Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
AUGUST 03, 2017
Pakistan has underlined that strong ties between Islamabad and Washington are critical to sustainable peace and security in the region.
Foreign Office spokesperson has renewed talks offer to India for resolution of all outstanding issues including Kashmir.
Third phase of distribution of compensation cheques among terrorism-affected people of South Waziristan has been launched
Britain has lauded Pakistan's efforts for regional peace and stability.
In fresh acts of state terrorism in occupied Kashmir, two youth have been martyred.
UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution, preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons.
President Donald Trump says US relations with Russia have hit an all-time low.
Syrian government forces and rebels have agreed to a ceasefire in the north of Homs.
Head Coach Pakistan Cricket Team has ruled out compromise on performance and fitness in selection of national team.
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua has expressed the hope that the ongoing US review will result in a comprehensive political strategy to promote reconciliation and peace in Afghanistan and the region.
She was talking to a US delegation led by Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G Wells in Islamabad today.
During the meeting, Pakistan's perspectives on challenges confronting the region including the security situation in Afghanistan were shared with the American side.
Ambassador Wells was assured that Pakistan supports all initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable peace and security in the region, and it was emphasized that a strong partnership with the United States is critical to achieve these shared objectives.
US Acting Assistant Secretary of State acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.
She agreed on the importance of a strong partnership between the two countries and gave US perspective on how to move forward this relationship in the coming years.
Ambassador Wells reiterated that the objective of bilateral cooperation is to seek a stable, secure and prosperous Pakistan.
Pakistan says it will take all necessary measures to mitigate the threat emanating from presence of Daesh in Afghanistan.
At THE weekly news briefing in Islamabad today, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said these measures include effective border control and management.
He pointed out that there are swathes of ungoverned territories in Afghanistan and Daesh and other terrorist outfits are gaining grounds there.
The spokesman rejected insinuations of Indian External Affairs Minister against Pakistan and said our sacrifices and losses in the war against terror are unmatched.
He said by levelling baseless allegations, India is trying to hide its own hands in state-sponsored terrorism in occupied Kashmir.
To a question he said Pakistan wants to have sustained, meaningful and result oriented dialogue with India that addresses all issues particularly Jammu and Kashmir.
Nafees Zakaria said peace in the region is not possible without resolving the Kashmir dispute.
JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad today.
They discussed the current political situation in the country.
JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman says some external forces are active to fulfill their agenda of destabilizing the emerging world economic power China and progressing Pakistan.
Addressing a seminar in Islamabad today, he said these forces have already succeeded in destabilizing Iraq, Yemen and Syria.
The JUI-F Chief said unity is the only option left for to take the country forward and face the crises.
Spokesman for Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has clarified that social media accounts attributed to the prime minister are fake.
In a statement issued today, he said Shahid Khaqan Abbasi does not maintain any social media account, including twitter and facebook.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says several mega projects have been completed during the tenure of the present government.
In a statement issued in Lahore today, he said the defeated elements in politics want to stop journey of progress and work on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says the country cannot afford politics of unrest and anarchy.
In a statement in Lahore today, he said no one can prove corruption of a single penny in the projects of the incumbent government.
The Chief Minister said the international institutions are acknowledging policies of the PML-N government and transparency in mega projects.
President of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter of PML-N Amir Muqam says he never held any meeting with former PTI leader Ayesha Gulalai to hatch any conspiracy against PTI.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad today, he said he will sue the PTI chairman for hurling baseless accusations against him.
Amir Muqam said Ayesha Gulalai's issue is an internal matter of PTI, but the allegations hurled by Gulalai should be investigated.
Amir Muqam said Imran Khan is promoting negative politics in the country.
The Chairman Senate has summoned session of the upper house at Parliament House in Islamabad on Wednesday at 3:30 in the afternoon.
The House will discuss issues of national importance.
Forty-six thousand intending pilgrims have reached Saudi Arabia under the government and private schemes.
The third phase of distribution of compensation cheques among the people whose houses were damaged due to terrorist acts in South Waziristan has been launched.
Over seven thousand compensation cheques are being distributed among the affected people.
The owner of each completely destroyed house is being given four hundred thousand rupees, while the owner of each partially damaged house is being handed over a one hundred and sixty thousand rupees.
Corps Commander Karachi Lieutenant General Shahid Baig Mirza called on Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair in Karachi today.
They discussed law and order in the province, ongoing operation in Karachi and other matters of mutual interest.
The Governor and the Corps Commander reiterated their firm resolve to take the operation against terrorists and criminals to its logical end.
The Corps Commander said anyone attempting to disturb peace will be dealt with iron hands.
Corps Commander Karachi Lieutenant General Shahid Baig Mirza says peace and economic activities have been restored in Karachi.
Addressing the provincial Skill Competition Prize Distribution ceremony of Prime Minister's Youth Skill Development Program in Karachi today, he said a large number of skilled manpower is required for development of the country.
Naval Chief Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah performed ground breaking of new runway at Naval Air Station Ormara, Balochistan today.
Speaking on the occasion, he said construction of new runway is yet another manifestation of Pakistan Navy’s aim of westward expansion.
The Naval Chief also inaugurated newly constructed academic block of Cadet College Ormara.
Punjab Rangers, Punjab Police, Motorway Police and Rescue 1122 donducted a mock exercise at Kala Shah Kaku Motorway Interchange today.
According to ISPR, the exercise was a rehearsal of damage control measures against incidents like Ahmed Pur Sherqia oil tanker or any terrorist activity on Motorway and National Highways.
An Anti-Terrorist Court in Abbottabad has awarded 14-year imprisonment each to two terrorists of outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.
Qari Shafique and Qari Altaf had been arrested from Balakot.
