Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Supreme Court has directed all parties in Panama Papers case to present documentary evidences on 15th of this month.
Planning Minister says China Pakistan Economic Corridor will bring prosperity to backward areas of country.
The Government has constituted a high level committee to probe into the alleged news leak.
Army Chief has confirmed death sentences to nine terrorists involved in different acts of terrorism.
Over two hundred Fararies surrendered to the government of Balochistan in Quetta this afternoon.
Indian forces in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred a Kashmiri youth in Shopian district, on Monday.
Saudi Arabia and China have agreed to enhance counter-terrorism cooperation.
In the United States, race for Presidential elections has intensified one day before Americans go to poll.
South Africa beat Australia by 177 runs in the first cricket test at Perth, on Monday.
The hearing of Supreme Court about Panama Papers case was held in Islamabad on Monday.
Children of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif submitted their replies before the Supreme Court on Monday in the case of Panama Papers.
Submitting replies on their behalf, Counsel Salman Butt said Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz are not public office holders.
Presenting the reply of Maryam Nawaz, the counsel said that his client is not dependant on the Prime Minister.
Denying the allegations levelled in the petitions as contrary to facts and figures, Maryam Nawaz said she is not the beneficiary owner of Nielsen and Nescom companies but only the trustee.
Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz rejecting the allegations said they are not dependant on the Prime Minister. They said they are non- resident Pakistanis and conducting business outside the country over the last several years.
The Apex Court directed all the parties to place on record all the documents on the next hearing on 15th of this month in support of their case as no other opportunity will be given in this regard.
The court said that it will go through the documents before formation of the Commission in the case.
In his remarks, Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali said every step and order of the court will be fully in accordance with law and the Constitution.
He said Prime Minister has presented himself for accountability and the court will not give any message of discrimination or pick and choose in the case.
The Chief Justice also urged the media to demonstrate responsibility and avoid comments in the case that are not in the interest of the country.
The Supreme Court on Monday also issued notices to PTI Chief Imran Khan and Secretary General of PTI Jehangir Khan Tareen with direction to submit their replies on petitions submitted against them pertaining to allegations of ownership of offshore companies.
The court, however rejected the plea of petitioner Hanif Abbasi's counsel asking the apex court to club his petitions alongwith those being heard by a five-member bench of the Supreme Court in connection with the Panama Papers leaks on the grounds of similar nature of allegations.
PML-N leaders say lawyers of PTI have failed to submit even a single documentary evidence in the Apex Court.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad this evening, Chairman Privatization Commission, Muhammad Zubair said as the case is in the Supreme Court, the politics of allegations should come to an end.
He said PTI Chief and his cronies waved documents in public meetings and tv channels and repeated allegations but now their lawyers have declined to present any evidence.
Danyal Aziz in his remarks said the interviews of Hussain Nawaz and Maryam Nawaz were concocted to create ambiguity and mislead the people.
Parliamentary Secretary for Information, Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha said the petitions of PTI have no evidence.
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said the CPEC will bring prosperity to the backward and far off areas of country.
He was talking to newsmen after inauguration of a conference in Lahore this afternoon.
Ahsan Iqbal said special attention has been paid to Sindh and Balochistan in the CPEC projects.
He said he had provided CPEC related documents to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak at the All Parties Conference and is ready to visit Peshawar again to clear any point in that regard.
The Planning Minister said second part of Western Route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will be completed by 2018.
He said Gawadar-Quetta Road is being completed by next month, ahead of its scheduled time.
Ahsan Iqbal said work on Dera Ismail Khan-Quetta Road has also been initiated while the Dera Ismail Khan-Burhan Road will be competed by 2018.
Earlier, addressing the inaugural sessionof an International Conference and Exhibition Expo in Lahore, Ahsan Iqbal said government has successfully tackled the challenge of terrorism and now terrorists are on the run.
Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir says PML-N government is spending funds honestly and transparently for welfare of masses across the country.
He expressed these views while distributing cheques of financial assistance among deserving people at Bait-ul-Mal office in Gujranwala.
The Commerce Minister said some thoughtless elements are creating hurdles in the way of progress and prosperity of the country.
A broad based National Tarrif Commission has formally been activated to defend Pakistan at World Trade Organizations and resolve issues being faced by the country in respect of import and exports.
This was stated by Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir while addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Monday.
