Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Pakistan and Tajikistan have resolved to take bilateral relationship to new heights.
Pakistan has successfully test-fired short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile 'NASR'.
Maryam Nawaz says she appeared before JIT in panama papers case as she believes in rule of law and supremacy of the constitution.
Finance Minister has directed for strict action against people responsible for creating artificial increase in dollar's value.
Islamabad has urged New Delhi to share timely information on water outflows from its rivers and actual rainfall.
AJK President says Indian troops are targeting civilian population from across the Line of Control.
Qatar has said the Gulf crisis should be resolved through dialogue.
Russian Foreign Minister says Moscow and Beijing will oppose any attempt to strangle North Korea economically on nuclear issue.
Pakistan and Tajikistan have agreed to enhance their bilateral cooperation in diverse fields, including trade, energy and defence production.
The understanding came during talks between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Dushanbe on Wednesday.
In their joint press stake out afterwards, the two leaders also expressed their desire to take bilateral relationship to new heights.
Nawaz Sharif announced opening of Commercial Section at the Pakistan Embassy in Dushanbe to boost bilateral trade.
The Prime Minister said during talks the two sides also expressed satisfaction over bilateral defence and security cooperation. He said the first meeting of Pakistan-Tajikistan Joint Working Group on countering terrorism would be held this month in Dushanbe.
Tajik President Emomali Rahmon said relations between Pakistan and Tajikistan are based on principles of sovereign equality and respect for each other.
Earlier, talking to Tajik President during a one on one meeting in Dushanbe, Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan wants to maintain good relations with all its neighbours.
The prime minister said India has escalated tension on Line of Control by repeatedly violating ceasefire agreement.
He said Pakistan desires peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues including Jammu and Kashmir dispute with India.
The prime minister said CASA-1000 project is a milestone in relations between Pakistan and Tajikistan.
Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan wants to increase bilateral trade with Tajikistan to five hundred million dollars annually.
The Prime Minister expressed the confidence that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would strengthen connectivity in the region. He said Pakistan's entire infrastructure including Gwadar Port, roads and rail network is available for Tajikistan.
He said defence and law enforcing institutions of Pakistan and Tajikistan are working together for elimination of the menace of terrorism.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also held meeting with his Tajik counterpart Kokhir Rasulzodain in Dushanbe on Wednesday.
They exchanged views on matters of bilateral interest.
They also discussed measures to increase trade and investment.
Pakistan and Tajikistan have signed two agreements in Dushanbe for strengthening cooperation in agriculture and trade.
The ceremony was also witnessed by Prime Minister and Tajik President.
Pakistan has successfully test-fired short-range surface to surface ballistic missile 'NASR'.
According to ISPR, the missile has a range of 60 to 70 kilometers.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa witnessed the launch of the missile.
NASR is a high precision weapon system with the ability of quick deployments.
Speaking on the occasion, the army chief said war must be avoided at all costs and our strategic capability is a guarantee of peace against a highly militarized and increasingly belligerent neighbour.
He said Pakistan will go to any length to ensure regional peace and stability.
President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and services chiefs have congratulated the scientists and the nation over successful launch of 'NASR' missile.
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Hayat held a meeting with Chief of air staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman in Islamabad on Wednesday.
They discussed professional matters.
General Zubair Hayat appreciated the operational preparedness of Pakistan Air force.
Maryam Nawaz has said that she appeared before JIT in panama papers case as she believes in rule of law and supremacy of the constitution.
She was talking to media in Islamabad, after recording her statement before joint investigation team in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Maryam Nawaz said she responded to all questions of the JIT and it is a matter of pride for PML (N) and its supporters that there is no charges of corruption against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
She said their opponents have only targeted the family's business affairs.
She said the people facing allegations of embezzlement in public money are hiding behind stay orders. She wondered why the people, who have no sources of income and business, are not being interrogated.
Maryam Nawaz said the Prime Minister is standing firm for the supremacy of constitution and civilian setup. She was confident that the PML (N) will win the 2018 general elections.
Chairman National Accountability Bureau Qamar Zaman Chaudhry appeared before Joint Investigation Team in Islamabad on Wednesday
He recorded his statement before the team.
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says political stability and continuity of polices are imperative for sustainable development.
Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said harmony among all segments of the society is essential for progress and development.
