Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
Prime Minister has expressed the hope that International cricket would soon return to the county.
Nawaz Sharif will embark upon an official visit to Tajikistan tomorrow to boost bilateral cooperation in diverse fields with focus on trade, energy and regional connectivity.
Army Chief vows to consolidate gains of war against terrorism to further strengthen writ of the state.
Forceful protest demonstrations were held across occupied Kashmir today to condemn killing of innocent youth with chemical weapons.
Fifth round of peace talks between Syrian government and opposition began in Kazakhstan today.
Russia and China have called for freezing North Korea's nuclear program and US-South Korea military exercises to establish peace in Korean Peninsula.
Sarfaraz Ahmed has been appointed as captain of Pakistan test cricket team.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hosted a grand reception in Islamabad today in honour of the national cricket team that made history by defeating India in the final of ICC Champions Trophy at Oval.
The event was attended, among others, by Leader of the House in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq, members of the Federal Cabinet and officials of PCB.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister spoke high of the marvelous performance of the team and held out an assurance that his Government would do utmost for promotion of sports in the country.
He said Pakistan Cricket team has made the nation proud by winning the ICC Champions Trophy.
The prime minister said Pakistan had its self respect and advised Najam Sethi not to beg any foreign team to come and play in the country.
Expressing his confidence, he said time was not far off when all the international cricket teams would line up to play with Pakistan team at its homeland.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Pakistan Super League Najam Sethi thanked the Prime Minister for his unflinching support to revive Pakistani cricket.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman PCB Shehryar Khan announced that Sarfraz Ahmed will also lead the test team of Pakistan.
On this occasion, the Prime Minister gave away prizes and awards to the members of the national cricket team.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan is fully committed to the timely and effective implementation of all projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Talking to Chairman National Energy Administration Nur Bekri in Islamabad today, he said both the countries are working for prosperity of people of the region through joint economic and development efforts.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan shares the Chinese vision of regional and global economic integration through strengthening connectivity and that is the reason Pakistan is among the early partners in the One Belt One Road initiative.
Meanwhile, Chinese delegation also called on Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif in Islamabad today.
Talking on this occasion, the Minister said North Indus Cascade feasibilities are a major leap towards tapping indigenous hydel resources.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif leaves for Tajikistan tomorrow on the invitation of President Emomali Rahmon for talks on strengthening bilateral relations and economic cooperation.
At Dushanbe, both sides will discuss bilateral relations with particular emphasis on promoting trade, investment, energy cooperation and regional connectivity.
Tajikistan is also hosting a summit of CASA-1000 member states, including Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that Army will continue its support to all state institutions for prosperity of the country and its people through selfless devotion and commitment.
He stated this while interacting with officers and soldiers at Panuaqil Garrison today.
The Army Chief vowed to consolidate gains achieved in war against terrorists to further strengthen the state writ and neutralizing all negative stimulants.
The elder son of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Hussain Nawaz recorded his statement before the Joint Investigation Team probing Panama papers case in Islamabad today.
It is the sixth time that Hussain Nawaz has appeared before the JIT.
Marriyum Nawaz will appear before the JIT tomorrow.
Chairman National Accountability Bureau Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has said that a Memorandum of Understanding with China has been signed in view of CPEC projects to streamline cooperation in eradication of corruption.
Presiding over a meeting in Islamabad today, he said bilateral cooperation will boost confidence in projects.
On the directives of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Governor Khyber-Pakthunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra visited Parachinar today and distributed compensation cheques among victims of twin blast victims.
He also met with the affected families and expressed grief and sorrow over the tragic terrorist attacks.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif distributed financial compensation cheques among the victims of the chairlift accident in Murree today.
Chief Minister gave away cheques worth eight hundred thousand rupees each to the heirs of the deceased and three hundred thousand rupees to each injured person.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan performed ground breaking of 69 megawatt Lawi Hydropower project in Chitral today.
The power station will be completed at a cost of twenty-two billion rupees in five years.
National Disaster Management Authority has issued an alert advisory to all concerned departments to take timely precautionary measures before another spell of monsoon rains in next week
The alerts have been issued to all provincial Disaster Management Authorities, local governments and relevant departments for cleaning of drainage and sewerage systems in all big cities to prevent urban flooding.
National Emergency Operations Center of NDMA has already been activated and in case of emergency the centre can be accessed at 111-157-157.
Acting President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Shah Ghulam Qadir has sought global cooperation in ending the massive human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.
In a statement in Muzaffarabad today, he said following martyrdom of Burhan Muzaffar Wani, Kashmir freedom movement has gained further momentum.
In Occupied Kashmir, Indian Army, in a dreadful development, has started using chemical weapons to destroy public property and kill Kashmiri youth.
According to Kashmir Media Service, charred bodies of three Kashmiri youth, Jehangir Khanday, Kifayat Ahmad and Faisal Ahmad were found in the debris of four houses, destroyed by the army while using chemical weapons at Bahmnoo in Pulwama.
The bodies were so extensively burnt that they were beyond visual recognition. Thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of the martyrs in their native areas.
Meanwhile,complete shutdown, marked by protests and clashes, was observed in Islamabad Anantnag, against the killing of Bashir Ahmad Wani, who was martyred by Indian troops in Shopian last week.
Fifth round of peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition to end the Syrian conflict began in Kazakhstan's capital Astana today.
Besides the three guarantor countries, Russia, Turkey, and Iran and UN Special Representative for Syria Staffan de Mistura, delegations from Jordan and the United States are also attending the talks as observers.
Russia and China have underlined the need of freezing North Korea's Missile and Nuclear Program and large-scale military exercises by the United States and South Korea.
An understanding to this effect came during a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Moscow today.
Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, very humid weather is likely in plain areas of Punjab, Upper Sindh and Peshawar valley. Rain-dust-thundershowers with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Multan, D.G Khan, Bahawalpur, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar divisions, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.