Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Prime Minister has lauded Chinese diplomatic and material support to Pakistan in its fight against terrorism.
Germany has expressed desire to further strengthen bilateral cooperation with Pakistan in diverse fields.
Pakistan has said that Islamic Military Alliance is focused on combating terrorism and not against any country.
Minister of State for Information says sacrifices of journalists for the sake of truth will always be remembered.
In Occupied Kashmir, High Court Bar Association says plebiscite under the United Nations is the only solution to Kashmir dispute.
The first One-Day International between Pakistan and West Indies will be played at Guyana on Friday.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has lauded the Chinese diplomatic and material support to Pakistan in its fight against terrorism.
He said this while talking to a high level Chinese delegation headed by Chairman of National Committee of Chinese Peoples' Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng in Islamabad on Thursday.
Prime Minister said close cooperation between the two Parliaments will contribute towards further strengthening the friendly relations between Pakistan and China.
He emphasized that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and its related projects symbolize the people-centric approach of the two countries and their resolve for regional connectivity.
Nawaz Sharif said the upcoming "Belt and Road Forum" being held in China next month would provide an excellent opportunity for discussing and further strengthening bilateral cooperation between Pakistan, China and the world community.
Head of Chinese delegation Yu Zhengsheng expressed the hope that Parliamentary exchanges will further augment the brotherly ties between the two countries.
Talking to German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Muller in Islamabad, Prime Minister expressed desire to further enhance bilateral economic ties with Germany.
He said that Pakistan and Germany enjoy friendly relations characterized by shared perceptions and multifaceted cooperation.
Nawaz Sharif proposed establishment of bilateral Chamber of Commerce to further develop the bilateral economic relations between the two countries.
He apprised the German Minister of Pakistan's significant improvement in economic and security realms.
The German Minister expressed the confidence to further strengthen cooperation with Pakistan in diverse fields.
German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development also called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and discussed matters of mutual interests.
Speaking on the occasion, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said after achieving macroeconomic stability in country now the government is focusing on attaining higher sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
He said that Pakistan has a liberal investment regime and invited German companies to invest in Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion, the German Minister acknowledged Pakistan's economic success. He also appreciated Pakistan's efforts and sacrifices for addressing the challenges of terrorism and extremism, and the promotion of global peace.
Meanwhile, Pakistan and Germany have agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in energy, governance, and sustainable development sectors.
An agreement to this effect was signed by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and German Development Minister Gerd Müller in Islamabad.
International Monetary Fund has reaffirmed its support to Pakistan's economic reform program.
In a statement after discussions with Pakistani authorities in Dubai, the head of IMF staff team, Harald Finger said Pakistan is in a position to set its economy on a high growth path.
He said after three years of reforms, Pakistan has strengthened its macroeconomic resilience and economic outlook.
Harald Finger said Pakistan's economic growth is expected to reach five percent in current fiscal year.
He said over the medium term, Pakistan's growth can accelerate to about six percent due to the CPEC and other investments, improved energy supply, and continued structural reforms," .
US Ambassador David Hale says Washington and Islamabad are closely aligned on the goals of Pakistan’s economic development.
He was addressing two-day "International Business Summit" in Islamabad on Thursday.
David Hale said we can work together on fostering economic growth, increasing bilateral trade, improving the investment climate, protecting intellectual property and furthering entrepreneurship.
The Ambassador said US is supporting emerging entrepreneurs, particularly women, through events and exchange programs.
Prominent entrepreneurs and academia from across the world are participating in the summit.
Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria has said that continued Indian oppression against innocent Kashmiris posing great threat to the regional peace.
He was responding to questions at a weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.
The Spokesperson said resolution of Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiris and UN resolutions is the only way for durable peace in the region.
Nafees Zakaria urged the international community to take notice of the atrocities being perpetrated by the Indian troops and gave grave human rights violations in the Occupied Kashmir.
He said recent offer of mediation by US Ambassador to the United Nations testifies the fact that Indian's stubbornness has jeopardized the regional peace.
Answering a question, Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan is fencing its side of the border with Afghanistan to combat terrorism.
To another question, he said that Islamic Military Alliance is focused on combating terrorism and is not against any country.
Pakistan has reaffirmed its stance on increasing non-permanent seats in the UN Security Council.
Addressing Inter-Governmental Negotiations aimed at restructuring the Security Council, Pakistan' permanent representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi, said adding more permanent members to the world body will not make it more representative, democratic and accountable.
She called for expansion of the Security Council in the non-permanent category with possibility of re-election.
She said representation based on equitable geographic and regional distribution is the crux of Security Council reform.
The Ambassador said the concept of regional representation cannot be assured by the permanent category.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says the Government is committed to provide solid foundations for welfare and security of journalists.
In her message in connection with the Day for Martyrs of Journalism on Thursday, she said despite unending challenges our brave journalists have always actively contributed to the development of journalism in the country.
The Minister of State said those who sacrificed their lives for sake of truth will always be remembered.
She appreciated the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists for commemorating the day.
Sindh police have arrested thirty suspects including four Afghan nationals during search operations in F.C area, Punjab colony, Rizvia and Nazimabad areas of Karachi.
Meanwhile, Counter Terrorism Department arrested a terrorist belonging to a banned outfit from Kohat on Thursday.
In Occupied Kashmir, High Court Bar Association has termed plebiscite under auspices of the United Nations as the only solution to Kashmir dispute.
In a statement in Srinagar, the Bar urged people to boycott the sham parliamentary elections to be held on 9th and 12th of this month in Srinagar and Islamabad constituencies.
South Korea has successfully test-fired a ballistic missile having a range of eight hundred kilometers.
The test comes a day after North Korea fired ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan.
In Turkey, eight PKK militants have been killed in air strikes by government war planes in Hakkari province.
The air strikes were carried out after the militants opened fire on Turkish soldiers in Cukurca area, near Iraqi border.
Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has announced retirement from international cricket.
Speaking to media in Lahore on Thursday, he said the Test series against West Indies will be the last of his career.
Misbah-ul-Haq said that he will continue to play domestic cricket.
The first One-Day International of three-match series between Pakistan and the West Indies will be played at Providence, Guyana on Friday.
The match will start at 06.30pm Pakistan standard time.