DATE: 30-05-2017                           


Prime Minister has directed to ensure that no unscheduled load-shedding takes place in any part of the country during Ramazan ul Mubarak. 


Finance Minister assures that all constructive suggestions from MPs will be accommodated in next year's budget.


Minister of State for Information has said the PTI chief is consistently leveling false allegations against the prime minister and his family.


Prime Minister's son says he respects legal process and answered all questions asked by JIT on Tuesday.


A 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant will be established in Gwadar under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


Interior Minister says the dream of progress and prosperity in South Asia cannot come true until Pak-India relations are normalized.


In India, a special court has charged senior BJP leaders with criminal conspiracy to demolish Babri Masjid.  


China has warned India against building a bridge in Arunachal Pradesh.





Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed Ministry of Water and Power to ensure there is no unscheduled loadshedding anywhere in the country during the holy month of Ramazan. 


He was chairing a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Energy in Islamabad on Tuesday to review power supply situation in the country.


The Prime Minister directed to ensure uninterrupted power supply all over Pakistan during Sehar and Iftar.


He also directed for re-verification of the amounts of circular debt from 3rd party auditors.


Nawaz Sharif said provincial representatives be included in decision making on important issues related to the power sector.


Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif informed the meeting that steps are being taken to end unscheduled loadshedding in different parts of the country.



President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan desires to enhance political and trade relations with 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.



President Mamnoon Hussain signed the Companies Act, 2017 in Islamabad on Tuesday.


The new law will facilitate the growth of economy in general and the corporate sector in particular. It will provide simplified procedures for starting and doing businesses and greater protection to investors.                



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says improving well-being of general public and addressing their needs is main priority of the new budget.


He was chairing a meeting on matters related to Finance Division in Islamabad on Tuesday.


He said like each year, the present government has held comprehensive consultations with all stakeholders and various experts during budget preparations this year.


The Finance Minister reiterated that all constructive suggestions from parliamentary colleagues will be welcomed and given due consideration before the final approval of the budget.                           



Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says nine mega NADRA centers with state of the art facilities are being set up across the country.


He was talking to news persons in Islamabad after launching NADRA mega centre in Lahore and Executive Passport office in Faisalabad and Sargodha on Tuesday.


The Minister said round the clock service will be provided at these mega centers.


He said twelve executive passport offices will be established all over Pakistan by September this year.


Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said E-Passport system will also be launched soon. 


He said during the scrutiny process, thirty thousand passports have been cancelled and over one hundred seventy five thousand Computerized National Identity Cards blocked in the national interest.                    



Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif never sought immunity despite having the right and presented himself for accountability.


Addressing a news conference along with MNA Daniyal Aziz in Islamabad on Tuesday, she said Prime Minister himself had suggested the formation of Joint Investigation Team.


The Minister of State said Anti-Terrorism Court and Election Commission of Pakistan summoned Imran Khan in two different cases on Tuesday as accused.


She said PTI Chief is consistently levelling false allegations against Prime Minister and his family.


She further said those who could not provide record of ten years money trail are demanding money trail and record of thirty years from Sharif family.


The Minister of State said Supreme Court has been provided all relevant information and full cooperation is extended to JIT.



Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Affairs Dr Asif Kirmani says PML-N wants a transparent and impartial investigation according to constitution and law into Panama papers issue.


Talking to media persons in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said Hussain Nawaz has answered all questions asked by the Joint Investigation Team. He said Hussain Nawaz will continue to cooperate with the JIT in future as well.



Hussain Nawaz, the son of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, has said that he will testify before Joint Investigation Team whenever he is summoned.


Talking to news persons after appearing before JIT at Judicial Academy in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said he has answered all questions raised by the JIT.


He said he respects the legal process and all relevant documents demanded by JIT will be provided.                   



Resuming debate on budget in the Upper House of Parliament on Tuesday, Senator Abdul Qayyum stressed the need for promoting a knowledge based economy to take the country forward.


Ayesha Raza said the budget has fulfilled the aspirations and expectations of all stakeholders. She said fiscal deficit has decreased while GDP growth rate has reached 5.28 per cent which is highest in ten years.


Mian Ateeq said the budget does not provide any relief to 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 ground realities into consideration.


Ghaus Muhammad Niazi lauded the government for presenting a good budget for next fiscal year.


Farhatullah Baber said 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.



The Chair and members of Senate condemned the recent surge in Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir.


They regretted the silence of the international community over the state terrorism being perpetrated by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. 


They said honouring an Indian Army Major by Indian Army Chief for using Kashmiri youth as human shield is an insult to humanity, and human rights groups should take notice of it.


The House will now meet on Wednesday morning at 11.                    



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.


Ghaus 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.



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.


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 am.                          



Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to capitalize on potential in bilateral defence cooperation.


The understanding came at a meeting between Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanvir Hussain and President of Turkish Aeronautical Industry Dr. Temel Ketil, in Islamabad on Tuesday.


Rana Tanveer Hussain said the defence industrial and technical cooperation is an integral part of Pak-Turkey strategic relationship.



Security Forces have recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition during intelligence-based search operations in North and South Waziristan agencies and Swat.


