Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Prime Minister says besides building infrastructure, the government is also implementing education and healthcare projects to facilitate the people.
Finance Minister says some political leaders want to obstruct economic growth through rallies and protests.
Interior Minister has called for national unity to win the war on terror and secure future of the country.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Apex Committee has discussed measures for implementation of National Action Plan.
Upon the government's directive, Pakistani Ambassadors in different countries have started hearing complaints of overseas Pakistanis on weekly basis.
Indian forces used brute force injuring hundreds of peaceful demonstrators in occupied Kashmir today.
Uzbek President Islam Karimov was laid to rest in Tashkent today.
The last One Day International of five-match series between Pakistan and England will be played at Cardiff tomorrow.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the government has launched several coal, LNG, solar and wind power projects to overcome power shortage.
He was addressing an inaugural ceremony of 40-megawatt coal-based power plant in Faisalabad today. The plant was set up in private sector.
The prime minister said the government is not only focussing on mega power and infrastructure projects, but also introducing programs to provide better education and healthcare facilities to the people.
He said that power loadshedding situation has improved a lot and it will further improve next year. He said 2018 will be the year of elimination of power outages for good.
Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan has gained the status of emerging economy and it is our utmost effort to provide all possible facilities and incentives to investors.
The Prime Minister said industry is being provided gas and power without any interruption. He regretted that the previous governments did not pay any attention to this important issue rather pushed the country into darkness.
He said the PML (N) has restarted the process of building motorways and high-ways to enhance connectivity.
Pakistan Railways will upgrade its existing tracks besides laying new lines across the country.
Under China-Pak-Economic Corridor, a total 560 kilometres long track from Bostan-Kotla Jam via Zhob and Dera Ismail Khan and another 682 kilometres track from Havelian to Khunjerab will be laid.
The upgradation of 1,872 kilometres track from Karachi to Peshawar via Kotri, Multan, Lahore and Rawalpindi along with dualization of the track from Shahdara to Peshawar will also be carried out.
To enhance connectivity and improve transportation facilities, 1,254 kilometres of railway track from Kotri to Attock City via Dadu, Larkana, Jacobabad, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bhakkar and Kundian will be upgraded.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says the receipt of the final tranche of the Extended Fund Facility this month will mark the completion of Pakistan's program with the International Monetary Fund.
In a statement, he said that the program is categorized as a success on the basis of different key economic indicators.
The minister said Real GDP growth rate in financial year 2016 was recorded at 4.71 percent which is the highest in the last eight years.
He said inflation rate fell to 2.89 percent during the last fiscal year, as compared to 8.62 percent in financial year 2014 and 4.53 percent in financial year 2015.
Ishaq Dar said that Total liquid foreign reserves which were at 7.578 million dollars in February, 2014 stood at 22,993.2 million dollars.
The Finance Minister said that the first repayment of the IMF EFF loan is scheduled in March, 2018.
In an interview, the Finance Minister said some political leaders want to obstruct the economic growth through rallies and protests.
He said the government made utmost effort to resolve the issue amicably, but some politicians are obsessed with will to grab power and are trying to frustrate the system.
The minister said these political leaders are once again trying to obstruct the economic growth like they did during their 126 days sit-in two years ago.
Ishaq Dar said the government in line with the Supreme Court directions has submitted a proposed law to the Parliament that comprises some powerful sections, which will help investigate the Panama papers issue.
The minister said the bill presented by the government is a comprehensive legislation to weed out corruption.
He said the government tried to defuse the crisis but, it is done when approach of both sides is constructive and non-political.
Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid says political adventures of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek have caused loss worth billions of rupees to the country besides loss of precious lives.
Talking to media in Lahore this evening, he said both the parties were asked to arrange their processions at secluded places to avoid the hindrance and problems in the daily life of the people.
Pervaiz Rashid said that PML-N and PPP have taken practical steps for legislation for inquiry into the corruption cases.
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says PTI Chief Imran Khan wants to disrupt the process of progress by spreading anarchy in the country.
