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MAY 30, 2017

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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.

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

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

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.

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PM-ENERGY
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 today 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.

MAMNOON
President Mamnoon Hussain signed the Companies Act, 2017 in Islamabad today.

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.

DAR
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 today.

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.

NISAR-NADRA:
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says nine mega NADRA centres 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 today.

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

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

MARRIYUM
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 Danyal Aziz in Islamabad today, 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 today 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.

HUSSAIN
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 today, 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.

ISPR
Security Forces have recovered a huge cache of arms and amunition 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 amuntion of various calibres.

PAK-TURKEY:
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 today.

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

GWADAR
Pakistan government and a Chinese company signed an agreement today 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.

RELIEF
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.

NISAR-INDIA
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 today.

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 utilise all his capabilities to overcome this challenge and sageguard the interests of Pakistan.

KASHMIR
In occupied Kashmir, curfew and stringent restrictions continued in the Kashmir Valley today 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, today, demanded an investigation by an international agency into their abduction and subsequent killing by Indian security forces.


INDIA
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-INDIA
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 tranquillity 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 inagurated a bridge that links Arunachal Pradesh with neighbouring Assam.

WEATHER

Mainly very hot and dry weather is expected in plain areas of the country during the next twelve hours.

However, rain with dust-thunderstorm may occur at isolated places of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Malakand, Hazara divisions, upper FATA and Kashmir.


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