He said the Commission will play a significant role in promoting investment in the country besides resolving problems being faced by the businessmen.
A meeting of Pakistan Railways chaired by Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique held in Lahore on Monday decided to formulate an effective policy to prevent railways accidents.
Addressing the meeting, Railways Minister said despite limited resources all possible measures will be taken to ensure a safe railway journey.
He said Pakistan Railways attaches top priority to the protection of the lives of the passengers.
The government has constituted a high level committee to probe into the alleged news leak.
According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Interior on Monday, the committee will be headed by retired Justice Amir Raza Khan.
The members of the committee include Provincial Ombudsman Punjab Najam Saeed, Secretary Establishment Syed Tahir Shahbaz, Director FIA Punjab Dr.Usman Anwar and one member each from ISI, MI, and IB.
First Lady Begum Mahmooda Mamnoon Hussain has underlined the need to pay special attention on girls education to help them contribute in national development.
She was addressing a function at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Monday to celebrate International Girl Child Day.
Begum Mahmooda Mamnoon Hussain said the government is committed to provide equal opportunities of education, healthcare and employment to women.
Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana says country can not attain real progress without an active participation of its women folks in all walks of life.
Talking to women delegation in Lahore on Monday, he said government is providing a platform for women to take part in business activities enabling them to stand on their own feet.
The delegation hailed PML-N government for encouraging and providing opportunists to women in the trade sector.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said government would go to every extent to defeat terrorism with the coordination of law enforcing agencies.
He was speaking at a press conference in Karachi on Monday following arrest of two high profile terrorists namely Ishaq alias boby and Asim.
The Chief Minister said the terrorists were involved in 19 killings including famous Qawal Amjad Sabri, Rangers and Police personnel’s, traffic police personnel and recent incident of firing on women majlis at Nazmabad. Earlier, a meeting of Sindh Cabinet was held in Karachi.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif visited Exercise Area around Kharian and Gujranwala on Monday and witnessed troops engaged in the ongoing Army Field Exercise.
The Army Chief was briefed in detail about objectives and conduct of the Exercise from newly inducted hi-tech net enabled virtual war room.
Raheel Sharif appreciated excellent standard of training and high morale of the participating troops.
Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has confirmed death sentences awarded to another nine hardcore terrorists involved in different acts of terrorism.
ISPR in a statement on Monday said that these terrorists were involved in the killing of innocent civilians, slaughtering of levies officials and attacking Armed Forces personnel in the country.
The terrorists also included those who fired at a Pakistan International Airlines plane landing at Peshawar Airport which resulted in death of a woman and injuries to two other passengers. The convicts were tried by military courts.
Saudi Air Chief Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Otaibi called on Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zakaullah at Naval Headquarters Islamabad on Monday and discussed professional matters of mutual interests. Saudi Air Chief appreciated the role of Pakistan Navy in maritime security.
Passing out parade of the cadets of the Pakistan Air Force was held at Risalpur on Monday.
Saudi Air Chief Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Otaibi was chief guest of the event.
Cadets from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were also among the passed out cadets.
Addressing the graduation ceremony, the chief guest said Saudi Arabia and Pakistan enjoy cordial and strong brotherly relations in all sectors, including defence cooperation.
He lauded quality of education and training being imparted at PAF academy, Risalpur.
UNHCR has temporarily suspended the repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan due to winter season.
UNHCR officials told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that repatriation of Afghan refugees will be re-launched from 1st March 2017.
Over two hundred Fararies surrendered to the government of Balochistan in Quetta this afternoon.
They surrendered their arms at a ceremony in Quetta.
Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanullah Khan Zehri was chief guest on this occasion.
The Fararies announced to accept the writ of law and join the national mainstream.
Police produced Allama Mirza Yousuf before Administrative Court of Anti-Terrorism Court in Karachi on Monday.
He was arrested on Sunday on the charges of making hate speechs and spreading sectarianism during a funeral prayer in May this year. The court sent him to jail in judicial remand. The court sent him to jail on judicial remand.
The court also ordered police to submit challan of the case on 23rd of this month.
Karachi Police has cleared the National Highway at Malir 15 area that had been blocked by protesters since last eight hours and traffic is returning to normally.
Police dispersed the protestors who were pelting stones at it.
Meanwhile, Karachi Police Chief AIG Mushtaq Meher has warned that police will not be intimidated by protesters and action will be taken in any such situation as per the law.
