Text Bulletin 2000 Hrs
Thirteen people were martyred in a bomb blast at shrine Fatehpur in Jhal Magsi district of Balochistan this evening.
DG ISPR says Pakistan is a peace loving country but if war is imposed we have the capability to respond effectively.
Foreign Office has said India is trying to sabotage China-Pakistan Economic Corridor by fomenting terrorism in Pakistan.
Foreign Minister says Pakistan and United States need to actively work to achieve common objective of durable peace in the region.
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 could only be tackled through strengthening of democratic process.
Pakistan Air Force and UK Royal Air Force jointly held air show in Karachi today.
Saudi King has arrived in Moscow for talks with Russian officials on regional and global situation.
The second cricket test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will begin at Dubai tomorrow.
Thirteen people were martyred while more than twenty wounded in bomb blast at Shrine Fateh Pur in Jhal Magsi district of Balochistan this evening.
Police sources told Radio Pakistan Quetta correspondent that injured are being shifted to nearby Hospital for treatment.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has strongly condemned the Jhal Magsi blast.
He also condoled with the bereaved families and directed the concerned authorities to provide best medical facilities to the injured.
President Mamnoon Hussain has also strongly condemned the terrorist attack at Dargah Fatehpur in Jhal Magsi district of Balochistan today.
In a statement, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal also condemned the Jhal Magsi blast and expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious human lives in the incident.
Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri strongly condemned the blast and expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.
He directed concerned authorities to provide best health facilities to injured people.
Meanwhile, Acting Governor Balochistan Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani also strongly condemned the blast.
Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor has called for further strengthening cohesion among national institutions to foil hostile narrative of the enemies of the country.
Briefing media in Rawalpindi this afternoon, he said Pakistan is the one of the best countries in the world and by joint efforts of the people and security forces of the country we have effectively countered all the threats facing the nation.
He said peace has been established in the country and there is no organized office of any terrorist organization in the country. He said achievements jhgained in the war against terror will be fortified and this war will be taken to its logical conclusion.
DG ISPR said that our neighboring country Afghanistan is under the war for the last four decades. He said about fifty percent area of Afghanistan is not under the control of the government.
Asif Ghafoor said due to threats on the western border deployment of Pakistan security forces along Afghan borders is imperative to stop cross border movement of terrorists. He said the border management with Afghanistan has been strengthened through fencing and setting up new posts along the border.
DG ISPR said that border management with Iran is also very important and has been well protected by the deployment of security personnel. He said that Pakistan has strong relations with Iran on the government and military level. He said the Chief of Army Staff will visit Iran to boost up the military relations between the two countries.
He said the deployment of security forces along the borders of Afghanistan and Iran is not against these countries or their people but to counter common threats against Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan.
Asif Ghafoor said that Pakistan shares a long border with India at Line of Control and working boundary. He said India wants to sabotage Pakistan's success and gains through its nefarious designs.
DG ISPR categorically stated that we are a peace -loving country and do not want to indulge in war but if war is imposed we have capability to effectively respond any aggression.
He said 200 thousand Pakistani troops have been deployed on the western border while over 100 thousand on the eastern border.
To a question, DG ISPR said our war is against those elements which are being supported by Indian Agency RAW.
He said that those blaming Pakistan from outside the country will also be dealt effectively.
He said with the cooperation of the people of the county the security forces of Pakistan will counter all the internal and external threats effectively.
DG ISPR also read out the message of Army Chief in which he said that we the Pakistanis have travelled a long way amid threats and challenges, we have wadded through the difficult times and we are moving towards a destiny which is a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan.
Army Chief said Pakistan has contributed beyond its capacity to the regional and world peace and ISAF could never have defeated Al-Qaida without our support.
The COAS said we cannot take blame for lack of doing elsewhere by others.
He said as regard India let it be known that no amount of threat or coercion can dater resolve of Pakistan.
The Army Chief said the whole nation is united to defeat any external threat.
Pakistan says India is trying to sabotage its economic activity particularly China-Pakistan Economic Corridor by fomenting terrorism on its soil.
This was stated by Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria while responding to questions during weekly news briefing in Islamabad today. [TAPE]
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.
To a question, the foreign office spokesperson said our security forces have taken indiscriminatory action against terrorists and have successfully erased the footprints of terrorists.
