Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Minister for Railways says challenges confronting the country can only be overcome through continuity of democracy.
A high level meeting in Islamabad has reviewed matters pertaining to Federal Board of Revenue and tax collection measures.
Punjab Chief Minister says the historic development budget announced by his government will usher in new era of progress in the province.
Three members of local peace committee and a security personnel were killed in a roadside bomb blast in Khyber Agency today.
Pakistan has handed over a list of 546 Indian prisoners to Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad.
Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred four Kashmiris in the Occupied Kashmir today.
In Yemen, fourteen Houthi rebels have been killed in clashes with government forces in western parts of the country.
UN Security Council has adopted resolution urging all parties to armed conflicts to end use of explosive devices and protect civilians from landmines.
Pakistan will take on India in the ICC Women's World Cup at Derby tomorrow.
Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique says challenges confronting the country can only be overcome through continuity of the democratic process.
Addressing workers of Pakistan Muslim League-N in Lahore today, he said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and PML-N have given sacrifices for restoration of judiciary.
Saad Rafique said the country is on the path of prosperity and peace due to the democratic system and credit for it goes to Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif who developed consensus on all issues.
Saad Rafique said that it is time to adopt better democratic attitude as stronger democracy will help discourage anti-democratic forces.
The Railways Minister said that political parties should also bring democracy within the parties and turncoats should be turned down like the PML-N which has not given the positions to such politicians in policy making.
He exalted former Chief of Army Staff General (Retired) Raheel Sharif for playing an important role in strengthening of democracy in the country.
The Railways Minister said that enemies of Pakistan have become upset with launch of the mega project of China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
He said that no one will be allowed to hatch conspiracies against the current leadership of the country and mega development projects being completed across the country.
Pakistan Railways revenue has increased by more than 20 billion rupees and its deficit slashed by 10 billion rupees during the last four years.
Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said this in a tweet message.
The minister said Pakistan Railways achieved its target set for each year and it would set precedence by achieving more than benchmark of 53 billion rupees earmarked for the current fiscal year.
A high level meeting under Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad today reviewed matters pertaining to Federal Board of Revenue and tax collection measures.
Addressing the meeting, Ishaq Dar directed FBR officials to expedite the process of compiling final revenue figures for the last fiscal year.
He asked the officials to ensure that all amounts deposited up to 30th June 2017 are duly accounted for.
On this occasion, the Finance Minister was updated on the latest status of the collection of tax revenue. He was also informed that final position of the revenue figures would emerge in the next several days.
The Finance Minister congratulated the outgoing Chairman FBR Dr. Muhammad Irshad on completion of his tenure.
He also presented him with a memento as a token of the appreciation of his services.
Minister of State for National Health Services Regulation and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar has said that the PML-N government is executing development projects worth billions of rupees to raise the living standard of people.
Inspecting different ongoing schemes in Hafizabad, she said the government has fulfilled all promises made with the people for providing different facilities to them.
She said the government has considerably overcome polio disease and is committed to eliminate all crippling diseases from the country.
Minister of State for Religious Affairs Pir Amin ul Hasnat Shah has said Parachinnar incident has made the whole Pakistani nation depressed.
He was addressing a condolence reference in memory of martyrs of Parachinnar held under the auspices of Markazi Imam Hussain Council in collaboration with Rawalpindi Arts Council in Rawalpindi today,
Expressing his condolence with the heirs, he said the government completely stands by the victims .
The government is taking steps to further accelerate oil and gas exploration activities to achieve self-sufficiency in the energy sector.
According to the official sources, ninety-eight oil and gas discoveries have been made over the last four years including five in the last four months in Sindh province.
Pakistan is also importing LNG from Qatar to meet its gas requirements.
The world 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.
The government is encouraging involvement of private sector in the sector.
All Pakistan Condensed Natural GasAssociation has announced to slash down the prices of Condensed Natural Gas by 2.50 rupees per litter in Punjab and Islamabad with immediate effect.
The three-day biggest ever Pakistan Pavilion was inaugurated at the Multicultural World village in Lyon, France today.
