DATED: 26-04-2017



Draw for selection of Hajj pilgrims under government scheme will be held on Friday.

Minister of State for Information has called for avoiding speculations on Dawn Leaks.

ANP Chief says his party will not become part of any anti-government movement.

Arab League has urged Red Cross to intervene for halting abuse of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Pakistan Cricket Board has called off scheduled tour to Bangladesh.



Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony will hold a draw on Thursday for selection of pilgrims for the Hajj, 2017 under the government scheme.


According to official sources, so far the ministry has received 335,353 applications under the government scheme.


The successful applicants would be informed through letters and text messages, whereas the results of successful candidates would also be available at www.mora.gov.pk and www.hajjinfo.org



Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has always upheld law and the constitution. 


In an interview, she said prime minister had never sought any immunity in the Panama Papers case.


To a question, she said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has presented Dawn Leaks report to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who will act in light of the recommendations of the report. She said any speculations on Dawn leaks report should be avoided.


Marriyum Aurangzeb said Pakistan has zero tolerance for terrorists and their sympathizers.


She said terrorists' network has been broken in the country and the nation is witnessing positive dividends of operation Zarb-e-Azb and Raddul Fasaad.



President Awami National Party Asfandyar Wali Khan says his party would not become part of any movement seeking resignation of the Prime Minister.


He was talking to media persons in Peshawar after attending meeting of the consultative committee of the party.


Asfandyar Wali Khan said those demanding resignation of the Prime Minister had moved the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case and stated publically to accept verdict of the apex court.


The ANP Chief said dissent notes are made in majority of the cases, however the majority verdict of the court prevails.               



Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal says Pakistan has been turned into the most emerging economy of the world.


He stated this while addressing the event "Microsoft's Imagine Cup to Pakistan" in Islamabad. 


The Minister said world's reputed organization surveys have projected Pakistan among the top 20 economies of the world in next few years.


Chairing a meeting with office bearers of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, Ahsan Iqbal directed the concerned authorities to set up a modern institute for early diagnose of cancer.




Minister of State for National Health Services  Saira Afzal Tarar says significant progress has been made in polio eradication.


Chairing a meeting in Islamabad, she said 20 polio cases were reported last year which was the lowest ever number in the history of the country.


She said the government is taking every possible effort to eradicate this menace.


The Minister of State said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is personally monitoring the polio eradication campaign.



United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has lauded Pakistan for hosting millions Afghan refugees and providing them basic necessities of life for decades.


The appreciation was conveyed by a high level delegation of UNHCR headed by UN Assistant high commissioner Volker Turks, in a meeting with Minister for States and Frontier Regions Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch in Islamabad.


The Minister said Pakistan expects all refugees to be repatriated by the end of this year.


He said that creation of a conducive environment in Afghanistan will encourage Afghan refugees to return to their homeland.  



Corps Commander Karachi, Lt. Gen. Mirza Shahid Baig visited civil hospital Karachi and enquired about health of the Rangers personnel who were injured in an encounter with terrorists in Karachi.


He lauded the role of Sindh Rangers and police in successfully combating terrorists and paid rich tribute to martyrs who embraced shahadat in the line of duty.



Turkey has expressed desire to expand cooperation with Pakistan in the field of culture and archaeology.


This desire was expressed by Country Director of Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency Mahmat Emre Akhatuna while talking to media persons during his visit of different archaeological sites including Rawat Fort, Shah Allah Dita Caves and Taxila Museum.


He said Pak-Turkish relations are transforming into a cultural partnership as there is great scope to expand and exchange knowledge in various fields including archaeology.



Governor Balochistan Mohammad Khan Achakzai says education  is an effective source of bringing revolutionary changes and progress in the society.


He made these remarks in his address to a function in Quetta.


The European Union Ambassador in Pakistan, Jean Francois Caution and the UNICEF’s Representative Ms. Angela Kearney also attended the function.



Higher Education Commission of Pakistan has won the UK based Cambridge IF Analytica's Global Good Governance Award.


The award distribution ceremony was held in Dubai.


The HEC has been recognised for its achievements in increasing access to technology-embedded higher education and diligently creating a culture of innovative and useful research in higher education institutions in Pakistan.




Arab League has urged International Committee of Red Cross to urgently intervene for halting abuse of Palestinian prisoners by Israeli authorities.


The demand was made in a letter from Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit to President of the Red Cross Peter Maurer.



In Turkey, over nine thousand police officers have been suspended over suspected links with Fethullah Gulen, accused of a failed coup last year.


In a statement, the police force said these officers are being suspended on national security grounds.




The United States says it is engaging responsible members of international community to bring North Korea back to the "path of dialogue."


In a joint statement, US Secretary Defence chief Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Director National Intelligence Dan Coats said Washington will use diplomatic measures and additional sanctions to pressure North Korea into dismantling its nuclear, ballistic missile, and proliferation programs.



The United States says its missile defense system being installed in South Korea will be operational soon.


Commander of the US Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris told  Armed Services Committee that the system will be operational in coming days and able to defend South Korea against North Korean threat. 


He said the US military is also weighing whether it needs to install new missile interceptors on Hawaii.




In Venezuela, twenty nine people have been killed and eleven injured in violence at a prison in Barcelona.



Pakistan Cricket Board has called off scheduled tour to Bangladesh.


PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan said that the series scheduled for July-August this year has been postponed indefinitely by mutual consent.


He said Pakistan have toured Bangladesh twice without any reciprocation but now cannot tour for the third straight time.



Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours. However, light rain-thunderstorm is expected at a few places in Hazara division, Upper FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.


Temperature of some major cities recorded on Thursday morning was:-


Islamabad fourteen degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-four, Karachi twenty-seven, Peshawar eighteen, Quetta nine, Gilgit eleven, Murree and Muzaffarabad twelve degree centigrade.

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