DATE: 29-05-2017                                


Prime Minister has directed for minimum load-shedding during Ramazan-ul-Mubarak.


President says provision of essential drugs at low rate is fundamental duty of the State.


Minister for Planning has stressed the need for strengthening linkages between academia and industry for human resource development.


The Senate was informed on Monday that one trillion rupees have been allocated for infrastructure and human resource development in the new budget.


Minister of State for Information says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project has made national economy impregnable.


Lowari Tunnel project will be completed at a cost of twenty-six billion rupees next month.


In Occupied Kashmir, normal life remained crippled for the second consecutive day on Monday due to complete shutdown against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander.


Germany, France and Russia hold meeting in Berlin on Tuesday to discuss crisis in Ukraine.





Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed to ensure minimum electricity load-shedding to provide relief to people in Ramazan-ul-Mubarak.


He was presiding over a meeting of the cabinet committee on energy in Islamabad on Monday.


The Prime Minister said the government is fully cognizant of the problems faced by masses due to power shortage and it will not rest till a significant relief is provided to them.


Keeping in view the urgency of the situation, the Prime Minister convened another meeting of the committee on Tuesday.


The meeting was informed that an additional nine thousand one hundred seven megawatt electricity will be added to the system by March next year.


Secretary Water and Power briefed the meeting that Bhikki and Haveli Bhadur Shah plants are facing routine mechanical problems in some of their turbines which are being removed.


Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources briefed the committee regarding new gas pipelines being built for LNG from Karachi to Lahore.                       



Nawaz Sharif also chaired a meeting held to review progress on development projects, particularly roads and motorways across the country and metro link to New Islamabad International Airport in Islamabad on Monday.


The Prime Minister directed that timelines for completion of the projects should be adhered to and no compromise be made on quality of work.


The Prime Minister directed the authorities concerned that all works be undertaken with utmost transparency.


On this occasion, DG FWO and Chairman NHA briefed the Prime Minister regarding progress on various roads and motorway projects being undertaken across the country.                    



President Mamnoon Hussain says provision of quality treatment and essential drugs at low cost to general public is fundamental duty of the state.


He said this while chairing a meeting of Monitoring Committee on provision of essential drugs and Committee for provision of 100 percent medicines to inpatients at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad on Monday.


The President was apprised that Federal Medical College presently housed in the laboratory of Drug Regulatory Authority for the last five years will be shifted to Alfarabi Centre.


He said accreditation of drugs with WHO will enable the country to enhance its pharmaceutical exports and earn foreign exchange reserves.                



Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal has stressed the need for strengthening linkages between academia and industry for human resource development.


He was addressing the National Consultative Conference on HEC Vision 2025 in Islamabad on Monday.


The Minister said the government has allocated a sum of over thirty billion rupees for Higher Education Commission under the annual development plan 2017-18.


Ahsan Iqbal said we must align our abilities and education system to the demands of modern time so that Vision 2025 can successfully culminate and the country is ranked among top twenty economies of the world.                



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has urged the provincial governments to show open heartedness and magnanimity for development of Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA.


Speaking in the Senate on Monday, he said a meeting will be held with provincial Chief Ministers on the issue after the passage of the budget.


He said revenue collection has increased significantly over the last several years and share from the divisible pool for Tribal Areas, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan will not affect allocations for the federating units.


The Finance Minister assured that good recommendations of the Upper House on the next budget will be fully accommodated.                 



Making a policy statement in the house on Monday on development expenditures, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal said infrastructure, energy and human resource development have been given priority in the new Public Sector Development Program, which amounts to historic one trillion rupees.


He said four hundred and eleven billion rupees have been allocated for infrastructure development and over four hundred billion rupees for energy sector.


The Minister said massive investment is being made in the higher education in order to equip our youth with necessary skills. 


He said that university campuses will be established in all the districts in the next two years.                                                  



Initiating debate on the next year's budget, Saleem Mandviwala congratulated the Finance Minister for presenting the fifth consecutive budget.


He, however, said the budget carries nothing for the common man. He described ten percent increase in salaries and pensions as meagre.


Chaudhry Tanvir said world financial institutions are now appreciating gains made by the country over the last four years.


