Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Prime Minister has regretted that enemies of the country are busy in conspiracies to halt Pakistan's journey to progress and prosperity.
Petroleum Minister says there will be almost zero gas loadshedding in the country in next winter.
Ministry of Religious Affairs has asked intending pilgrims under private scheme to go for Hajj only through registered Hajj Group Organizers.
Pakistan has been granted full membership of "Washington Accord" in recognition of its high standards in engineering education.
Pakistan says Haqqani Network is based in Afghanistan and also operates from that country.
AJK President has appealed to British MPs to help stop genocide of Kashmiris at the hands of Indian occupation forces.
US President has said his country is considering tough measures against North Korea following its latest missile test.
Human Rights Watch says Bangladesh has secretly detained and killed scores of opposition activists illegally.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says cooperation between Pakistan and Central Asian Republics in diverse fields is progressing by leaps and bounds.
He was talking to journalists on-board his plane while returning home after completing his two-day official visit to Tajikistan.
The Prime Minister said all Central Asian Republics are friends of Pakistan and desirous of bolstering bilateral relations and cooperation.
He said Tajikistan wants to further strengthen communication links with Pakistan. He said the Tajik President expressed desire for trade through Gwadar port.
The Prime Minister reiterated Pakistan's stance of having better relations with the neighboring countries. He said the deteriorated situation in Afghanistan has left negative impact on the region.
Nawaz Sharif said that development cannot be made without peace and cordial relations with other countries, particularly the neighbours. For this reason, Pakistan is desirous of peace in the region and tranquility in Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister said oppressive forces of India have martyred hundreds of innocent and unarmed people in Kashmir. He said Indian forces are using barbaric tactics to strangulate people's voice for their birth right to self-determination.
Turning to internal situation, Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan is making progress, but some foes of the country want to halt this journey.
He said the issue of energy shortage is going to be resolved during our constitutional tenure.
He said political uncertainty created by political opponents through their conspiracies has adversely affected the stock exchange.
Inspite of all conspiracies, the Prime Minister said PML-N will win next general elections as he enjoyed overwhelming support of the people of Pakistan.
Nawaz Sharif said that accountability of his family has been continuing since 1972. He said his hands are clean and will come out successful in the ongoing investigation process against him.
The Prime Minister has arrived in Islamabad after the two-day official visit to Tajikistan.
Earlier, addressing the quadrilateral session of CASA-1000 conference in Dushanbe on Thursday, the Prime Minister reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to early implementation of CASA-1000 project.
The Prime Minister hoped that work on the project will begin very soon.
He said on its completion, Pakistan will get 1,000 MW and Afghanistan 300 MW electricity during summer from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says Imran Khan cannot befool people by renaming the already launched development projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
In a statement on Thursday, she said the PTI chief is fleeing accountability and evading Election Commission and Supreme Court of Pakistan.
President Mamnoon Hussain has emphasized consultations with business community to strengthen tax collection regime.
Talking to outgoing Federal Tax Ombudsman Abdur Rauf Chaudhry in Islamabad on Thursday, he said the confidence of taxpayers has increased with the improvement in tax refund system.
The President appreciated the use of modern means of communication to create awareness among the taxpayers.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says a transparent probe will be carried out into recent dollar appreciation against rupee.
Talking to newsmen in Islamabad on Thursday, he expressed surprise over the depreciation of the local currency. He said the forex market is stable and there is no reason for appreciation of dollar.
Responding to a question, Ishaq Dar said foreign exchange reserves currently stand at twenty one billion dollars.
Earlier, the Finance Minister held a meeting with the presidents of different banks and discussed matters that led to the devaluation of rupee.
Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says there will be almost zero gas loadshedding in the country during the next winter.
Addressing a function in Rawalpindi on Thursday, he said two million gas connections were provided in four years of PML-N government as against four million during the past forty-three years.
He said gas connections are being given purely on merit.
The Minister said power projects with a capacity of 11,000 megawatt were launched during the last four years. He said electricity loadshedding will be eliminated soon.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said investors are coming to Pakistan due to the government's prudent policies, and a number of development projects have been initiated.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the world is recognizing Pakistan as an emerging economy.
Ministry of Religious Affairs has asked intending pilgrims to apply for Hajj only through registered Hajj Group Organizers.
