Text bulletin 1200 hrs
MAY 05, 2016
Pakistan has asked the United States to maintain balance of power in the region.
Governor Balochistan says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will provide enormous development opportunity to the province.
In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, polling is underway for by-elections on thirteen local government seats.
The APHC leadership says Israeli type settlements would not be allowed in Occupied Kashmir.
Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan is still engaged with the United States regarding the funds to be provided to Pakistan for purchasing eight F-16s.
Speaking in Nuqta-e-Nazar programme of Radio Pakistan's current affairs channel, he said Pakistan has conveyed a strong message to the United States to maintain balance of power in the region.
Sartaj Aziz said originally Islamabad was supposed to pay around 270 million dollars with the rest of the money made available by the United States through a foreign military financing subsidy.
Taking part in the programme, senior analyst, Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema said there is no reason to block funds for Pakistan to purchase F-16 fighter jets from the United States as these jets were to be used in ongoing war against terrorism.
Newly appointed Ambassadors of Japan and Thailand called on the Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad today.
They discussed bilateral relations and matters of mutual interest.
Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly, Syed Khurshid Shah has written a letter to the Prime Minister on Panama Papers' Terms of Reference.
In his letter, Khurshid Shah also attached the TORs agreed upon by the opposition parties few days ago.
Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will provide enormous opportunities for the development of agriculture, minerals, industries and environment sectors in the province.
Addressing a seminar in Quetta, he said the project will usher in a new era of development and prosperity in Pakistan and the entire region.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that today's Pakistan is economically stronger as compared to year 2013, due to successful government policies.
He was talking during meeting with a PML-N delegation in Lahore today.
He said that PML-N has always done politics of values as the focal point of our politics is the welfare and betterment of common man.
He said that those who do politics of their personal interests have gravely damaged the country.
By-Election for Hunza-6 of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly will be held on 28th of this month.
The seat has fallen vacant due to nomination of Mir Ghazanfar Ali as Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan.
PML-N has awarded ticket to Saleem Khan for contesting the seat.
Election Commission has rejected request of Sindh Government to change District Returning Officers and Returning Officers for Local Government Elections in the province.
The Commission maintained that the officers appointed for the election shall perform duties till the completion of election.
In occupied Kashmir, the General Secretary of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, has said that separate colonies for Kashmiri Pandits in the territory are unacceptable.
In his statement, he termed the move as conspiracy amid to erode the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and to change the demography of the territory. He said such Israeli type settlements would not be tolerated in Kashmir.
Iraqi Forces have recaptured a number of villages in the western Anbar province during an anti-terror operation against Daesh.
Iraqi forces are now just a few kilometers away from Fallujah city.
Chief commander of the military operation in Anbar announced that at least one hundred Daeshis were killed during the operation and eight booby-trapped vehicles destroyed.
Syrian military has announced a two-day ceasefire in Aleppo city after agreement between the United States and Russia.
Secretary of State John Kerry said we expect all the parties to fully abide by the renewed cessation in Aleppo.
Meanwhile, Russia has withdrawn about thirty aircraft of its Air Force from the territory of Syria.
Russian Defense Ministry, Major-General Igor Konashenkov said we have still much power as we need in order to perform the tasks in the fight against international terrorist groups Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra.
In Bangladesh, the Supreme Court has upheld death sentence of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Motiur Rahman Nizami for his role in 1971's war.
Israeli air strikes hit four sites in Gaza. Palestinian official said there were no immediate reports of casualties in the raids.
Israeli tanks also shelled several areas in Gaza’s eastern Shuja'iyya district.