Text Bulletin 1300 Hrs
President says Operation Raddul Fasaad will completely crush the menace of terrorism.
Pakistan has welcomed British desire to join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
A three-day international exhibition began in Karachi today to promote business activities in the city.
The first One-Day International between Pakistan and West Indies will be played at Guyana this evening.
President Mamnoon Hussain says Operation Raddul Fassad will completely crush extremism and terrorism in the country.
He was addressing the officials of Quetta Command and Staff College in Islamabad today.
The President said the armed forces have played an important role to address the problem of lawlessness in Balochistan.
Mamnoon Hussain said CPEC project will immensely benefit Balochistan province. He said the Gwadar port will help create many job opportunties for the local people.
Pakistan welcomes the desire of Britain to join the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.
This was stated by Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal while talking to Radio Pakistan correspondent Sophia Siddiqui.
He said several other countries in the European Union and the Central Asian Republics are also evincing keen interest in the mega project.
This proves that the project is not restricted only to Pakistan and China, but it has a greater regional impact, and will promote connectivity in the region and beyond.
The Minister said CPEC, which has changed the image of the country, will make Pakistan a hub of manufacturing and commerce.
He said the establishment of economic zones under CPEC will help create job opportunties in the country and strengthen economic growth.
Responding to a question, Ahsan Iqbal said Operations Zarb-e-Azb and Raddul Fasaad have broken the back of terrorists. The frequency of terrorist attacks has reduced and overall security situation stands improved today.
The three-day 14th International Exhibition ‘My Karachi: Oasis of Harmony’ began in Karachi today.
The main objective is to rebuild the image of Karachi giving positive signals to the foreign entrepreneurs industrial and commercial activities are going on smoothly in the city.
The exhibition has a vast variety of consumer products on display by both local and multi-national brands, and is expected to attract a large number of people including businessmen.
In his inaugural address, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said the provincial government is taking steps to bring back the golden era of the city and restore its image as a peaceful city of lights.
A business summit is underway in Islamabad to provide platform to the leading business figures to present their ideas and successful business strategies.
The theme of the summit is "Innovating for the Future".
Prominent entrepreneurs and academia from across the world are participating in the summit.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says the government has taken revolutionary steps for ensuring provision of education in the province.
In a statement issued today, he said the government will achieve the target of hundred percent admissions in schools by next year.
Shahbaz Sharif said basic facilities have been provided in fifty-two thousand schools at the cost of forty billion rupees and sixteen billion rupees have been spent on reconstruction of school buildings.
The fifth anniversary of Gayari tragedy is being observed today to pay homage to those who embraced martyrdom in a deadly avalanche in 2012.
Over one hundred and forty soldiers and civilian contractors were trapped under the snow when an avalanche hit an Army base in Gayari Sector at an altitude of about 13,000 feet, near the Siachen Glacier region.
In the search operation by Pakistan Army after the incident all victims were declared martyrs on May 29.
Two persons died when they were hit by an avalanche in Broghal area of Chitral today.
According to district administration Chitral, efforts are underway to recover the dead bodies.
Several cattle heads were also killed in the incident.
The US warships fired 59 cruise missiles on Syrian airbase in response to the chemical attack in Idlib province.
In a statement US called on civilized nations to support the US to end bloodshed in Syria.
US officials said, they had informed Russian forces ahead of the missile attacks and that there were no strikes on sections of the base where Russians were present whereas Russia has rejected the US statement.
Turkey, France, Australia, Britain and the Syrian opposition supported the US missile attacks.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has confirmed deaths of four soldiers including an air commodore in the strike.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the US strikes on Syrian air base have seroiously hurt US-Russia relations.
In a statement today, Putin termed the strikes as aggression against a sovereign state and violation of the norms of international law.
He said Washington's step will inflict major damage on U.S.-Russia ties.
Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Gilani has urged the international community to take practical steps towards resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
In a statement in Srinagar today, he said the Indian response against the assertion of the US representative in the United Nations, Nikki Haley, vindicates that their stance is unsubstantiated and proves their hold on Jammu and Kashmir as unjustified and unlawful.
Earlier, Nikki Haley had said that the US would play an active role in de-escalating tension and mediate in facilitating talks between Pakistan and India.
The first One-Day International of three-match series between Pakistan and the West Indies is being played at Providence, Guyana today.
The match will start at 6.30pm Pakistan Standard Time.