In a statement issued today, he said Imran Khan is doing nothing except creating difficulties for citizens by staging rallies and marches.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Chaudhary Barjees Tahir says the government is implementing mega projects for prosperity of the country.
Speaking at a gathering in Nankana Sahib today, he said the world is acknowledging the economic development of Pakistan.
Barjees Tahir said the opposition is doing sit-in politics to stop the pace of economic development but the nation has rejected such politics.
He said the nation fully supports the vision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and PML-N will win the general elections in 2018 on the basis of its performance.
Punjab Government Spokesman Zaeem Qadri has asked PTI leadership to refrain from creating political instability in the country.
In a statement, he said Imran Khan would once again fail to hinder process of development and his march would face the same fate as of his sit-in two year back.
He said people are fed up with Imran's politics of agitation as his sole agenda is to impede process of development.
He said that the PTI chairman did not hesitate to even put
human lives at risk just for his politics.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is staging a rally in Lahore today to press its demand for elimination of corruption.
The rally started from Shahdara, and after marching through various roads, it will reach Cheering Cross on Mall Road where its central leadership will address the participants.
Earlier, addressing at Shahdara, PTI chief Imran Khan demanded probe into Panama Papers.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of death of innocent persons due to protest rallies in Lahore and Rawalpindi.
In a statement, he lamented that loss of precious human lives due to protest rallies is a tragic incident.
He said that the political parties, which use the tactics of street agitation, are the enemies of general public.
The Chief Minister has directed the Police officials to ensure the swift passage of ambulances through the obstacles.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has constituted a sub-committee to monitor progress on prosecution of all terror-related cases.
The sub-committee to be chaired by Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali will submit its report within two months.
The Interior Secretary, all chief secretaries, Home Secretaries, Prosecutors General, and Inspectors General of Police have been notified as members of the sub-committee.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has reiterated that war against terrorism is in fact war of survival of country's future and politicizing the issue would amount to playing with its future.
Addressing a news conference in Mardan today, he stressed the need for national unity to overcome terrorist activities in any part of the country in future.
He said now some remnants of the terrorists are hitting soft targets.
The Minister said that terrorists are inhuman as they are killing innocent people.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said a committee will be established at federal level to suggest ways and means for welfare of those who have suffered in terrorist acts.
To a question, he said the federal government was sharing intelligence reports with Khyber Pakhtukhwa and Sindh governments to frustrate designs of terrorists.
A meeting of Apex Committee of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was held in Peshawar today with Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra in the chair.
The meeting reviewed overall law and order situation particularly in the wake of yesterday’s terrorist incidents in Mardan and Christian Colony Warsak Road Peshawar.
The Committee discussed various measures to implement the National Action Plan in its true perspective and vowed that the facilitators of heinous crimes will also be taken to task.
The meeting was informed that a Special Patrol Unit will be established on the patron of Gilgit Baltistan Police.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak visited Christian Colony at Warsak Road Peshawar which was attacked by terrorists yesterday.
He went to different parts of the colony and met with the affected people.
The Chief Minister expressed sympathy and solidarity with the people and condoled over the killing of a Christian man in the terrorist attack.
A delegation of the notables and Ulema of district and FR Bannu called on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in Peshawar today.
They exchanged views on overall law and order situation and problems being faced by the people.
Minister for Parliamentary affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed has said the Punjab government is working hard to complete all ongoing development projects to facilitate the people.
He stated this while chairing a meeting regarding development schemes in Attock today.
He said 285 schemes in education sector would be completed with a cost of 483 million rupees.
Radio Pakistan correspondent in Attock says 408 million rupees are being spent on health sector, while 5.416 billion rupees have been earmarked for improving and building roads in the district Attack.
Sheikh Aftab directed to ensure quality of development schemes.
Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez Ur Rehman says provincial government is focusing on provision of basic facilities to the people.
Addressing a ceremony in Gilgit today, he said the government is utilizing all resources for the completion of ongoing projects.
