Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Prime Minister says government is taking string of projects across the country to boost national economy and generate employment.
President has expressed the confidence that Pakistan and Afghanistan will work together to achieve common goals.
Army Chief has expressed the resolve that counter-terrorism operations will continue till achievement of desired results.
National Green Day is being observed on Thursday to highlight importance of plantation in the country.
Saut-ul-Qur'an channel of Azad Kashmir Radio Mirpur is being launched on Thursday.
Punjab government has signed a MoU with a Turkish company for setting up of 200-megawatt solar power plant.
Sindh Government will recruit six thousand teachers to overcome shortage of teaching staff in schools.
In Occupied Kashmir, joint resistance leadership has called for a two-day complete shut-down from on Thursday.
The opening match of Pakistan Super League will be played between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United in Dubai on Thursday.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says the government is committed to developing and undertaking a string of projects across the country to boost national economy, generate employment and reduce poverty.
He was addressing a gathering after reviewing the pace of work of the "Bhikki" Power Plant, near Sheikhupura.
The LNG-fuelled Bhikki Power Plant has a total capacity of 1180 MW and it will be fully operational by the end of 2018.
Almost 84 per cent work has been completed and the plant will be producing 716 MW initially before the summers this year.
He also lauded the efforts of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, the Chinese team of engineers and other concerned people working on the project.
Prime Minister said the pace of work on the project is very impressive and unbelievable.
He said several new power projects are in final stages, which after completion will solve the energy shortage issue in the country.
He said the present government is now working on Lahore Karachi-Motorway speedily.
Earlier, Prime Minister visited different sections of the power plant and lauded quality and pace of the work.
Earlier, chairing a meeting in Lahore, the Prime Minister directed the Federal and Provincial Governments to make concerted efforts on matching grant basis to achieve "Sustainable Development Goals".
He said that programme's implementation will have a positive trickle-down effect on the common man.
Prime Minister said improving living standards of the people is the mission of the government.
The programme includes electrification schemes, rehabilitation of electricity distribution infrastructure, gas and natural resources, upgradation of existing schools, construction of Basic Health Units and Regional Health Centers and rehabilitation of farm to market roads.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif taking notice of drought in Sri Lanka has directed to provide all necessary assistance to brotherly country to help cope with this situation.
Meanwhile, an aircraft carrying 25 metric tons rice has been sent to Colombo
A foreign office spokesperson meanwhile has said that the Government and the people of Pakistan stand shoulder to shoulder with Sri Lanka in this hour of need and will continue to provide all possible support to them.
President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed the confidence that Pakistan and Afghanistan will work together with the spirit of brotherhood for resolving problems of the region.
Addressing a function at Higher Education Commission in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said both the countries have close historical, cultural and religious relations and political differences cannot affect their relationship.
President urged the Afghan leadership to reject the forces trying to create mistrust and misconceptions between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Mamnoon Hussain said time demands that the Islamic countries forge unity to collectively meet all the challenges facing the Ummah.
Speaking on the occasion, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan desires to further promote relations with Afghanistan.
Afghan Minister for Higher Education Farida Momand thanked Pakistan for providing an opportunity to Afghan students to study in Pakistani institutions on scholarship basis.
Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal has said that the government is striving to increase investment in the energy sector and China has turned the direction of the world towards Pakistan.
Talking to Chief Executive officers of different departments in Karachi on Wednesday, he said that over ten thousand megawatt power has been added to national grid in only three years.
The Minister said improved security situation in the country has restored the confidence of the people and economic activities are taking momentum.
Under China Pakistan Economic Corridor, twelve early harvest energy generation projects including Sahiwal coal fired project, Port Qasim power plant and Karot Hydro power station will be completed by the end of next year.
According to official sources, these energy generation projects will produce over 5000 MW of electricity and help overcome demand supply gap in the country.
Sources said the government is also focusing the mega hydro project of Diamer Bhasha dam which will also enhance water storage capacity of the country.
The land acquisition process for the project has been completed spending 101 billion rupees and project will be completed within 8-10 years.
