Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Prime Minister vows to continue full diplomatic, political and moral support to Kashmiri people till they achieve their right to self-determination.
Pakistan has announced to attend Heart of Asia conference on Afghanistan beginning in Amritsar tomorrow.
Army Chief has directed the troops to keep the highest level of vigil at all times.
President has stressed the need for further boosting cooperation with Bosnia-Herzegovina in diverse fields.
Finance Minister says national economy has improved due to prudent policies of government.
China has proposed talks with Pakistan and Afghanistan to launch Peshawar-Kabul-Kandahar railway line. .
AJK Prime Minister says his government is committed to ensure transparency in all institutions.
Turkey has called for immediate ceasefire in Syria.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan will continue its moral, political and diplomatic support to the peaceful freedom struggle of the people of Kashmir.
This he said while congratulating PML-N candidates Sardar Abdul Khaliq Wassi and Chaudhry Muhammad Siddiq for their victory in Azad Kashmir Council elections.
He said Pakistan will never forget people of Kashmir who are facing brute Indian atrocities to get their right to self-determination.
The Prime Minister urged the PML-N leaders to focus their energies for the development and progress of Azad Kashmir.
Pakistan has urged India to immediately stop violation of ceasefire on Line of Control to avoid further escalation.
In an interview, Pakistan's High Commissioner to New Delhi, Abdul Basit said Pakistan can never be expected to look the other way on this important issue.
The High Commissioner said United Nations Human Rights Commission and Organization of Islamic Cooperation have expressed concerns over gross human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir by Indian forces.
To a question, he said Indus Water Treaty is a permanent treaty and it can neither be changed nor abandoned unilaterally by any party.
To another question, Abdul Basit said Pakistan is going to participate in the "Heart of Asia" conference, beginning in Amritsar tomorrow as it attaches great importance to peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz will lead the Pakistani delegation at the Conference.
Chief of Army staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said any violation of the Line of Control will be responded with full force and in the most effective manner.
He was talking to troops during his visit to Line of Control today.
He said Indian aggressive posture is solely aimed at diverting attention of the world from atrocities being committed by its troops in Occupied Kashmir.
Qamar Bajwa said that core issue of Kashmir will have to be resolved between the two countries in the line with UN resolutions and aspirations of the people of Kashmir.
The Chief of Army Staff directed the troops to keep highest level of vigil at all times.
On the occasion, he was given a detailed briefing about prevailing security situation at the Line of Control in view of recent violations and escalation by Indian troops.
Qamar Bajwa appreciated troops for their operational readiness and befitting response given to unprovoked Indian firing in violation of cease fire agreement.
Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat in Rawalpindi.
Both sides reaffirmed the commitment that being Iron Brothers and All-Weather Friends, Pakistan and China would continue to forge deeper strategic ties.
President Mamnoon Hussain has called for exchange of delegations with Bosnia-Herzegovina in diverse fields to further expand bilateral cooperation.
He was talking to Ambassador-designate to Bosnia Herzegovina Saleem Nawaz, who called on him in Islamabad today.
The President urged for increase in the number of exchange delegations in the fields of education, culture and other fields.
The President also asked for giving scholarship to Bosnian students in Pakistani universities and institutions of higher learning.
President Mamnoon expressed good wishes for the new ambassador and prayed for his success in his new assignment.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says the economy of the country has improved due to the prudent policies of the government.
He was addressing participants of National Security Workshop at Institute for Strategic Studies, Research and Analysis, National Defence University in Islamabad today.
The minister said that after coming into power in 2013, the government took necessary and difficult steps to avoid predicted default, and ensure fiscal discipline and consolidation.
He said the government undertook structural reforms, including restructuring of Pubic Sector Enterprises and other measures, including reduction in un-targeted subsidies and broadened the tax base.
The Minister noted that the slowdown in the global economy has posed a risk for Pakistan, like other developing economies.
