Pakistan ensures effective implementation of the bilateral consular agreement with India: FO
In a statement, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria says five Indian nationals after completing their sentences were repatriated last month. In contrast, 20 Pakistani civilian prisoners who have completed their sentences still await repatriation, while consular access to 107 Pakistani fishermen and 85 civilian Pakistani prisoners is also pending. Indian humanitarian claims appear contrary to reality in view of the impossible conditional ties imposed for medical visas for Pakistani patients.
Pakistan decides to intensify the campaign to internationally highlight Indian brutalities in Occupied Kashmir
Talking to media in Lahore, by Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says the aim of the move is to draw the world attention towards the gravity of situation in the occupied valley. India is involved in gross human rights violations in the held territory but it has failed to suppress the voice of Kashmiris through the use of brutal force.
Ahsan Iqbal says PML-N would thwart every conspiracy against the democratic system
In a statement in Islamabad, Minister for Planning and Development says some elements are trying to create political instability and anarchy to fail China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project. Everyone knows the reality of accountability game against Nawaz Sharif, instead of holding Asif Zardari and Pervez Musharraf accountable.
Govt vows to achieve GDP growth target of 6% in current fiscal year: Finance Minister
Presiding over a meeting in Islamabad to review matters related to Finance Division, Ishaq Dar says budget of current fiscal year has been prepared with the primary aim of providing relief and increasing the welfare of the general public. Through prudent economic policies and strict financial discipline, the present government has been able to achieve macroeconomic stability, and now the focus is on achieving higher sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
Govt. allocates over Rs43b for welfare of farmers in current fiscal year
Federal Government has decided to continue relief measures for welfare of the farmers and promotion of agriculture sector during the new financial year. Over forty-three billion rupees have been allocated for welfare of farmers while agriculture credit amount has also been increased from seven hundred billion rupees to one thousand and one billion rupees.
Ukraine blames Russian security services for recent worldwide cyber attacks
Ukraine says it has proof that Russian security services were involved in the cyber-attack that targeted businesses around the world earlier this week. Moscow denies any involvement, adding that the allegations were "unfounded". The virus, which disrupted IT systems across the globe, froze computers and demanded a ransom be paid in the digital currency Bitcoin, which is untraceable.
Submarine cable system linking Asia, Africa, Europe start operation
A 25,000-kilometer submarine cable system linking Asia, Africa and Europe has started operations. The cable system connects Pakistan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France. The cable system also known as Asia-Africa-Europe-I is the world's largest submarine cable system built in more than a decade.
Host: Sadr-ud-Din Sadar
Co-host: Murtaza Ahmad