He said our armed forces fully backed by the nation are safeguarding the country's sovereignty and defeating any territorial aggression.
Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan wants to be facilitator in development and prosperity of the region by acting as a natural energy corridor for landlocked but resource rich countries of the region.
To a question regarding the Foreign Minister`s visit to the United States, he said the US has acknowledged Pakistan's vital role and cooperation for solution to Afghan issue.
He said atrocities in Indian Occupied Kashmir by India are no secret to the world and it has been defiant and stubborn in allowing the UN fact finding mission in Occupied Kashmir.
Referring to ceasefire violations by India on Line of Control, the Foreign Office spokesperson said India is the biggest violator of UN charter.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif says Pakistan and United States need to actively work to achieve common objective of durable peace in the region.
He stated this while addressing at the US Institute of Peace in Washington today.
Khawaja Asif said the menace of global terrorism has claimed hundreds of thousands of human lives. Pakistan wishes to build partnership for a secure and prosperous future and to defeat the forces of disarray.
He said Pakistan considers itself as the long standing friend of the United States and friends need to revitalize and refresh their friendship from time to time. Our relationships are underpinned by certain shared values.
The foreign minister said achieving peace and security in Afghanistan is critical for lasting peace in the region.
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 nomination 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.
Speaking on Election Act 2017, Syed Naveed Qamar said restoration of the declaration through a consensus amendment by the political parties has given a loud and clear message that no compromise can be made on the sanctity of the last Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).
Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed the confidence that given the sensitivity of the matter the Upper House will also approve the Amendment forthwith.
Sahabzada Tariqullah said that by rectifying error in the election act 2017, the parliament has calmed down the sentiments of the nation.
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.
The House will now meet tomorrow morning at 10:30.
Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has summoned the session of the house on Tuesday next at three in the afternoon.
The session of the upper house has been summoned on the requisition of the opposition.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi terming promotion of democracy a priority said a country where democracy flourished is better able to resolve the problems of its people.
He was addressing at the 157th Founders Day of Lawrence College Ghora Gali in Murree today.
He referred to the challenges confronting the country and said these can best be tackled by promoting and strengthening democratic process.
The prime minister said despite several challenges, the country is making progress in diverse fields.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says Pakistan is not an ordinary country, but a nuclear state which achieved this capability from its indigenous resources.
He said the country has a strong defence and is the biggest contributor in fight against terrorism in the world.
Later, The Prime Minister gave away prizes and shields to the winning students.
A delegation of notables and local representatives from Dheer Kot Satian called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad today.
During the meeting, issues pertaining to development in area were discussed.
Outgoing Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah paid a farewell call on President Mamnoon Hussain in Islamabad today.
Appreciating his services for Pakistan Navy, the President said that the professional manner in which Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah carried out his responsibilities has not only strengthened our Naval Defense but also increased the confidence of the people on Pakistan Navy.
Federal Board of Revenue has recorded an increase of over twenty percent growth in revenue collection during the first quarter of the current fiscal year.
This was stated by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, while chairing a meeting in Islamabad today.
He said target for the current fiscal year has been fixed at 4013 billion rupees which is 19.4 percent higher than the previous year.
The finance minister urged FBR to strive hard to achieve the target and to broaden tax base.
Pakistan and Vietnam have agreed to share initial list for negotiations on bilateral Free Trade Agreement.
The consenus emerged at the meeting of Joint Commission on Trade concluded in Islamabad today.
A senior official of Ministry of commerce told APP that two sides acknowledged the importance of tariff concession in developing the bilateral trade.
Royal Air Force UK and Pakistan Air Force aircraft jointly participated in an air show at Sea View in Karachi today.
The air show arranged in connection with 70 years celebration of friendship between the United Kingdom and Pakistan.
In the air show Royal Air Force's Red Arrow planes and JF-17 Thunder aircraft of PAF flew in different formation and thrilled the spectators with their exceptionally outstanding performance and expertise.
Sindh Rangers arrested seven suspects during raids in different areas of Karachi today.
According to Rangers spokesperson, three of the arrested belong to the militant wing of MQM London while one belong to Lyari Gang War.
Advisor to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui has said that preparation and publication of a comprehensive Chines-Urdu Dictionary is under consideration of the government.
Addressing a meeting in Islamabad today to review the performance of the Division, he said that this will be a mile stone to develop people to people contact between the two countries.
