Text Bulletin 2100 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.
Finance Minister says national economy has improved due to prudent policies of government.
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.
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 Sartaj Aziz will represent Pakistan 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 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.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Maryam Aurangzaib 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 taken by the government to ensure security and safety of journalists and a draft legislation has been finalised for the purpose.
Maryam Aurangzaib lauded the struggle of print and electronic media for democracy in the country.
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.
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.
Addressing a ceremony in connection with the national day of United Arab Emirates in Islamabad tonight, Finance Minister said that Pakistan and United Arab Emirates enjoy close brotherly relations and these relations will be further strengthened in future.
He said desires to enhance cooperation with UAE in trade and other sectors.
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.
Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz visited Cuban Embassy in Islamabad today to convey condolences on the sad demise of their Leader of the Revolution, Commander-in-Chief Dr.Fidel Castro Ruz.
He was received by Ambassador Gabriel Tiel Capote.
Signing the condolence book, the Adviser noted that Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz will be missed in Pakistan for the great humanitarian work and for putting Pakistan-Cuba relationship on strong foundation.
Sindh Rangers arrested five criminals involved in street crimes and kidnapping for ransom in Karachi today and also recovered arms and ammunition from their possession.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, the UN humanitarian aid agency estimates that over thirty one thousand people have been displaced in rebel-held parts of Aleppo.
Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty-four hours.
However, foggy conditions are likely to prevail over plain areas of Punjab during morning hours.