Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
Prime Minister says 36 billion dollars are being spent on power projects with complete transparency to overcome power outages.
Minister of State for Information says PML-N government has taken pragmatic measures during four years of its tenure to overcome challenges facing the country.
President has urged the international community to take notice of human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.
Pakistan Army says it is committed to maintain peace along Line of Control and Working Boundary but any Indian misadventure will be responded with full force.
Turkey and Iran have called for dialogue to resolve the dispute between Qatar and other Arab states
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says power generation projects are being completed on fast track basis and thousands of megawatt of electricity will soon be added to the national grid to resolve power outages.
Addressing workers of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz in Lahore today, he said thirty-six billion dollars are being spent on power projects.
The Prime Minister said 112 billion rupees were saved in 3600 megawatt LNG-power projects.
He said power generation reached its highest level of over nineteen thousand megawatt two days back which is a record in the country's history.
He said law and order in the country has improved significantly and economic indicators have also picked up.
Meanwhile, chairing a high-level meeting in Lahore, the Prime Minister directed quality control, transparency and timely completion of all projects under the 2017-18 Annual Development Programme of Punjab.
He said the objective of the projects should be to provide maximum relief to the people and ensure availability of all facilities at their door steps.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed to complete all developmental projects within stipulated time frame.
Addressing a briefing about development projects in Lahore today, he said development projects are aimed at provision of maximum relief to the people.
The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the progress on develpment projects.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif led PML-N government completed four years of its tenure today.
The Prime Minister was sworn-in as 18th Prime Minister of Pakistan on June 5, 2013.
In a message on the occasion, the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said Nawaz Sharif has the honour of being third-time elected Prime Minister of the country.
She said the Prime Minster during these years took pragmatic measures to deal with challenges confronting Pakistan.
The Minister of State said historic census process was completed after nineteen years under the visionary leadership of Nawaz Sharif.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said that record enhancement has been witnessed in energy production and China Pakistan Economic Corridor project is a great gift to nation by the Prime Minister.
Sindh’s annual budget for the financial year 2017-18 was presented in the Sindh Assembly today with a total outlay of more than 1.043 trillion rupees.
Presenting the budget in the House, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, who also holds the portfolio of Finance Minister, said the province will receive over six hundred and twenty seven billion rupees from federal government in various heads.
He announced to provide forty-nine thousand jobs in various sectors including ten thousand recruitments in police department to meet shortage of staff.
The Chief Minister informed that education sector has been accorded the highest priority with allocation of 202.2 billion rupees while health sector’s allocation is 100.32 billion rupees which is 26 percent more as compared to the current financial year.
Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid says protection and conservation of environment is our collective responsibility.
He was addressing a ceremony regarding "World Environment Day" in Islamabad this evening.
The Minister said that Pakistan has been blessed with wide variety of ecosystem and valuable bio diversity.
He said that during the past few months significant improvement has been witnessed in forestry sector of country.
An international peace conference called 'Kabul Process' will be held in Afghan capital tomorrow.
Representatives of around twenty eight countries and organizations including Pakistan will attend the meeting, which aims to build international support on ways to restore security in the country.
According to presidential spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi, the Kabul Process is meant to reach a global and regional consensus for peace in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, strict security measures have been taken in Kabul in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in the capital.
A special hotline contact between Director Generals of Military Operations of Pakistan and India today in the backdrop of recent ceasefire violations by Indian forces along Line of Control and Working boundary.
Pakistan DGMO Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza told his Indian counterpart that killing of innocent civilians and inadvertantly crossers is highly unprofessional and unsoldierly.
He also asked for actionabale evidence regarding alleged infiltration.
Pakistan DGMO said Pakistan Army is committed to maintain peace and tranquility along LoC and Working boundary, howerver any Indian misadventure shall be responded with full force.
President Mamnoon Hussain has said that moderate forces should join hand to eliminate the evils of terrorism and extremis from the world.
He was addressing an Iftar dinner hosted in the honor of Ambassadors of different countries in Islamabad tonight.
The President said Pakistan took a bold step to eliminate terrorists and extremists despite having limited resources.
He said Pakistan's fight against terrorists is a precedent for the world.
President highlighting Kashmir dispute urged India to cooperate with the United Nations and Internatioanl Community to resolve this lingering issue.
He said Kashmiri people must be given their fundamental right to self determination.
President urged the international community to take notice of human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.
He also called on India to resume dialogue process to resolve all outstanding issues with Pakistan includign Kashmir.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said that Pakistan will continue its efforts towards peace in the world.
Talking to US National Security Adviser McMaster on telephone today, he said Pakistan wants durable peace in the region.
The regional security situation also came under the discussion.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism martyred four more Kashmiri youth in a fake encounter in Bandipore district today.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the killings led to intense clashes between protesters and Indian forces in Sumbal. Many protesters were injured when troops fired teargas shells, stun grenades and pepper gas on them.
Turkey has called for dialogue to resolve the dispute between Qatar and other Arab states.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu while addressing a news conference in Ankara today said his country feels saddened by this development.
He said dialogue must continue for problems to be resolved peacefully.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties with Qatar today, accusing it of supporting terrorism and extremist groups in the region.
These countries said they would withdraw their diplomatic staff from Qatar and expel Doha's diplomats from their territories.
Saudi Arabia has also announced to shut its land border with Qatar, effectively cutting off Doha from rest of the Arabian Peninsula.
Iran says political and peaceful methods should be used to resolve crisis among the Arab Gulf countries.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman in a statement called for a clear and explicit dialogue among the feuding nations.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu discussed the recent developments in a phone conversation.
In the ICC Champions Tropy at Oval against Australia, Bangladesh has set a victory target of 183 runs, all out in 44.3 overs.
For Bangladesh,Tamim Iqbal was the heighest scorer with 95 runs.
Dust thunderstorm and rain with gusty winds are expected at isolated places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Malakand, Hazara, Mardan divisions, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during the next twelve hours.
However, very hot and dry weather is likely to persist elsewhere in the country.