The passenger and freight trains will soon resume operation on Sibi Harnai track in Balochistan.
This was revealed at a meeting between Chairperson Ministry of Railways Parveen Agha and Director National Logistics Cell in Islamabad today.
The Chairperson invited NLC to commercialize their maintenance facility in Karachi for Pakistan Railways.
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.
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.
The government has decided to start special PIA flights to Gilgit and Sakardu, to promote tourism in northern areas.
The decision was taken at a meeting between Advisor to Prime Minister on aviation Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan and Chief Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan Dr. Kazim Niaz in Islamabad today.
It was decided that the airliner will offer special weekend and holiday packages to the tourists.
The PIA will collaborate with Tourism department in this regard.
The World Teachers' Day is being celebrated across the globe today.
The day is celebrated every year to pay tribute to teacheres and highlight their importance in nurturing the future generations.
AJK President Sardar Masood Ahmed Khan has said that Pakistan is incomplete without Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing a seminar in Islamabad today, he said Jammu and Kashmir has also no identity and persona without Pakistan.
Sardar Masood Ahmed Khan emphasized that it is the responsibility of the academia to educate the youth and provide them a counter narrative to counter Indian propaganda regarding Kashmir dispute.
He said that people of Kashmir have the right of self-determination and world must have to define difference between an unarmed freedom fighter and a militant.
In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership, including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for a mass protest rally against the conspiracies being hatched by Indian state to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir.
In a joint statement issued in Srinagar, the leadership called for a rally on 14th of this month to protests against the anti-Kashmir policies.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League has expressed concern over the plight of political leaders and demanded their immediate release.
The JKPFL spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the authorities have been depriving the detainees of basic rights and even medical treatment is not provided to them.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation will disburse financial assistance under Islamic Solidarity Fund to support many institutions in member states.
This was decided at a meeting of the organization in Jaddah today with its Secretary General Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen in the chair.
This assistance includes aids to universities, relief and development institutions and the sectors of health education, women and children.
In Moscow, meeting between Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Russian President Vladimir Putin is underway.
During the meeting, Russian President hailed the historic relations between two countries.
He said that the visit of King Salman will give a great impetus to the common relations.
King Salman in his remarks, emphasized the importance of a political solution to the Yemeni crisis according to the terms of reference.
He further emphasized the importance of preserving the unity of Iraq and the integrity of its internal front.
The new US ambassador to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchison, says NATO allies will be asked to contribute around one thousand extra troops to help in the war against Taliban in Afghanistan.
Speaking in Brussels today, he said the NATO forces would add to the roughly three thousand US troops who are already on their way to Afghanistan under President Donald Trump's new strategy against the militants.
In Bangladesh, a massive settlement is under construction in Kutupalong to house nearly nine hundred thousand Rohingya Muslims.
Minister for disaster management and Relief Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya said in Dhaka today that all refugees living in 23 camps stretching along the border would be relocated to the new site.
Meanwhile, the International Organisation for Migration says the situation is slowly spiralling into a catastrophe as the cases of diarrhoea have doubled in the past week due to poor sanitation.
French President Emmanuel Macron has offered to mediate between the Iraqi government and Kurds seeking independence from Baghdad.
He made the offer after a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Paris today.
Spain's Constitutional Court has suspended a planned session of Catalan parliament on Monday, at which separatist leaders have called for the region to declare independence.
The court said such a move would be a breach of the constitution.
The court upheld a challenge by Catalonia's Socialist Party, which opposes secession from Spain.
In Congo, ten fighters of a local militia were killed in an attack by government forces in Lubero district, along the border with Uganda, today.
A military spokesman said militia fighters have been dislodged from the area where they had taken up position.
In Niger, military operation is underway near border with Mali, after an attack by unidentified assailants killed three US and five Nigerian soldiers.
Security sources said Nigerien, U.S. and French troops are taking part in the operation.
In Brunei, Sultan Hassan al Bolkiah marked 50 years on the throne in spectacular style today travelling in a gilded chariot through the streets.
Tens of thousands of people lined the streets and cheered the world's second-longest reigning monarch.
The 71-year-old Sultan ascended to the throne of the Muslim country in October, 1967.
British writer Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.
The novelist was praised by the Swedish Academy who has written eight books translated into over 40 languages.
His most famous novels "The Remains of the Day" and "Never Let Me Go" were adapted into highly acclaimed films.