MAY 29, 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 of State for Information says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project has made national economy impregnable.

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

Germany, France and Russia hold meeting in Berlin tomorrow 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 today.

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 tomorrow.

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

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 today.

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.

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 today.

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.

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 today, 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.

Making a policy statement in the house today 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.

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.

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 today, 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.

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.

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 today.

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.

In Occupied Kashmir, normal life remained crippled for the second consecutive day today 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 today. 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 tomorrow, to pay tributes to the Commander Sabzar Ahmad Butt and other martyrs.

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, today, 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 tomorrow 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.


Mainly very hot and dry weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.

However, rain with thunderstorm is expected at a few places in Bahawalpur, Kashmir and adjoining hilly areas.


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