Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
National Security Committee meeting in Islamabad with Prime Minister in the chair is reviewing matters relating to national security.
Pakistan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Kabul that killed eighty people on Wednesday morning.
The Senate and the National Assembly continued debate on new budget on Wednesday.
The Hurriyet leadership says Indian forces are carrying out genocide in Occupied Kashmir under a plan.
The ICC Champions Trophy begins at Oval on Thursday.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is chairing a meeting of the National Security Committee in Islamabad.
Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman and National Security Advisor retired Lt. Gen. Nasser Khan Janjua and other senior officials are attending the meeting.
Earlier, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Wednesday.
They discussed issues relating to national security.
Pakistan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Kabul on Wednesday morning.
Foreign Office in a statement in Islamabad on Wednesday said that Pakistan being a victim of terrorism understands the pain and agony that such incidents inflict upon the people and society.
Expressing sympathies with Afghan people, Pakistan said it firmly stands with Afghan brothers in this hour of grief and anguish.
The statement said that the blast also caused damage to the residences of some Pakistani diplomats and staff, living in the close vicinity and inflicted minor injuries to some of them.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has also strongly condemned the attack in Kabul.
Expressing sympathies with the government and people of Afghanistan he prayed for the early recovery of the injured.
Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has also condemned the terrorist attack in Afghan capital Kabul.
Talking to Afghan Parliamentary delegation visiting in Islamabad on Wednesday, he expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the attack.
Earlier, eighty people were killed and over 300 others wounded in a massive car bomb attack in Kabul on Wednesday morning.
The explosion took place at the peak of Kabul's rush hour. The affected area is home to many embassies, diplomatic missions, the Presidential Palace and the Foreign Ministry.
The Senate resumed discussion on the budgetary proposals for the next fiscal year on Wednesday.
Taking part in the discussion Nihal Hashmi said credit goes to the government for bringing improvement to the economic and security situation of the country.
He said all the economic indicators are on positive trajectory and the government is taking steps to transfer these benefits to common man. He said funding of Bait-ul-Mal has also been enhanced.
Mushahid Hussain Sayed appreciated allocation of two billion rupees for development of sports infrastructure in the country.
He said public diplomacy should be pursued regarding Kashmir issue.
Sehar Kamran expressed concern over increase in internal and external debts.
She said exports and remittances are also on the decline.
Salahuddin Tirmizi stressed the need of checking the growing population trend.
Saleem Zia welcomed the massive Chinese investment saying it will change the entire economic landscape of the country.
The National Assembly also resumed discussion on the budget for the year 2017-18 on Wednesday.
Taking part in the debate, Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal said the Finance Minister has presented the budget in line with the vision of Prime Minister for development of the country.
He said subsidy on fertilizers will help improve the agriculture sector's production and its contribution to the GDP.
Nasir Khan Khattak said that the performance of economy of any county depends on law and order situation.
He said the government has allocated considerable funds for defense of the country.
Asiya Nasir congratulated the government on presenting budget for consecutive 5th time.
She proposed that PSDP's share for minorities should be enhanced. She said increase in salaries and pensions in the budget is not enough.
Chaudhry Muhammad Arshad lauded government's initiative for provision of relief to farmers. He proposed that steps should be taken for marketing and exports of agriculture produce.
Raja Javed Ikhlas appreciated allocation of huge funds for communication infrastructure development in all parts of the country.
Pir Bakhsh Junejo lauded the steps taken for the uplift of agriculture sector in the country.
Aliya Kamran Proposed that more funds should be allocated for education sector with focus on technical education.
Shaista Pervaiz described the budget as people friendly. She congratulated PML-N leadership for presenting a balanced budget.
The House will now meet on Friday at 11 AM.
The Opposition Members continued boycott of the session on Wednesday as a protest over the issue of live coverage of Opposition Leader's speech on PTV.
The opposition members assembled outside the parliament and continued discussion on the budget in front of the media.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that PML-N believes in the supremacy of constitution and law.
She said this in an interview while responding to questions about statement of PML-N leader Senator Nehal Hashmi about accountability of Sharif family.
The Minister of State said that the Prime Minister strongly believes in the accountability.
She said that remarks of Nehal Hashmi are his personal opinion.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has sought explanation from Nehal Hashmi.
PML-N leaders say PTI Chairman Imran Khan has failed to justify his foreign party funding and money trail against his assets in the Election Commission and Supreme Court.
Talking to newsmen in Islamabad, MNA Daniyal Aziz along with MNA Talal Chaudhry and Hanif Abbasi said Imran Khan has been giving false statements and now he is trying to escape from accountability.
He said PTI Chairman has backed out from all his earlier statements.
Punjab Chief Minister says the government will allocate record resources for progress and prosperity of Southern Punjab in the next budget.
He was talking to Member National Assembly Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari who called on him in Lahore.
The Chief Minister said the government will launch clean drinking water supply projects in thirty-seven tehsils of the southern Punjab.
Referring Multan Metro Bus Service he said it is providing safe, swift and modern travelling facilities to the people.
A special economic zone will be established at Rashakai near Mardan at a cost of over three billion dollars under China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
According to official sources the government has decided to acquire one thousand acres land for the project.
The special economic zone will boost trade and business activities in the province.
In Occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership has condemned the puppet authorities for imposing curfew and arresting their leaders to prevent the march towards Tral Town.
The joint resistance leadership had called the march to pay tributes to Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Sabzar Ahmad Butt, and other martyrs.
In a joint statement in Srinagar the resistance leadership said, restrictions, crackdown against leaders and imposing curfew are illogical which will give rise to chaos and uncertainty in Jammu and Kashmir.
They said the Indian forces are carrying out genocide in Kashmir under a well-thought-out plan and misleading the world opinion regarding Kashmir dispute. .
Meanwhile, fearing student protests, the puppet authorities have announced to close higher secondary schools and colleges in Kashmir Valley for two days.
Russia says its warships in the Mediterranean Sea have fired four cruise missiles at the Islamic State group's positions in Syria.
The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement in Moscow that the missiles targeted IS positions in the ancient city of Palmyra.
The ministry said Russia had notified the US, Turkey and Israel before the strike.
Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its National Hook-up at 1605 hours on Wednesday a Special Feature in connection with the Death Anniversary of Renowned Singer "INAYAT HUSSAIN BHATTI".
The ICC Champions Trophy begins at Oval on Thursday.
The first match of the tournament in Group A will be played between host England and Bangladesh.
Pakistan will play their first match in Group B against arch-rivals India on Sunday at Birmingham.