In a statement, an official of the ministry said the pilgrims who want to perform Hajj under private scheme should make their Hajj arrangements only through the organizers enrolled with the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
He said the list of the approved Hajj group organizers is available at the ministry's website.
Pakistan has been granted full signatory status and membership of "Washington Accord" in recognition of its high standards in engineering education.
This was stated by Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanvir Hussain at a news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.
Washington Accord is the highest international forum for evaluation and accreditation of engineering standards and education.
The Minister said Pakistan is the 19th member of the body and third in Islamic world after Turkey and Malaysia.
Highlighting the significant achievement, he said engineering degrees of Pakistani students will now be acceptable abroad.
Rana Tanvir said National School of Science is being established in Lahore.
Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman says under Prime Minister's "Digital Pakistan" programme, every un-connected village of the country will be provided broadband facility by the end of next year.
Speaking at a function in Islamabad, she said programmes in this regard are underway in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while project for FATA will be launched out next month.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said schools in Islamabad will be made model institutions under Prime Minister's reforms programme.
Minster for Human Rights Kamran Michael says the government is working to resolve problems of Overseas Pakistanis on priority basis.
He expressed these views during a meeting with Chairman OPF, Board of Governors Barrister Amjad Malik in Islamabad on Thursday.
The Minister said that Overseas Pakistanis are not only country's ambassadors but also are the great assets.
He said that Ministry of Human Rights and Overseas Pakistanis Foundation will make all possible efforts to safeguard the rights of oversees Pakistanis.
During the meeting it was also decided to make mutual efforts to release those oversees Pakistanis who are still poisoned in jails of different countries in spite of completing their jail terms.
British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew along with Deputy British High Commissioner in India Alexander Evans called on National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua in Islamabad on Thursday.
Besides matters pertaining to regional security and stability, Pak-Afghan and Pak-India relations also came under discussion.
Both sides also exchanged views on the precarious situation in Occupied Kashmir.
The Advisor said Pakistan supports peace and stability in Afghanistan. He stressed the importance of resolving all issues by political means. He also appreciated Britain's role in bringing Pakistan and Afghanistan closer.
Nasser Janjua said Pakistan is committed to support the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people and extend moral, political and diplomatic support to their struggle on this count.
Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair says there will be no compromise over the welfare of people and all resources are being utilized for the facilitation of the masses.
He stated this while presiding over a meeting to review the development work in Karachi on Thursday. The Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar and Mayor Hyderabad Tayaab Hassan were also present at the meeting.
The governor said there is a need to pay attention on infrastructure of the capital cities and Karachi is the economic hub of the country.
He said that after the restoration of law and order situation the economic, trade, social and investment activities are on surge in Karachi.
China's Tianjin University of Technology and Education will set up a modern technology and vocational education university in Punjab.
This was disclosed at a meeting of a delegation of the Chinese university led by its Vice President Yan Bing with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore on Thursday.
Speaking on this occasion, the Chief Minister said the university will be named as Punjab-Tianjin University of Technical and Vocational Education, and the students will be awarded a combined degree.
Yan Bing said Tianjin university will continue cooperation with Punjab government at every level for promotion of technical education in the province.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has lauded the commendable role of Pakistan Air Force in safeguarding the air boundaries of the country.
He expressed these views while talking to a delegation of Pakistan Air Force Academy Risalpur in Peshawar on Thursday.
Pervez Khattak said several projects of technical education and promotion of tourism are underway in the province with the cooperation of PAF.
He said that work on extension of Saidu Sharif Airport in Swat is in full swing which will be operational for domestic and international flights soon.
On the request of delegation, the chief minister approved the establishment of Air Force Information and Selection Centre in Swat for selection of candidates of Malakand division.
Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman says efforts are underway to attract businessmen to invest in the region.
Talking to Vice Chairman Board of Investment Raja Nazeem-ul-Ameen in Gilgit on Thursday, he said Gilgit Baltistan has great potential for investment in mining, hydropower, and tourism sectors.
He said the government will offer special incentives to investors.
Operation Radd-ul Fasaad successfully continues across the country.
According to ISPR, security forces conducted search operations in Sui, Sibi and Kahan areas of Balochistan on Thursday.
Five sanctuaries of terrorists belonging to a banned organization were destroyed while one terrorist was killed during exchange of fire.
Huge cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered during the operations.
JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Thursday visited Ahmedpur East in Bahawalpur.
