Text Bulletin 2100 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.
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.
In Sweden, five people were killed when a truck was crashed into a department store in Stockholm today.
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 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 terrorism and expressed optimism that after the success of Zarb-e-Azb, Raddul Fasaad will also achieve 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.
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.
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.
He said General Raheel Sharif will not do anything which is against the interests of Iran.
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.
Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousuf has urged all segments of the society to work for peace and stability in the country frustrating the anti-state elements.
Talking to PTV, he said the entire world has acknowledged the ability of Pakistan in fight against terrorism.
To a question, he said India should resolve the Kashmir issue under the United Nations Resolutions.
The Minister said Pakistan has been giving unprecedented services to the Afghan brothers for the last three decades.
To another question Sardar Yousuf said it is an honor for Pakistan that Imam-e-Kaba visited the country.
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.
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.
In Occupied Kashmir, 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 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.
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.
On the other hand, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, France, Australia, Britain, EU and the Syrian opposition have supported the US missile attacks.
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 the first One-Day International of three-match series at Providence, Guyana against West Indies, Pakistan were 160 for 3 in 32 overs, a shortwihle ago.
Earlier, West Indies won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
Rain-thunderstorm with snowfalls over the hills is likely at scattered places in Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Malakand, Hazara divisions while at isolated places in Peshawar, Mardan, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala divisions, upper FATA and Islamabad.