Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
OCTOBER 2, 2017
National Assembly passed the Election Bill 2017 this evening.
In the United States at least fifty people were killed as gunman opened fire at Las Vegas concert on Monday.
Indian forces again resorted to unprovoked firing on the Line of Control on Monday martyring a civilian.
Deputy High Commissioner was summoned to Foreign Office to lodge strong protest against unprovoked ceasefire violations on the Line of Control.
Pakistan says referendum held in Kurdistan lacks any legitimacy as it violates Iraqi constitution and also presents a challenge to peace and security of Iraq.
PML-N Central Executive Committee has reposed full confidence in the leadership of Nawaz Sharif.
An accountability court in Islamabad on Monday adjourned hearing of NAB references against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif till Monday next.
In Indian held Kashmir troops in fresh act of state terrorism martyred three youth in Kupwara and Baramulla districts on Monday.
Myanmar has offered to take back more than half a million Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled to Bangladesh due to violence.
The United Nations says violence and persecution in different parts of world has forced more than two million people to flee as refugees this year.
Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by twenty-one runs in the first cricket Test of two-match series in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
National Assembly passed the Election Bill 2017 this evening.
The bill was presented by Law Minister Zahid Hamid in the House.
The National Assembly, which met in Islamabad this afternoon offered fateha for the departed soul of Lieutenant Arslan Aslam, who embraced martyrdom in a terrorist attack in Khyber Agency.
The House also offered fateha for Naib Subaidar Nadeem and eight civilians martyred on the Line of Control as a result of unprovoked Indian firing.
Fateha was also offered for six people died in Sargodha due to land-sliding during stone crushing.
In the United States, at least 50 people were killed and more than 200 others injured when a gunman opened fire on a music concert in Las Vegas.
According to Police,the gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel toward an open-air music festival was also killed by security personnel.
Indian forces once again resorted to unprovoked firing at Rukh Chakri sector at Line of Control on Monday.
According to ISPR, a civilian Muhammad Din was martyred while four others were injured as a result of the firing.
Pak Army responded befittingly to Indian firing and destroyed their two check-posts.
The ISPR also released the video of destruction of Indian check-posts.
Indian Deputy High Commissioner was summoned to Foreign Office in Islamabad on Monday to lodge protest over the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces at Rukh Chakri and Rawalakot Sectors on Line of Control.
The Director General South Asia and SAARC Dr. Mohammad Faisal on this occasion condemned the ceasefire violations resulted in the shahadat of three civilians, and injuries to five others, including a woman.
He said the deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights laws.
The Director General said ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation.
He urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement, investigate this and other incidents of violations, and instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC.
Pakistan has expressed concern over referendum recently held in Kurd-dominated areas of Iraq on the issue of Independence.
In a statement on Monday, Foreign Office Spokesperson said the referendum held on 25th September violates the Iraqi constitution and therefore lacks any legitimacy.
He said Pakistan joins Iraq and its neighbors, along with the international community, in opposition to the referendum.
He said Pakistan is deeply concerned over any attempts threatening the territorial integrity of Iraq or any other country in the region.
The Central Executive Committee of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) at its meeting in Islamabad on Monday passed a resolution reposing full confidence in the leadership of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The resolution, moved by Senator Mushahid Ullah, appreciated the four year performance of Nawaz Sharif as the prime minister of the country.
The meeting being attended by party's senior leadership discussed matters pertaining to the election of party president.
The meeting has also approved an amendment in the party constitution which abolishes the condition that any disqualified person from the court cannot hold any party office.
An Accountability Court in Islamabad on Monday adjourned the hearing of references against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif till Monday next.
Nawaz Sharif appeared before the court for the proceedings initiated against him under the references filed by NAB in pursuance of Supreme Court`s verdict in Panama Papers case.
Talking to the media persons after on Monday's proceedings, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif participated in the entire due process of justice and accountability as per the benchmarks of rule and dignity of law.
Minister of State, Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha said the court did not indict the former prime minister in on Monday's hearing.
The Minister of State said the court was informed on Monday that Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar could not appear before the court due to indisposition of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. However, they are ready to appear before the court.