The Corps Commanders' conference was held in Rawalpindi on Wednesday with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in the chair.
The forum reviewed security environment in the region besides continued unprovoked ceasefire violations by India along the Line of Control and Working boundary and termed it potential threat to regional stability.
The meeting also condemned recent terrorist incidents in Afghanistan and expressed solidarity with Afghan people and their security forces.
Forum expressed satisfaction on progress of counterterrorism and intelligence based operations.
Army Chief on the occasion expressed the resolve that these operations will continue till achievement of desired results.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says Pakistan wants to resolve all outstanding issues with India through dialogue including Indus Water Treaty.
Addressing a workshop on "Water Protection Challenges" in Islamabad on Wednesday, she said that India should not play any politics on this issue.
The Minister of State said that Prime Minister has invited India for dialogue under his peaceful neighborhood vision and this desire should not be construed as our weakness.
She said the government believes in consultation with all political parties to develop consensus and to cope the water challenge.
First National Green Day will be observed on Thursday.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate the day along with 20 Special children in Islamabad.
Azad Kashmir Radio Mirpur is going to launch Saut-ul Qur'an channel from on Thursday.
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal will formally inaugurate the Channel.
The network will air recitation from the Holy Qur'an with Urdu translation from 5:00 a.m to 12:00 midnight.
The transmission will be listened at frequency FM-93.4 in Mirpur, Bhimber and adjoining areas.
An MoU was signed in Lahore on Wednesday between Punjab government and a Turkish company Zorlu Enerji Holding for setting up 200-megawatt solar power plant in Bahawalpur.
The Turkish Company will install the solar power plant at the Quid-e-Azam Solar Park.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that the provincial government will provide all possible facilities to the Turkish company.
He said that the cost of electricity will be 5.51 cent per unit from this solar project and it will completed by December this year.
Sindh Government has decided to recruit six thousand teachers to overcome shortage of teaching staff in schools in the province.
The approval was given at a meeting in Karachi, which was presided over by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister directed to ensure transparency and merit in the recruitment.
He also announced ban on transfers of the teachers and directed to achieve the target of opening two thousand new schools in the province by next month.
Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said that FATA areas will be connected with China Pakistan Economic Corridor through link roads.
Talking to a PML (N) delegation from Mohmand Agency in Peshawar on Wednesday, he said that Mohmand Marble City has been declared industrial zone under CPEC.
Governor said reforms are introduced as per aspiration of tribal people to bring them in the mainstream.
Meanwhile, Advisor to Prime Minister Jam Mashooq Ali also called on the Governor and discussed matters of mutual interest.
In Swat, Nawaz Sharif Kidney Hospital Swat has provided free medical facilities to more than sixty thousand patients during the last eight months.
AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has directed the concerned authorities to expedite pace of work on development projects in the state.
He was presiding over a meeting of Planning and development department in Muzaffarabad on Wednesday.
Fifth Multinational Exercise "AMAN 2017" of Pakistan Navy begins on Friday and will continue till Tuesday.
Briefing newsmen in Karachi, Commander Pakistan Fleet Admiral Arifullah Hosseni said Naval teams from 34 countries including China, Russia, US, Britain, Indonesia, Maldives, Malaysia, Nigeria, Turkey and Sri Lanka will take part in the exercise.
He said this exercise will provide an opportunity to learn from the experiences and expertise of one other.
Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam (F) Chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman has said that extremist approach of Indian Prime Minister has increased ongoing brutalities in Occupied Kashmir.
Talking to news persons in Faisalabad on Wednesday, he said Kashmiri people are suffering atrocities being perpetrated by India forces and it is worst suppression.
To a question, he said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif offered several times for accountability despite the fact that his name is not mentioned in Panama leaks.
Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman said PTI chief Imran Khan should wait the final decision of court.
Pakistan has urged the international community to take up with India gross human rights violations perpetrated by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.
Additional Secretary for UN of Foreign Office while briefing Ambassadors of foreign missions in Islamabad on Wednesday, called upon the international community to play its role in the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in line with the UN Security Council resolutions.
