Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Prime Minister says timely completion of power projects will be ensured to overcome energy crisis.
President has said many opportunities are knocking at the doors of Pakistan with restoration of peace.
A high-level meeting at Rangers' Headquarters in Karachi has reviewed overall security situation in Sindh.
Imam Ka'aba says Islam has nothing to do with violence and extremism.
AJK President says durable peace in South Asia will not be possible without resolving the Kashmir dispute.
Anti-India demonstrations were held across Occupied Kashmir today against farce Parliamentary elections of India.
UN Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting today to discuss US missile strikes in Syria.
China says it opposes use of chemical weapons by any party under any circumstances.
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.
Meanwhile, in a message on the occasion of World Health Day, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the government is committed to further improve healthcare system in the country.
He said healthcare is the top most priority agenda in the social sector and the goals of development cannot be realized without taking steps towards building a healthy nation.
He said the government launched Prime Minister's National Health Programme with the objective to provide universal health services to poor.
He said more than 1.6 million families have been enrolled in the program and more than 18,000 individuals have been treated for various illnesses from empanelled hospitals.
President Mamnoon Hussain says the nation is united in fight against extremism and terrorism and expressed optimism that after the success of Zarb-e-Azb, Raddul Fasaad would also attain its objectives.
The President was talking to a group of Army officials undergoing training at Quetta Command and Staff College in Islamabad today.
The President appreciated the role of Pakistan Army in restoring law and order in Balochistan and said despite many challenges Pakistan is now heading in the right direction.
He said the country is now more stable and strong and many opportunities are knocking at its door with restoration of peace.
Mamnoon Hussain said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has the potential to change the fate of the region for better. He emphasized the need to forge harmony amongst all national institutions and stakeholders for timely completion of development projects.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that backbone of terrorism has been broken and the government will continue its efforts till complete elimination of this menace from the country.
He was addressing the foundation laying ceremony of Chaklala Welfare City in Rawalpindi this afternoon.
The Minister said corruption scandals and incidents of terrorism had become norms of the daily routine during the last government but now the situation has greatly improved.
He said the government is taking every possible step to facilitate the people.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says PTI Chief should focus on the development of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa instead of leveling baseless allegations on federal government.
In a statement today, she said Imran Khan is promoting negative politics in the country by continuously targeting the national institutions.
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 Iran's concerns will be addressed when General Raheel Sharif assumes charge of the Islamic military alliance.
The Advisor said General Raheel Sharif will not do anything which is against the interests of Iran.
Responding to a question, he said Pakistan has also offered India to join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi has emphasized the need for continuous dialogue and communication between Pakistan and United States of America for promoting peace and security in the region.
He was talking to a group of former senior US officials and experts on South Asia in Islamabad today.
He said such dialogue provides a good opportunity to bridge the gap in perceptions in Washington about Pakistan and its policies and the changing realities on the ground.
The Advisor briefed the group on the important gains made by Pakistan in fighting terrorism, duly manifested in the improved security situation in Pakistan.
The United States has emphasized the need for fostering economic growth and promoting entrepreneurship with Pakistan.
This was stated by US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale while speaking at two-day Business Summit in Islamabad today.
He said US is closely aligned on the key goal of Pakistan's economic development.
The Ambassador said US private sector is finding Pakistan to be an increasingly attractive market.
A joint meeting of law enforcement agencies was held at the Rangers Headquarters in Karachi today with Director General of Sindh Rangers Major General Mohammad Saeed in the chair.
The meeting reviewed the security situation of the province and discussed steps needed to maintain law and order.
The meeting also reviewed progress made in the investigation of Sehwan blast and devised a strategy to bring forth facts about the tragedy.
The meeting was attended by the high ranking officers of Rangers, Police and other law enforcement agencies.
Additional IG of Counter Terrorism Department Sindh Sanaullah Abbasi has said that two facilitators of the Sehwan blast have been identified and their pictures have been sent to NADRA for recognition.
Addressing a press conference about the blast investigation in Karachi today, he said two facilitators were identified after reviewing the footages of thirty-eight CCTV cameras.
The Additional IG also announced a reward of five million rupees for providing help in the recognition of facilitators.
Police has arrested ten criminals including proclaimed offenders and recovered narcotics and illegal weapons during a crackdown in Sargodha.
Police also seized a huge quantity of hashish, opium and weapons along with bullets from them.
A terrorist Said Muhammad was arrested from Swat today.
He was wanted to police in destroying educational institutions and attacks on police stations in Swat in 2008-09.
The Political Agent Khyber Agency gave away compensation cheques amounting to two hundred and sixty-one million rupees to tribal people whose houses were damaged in terrorist acts.
A cheque of four hundred thousand rupees each was given to owners of completely destroyed houses.
Similarly, one hundred and sixty thousand rupees each were given to the owners of partially damaged houses.
Imam-e-Kaaba Sheikh Saleh Bin Muhammad Bin Ibrahim has urged people to get united under the banner of Islam and follow teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah to avoid sectarian issues.
He was delivering Friday sermon to a gathering of people and workers of JUI-F in Nowshera today as Chief Guest.
The Imam Ka'aba said there is no place for chaos and violence in Islam and our religion gives the message of peace, love, brotherhood and harmony.
