Text Bulletin 2100 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.
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.
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 and agreed n the importance of a strong partnership between the two countries.
Ambassador Wells reiterated that the objective of bilateral cooperation is to seek a stable, secure and prosperous Pakistan.
Pakistan has rejected insinuations of Indian External Affairs Minister against Pakistan and said our sacrifices and losses in the war against terror are unmatched.
At the weekly news briefing in Islamabad today, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria 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.
The Foreign Office Spokesman said Pakistan will take all necessary measures to mitigate the threat emanating from presence of Daesh in Afghanistan.
He pointed out that there are swathes of ungoverned territories in Afghanistan and Daesh and other terrorist outfits are gaining grounds there.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman in a meeting in Islamabad today discussed the current political situation in the country.
Meanwhile, members of National Assembly Junaid Anwaar Chaudhry and Arshad Leghari called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad today.
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.
He said the country cannot afford politics of unrest and anarchy.
Shahbaz Sharif 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.
The Chairman Senate has summoned session of the upper house at Parliament House in Islamabad on Wednesday at 3:30 in the afternoon.
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 resolves 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.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Shahid Baig Mirza has said that peace and economic activities in Karachi have been restored.
He was addressing the provincial Skill Competition Prize Distribution ceremony of Prime Minister's Youth Skill Development Program in Karachi today.
PML-N leader Asif Kirmani says meeting of the Central Working Committee of the party is likely to be convened next week.
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.
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.
US President Donald Trump says relations with Russia has 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 are 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.
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons that pose threats to international peace.
The Security Council also called for appropriate legal actions against those who are providing terrorists with weapons.
Head Coach of Pakistan Cricket Team Mickey Arthur has said new talent will be included in the team purely on the basis of performance and fitness.
Talking to media in Lahore today, he said we are paying ample attention to bring about a significant improvement in all departments of the game including bowling, batting and fielding.
Mickey Arthur said we have set a target to obtain top position in one day and T-20.
Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country. However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala divisions, Islamabad, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.