Deputy Mayor of Lyon along with Ambassador of Pakistan to France Moin-ul-Haque inaugurated the festival.
Pakistan's Ambassador, on the occasion, said Pakistan's participation in the festival is aimed at highlighting the country's rich social and cultural values, archaeological treasures, tourists' attractions and folk heritage of Pakistan.
Fifty-one Consulates of over twenty countries are participating in the festival.
Chairman National Accountability Bureau Qamar Zaman Chaudhry says the bureau is committed to ensure transparency and make the country free from corruption.
In a statement in Islamabad today, he said during the last three years, the Bureau has filed more than one hundred and fifty corruption references against corrupt persons in Accountability Courts and recovered forty-five billion rupees.
He said the figures of complaints, inquiries and investigations are almost double as compared to the same period of 2015 to 2017.
The Chairman said NAB has also introduced a new System of Combined Investigation Team in order to benefit from the experience and collective wisdom of senior supervisory officers.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the historic development budget announced by his government will usher in new era of development and prosperity in the province.
In a statement, he said three hundred and forty-five billion have been allocated for education sector in the new budget.
The Chief Minister said that provincial government has taken revolutionary steps for the promotion of education in the province.
He said that five hundred thousand female students are being imparted education in the backward areas of Punjab under Zewar-e-Taleem Program.
Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab Education Foundation has provided quality education to two point five million deserving students through its program so far.
Punjab government has constructed around seven thousand kilometres carpeted roads in rural areas of the province which will help boost the agriculture sector.
This has been stated by PML-N leaders and lawmakers in an interview in Lahore today.
Member National Assembly Sardar Awais Leghari said Khadim-e-Punjab Rural Roads Programme is a unique and innovative initiative which will help transform life-style of the rural population.
MPA Rana Mehmoodul Hasan said the Punjab government so far has spent more than sixty-seven billion rupees on the construction of roads across the province.
Chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board Siddiqul Farooq said that development projects worth billions of rupees are a symbol of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif's love for people living in south Punjab.
Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair says collective measures are being taken to strengthen national economy.
Talking to Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan at Governor House in Karachi today,he said it is the responsibility of the government to maintain peace and provide better infrastructure facilities to the masses.
Muhammad Zubair said the Prime Minister would soon announce special package of renovation and restoration of industrial infrastructure for Karachi.
Sindh Social Welfare Department has expedited the pace of development on all projects to facilitate the masses.
Official sources say that 92 percent work on Centre for Rehabilitation of Street Children has been completed and two blocks of the centre will be handed over to the Social Welfare Department by this month.
Construction of Senior Citizens Rehabilitation Centre will also be completed by next month ahead of its stipulated time.
Sindh government is streamlining irrigation system to utilize maximum water for irrigation of agricultural lands.
Our Karachi correspondent reports that forty billion rupees have been allocated in the new provincial budget for this purpose.
He said main canals in the province will be lined at a cost of fifteen billion rupees.
By-election in Sindh Assembly constituency, PS-114 Karachi will be held on 9th of this month.
The seat had fallen vacant after the Supreme Court declared PML-N's Irfan Marwat's election as null and void.
Twenty-seven candidates are in the field for the election.
The main contest is expected among the candidates of Pakistan Peoples Party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz and MQM Pakistan.
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 that the project will be completed at a cost of more than twelve billion rupees by 2019.
The project being constructed through public private partnership will generate sixty-nine megawatt electricity.
Four people were killed in a roadside bomb blast in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency today.
According to official sources, those who embraced martyrdom included three volunteers and a security personnel, who were patrolling in the area.
Veteran journalist and activist of Pakistan Movement Sharif Farooq passed away in Peshawar this morning after protracted illness.
He was author of several books on Pakistan Movement.
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have expressed deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Sharif Farooq.
In their separate statements, they lauded the journalistic work of the deceased and prayed for the departed soul.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and Governor Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra have also expressed deep grief and sorrow over the death of Sharif Farooq.
Three persons were killed and 18 injured when a Coaster fell into a deep ravine due to break failure at Shawal in Murree today.
