Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Prime Minister has expressed serious concern over gross human rights violations and brutal repression of unarmed people by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.
Visiting US Senators have acknowledged efforts and sacrifices by Pakistan Army and tribesmen for establishing peace in the area.
Finance Minister and Hassan Nawaz recorded their statements before JIT probing Panama Papers case, in Islamabad on Monday.
Minister of State for Information Technology says Pakistan will be the first country in the region to introduce 5G technology.
Sahiwal coal power plant of 1,320 megawatt capacity has become fully operational from on Monday.
Election Commission plans to use biometric machines for voting in upcoming Karachi by-election on trial basis.
In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two more Kashmiri youth in Pulwama on Monday.
China has urged India to respect 1890's border agreement and withdraw its troops from Sikkim area.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that a sustained and strong Pak-US partnership is essential to deal with the challenges confronting the region and beyond.
He was talking to a five member US Senate delegation led by Senator John McCain, in Islamabad on Monday.
The Prime Minister apprised the delegation about his government's efforts to combat terrorism.
He said our success can be measured by the markedly improved security situation in Pakistan.
The Prime Minister reiterated his government's commitment to improve relations with Afghanistan and India.
He expressed serious concern over the gross human rights violations and brutal repression of unarmed people by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.
The Prime Minister underscored the legitimacy of the Kashmir cause and urged the world community to play its role in ending the sufferings of Kashmiri people.
He also highlighted the economic turnaround that manifested in enhanced investor interest and confidence in Pakistan.
The Prime Minister reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to support all efforts aimed at lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.
He said that concerted efforts are needed for a politically negotiated settlement under an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.
Nawaz Sharif also stressed the importance of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group mechanism to facilitate Afghan reconciliation.
Senator McCain agreed that continued close cooperation between the US and Pakistan is essential for securing peace and stability in the region.
He said the US attaches importance to its relations with Pakistan.
The US Senators appreciated the contributions and sacrifices made by Pakistan and the successes achieved in the fight against terrorism.
Meanwhile, the delegation along with Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa visited South Waziristan Agency on Monday.
The delegation was briefed about Pak-Afghan border security including recent measures for its improvement through fencing and enhanced surveillance.
The delegation took an aerial view of the border area, newly constructed forts, posts and development works including schools, colleges, hospitals, sports stadiums, water supply schemes and roads communication infrastructure.
The US Senators after witnessing the ground situation acknowledged efforts and sacrifices by Pakistan Army and the local tribes for establishing peace in the area.
Later talking, US Senators said the United States wants strong partnership with Pakistan in defeating terrorism.
The Senators lauded the sacrifices of the people of Pakistan and armed forces in their resolve to fight terrorism.
They termed the visit very important and informative to help understand the challenges and future cooperation between the two countries.
They also expressed hope the monster of terrorism will be defeated through joint strategy and cooperation.
They said the visit has provided them opportunity to learn how the United States can help Pakistan, which is a frontline state fighting terrorism.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will pay a two-day official visit to Tajikistan from Wednesday at the invitation of President Emomali Rahmon.
During the visit, he will be accompanied by a high-level delegation.
At Dushanbe, the leaders of the two countries will discuss bilateral relations and ways to promote trade, investment and energy cooperation and regional connectivity.
Tajikistan is also hosting a summit of CASA-1000 member states, including Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan.
Under CASA-1000, electricity produced in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will be supplied to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The Prime Minister will also participate in trilateral summit between Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
Religious scholars belonging to all schools of thought have vowed to foil conspiracies of enemies to fan sectarian strife in the country.
This was stated in a joint declaration issued at the conclusion of meeting of "National Ulema and Mashaikh Council" in Islamabad on Monday.
The meeting was chaired by Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousuf and attended by religious scholars of all the sects.
The declaration stated that there is no sectarian issue in the country.
The meeting strongly condemned the Parachinar incident and extended complete support to the government to bring the culprits involved in the incident to justice.
