Text Bulletin 0800 hrs
DATED: JUNE 08, 2016
Pakistan says peace in Afghanistan is imperative for regional stability.
Britain has assured continued cooperation to Pakistan for promoting peace and stability in FATA.
Pakistan and United Kingdom have agreed to enhance cooperation in diverse fields.
Asian Development Bank will extend soft loan to KP Government for construction and rehabilitation of highways.
World Oceans Day is being observed on Wednesday.
The United States has accused North Korea of restarting plutonium production for nuclear bombs.
In Syria, government troops have gained ground in Raqqa and Alleppo provinces.
The European Union has presented a new aid plan to curb the influx of African migrants.
Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi says the US drone attack in Balochistan has cast negative impact on the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
In an interview, he described the attack as illegal and violation of Pakistan's sovereignty.
Tariq Fatemi said the drone strike has also put a question mark on the United States' intentions about peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
He said Pakistan believed that dialogue is the only option to ensure peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, as peace in Afghanistan is also vital for peace in the region.
About the Indian bid for membership of the Nuclear Supplier Group, Tariq Fatemi said the objective of non-proliferation cannot be negated with discriminatory approaches in the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
He said as the NSG was created in reaction to the Indian nuclear tests, now offering NSG membership to India would give a negative signal on proliferation.
British Secretary of State for International Development Ms Justine Greening called on Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra in Peshawar.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said the government is committed to provide basic facilities to people of FATA.
The British Secretary assured that her country will continue its cooperation with Pakistan to promote peace and stability in FATA.
Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary has termed the federal budget as people friendly and growth oriented.
Talking to media men in Islamabad, he urged the opposition to propose positive suggestions about the budget in the parliament instead of making political statements.
Dr. Tariq Fazal said opposition members are being given appropriate time to express their views on the budget proposals.
Prime Minister's son Hussain Nawaz says the entire nation is praying for the speedy recovery of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has been shifted to home from the hospital.
In an interview, he said the doctors will decide about the return home of the Prime Minister.
Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali says all stakeholders are on same page when it comes to national security of the country.
In an interview, he said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is recovering fast after heart surgery and would soon resume his responsibility.
To a question, Abid Sher said that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari should focus on Sindh government's performance instead of criticizing federal government.
Asian Development Bank will extend soft loan to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for construction and rehabilitation of all highways in the province.
The bank made announcement to this effect at a meeting of the high-level delegation of the Bank with Advisor to Chief Minister on Communication and Works, Akbar Ayub Khan in Peshawar.
Initially the bank will provide 150 million dollars for reconstruction of provincial highways up to 300 kilometers.
Later the bank will expand up to 250 billion dollars soft loan upon successful and satisfactory execution of the 1st Phase.
Meanwhile, an MoU was also signed between ADB and KP Government.
Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif says improvement of health sector and provision of quality healthcare facilities to the masses is the priorities of his government.
He expressed these remarks while addressing a meeting through video conference from London, which reviewed different measures for provision of quality healthcare facilities to the masses.
The Chief Minister said that provision of modern treatment facilities to the masses is mission of the government.
He said reforms are being introduced for uplift of health sector and improvement of treatment facilities.
Shahbaz Sharif said a state-of-the-art Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Centre is being set up in Lahore.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah chaired a meeting on monsoon and flood emergency in Karachi.
Chief of Metrological Department Rasheed said that there would be an active monsoon in the country, including Sindh province which could create flood like situation.
The Chief Minister directed Irrigation Department, Sindh irrigation and Drainage Authority and divisional and district administration to start cleansing of natural drains, storm water drains and strengthen the weak embankments of River Indus in connection with forthcoming monsoon season.
Director General Sindh Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar, has said that a contingent of Rangers carried out search operation in three streets of PIB Colony area of Karachi to arrest some criminal elements.
In a statement issued in Karachi, he clarified that the residence of MQM leader Farooq Sattar was not raided during the search operation.
The election campaign has got momentum across Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Azad Jammu Kashmir Legislative Assembly elections will be held on 21st July.
Meanwhile, under the code of conduct, the use of loud speakers by the candidates has been strictly prohibited and no major party flags could be hoisted on the vehicles during the election campaign.
AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed says Pakistan and Kashmir are part and parcel of each other.
Addressing a gathering at Khaliqabad, Mirpur, he said people of Jammu and Kashmir would continue their struggle for liberation of the motherland.
The AJK Prime Minister said India can never rule the hearts of Kashmiris despite offering attractive packages in different forms.
He said Kashmiris are politically mature and they are fully aware about the wicked and tricky policies of the pro-Indian politicians.
World Oceans Day is being observed on Wednesday.
The theme of this year is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet”.
In China, at least four people were killed when a marine surveillance helicopter crashed on its way back to base in Zhejiang Province.
The United States says North Korea has restarted plutonium production for nuclear bombs.
The U.S. assessment came a day after the U.N. nuclear watchdog said it had “indications” that Pyongyang has reactivated a plant to recover plutonium from spent reactor fuel at Yongbyon.
In Syria, the government troops backed by Russian air power have advanced towards the Islamic State-held town of Tabqa in Raqqa province.
The U.S. backed militias in a separate simultaneous campaign against IS captured more territory from the group near Manbij city in Aleppo province.
The European Union has presented a new aid plan to curb the influx of African migrants via Libya.
According to EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, project funding could reach seventy billion dollars.
The European Commission will boost partnerships with nine countries in the Middle East and Africa, including Jordan, Libya, Ethiopia and Nigeria.
More than a million refugees and economic migrants entered the EU via the Mediterranean last year, many of them fleeing chaos and civil war in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. Hundreds also drowned in tragedies at sea, when overcrowded, flimsy boats sank.
In the Third match of the Tri-Nation International series, South Africa beat Australia by forty-seven runs at Guyana on Wednesday.
Batting first, South Africa made 189 runs for the loss of nine wicket in stipulated fifty overs.
In reply, Australia were all out at 142 runs in 34.2 overs.
Mainly hot & dry weather is expected in most parts of the country on Wednesday.
Very hot weather conditions are likely to continue over plain areas of Punjab, central and southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, upper Sindh, Sibi and Makran divisions.
However, dust-thunderstorm light rain is expected at isolated places in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Hazara divisions, Islamabad and Kashmir during afternoon / evening.
Temperature of some major cities recorded on Wednesday morning:
Islamabad, twenty-five degree centigrade, Lahore thirty-one, Karachi twenty-nine, Peshawar twenty-seven, Quetta twelve, Gilgit fifteen, Murree nineteen and Muzaffarabad twenty degree centigrade.
Pakistan and the United Kingdom have agreed to enhance economic cooperation in various spheres.
The agreement into this effect came at a meeting between Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and British Minister for International Development Ms Justine Greening in Islamabad.