Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Islamabad says more evidences of Indian state terrorism in Pakistan will soon be shared with the UN and international community.
Pakistan, strongly condemning terrorist attack in Istanbul, has called for joint efforts to fight the menace of terrorism.
The government has released over forty two billion rupees for different motorway and highway projects.
Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission has decided to construct two new cancer hospitals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
ANP Parliamentary Leader in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly says PTI government has plunged the province into financial crisis.
Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism martyred over three hundred innocent Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir last year.
The British government has taken up the issue of using pellet guns in occupied Kashmir with India.
The new UN Chief in a New Year message says he will accord topmost priority to establish peace in the world.
Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria says India’s unfounded allegations against Islamabad are in fact aimed at hiding its own terrorist activities in Pakistan.
Commenting on media reports about failure of Indian move in UN Security Council’s 1267 Sanctions Committee, he said replete with baseless allegations, the Indian proposal had no merit and was aimed at advancing its narrow national agenda.
Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan has been a direct victim of India's state sponsored terrorism and confessions of RAW's agent Kulbhushan Yadhav about his involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan proves this fact.
He said more evidence of India's involvement in terrorism inside Pakistan will also be shared with the United Nations and international community.
The spokesman reiterated Pakistan's commitment to continue close cooperation with international community in its collective endeavors for elimination of terrorism.
He said Pakistan has made significant contribution and rendered enormous sacrifices in success of international community’s efforts against terrorism.
The spokesman reaffirmed Pakistan's solidarity with Turkey in the wake of new terrorist attack in Istanbul in which thirty nine innocent people were killed.
He said government and people of Pakistan are deeply anguished at this despicable act of terrorism against defenseless people who had gathered for new year celebration.
The statement also reaffirmed Pakistan`s condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and the country`s support to Turkey in its fight against this menace.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says terrorism is a common enemy and the world needs to put up a joint fight against this menace.
In a statement, the Prime Minister strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Istanbul Turkey on the eve of new year.
He extended, on behalf of the people and government of Pakistan, heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Turkey over loss of precious human lives in the attack.
The Prime Minister said Pakistani people share grief of Turkish people and stand by them, at this most painful time.
He said Pakistan itself has suffered immense loss of lifes and property by terrorism. Nawaz Sharif vowed to continue to ensure all measures for eradication of this menace.
Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan firmly supports Turkey in its war against terrorism and hopefully Ankara will overcome this challenge.
Talking to Radio Pakistan's current affairs channel, he said Turkey has been facing terrorism and Pakistan shares its grief and pain.
Sartaj Aziz while appreciating role of Turkey for ceasefire in Syrian city of Aleppo said forces against this truce eventually are trying to destabilize this process.
Punjab Chief Minister MuhammadShehbaz Sharif has also strongly condemned the Istanbul attack.
He expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over loss of human lives in the incident and prayed for early recoveryof the injured.
The chief minister expressed complete solidarity withTurk leadership and people.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey would fight to the end against all forms of attacks by terror groups and their backers.
In a statement, Erdogan said as a nation, we will fight to the last not only against terrorist groups but also against the economic, political and social supporters of them.
He said that the terrorists are trying to create chaos and destabilize our country by targetting civilians but we will never allow them for such dirty games on our soil.
Pope Francis has urged the world leaders to work together to fight the plague of terrorism.
In his New Year's address in St. Peter's Square today he condemned the Istanbul attack and expressed sympathy with the bereaved families.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has wished the nation a safe and happy 2017.
Speaking on the occasion of new year, she said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has driven an agenda that is catapulting Pakistan towards an economic turnaround and making great strides in the areas of energy, infrastructure, health and education.
She said Terrorism is being thwarted and Pakistan owing
to the brave men and women of the military and armed forces are winning the war against terrorists and extremists.
Government has released over forty two billion rupees for different motorway and highway projects under Public Sector Development Programme during first six months of current financial year.
These projects are being executed by National Highway Authority.