Nauman Wazir Khattak said loss making institutions should be privatized.


He said planning commission should play a lead role in development of backward areas and reduction of poverty.


Sajjad Hussain Turi said adequate funds should be earmarked for development of tribal areas to bring them at par with the developed areas of the country.


Azam Khan Swati said reforms should be introduced in the FBR to enhance the revenue collection.


The House will now meet on Tuesday morning at 11.                     



National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad on Monday evening with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair.


The House offered Fateha for twelve Kashmiri youths martyred by Indian Occupied forces in Kashmir. 


The House also offered Fateha for the people killed in Malakand incident.                  



Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousuf says central Ruet-e-Hilal committee always takes decisions regarding sighting of moon with consensus.


Responding to a point of order raised by Sajid Nawaz, he said central Ruet-e-Hilal comprising twenty-three members has representation from all parts of the country and sects and always respects opinion from diverse quarters.


The Minister said Muneeb-ur-Rehman is a renowned Islamic scholar and he respects opinion of all committee members.               



The Opposition staged walkout from the House for not broadcasting Opposition Leader Syed Khurshid Shah's speech live.                    



Initiating the debate on Federal Budget 2017-18, PML-N Leader Shaza Fatima Khawaja said consistency of the government's policies indicate strengthening of democracy in the country.


Taking part in the debate, Naeema Kishwar said Pakistan's economy is progressing due to prudent policies of the government.


Syed Essa Noori said Gwadar is facing severe shortage of electricity and clean drinking water. He urged the government to take steps to mitigate the sufferings of the people of Gwadar.


Mahmood Bashir Virk said some elements are trying to hamper country's progress in all spheres. He said there should be no politics on the matters pertaining to Pakistan's economic developmental growth.


The House is adjourned to meet again on Tuesday at 11 a.m.                    



Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said Pakistan is heading towards development and prosperity without bothering about anti-developmental elements.


Talking to media persons in Islamabad on Monday, she said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has presented himself and his family before the apex court for accountability despite having all constitutional rights.


She said the PTI is avoiding its own accountability and ridiculing the constitutional institutions of the country as the party is involved in mega corruption scandals.


The Minister of State said that Hussain Nawaz presented himself before JIT despite objection and he did so just for the trust of people of Pakistan over three-time elected Prime Minister.


Marriyum Aurangzeb said in 1998 Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had made defence of country impregnable by carrying out nuclear tests and now he is making economy of Pakistan impregnable by initiating China Pakistan Economic Corridor Project in the country. 


She said the issue of JIT will be resolved according to law and constitution of the country. She said all the required proofs are being given to the JIT to ensure a transparent investigation.                   



National Highway Authority has expedited work on Lowari Tunnel on the directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the project will be completed next month.


Project Director Muhammad Ibrahim told APP that 94 percent work on the project has been completed.


After completion, Lowari Tunnel will provide round the clock traveling facility to the people of Chitral even during the harsh winter season.


Terming the project a gift of Prime Minister for people of Chitral, he said PML-N government after coming into power had approved additional funds for Lowari Tunnel to ensure its completion as early as possible.                            



A three-member bench of Supreme Court has dismissed petition of Hussain Nawaz against two members of Joint Investigation Team.


The bench was headed by Justices Aijaz Afzal in Islamabad toady.


A petition was filed by Hussain Nawaz challenging two of the JIT members on Panama Papers Case.                     



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


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


He said financial deficit of Pakistan Railways has significantly decreased as its operations improved during the last four years.   


Khawaja Saad Rafique said China Pakistan Economic Corridor is a long term strategic investment and partnership, which should not be made controversial at all.


He said CPEC is a game changer for the country and a number of projects are being carried out under it would help strengthening the country.



Speaker Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly Speaker Fida Muhammad Nashad says work will soon be started on forty megawatt Harpo Hydropower Project in Skardu.


In an interview with our Gilgit correspondent, he said the thirty megawatt Shagarthang Hydropower Project would be included in the Public Sector Development program of this year.



A ceremony to acknowledge sacrifices rendered by the locals of Killi Janghir and Killi Luqman due to unprovoked firing by Afghan Border Police this month was held in Chaman on Monday.


