Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Senegal President arrives in Islamabad Tuesday to hold talks with Pakistani leadership.
Higher Education Commission budget has been increased by over 100 percent to promote quality education.
Prime Minister has approved construction of four-lane expressway connecting Besham with Khwazakhela in Swat.
Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami says leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh are being punished for their love for Pakistan.
Indian forces injured over 150 people in unabated state terrorism in occupied Kashmir today.
In Turkey, more than a hundred PKK militants have been killed or wounded in airstrikes by government forces.
China has reaffirmed its commitment to safeguard its sovereignty in South China Sea.
In the fifth and last One Day International at Cardiff, England have given a victory target of 303 runs to Pakistan.
Senegal President Macky Sall is arriving in Islamabad on Tuesday on a two-day official visit.
He will hold meetings with the Pakistani leadership.
Bilateral cooperation, regional situation, and other matters of mutual interest will be discussed during the meetings.
Minister of State for Education and Interior Balighur Rehman says the annual budget of the Higher Education Commission has been increased from forty one billion rupees to ninety one billion rupees to promote quality education.
In an exclusive interview with Radio Pakistan Bahawalpur correspondent Sajjad Parvez, he said that the government plans to set up universities or their campuses in all districts of the country.
He said the federal government has approved an eight hundred and sixty million rupees grant for the Islamia University, Bahawalpur, while one hundred and twenty five acres land has been acquired to set up Government Sadiq Women University in Bahawalpur.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhry Muhammad Barjees Tahir says the government is taking revolutionary steps for the development of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Talking to APP, Barjees Tahir said that the Federal Government allocated billions of rupees for development and welfare projects like hospitals and universities in the area.
He said that the government is planning to establish a cardiology center in Gilgit and Baltistan university in Skardu.
The minister said that the government will soon announce a 30-year forest working plan, timber policy and tourism policy for Gilgit-Baltistan.
Meanwhile, talking to newsmen after inaugurating a stadium in Safderabad Tehsil of Sheikhupura District today, the Minister said terrorism has been controlled to a considerable level as a result of effective government policies and operation Zarb-e-Azb sacrifices of the security forces.
He said the government's writ has been established in FATA and Balochistan, and healthy activities, including sports, are taking place there.
Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali says people have rejected the politics of rallies and sit-ins.
Talking to newsmen in Faisalabad today, he said morality should not be compromised in politics.
Abid Sher Ali said the government does not believe in politics of vendetta. He said people will decide who is serving them and who is creating problems for them and they will give their verdict in 2018 general elections.
PTI Founders Group has announced to establish a new party as "Real PTI".
This was announced by its Chairman Akbar S Babar while addressing a news conference after their first national consultative conference in Islamabad today.
He said that Imran Khan as Chairman PTI has failed to enforce fundamental principles of transparency, accountability and merit in the party as per its constitution.
Akbar S Babar demanded that Imran Khan should promote its founding ideology of change and step down from Party chairmanship and present himself before independent accountability commission within the party.
He said that the PTI led government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has wasted the opportunity to develop a model of governance in the province.
The founders rejected the appointments of all office bearers and said that all appointments were extra constitutional.
The meeting demanded full implementation of all PTI Election Tribunal orders, including the expulsion of Jahangir Tareen, Pervez Khattak, Aleem Khan and Nadir Leghari from the party for being involved in corruption.
WAPDA has accelerated work on Tarbela 4th Extension hydropower project which will generate additional 1,410 megawatt electricity.
Chairman WAPDA Muzammil Hussain visited the under-construction project and reviewed progress on the project.
During the visit, the chairman witnessed in detail the construction works on various sites of the project.
The project will increase generation capacity of Tarbela Hydel Power Station from 3,478 MW to 4,888 MW, after installation of three units with generation capacity of 470 MW each.
The World Bank is providing over eight hundred million dollars for the construction of the project.
The Senate will begin its 252nd session in Islamabad tomorrow at three pm.
Besides carrying out legislative business, the House will also discuss important national issues during the session.
Tomorrow the Upper House will transact private members business.
Meanwhile, the National Assembly is resuming its session in Islamabad tomorrow at 5:00 p.m after two-day break.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has urged political parties to shun negative politics and work for the welfare of the masses.
Talking to a delegation of PML-N's elected representative in Lahore today, he said some political elements are trying to hinder the process of economic development.
