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Finance Minister says recommendations of Senate on the budget will be fully accommodated.

Attorney General says Pakistan will never compromise its national security in Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops have martyred two elderly civilians in Uri area after dubbing them as Mujahideen.

Australia has decided to increase its troops in Afghanistan following a formal request from the United States.



The Chair and opposition members expressed concerns over the absence of Finance Ministry's officials in the gallery.

They pointed out that the House is about to begin debate on the Finance bill 2017-18 but neither the finance minister nor relevant officials from the ministry are present in the House to take note of their recommendations. They said the government is not taking the Upper House seriously.

Responding to the concerns, Minster for Law Zahid Hamid rejected the impression that the government is not taking the House seriously.

He said that we value the recommendations of the House and in the last budget many of the recommendations of the House on the budget were accepted.

Later the Chair temporarily adjourned the proceedings of the House.



Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has said the performance of Pakistan Railways is promoted on modern lines to provide safe, inexpensive and fast mode of travelling to the passengers.

Addressing a seminar in Lahore today, he said the condition of Railways was very pathetic in 2013, but the PML-N government worked day and night to put the department on track to development.

He said that the policy of merit has been promoted in Pakistan Railways and indiscriminate action is taken against corrupt officials.



Attorney General for Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf says Pakistan will present all evidence before the International Court of Justice in Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

In an interview, he said Kulbhushan Jadhav is an Indian agent and we have sufficient proofs of his involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan.

He said Pakistan's stance has not been rejected by ICJ on Kulbushan as interim verdict of ICJ is neither defeat or
victory of any country.

The Attorney General said Pakistan is a responsible country and will not violate the international laws. However, he made it clear that Pakistan will also never compromise on its national security.



In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops have martyred two elderly civilians in Uri area of Kupwara district after dubbing them as mujahideen.

Quoting media reports and locals, Kashmir Media Service says that the slain men were civilians. The gravediggers were forced to quietly bury the deceased in the darkness of the night.

In a statement, member of so-called Kashmir Assembly Engineer Rasheed has asked police to reveal the identity of these men killed in Uri area by the troops.

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