Text Bulletin 1200 Hours
Pakistan says the upcoming SCO summit will provide a forum to effectively implement the agenda of regional connectivity.
Senate is continuing debate on new budget.
In occupied Kashmir, the authorities arrested Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and put Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest today.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt have cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar.
Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria says the upcoming SCO Summit will provide Pakistan a forum to effectively implement its agenda of regional connectivity.
Talking to Radio Pakistan's News and Current Affairs Channel today, he said the summit being held in Astana Kazakhistan on Thursday is a milestone in Pakistan`s foreign policy as the country will get full membership of the Organization.
He said the summit will provide an opportunity to member countries to enhance bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan is looking forward to strengthening its ties with all member countries of SCO.
The Senate resumed its session in Islamabad today with Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani in the chair.
The chair adopted an adjournment motion for discussion regarding stay in execution of Kulbhushan Jahdav granted by the International Court of Justice.
The motion was moved by Sirajul Haq.
The house is continuing discussion on the budgetary proposals for the next fiscal year.
Participating in the debate, Sassui Palijo said the government has failed to achieve economic targets set for the fiscal year 2016-17. She said the government had promised to bring affluent class into the tax-net but it has failed to take any step towards that end. She also expressed concerns over the increase in public debt.
Yaqoob Nasir appreciated the steps taken by the government for bringing improvement in the security and economic situation of the country. He said massive allocations have been made in the budget for the development of infrastructure and to address the issue of energy crisis. He proposed that the prices of essential commodities should be reduced in order to provide relief to the common man.
Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa has taken oath as Acting Chief Justice of Pakistan.
Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan administered the oath to him in Islamabad today.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa will act as Chief Justice of Pakistan during the period Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remains abroad.
The Election Commission has adjourned hearing of PTI Chief`s disqualification case sine die.
The Commission says the hearing will be resumed after Supreme Court's decision in a related case.
Federal Government has expedited oil and gas exploration in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
A spokesman of FATA Development Authority told our Peshawar correspondent that several companies have been awarded licenses for the purpose.
The sources told twenty billion rupees have already been invested in the oil and gas sector in tribal areas.
Six local workers of a Chinese oil and gas company have been released by their abductors in Wana, South Waziristan Agency.
They were kidnapped from Dera Ismail Khan in November last year.
Thirty eight proclaimed offenders were arrested during search operation in different areas of Swabi this morning.
Arms and ammunition were also recovered from them.
Meanwhile, Counter Terrorism Department has arrested an extortionist in Peshawar.
In occupied Kashmir, the authorities arrested Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Yasin Malik and put Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest today.
The top resistance leaders were scheduled to address a joint press conference in Srinagar today.
Heavy contingent of police has been deployed outside the residences of the Hurriyet leaders. Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested in a police raid on his Maisuma residence in Srinagar.
Meanwhile, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred four Kashmiri youth in Bandipore district today.
Four Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt announced to cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar today.
These countries said they would withdraw their diplomatic staff from Qatar and expell that country's diplomats from their territories.
Qatar's Foreign Ministry said the step by the Arab nations are unjustified and based on unfounded claims and allegations.
It said the decisions would not affect the normal lives of citizens and residents.
In India, twenty-two people were killed when a bus caught fire after it collided with a truck in Bareilly town of the northern Uttar Pradesh state today.