Text Bulletin 1200 hrs
The government has decided to accelerate oil and gas exploration activities to achieve self-sufficiency in the energy sector.
Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two more civilians in Islamabad district of occupied Kashmir today.
The United Nations human rights chief has urged Gulf States to resolve their differences in peaceful and reasonable manner.
The government is making all-out efforts to further accelerate oil and gas exploration activities to achieve self-sufficiency in the energy sector.
According to officials, ninety eight oil and gas discoveries have been made over the last four years including five in the last four months in Sindh province.
They said that Pakistan is also importing LNG from Qatar to meet the gas requirements. They said the world's major players are also showing interest to invest in the LNG sector by setting up their own terminals and developing transmission network to supply the commodity to the consumers. They said the government is encouraging involvement of private sector in the sector.
Work on the construction of Lawi Hydro power Project in Darosh area of Chitral is in progress.
Sources of Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization told Radio Pakistan correspondent Falak Niaz that the project will be completed at a cost of more than twelve billion rupees by 2019.
The project is being constructed through public private partnership and it will generate sixty-nine megawatt electricity.
Consultations are underway on Pakistan-Afghanistan coordination mechanism for peace and stability in the region.
This was stated by Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz while talking to journalists in Islamabad.
He said relations between the two countries are improving after a recent meeting of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of SCO summit in Astana.
The Advisor said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit Tajikistan on Wednesday to attend Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan summit.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their continued acts of state terrorism, martyred thirty seven Kashmiris including two young boys during the last month.
According to Kashmir Media Service, six youth were martyred in fake encounters.
During the period, seven hundred seventy five people were injured due to the firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells on peaceful protesters by Indian troops and police personnel.
One Hundred ninety six persons including Hurriyet leaders, activists and youth were arrested.
Meanwhile, two civilians including a woman were martyred and many others injured in indiscriminate firing by Indian troops on peaceful protesters in Islamabad district of occupied Kashmir today.
The people took to the streets, after Indian troops launched a violent cordon and search operation in Dialgam area of the district.
The United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has reiterated his call for peacefull settlement of diplomatic row among Gulf states.
In a press conference in Geneva, a spokesman of the High Commissioner for Human rights urged the Gulf states to resolve their ongoing differences in a reasonable manner that might not impact their own as well as others' rights.
The spokesman expressed concern over the demand of closing down Al Jazeera channel and termed it an unacceptable attack on the right to freedom of expression.
China says any activity in Hong Kong against China's sovereignty and stability would not be allowed.
In a speech marking 20 years since the city became a semi-autonomous Chinese region after its handover from Britain, Chinsese president Xi Jinping said challenges to the power of China's central government and Hong Kong's leaders would not be tolerated.
Xi said China had made it categorically clear" in talks with Britain in the 1980s that "sovereignty is not for negotiation.
Earlier, in a meesage in Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Hong Kong was strictly China's domestic affair.
United States and Philippines navies held a joint naval patrol in the southern Philippines waters today.
In a statement in Manila, the US embassy said that the exercise was aimed at deterring piracy and illegal activities in the region.
Pakistan will take on India in the ICC Women's World Cup at Derby tomorrow.
In other matches to be played tomorrow, Australia will play against New Zealand at Bristol, England will take on Sri Lanka at Taunton and South Africa will face West Indies at Leicester.