Anti Narcotics Force has recovered drugs worth 674 million rupees and arrested six drug traffickers including a lady. It also seized three vehicles in six operations conducted in Islamabad, Lahore, Kohat, Hyderabad, Chagai and Lasbela.
The provincial government is spending over thirty billion rupees during the current fiscal year for building the civilian law enforcement agencies on modern lines.
Ministry of Ports and Shipping will establish Pak-China Technical and Vocational Technical Institute at Gwadar under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to produce skilled manpower for the port.
The institute will help fulfill skilled manpower requirements of Gwadar Port Free Zone, Export Processing Zone and other industrial and port related fields.
Chinese company IPPR has already visited Gwadar to review design and feasibility of the institute.
Eighty per cent work on the first-ever River View Family Park has been completed in Gilgit.
The park is being constructed at a cost of over twenty-seven million rupees on eighteen Kanals adjacent to historic Chinar Bagh.
A six-day anti-polio drive began in thirteen sensitive union councils of three districts in Karachi today.
Radio Pakistan Karachi correspondent reports that over three hundred and forty-one thousand thousand children under the age of five will be administered anti-anti-polio drops.
One thousand polio teams are taking part in the campaign.
Preparations are in full-swing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA to celebrate Independence Day with traditional national zeal and fervor.
Special stalls have been set up in Qissa Khwani bazaar, Ghanta Ghar, Khyber Bazaar, Chowk Fuwara and other markets of Peshawar city where people are purchasing national flags, buntings and other items of decoration.
Different political, educational, social and literary organizations are giving final touches to their programmes to celebrate the Independence Day in a befitting manner.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Oil and Gas Development Company Limited will start survey for exploring oil and gas in three districts from next month.
These districts are Lakki Marwat, Karak and Bannu.
A spokesman of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that a block has been established in Lakki Marwat for this purpose.
The sources said huge oil and gas reserves exist in these areas.
Naran Babusar road has been closed for traffic due to floods at five points in Babusar Area.
National Highway Authority are making efforts to restore traffic.
Meanwhile, two people have died due to high floods in Boner Form Nallah in Diamer.
Meanwhile, fifteen stranded tourists at Babusar top had been rescued and brought to Chilas.
Eight people died in two separate road accidents in Chakwal and Kashmore Kandkot today.
President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed deep grief and sorrow over sad demise of renowned intellectual Professor Jamal Naqvi.
In his message, he commiserated with the bereaved family and prayed for forgiveness and higher ranks of the departed soul.
He said the struggle of Jamal Naqvi for restoration of public rights will always be remembered.
British High Commissioner Thomas Drew held a meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi today.
Matters of mutual interest and regional security were discussed.
The British High Commissioner appreciated Pakistan's continuous efforts for peace and stability in the region.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has condemned the terrorist attack on United States forces in Kandhar.
In a statement, he offered heartfelt condolences on the death of two Special Forces soldiers who died in the incident.
He said we fully understand the loss and pain of victims' families as Pakistan is undergoing a similar trial in fight against terrorism.
A visiting British parliamentary delegation has expressed concern over continued human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.
Addressing a news conference along with AJK President Sardar Masood Khan in Islamabad today, the British parliamentarians said the world should take cognizance of the genocide of Kashmiri people in the occupied territory.
A demonstration was held in Islamabad today to protest the arrest of Hurriyat leaders and killing of youth by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.
Our correspondent Freeha Hassan who is present on the occasion has the details:
AJK Minster for education Syed Iftikhar Gillani says India has created a war like situation on line of control and working boundary to divert the attention of international community from its brutalities against innocent civilian in Occupied Kashmir.
Talking to Radio Pakistan Mirpur correspondent today, he said India could not suppress indigenous Kashmiri liberation movement through state terrorism.
In occupied Kashmir, two youth were martyred and three Indian army personnel including a Major were killed in two separate incidents in Kulgam and Shopian districts, today.
The youth Aaqib Ahmad Ittoo and Suhail Ahmad Rathar were shot dead by Indian troops during a siege and search operation in Gopalpora village of Kulgam.
In a separate incident, three Indian army personnel including a Major were killed and two other critically injured during an attack at Zaipora in Shopian district.
Meanwhile, the joint resistance leadership has called for protests tomorrow, after Friday prayers against the surge in killings and raids by India’s National Investigation Agency on the residences of Hurriyat leaders.
On the other, addressing an event in Washington Secretary General of World Kashmir Awareness Forum Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai said that the plebiscite was the only way forward to settle the Kashmir dispute.
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons which is looming threats to international peace.
The Security Council in its meeting also strongly condemned the continued flow of weapons, military equipment and improvised explosive device to Da'esh, Al-Qaeda, their affiliates, and associated groups.
The Council urged to ensure the ability to take appropriate legal actions against those who are knowingly engaged in providing terrorists with weapons.
US President Donald Trump says relations with Russia had hit an all-time and very dangerous low.
He stated this in his Twitter post today.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says the US sanctions tantamount to a full-scale trade war.
In a Facebook post, he hoped that our relations with the new American administration will improve is finished.
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has vowed to continue missile program, despite international pressure.
He made those remarks at a ceremony in Tehran today.
A ceasefire between Syrian forces and rebels has been agreed in north of Homs.
Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said it would be the third such de-escalation zone put in place after talks between all stake holders.
He said Russia will establish two checkpoints and three observation posts in the region.
In Vietnam, seven people have been killed and twenty-seven others are missing in flash floods triggered by heavy rains in different parts of the country.
In the United States, at least two people were killed and dozens wounded in an explosion at a school in Minneapolis city today.
According to reports, the blast occurred in a utility area as students were playing soccer and basketball.