Text Bulletin 0800 Hrs
Foreign Affairs Advisor says Pakistan firmly believes in peaceful struggle of Kashmiris for their right to self determination.
The government has released over twenty billions rupees to National Highway Authority for infrastructure development projects.
Saudi Arabia and its three allies have given another forty-eight hours to Qatar to accept their demands.
At least, fourteen people have been killed in a suicide attack in Iraq.
Germany has won FIFA Confederations Cup defeating Chile by one-nil in the final at St Petersburg.
Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan and US strategic partnership is critical to achieve peace and stability in the region and beyond.
He was talking to a five-member US Senate delegation led by Senator John McCain in Islamabad.
The Adviser underscored the significance of the longstanding cooperation between the two countries and need to make this partnership diverse and multi-dimensional.
He also apprised the delegation about Pakistan’s success in combating terrorism through Operation Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fassad.
The Adviser said Pakistan remained committed to support efforts for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.
He also raised concern over the gross human rights violations by the Indian security forces in occupied Kashmir.
The Adviser stressed that Pakistan firmly believed in the legitimacy of the Kashmir cause and peaceful struggle of the Kashmiri people to claim the right to self determination.
Senator McCain appreciated the contributions and sacrifices made by Pakistan in the fight against terrorism. He said continued engagement with Pakistan is very important.
The delegation also called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi.
It was briefed about regional security situation
and Pakistan's positive contribution towards peace and stability in the region.
The Army Chief reiterated that Pakistan has done its best despite constraints and shall continue its efforts for peace and stability. He said enduring Pakistan-US security cooperation is a key factor, in this regard.
Senator McCain appreciated and acknowledged Pakistan Army's contributions and sacrifices in War on terror.
He agreed on importance of Pakistan-Afghan security
cooperation and coordination.
The visiting delegation included senator Lindsey Graham,
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator David Perdue and senior members of staff.
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua says Pakistan wants to maintain good relations with all its neighboring countries.
In an interview, she said 20 Pakistanis detained in Indian prisons have completed their sentence but Indian authorities are not releasing them.
Tehmina said Kulbhoshan Yadav is a serving Naval commander and he has confessed to all of his crimes; therefore, he has no privilege of consular access as per Pak-India agreement of 2008.
Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal says the incumbent government has put the country on road to progress and development through its prudent policies.
In an interview, he said that PTI Chief is also well aware of this fact and that is why he is creating obstacles in the way of development.
The Minister said that Imran Khan has now resorted to negative politics as he realizes that he cannot defeat PML-N in the elections.
He urged the PTI Chief to focus on the progress and development of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as he may not get this chance again.
The government has released over twenty billions rupees to National Highway Authority under public sector development programme for carrying infrastructure development projects in the country.
An official source told APP that fifteen point four billion rupees have been allocated for Hakla-DI Khan Motorway.
The source said that four point five billion rupees have been released for widening and improvement of Hoshab-Nag-Basima-Surab Highway.
One hundred million rupees for construction of 118-km Thakot-Havelian Expressway and two ploint two billion rupees for land acquisition of the project.
The thirty-eight death anniversary of legendary Punjabi folk singer Alam Lohar is being observed today. He was born in 1928 and died on 3rd July, 1979.
Alam Lohar is famous for his rendition of Waris Shah's Heer, which he has memorized in 36 styles and forms.
Alam Lohar was also honored with Pakistan's highest civil award for arts and theatre the Pride of Performance Award in 1979.
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have accepted the Kuwaiti government’s request to extend the deadline by 48 hours for Qatar to respond to its demands.
The call for an extension came after Qatar’s Foreign Minister handed over a letter from its Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to the Kuwait’s Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
The letter included Qatar’s response to the list of demands passed on by Kuwait to Doha on behalf of the boycotting countries.
NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has announced that the organization will increase its support for the Afghan security forces.
He made these remarks after the meeting of Allied defense ministers at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels.
The meeting discussed fight against terrorism.
In Afghanistan, eleven Islamic State militants were killed in three separate airstrikes in eastern Nangarhar province.
The provincial government said the airstrikes conducted in the vicinity of Tora Bora, Alef Khal and Tangi area.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is paying a two-day state visit to Russia today.
The visit is aimed at promoting bilateral relations.
China has termed United States missile destroyer trespassing its territorial waters off the Xisha Islands as serious political and military provocation.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said that China dispatched military vessels and fighter planes in response to warn off the American vessel.
He said the Xisha Islands are an inherent part of the Chinese territory and the Chinese government promulgated the baseline of the territorial sea off the Xisha Islands in 1996.
China has cancelled a trip of Indian journalists to Tibet.
This was conveyed to the journalists by the Chinese embassy in New Delhi.
The cancellation of the journalists’ trip, which was scheduled from 8th to15th of this month came in the backdrop of a standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector.
In Iraq, at least fourteen people have been killed in a suicide attack at a refugee camp in Anbar province.
Meanwhile, Iraqis are making preparations to celebrate an expected victory over Islamic State Group in Mosul.
Iraqi government forces have recaptured more areas in Mosul’s Old City as they are entering the final stages of a months-long military offensive.
India beat Pakistan by 95 runs, in the ICC women's World Cup at Derby last night.
World champions Germany has won Confederations Football Cup title, beating Chile by 1-0 at final in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg.
Lars Stindl scored the only goal in the 20th minute.
Portugal earned third place after defeating Mexico 2-1.
Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, rain-thundershowers with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Bannu divisions, Islamabad, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was:-
Islamabad and Lahore twenty-seven degree centigrade, Karachi and Peshawar twenty-nine, Quetta twenty-three, Gilgit twenty-four Murree eighteen and Muzaffarabad twenty-five degree centigrade.