Text Bulletin 1500 Hrs
Prime Minister has reiterated the government's commitment to timely completion of CPEC projects.
President says Operation Raddul Fasaad will eliminate terrorism from the country.
Imam-e-Ka'aba has urged Ulema to promote unity among Muslims to effectively confront contemporary challenges.
APHC Chairman has urged international community to take steps for resolution of Kashmir dispute.
The first One-Day International between Pakistan and West Indies will be played at Guyana this evening.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says the government is committed to timely completion of projects being executed under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
He was talking to a Chinese delegation headed by President of Power Construction Corporation of China Yan Zhiyong in Islamabad today.
The Prime Minister said completion of ongoing energy projects will help end the energy crisis in the country, which is top priority of the government.
He said the government will extend full cooperation for early completion of power projects.
Nawaz Sharif acknowledged the support of Power China and invited it to explore investment opportunities in transmission lines and hydro-power projects, including water reservoirs and power generation components.
On the occasion, the head of the delegation Yan Zhiyong told the Prime Minister that one hundred young Pakistani engineers have been trained in various power sectors in China, who will work on Port Qasim power project.
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 have also evinced keen interest in the mega project, which proves that the project is not restricted only to Pakistan and China, but it has a greater regional impact.
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 opportunities 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.
President Mamnoon Hussain says Operation Raddul Fassad will absolutely crush the menace of 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 will immensely benefit the people of Balochistan, creating many job opportunities for them.
National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua says Pakistan is playing a frontline role for peace in the world.
Addressing a function in Islamabad today, he said the country has been offering sacrifices over the past four decades.
The Advisor said Pak-Afghan border is very complex. He said Afghanistan has destroyed the biometric system at the border.
Later talking to newsmen, Nasser Janjua said the Iranian concerns will be addressed when General Raheel Sharif assumes charge of Islamic military alliance.
He said Pakistan and its people have great love and affection for Iran and General Raheel Sharif will not do anything, which is against the interests of Iran.
The national security adviser said the appointment of General Raheel Sharif should not be linked with sectarianism.
Responding to a question, he said Pakistan has also offered India to join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
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 Election Commission of Pakistan has issued schedule for local government by-elections in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
According to the schedule, the candidates can submit their nomination papers on 17th and 18th of this month. The process of scrutiny will be completed between 24th and 26th of this month.
Polling will be held on the 17th of next month.
EXHIBITION 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 that industrial and commercial activities are going on smoothly in 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.
Imam Ka'aba Sheikh Saleh Muhammad Bin Talib has urged Ulema to promote unity and harmony among Muslims to effecitvely confront the contemporary challenges.
He was delivering Friday sermon at Azakhail in Nowshera district this afternoon.
Imam-e-Ka'aba said Islam is a religion of peace and it discourages sectarianism.
He appealed to the Muslims to follow the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah to get success in this world and the life after death.
Imam-e-Kha'a also led the Jumma prayer.
Earlier, addressing a function arranged in connection with the centenary celebrations of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, Saudi Minister for Religious Affairs Saleh Bin Abdul Aziz Bin Muhammad Al-Sheikh expressed satisfaction over growing relationship between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in different fields, including defence, economy and politics.
JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, in his address, stressed the need for resolution of Kashmir and Palestine disputes and restoration of peace in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen.
He called for collective efforts to overcome terrorism.
The federal government has decided to complete return of temporarily displaced persons of South Waziristan Agency to their native areas this month.
According to FATA Disaster Management Authority, the return of the remaining TDPs will begin on Monday.
A special registration center has been set up at Khairgai check-post in FR Tank to facilitate the TDPs.
They will be provided thirty five thousand rupees cash and six month ration.
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.
Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Gilani has urged the international community to take steps for resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
In a statement he said the Indian reaction to the US representative in the United Nations, Nikki Haley's statement shows that New Delhi's stance on Kashmir is unjustified.
It may be recalled that Nikki Haley had stated the United States would play an active role in mediation on Kashmir and in de-escalating tension between Pakistan and India.
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 US-Russia ties.
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.
Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its National Hook Up on Friday at 1605 hour, a discussion programme in connection with "WORLD HEALTH DAY"