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HEADLINES

31-May-2017

National Security Committee, which met with Prime Minister in the chair, has discussed internal and external security situation.

President has reiterated Pakistan's desire for cordial relations with neighbors, including India, on equality basis.

Parliament will begin its new year tomorrow with the address of the President to the joint session.

Government has announced to decrease prices of petrol and diesel for the month of June.

Russia has announced to lift certain sanctions imposed on Turkey after downing of its jet in 2015.

ICC Champions Trophy begins in England tomorrow.

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NSC

A meeting of National Security Committee was held in Islamabad today with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in the chair. 

Matters pertaining to internal and external security of the country, situation on the western border and Line of Control came under discussion.

The meeting expressed serious concern over aggravating human rights situation in occupied Kashmir and continued brutalities of Indian forces against innocent Kashmiri people.

It was reiterated that Pakistan will continue to extend its moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of occupied Kashmir.

The meeting also discussed security matters related to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects.

MAMNOON

President Mamnoon Hussain has urged international community and human rights organizations to take notice of grave human rights violations by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.

Talking to Pakistani High Commissioner-designate to India Sohail Mahmood in Islamabad today, he said the world community is being informed of deteriorating situation in occupied Kashmir, but there is still need to highlight this grim issue.

The President said Pakistan is desirous of having cordial relations with all its neighbouring countries, including India, on equality basis.

He said Pakistan wants resolution of all outstanding issues, including Kashmir, with India through dialogue.

The President said Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadhav was involved in promoting terrorism on Pakistan's soil, which is condemnable.

SESSION

The joint session of the parliament will be held in Islamabad tomorrow at 11:00 am.

President Mamnoon Hussain will address the joint session on the beginning of the fifth and last parliamentary year.

He will highlight the achievements of the government in diverse sectors, including war against terrorism, law and order, economic challenges, power generation and agriculture.

NISAR-FIA

FIA has identified various people involved in illegal activity of human organs' transplantation.

This was informed during a meeting held in Islamabad today with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in the chair. 

The agency has so far identified three doctors, four paramedics, two agents, two heads of heinous racket, one facilitator, two donors and two foreign recipients involved in this act.          

The meeting was informed that 358 proclaimed offenders have been arrested in Punjab, 17 in Sindh, 56 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 12 in Balochistan and 119 in Islamabad.

The Minister directed FIA to gear up efforts towards apprehending proclaimed offender wanted in various cases.                                                                                                                         

NAB

Chairman National Accountability Bureau Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has said that NAB attaches high value to partnership with National Crime Agency of the United Kingdom.

He was talking to Country Manager NCA Osman Ahmed in Islamabad today.

The Chairman said that close cooperation between the two agencies will be of great help in curbing corruption.

POL

The government has reduced prices of petroleum products for the next month.

This was announced by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad this evening.

According to the new prices, petrol will be available at 72.80 rupees per liter with a reduction of 1.20 rupees and diesel at 81.40 rupees with a reduction of 1.60 rupees. The prices of the light diesel and kerosene oil will remain unchanged.

The new prices will be effective from midnight tonight.

COMMITTEE

The sub-committee of the parliamentary committee on electoral reforms today approved various proposals regarding electoral rolls, printing of ballot papers and delimitations.

Law Minister Zahid Hamid chaired the meeting of the committee.

The committee decided that Election Commission will have to complete delimitations of constituencies four months before elections.

It agreed that all financial powers should be delegated to the Chief Election Commissioner.

ECP

The Election Commission of Pakistan has rejected PTI's objections over scrutiny of the party's foreign funding and bank accounts.

In its detailed and unanimous judgment issued today, the ECP said it has the powers to scrutinize funding of a political party and its bank accounts.

The verdict says political parties are bound to disclose their sources of funding.

It said the Commission has the powers to take suo moto notice on any wrongdoing.

The Commission said any illegal transaction cannot be described as closed one.

NIHAL

Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Political Affairs Asif Kirmani says show-cause notice has been served on Senator Nihal Hashmi for his remarks about Joint Investigation Team.      

In a statement today, he said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is very annoyed over Hashmi's irresponsible statement, which is a clear violation of the party policy and discipline.      

CJP-NOTICE

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar has taken suo motu notice of the speech of Senator Nihal Hashmi.

The Chief Justice has summoned Nihal Hashmi in the court tomorrow.

A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal will hear the matter.

NAVY

Pakistan Navy continues to provide humanitarian assistance tothe flood-hit areas in Sri Lanka.

Pakistan Navy has established medical camps at various locations across the affected area to treat local people.

Reportedly, one hundred and eighty-three people have been killed and a million displaced by the floods.

AJK-CABINET

The Azad Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet has appealed to the international community to take serious notice of Indian state terrorism in Occupied Kashmir.

The AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan presided over the meeting in Muzaffarabad today.

In another resolution, the Cabinet expressed deep grief and sorrow over the martyrdom of Sabzar Ahmed Butt and other fourteen Kashmiris.

In another resolution, the AJK Cabinet expressed profound gratitude to Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar for presenting a growth oriented and poor friendly budget.

KASHMIR

In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership has said that Indian forces are carrying out genocide of Kashmiris under a well-thought-out plan.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the leadership in a statement condemned the Indian authorities for imposing curfew and arresting the Hurriyet leaders and demanded their immediate release.

They added that Kashmir is a political issue and the people of Kashmir are peacefully pursuing their right to self-determination for the past seven decades.

The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani made it clear that no talks would be held with India unless it accepts Kashmir as a dispute and withdraws its forces from the occupied territory.

RUSSIA-TURKEY

Russia lifted certain economic restrictions on Turkey today.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Dmitry Peskov said President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree lifting certain economic restrictions imposed on Turkey and its citizens.

Russia had imposed restrictions on Turkey after Ankara shot down a Russian military jet in November 2015.

TROPHY

The ICC Champions Trophy will begin at Oval tomorrow.

The eight participating teams are divided across two groups:

Group A consist of Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh and England while Group B has India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa.

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.

The venues of the Champions Trophy are Oval, London; Edgbaston, Birmingham; and Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff. 

WEATHER

Rain-thunderstorm and gusty winds are expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Mardan,  Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Lahore divisions, Islamabad, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.

Hot and dry weather is expected in other parts of the country during the next twelve hours.

 

 


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