He said the PML (N) leadership is facing the courts as its hands are clean. He said we believe in the rule of law and the democratic set up.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said despite reservations, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is appearing before the courts.
In an interview with PTV on Monday, she said Nawaz Sharif is presenting himself before the law and the constitution for the sanctity of vote.
Responding to a question, she said the court proceedings should be open as the people want to see as to how the proceedings are moving forward in the references filed against the former prime minister.
President Mamnoon Hussain says the security situation in the country has improved as a result of the policies and relentless efforts of the government.
Talking to spiritual leader of Bohra community Syed Mufazil Saif-ud-Din in Karachi on Monday, he said all the provinces including Sindh have played an important role in restoring security situation in the country, which is a positive progress.
He said no compromise will be made in maintaining sectarian harmony in the country.
He also appreciated the Bohra Community's spiritual leader for leading his followers by addressing the Ashura-e-Muharram gatherings.
The spiritual leader of Bohra community thanked the President for cooperation from the government of Pakistan for finest arrangements at Ashura.
The government of Lebanon has shown interest to benefit from Pakistan's experience in materializing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project and its on-ground implementation.
The interest to this effect was shown in a meeting of Chairman Parliamentary Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed and Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri in Beirut.
According to a statement issued by Pakistani Embassy in Beirut, Mushahid Hussain Syed who was on a two days visit to Lebanon, called on Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Pakistan and China have agreed to continue efforts for peace in Afghanistan by political and economic means.
This agreement was reached during a meeting between Prime Minister's Advisor on National Security Nasser Khan Janjua and Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong, who called on him in Islamabad on Monday to bid farewell at the end of his tenure in Pakistan.
The two sides discussed matters of mutual interest pertaining to the overall security situation of the region.
Both sides agreed that China Pakistan Economic Corridor is the flagship project strengthening ties between the two countries.
Nasser Khan Janjua suggested that China should consider to have its major industrial base in Balochistan where both the countries could co-produce and co-manufacture and also have an easy access to world market.
The Chinese envoy stressed that his country supports the relationship based on mutual respect, that upholds territorial integrity and favours cooperation and partnership to create win-win situation for all.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zakaullah has been conferred the highest military award of Saudi Arabia, King Abdul Aziz medal of excellence.
According to spokesperson of Pakistan Navy, Admiral Zaka Ullah was awarded this medal during his visit to Saudi Arabia by the Chief of General Staff of Royal Saudi Armed Forces General Abdul Rahman bin Saleh Al Bunyan at a ceremony in Riyadh.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Orange Line Metro Train is a mega project of public interest, which is a milestone to provide modern transportation facilities to a common man.
Chairing a high level meeting in Lahore on Monday, he said the project will provide an international level transportation to the people of Lahore.
He appreciated the arrival of first set of Orange Line Metro Train compartments in Lahore.
The first consignment of Orange Line Metro Train containing three coaches and two engines has arrived in Lahore.
According to a spokesman of Punjab Mass Transit Authority, launching of the first Orange Line Metro Train will be held on the 7th of this month.
Sindh Government has invited applications for Inter-City Peoples Bus Scheme for the province to facilitate the commuters.
An official of Sindh Mass Transit Authority informed Radio Pakistan Karachi representative Muhammad Waqas that application forms can be obtained from office of the Sindh Mass Transit Department from 20th of this month.
President PML-N Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Engineer Ameer Muqam has said PML-N is practically working to serve the masses.
Addressing a function arranged to inaugurate gas project at Taktaband in district Swat on Monday, he said PML-N has completed record development projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He said Nawaz Sharif Kidney Hospital Swat and completion of Lowari Tunnel was gifts of PML-N government for the people of Malakand.
Ameer Muqam said completion of gas supply to Taktaband Angro Dheri is a gift of federal government for the area people.
He said work on laying of 12-inch gas pipeline to Malakand division costing 3 billion rupees is rapidly underway which would be completed by end of this year.
The National Database Registration Authority will resume the registration of undocumented Afghan nationals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday.
