Text Bulletin 2100 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.
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.
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 Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and PML-N have given sacrifices for restoration of judiciary.
The Railways Minister said 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.
Minister of State for National Health Services Regulation and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar has said 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.
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 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.
All Pakistan Condensed Natural Gas Association 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.
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.
He said five hundred thousand female students are being imparted education in the backward areas of Punjab under Zewar-e-Taleem Program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chairman WAPDA Lt. Gen. Muzammal Hussain visited the site of expansion project at the Tarbela Dam today.
The project consultants and contractors gave briefing to the Chairman.
After the expansion, production capacity of the power house will increase to 1410 megawatts.
Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its National Hookup immediately after this bulletin a special drama entitled Wahda Kurtay Hai in connection with 70 years of Independence celebration of Pakistan.
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.
Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, rain-thundershowers with gusty winds is likely at isolated places in Mirpurkhas, Malakand, Hazara, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala divisions, Islamabad, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.