Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
National Assembly has amended Election Act-2017, restoring clauses related to Khatm-e-Nabuwwat in nomination papers to original form.
Prime Minister says challenges confronting the country can be tackled by promoting and strengthening democratic process.
Foreign Office says India is trying to sabotage China-Pakistan Economic Corridor by fomenting terrorism in Pakistan.
Pakistan and Yemen have agreed to finalize exchange programs in education and culture fields.
In Syria, forty-nine militants have been killed in Russian air strike in Idlib province.
The second cricket test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will begin at Dubai tomorrow.
The National Assembly today passed "The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2017 to amend the Election Act 2017.
The bill was moved by Law Minister Zahid Hamid.
Speaking on the occasion, Law Minister Zahid Hamid said the declaration contained in the nominations papers has been restored in its original form through the amendment in the Act.
He clarified that nobody can think of impacting in any manner the provision regarding the finality of prophethood of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).
He said the amendment in the Election Act 2017 has also restored articles 7B and 7C regarding the status of Ahmadis.
Zahid Hamid pointed out that the Election Bill 2017 was framed by a joint Parliamentary Committee, which held about one hundred and twenty-five meetings in three years to reach the consensus document.
He said Parliamentary Leaders again held a meeting yesterday in the Chamber of the Speaker to bring amendments in the Act to restore the oath in nomination papers in its original form.
Responding to the concerns of Riaz Hussain Pirzada about media reports allegedly linking certain parliamentarians with defunct outfits, Law Minister said the cabinet meeting had taken a strong notice of the matter.
He said the Cabinet had entrusted responsibility to him to ensure legal action. He said he also contacted the DG IB who described the report as false and forged.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb said the DG IB has also lodged a complaint with PEMRA on the fabricated report.
She said the findings of the PEMRA on the matter will be brought before the House and made public.
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.
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah paid a farewell call on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad today.
The Prime Minister appreciated long meritorious services of the outgoing Naval Chief in the defence of the country.
President Mamnoon Hussain has conferred Hilal-e-Pakistan on outgoing Chinese ambassador Sun Weidong for his services to bring Pakistan and China closer.
The award was conferred at a a ceremony held at President House in Islamabad today.
The President said Pakistan and China are iron-brothers and their friendship is touching new heights.
The President expressed his best wishes for success and progress of the outgoing ambassador.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chinese Ambassador said he is fortunate that CPEC become a reality from idea during his tenure in Pakistan.
Lahore City Traffic Police have introduced electronic and digital ticketing system as a pilot project.
In this regard, traffic officers have started issuing warning-slips to the drivers, who violate traffic rules, on leading roads of the city. The warning campaign will continue for three weeks.
Initially, three hundred and fifty smart machines have been provided to the Lahore traffic police for e-ticketing.
This initiative will replace manual challan books and drivers will also be able to pay on spot fine amount instead of visiting nearby banks.
Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafeez-ur-Rehman says efforts are underway to attract investors in various sectors.
Talking to a delegation in Gilgit, he said the government will provide incentives and encourage the private sector for investment in the region.
Pakistan says India is trying to sabotage its economic activity particularly China-Pakistan Economic Corridor by fomenting terrorism.
This was stated by Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria while responding to questions during weekly news briefing in Islamabad today.
He said Pakistan has raised the issue of Indian involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan at every forum and has provided evidence in this regard.
The Spokesperson said under the guise of development in Afghanistan, India has actually been harboring terrorist havens in that country to orchestrate terrorism in the region.
Pakistan and Yemen have agreed to finalize exchange programs in the fields of education and culture.
The understanding came at a meeting between Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz and Yemeni Ambassador Mutahhir Al-Ash'abi in Islamabad today.
The Deputy Chairman said Pakistan will provide higher education opportunities to Yemeni students on priority basis.
He said peoples of the two countries will be able to avail better opportunities to come closer through exchange programs.
The Yemeni Ambassador said Yemen wants to strengthen the existing cultural relationship with Pakistan.
He also apprised Sartaj Aziz of the latest situation of his country.
Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder and The United Kingdom Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team are performing in an air show at Sea View Beach in Karachi.
In Syria, forty-nine militants of Nusra Front have been killed in a Russian air strike in Idlib province.
The Russian State television has quoted Defence Ministry as saying seven field commanders of the Front are also among the dead.
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.
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.
The second cricket Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will begin at Dubai tomorrow.
The match will start at 4.30 pm Pakistan Standard Time.
Sri Lanka is leading the series one-nil.