Turkey’s 2018 Budget Approved By Parliament-Highlights

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s parliament has approved the government’s 2018 budget, which includes increased spending on defense and projects a rise in the fiscal deficit to 65.9 billion lira ($17.28 billion).

In 2017, Turkey’s financial plan is relied upon to demonstrate a deficiency of 61.7 billion lira, more than double the 2016 spending shortage of around 30 billion lira.Turkey’s 2018 spending plan additionally extends impose salary of 599.4 billion lira, up somewhere in the range of 15 percent from gauges for 2017, and a 5.8 billion lira eacssential overflow.In the course of recent years, Turkey’s present record deficiency has augmented because of expanding government motivating forces to support the economy and protection spending. One year from now’s spending deficiency to total national output proportion is relied upon to be 1.9 percent.The Govt. says the extra barrier spending is direly expected to modernize the military, the second-biggest in the NATO cooperation, and meet the expenses of local and remote security operations.Turkey’s economy has bounced back from a downturn that took after an endeavored overthrow a year ago, helped by a progression of government jolt measures. Gross domestic product grew 11.1 percent year-on-year in the second from last quarter, its quickest extension in six years, as per official information.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan arrives in Lahore, meets CM SS Punjab

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan arrived in Lahore on Wednesday via the Wagah Border.

The mayor was received by officials from the Punjab government upon his arrival and is currently holding a meeting with Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Model Town.

During his time in Pakistan, Khan will also visit Islamabad and Karachi. Khan has said that his trip seeks to “strengthen the links that exist between London and these great cities of Pakistan”.

He arrived in Lahore after a three-day visit to India. 

During his stay there, Khan had visited Delhi, Mumbai and Amritsar and met with politicians and celebrities. Meanwhile, the chairman of Pakistan Super League franchise Peshawar Zalmi, Javed Afridi, also met the London mayor and presented him with a Zalmi t-shirt and a bat signed by team’s players.

Abdullah blames Pakistan for Taliban return

Chief Executive of the Government of National Unity of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah blames Pakistan’s two-faced game for the return of the Taliban insurgency.

Speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada, Abdullah said the Taliban group returned and resumed its insurgency in Afghanistan due to the two-faced games of neighbouring Pakistan.

Abdullah further added that the decision to withdraw forces from Afghanistan in 2014 also had a negative impact on the country’s security.

Afghan and US officials have been suggesting for some time that the leadership of both the Taliban and the Haqqani network are based in the key cities of Pakistan, from where they plan attacks in Afghanistan.

The US has also increased pressure on Islamabad to take immediate steps for dismantling safe havens of the Taliban and Haqqani network on its soil and in its latest move restricted future military aid to Pakistan to certification of the country’s steps against the two groups.

However, he added that shelling has increased in line with the new anti-terrorist operations launched along the Durand Line.

Gen Khel also said that Pakistani forces have abandoned the fencing work in Spin Bari area of Goshta district of Nangarhar.

Sit-in protest near the capital

The government on Monday scrambled to secure the support of religious leaders and ulema from across the political spectrum in a bid to negotiate a peaceful end to the sit-in that has paralysed the capital city for a fortnight.

A meeting of the clerics and scholars, which was also attended by Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Religious Affairs Minister Sardar Mohammad Yousuf, resolved to end the protest in a peaceful manner.

The government is under mounting pressure to end the Faizabad protest, and the Islamabad High Court on Monday initiated contempt proceedings against top officials of the Islamabad administration by issuing them show cause notices.

Committee formed to resolve deadlock amicably; ministers’ meeting with protesters remains inconclusive

A committee of leading religious scholars, headed by Pir Hussainuddin, was also constituted to recommend a satisfactory solution to the lingering sit-in.

The meeting also asked that the report of a committee led by Senator Raja Zafarul Haq over the issue of the change in election laws should be made public, and called on the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah to resolve the issue amicably in view of the sanctity of Rabiul Awwal.

Speaking at the occasion, the interior minister claimed that this was not a war between Islam and the unbelievers, adding that any form of haste in trying to resolve the matter could prove counterproductive.The government team also informed the negotiators that separate inquires were being conducted over the issue, and asked the protesters to wait for their recommendations to be finalised.