According to ISPR, relief and assistance package was distributed amongst the affectees.


Headquarters Frontier Corps has already distributed a relief package worth 25 million rupees and it will provide free education to the wards of Chaman shuhada in FC School.


Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Aamer Riaz had assured the affected citizens that Pakistan Army will look after them during his visit to Chaman.                          



Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif telephoned on Monday Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and reiterated his commitment about reducing load-shedding during Ramazan-ul-Mubarak.


According to the spokesman of Chief Minister House, Syed Murad Ali Shah informed him that because of load- shedding, people are facing hardships.



Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah paid surprise visit to various parts of Karachi city, checked prices of fruits and other things of the daily use.


According to spokesman of Chief Minister House Syed Murad Ali Shah visited Burns Road, Pakistan Chowk, Saddar and other areas of the city.


Local bodies minister Jam Khan Shoro, Commissioner Karachi and other officers also accompanied by him on the occasion.               



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has directed provincial cabinet committee on price control to take steps for monitoring quality, supply and prices of eatables in Ramazan bazaars so that relief could be provided to people.


He also directed the cabinet committee to ensure availability of flour, sugar, pulses, ghee, vegetables and fruits at concessionary rates during the holy month.



United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has trained about eight hundred Afghan youth in various technical trades living in different areas of Pakistan.


Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar Correspondent that the training was aimed at preparing Afghan youth to play a positive role in reconstruction of their country.



The Prime Minister Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider has said that Indian forces are committing war crimes in held territory which goes unnoticed by the human rights organizations and civilized nations of the world.


Talking to different delegations in Muzaffarabad on Monday, he said India, through its aggressive designs, is trying to crush the ongoing liberation struggle by state terrorism.


Paying rich tributes to Sabzar Ahmed Butt, Faizan Ahmed and other youth martyred by Indian troops on Saturday, the AJK Prime Minister said that youth spilled their blood for the sacred cause of freedom of their motherland.


Raja Farooq Haider called upon peace loving nations of the world to persuade India to stop massive human rights violations in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.               



In Occupied Kashmir, normal life remained crippled for the second consecutive day on Monday due to complete shutdown, marked by strict curfew and other restrictions.


All shops and business establishments were closed while traffic was off the road. The authorities had closed all educational institutions besides postponing the Kashmir University exams scheduled for on Monday. Mobile and internet services continued to remain suspended.


Curfew and other restrictions were enforced in Srinagar, Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama, Badgam, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Kupwara and Baramulla districts to prevent anti-India protests.


The joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik has called for a march towards Tral on Tuesday, to pay tributes to the Commander Sabzar Ahmad Butt and other martyrs.


Shutdown was observed in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on the eighth death anniversary of two Kashmiri women Aasiya and Neelofar.


On the other hand, reacting to the statement of Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on the issue of human shield, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Keneth Roth, on Monday, said that Indian Army Chief showed ‘Criminal Leadership.’                       



Deputy Foreign Ministers of Normandy Contact Group, including Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia will meet in Berlin on Tuesday to discuss the Ukraine crisis.


German Foreign Ministry spokesman told a news conference in Berlin that the meeting will review the current situation on the ground with regard to ceasefire and other commitments under the Minsk agreements.


The Normandy contact group is designed to broker a peace process in rebel-held regions in eastern parts of Ukraine.                  



Russian President Vladimir Putin met his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at Versailles in France on Monday in a bid to improve strained relations between the two countries.


Both leaders are scheduled to talk in detail to understand each others views on a range of disputed issues, including the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and Russia's ties with the European Union.                         



The Philippines military says it is close to retaking the southern city of Marawi from Maute militants.  


A Military spokesman told reporters in Manila that we are trying to isolate all pockets of resistance.


However, the Maute group is still present in nine of the city's 96 localities.


More than 100 people have been killed and most of the city's residents have fled during the conflict.                        



Egyptian warplanes hit targets in the Libyan city of Derna on Monday.


Eye witnesses told media that one attack hit the western entrance of the city while the other two hit Dahr al-Hamar locality in the south.


Derna is the same city where Egyptian jets targeted fighters responsible for killing Egyptian Christians on Friday and Saturday.

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