Text Bulletin 1200 hrs
> Manasik-e-Hajj started today with the gathering of Hujjaj at Mina in Makkah.
> Meeting of National Security Committee is underway in Islamabad with Prime Minister in the chair.
> Senate was informed today that the government has collected over 1345 billion rupees as direct taxes during current fiscal year.
> China has expressed the hope that India will learn lessons from the recent border standoff between the two countries.
Manasik-e-Hajj started today (Wednesday) with the gathering of Hajis at Mina in Makkah.
A meeting of the National Security Committee is underway in Islamabad with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair.
Apart from relevant Federal Ministers, it is being attended by all the three services chiefs.
The meeting is expected to take stock of the prevailing security environment.
The meeting is attended by Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Foreign Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Hayat, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff Admir Muhammad Zakaullah, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, National Security Advisor retired Lt. General Nasser Khan Janjua and senior civil and military officials.
The National Assembly session started at the Parliament House in Islamabad today (Wednesday) with speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair.
The House started discussion on a motion moved by Law Minister Zahid Hamid on the situation arising out of President Donald Trump's statement regarding US Policy in Afghanistan.
Member of National Assembly Shaikh Rohale Asghar called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad on Wednesday.
He briefed the Prime Minister regarding development schemes of his constituency.
The Senate was informed today that government has collected over 1345 billion rupees as direct taxes during current fiscal year.
Responding to a question, Law Minister Zahid Hamid said that over 24 billion rupees were collected from government employees, over 484 billion rupees from Private persons, over 830 billion rupees from Companies and 5.5 billion from Corporations.
Replying to another question, Law Minister said new survey of BISP will be completed by next year to include maximum number of poor people to get benefit from the programme.
Pakistan Alumni Society of Sri Lanka will be launched soon to foster close relations between the people of Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The Society to be launched by High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka will help Sri Lankan students visiting Pakistan for higher education to make contacts with universities for admission under various scholarship programmes.
All Sri Lankan citizens who received professional qualifications or attended short or long term training programmes in Pakistan are eligible to join the Society.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has expressed hope that India will learn lessons from a recently resolved border standoff between the two countries and avoid such occurrences in the future.
He was speaking in Beijing two days after the two countries agreed to pull back their troops from the common border.
Earlier, Chinese Foreign Office spokeswoman had stated that Beijing would complete building of roads and other infrastructure along the Himalayan border with India for border protection and to help local people's livelihoods.
She said that its border troops will also continue their patrols in the Doklam area.
Pakistan Women Baseball team will leave for Hong Kong on Saturday to participate in the 1st BFA Women's Baseball Asian Cup.
The tournament is scheduled to be held in Hong Kong from 2nd to 7th of next month.
Besides Pakistan, Japan, Chinese Taipei, India, Korea and host Hong Kong are participating in the tournament.