Text Bulletin 1300 hrs
Former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at the head of PML-N caravan is leaving Islamabad for Lahore at the head of a PML-N caravan.
British Prime Minister has reassured that the United Kingdom will remain a long-standing and dependable friend of Pakistan.
Four security personnel, including a Major, embraced martyrdom while foiling a terror bid in Timergara, Dir on Wednesday.
In Occupied Kashmir, APHC says New Delhi is using its National Investigation Agency as a weapon against Hurriyet leaders.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the head of a PML-N caravan, has left Punjab House in Islamabad for his Lahore journey.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Members of the Federal Cabinet, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra and PML (N) leaders and workers were present on the occasion.
Carvan of the former Prime Minister is gathering at D Chowk, Islamabad from where it is to reach Faizabad via Zeropoint.
Nawaz Sharif is expected to address his supporters and party workers at different places en route to Lahore.
Our correspondent reports that PML (N) workers have made elaborate arrangements to give tumultuous welcome to the former Prime Minister.
British Prime Minister Ms. Theresa May says the United Kingdom will remain a long-standing and dependable friend of Pakistan.
She said this in a message of felicitation to Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on assuming the office of the Prime Minister.
The British Prime Minister said Pakistan and the United Kingdom have deep ties with shared history and future.
She pointed out that as Pakistan celebrates its 70th anniversary, we also celebrate 70 years of our bilateral relationship.
Ms. Theresa May said British High Commission in Islamabad and the Foreign Office in London have arranged a series of events in the UK and Pakistan to mark this special occasion, which have her full support.
The British Prime Minister said she looks forward to working with Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to further deepen historic bilateral relationship, and to build a secure, stable, and prosperous Pakistan.
Four security personnel, including a Major sacrificed their lives while foiling a devastating terrorist activity at Sherotkai, Timergara in Dir.
Maj Ali Salman of intelligence agency along with his team conducted an Intelligence Based Operation against a terrorist hideout in the area in the wee hours on Wednesday.
As raid was being conducted, the terrorists opened fire. One of two terrorists present in hideout exploded himself while the other was killed in exchange of fire.
One terrorist was apprehended live during the operation. The martyred security personnel include Maj Ali Salman, Havaldar Ghulam Nazir, Havaldar Akhtar and Sepoy Abdul Karim.
In a statement issued in Islamabad on Wednesday, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expressed deep grief over martyrdom of four army personnel including Major Ali Salman at Timergara.
The Prime Minister stated that our valiant forces have inflicted huge damage upon terrorist elements but at the same time they have rendered huge sacrifices in doing so.
He said each drop of blood of our heroes is a testament to the fact that we all are united as a nation to cleanse our beloved motherland from terrorist elements.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi declared that cowardly attacks on our law enforcing agencies can never flinch our resolve to back-off or slow down in our resolve to continue with anti-terror operations.
The Prime Minister said the war against terrorism is a war for the survival of Pakistan as an independent country.
Pakistan Railways has announced schedule of Azadi Train, to be run on the occasion of country's 70th Independence Day.
The journey of this special train will begin from Margalla Station Islamabad on Saturday 12th August and conclude at Karachi on 25th of this month.
The special train includes five galleries, depicting sacrifices rendered for achieving independence.
The galleries also depict sacrifices of the armed forces and Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir.
These galleries will also depict the culture of all provinces.
The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund has decided to hire female staff for polio eradication campaign in Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
Official sources told our Peshawar correspondent that initially about sixty female staff, including community and social mobilizers, would be hired in Bajaur Agency.
The sources said male staff in all other agencies will be replaced with female staff in phases.
The move is aimed at mobilizing community to eliminate polio from tribal areas.
In Occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference says New Delhi is using National Investigation Agency as a war weapon against Hurriyet leadership.
APHC spokesman, in a statement in Srinagar, criticized the agency for summoning Dr Nayeem Gilani and Dr Naseem Gilani, the sons of APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani.
The spokesman said the India authorities have virtually accepted defeat and they are now subjecting Syed Ali Gilani and his two sons to physical and mental torture.
The spokesman termed the arrest of APHC General Secretary, Shabbir Ahmed Shah and summoning of Gilani's sons as the worst human rights violations.
Human Rights Watch has said that Israel is pushing Palestinian residents of Jerusalem to leave their homes through a policy of systematic transfer in sheer violation of international law.
In a report, the New York based human right group, while quoting figures provided by Israel’s Interior Ministry said Israel has revoked the status of at least 14,595 Palestinians between 1967 and 2016.
The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have granted Qatar Airways new routes after over two months of Gulf blockade.
As part of the blockade all Qatari-registered aircrafts were restricted from flying over international waters in the Gulf controlled by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
Qatar has hailed the decision a great success.