He met relatives and heirs of departed souls of oil tanker fire tragedy and termed the incident as a national tragedy.
He condoled with bereaved families and prayed for departed souls and early recovery of the injured.
Six people of the same family died as their vehicle plunged into a ravine at Peer Chinasi near Muzaffarabad on Thursday.
Foreign Office has emphatically stated that there is no organized presence of any terror outfit including TTP, Jamaat-ul -Ahrar, Daesh and Al-Qaeda in Pakistan.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria at this weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday said Afghanistan's allegations about presence of Haqqani network in tribal areas are designed to shift the blame of its own failures on Pakistan.
He said the killing of a number of commanders of Haqqani network in Afghanistan clearly indicates that the group is based in that country and is operating from there.
He maintained that as a result of effective counterterrorism operations, the terrorists are on the run and their infrastructure has been dismantled in Pakistani areas.
Nafees Zakaria said peace and stability in Afghanistan have direct bearing on peace and stability in Pakistan. He said Pakistan is ready to assist in all efforts aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan. One the other hand, he said India is fanning problems in Afghanistan.
The spokesperson said the entire Muslim Ummah is concerned over gross human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir. He said US step of declaring Kashmiri leaders terrorists is unjustified.
To a question regarding sale of advanced weapons to India by different countries, Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan is deeply concerned on the matter which undermines the objectives of preserving strategic balance in the region.
Pakistan has strongly condemned targeting of civilians in Azerbaijan by the Armenian forces.
In a statement on Thursday, the Foreign Office said Pakistan understands the sentiments of the Azerbaijan people in this situation as similar situation happens on a daily basis with the Indian forces deliberately targeting civilians in Azad Jammu and Kashmir across the Line of Control killing innocent civilians.
The two-day forty-fourth session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of Organization of Islamic Cooperation will begin in Abidjan on Monday.
The Foreign Ministers will discuss several issues, including the Palestinian cause and the situation occupied Kashmir, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, and the Central African Republic.
The conference will review resolutions on combating terrorism and Islamophobia, disarmament as well as issues related to economy, media, science and technology.
The contact group on Kashmir and Muslims in Europe will also meet on the sidelines of the conference.
The AJK President Masood Khan has appealed to members of the British Parliament to play their role to stop genocide of Kashmiri Muslims at the hands of Indian forces.
Addressing a seminar at House of Lords in United Kingdom, he said Indian troops picking Kashmiri youth and killing them in fake encounters. The Indian troops are particularly targeting those students who are active on internet and social media in highlighting Indian brutalities.
The AJK President said girls students of schools and colleges are being deprived off their sights by hitting them with pallet guns.
Speaking on the occasion, the British Parliamentarians strongly condemned Indian atrocities in the held valley and said Kashmiris are also inhabitants of this globe. Protecting their rights is not only the responsibility of UK but also United Nations.
In Occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leaders, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik has strongly condemned the repeated curfew and restrictions imposed by the Indian authorities in the territory.
In a statement, they said that the authorities are now extending arm-twisting tactics against traders and civil society members of Kashmir to punish them for their pro- people’s stand.
Meanwhile, complete shutdown will be observed on Saturday as a part of week-long protest calendar to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of popular youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani.
Burhan Wani along with his two associates was martyred by Indian troops in a fake encounter on July 8, last year.
The United States President Donald Trump has vowed to confront North Korea very strongly following its latest missile test.
Speaking at a news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw, Trump said North Korea is a threat to peace.
He said the United States is considering severe action against North Korea.
Bangladesh has secretly detained hundreds of people including opposition activists and many of them have later been killed.
According to New York-based Human Rights Watch report, the security agencies are lifting people illegally.
The report said hundreds of people have been detained and held at secret locations.
The report said political tensions are rising in Bangladesh ahead of a national election due next year.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jamaat-e-Islami have said that tens of thousands of their activists and supporters have been arrested in recent years.
The European Union and Japan have formally agreed an outline plan of free-trade deal.
The outline plan was signed after a meeting between the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels.
The agreement paves the way for trading in goods without tariff barriers between two of the world's biggest economic areas.
In Malawi, at least eight people including children were killed in a stampede as large crowds gathered for Independence Day celebrations in Bingu stadium in the capital Lilongwe on Thursday.
According to report, sixty two people had also been injured.