She briefed them on the continuous aggravating human rights situation in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir in the backdrop of Kashmir Solidarity Day.
The Foreign Office summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner on Wednesday and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violation by the Indian forces on the Line of Control in Khui Ratta Sector on Tuesday
The Indian firing resulted in the "shahadat" of one civilian, Ashfaq who was working as a labourer for the construction of a house.
The Director General South Asia of Foreign Office Dr. Mohammad Faisal urged the Indian side to respect "2003 Ceasefire Understanding" in letter and spirit and stop targeting the villages and civilians and maintain peace on the LoC.
Azad Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan has urged the United Nations Security Council to conduct a debate on Kashmir dispute especially on violations of human rights in occupied Kashmir.
He was addressing at a conference entitled, ‘Kashmir Conflict and International Opinion’ in Brussels.
Pakistan Ambassador to EU Naghamana Hashmi was also present on the occasion.
Turkey has reiterated its unflinching support for the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir and stressed the importance of resolving this dispute in accordance with UN resolutions.
The resolve was expressed at a Seminar at the Embassy of Pakistan in Ankara to commemorate the Kashmir Solidarity Day.
In his opening address, President of Economic and Social Researches Centre Ankara, Recai Kutan urged that the United Nations must play its due role in resolving Kashmir and Palestine issues.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey, Sohail Mahmood paying rich tributes to the valiant Kashmiri people said that extreme brutality of Indian security forces cannot subdue the spirit of the Kashmiris.
Member of Turkis Parliament Burhan Kayaturk stressed that the world community should break its silence over the atrocities perprated in the Occupied Kashmir.
In Occupied Kashmir, a two-day protest strike will commence from on Thursday in connection with the martyrdom anniversaries of prominent Kashmiri liberation leaders, Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru.
Call for the shutdown has been given by joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
A march will be held towards UN office in Srinagar on Friday.
Muhammad Maqbool Butt was executed in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on the 11th February in 1984, while Muhammad Afzal Guru was hanged in the same jail on the 9th February in 2013 for their role in the liberation struggle.
People staged a forceful demonstration in Lassipora area of Pulwama against the highhandedness of Indian Army personnel.
Pakistan says any expansion in permanent seats of United Nations Security Council is a "red line" for it.
Participating in the Inter-governmental Negotiations on the Security Council reforms in the UN, Pakistan's permanent representative to the world body, Maleeha Lodhi said such expansion will undermine the principles of democracy and accountability.
She said Pakistan's approach has always been to address the fundamental questions on the reform.
The Ambassador said if these questions are addressed in an open, objective and pragmatic manner, the broad contours of a possible reform model would emerge quite easily.
In Afghanistan, eight people were killed in latest incidents of violence in the country.
Gunmen killed six employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross in northern Jowzjan province.
Two civilians were killed in a suicide attack in eastern Paktika province on Wednesday when a suicide bomber detonated himself at the gate of a district headquarters.
The United Nations has warned that millions of Yemenis could face famine this year without international support.
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has appealed 2.1 billion dollars assistance this year to help people in Yemen, where some 18.8 million people need urgent aid.
Turkish-backed Syrian rebel forces have taken control of the outer districts of the Islamic State-held city of al-Bab in northern Syria.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim at a news conference in Ankara on Wednesday said currently the town is besieged from every side.
In Israel, rights groups have asked the country's Supreme Court to overturn a new law legalizing West Bank settlements.
Adalah and the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center appealed to the high court on Wednesday to block implementation of the bill passed in parliament this week that sets out to legalize dozens of settler outposts built on privately owned Palestinian land.
Thirteen European countries have agreed to ensure that the overland route from Greece remains shut for migrants.
Meanwhile, commision report on the refugee emergency shows that EU countries have only taken in around 12,000 refugees from overburdened Greece and Italy despite promising to share 160,000.
Pope Francis says Myanmar's Rohingya minority had been tortured and killed because they wanted to live their culture and Muslim faith.
At his weekly gathering, Pope said Myanmar security forces in the north of the country had carried out mass killings, gang rapes and had burned villages.