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23-05-2016

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

Speaker National Assembly has notified names of government nominated six members of the parliamentary committee to decide ToRs to probe Panama leaks.

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

Pakistan summoned US Ambassador in Islamabad today to express concern over the drone strike in its territory.

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

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

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MAMNOON

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

Talking to a delegation from FATA in Islamabad today, 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 amount 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 gradually returning to normal in the 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.                                  

COMMITTEE

Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq  has notified government nominated six members of the parliamentary committee.

The twelve-member committee comprises six members each from the government and the opposition side to decide the Terms of Reference to matters related to Panama leaks and other issues.

The government committee comprises Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq, State Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rehman, Housing Minister Akram Khan Durrani, and Federal Minister Mir Hasil Bazinjo.                               

ECC

The Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet has approved special Ramadan Package worth 1.75 billion rupees for providing relief to consumers.

The approval was granted in ECC meeting held in Islamabad today with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair.

The package will cover 22 essential items of use available at the Utility Store Corporation of Pakistan.                        

PAK-UK

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

They discussed bilateral relations and expressed the hope that cooperation in various fields will increase further to mutual benefit 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.                          

AHSAN 

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 today.

The Minister said Asia has emerged as the hub of economy 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.  

DASTGIR

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 today, he said the 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.

US AMBASSADOR

US Ambassador David Hale was summoned in today by Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi to express concern over the drone strike inside 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.                                

NISAR

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

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

PAK-SRI LANKA

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 at a ceremony in Colombo today. 

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.

IMRAN

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 today, he said resolution of Kashmir issue 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.                             

CHABAHAR

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.                    

KASHMIR:

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

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 Chaudhary Lal Singh for his threatening remarks against Muslims of Jammu.                           

SUMMIT

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

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

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

SYRIA-BLASTS 

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

WEATHER

Mainly hot and dry weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country during the next twenty-four hours.

However, rain and thunderstorm associated with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore, Faisalabad division, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat divisions, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.


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