They also suggested to broadcast special programmes on Television and Radio for promotion of harmony.
The National Ulema Council declared suicide attacks as Haram.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Hassan Nawaz, the younger son of Prime Minister, recorded their statements before the Joint Investigation Team, formed to probe the Panama Papers case, in Islamabad on Monday.
Later, talking to newsmen, Hassan Nawaz said he has submitted all the relevant documents relating to his business in Britain.
He said that he has been doing business in Britain for the last fifteen years and the British authorities have not accused him of any wrongdoing.
Speaking on the occasion, Ishaq Dar said he has responded to all queries of the investigation team and presented account of each rupee.
The Finance Minister said all matters of the Prime Minister's family are transparent and there was no mention of the Prime Minister in Panama Papers.
He said there is no case against Prime Minister but the business interests of the family are being illegally dragged into matter.
Ishaq Dar said the PML (N) in all its tenures worked with utmost transparency and nobody can bring forth any irregularity and corruption scam of a single penny.
Hussain Nawaz will appear before the JIT on Tuesday while Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday.
Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman has said that Pakistan would become first country in the world to test 5G technology.
Talking to APP, she said the government would start preparations for the introduction of 5G by 2021 and Pakistani people would adopt the new technology ahead of all other Asian countries.
Meanwhile, a spokesman of the Ministry has said that 4G spectrum license was sold for 295 million dollars.
He said the number of broadband users in the country increased from 3.7 million to 44 million during last four years and now with the leap to 5G networks, we can start to completely reshape entire industries.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif inaugurated the second unit of Sahiwal Coal Power Project having a capacity of six hundred sixty megawatt in Sahiwal on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, he said the completion of the 1,320 MW project in a record time of twenty two months is a great achievement.
Shahbaz Sharif said this is the first power project completed under China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
He said this project is an example of hard work, sincerity and transparency.
Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan Sun Weidong, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali and senior officials of Chinese companies were also present on the occasion.
The federal government has completed work on the multi faceted Takht Bhai flyover project at Railway crossing on Nowshera-Chitral Highway that will help facilitate over seven million people of seven districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
According to Project Director, flyover has been opened for all kinds of traffic.
He said that it will provide speedy communication facilities to people of Malakand Division besides saving their precious time while traveling to Peshawar or Islamabad.
The project director said flyover was yet another gift of PML-N government for the KP people in addition to Peshawar Bypass road, Hazara Motorway, Lowari Tunnel and Nawaz Sharif Kidney Hospital Swat.
The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government is spending about fourteen billion rupees on construction and repair of roads in the province.
Sindh Assembly on Monday adopted a bill to repeal the National Accountability Bureau Ordinance 1999 with majority.
The bill was presented by Provincial Law Minister Ziaul Hassan Lanjar.
Opposition members raising objection on the bill protested in the House and walked out of the House.
Presenting the bill, Provincial Minister said efforts against corruption are provincial prerogative, which is why NAB ordinance is being replaced with an effective anti- corruption law.
Election Commission of Pakistan has planned to introduce biometric machines for voting in upcoming Karachi by-election on trial basis.
According to an official of the Commission, the functioning of these voting machines will be thoroughly monitored.
He said that total five hundred eighty-six thousand voting staff will be trained in one year and the commission has asked the provincial governments to ensure basic facilities for voters at the polling stations.
Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo has said that Balochistan is rich in natural resources and there is a need to exploit these resources for the development of province.
Talking to journalists in Quetta on Monday, he said angry Baloch youth should come forward and take part in the progress and prosperity of Pakistan and Balochistan.
In Balochistan, provincial government is making serious efforts to improve living standard of fishermen and their working conditions.
According to official sources, eight hundred eighty-five million rupees have been allocated for the fisheries sector in the current fiscal year.
Moreover, interest-free loans worth one billion rupees will be disbursed among fishermen.
Another fish processing unit in Pasni will be started soon at a cost of five hundred million rupees.
Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Siraj-ul-Haq has stressed the need for abolishing Frontier Crimes Regulation in tribal areas.
Addressing a news conference in Peshawar on Monday, he said the tribal people have rendered unprecedented sacrifices for the security of the country.
Siraj-ul-Haq said that the ongoing war on terror has badly damaged infrastructure in FATA.
Five thousand families of Temporarily Displaced Persons comprising thirty thousand individuals have returned to their native areas in North Waziristan Agency from Afghanistan.
In Gilgit-Baltistan, a Special Protection Unit of police is being set up with five hundred personnel to safeguard mega development projects.
Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman in an interview has said that federal government will bear expenses of this unit.
He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is committed to put Gilgit Baltistan on fast track development and maintain durable peace in the region.
AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has said the government is fully utilizing hydro-power and other natural resources for the development of the state.
Talking to a delegation of Chinese construction companies in Muzaffarabad on Monday, he said a long-term planning is being made to utilize natural resources.
Raja Farooq Haider said that affected people of Kohala Hydropower Project will be compensated.
The Chinese companies on this occasion said that they are working on one thousand one hundred twenty-four megawatt Kohala project, seven hundred thirty megawatt Karrot and six hundred forty megawatt Mahil Project, which will be completed in due course of time.
Federal Government has issued formal notification for revision of Basic Pay Scales and allowances as announced by the Finance Minister in his budget speech.
The new scales have become effective from first of this month.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the residence of Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed on Monday and condoled with him over the sad demise of his father.
Twelve people including a minor girl were killed and fourteen injured during a clash between the two rival groups in Shikarpur on Monday.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah while taking notice of the incident has sought a report from DIG Larkana.
He has directed to take strict action against the culprits.
Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that Pakistan will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris in their just struggle for right to self- determination.
Talking to a delegation of journalists in Islamabad on Monday, he said Pakistan wants resolution of Kashmir issue according to the aspirations of Kashmiris and in line with the United Nations Security Council resolutions.
Sartaj Aziz said that freedom struggle in Kashmir is purely indigenous and India has failed to suppress it through use of brute force.
He said no dialogue is possible with India without inclusion of the Kashmir issue in the agenda.
Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan is highlighting gross human rights violation by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir at the international fora.
In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two more Kashmiri youth and injured many others in Pulwama district on Monday.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the youth identified as Kifayat Ahmad and Jahangir Khanday were martyred during a violent crackdown operation in Bahmnoo area of the district. Several people were injured, two of them critically, when troops fired bullets and pellets on protesters in the area.
APHC Chairman Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar on Monday expressed concern over Indian barbarism as over one hundred twenty Kashmiri people were martyred and hundreds injured during the first half of 2017.
Meanwhile, Indian police arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik from his party office at Abi Guzar in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar, on Monday.
Earlier, Muhammad Yasin Malik in an open letter to the US administration said that the Kashmiris had never pursued any global agenda and had always strived for a peaceful settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
China says India is violating 1890's border agreement between Britain and China.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman told daily news briefing in Beijing on Monday that the Sikkim part of the border had been settled in the 1890 agreement, and previous Indian governments had many times affirmed that in writing.
He said pacts must be respected as it is a basic principle of international law.
Chinese spokesman once again demanded India to withdraw its troops from the Chinese side.
Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Moscow on Monday on a two-day official visit to Russia.
According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will hold an informal meeting on Monday evening before holding bilateral talks on Tuesday.
Ahead of his visit, the Chinese leader gave an interview to Russia's TASS news agency, in which he criticized the deployment of the US THAAD missile defense systems in South Korea.
Xi Jinping said the move has disrupted strategic balance in the region and threatened security interests of all regional countries, including Russia and China.
Syrian Army has announced ceasefire in south of the country till Thursday.
According to a statement carried by state television, the army general command said the ceasefire took effect from midday on Sunday and was being done to support reconciliation efforts.