Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
President has stressed the need for boosting ties with regional countries for getting permanent membership of Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
The Senate has been informed that substantial amount has been allocated in the budget for FATA.
All field offices of Federal Board of Revenue will observe extended working hours on Tuesday and on Wednesday to facilitate tax payers.
Speaker AJK Legislative Assembly says state terrorism in Occupied Kashmir cannot force Kashmiris to surrender their right to self determination.
In Iraq, twenty people have been killed in twin car bombings in Baghdad.
President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan desires to enhance political and trade relations with the South East Asian countries.
He was talking to ambassador designate of Pakistan to Thailand Asim Iftikhar Ahmad in Islamabad on Tuesday.
The President said Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Thailand and there is need to further strengthen bilateral relations in trade, defence and education sectors.
He stressed the need for boosting ties with regional countries for getting permanent membership of the Association of South East Asian Nations.
The President directed the ambassador designate to keep close contacts with Pakistani community in Thailand to facilitate them.
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Tuesday and discussed defence and security matters with him.
Matters related to strategic and operational preparedness of the Armed forces also featured in the meeting.
Resuming debate on budget in the Upper House of Parliament Senator Abdul Qayyum stressed the need for promoting a knowledge based economy to take the country forward.
Ayesha Raza said the budget fulfils the aspirations and expectations of all stakeholders. She said fiscal deficit has decreased while GDP growth rate has reached 5.28 percent which is highest in last ten years.
Mian Ateeq said the budget does not carry any relief for the common man.
Aurangzeb Khan said interest free loans should be provided to FATA people.
Tahir Hussain Mashhadi said the budget documents have been prepared without taking grounds realities into consideration.
Ghous Muhammad Niazi lauded the government for presenting a good budget for next fiscal year.
He said GDP growth rate has increased to 5.25 percent, which is to positive sign for economy.
Farhatullah Baber said that the budget has undermined civic and human rights of citizens as the government has placed national commission for human rights under the Ministry of Human Rights.
He said no amount has been allocated for FATA.
Responding to Farhatullah Baber, Minister of State for Education and Training Baligh-ur-Rehman said the government has allocated substantial amount in the budget for the establishment of FATA University.
Mohsin Leghari said the government has increased credit availability for farmers through Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited which should be further enhanced to facilitate the peasant.
The National Assembly resumed debate on the new budget on Tuesday.
Participating in the discussion, Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan said leading world financial institutions are appreciating the economic strides made by the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
He said power outages have significantly reduced and will completely end by next year.
Ghous Bakhsh Maher said the government should cut the prices of fertilizer to provide relief to the farmers.
Shahida Akhtar Ali said the government should frame a policy to bring improvement in the lives of the poor. She said efforts should be expedited for promotion of investment in the country.
Mehr Ishtiaq Ahmad said instead of boycotting the proceedings of the House, the opposition should sit with the government to work out a future roadmap for the national economy.
Maulana Amir Zaman said priority should be given to the development of backward areas.
Chaudhry Jaffer Iqbal said the opposition parties are scared of economic vision and policies of the government.
Earlier, rising on a point of order leader of the Opposition Khurshid Shah said that he will make speech on budgetary proposals if his speech is telecast live on the state media.
Responding to the points of the Opposition Leader, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanvir said that state media give live coverage only to the budget speech of Finance Minister.
He admitted the Opposition Leader has played an important role for strengthening democratic system and should not pursue the course of the party which has no respect for democracy and parliament.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the government should review its decision to make the budget session meaningful.
Later, the opposition staged a walkout from the House in protest for not allowing live coverage to the speech of the Opposition Leader on the budget.
The House will meet again on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
All field offices of Federal Board of Revenue will observe extended working hours on Tuesday and on Wednesday till 6:00pm to facilitate tax payers.
Federal Board of Revenue has established liaison with the State Bank of Pakistan and National Bank to ensure transfer of tax collection before Wednesday.
The federal government has decided to establish industrial estate at Naurak in North Waziristan Agency.
A spokesman of FATA Development Authority told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that the industrial estate will be constructed under Special Economic Zone on Bannu Miranshah-Ghulam Khan Road of the Agency.
The industrial estate will regulate the mineral exploration process, create employment opportunities and improve socio-economic conditions of the tribal people.
Tenders have already been floated for the project.
The Speaker Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Shah Ghulam Qadir has criticized the silence of international community over the increasing brutalities of Indian troops in Occupied Kashmir.
In a statement issued in Muzaffarabad on Tuesday, he strongly condemned the Uri incident, in which two elderly men were kidnapped and killed by the Indian forces.
The Speaker said despite worst ever state terrorism in held valley, Kashmiris would never surrender their internationally recognized right to self determination.
In Occupied Kashmir, curfew and stringent restrictions continue on the third consecutive day on Tuesday, to prevent people from conducting a march towards Tral town.
Call for the march has been given by the joint resistance leadership to pay tributes to Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Sabzar Ahmad Butt, and other martyrs.
Complete shutdown is being observed in the held valley to mourn the killing of civilians by Indian troops.
All shops, business establishments and educational institutions are closed while traffic is off the roads.
The occupation authorities have deployed police and sealed major roads to prevent people from staging anti-India protests.
In Iraq, twenty people were killed and eighty others injured in two car bombs in Baghdad on Tuesday.
Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the blasts.
In Bangladesh, at least five people were killed after Cyclone hit south-eastern coast of the c ountry on Tuesday.
Hundreds of houses were damaged particularly in refugee camps housing Rohingya Muslims from neighbouring Myanmar.
The authorities have moved hundreds of thousands of people to safer places.
UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim is due in Somalia on Tuesday to assess the extent of the prevailing drought and its environmental causes and impacts.
The UN mission said Solheim will hold talks with senior government officials on broad range of environmental issues.