Text Bulletin 0700 Hrs
DATED: MARCH 05, 2017
Pakistan has emphasized greater integration among ECO countries to optimally exploit economic and trade potential.
Sixty-seven suspects have been arrested in Karachi and Lahore.
International community has realized that Indian forces are involved in gross human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.
In Afghanistan, eight people have been killed in a blast in Farah province.
Final of Pakistan Super League is being played between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi in Lahore on Sunday.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says Economic Cooperation Organization countries can achieve economic and trade potential of the region through greater integration and connectivity.
Talking to Heads of ECO Chamber of Commerce and Industry delegations in Islamabad, he said trade and investment are the areas that the ECO countries specially need to focus.
The Minister said in addition to ECO initiatives and CPEC, regional connectivity is being enhanced through bilateral and multilateral agreements.
He cited the CASA-1000, TAPI and Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation in this regard.
The Minister said it is necessary to ease procedures for visa facilitation, especially for business community among ECO countries.
The Finance Minister said Pakistan has achieved macro-economic stability, and is now treading on the path of sustainable and inclusive growth. International experts acknowledged the economic headway Pakistan has made.
Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan says several ongoing infrastructure development projects will be completed this year.
Chairing a meeting in Gujranwala, he directed for early completion of under-construction Aziz Cross Flyover in the city.
Senator Abdul Qayyum says extension of military courts is needed to strengthen internal security of the country.
In an interview, he urged political parties to avoid doing politics on military courts as it is a national issue.
He said briefings on military courts were held in the Parliament as well, and every political party is well aware of the internal security situation of the country.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has recruited forty thousand teachers to overcome shortage of staff in schools.
Chairing a meeting in Nowshera, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said fifteen thousand schools have been provided furniture and other basic facilities.
He said nine thousand doctors have also been appointed in government hospitals to ensure better health services to general public.
Inspector General Frontier Corps Balochistan Major General Nadeem Anjum has said Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad will go a long way to eliminate terrorism.
Addressing tribal elders in Loralai, he said terrorism in Balochistan is being sponsored from outside the country, but these conspirators will not succeed in their designs to destabilize the country.
Major General Nadeem Anjum said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will be completed at every cost despite the hurdles being created by certain anti-state elements.
He said the project will prove a game changer for the region.
Police have arrested forty-six illegal immigrants in raids in different parts of Karachi.
Cases have been registered against them.
In Lahore, twenty-one suspects have been apprehended during combing and search operations.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said holding of PSL final match in Lahore is expression of unwavering commitment of the nation against terrorism.
He expressed these remarks while talking to parliamentarians belonging to different districts who called on him in Lahore.
Shahbaz Sharif said Pakistani nation is committed to fail nefarious designs of hardened killers by successful holding of final match.
He said terrorists and their facilitators would be eliminated with power of people and commitment.
The Chief Minister said Pakistan of 2017 is more secured, prosperous and economically vibrant as compared to 2013.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif made a surprise visit of Qaddafi Stadium and its surrounding areas in order to check security measures.
Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and PSL Chairman, Najam Sethi also accompanied the Chief Minister.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says the resilient Pakistani nation has not been deterred by cowardly terrorist attacks.
In a statement, she said Pakistan Super League final in Lahore is more than just a cricket match. It will give a message to terrorists that our resolve is stronger than their failing and almost obliterated campaign of fear.
Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Self-determination of European chapter Raja Najabat Hussain called on President of Azad Kashmir Masood Khan in Muzaffarabad.
He informed the President about the efforts of his organization for highlighting Kashmir issue in European parliaments and other platforms in its true perspective.
Raja Najabat said the international community has now realized that Indian forces are involved in gross human rights violations and abuses in Occupied Kashmir, and his organization has given documental proofs in this regard.
The AJK President, on the occasion, appreciated the efforts of JKSD and expressed hope that all Kashmiri expatriates will continue their efforts for highlighting the Kashmir cause.
In Afghanistan, eight civilians, including four children, have been killed in a blast in Bala Buluk district of Farah province.
Provincial spokesman Nasir Mehri told media that their vehicle hit a roadside bomb as they were fleeing from fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban.
However, Afghan defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri has said they are investigating allegations that the civilians were killed by an Afghan army air strike during bombing of Taliban positions.
In Yemen, two suspected members of Al-Qaeda have been killed in a US drone attack in south of the country.
The strike hit the militants in Ahwar area of Abyan province.
The raid came after two days of intensive air strikes by US warplanes in Abyan, Shabwa and Baida provinces in which twenty militants were killed.
In Libya, a militia has captured the key oil terminal of Ras Lanuf, ousting strongman Khalifa Haftar's forces.
The spokesman for Haftar's forces Colonel Ahmad al-Mismari admitted that they had lost control of Ras Lanuf's main airfield to Benghazi Defence Brigades.
Trump administration in the US will propose big reductions in the country's foreign aid budget later this month.
White House Office of Management Budget director Mick Mulvaney told media the cut in foreign aid will allow us to spend money in the US.
He said it will also help the administration to fund a proposed 54 billion dollar expansion of the U.S. military budget.
The United States spends over 50 billion annually on the State Department and USAID.
Final of Pakistan Super League is being held in Lahore on Sunday.
Quetta Gladiators will face Peshawar Zalmi in the final.
Pakistan Cricket Board has extended invitations to the Prime Minister, all Governors, Chief Ministers and former cricketing legends to watch the match.
People from all segments of society are showing great enthusiasm and fervour and waiting eagerly to watch the final live.
Meanwhile, all necessary administrative and security measures have been finalized inside and outside of the Qaddafi stadium Lahore for the event.
Provincial government has made adequate security arrangements, with police personnel deployed on special duty.
LESCO has made all necessary arrangements to ensure uninterrupted power supply in the provincial capital, till Monday morning.
Special shuttle bus service shuttle will fetch cricket fans free of charge from different nominated points to Gaddafi Stadium at 1 pm today.
Mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:
Islamabad and Murree five degree centigrade, Lahore thirteen, Karachi twenty two, Peshawar nine, Quetta four, Gilgit two and Muzaffarabad seven degree centigrade.