to their homes of three agencies has been completed while return to other three agencies will be completed soon.


He said that operation Zarb-e-Azb has produced positive results and situation is returning to normalcy in seven agencies of FATA.


The President underlined that the Government would leave no stone unturned in rehabilitation of infrastructure in FATA destroyed as a result of terrorist activities.


Mamnoon Hussain said that development of education institutions, road networks and construction of hospitals are basic priorities of the Government.


The President noted that the youth of FATA has immense potential and they can bring laurels by equipping them with modern education.


He called for paying attention to female education so that they are able to play a positive role in development of tribal areas.                             



Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has brought a paradigm shift in Sino-Pak bilateral relations from geo-strategic to geo-economic.


He was addressing a seminar in connection with 65 years of Pak-China diplomatic relations in Islamabad on Monday.


The Minister said Asia has emerged as the center of economics in world and China has changed the scenario through its development in software knowledge.


He said the Corridor is not only a bilateral project between Pakistan and China but it will also establish regional connectivity which will integrate three engines of growth South Asia, China and Central Asia. 


Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi said China has never pursued the policy of imperialism rather it believes in sharing peace and prosperity with the neighbouring countries.


In his remarks, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong said Pakistan and China have unique relations which have always withstood the testing times.  



British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew called on Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan in Islamabad on Monday.


They exchanged views on human trafficking, organized crimes, security issues and bilateral ties.   



The British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew called on Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar in Islamabad on Monday.


They discussed bilateral relations and hoped that cooperation in various fields will increase further to mutual interest of both the countries.


Finance Minister said that government is focusing on economic development and creation of job opportunities.


He said that foreign investment can play a key role in the process.


He appreciated UK's support for the social sector, health, agriculture, disaster management and poverty alleviation.


Thomas Drew said that Pakistan is playing pivotal role in peace, stability and development of the region.                           



Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan says government is striving to promote regional trade as per the vision of Prime Minister.


Addressing the inaugural ceremony of Pak-Iran joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Quetta on Monday, he said that establishment of the chamber would further enhance trade relations between two countries.


The Minister said that good relations between neighbours should be transformed into economic partnership.


He said that the joint chamber would generate new employment opportunities.


He said government always envisioned progressive and developed Balochistan and China Pakistan Economic Corridor would benefit province substantially. 


Khurram Dastgir Khan said people would be largely benefited by CPEC project and Gwadar would be linked with central Asian countries.


He said steps would be taken to address the problems being faced by local traders.   



Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says Government is focusing on indigenous exploration of gas reservoirs to overcome energy crisis.


Addressing a Seminar in Islamabad on Monday, he said presently Pakistan is importing forty-five million cubic feet of LNG and it will be increased to 2.4 billion cubic feet in the next two years.


The Minister said uninterrupted gas is being supplied to industries and power plants. He said Pakistan is importing LNG from Qatar at the cheapest rate in Asia.          



US Ambassador David Hale was called in on Monday by Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi to express concern over the drone strike on Pakistani territory on Saturday last.


In the meeting, Tariq Fatemi pointed out that the drone strike was a clear violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and a breach of the United Nation’s Charter that guarantees the inviolability of the territorial integrity of its member states.


He also emphasized that such actions could adversely impact the ongoing efforts by the Quadrilateral Coordination Group for facilitating peace talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban.


The Special Assistant also underlined that Pakistan and the United States have been closely coordinating in the fight against terrorism and this cooperation is needed to be maintained.                               



Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has directed Federal Investigation Agency to submit short medium and long term plan for reorganization of the agency.


Chairing a meeting in Islamabad on Monday, he also approved in principal establishment of new sectors in the federal capital to meet the growing needs of low income government employees.


The Minister directed Islamabad Capital Territory administration for establishment of special cell to check illegal land grabbing and address the grievances of land owners in Islamabad.


The meeting was also briefed over the progress of suspension of CNICs and passports of proclaimed offenders and absconders and informed that NADRA has so far received a list of 7678 proclaimed offenders and absconders.   



Pakistan's High Commissioner in Sri Lanka retired Major General Syed Shakeel Hussain handed over relief items for flood victims to the Minister for Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa in a ceremony in Colombo on Monday. 


