Defence Minister says armed forces are fully capable to defend every inch of the motherland.


The government has released over one hundred billion rupees for National Highway Authority under Public Sector Development Programme.


Sindh budget for the next fiscal year will be presented in the Provincial Assembly today.


World Environment Day is being observed today to create awareness about the impact of human activities on climate.


Saudi Arabia and Egypt have agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation against terrorism.


India beat Pakistan by 124 runs in the ICC Champions Trophy at Birmingham last night.





Federal Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif says armed forces and the nation are fully capable to defend every inch of the motherland. 


In an interview, he said escalation of tension is not in the interest of  both Pakistan and India.  


He said India is violating ceasefire agreement  time and again to divert world attention from deteriorating situation in Occupied Kashmir. 


Earlier talking to newsmen in Sialkot, the minister said the government has made Pakistan's defence invincible.                           



The government has released over one hundred billion rupees for the National Highway Authority under Public Sector Development Programme for different projects. 


These include over sixteen billion rupees for Hakla-DI Khan Motorway, and 4.5 billion rupees for widening and improvement of Hoshab-Nag-Basima-Surab Highway.


One hundred million rupees have been released for the construction of 118-km Thakot-Havelian Expressway, 2.2 billion for land acquisition for the project, while 1.5 billion for the construction of Burhan-Havelian Expressway.


Moreover fourteen billion rupees have been released for land requisition and building for Sialkot-Lahore Motorway, fifty billion rupees  for Lahore-Abdul Hakeem Section of Karachi-Peshawar Motorway, and five billion rupees for timely completion of Lowari Tunnel and access roads in district Dir.



Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications  plans to launch a national level digital skills training programme for free-lancing. 


According to official sources, over one million individuals will be trained in free-lancing domain and preliminary working has been completed in this regard.


Free-lancing is progressing in conventional job markets and it is estimated that by 2020, one in three workers worldwide will be free-lancing online.


Pakistan is ranked among the top countries that are earning through free-lancing.



The Senate and National Assembly will resume their sessions at the Parliament House in Islamabad today. 


The Senate session will start at 11:00 am while National Assembly session will begin at 4:00 in the afternoon.


Both the houses will continue general discussion on the federal budget for the next fiscal year.



Sindh budget for the next fiscal year will be presented in the provincial assembly today.



Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Barrister Zafarullah Khan has said the issue of release of picture of Hussain Nawaz during JIT investigation should be investigated.


Speaking in a TV program, he said it is responsibility of Supreme Court bench to find out the person and purpose behind this leak. 



Chairman National Accountability Bureau Qamar Zaman Chaudhary says that Bureau is committed to root out corruption by using all its resources.


In a statement, he said that NAB has adopted a comprehensive Anti-Corruption Strategy to nab the corrupt and bring them to justice.


He said that the management initiated a dialogue of the anti-corruption authorities of the SAARC countries with a proposal to set up a SAARC Anti-Corruption Forum.



Security forces have conducted intelligence based operation against the banned Balochistan Liberation Army hideouts in Sken Nullah Darango Area near Kahan.


During the operation a large cache of weapons, ammunition and explosives including guns, rocket launchers, anti-personnel mines, detonators and communication equipment were recovered.



Eight suspects have been arrested during a search operation in Khyber Agency. 


According to political administration Khyber Agency, arms and ammunition were also recovered from them.



Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan remains committed to extend all possible assistance to Afghanistan in combating terrorism and other challenges. 


In a statement, he said we believe that cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan is in the mutual interest of our two countries and peoples.


The adviser categorically rejected the baseless and unfounded allegations about  Pakistan's involvement in Kabul bombing.


Sartaj Aziz said Afghanistan faces serious internal challenges, including growing violence caused by insurgency, expanding foothold of Daesh and other terrorist groups exploiting the country's ungoverned spaces.


He urged the Afghan authorities to undertake a transparent investigation into the incident in order to make a determination about the perpetrators of the attack based on concrete evidence.



Foreign Secretary Tahmina Janjua says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will attend Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit beginning in Astana  Kazakhstan on Thursday.


In an interview, she said Pakistan will be given full membership of SCO in the summit. 


Turning to situation in Afghanistan, the Foreign Secretary said Pakistan always supports Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process to restore normalcy in the region.



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan is mindful of its responsibilities towards protection of environment.


In his message on the World Environment Day being observed today, he said we have ensured that our industrial, infrastructural and associated developmental initiatives are environment-friendly.   


The prime minister said that Pakistan has already ratified the ‘Paris Agreement’ and, stands committed to collaborate in global efforts to protect the environment.


He stressed the need for a shared duty of each and every Pakistani to care for our environment, as a sacred trust, to be passed onto posterity.                              



Saudi Arabia and Egypt have agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation against terrorism. 


The agreement came at a meeting between Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry in Cairo.



North Korea has reiterated to continue its nuclear weapons development program  to defend its sovereignty.


In a statement, North Korea's foreign ministry spokesman rejected the latest U.N sanctions against its citizens and entities as "hostile act".


He said whatever sanctions and pressure may follow, Pyongyang will go ahead with its nuclear program.



In London, twelve people, including seven women, have been arrested in connection with the terrorist attack which left seven people dead and 48 injured.


Meanwhile, the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the London attack.



In the ICC Champions Trophy, India beat Pakistan by 124 runs under Duckworth–Lewis method,  at Birmingham last night.


Bating first,  India scored 319 for the loss of three wickets in allotted 48 overs.


The match was again restricted to 41 overs due to rain and Pakistan was given a victory target of 289.


However, Pakistan were bowled out for 164 in 33.4 overs.


Yuvraj Singh was declared man of the match.




Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours. 


However, very hot weather is likely to prevail over upper Sindh and its adjoining areas of Balochistan, plain areas of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


Dust-thunderstorm/rain with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Bannu, D.I. Khan, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Multan, D.G. Khan divisions, FATA, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.


Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was:-


Islamabad  thirty-two degree centigrade, Lahore thirty-five, Karachi thirty, Peshawar thirty-three, Quetta and Gilgit nineteen, Murree twenty-two and Muzaffarabad twenty-one degree centigrade.

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