Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
The president has expressed the confidence that objectives of Zarb-e-Azb will be achieved by the end of the year.
The prime minister's health is stable after open heart surgery and he will be shifted from ICU to room on Thursday.
Budget for the next financial year will be presented in the National Assembly on Friday.
The army chief says consistency in successes gained in the campaign against the terrorism will be maintained at all costs.
Adviser on Foreign Affairs and OIC Secretary General have discussed cooperation among the Muslim States in diverse fields.
Pakistan has declared to pursue its efforts for peace in Afghanistan.
Speakers at a seminar in Islamabad have expressed serious concern over Indian plans to change the demography of Occupied Kashmir.
The Chinese president has called on all parties in the Korean peninsula to remain calm and exercise restraint.
President Mamnoon Hussain says three years successful democratic journey is testimony to nation's political maturity.
Addressing joint session of Parliament in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said Pakistan's democratic system is capable enough to sustain crises and lead the country towards durable progress and stability.
He said the government has succeeded in stabilizing democracy and reinforcing the relationship between individual and the state.
He expressed pleasure that both government and the opposition are formulating policies to strengthen democracy.
About three year's economic achievements of the Government, the President said tax system and collection have improved, foreign exchange reserves increased. He said GDP has steadily expanded and the growth has been four point seven per cent this year.
He said budget deficit stands reduced, inflation controlled and the rupee stabilized.
The President said these positive indicators will attract foreign investors and accelerate economic progress, which will be further boosted by CPEC.
The President stressed to pass on the benefits of improved economic situation to the common folk.
The President said national consensus and solidarity are need of the hour. He said CPEC is not for the benefit of any government or political party but it is a national project.
He recounted measures and projects launched by the government to address energy crisis including LNG and electricity import and construction of water reservoirs.
The President said the dream of national development would materialize only when there is peace and conducive business environment.
He expressed satisfaction that efforts to restore law and order particularly in FATA, Balochistan and Karachi have produced positive results. He expressed the confidence that the objectives of Zarb-e-Azb would be achieved by the end of the year.
Addressing the world community, the President said Pakistan's foreign policy is based on principles of peaceful neighbourhood.
He said Pakistan is of the view that peace and stability in Afghanistan is imperative for peace in the region.
He said Pakistan has special relationship with the Muslim world including Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, other countries of Middle East and Central Asia.
He said Pakistan strongly believes in nuclear security and made state-of-the-art arrangements for the safety of its nuclear installations.
The joint session was witnessed by Governors of the provinces, Chief Minister GB, members of the diplomatic community, services chiefs and senior officials.
Later, the joint session was prorogued.
Social and political figures have highly appreciated President Mamnoon Hussain's address to Parliament.
Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says President, Mamnoon Hussain's address to joint sitting of the Parliament was balanced and comprehensive.
Talking to newsmen, he said the President had outlined guidelines and appreciated positive policies of the government.
He said the president has touched every aspect right from energy production to China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Talking to newsmen in Islamabad, Senator Mushahid Ullah said the President covered all foreign and internal issues in his address.
He said the President highlighted all the issues, including sacrifices in the war against terrorism, temporary displaced persons, corruption and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
The Senator lauded the President for stressing the need of solution of Kashmir issue.
PML-N Khyber Pakhtunkhwa General Secretary Rehmat Salam Khattak said the President pinpointed the issues faced by the nation. He said the President also highlighted achievements of the present government especially for improving the national economy.
Another PML-N Khyber Pakhtunkhwa leader Zubair Elahi said the President in his speech talked about the steps taken by the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for improving country's image at the international level.
He said the President highlighted the achievements of security forces during the Zarb-e-Azb Operation.
Talking to newsmen in Quetta, PML-N Balochistan leader Ghulam Dastagir Khan appreciated the President's address to joint session. He said Balochistan will be major beneficiary of China-Pak Economic Corridor.
He also paid tributes to the President for appreciating the role of the Pak Army and security forces in war on terror.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says physicians are quite satisfied over Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's health.
Talking to newsmen in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said Nawaz Sharif will return home in the light of physicians advice.
To a question, Ishaq Dar said for the first time, the government is not going to review targets set for tax collection.
He said efforts are being made to increase exports.
The Minister said budget for the next fiscal year will be presented in the Parliament on Friday.
He said the decision to increase salaries of the government employees will be taken by the concerned committee.
To a question, the Minister said all arrangements have been finalized for fresh census. He said it was postponed in the light of decision of Council of Common Interests till the completion of operation Zarb-e-Azb.
Addressing 15th Session of COMSTECH in Islamabad the Finance Minister has said the role of science and technology has increased manifold in political and economic spheres.
He called for an innovative and multidisciplinary approach in the field of science and technology.
The Finance Minister appreciated ten-year plan of COMSTECH for the development of science and technology among the OIC States.
He also announced 100 scholarships annually for students of least developed countries of the Muslim world for graduate studies in Pakistan in the fields of science, agriculture, engineering and medicine.
Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain Defence Production said the COMSTECH session will help increase cooperation among the OIC countries in the realm of science and technology.
US Special Envoy Richard Olson telephoned Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and conveyed best wishes of US Secretary of State John Kerry about Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's health.
Richard Olson congratulated upon successful heart surgery of the prime minister.
Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani says intra institutional dialogue is needed for smooth functioning of democratic institutions.
Inaugurating 8th Youth Parliament in Islamabad on Wednesday, he called upon the stakeholders to show moral courage in rooting out the vicious cycle of corruption.
He stressed the need for strengthening all constitutional institutions.
A delegation of Ulema met Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Talking to the delegation, Chaudhry Nisar said Ulema have a key role in establishing peace and highlighting real identity of the society.
He urged the ulema to play their due role in promoting inter-faith harmony.
The Ulema appreciated the stance of the Interior Minister for protecting the country's interest.
The Army Chief General Raheel Sharif says consistency in successes in the campaign against terrorism will be maintained at all costs and terrorists will not be allowed to re-settle in cleared tribal areas,
Talking to newsmen in Islamabad, he said the whole nation is united for the integrity and prosperity of the country.
The Army Chief said drone attacks are against the sovereignty of the country.
He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would be completed at all costs.
To a question, he said law and order situation in the Balochistan is improving fast.
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has approved to start Direct to Home Service licensing process.
The approval was given at a meeting of the Authority chaired by its Chairman Absar Alam in Islamabad on Wednesday, in the light of the legal and public consultations.
Secretary Information Syed Imran Gardezi and Secretary Interior Arif Khan among others attended the meeting.
Pakistan Railway has decided to operate Margalla Express train from Rawalpindi to Lahore on daily basis from next Sunday.
Earlier, Margalla Express was plying for three days in a week.
Margalla Express will now simultaneously depart and arrive from Lahore-Rawalpindi at 5:30 am and 10:10 am respectively.
The Rangers in targeted operations in Karachi have arrested seven accused including four target killers.
Weapons were also recovered from them.
By-polls in three Sindh Assembly constituencies PS-106, PS-117 and PS-22 of Sindh Assembly will be held on Thursday.
The Election Commission has finalised all the security arrangements to ensure peace during the exercise.
The OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani, called on the Adviser on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on Wednesday.
A range of issues were discussed including Pakistan’s contribution, as ‘COMSTECH host’, in promoting cooperation in Science and Technology in Muslim countries and regional and global political issues.
The Adviser emphasized on the development of education, research, science and technology in the Muslim World.
The Secretary General expressed appreciation for Pakistan’s active and constructive contribution towards the OIC.
Pakistan and Sweden have agreed to further enhance their bilateral economic ties.
The understanding came during meeting of Special Representative of the Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt and Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The Adviser briefed the Swedish delegation about Pakistan’s counter terrorism efforts, the successes achieved during the military operation Zarb-e-Azb, as well as the National Action Plan to root out the menace of terrorism and extremism from soil.
The Swedish Special Representative appreciated Pakistan’s progress in the consolidation of democracy, improvement in economy and defeating terrorism. He also acknowledged Pakistan’s positive role for regional peace and stability.
Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi says Pakistan facilitated the reconciliation process between Taliban and the Afghan government, under the rubric of the Quadrilateral process.
He was speaking at a seminar on Global Security Challenges in the era of new Geo-political Realignments in Islamabad.
He said Pakistan has exercised restraint despite provocations, including the latest US drone attack that killed the Taliban leader Mullah Mansoor. It is legitimate to ask whether reiterating commitment to the recon process on the 18th of this month and decapitating the Taliban leader three days later through an illegal instrument, would promote the cause of peace in Afghanistan.
He said Pakistan will continue its efforts to promote peace in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan also remains committed to working with Afghan authorities to eliminate terrorists sanctuaries both sides of the border.
Leader of House in the Senate, Raja Zafar ul Haq says solution of Kashmir issue as per wishes of the Kashmiri people is vital for durable peace and prosperity in the region.
He was addressing a seminar on 'circumventing different aspects of the historic Kashmir dispute' in Islamabad on Wednesday.
He said plebiscite is the only solution to the issue and Pakistan is committed to uphold this right of Kashmiri people.
He said the four point peace initiative of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the United Nations manifests Pakistan's stand on the core issue.
Addressing the seminar, President Azad Kashmir Sardar Yaqoob Khan has called upon India to opt for a democratic solution to the long standing issue of Kashmir.
He said India has crossed all limits of repression.
He said Kashmiri people are determined to achieve the freedom.
Speakers at the International Kashmir Seminar in Islamabad on Wednesday, prevailed upon the international community not to stay a mute spectator the matchless struggle of Kashmiri people for their inalienable right to self-determination.
The seminar which will continue on Thursday, has been organized by the Mirpur University of Science and Technology.
The speakers said Kashmir is the oldest dispute on the UN agenda and the World Body had failed to implement its resolutions passed several decades ago on the issue.
They said that settlement of the dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris' aspirations was imperative for peace and security of South Asia.
China President Xi Jinping has called on all parties in the Korean peninsula to exercise restraint.
He was talking to a senior visiting North Korean envoy Ri Su Yong at a meeting in Beijing.
Xi Jinping said China attaches great store to friendly relationship with North-Korea.
He urged for dialogue to maintain regional peace and stability.
In Syria, at least fourteen militants were killed and several others wounded in coalition airstrikes in Aleppo city on Wednesday.
In Mali, three Chinese peacekeepers serving with the UN mission have been killed and three others wounded in terrorist attacks in Gao city.