He said that strengthening of the energy infrastructure and improving the security situation will be the key to achieving higher levels of growth in Pakistan.
Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said the government is in
negotiation with Compressed Natural Gas sector to settle outstanding amount on account of Gas Infrastructure Development Cess.
He sated this while briefing the Senate Special Committee Monitoring Implementation of the GIDC Bill-2015.
The minister said the CNG stations had collected the GIDC as per notified tariff of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority , but did not pay it to the government.
Representatives of All Pakistan CNG Association also attended the meeting.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Maryam Aurangzeb says the government fully believes in freedom of expression.
Addressing the meeting of Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors in Karachi today, she stressed media to play positive role in elimination of terrorism from the society.
She said steps are being taking by the government to ensure security and safety of journalists and a draft legislation has been finalised for the purpose.
Maryam Aurangzeb lauded the struggle of print and electronic media for democracy in the country.
The State Minister said that we all have to play role in strengthening constitutional institutions to further strengthen democracy.
She said a cyber-wing will be inaugurated at Press Information Department next week to make optimum use of information technology and the evolved trend of social media.
China has proposed Quetta-Kabul and Peshawar-Kabul railway Line to link Pakistan and Afghanistan.
According to details, the proposal has been put forward by Chinese Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kong Xuanyou at a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
Xuanyou recommended initiation of trilateral discussions involving Afghanistan, China and Pakistan over Peshawar, Kabul and Quetta railways as well as economic corridors and regional cooperation.
Following the start of trade activities from Gwadar Port under CPEC, Pakistan and China have launched yet another important initiative of a direct rail and sea freight service under which the first cargo train has departed from southwest Chinese province of Yunnan.
More details from our Islamabad correspondent on it.
The government of Pakistan is spending over seven billion rupees on converting Torkham-Jalalabad road into a four lane carriageway.
Official sources told our Peshawar correspondent that the project include construction of seventy five km long carriageway, seven bridges and six underpasses.
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Ministry of Human Rights will confer National Human Rights Awards to human rights activists on tenth of this month.
This was stated by Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael while addressing a meeting of the awards committee in Islamabad today.
He said awards will be given in seven categories, including women rights, child rights, minorities rights, persons with disabilities, media, protection of life and dignity.
The Minister said steps have been taken to improve the human rights situation in the country, particularly the rights of women, minorities and children.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says the Punjab Education Endowment Fund’s scholarship will be provided to two lakh needy students during current financial year.
Our Correspondent with more detail: (TAPE)
The foundation stone of eighty-four megawatt Gorkin-Mataltan Hydro Power Station was laid in Swat today.
Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Imran Khan speaking on the occasion said the project will be completed at a cost of 20.7 billion rupees and it will earn a sum of three point five billion rupees for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on account of net hydel profit.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak said one hundred and fifty small hydro power stations have been completed while three hundred and fifty-six more will be completed next year.
A five-member delegation of Members of National Assembly from FATA called on Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra in Peshawar today.
The delegation apprised the Governor about problems of tribal people.
The Governor assured the delegation of taking all necessary measures for resolution of these problems.
The delegations was led by parliamentary leader Shah Gee Gul Afridi.
Asian Development Bank and Australia have agreed to provide special grant to Pakistan for national disaster risk management.
Agreements to this effect were signed in Islamabad today.
Under the agreement Asian Development Bank will provide 200 million US dollars, while Australia will give 4.5 million Australian dollars.
European Union will provide 45 million Euro to Pakistan to support national level projects in Technical and Vocational Education and Training.
It was announced at the signing ceremony for the implementation agreement between European Union and the Deutsche Gesellschaft for Internationale Zusammenarbe at the EU delegation office in Islamabad today.
The European Union will provide this support to the ongoing reforms in Technical and Vocational Education and Training focusing on equipping the youth with employable skills.
PIA has categorically said that impression being given by a segment of media about its premier service is not correct.
