Text Bulletin 0700 hrs
Prime Minister says the government is paying special attention to welfare-oriented development projects.
President has urged international community to take notice of gross human rights' violations in occupied Kashmir.
Finance Minister says additional electricity will be generated by early next year to reduce load-shedding.
International peace conference on Afghanistan is being held in Kabul today.
In the ICC Champions Trophy match, England will play against New Zealand at Cardiff today.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says the government is paying special attention to welfare-oriented development projects in the country.
Addressing a meeting in Lahore to review progress on development projects, he directed for quality control, transparency and timely completion of all projects.
The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the pace of progress on these projects and said the objective of the projects should be to provide maximum relief to the people and ensure availability of all facilities at their door steps.
President Mamnoon Hussain has urged the International community to take notice of gross human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.
Addressing an Iftar dinner in honor of diplomatic corps in Islamabad, he called upon India to resolve all outstanding issues, including Kashmir, with Pakistan through dialogue.
About terrorism, the President said thousands of our civilians and soldiers have sacrificed their lives and properties in the war against this menace.
He said Pakistan has bravely fought this war and despite limited resources it has taken difficult decisions with determination.
Mamnoon Hussain said as a result, the terrorists are now in retreat, law and order situation is improving and Pakistan is gaining economic stability.
He said it is necessary to work for betterment and welfare of humanity by joining hands for greater goal of peace, security and development of the neighboring countries.
Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar says additional electricity will be added to the national grid by early next year on completion of ongoing power projects.
Presiding over a high level meeting in Islamabad, he said it will significantly reduce load-shedding in the country.
The Minister said in addition to power generation, necessary projects are also being undertaken for electricity transmission and distribution.
He directed the concerned officials to ensure completion of the ongoing power projects according to the given timelines.
Secretary Water and Power provided an update during the meeting on the demand and supply situation of electricity in the country.
He said maximum relief is being provided to general public during Ramzan through provision of electricity.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says Pakistan will continue its efforts towards peace in the world.
Telephonically talking to US National Security Adviser McMaster, he said Pakistan wants durable peace in the region.
Regional security situation also came under discussion.
Spokesman to Prime Minister Dr. Musadik Malik says Pakistan is pursuing a foreign policy based on economic development and maintaining balanced relations with regional countries.
In an interview, he said Pakistan has held a number of meetings with leaders of Iran and Afghanistan to improve relations with these countries.
The spokesman said huge Chinese investment under CPEC is evidence of the government's effective foreign policy.
He said the government also tries to get access to Central Asian states for trade.
Asian Development Bank has presented short, mid and long term plan to support Pakistan Railway's Strategic Plan 2025.
It was presented by a two-member delegation of the Bank during its meeting with Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan Railways Muhammad Javed Anwar in Lahore.
Speaking on the occasion, the Railways Chief Executive Officer said the Strategic Plan 2025 will lay foundations of a modern and developed Pakistan Railways.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa budget for next fiscal year will be presented in the provincial assembly session in Peshawar tomorrow.
This was stated by Chief Minister Pervez Khattak while presiding over a meeting in Peshawar.
He said the new budget will be people-friendly, tax-free and balanced that will attract investors and improve economic condition of the province.
The meeting approved two hundred sixty-three different ongoing and new developmental projects in agriculture, forests, sports, food and hydel power sectors.
Federal government will spend ninety-eight billion rupees on forty-three mega development projects in Gilgit-Baltistan under Public Sector Development Program.
This was stated by Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman while talking to newsmen in Gilgit.
He said these projects are related to power and other sectors.
Referring to upcoming budget of Gilgit-Baltistan he said it will be increased by nine billion to seventeen billion rupees including two billion rupees grant by the Prime Minister.
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry says security forces have cleared the tribal area of all terrorist groups through successful operations.
In an interview to The Washington Times, he said the gains of these operations could be put at risk if the security situation across the border in Afghanistan is not brought under control.
He said Pakistan is waiting for the Trump administration to clarify its strategy for resolving the Afghanistan conflict.
The Ambassador said Pakistan’s economy is on a sharp upswing and relations with Washington are also stronger as compared to some times back.
A peace conference on Afghanistan called 'Kabul Process' is being held in Kabul today to discuss international support for sustainable peace efforts in the country and build a consensus in this regard.
Delegates from around twenty-eight countries, including Pakistan, China, India, Iran, Saudi Arabia and UAE will attend the conference.
Additional Secretary Tasnim Aslam will represent Pakistan.
The conference will explore means and ways to expedite the fight against terrorism and common security threats faced by Afghanistan and the region.
The European Union has agreed to give more than 50 million euros to fund a new African joint military force in the Sahel region.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, while speaking in Mali's capital Bamako, said stability and development of the Sahel region are crucial not only for Africa but also for Europe.
The force will be made up of ten thousand troops from Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso and Niger and become operational by end of the year.
Its main mission will be to combat jihadist groups active in the region, besides tackling trafficking networks and illegal migration.
Montenegro has become the 29th member of North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
The former Yugoslav state is the first new member of NATO in nearly ten years.
Meanwhile, Russia has warned of retaliation against Montenegro's decision to join the Western military alliance.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that the five decades long Israeli occupation has imposed a heavy humanitarian and development burden on the Palestinian people.
He expressed the concern in a statement issued on the 50th anniversary of the six day Arab-Israeli war of 1967.
UN Secretary General stressed that ending the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and achieving a negotiated two-state outcome, is the only way to lay the foundations for enduring peace in the region.
In the ICC Champions trophy, England will play against New Zealand at Cardiff today.
The match will begin at 02:30 p.m. Pakistan Standard Time.
Earlier, the match between Australia and Bangladesh ended with no result due to rain.
Dust-thunderstorm/rain with gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad divisions, FATA, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir today.
However, hot and dry weather is likely to prevail elsewhere in the country.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was:-
Islamabad twenty eight degree centigrade, Lahore thirty-four, Karachi thirty, Peshawar twenty-three, Quetta and Gilgit eighteen, Murree seventeen and Muzaffarabad twenty-two degree centigrade.