Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Prime Minister says the government is implementing different projects to improve living standard of people.
Minister for Planning and Development has stressed the need for national harmony to complete China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.
Balloting of Hajj applications under government scheme is being held in Islamabad on Thursday afternoon.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Apex Committee held its meeting in Peshawar on Thursday to discuss implementation of National Action Plan in the province.
In Syria, ten civilians have been killed in twin blasts in Homs.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says resources are being provided on priority basis for provision of basic amenities to the people.
He was talking to different members of National Assembly who separately called on him in Islamabad on Thursday.
Nawaz Sharif said the government is working strenuously for the welfare of masses and very penny is being spent honestly for the progress and prosperity of the people.
The Prime Minister said different development projects are being completed speedily to bring improvement in the living standard of people. He vowed early completion of infrastructure projects, like CPEC.
The elected representatives apprised the Prime Minister about the ongoing development schemes in their constituencies and discussed political matters with him.
The members said the people fully support the Prime Minister's development initiatives and policies.
Those who called on the Prime Minister included Nasir Iqbal Bosan, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan and Najaf Abbas Sial.
Later talking to PML-N leader Pir Sabir Shah who called on him in Islamabad the Prime Minister said the development projects launched by the government will prove to be fate changers for the country.
He said welfare of the masses is the top priority of the government.
Sabir Shah said people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa admire the PML-N`s development agenda.
He said the government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has failed to deliver to the masses.
Pir Sabir said the rising popularity of Nawaz Sharif among masses in the province is a factor for telling the success of PML-N in the next general elections.
President Mamnoon Hussain has said the federal and provincial governments are focusing on provision of better healthcare facilities to the people.
Inaugurating Bakhtawar Ameen Medical and Dental College in Multan on Thursday, he said ensuring healthcare facilities to the people particularly in far-flung areas, is a gigantic task. He urged all segments of society to join hands to supplement the government efforts in this regard.
The President emphasized the need to raise awareness against contagious diseases.
Mamnoon Hussain asked medical colleges to promote the culture of research and enhance collaboration with other institutions to introduce best practices in their colleges.
Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar has called for enhancing level of economic cooperation between Pakistan and Japan.
He said this during a meeting with Japan International Cooperation Agency delegation on the sidelines of ADB's Annual Board of Governors meeting in Frankfurt.
The Finance Minister appreciated the government of Japan and JICA for their continued support for economic development of Pakistan.
He informed the Japanese side that Karachi Circular Railway is an important national project. He urged Japan to expedite action for providing firm commitment for funding the project.
The JICA delegation expressed desire for enhancing bilateral cooperation.
Matters relating to projects funded by JICA in Pakistan also came under discussion.
Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will change destiny of the nation.
Addressing a seminar on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in Peshawar on Thursday, he said the project is a Chinese gift for the Pakistani nation.
He stressed the need for national harmony to complete this project of vital importance in time.
Ahsan Iqbal said instead of hollow slogans, the present government is making sincere efforts to put the country on the path of rapid development and progress.
He said we should focus on education and research to include Pakistan in the list of the developed nations.
Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan says Pakistan is now coming out of the dark period of extremism and energy crisis.
He was addressing a launching ceremony of report on Trade and Economic Development in Islamabad on Thursday.
The Minister said the government will reform import regulations to ensure high quality raw material for the industry.
He said the government is encouraging the foreign investment in the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Executive Director Sustainable Development Policy Institute Abid Suleri said export-oriented policy will help create immense job opportunities for the youth.
Newly appointed Ambassadors of Japan and separately Thailand called on Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on Thursday.
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 a few days ago.
The balloting of Hajj applications under government scheme will be held at 4.pm in Islamabad on Thursday.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says the whole nation is united to eliminate terrorism from the society.
Addressing a meeting of Apex Committee in Peshawar, he said the nation stand shoulder to shoulder with the security forces to root out the menace of terrorism.
The meeting reviewed National Action Plan against terrorism in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.
Polling for the by-elections in Mardan, Bannu, Haripur and Lower Dir. is in progress.
The polling will continue till 5 pm without any break.
Twenty-four candidates are contesting local government elections on thirteen seats.
Thirty polling stations have been established for the voting.
Strict security measures have been taken to maintain peaceful atmosphere during the polling.
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 at eroding 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.
Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan in New Delhi, Syed Haider Shah visited Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, at Delhi’s Fortis Hospital and enquired about his health.
In Syria, ten civilians have been killed and forty other injured in twin blasts in Homs.
According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the suicide attack and car bombing occurred in a square in Mukharram al-Fawqani of the city.
Meanwhile, Syrian military has announced a two-day ceasefire in Aleppo city after agreement between the United States and Russia.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said we expect all the parties to fully abide by the renewed ceasefire in Aleppo.
Meanwhile, Russia has withdrawn about thirty aircraft from Syria.
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.
Israeli air strikes hit four sites in Gaza. Palestinian officials said there were no immediate reports of casualties in the raids.
Israeli tanks also shelled several areas in Gaza’s eastern Shuja'iyya district.
In Bangladesh, the Supreme Court has upheld death sentence of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Motiur Rahman Nizami for his role in 1971's war.