According to Planning Commission, over thirteen billion rupees have been released for 229 kilometers long Lahore-Abdul Hakeem section of Lahore-Karachi motorway.
The motorway is an important part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor. About six billion rupees have been released for construction of Burhan-Hakla-D.I. Khan motorway which is also part of CPEC.
Four billion rupees were released for land acquisition and construction of Sialkot-Lahore motorway during this period.
Similarly, 2.8 billion rupees have been released for widening and improvement of 459 kilometers N-85 Hoshab-Nag-Basima-Surab road.
During this period, three billion rupees were released for Lowari Tunnel and access roads.
Work on 870 MW Suki Kinari hydro power project in Mansehra will be started soon.
This was stated by Commissioner Hazara Division Muhammad Akber khan while talking to media after signing of land handing over ceremony of the project.
The project is a part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor which is located on Kunhar River in Kaghan valley.
The project is expected to be completed in 2023.
Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission has decided to construct two new cancer hospitals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Health Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa told our Peshawar correspondent that one cancer hospital each will be constructed in Mardan and Chitral.
Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission also decided to expand three existing cancer hospitals in the province.
These hospitals are located in Peshawar, Abbottabad and Dera Ismail Khan.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has agreed to provide land for construction and expansion of cancer hospitals.
Ministry of National Health Services is taking a number of steps to control tobacco use in the country.
According to official sources, Tobacco Control Cell of the ministry arranged four hundred awareness sessions in which twelve thousand persons of law enforcement agencies and general public were trained and sensitized on the subject.
Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of death in the world and Pakistan.
Five day special anti-polio drive begins in Quetta tomorrow.
According to Provincial Coordinator Polio Emergency Operation Center, Syed Faisal Ahmed more than four hundred thousand children under five year of age in thirty nine union councils of Quetta will be administered anti-polio vaccine.
The government has adopted a comprehensive strategy to retrieve the encroached land of Pakistan Railways.
According to official sources, a detailed survey has been carried out to identify the railway land under un-authorized occupation.
In order to retrieve the encroached land, anti- encroachment campaign has been launched and land measuring 3522 acres has been retrieved so far.
Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanvir Hussain says elements hatching conspiracies against democracy will get nothing except frustration as the masses are fed up of them.
He was addressing a ceremony in Sheikhupura today.
The Minister said Pakistan will soon join the ranks of developed countries under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhary Barjees Tahir says the vision and economic policies of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have put the country on the path to development and prosperity.
Addressing a gathering in Nankana Sahib today, he said China Pakistan Economic Corridor will prove a game changer for the region.
He said the Indian forces are committing atrocities against peaceful Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir, which are highly condemnable.
Barjees Tahir said Pakistan will continue to extend moral, diplomatic and political support to Kashmiri brethren in their just struggle for right to self-determination.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says the ongoing process of progress and prosperity will be taken forward more speedily in the New Year.
He was talking to a PML(N) delegation in Lahore today.
He said 2017 will be a year of country's progress and prosperity and fulfillment of promises made with the masses.
The Chief Minister said the nation has isolated the elements who want to disrupt the journey of development.
Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has extended felicitations to the newly-elected office-bearers of Karachi Press Club.
In a congratulation message to newly-elected President Siraj Ahmed of the Club, the PPP Chairman said Karachi Press Club has always been a harbinger of democratic norms and a hub of professional and working journalists since its inception.
He hailed members of press club for upholding democratic transitions and commitment to freedom of press.
Parliamentary Leader of Awami National Party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Sardar Hussain Babak says PTI government has plunged the province into a financial crisis.
In a statement issued in Peshawar today, he said the provincial government has failed to bring a single foreign investor or financial organization to the province.
Sardar Hussain Babak said unemployment and poverty in the province has increased manifold due to PTI’s policies of confrontation with central government.
Prime Minister's Adviser Engineer Ameer Muqam says CPEC will change destiny of the nation.
Addressing newsmen in Peshawar today, he said development projects will be completed all over the country under CPEC.
Ameer Muqam said instead of doing any practical work for welfare of people, PTI Chairman Imran Khan is doing nothing except criticizing the national institutions.