The Minister said that there are few negative elements that are trying to halt the process of fast paced country's development and fanning conflicts in the country.
He said as a result of prudent policies of the government Pakistan is very near to its goal of inclusion among top twenty-five economies by year 2025.
He said that the government is striving for the betterment of education sector and several measures have been adopted in this regard.
Later talking to media, he said political motives are behind panama papers case to forget the prime minister, who has set a precedent by presenting himself and his family for accountability.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has clarified that official protocol was not given to Maryam Nawaz during her visit to the federal judicial academy.
Reacting to a tweet of PTI Chairman Imran Khan, she said Maryam Nawaz reached the site by family car.
She said PTI chief should explain under which capacity he uses the helicopter of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. He said Imran Khan should also explain why he is evading courts in different cases against him.
Meanwhile, talking to the media persons, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Affairs Dr. Asif Kirmani said despite reservations, PML (N) is fully cooperating with JIT.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has taken serious notice of the artificial hike in dollar's value.
Chairing an emergency meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said some banks and individuals by taking undue advantage of the current political situation in the country have created this artificial hike.
Ishaq Dar warned that strict action will be taken against those responsible for creating artificial increase in dollar's value.
Meanwhile, the finance minister has convened a meeting of presidents of all national banks to review the situation of artificial hike in dollar's value.
The meeting will be held in on Thursday morning in Islamabad.
Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi says the government has taken key steps for enhancing exports of the country.
He stated this while visiting the Export Processing Zone Authority in Karachi on Wednesday.
The minister urged the management of Export Processing Zone Authority to extend full cooperation to investors for the economic development of the country.
He said the government is committed to the development of Industrial Zones including Gwadar Zone under CPEC.
Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousuf has said the National Ulema Mashaikh Council carries much importance for peace and sectarian harmony in the country.
In an interview, he said the 54-member council is helping to forge unity among the people as it had representation of all schools of thought from across the country.
The minister said the government had included teaching of the
Holy Quran with translation in the curriculum the teachers concerned should fulfill their responsibly with dedication.
Sardar Yousuf said that anti-state elements are trying to destabilize the country through terrorist activities but they would not be succeeded in their nefarious designs.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says the government is focusing on promotion of education in FATA.
Presiding over a meeting in Parachinar on Wednesday, he said trauma centre comprising fifty beds will be constructed in Kurram Agency Headquarters hospital.
The governor performed earth-breaking of the Shahbaz Sam and Marokhel irrigation channels and micro hydropower projects in Parachinar.
Earlier, the governor visited the Agency Headquarters Hospital, Parachinar and inquired about the health of the injured of the bomb blasts.
Survey for the widening and improvement of Chitral-Shandur Road is in progress.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says the government has ensured transparency, high quality and speed in all development projects in the province.
He was talking to British High Commissioner in Pakistan Thomas Drew in Lahore on Wednesday.
The Chief Minister said on Wednesday’s Pakistan is more secure, peaceful, and economically stable as compared to past.
Speaking on the occasion, British High Commissioner said Punjab is progressing rapidly and education, health and social sectors are improving.
They also discussed matters of mutual interest, promotion of bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields.
A delegation of Asian Development Bank, led by its Vice President Wencai Zhang, also called on Punjab Chief Minister in Lahore on Wednesday.
During the meeting, they discussed progress on various projects, being completed with cooperation of Asian Development Bank in the province.
Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in various sectors including energy, skill development, urban transport, infrastructure, small dams, irrigation, agriculture and education.
Shahbaz Sharif said that Asian Development Bank is an important partner of provincial government and work is in progress with the Bank's cooperation on various sectors.
The ADB vice president said that the bank is willing to further strengthen its cooperation with Punjab government in various sectors.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah says ninety billion rupees will be spent for improvement of law and order situation in the province.
He was addressing a conference in Karachi on Wednesday.
Murad Ali Shah said the provincial government facilitated Sindh Rangers and increased their monetary benefits.
He said Sindh government has prepared a law to curb corruption in the province.
Balochistan government is taking effective measures to maintain law and order situation in the province.
Official sources told Radio Pakistan Quetta correspondent, that the provincial government has allocated more than thirty billion rupees in the current fiscal year for maintaining law and order in the province.
Sources said that security forces will be equipped with modern arms and other necessary equipment at a cost of over one billion rupees.
