Text Bulletin 0800 hrs
Prime Minister says Pakistan is heading towards achieving goal of a peaceful land and a developed economy.
The Election Commission has taken serious notice of PTI Chief's allegation regarding 2018 general election.
Advisor on Foreign Affairs says Indian forces have failed to dent Kashmiris resolve for right to self-determination.
In Turkey, thirty-five people have been killed in a terror attack on a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's celebrations.
UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution supporting efforts by Russia and Turkey to end violence in Syria.
Peshawar-Rashakai section of Motorway M-I is closed for traffic due to dense fog.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has vowed to steadfastly pursue his government’s plans of national development in 2017.
In a message on the eve of New Year, he said 2017 will surely mark a new beginning in the history of Pakistan as the country has decisively turned a page in history and significantly overcome the challenges of extremism and terrorism.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan is finally heading towards achieving not too distant goal of a peaceful land and a developed economy.
He said the government is dedicatedly oriented to provide well laid out means for Pakistanis to build upon their well-deserved future plans.
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif conveyed good wishes to the nation and hoped that the nation would make the best of the new year.
Spokesman to the Prime Minister Dr Musadik Malik says 2016 was much better regarding economy, law and order, loadshedding and development in the country.
Talking to PTV, he said due to prudent policies of the government, law and order situation and national economy have improved, and power loadshedding visibly reduced.
He hopped that 2017 will bring more improvement in every sector, including energy, development, elimination of terrorism, power generation, economic stability and strengthening the national institutions.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says the world has acknowledged that Pakistan's economy is making progress.
In a statement, she said national economy is not sick as claimed by PTI Chief Imran Khan.
She said Imran Khan is, in fact, disturbed due to the popularity of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The PTI Chief should better focus on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and fulfill his responsibilities there.
The new Supreme Court larger bench will start hearing of Panama Papers case afresh from Wednesday.
The bench will be headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, while other members are Justice Ejaz Afzal, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan.
PTI Chief Imran Khan has welcomed formation of new bench of the Supreme Court to hear the Panama Papers case.
Talking to newsmen in Karachi, he said his party will accept the Supreme Court decision in this regard.
The Election Commission of Pakistan has taken serious notice of PTI Chief Imran Khan's allegation regarding 2018 general election.
Reacting to a statement of Imran Khan that the government has planted its men in the ECP to rig the 2018 election, the Commission said it is a prestigious national institution and is sincerely serving the nation for the constitutional assignment entrusted to it.
The Commission regretted that such highly irresponsible statements undermined the institution.
Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan wants to have dialogue with India on equal basis.
In an interview, he said despite repression and persecution in Occupied Kashmir, Indian forces could not dent the Kashrmiri people's determination for their right to self-determination.
Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan's stance on Kashmir is being acknowledged across the world.
He said serious efforts have been made for improvement in relations with Afghanistan.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has termed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as turning point for the country in general and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular.
Talking to newsmen in Nowshera, he said seven projects will be completed in the province under CPEC.
The chief minister said he signed a number of Memorandum of Understandings with different Chinese universities during his recent visit to China for promotion of education in the province.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa conveyed wishes on telephone to the Afghan civil and military leadership for the new year and pledged to work for peace in the region.
According to ISPR, the Army Chief phoned Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, and Army Chief General Qadam Shah Raheem.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa said peace in both the countries is in greater interest in the region.
The Afghan leadership invited the Army Chief for a visit to Afghanistan.
Armed forces of Pakistan took a number of measures during the last year aimed at enhancing security and ensuring safety of people subsequently making the country’s defence further impregnable.
Sharing details about the achievements during the last year, ISPR said Pakistan successfully tested enhanced version of Babur cruise missile and indigenously produced Ra’ad missile.
Arrangements were made for the actualization and security of China Pakistan Economic Corridor, including construction of 870 kilometers road network and raising of Special Security Division.
Pakistan Navy successfully test-launched shore-based anti-ship missile firing in the north Arabian sea from Sword Class Frigate PNS Aslat.
The Navy proved its vigilance and operational preparedness by detecting and blocking Indian submarine from entering in Pakistani waters at south of Pakistani Coast.
Task Force 88 for CPEC maritime security was raised and Pakistan Air Force targeted strikes on terrorists hideouts in support of operation Zarb-e-Azb.
During the Operation Zarb-e-Azb, 3500 terrorists were killed and 2108 were injured. Those embraced Shahadat in defense of country during the operation were 583.
As far as the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and Working Boundary is concerned, during the year, India resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling at 379 times.
In response to the violations, Pakistani troops responded the Indians in effective manner whereby killing her forty soldiers. Due to Indian firing and shelling along the LoC and Working Boundary, forty-six civilian Pakistanis embraced Shahadat.
In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement held a protest demonstration at the Press Enclave in Srinagar against the issuance of domicile certificates to Hindu refugees
Addressing on the occasion, JKSM Chairman, Zafar Akbar Butt said that Kashmir was the only place where pellets and PAVA shells were used against peaceful protesters. He termed the year 2016 as a gloomy and most heart-wrenching as over 100 Kashmiris were martyred, 17,000 injured and 10,000 detained due to use of brute force by Indian security forces on peaceful protesters.
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the efforts by Russia and Turkey to end violence in Syria.
The resolution calls for starting a political process in the war-torn country. It also emphasizes rapid, safe and unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid across Syria.
The Turkey-Russia peace initiative for Syria includes ongoing ceasefire and talks next month in Kazakhstan.
In Turkey, thirty-five people were killed and forty wounded in a terror attack on a nightclub in Istanbul during the New Year's celebrations.
According to Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin, the attack was carried out by one assailant. He was dressed in a Santa Claus costume.
There were reportedly several hundred people in the nightclub at the time.
A member of the Bangladesh parliament has been killed by gunmen at his home in the north of the country.
According to police,Manjurul Islam, an MP for the governing Awami League, was shot several times by three men in Gaibandha district.
Manjurul Islam was arrested in October 2015 for allegedly shooting a schoolboy but was later released on bail.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has invited the West Indies team to play two T-20 Internationals in Pakistan in March.
In an interview, PCB Executive Committee Chairman Najam Sethi said the Board is trying hard to end the drought of international cricket in Pakistan and has been in talks with several cricket boards around the world.
Peshawar-Rashakai section of Motorway M-1 is closed for traffic due to dense fog.
Motorway control room officials told Radio Pakistan this morning that M-2, M-3 and M-4 are clear for traffic.
Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country on Sunday.
However, dense foggy conditions are likely to prevail over plain areas of Punjab and upper Sindh during morning hours.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:
Islamabad five degree centigrade, Lahore nine, Karachi seventeen, Peshawar eight, Quetta two, Gilgit minus three, Murree three and Muzaffarabad four degree centigrade.