Text Bulletin 2100 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 counterterrorism operations will continue till achievement of desired results.
Minister of State for Information has said that India itself would suffer if it violated the Indus Waters Treaty.
National Green Day is being observed tomorrow to highlight importance of plantation in the country.
The opening match of Pakistan Super League will be played between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United in Dubai tomorrow.
Prime Minister 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.
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.
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 today, 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.
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.
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said the government is striving to increase investment in the energy sector and China has turned the direction of the world towards Pakistan.
He was talking to Chief Executive officers of different departments in Karachi today.
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 Bhash 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 today 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 has said that India itself would suffer if it violated the Indus Waters Treaty.
She was addressing a national consultation on "Pakistan's Water Challenge in Islamabad today.
She said despite India's antagonistic and irresponsible attitude, Pakistan has been demonstrating tolerance and responsibility because it is an issue of regional peace and water security.
The minister said the government is evolving a comprehensive strategy to overcome challenges related to the Indus Waters Treaty.
She said that Pakistan had the capacity and capability to deal with the matter and overcome the situation.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said India had been invited for talks under the Prime Minister's vision for peaceful neighbourhood as the matter was linked to the progress of the peoples of two countries.
National Green Day is being observed tomorrow under Prime Minister's Green Pakistan Programme.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate the event alongwith 20 special children in Islamabad.
Under the programme, hundreds of thousands of trees will be planted in all provinces, including Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The 25 metric ton rice sent by Pakistan on the directives of the Prime Minister was handed over to Sri Lankan authorities in Colombo today.
On the occasion, Pakistan High Commissioner Syed Shakeel Hussain reiterated the resolve of the people and the government of Pakistan to stand by the people of Sri Lanka in the hour of need.
He said Pakistan will spare no efforts to carry out the assistance and help for their Sri Lankan brethren.
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 today, 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.
The Foreign Office summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner today and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violation by the Indian forces on the Line of Control in Khui Ratta Sector yesterday
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.
In Occupied Kashmir,a two-day protest strike will commence from tomorrow 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.
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.
The second edition of Pakistan Super League begins in Dubai tomorrow.
The opening match will be played between Peshawar Zalmi and defending champions Islamabad United.
The other three teams participating in the event are Quetta Gladiators, Karachi Kings, and Lahore Qalandars.
Mainly cold and dry weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, light rain with light snowfall over the hills is expected at isolated places of Malakand Division, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.