Anti Narcotics Force has seized narcotics weighing 331 kg during operations conducted across the country.
According to ANF spokesman, sixteen people including three women were arrested for smuggling of narcotics.
Sindh Rangers have arrested eight accused involved in various crimes during raids in various parts of the Karachi city.
Weapons have also been recovered from them.
The 18th Martyrdom anniversary of Captain Karnal Sher Khan was observed on Wednesday.
Chairman National Disaster Management Authority Lt General Omar Mahmood Hayat has urged India to share timely information on water outflows from its rivers and actual rainfall recorded as stipulated in Indus Water Treaty.
He was chairing an inter-agencies meeting for floods mitigation in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The Chairman asked Pakistan Commissioner for Indus Water to enhance coordination mechanism of early warning arrangements for release of water, especially from eastern rivers.
He said NDMA is taking necessary measures to enhance national resilience against disasters and ensure the safety of human lives, properties and infrastructure.
Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria has strongly condemned the coercive pressure tactics by New Delhi to harass the Kashmiri leadership and subjugate the indigenous Kashmiri struggle to the oppressive Indian regime.
He said this while responding to a question regarding reports about the Indian National Investigation Agency serving a notice to Molvi Manzoor Ahmed and Molvi Shafat Ahmed, uncles of the Kashmiri leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq asking them to report to NIA Headquarters in New Delhi.
Earlier, NIA had arrested Shahid Islam, a close aid of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on trumped up charges of terror financing.
He said India needs to realize that the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiris for their right to self-determination cannot be crushed through oppressive measures.
The spokesperson said Pakistan will continue to support a peaceful resolution to Kashmir dispute in line with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people and relevant UN resolutions.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan says Indian troops are targeting civilian population from across the Line of Control.
Addressing a news conference in London, he said India is involved in subversive activities through its agents to destabilize Pakistan but it will never succeed in its nefarious designs.
Sardar Masood Khan said more than forty members of British Parliament have assured him to raise the issue of Kashmir in both Houses.
He lauded the role of British journalists, newspapers and human rights organizations in highlighting brutalities of Indian troops against unarmed Kashmiris.
AJK President urged the international community to take notice of negative Indian propaganda and differentiate between freedom movement and terrorism.
In Occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership has issued a week-long protest calendar from July 7 to 13 to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of popular youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani.
A rally will be staged at Tral on July 8 to pay homage to Burhan Wani and all other Kashmiri martyrs. Similar rallies will be held at all district headquarters and elsewhere in the world where Kashmiris are residing.
Burhan Wani along with his two associates was martyred by Indian troops in a fake encounter on July 8, last year.
The martyrdom week will end on 13th July when the Kashmiris will pay homage to the 22 martyrs of 1931 who were shot dead, one after the other, on that day by Dogra Army at Srinagar Central Jail.
Meanwhile, strict curfew was imposed in Maharaj Gunj, Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, Khanyar, Rainawari and other areas of Srinagar to prevent protests against the proposed extension of Goods and Services Tax to Kashmir.
On the other hand, complete shutdown was observed in Shopian and Pulwama districts against the martyrdom of three youth Jahangir Ahmad, Akhtar Aalam and Kifayat Ahmad by Indian troops at Bahmnoo in Pulwama district.
Qatar says Gulf crisis should be resolved through dialogue, and not through blockade.
This was said by Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani while addressing a ceremony in Doha on Wednesday.
Russia says North Korean nuclear crisis cannot be resolved by force.
This has been stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov while talking to newsmen in Moscow.
He said Russia and China will oppose any attempt to solve the problem by force or by strangling North Korea economically.
Russia, Turkey and Iran have formed a working group to finalize an agreement on creating de-escalation zones in Syria.
This development came after the three nations' talks in Kazakhstan on Wednesday.
The three countries said they would hold the next round of talks in Astana in the last week of August.
China has started work on second railway line to Tibet passing through some of the world's most mountainous and inhospitable territory.
According to XINHUA news agency, the work at the line's two ends in Chengdu and Tibet's capital Lhasa has begun.
China opened an initial line to Lhasa from Qinghai province to the northeast in 2006 that runs for 1,956 kilometers at an attitude of about 4,000 meters.
In South Africa, at least ten people have been killed in a fire incident in Johannesburg.