The Adviser said reforms will soon be introduced in FATA by the federal government for welfare of people.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tourism Corporation arranged a special Safari Train from Peshawar Cantt to Attock Khurd on the occasion of New Year today.
About eighty people enjoyed the four organized in collaboration with Pakistan Railways.
The tourists appreciated government for providing recreational and tourism facilities to people.
China Pakistan economic corridor project will speed up economic activity and overcome unemployment in Gilgit Baltistan.
This was stated by provincial minister Excise and Taxation Haider Khan while addressing a ceremony in Gilgit today.
He said provincial government is devising strategy to utilize the natural resources of Gilgit Baltistan for human development.
The provincial minister said government is giving special attention to development of tourism, energy and road infrastructure to enhance socio-economic condition of people of the area.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has taken notice of a Pakistani woman Rubina imprisoned in an Occupied Kashmir jail due to non-availability of travelling documents.
He has directed Chairman NADRA and Director Passport to immediately verify the documents of the woman and if she is Pakistani, make arrangements to bring her back with the help of Foreign Office.
Jammu and Kashmir High Court had ordered to send Rubina to Pakistan, but Indian officials submitted a report in the court that Pakistani High Commission has not confirmed that Rubina is Pakistani national; therefore, she cannot be sent to Pakistan.
Rubina had gone there four years back along with her minor daughter for treatment.
Forest Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Meer Akbar Khan has appealed to international community to take serious notice of Indian state terrorism in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Talking to newsmen in Muzaffarabad today he urged the peace loving nations of the world to play their effective role in granting Kashmiris their internationally recognized right to self determination.
He said Indian security forces are not only involved in target killing of Kashmiri youth but women and children are also the worst victims of their brutalities.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism martyred 303 innocent Kashmiris including 9 women and 42 teenagers during the year 2016.
According to the data issued by Kashmir Media Service today, 39 of those martyred were killed in custody.
Indian paramilitary and police personnel subjected 19,011 civilians to torture, while 12,604 including Hurriyet leaders, activists, students and women leaders were arrested. They also disgraced many women.
The troops martyred 8 Kashmiris including three in custody just last month.
Hurriyet leaders Mohammad Yousuf Naqqash, Hakeem Abdul Rasheed and Bilal Ahmad Siddiqui today visited residences of martyrs in different areas of Budgam district and expressed solidarity with the
bereaved families. The leaders reiterated the pledge to continue the mission of the martyrs at all costs.
The British government has taken up the issue of using pellet guns in Kashmir with India.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has stated this in response to a volley of written questions submitted by House of Lords member, Lord Nazir Ahmed.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Alok Sharma has discussed the use of pellet guns and alternative methods of crowd control in Kashmir with the Indian government representatives.
He said UK abides by its commitments under international law and is engaged with India on human rights matters and will continue to work collaboratively on the promotion and protection of human rights.
A traditional parade was arranged on the advent of "New Year 2017" in London today.
In the parade, artists from more than twenty countries including Pakistan, took part.
Pakistani artists in their performance highlighted culture of Pakistan.
The new United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has said that he would like to make 2017 a year to put peace first.
He gave this statement in a New Year message and marking his first day as the world body's chief today.
Guterres said, how can we help the millions of people caught up in conflicts, suffering massively in wars in different parts of the world.
Nine people were killed and seventeen others injured in an attack on a police checkpoint near Najaf city in Iraq today.
Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Seven people were killed and a dozen others sustained injuries in coalition is aerial strikes in Hajjah and Ma’rib provinces of Yemen today.
In Bahrain, armed men attacked a jail near capital Manama and freed several people imprisoned for terrorism.
According to government officials, one policeman was also killed in the attack. The officials did not give exact number of the freed prisoners.
In Brazil, a gunman killed eleven people and himself during New Year celebrations at a house in city of Campinas.
Local media reported that several injured were in critical condition.
Radio Pakistan in its national hook up at 2110 hours tonight will broadcast a special drama .