The relief items include generators, shelters, tents and medicines.


Speaking on the occasion, Sri Lankan Minister said that Pakistan has been a close and steadfast ally of Sri Lanka throughout the history.


He also conveyed gratitude on behalf of the government and people of Sri Lanka for the assistance extended by Pakistan in Sri Lanka’s hour of need.



Acting Consul General of the United Arab Emirates, Bakheet Ateeq Al Romaithi says Pakistan and UAE enjoy deep rooted brotherly relations.


He was talking to newsmen after distribution of ration in Karachi by Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation among deserving people of the backward areas of Sindh and Balochistan.


In the first phase over 4,000 families will be provided free of cost ration during the holy month of Ramazan while in the second phase 3,000 more families will be given the benefit.                      



Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority constituted a sub-committee for reviewing Direct to Home system, which would submit its suggestions by the 1st of next month.


PEMRA meeting which was held in Islamabad on Monday under Chairman Absar Alam approved the renewal of non-commercial FM stations of eight educational institutions.


The meeting also granted distribution rights of CCTV News and CCTV Documentary to PTV Foundation.                       



Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan has said that Anti-Narcotics Force is playing an important role in eradication of narcotics throughout the province.


Addressing a function in Karachi, he said youth are the future of the country and it was our collective responsibility to protect them from social evils.


He also assured to extend all kind of support to get rid of all kind of drugs from the province.


Speaking on the occasion, the Director General of Anti-Narcotics Force Major General Nasir Dilawar Shah reiterated to continue efforts to make Pakistan drugs free.



Central leader of Awami National Party Ghulam Ahmad Bilour has said PTI Chief has completely failed in ensuring good governance in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


Addressing a public gathering in Peshawar, he said PTI wrong policies have multiplied masses' problems.


Ghulam Ahmad Bilour said PTI government has lost confidence of people due to price hike, unemployment and increasing civic problems in the province.



The Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai has said that the provision of healthy environment to the children is the collective responsibility of society and the government is also providing facilities for the welfare of children.


While addressing the inaugural ceremony of mother and child health and global immunization week organized by UNICEF in Quetta on Monday, he urged the need to create awareness among the people about the importance of vaccination for prevention from fatal diseases.


He also urged the media to play their role in campaign for eradication fatal diseases and mother and child health.                                                                                           



A three-day anti-polio campaign to administer anti-polio drops to children up to five years began in Punjab on Monday.


During the campaign about eleven million children in thirty six districts of the province will be administered polio vaccine.



The United Nations is going to review Children's rights in Pakistan simultaneously in Islamabad and Geneva from Wednesday.


The UN Committee on Children's rights will hold discussions with Pakistan officials regarding children's plight. 


The discussions include topics like execution of juvenile criminals, gender-based crimes, honour killing, forced marriages, malnutrition, child labour, recruitment of children for armed purposes by non-state actors. 



The World Food Programme has launched a cash-for-work programme in Bajaur Agency with aims to alleviate poverty.


Bajaur Agency Additional Political Agent Muhammad Irfanuddin inaugurated the scheme in a ceremony in Khar on Monday.


Speaking on the occasion, Bajaur Agency Additional Political Agent also called upon the International donor Agencies and non-governmental organization to focus on development of militancy hit areas of FATA.



Five persons were killed during firing by unknown gunmen in Turbat on Monday.



Law enforcement agencies foiled a major terrorist bid near police lines in Charsadda on Monday and defused two bombs.


Search operation has been launched in the area to find miscreants.



In Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council election, Pakistan Peoples Party has won two seats while PML-N and Muslim Conference one seat each on Monday.


According to unofficial results, Akhtar Pervaiz Awan and Meer Younis of PPP, Malik Pervaiz Awan of PML-N and Mukhtar Abbasi of Muslim Conference have been elected member to the Council.



Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Muhammad Barjees Tahir has urged international community to take notice of human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.


In a statement, condemning the killing of five Kashmiris, he said India cannot suppress the indigenous movement of Kashmiris through force.


He said since both Pakistan and India are nuclear powers, they should resolve this outstanding issue through dialogue.