Pakistan has handed over a list of 546 Indian prisoners to the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad.
According to the Foreign Office spokesperson, the step is consistent with the provisions of the Consular Access Agreement between Pakistan and India, signed on 21st May 2008.
Under the agreement, both countries are required to exchange lists of prisoners in each other's custody twice a year, on the 1st of January and Ist of July.
The Indian Government will also hand over the list of Pakistani prisoners to Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.
President Azad Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan has urged the United Kingdom to play its role in resolving the longstanding Kashmir dispute.
Addressing a function in Manchester today, he also asked United Kingdom being a permanent member of the Security Council to help make the role of world body more effective and vigorous.
He said United Kingdom should take notice of massive human rights violations by Indian troops in held valley.
Earlier, talking to the newly elected members of the House of Commons in Bradford, AJK President urged them to raise their voices for the fundamental rights of Kashmiris.
Sardar Masood Khan lauded Pakistan and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation for their steadfast support for the cause of Kashmir .
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two more youth in Dialgam area of Islamabad district, raising the death toll to four, today.
The troops killed the youth Bashir Ahmed Wani alias Bashir Lashkari and Azad Malik during a violent cordon and search operation. The troops also blasted a residential house in the area.
Earlier, a woman, Tahira Begum, and a youth, Shadab Ahmed, were killed and dozens others injured after the troops fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells on the demonstrators who were protesting against operation in the same area.
The puppet authorities snapped the mobile internet services in Islamabad district and imposed curfew-like-restrictions in Dialgam. The authorities also announced closure of educational institutions in the district to prevent students from staging anti-India demonstrations.
Thousands of people started marching towards Sof Shali village in Kokernag area of the district as the news about the killing of Bashir Ahmed Wani spread. Shali is the native village of the martyred Bashir Wani.
Meanwhile, according to data compiled by Kashmir Media Service, Indian troops, in their continued acts of state terrorism, martyred thirty seven Kashmiris including two young boys, during last month.
The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution, urging all parties to armed conflicts to end the use of explosive devices and protect civilians from threats posed by landmines.
The council stressed the importance of ensuring that peacekeeping operations are equipped, informed and trained to reduce the threat posed by landmines .
The UNSC called on member-states to comply with their respective international obligations related to landmines.
Ukraine has alleged that Russian security services were involved in launching a massive cyberattack that locked up computers across the world.
The Ukrainian security agency SBU in a statement said, that similarities between the malicious software and previous attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure shows the Russian intelligence services took part.
Ukraine was one of countries hardest hit by the attack when computers at government agencies, energy companies and cash machines were temporarily disabled.
In Yemen, fourteen Houthi rebels have been killed in clashes with government forces in western parts of the countary.
According to a military statement the government forces repelled several Houthi attacks on military positions in Midi town in the western Hajjah province.
UN officials say more than 10,000 people have been killed in the war, while more than 11 percent of the country’s population has been displaced as a result of the conflict.
Meanwhile,World Health Organization says cholera outbreak has killed at least 1,500 people in Yemen since April.
The epidemic has hit 21 provinces of the country.
In Afghanistan, at least 13 militants, including five IS fighters, were killed in an operation by the security forces in eastern parts of the country.
In a statement, the Interior Ministry said that Taliban shadow district chief, Mullah Bashir was also killed in fighting in eastern Wardak province.
In Mexico, 19 drug traffickers have been killed in a clash with police in northern state of Sinaloa.
In the United States, at least 17 people were injured when an armed man opened fire at a concert in Little Rock today.
According to police, the incident took place after a dispute in a Nightclub.The incident is not being treated as a terror attack.
Chairman of WAPDA, Lt. Gen. Muzammal Hussain visited the site of expansion project at the Tarbella Dam today.
The project consultants and contractors gave briefing to the Chairman.
After the expansion of the dam, the production capacity of the power house will enhance with 1410 megawatt. The project will be completed next year.
The spokesman said that the existing capacity of 3478 MW will be enhanced up to 4888 MW after the completion of the project.