In a statement, PIA spokesman said the new Airbus A-330 which PIA acquired in August this year for starting PIA Premier, was obtained in a transparent manner, strictly in accordance with PPRA rules and on market price.
It has played an important role in PIA's drive to regain passengers confidence and improve its brand image.
The Spokesman explained that PIA Premier has also played a key role in the airline's campaign to regaining its market share both internationally and domestically, which has increased by 22 per cent on domestic flights and 3 per cent on international flights during the current year.
The Spokesman further said obtaining the new aircraft on wet lease was a compulsion for PIA due to lack of trained pilots and crew.
He said A-330 is a commercially successful wide body aircraft operated by various five-star and four-star airlines including Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways, Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa.
Balochistan government is committed to promote education with the aim to increase literacy rate.
A senior official of Provincial Education Department told Radio Pakistan Quetta correspondent that about twenty nine billion rupees have been allocated for education sector in current fiscal year budget.
More detail from our correspondent: (TAPE)
Levies Force seized a huge cache of arms and ammunitions from the hideout of terrorists during a search operation in Mavand area of District Kohlu today.
Three people were killed and three others seriously injured when a truck plunged into a deep ravine near Sherwan area of district Abbottabad today.
AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan says the government is focusing on the transparency of the institutions.
Talking to various delegations in Muzaffarabad today, he said steps are being taken for promoting tourism in Mirpur.
The Prime Minister assured that modern hospitals for cardiac treatment would be constructed in Azad Kashmir.
He said that problems being faced by Kashmiri refugees would be resolved on priority.
In Occupied Kashmir, forceful anti-India demonstrations were held in different parts of the territory today.
Call for the demonstrations was given by the joint resistance leadership against the revengeful behaviour of the authorities towards the illegally detained Kashmiris languishing in different jails.
People took to streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Sopore, Baramulla, Bandipore, Kupwara, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and other areas and staged forceful protests.
Indian forces’ subjected the demonstrators to heavy teargas shelling and lathi-charge at various places injuring many of them.
Turkey has called for an immediate ceasefire in Syria.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a news conference in Beirut today that the situation in Aleppo is critical and President Bashar al-Assad is unfit to rule.
On the other hand, the Syrian government has taken over the city of Khan al-Shih just southwest of Damascus after the rebel retreated from them.
Russian military in a statement said the city was controlled by the rebels since 2012.
Meanwhile, the Russian military criticized the United Nations for dragging its feet on delivering humanitarian aid to the areas of Aleppo, which have been recently seized by Syrian government forces.
The UN humanitarian aid agency estimates that 31,500 people have been displaced in rebel-held parts of Aleppo.
In Turkey, three soldiers were killed in a clash with the Kurdistan Workers' Party militants in the southeastern province of Hakkari today.
The clash took place between Turkish security forces and the militants close to Turkey's border with Iraq.
In Afghanistan, fifty-eight people, including twenty-three civilians have been killed in latest incidents of violence in Kandahar Province.
According to Afghan Police, the killings which took place in different areas of the Nash district, include twenty-nine Taliban and six security forces members.
In South Korea, the main opposition parties today announced to push for a vote next week on President Park Geun-hye's impeachment.
The opposition had earlier planned to call for a vote this week.
The largest opposition Democratic Party announced in Seoul that it would not negotiate with President Park's party on her proposal to step down and the only way left to go is impeachment under the constitution.
Earlier, President Park had offered to leave office if parliament arranges a safe transfer of power.
In Indonesia, tens of thousands of Muslims held a rally in the capital Jakarta today, against the city's GovernorPurnama for insulting the Holy Qur'an.
Protesters called for jailing the Governor on blasphemy charges.
In Gambia, President Yahya Jammeh has been defeated in Presidential election by opposition leader Adama Barrow.
The defeat brings an end to the twenty-year rule of Yahya Jammeh.
In Nigeria,eighteen people were killed when a petrol tanker skidded off the road and exploded in central town of Tegina in Niger state today .