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Early completion of development projects in GB a priority: President

President Mamnoon Hussain meets Governor, Chief Minister, Parliamentarians, and notables in Gilgit-Baltistan. President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed the hope that packages announced by the Federal Government for Gilgit-Baltistan will bring a significant change in the lives of people of the area. This he said during his first visit to Gilgit-Baltistan. The President said government attaches great importance to speedy completion of all development projects in the area. The President held a series of meetings with the Governor, Chief Minister, Parliamentarians, notables and people from various walks of life. The President said every effort would be made to bring Gilgit-Baltistan at par with the developed regions of the country. He said that the chain of Special Economic Zones under "vision 2025" of present government will be started from this area. The President said that construction of various dams including Bhasha, Bunji and Dasu will not only meet our energy requirements but also generate huge economic opportunities for the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.


Indian forces again resort unprovoked firing at Charwah Sector

Chenab Rangers responded effectively to the Indian firing and shelling. India once again resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling at Charwah sector. Chenab Rangers responded effectively to the Indian firing and shelling.


National Assembly refers twelve amendment bills to the standing committees including the protection of Journalists bill.

A constitutional amendment bill moved by S. A. Iqbal qadri and others was referred to the standing committee concerned for debate and report. It envisages grant of right to contest election to overseas Pakistanis. Another constitutional amendment bill, seeking amendment in article 251 of the constitution, moved by Asiya Nasir and others was also referred to the standing committee concerned . Asiya Nasir and others introduced the constitution amendment bill, envisaging creation of one more national assembly seat from Balochistan was also sent to the standing committee. The house will meet again tomorrow at 11am.


The Senate was informed that sixteen power projects with aggregate capacity of 2,685 megawatt are currently in different stages of completion.

Minister of state for water and power Abid Sher Ali told the house during question hour that besides these there are also nine long-term projects envisaging generation of 19,951 megawatt of electricity. He said currently there is shortfall of 2,800 to 5,500 megawatts depending upon weather conditions and demand versus generation. Responding to another question, he said Wapda is regularly making payment of six billion rupees annually to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since 1991 as royalty on Hydel profit. The house is adjourned till Wednesday morning.


Supreme Court has directed Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhawa to finalize the service structure of lady health workers within 30 days.

A three-member bench headed by justice Jawad s. Khawaja was hearing the case of regularization and provision of salaries of lady health workers. Chief Secretaries of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhawa appeared before the Supreme Court. They informed that lady health workers have been regularized and only minor amendments in their service structure are required which will be completed in few days. The bench adjourned the hearing till next month.


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