He said street agitation and sit-ins had caused loss worth billions of rupees to the national economy in 2014.
Balochistan government is taking all measures for the capacity building of Levies Force.
This was stated by Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri while presiding over a meeting in Quetta today to review performance of Levies and pace of work on developmental projects in the province.
Nawab Zehri directed concerned officials to provide sophisticated arms and training to the force and improve its communication network immediately.
He also advised the higher authorities to set up an intelligence unit in the Levies Force Headquarters in Quetta.
Nawab Zehri directed to complete public welfare schemes on time.
Meanwhile, talking to a delegation of anchorpersons of various private channels in Quetta, the Chief Minister said that the delegations comprising parliamentarians from Balochistan would be sent to friendly countries to apprise them of interference of neighbouring countries in Balochistan’s internal affairs.
He said a letter would be written to UN Secretary General urging him to take notice of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hate speeches and refrain him from such provocations in future.
Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri maintained that law and order situation has improved and hundreds of development schemes are being executed in smoothly the province.
Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has hailed the establishment of the campus of Swat University at Shangla.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the campus, today, he said the federal government has focused its attention on the restoration of peace and development of economy and other sectors in the country.
The Governor said youth from Shangla will also be provided laptops under the Prime Minister Laptop Schemes. They will also benefit from the Prime Minister Youth Training Programme and the Prime Minister Youth Business Loan Scheme.
Speaking on the occasion, Advisor to Prime Minister Engineer Ameer Muqam said Prime Minister has also approved construction of four-lane expressway connecting Bisham with Khwazakhela, Swat.
Ameer Muqam said both Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri want to create hurdles in the national development agenda of the federal government.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser says agriculture is the backbone of the economy and provincial government is paying special attention to solve the problems of farmers.
Speaking at a farmers convention in Swabi, he said the extension of Pehore canal will irrigate the barren lands of the area casting good impact on agriculture and farming.
Balochistan Assembly Speaker Raheela Durrani says the federal and provincial governments are on the same page regarding implementation of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and establishing complete peace in the province.
Talking to Radio Pakistan correspondent Sophia Siddiqui in Islamabad, she said the CPEC will greatly benefit the people of Balochistan as mega projects are being implemented in the province with Chinese assistance.
To a question, she said women in Balochistan are also proactively participating in various sectors for the development of the province.
Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq says leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh are being punished because of their love for Pakistan.
He was speaking in Islamabad today after offering Namaz-e-Janaza in absentia of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh leader Mir Qasim Ali who was executed yesterday.
Special prayers were also offered for the departed soul.
A policeman was martyred in a bomb blast in Mathra area of Peshawar this evening.
According to official sources, the mobile van was on routine patrolling when a roadside bomb blew up.
Police have reached the area and started search operation.
Director General Hajj Makkah Dr Sajid Yousafani has appreciated the excellent arrangements made by the Saudi Government and the local administration of Makkah and Madinah for facilitating Pakistani pilgrims in the Holy Land.
Addressing a reception in Makkah, he said that Pakistani pilgrims are very pleased and satisfied over the arrangements made by Saudi and the Pakistani governments, which include safety and security, health, accommodation, food, and transportation.
Azadi Train will reach Karachi tonight and stay for three days at Karachi Railway Station.
More details from our special correspondent Hussain Farooq.
Special programs have been organized at the station to celebrate the spirit of independence.
Governor Sindh Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan along with other notables will welcome the train at the Karachi Cantt Station.
The train will start its journey back to Islamabad from Karachi on 9th of this month.
Pakistan ranked among the top ten date exporting countries.
This was stated by officials of Agriculture in Dera Ismail Khan department in Dera Ismail Khan while talking to Radio Pakistan correspondent Matiullah today.
The officials said Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government is making all out efforts to introduce modern methods to increase production of date as it is one of the important cash crops .
According to reports, about one hundred acres of land has been identified to establish a modern date farming and processing unit in DI Khan with the operational capacity of 50 tons a day.
High quality date is being produced in DI Khan, Tank, Lakki Marwat and Bannu.
The AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider has said his government will take stringent measures to end corruption, embezzlement and lawlessness in Azad Kashmir.
Addressing a meeting in Chakaar today he said people living in far flung and remote areas of the state would be provided better facilities of health and education.
He said his government will also establish financial discipline in all departments of the state.