The recovered weapons include SMGs, anti-aircraft gun, 303 rifles, pistols, IEDs along with detonators and ammunition of various calibres.



Pakistan government and a Chinese company signed an agreement on Tuesday to build a 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Gwadar.


The project will be established under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


The agreement to this effect was signed between Private Power and Infrastructure Board and China Communications Construction Company.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif chaired a meeting in Lahore on Tuesday, to review computerization of rural land record and its further planning.



Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair has said that minorities enjoy equal rights and religious freedom in Sindh province.


He was talking to Secretary General Pakistan Muslim League (N) Minority Wing in Sindh, Kheal Das Kohistani, who called on him in Karachi on Tuesday.


The Governor said government is giving special attention to development of the areas inhabited by minorities.



Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says the present government is taking all out efforts to minimize load-shedding in the country. 



Federal government has decided the establishment of industrial estate at Naurak in North Waziristan Agency.



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has approved three hundred and fifty-six schemes in different sectors under annual development programme for the next fiscal year.


The approval was given at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in Peshawar on Tuesday.


The schemes include establishment of ten new post graduate colleges, two new public libraries, seventy three playgrounds, development of seventy tourist resorts and solarization of tube-wells.


Pervez Khattak directed works and communication department to prepare a standard design for buildings of town offices in the province.



Sindh Rangers in an action arrested six culprits from different areas of Karachi on Tuesday.


They were involved in drug trafficking, extortion and other crimes.


Arms and ammunition were also recovered from their possession.                     



National Accountability Bureau has decided to file two corruption references, two investigations and seven inquiries against accused involved in corrupt practices, illegal appointments and other malpractices. 


This decision was taken in a meeting of Executive Board held in Islamabad on Tuesday with Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Chaudhry in the chair.


The meeting also approved plea bargain of over thirty two million rupees requested by two companies.


Addressing the meeting, the Chairman said NAB is committed to eradicate corruption from the country.                        



Pakistan Navy Ship Zulfiquar has arrived in Sri Lanka with relief goods for the people affected by rains and foods.


Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan, Dr Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra handed over the relief goods to Sri Lanka's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ravi Karunanayake at Colombo Port.


The Foreign Minister expressed his gratitude to the people and Government of Pakistan for providing timely and valued assistance.  



Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says the dream of progress and prosperity in South Asian region cannot come true until Pak-India relations are normalized.


He said this while talking to Pakistani Ambassador-designate to India Sohail Mahmood in Islamabad on Tuesday.


Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said lack of trust and India's permanent animosity toward Pakistan are the main causes of tensions between the two countries.


He called for sincere efforts by both sides to resolve longstanding issues between them.


Chaudhry Nisar said the responsibility entrusted to the new Ambassador is a challenge for him and expressed the hope that Sohail Mehmood will utilize all his capabilities to overcome this challenge and safeguard the interests of Pakistan.



In Occupied Kashmir, curfew and stringent restrictions continued in the Kashmir Valley on Tuesday to prevent people from conducting a march towards Tral town. 


According to Kashmir Media Service, call for the march was given by the joint resistance leadership to pay tribute to Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Sabzar Ahmad Butt, and other martyrs.


All shops, business establishments and educational institutions were closed while traffic remained off the road.


Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik while remembering Aasiya and Neelofar on their 8th martyrdom anniversary, on Tuesday, demanded an investigation by an international agency into their abduction and subsequent killing by Indian security forces.


APHC General Secretary Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a statement appealed to the people to take a special care of the victims of Indian state terrorism in the holy month of Ramadan.


Senior APHC leader Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi said that the participation of thousands of mourners in the funeral prayers of the martyred youth had proved once again that the entire population of occupied Kashmir was against India’s illegal occupation.



In India, a special CBI court has charged senior leaders of ruling party including former BJP chief Lal Krishna Advani with criminal conspiracy in connection with destruction of 16th century Babri mosque.


Veteran leader Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti are also among those charged by the court in the Babri mosque demolition case.



China has warned India to remain cautious and exercise restraint over building a bridge in Arunachal Pradesh.


An official of Chinese Foreign Ministry said we hope India will adopt a cautious and restrained attitude on the issue before the final settlement of the border issue with Beijing to jointly control disputes, safeguard peace and tranquility in the border areas.


He further said China’s position on the eastern section of the Sino-Indian border areas is consistent and clear.


The warning from China came after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a bridge that links Arunachal Pradesh with neighbouring Assam.



Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman left for Russia on Tuesday on the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.


During the visit, the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince will meet President Vladimir Putin and a number of senior officials to discuss bilateral relations, enhance cooperation between the two countries and review issues of mutual interest.



South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered a thorough investigation into the unauthorized transportation of four more mobile launchers of the US missile shield into the country.


In a press briefing, Chief Presidential Press Secretary said that President Moon described it very shocking after he was briefed about the secret transportation of four more THAAD mobile launchers.



In Nepal, a pilot was killed and two other crew members were wounded when a small army plane crashed in district Bajura on Tuesday.


The plane was carrying food supplies to the remote western part of the country.

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