He said the elements that instigated violence and disharmony in the name of Islam are in fact those who created anarchy and chaos among people for their ulterior motives.
He made it clear that Islam has nothing to do with violence and extremism.
He said Ulema are real custodians of Islam and they can play a very effective role in promotion of tolerance, brotherhood and mutual co-existence among people.
Imam-e-Kaaba offered special prayers for unity of Muslim Ummah, supremacy of Islam, progress, peace and development of Pakistan.
Later, Imam-e-Ka'aba Sheikh Seleh Bin Muhammad Ibrahim led Friday prayers, offered by hundreds of thousands of faithful.
Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, Federal Minister for Housing Akram Khan Durani, Deputy Chairman Senate Abdul Ghafoor Haideri and delegates from the Middle East and others countries also attended the prayers.
Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra hosted a luncheon in honour of Imam-e-Kaba Sheikh Saleh Muhammad Bin Talib in Peshawar today.
The Imam-e-Kaba was accompanied by Saudi Minister for Religious Affairs Saleh Bin Abdul Aziz Bin Muhammad Al-Sheikh.
Speaking on the occasion, the governor said that friendship and brotherly relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are time tested. He said every Pakistani respect and gives due importance to Saudi Arabia due to its holy places.
The percentage of out of school children has declined by 26 percent while primary net enrollment increased by seventeen percent in the country during the last three years.
This was stated by Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Trainings Baligh-ur-Rehman in a consultative meeting arranged by BISP in Islamabad today.
He said access to education, recruitment of teachers and availability of facilities in schools is top priority of the government.
Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif says the PML-N government attaches top priority to transparency and merit at every level.
He was chairing a high level meeting in Lahore today to review progress on various programmes in the province.
The Chief Minister said two hundred and twenty thousand teachers have been recruited on merit.
Shehbaz Sharif said "Khadim-e-Punjab Zewar-e-Taleem Programme" has been launched in sixteen districts of South Punjab under which scholarships worth four billion rupees will be given to girl students every year.
Chinese Consul-General, Long Dingbin visited the Quaid-i-Azam Solar Park near Bahawalpur today.
He said the Solar Park is symbol of Pakistan China Friendship and playing an important role in elimination of energy crisis from the country.
The three-day 14th International Exhibition ‘My Karachi: Oasis of Harmony’ began in Karachi today.
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Azad Kashmir President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan says Kashmir dispute is an unfinished agenda of partition plan of subcontinent.
Talking to a visiting British Parliamentary delegation which called on him in Muzaffarabad today, the
President said durable peace in South Asia is not possible without solution of Kashmir dispute.
He urged members of the delegation to exert pressure on India to give right to self determination to people of Occupied Kashmir as promised by the United Nations.
On this occasion, head of the British Parliamentary delegation Rehman Chishti expressed gratitude to the governments of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir for allowing them to freely visit Muzaffarabad.
The member of the UK Parliament urged the United Nations to send its fact finding mission to Indian Occupied Kashmir.
And in Occupied Kashmir itself the Day of Pledge Reaffirmation was observed today as part of the boycott campaign against farce Indian parliamentary elections.
Call for observance of the day was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
They appealed to the people to remain aloof from the polling process on Sunday and Wednesday.
The day was marked by anti-India demonstrations and rallies in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Islamabad, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Kupwara, Bandipore and other areas.
The demonstrators raised high-pitched pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans.
They also waved Pakistani flags at various places.
The United Nations Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting today to discuss US cruise missile strikes on Syria.
Earlier, Russia called for Security Council's meeting to discuss the situation arising out of the US strikes on Syria.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has termed the strikes as aggression against a sovereign state and violation of norms of international law.
Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad termed the US strike as reckless and irresponsible.
Meanwhile, China has demanded an independent investigation into chemical attack in Idlib under the United Nations.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in Beijing today that China opposes the use of chemical weapons by any party under any circumstances.
The US warships had fired fifty-nine cruise missiles on Syrian airbase in response to the chemical attack in Idlib province.
The Syrian military in a statement said at least nine people including four soldiers and four children were killed in the strikes.
On the other hand, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, France, Australia, Britain, EU and the Syrian opposition have supported the US missile attacks.
United Nation Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the Security Council to fulfill its primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security in this changing world.
Opening the United Nations Security Council's peacekeeping operations review meeting today he said the world body's peace operations are at a crossroads and have to be kept relevant with the right strategies and support.
Pakistan is among the world's top three troop contributing countries to UN peacekeeping.
In Sweden ,at least five people were killed when a truck was crashed into a major department store on Drottninggatan, in downtown Stockholm today.
Swedish broadcaster SVT says shots have also been fired at the scene
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says everything indicates that the incident is "a terror attack."
In South Africa, huge peaceful demonstrations were held in major cities today against President Jacob Zuma.
Demonstrators were demanding the resignation of President Zuma, who for now retains the support of a ruling party facing an internal revolt .
In Gambia, long time opposition has won an absolute majority in parliamentary elections, easily defeating the party of ousted leader Yahya Jammeh.
Official results announced by the Independent Electoral Commission today showed the United Democratic Party had won 31 of the 53 available elected seats in the country's National Assembly.