Referring to Kashmiri refugees, he said their problems will be addressed including right of property without any discrimination.
He also lauded unprecedented sacrifices rendered by the people of Occupied Kashmir.
A rally was held in Muzaffarabad today against massive Indian atrocities against Kashmiris and Indian Home Minister’s visit to Occupied Kashmir.
The rally was jointly organized by all political, social and religious parties of Azad Kashmir.
Participants of the rally were holding banners and placards inscribed with anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.
Addressing the rally, speakers resolved to continue struggle until the goal of freedom is achieved.
They also appealed to the United Nations to get its resolutions on Kashmir implemented.
A protest demonstration was staged in front of UN Headquarters in New York against Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir and to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people.
Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael led the demonstration.
Addressing the gathering, the Minister said pellet guns are not injuring only the Kashmiri people, but also humans across the globe.
He demanded the United Nations that international human rights commission be allowed to monitor the situation in Occupied Kashmir.
The protesters, including Pakistani and Kashmiri diaspora, chanted anti India and pro freedom slogans.
In Occupied Kashmir, over one hundred and fifty people were injured in firing of pellets and bullets by Indian troops on protesters in Shopian today.
Indian police and paramilitary forces used brute force on participants of a pro-freedom rally in Penjoora area of Shopian.
Meanwhile, several persons were injured in Anantnag Islamabad district, when Indian armed forces used brute forces against an anti-India and pro-freedom rally in Fatahpora Larkipora.
In Pulwama district, fifteen people were injured and many arrested as government forces tried to foil a freedom rally.
In Kupwara also, thousands of people attended a pro-freedom rally and reports of clashes have been received from Badgam district as well.
And Indian police arrested Hurriyet leader Masroor Abass Ansari outside his house as he tried to march towards Srinagar Airport as part of joint resistance programme.
China says it would continue to safeguard its sovereignty and maritime rights in the South China Sea.
This was stated by the Chinese President Xi Jinping while talking to US President Barack Obama at Hangzhou today on the sidelines of G20 Summit.
China's President Xi Jinping says the global economy is at a critical juncture with the threat of rising protectionism.
He was speaking at the opening ceremony of two-day G20 summit that began in Chinese city of Hangzhou today.
Xi Jinping said some of the bigger risks to the global economy are sluggish demand, financial market volatility and feeble trade and investment.
The theme of the summit is 'Toward an Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy'.
Chinese tourists to the United Arab Emirates will now be granted visas on arrival at the airports.
This was announced by UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who is also ruler of Dubai.
China, the world's second-largest economy, has an increasingly prosperous middle class that is travelling abroad in numbers greater than ever before.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, said the UAE's relations with China are very cordial, and this decision will strengthen them further.
Mother Teresa has been declared a saint by Pope Francis.
Head of the Catholic Church announced this at a ceremony to honor the nun at St. Peter's Square in Vatican today.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has warned that the UK economy will suffer as a result of the decision to leave the European Union.
She was talking to reporters on her way to G20 summit in Hangzhou, China.
Theresa May said there will be difficult times ahead for the economy after the Brexit.
In Turkey, more than a hundred militants from outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party have been either killed or wounded airstrikes in southeast and east of the country.
According to State-run Anadolu news agency, fighter jets pounded ten PKK targets in Hakkari, Agri and Van provinces.
Turkey’s southeast has been rocked by waves of violence following the collapse last year of a ceasefire between the state and the PKK.
The PKK is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
In Libya, seven fighters of pro-government forces have been killed and thirty wounded in their push to recapture remaining parts of Sirte city from Islamic State militants.
The forces captured several buildings between the city's neighborhoods Number One and Number Three, and destroyed an Islamic State car bomb before it could reach its target.
Meanwhile, bodies of ten Islamic State militants were found in a school building.
The forces are aligned with Libya's U.N.-backed government and have launched their campaign to recapture the city in May.
Syrian forces are advancing near Aleppo in an attempt to impose a siege on rebel-held parts of the city.
State news agency SANA quoted an unnamed military official said that troops have captured the Armament Academy and are continuing the advance.
In Saudi Arabia, a woman was killed and two people were injured in cross-border shelling from Yemen today.
Saudi Civil Defense Agency spokesman said the killings occurred in southern Jazan region.
Attacks from Yemen on Saudi border areas have intensified since the suspension of UN-brokered peace talks between the Huthi rebels and Yemen government.