Official sources of Nadra told our Peshawar correspondent that the registration process was temporarily suspended on the occasion of Muharram ul Harram.
Overall one hundred thousand undocumented Afghan refugees have been registered across the country in last one month out of which eighty thousand have been documented in KP alone.
The target of registering one million Afghan refugees living in Pakistan without legal documents would be achieved by the end of this year.
Balochistan government is endeavouring to provide all modern health facilities to the poor masses in remote areas of the province.
According to the provincial health department, a programme of revamping of Bolan Medical College Quetta is swiftly being completed at a cost of 808 million rupees.
He further said that a safe blood transfusion project is being implemented in Quetta at a cost of 397 million rupees.
Besides, a project of construction of a fifty bed hospital is in progress in Kalat district at a cost of 197 million rupees.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Chaudhry Barjees Tahir has said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor would help boost the tourism industry in the country.
In a statement on Monday, he said that government of Gilgit-Balistan has introduced a tourism policy with an aim to create job opportunities for the locals.
Government is paying full attention for equal development of all districts of Gilgit Baltistan.
Official sources of Works Department told our Skardu Correspondent Qasim Naseem that 67 development projects in Blatistan Division are being implemented at a cost of one thousand one hundred and forty nine million rupees.
Chief Justice of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Justice Chaudhary Muhammad Ibrahim Zia says a comprehensive judicial policy will be announced soon to introduce reforms in judiciary.
Addressing a function in Muzaffarabad on Monday, he directed the concerned committee to finalize the draft of the proposed judicial policy.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three youth in Kupwara and Baramulla districts on Monday.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the troops killed one youth during a cordon and search operation in Tangdhar area of Kupwara, while two other youth were killed at Rampur in Uri area of Baramulla district.
Meanwhile, Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that people of Kashmir are subjected to extreme state terrorism for pursuing their right to self-determination.
The Hurriyat forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that Kashmir is a dispute acknowledged by the United Nations.
The leaders strongly condemned the ban on Aashura processions and the use of brute force against mourners.
Meanwhile, protests were held in Batamaloo area of Srinagar against the rising incidents of braid cutting of women across the territory.
In New York, Secretary General of World Kashmir Awareness Forum, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, and former AJK Prime Minister Barrister Sultan Mehmood Choudhary, through a memorandum urged the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres to play his role in resolving the Kashmir dispute.
In the Indian state of Gujarat, a Dalit man was beaten to death allegedly for watching people dance as they celebrated the Hindu festival of Dussehra.
Police said the victim, identified as Jayesh Solanki was watching a performance of traditional dance when a man approached him.
Myanmar has proposed to take back more than half a million Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks.
Foreign Minister of Bangladesh A H Mahmood Ali after talks with the senior representative of Myanmar Kyaw Tint Swe in Dhaka on Monday told newsmen that the two sides have agreed to a proposal to set up a joint working group to coordinate the repatriation process.
He said the refugees would be verified by the joint working group, with the United Nations not involved.
Muslim Council of Britain has called on the UK government to be more pro-active in saving Burma's Rohingya Muslim community from persecution, ethnic cleansing, and genocide.
Secretary General of MCB Harun Khan said in a statement that we face a humanitarian catastrophe in Burma, and it is imperative now for our government to act.
Muslim Council of Britain is the UK's largest Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organizations, mosques, charities, and schools.
The United Nations says violence and persecution in Myanmar, Syria, South Sudan and elsewhere have forced more than two million people to flee as refugees this year.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told executive body in Geneva on Monday that the despair of millions of men, women and children driven from their homes is a stain on our collective conscience.
In Syria, seven Hezbollah fighters have been killed in an air strike carried out by an unidentified warplane in eastern part of the country.
The identity of the warplane was not confirmed.
Three US born Scientists Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young have won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Medicine for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling our biological clocks.
The award-was announced by Nobel Assembly in Stockholm on Monday.
The award giving body said their discoveries explain how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronized with the Earth's revolutions.
International Day of Non-Violence is being observed across the globe on Monday to create awareness about adverse social impact of violence in the society and promoting ways to stop this menace.