Text Bulletin 2100 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 lauded the sacrifices of people and armed forces of Pakistan in war on terror and their resolve to defeat the evil.
Sahiwal coal power plant of 1,320 megawatt capacity has become fully operational from today.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two more Kashmiri youth in Pulwama today.
Chinese President has criticized the deployment of US THAAD missile defence systems in South Korea, terming it a threat to China and Russia.
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 today.
The Prime Minister apprised the delegation about his government's efforts to combat terrorism.
He 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 reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to support all efforts aimed at lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.
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 today.
The delegation was briefed about Pak-Afghan border security including recent measures for its improvement through fencing and enhanced surveillance.
The delegation took an aeriel 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.
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.
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 today.
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.
Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rahman 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.
Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has said efforts are being made to reduce trade imbalance with China.
Addressing a function in Islamabad today , he said the government will provide full support in reducing any barriers to the formation of joint ventures between Pakistani and Chinese companies.
He emphasized the need for working work hard in the economic partnership of both the countries.
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 today, 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.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two more Kashmiri youth and injured many others in Pulwama district today.
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.
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 today.
The meeting was chaired by Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf 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.
Sindh Assembly today 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.
China says India is violating 1890's border agreement between Britain and China.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman told daily news briefing in Beijing today 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.
Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Moscow today 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 this evening before holding bilateral talks tomorrow.
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.
Hot and very humid weather is likely to prevail in plain areas of Punjab, upper Sindh and Peshawar during the next twelve hours.
However, rain-thundershowers with gusty winds are expected at a few places in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Malakand, Hazara divisions, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.