Text Bulletin 1300 hrs
National Assembly today passed Election Bill 2017 to amend Election Act 2017.
Prime Minister says solution to the country's problems lies in strengthening of democracy.
In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders have expressed concern over vengeful attitude of authorities in Tihar jail against Kashmiri political prisoners.
United Nations says Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh are in desperate need of immediate help.
The National Assembly today passed the Election (Amendment) Bill 2017 to amend the Election Act 2017.
The bill was moved by Law Minister Zahid Hamid.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said the declaration contained in the nomination paper has been restored to its original form through amendment in the Act.
He clarified that nobody can think of impacting in any manner the provision regarding finality of Prophethood.
He said the amendment will also restore Article 7-B and 7-C of the Act regarding status of Ahmadis.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says solution to the country's problems lies in strengthening of democracy.
He was speaking at the foundation day ceremony of Lawrence College Ghora Gali in Murree today.
The Prime Minister referred to the challenges confronting the country and said these can best be tackled by promoting and strengthening democratic process.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that despite challenges the country is progressing and overcoming its difficulties. He said today Pakistan is counted among those members of the international community that enjoy a respectable position.
He said Pakistan is fighting the world's largest war against terror and over two hundred thousand troops are engaged in this war. He said Pakistan has rendered tremendous sacrifices in the war against terrorism.
Earlier, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq held a consultative session with parliamentary party leaders in Islamabad today on restoration of original law of Khatam-e-Nabuwat.
Minister for Law Zahid Hamid briefed the leaders on relevant legal points.
The meeting deliberated on amendments that are to be tabled in the National Assembly today.
Those who attended the meeting included Naveed Qamar, Barrister Zafarullah, Akram Durrani, Pir Amin-ul-Hasnat, Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Sheikh Salah-ud-Din.
The federal government has allocated ten billion rupees to give compensation to the FATA people whose houses have been damaged in terrorism-related incidents.
According to spokesman of FATA secretariat, eight billion rupees have so far been disbursed among owners of twenty-eight thousand seven hundred houses.
Owner of each completely damaged house is being given four hundred thousand rupees.
Similarly, a cheque of one hundred and sixty thousand rupees is being given to the owner of partially damaged house.
Survey of remaining damaged houses in South and North Waziristan agencies is underway.
Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder and The United Kingdom Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, commonly known as Red Arrows, will perform in an air show at Sea View Beach in Karachi today.
The event, which will begin at 1330 hours, is being organized to celebrate 70 years of friendship between Pakistan and the United Kingdom.
Radio Pakistan Karachi correspondent reports that the foreign team consists of over one hundred and twenty personnel, including pilots, engineers and essential support staff.
In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat leaders have expressed concern over the vengeful attitude of authorities in Tihar jail against Kashmiri political prisoners.
All Parties Hurriyat Conference General Secretary, Ghulam Nabi Sumji in a statement in Srinagar said that it was a serious violation of the UN Charter’s rights to prisoners.
United Nations has called for boosting assistance for the Rohingyas refugees in Bangladesh.
This was stated by UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock,and Executive Director of UNICEF Anthony Lake after wrapping up a mission to Cox's Bazar.
They said human tragedy in southern Bangladesh is staggering in its scale and people are in desperate need of immediate help including shelter, food, clean water and sanitation, and healthcare.
According to reports, half a million Rohingya people have crossed the Myanmar border in Bangladesh in the last few weeks.
In Iraq, government forces recaptured Hawija, one of the last strongholds of so-called Islamic State today,
The area had been under the militant group's control since 2014.