President says Pak-China strategic partnership serves as an anchor for regional peace and stability.



Pakistan has lodged strong protest with India over its unprovoked firing in Chirikot and Satwal sectors on Line of Control.



One hundred and twenty-eight suspects were arrested in search operations in Quetta and Swabi today.



Kashmiris on both sides of LoC and worldwide are holding anti-India protest demonstrations today to mark firth martyrdom anniversary of freedom fighter Burhan Wani.



In the ICC Women's World Cup in England, match between Pakistan and New Zealand is in progress.


A new spell of monsoon rains is likely to begin in different parts of country from Monday. 





President Mamnoon Hussain says Pak-China strategic partnership serves as an anchor for regional peace and stability.


Talking to Chinese Minister for Science and Technology Wan Gang in Islamabad today, he said friendship with China is the cornerstone of Pakistan's foreign policy.


The President said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is the latest example of excellent economic cooperation.


He said Pakistan will continue to focus on enhancing trade relations with China to bring them at par with bilateral political and strategic relations.


He said use of modern technology in the CPEC related energy projects will play a key role in the country`s long-term growth and stability.


Mamnoon Hussain said China-South Asian Countries Science and Technology Partnership Programme will enhance our economic cooperation through technology transfer.


On the occasion, the Chinese Minister offered to cooperate in all sectors where Pakistan needs Chinese support, including maritime industry, biodiversity, climate change, renewable energy, establishment of joint scientific labs.



Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain says the government is focused to develop local industries and build capacity of human resource in the wake of establishment of industrial zones under CPEC.


He was addressing the18th session of Pak-China Joint Committee on Science and Technology in Islamabad today.


The Minister said the Corridor project has also necessitated strengthening of linkages between academia and industries for which universities are being revitalized.



Speaking on the occasion, Chinese Minister for Science and Technology Wan Gang said the leadership of two countries have taken bilateral cooperation to new heights in diverse fields.



International Development Fund of Oil Producing and Exporting Countries has agreed to provide soft loan of fifty million dollars for development of FATA.


Sources at FATA Secretariat told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that the amount will be utilized for Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Programme launched by the federal government in tribal areas.


Under the programme, educational, health, irrigation, water supply and sanitation facilities are being enhanced in the tribal belt.


The sources said more than two million people of the tribal areas will benefit from the programme.



Managing Director Pakistan Baitul Maal Abid Waheed Sheikh says the government has allocated six billion rupees for Pakistan Baitul Maal.


Addressing the inaugural ceremony of computer centre at Women Development and Empowerment Centre in Peshawar today, he said Pakistan Baitul Maal established more than one hundred and fifty centres for training of women in different trades across the country.


He said that women are being trained in these centers in embroidery, beautician and computer courses enabling them to earn their livelihood with honour.



The first death anniversary of renowned philanthropist, humanist and social activist Abdul Sattar Edhi is being observed today.  



In his message on the occasion of death anniversary of Abdul Sattar Edhi, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Edhi's like personalities are an asset not only for the country but the whole humanity. 


Paying glowing tributes to him, Nawaz Sharif said Abdul Sattar Edhi devoted his entire life in the service of humanity while rising above the caste, creed and colour discrimination.



Pakistan has lodged strong protest with India over its unprovoked firing in Chirikot and Satwal sectors on Line of Control.


Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh was summoned to Foreign Office today.


It was stressed that deliberate targeting of civilians is deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws.


The Indian side was urged to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement and maintain peace on the LoC.


Earlier this morning, two persons wer martyred and three others injured in unprovoked firing by the Indian troops in Chirikot and Satwal sectors.


Pakistan Army befittingly responded to the Indian aggression, silencing the Indian guns.



By-election on Sindh Assembly seat PS-114 Karachi will be held tomorrow.


Polling will begin at 8.00 am, and will continue till 5.00 pm without any break.



Police and Frontier Corps have arrested ninety-eight suspects in a joint search operation in Killi Ismail area of Quetta.



Thirty suspects were arrested during search operation in Malakabad area of Swabi district this morning.


Arms and ammunition were also recovered from them.



In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed today to commemorate the first martyrdom anniversary of popular youth freedom fighter, Burhan Muzaffar Wani.


According to Kashmir Media Service, the anniversary is being observed with a renewed pledge to continue the mission of martyrs till success of the struggle for liberation of Kashmir.


Today's strike is part of a weeklong protest called by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.


Meanwhile curfew and other restrictions have been put in the held valley and over 20,000 additional troops have been deployed.


In Islamabad, All Parties Hurriyat Conference staged a peaceful demonstration today to pay tribute to Buhan Wani.



Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that Kashmiris have right of self determination.


In a statement on the 1st death anniversary Burhan Wani, the Army Chief said the sacrifices of Burhan Wani and Kashmiri youth against Indian atrocities are a testimony of their resolve.


G - 20

In Germany,  G-20 summit is in progress in Hamburg city amid strong protests.


Twenty heads of state are discussing climate change, migration, terrorism and other major issues.



In the ICC Women's World Cup in England against New Zealand, Pakistan were 61 for the loss of 5  wickets in 19.3 overs a short wile ago.


Earlier, Pakistan  won the toss and elected to bat first against New Zealand at Taunton.



The first international football match is being played at Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium in Karachi this evening.


Seven international footballers including former Brazilian Footballers Ronaldinho and Carlos have arrived in Pakistan.  


Ronaldinho will lead one team while the other team will be led by Ryan Giggs. Both the teams will be a mix-up of foreign and local players.



A new spell of monsoon is likely to begin in different parts of the country from next week.


A spokesperson of Met Office told Radio Pakistan Islamabad correspondent that heavy downpours are expected in Islamabad, upper Punjab and Kashmir from Monday to Thursday while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will receive the rains from Tuesday. 


He said the monsoon spell will also lash Sindh and Balochistan provinces from Friday to Sunday.


The spokesperson said the rains will continue intermittently which may trigger flash floods in Barsati nullahs and landsliding in mountainous areas. 



Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its national hookup at 1530 hours today a special discussion programme in connection with "Alarji ki bemari ki rok tham ka alami din".


In another hookup at 1605 hours a special programme in connection with the first anniversary of renowned philanthropist " Abdul Sattar Edhi" will also be broadcast.

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