The Minister reiterated that Pakistan will continue its moral, diplomatic and political support to Kashmiris for their just struggle of right to self-determination.



Advisor to Prime Minister on Political Affairs Asif Kirmani says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants to see developed and prosperous Azad Jammu and Kashmir.


He was talking to PML-N Azad Kashmir Deputy President Arshad Ghazi in Islamabad on Monday.



PTI Chairman Imran Khan says peace will remain a dream unless Kashmir issue is resolved according to the wishes of the people of Kashmir.


Addressing a public gathering in Bagh area of AJK on Monday, he said resolution of Kashmir issues is a pre-requisite for enduring peace and stability in the region.


PTI leader said his party will continue raising concerns of Kashmiris at all international fora to achieve their birth right to self-determination.


He said over seven hundred thousand Indian troops have been strangulating the voice of Kashmiris on gun point.                          



In Occupied Kashmir, four personnel of Indian Police and Army officer were killed in attacks in Srinagar and Kupwara districts on Monday.


The cops were killed after an attack at Zadibal and Tangpura areas of Srinagar.


APHC Chairman Syed Ali Gilani and other Hurriyet leaders have lambasted the puppet Forest Minister Chaudhry Lal Singh for his threatening remarks against Muslims of Jammu.


In a statement issued in Srinagar, Syed Ali Gilani said that the outburst made by the puppet BJP minister was the perfect reflection of the communal mindset of RSS and Sang Parivar.


He held pro-India parties like National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party responsible for the pathetic condition of the Kashmiri people.


Speakers at a function organized by Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement in Rajouri urged the political leadership of India and Pakistan to take bold initiatives for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.                       



Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have signed a three-way transit agreement on Iran's southern port of Chabahar.


Under the accord, the Chabahar port will help connecting Iran through India and Afghanistan to central Asia.



 An unprecedented summit to revamp humanitarian aid and global responses to modern-day crises opened in Turkey on Monday.


The first World Humanitarian Summit is being convened in Istanbul in a bid to better tackle what the United Nations has described as the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.


In his opening remarks UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that the summit has given a chance to forge a different future.


An estimated 125 million people worldwide require humanitarian assistance, among them 60 million people displaced from their homes.


Ban urged those gathered to commit to reducing the number of people displaced from their homes by half by 2030.


The guiding principles of the summit include conflict prevention and resolution, strengthening the protection of civilians, and reducing humanitarian funding shortfalls.


National Disaster Management Authority of Pakistan is also hosting an exhibition fair and innovative market place during the Summit in Turkey.


UN Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator OCHA Kyung Wha Kang visited the NDMA exhibition fair and lauded Pakistan's stall as one of the best and also appreciated Pakistan's contributions in the humanitarian affairs.


Pakistan's stall exhibits photo of Father of the Nation and projects Pakistan's humanitarian response activities in an impressive manner.



The United States has termed Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour as an obstacle to peace and said his death will have a disruptive effect on the insurgency.


This was stated by Resolute Support Commander, Gen. John W. Nicholson during a visit to Kunduz province on Monday.


He said that Mansour rejected the chance offered by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to participle in the peace process.


Nicholson hoped that the Taliban leadership will realize it is time to lay down their weapons and join the peace efforts, so the people of Afghanistan can enjoy peace and prosperity in future.



In Syria, more than 120 people were killed in a spate of bombings claimed by the Islamic State militant group.


Seventy-three people were killed in the city of Jableh and another forty eight died in Tartus in seven blasts on Monday.


Both cities are strongholds of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad whose family hails from the village of Qardaha, east of Jableh.


Syrian state media also reported the attacks but gave a total of seventy eight dead, forty five in Jableh and thirty three in Tartus.                 



In Yemen, forty five army recruits were killed in two suicide attacks in Aden on Monday.


According to reports, twenty recruits were killed when a suicide car bomber targeted a line outside an army recruitment center while twenty five others killed when a second bomber on foot detonated his explosive vest among a group of recruits waiting outside the home of an army commander.                   



Radio Pakistan in its national hook-up at 2110 hours will broadcast a special programme titled Pakistan China cultural show in connection with the 65th Anniversary of Pak-China Diplomatic Relations.

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