Ambassadors of Pakistan in different countries have started hearing complaints of overseas Pakistanis about their problems on weekly basis without any prior appointment on the initiative of Federal ombudsman Pakistan.
In a statement, Grievance Commissioner for Overseas Pakistanis Hafiz Ahsaan Ahmad Khokhar said it has further been decided to hear complaints of overseas Pakistanis through video link and Skype from those countries first where Pakistan Community welfare Attaches are not posted and performing their welfare services.
The Election Commission of Pakistan has issued notices to 325 political parties which failed to submit their statement of accounts by the deadline.
According to official sources, only eight registered political parties have submitted their statement of accounts.
Parties which failed to submit their statement of accounts will not be allowed to obtain an election symbol or to contest elections for the parliament and provincial assemblies.
Azadi Train arrived in Hyderabad today after passing through small and big cities of the country.
People belong to different walks of life warmly welcomed the train.
The Azadi train was tastefully decorated with colorful buntings and beautiful floats depicting culture of all parts of the country.
Youth, senior citizens, children and families are taking keen interest in the picture galleries and cultural floats of the train.
Radio Pakistan Quetta correspondent on board Azadi Train Hussain Farooq reports that the train will proceed for Karachi from Hyderabad tomorrow.
Work on Green Line Bus Rapid Transit project is underway from Surjani Town to M.A Jinnah road in Karachi.
In an exclusive interview with Radio Pakistan, Sindh Minister for Transport and Mass Transit Nasir Hussain Shah said (Tape)
Work on the construction of Golan Goal Hydel Power Project in District Chitral is in progress.
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AJK President Masood Khan has said that Kashmir liberation movement has entered a sensitive phase and urged the international community to help settle the lingering dispute.
He was talking to Chairman Standing Committee of National Assembly on Foreign Affairs Awais Ahmed Khan Laghari in Islamabad today.
AJK President said that Kashmir is the axis of Pakistan’s foreign policy and determines relations with other countries.
He said decision of Parliamentary delegation on Kashmir would leave positive impact on ongoing Kashmir liberation struggle.
Awais Ahmed Khan Laghari said that Pakistan would continue to support the Kashmiris right to self determination.
In occupied Kashmir, hundreds of people were injured today when Indian troops used brute force to prevent people from staging demonstrations against martyrdoms of innocent Kashmiris.
Call for the demonstrations was jointly given by All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, and Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
Forceful anti-India demonstrations rocked the occupied territory as the puppet authorities continued to impose strict restrictions across the Kashmir Valley today.
Defying curfew, people took to streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Beerwah, Ganderbal, Kupwara, Baramulla, Pulwama, Tral, Bandipora, Islamabad, Shopian, Kulgam and other areas and clashed with Indian forces’ personnel.
They chanted high-pitched pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. Indian police and troops fired pellets, bullets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters, injuring hundreds of people.
APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, and the All-Party Sikh Coordination Committee in their statements in Srinagar urged the people to boycott the Indian Parliamentary delegation arriving in Srinagar tomorrow, on a two-day visit to occupied Kashmir.
Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov was laid to rest in Tashkent today.
Among others, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and presidents of Tajikistan and Turkmenistan attended the funeral.
Earlier, the funeral of Islam Karimov was held in the city of Samarkand.
Thousands lined in the streets of the capital, Tashkent, throwing flowers as his cortege passed.
Islam Karimov died after a stroke at the age of 78. He ruled the country for 27 years.
Three days of mourning is being observed in the country.
The US and China have ratified the Paris global climate agreement.
Both countries together are responsible for forty per cent of the world's carbon emissions.
Turkish tanks have entered Syria's Cobanbey district northeast of Aleppo in a new phase of the Euphrates Shield operation.
Turkey's state-run news agency said Turkish tanks crossed into Syria to support Syrian rebels against the Islamic State group.
Turkey launched a cross-border operation on 24th of last month along with Free Syrian Army units to clear the village of Jarablus of IS militants.