Ambassador of Nepal Ms. Sewa Lamsal Adhikari called on Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad and discussed bilateral relations between Pakistan and Nepal.
Talking to her, Sartaj Aziz highlighted the continued Indian atrocities in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael called on Turkish Minister for Family and Social policy Dr. Fatima Batool in Istanbul.
They discussed issues of mutual interest.
Kamran Michael informed the Turkish Minister that government and people of Pakistan acknowledge cooperation of Turkey in its way of progress and prosperity.
Both leaders also discussed exchange of delegations between the two countries.
A Parliamentary delegation led by Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq reached Bahrain on three-day visit on Monday.
The delegation was welcomed at the airport by Speaker of Council of Representatives of Bahrain's Parliament, Ahmed Bin Ebrahim Al Mullah.
The visit aims to consolidate, upgrade and expand close fraternal ties between the governments and the people of the two countries.
Speaking about the visit, Pakistan's Ambassador to Bahrain Javed Malik said warm welcome accorded to Pakistan delegation at the airport represents the importance of the cordial bilateral relations between the two countries.
He said visit will consolidate, strengthen and further expand scope of bilateral ties between the two countries.
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Chaudhary Jafar Iqbal has said world should take notice of Indian brutalities against innocent Kashmiris in held Kashmir.
He was speaking at "Istanbul Security Conference 2016" organized by Turkish Asian Center for Strategic Studies in Istanbul.
Chaudhary Jafar Iqbal also referred to continuous violations of the ceasefire by India on the Line of Control and Working Boundary.
He said Pakistan is fighting a decisive war against terrorism and military operation Zarb-e-Azb against militancy has achieved tremendous successes.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Chaudhery Barjees Tahir says federal Government is giving topmost priority to development of education in Azad Kashmir.
He was talking to Education Minister of AJK Syed Iftikhar Gillani in Islamabad on Monday.
Azad Kashmir President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan has said Kashmiris living in Britain are playing their vital role in highlighting Kashmir issue at international level.
Talking to a British based Kashmiri delegation in Islamabad on Monday, he said it is encouraging to see commitment of overseas Kashmiris towards Kashmir cause.
AJK President said right to self determination is legitimate right of Kashmiris for which they are rendering matchless sacrifices.
In occupied Kashmir, joint resistance leadership has said struggle for freedom is not meant for any economic gains but for determination of future of millions of people living in Jammu and Kashmir.
This was said in a statement issued after a meeting between Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik at Hyderpora in Srinagar.
They unanimously rejected statement of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that development was the corner stone of the Kashmir solution.
On the other hand, the illegally detained APHC General Secretary, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, in a statement urged India to accept ground realities over Jammu and Kashmir and resolve the long-pending dispute.
Meanwhile, Indian forces in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred a Kashmiri youth in Shopian district, on Monday.
Saudi Arabia and China have agreed to enhance cooperation in various fields, including security and counter-terrorism.
The understanding came during a meeting between King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman with a high-level Chinese delegation in Riyadh.
During the meeting, aspects of bilateral relations between the two countres in a number of fields were also reviewed.
Israel has formally rejected France's invitation to take part in a Middle East peace conference in Paris later this year.
This has been stated by Israel's acting national security adviser during a meeting with French envoy Pierre Vimont in Jerusalem.
The Palestinians have said they will attend the Paris conference if it goes ahead.
In the United States, race for Presidential has intensified one day before Americans go to poll.
Presidential hopeful of Democratic Party Hillary Clinton got a new momentum on Monday after FBI said no criminal charges were forthcoming in an investigation of her email practices.
Both Hillary Clinton and Doland Trump are to spend the day racing across a handful of battleground states including Arizona,
Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia that could swing tomorrow's election.
Talks to resolve Cyprus issue began in Swiss resort of Mont Pelerin on Monday.
The five-day talks between Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Mustafa Akinci will concentrate on the question of territory as well as all other outstanding issues interdependently.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who brokered the talks expressed hope that this meeting will pave way to reach a settlement within this year.
Cyprus is divided between Greece and Turkey since 1974.
In Vietnam, fifteen people have been killed and six went missing in floods in central part of the country.
The floods inundated more than 41,000 homes and caused damage to the region's infrastructure, agriculture and livestock.