Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
AUGUST 09, 2017
Former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has begun his journey from Islamabad to Lahore leading a big PML-N caravan.
Prime Minister has directed the concerned ministries to address the circular debt issue.
Four Pakistan Army personnel including a Major have been martyred during an operation against terrorists in District Dir.
Army Chief has reaffirmed Pakistan's unwavering commitment to the defence of Harmain Sharifan
Azadi Train starts its countrywide journey from Saturday to mark 70th independence anniversary celebrations
British Prime Minister says she looks forward to working with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for building a secure, stable and prosperous Pakistan.
Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three youth in Pulwama today.
Najam Sethi has been elected new Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is leading a big peaceful rally on his way to Lahore.
Thousands of PML-N workers, political leaders of his party, and members of the federal cabinet are accompanying the former prime minister.
The rally is now passing through Rawapindi's main artery, the Murree Road.
Strict security measures have been taken for the security of the participants of the rally.
A long queue of vehicles along with Nawaz Sharif's fans is moving at a snail's pace. The rally consumed over seven hours to reach Murree Road due to mammoth gathering of PML-N workers, which showed their love for Nawaz Sharif.
Workers are raising full throated slogans in support of the former prime minister and they have also established reception camps in Rawalpindi and along the Grand Trunk Road all the way from Islamabad' Punjab House to Data Darbar in Lahore.
A big rally from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa led by PML-N leader Ameer Muqam has also joined the main caravan.
Earlier, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Prime Minister Azad Kashmir, Cabinet Members, other leaders and workers of PML-N wished Nawaz Sharif well when he began his journey from Islamabad this morning.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says ensuring energy security is government's highest priority
Chairing a meeting on the issue pertaining to energy sector in Islamabad today, the Prime Minister said provision of clean and affordable power to consumers is key to development.
The Prime Minister directed Finance and Power Ministries to jointly work out revalidation of individual factors contributing to the circular debt, focus on improving efficiencies and out-of-the-box solutions for resolving the issue.
He also directed that each Power Distribution Company should present a report on reasons for line losses with workable solutions to reduce these losses.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi instructed to plan for conversion of agricultural tube-wells to solar power in view of sustainable power supply and reducing the burden of subsidy.
He said this process will be started from Balochistan.
Talking to Minister for Water Resources Syed Javed Ali Shah in Islamabad today, the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi directed to undertake proactive measures for increasing water storage capacity of the country.
He called for planning new water reservoirs and implementing on-going projects on fast track.
The Prime Minister stated that water security is of prime concern for the government in view of impacts of climate change on Pakistan.
He said the government is cognizant of the water management issues and has therefore established separate ministry for water resources.
Talking to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra in Islamabad, the Prime Minister said the Government is focusing on mainstreaming FATA at par with other federating units.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that consensus building among all stakeholders on important issues relating to FATA is the priority.
He emphasized that improvements in health, education and human resource capacity building is necessary for upgrading socio-economic status of FATA residents.
British Prime Minister 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 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 independence anniversary, we also celebrate 70 years of our bilateral relationship.
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 work with Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to further deepen historic bilateral relationship, and to build a secure, stable, and prosperous Pakistan.
President Mamnoon Hussain has said that projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor and Gwadar Deepsea Port have created new opportunities for speedy progress in Balochistan. n
Speaking at the 14th Convocation of Balochistan University in Quetta today, the President said that people of the province should take full advantages from these opportunities.
The President urged the students to focus on getting education and play role in progress and prosperity of the country.
Mamnoon Hussain said as compared to the past, the overall situation in Balochistan is returning to normalcy.
He said it is the responsibility of the young generation to equip themselves with modern knowledge to shoulder their future responsibilities in an appropriate manner.
On this occasion, the President gave away Ph.D, and M.Phils degrees to the passing out students. He also conferred gold medals on thirty six outstanding students.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai highlighted the measures being taken by the government for promotion of education sector.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said no country can make progress without political stability, peace, and continuity in policies.
Talking to a delegation of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industries in Islamabad today, he said the government wants to continue its journey to peace and development in collaboration with the private sector.
The Minister said our priorities include facilitating the private sector and strengthening country's economy.
He said restoration of peace and implementation of law at all levels is one of his top priorities.
Ahsan Iqbal said that a positive change in the Civil Aviation will be ensured in 15 days.
Four security personnel, including a Major were martyred while foiling a devastating terrorist activity at Sherotkai, Timergara in Dir today.
According to ISPR, Major Ali Salman along with his team conducted an Intelligence Based Operation against a terrorist hideout in the area in the wee hours.
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 apprehanded alive during the operation.
The martyred security personnel include Major Ali Salman, Havaldar Ghulam Nazir, Havaldar Akhtar and Sepoy Abdul Karim.
Meanwhile, in a statement issued in Islamabad, Prime Minsiter Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expressed deep grief over martyrdom of four army personnel including Major Ali Salman.
The Prime Minister said our valiant forces have inflicted huge damage upon terrorist elements, but at the same time they have rendered huge sacrifices.
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.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has reiterated Pakistan's unwavering commitment to the defence of Harmain Sharifain and safeguarding the territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia.
He was talking to Saudi Deputy Defence Minister Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al-Aysh, who called on him in Rawalpindi today.
General Bajwa assured the dignitary about the great importance Pakistan attaches to its strategic relationship with the Kingdom and reiterated that Islamabad holds its defence ties with Riyadh in highest esteem.
Saudi Deputy Defence Minister expressed KSA's deep appreciation for Pakistan's efforts, successes and sacrifices in war against terrorism and violent extremism.
The dignitary also reaffirmed KSA's full support to Pakistan's position on all matters, especially on regional issues.
Matters of bilateral interest including the broader regional security situation were also discussed during the meeting.
Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad today.
He briefed the Minister about ongoing and future development projects of Pakistan Air Force and other related financial matters.
The Finance Minister assured the Air Chief that fulfilling defence requirements is the top priority of the PML-N Government.
He said the government acknowledges the services rendered by the Air Force for the country and continue to make sure that all their financial requirements are catered for.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, who is on an official visit to Germany, visited German Naval Academy at Flensburg and German Submarine Naval Base at Eckernforde, Germany.
According to a press release issued by Pakistan Navy, the Naval Chief was received by Commandant German Naval Academy Admiral Kay-Achim Shonbach upon his arrival at the Academy.
During the meeting, both the officials discussed professional matters of mutual interest.
The 265th session of Senate started at the Parliament House in Islamabad this afternoon with Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani in the chair.
At the outset of the session, the Chairman announced the Panel of Presiding Officers for the current session.
Member elect of the House Agha Shahzaib Durrani took oath as member of the House. The Chairman administered the oath to him.
Later, the upper house held discussion on a motion moved by thirty Senators on three issues.
These include the present political situation and the way forward-role of the parliament, measures to combat corruption with focus on off-shore companies, across the board accountability and a new accountability mechanism and closure of Khokhrapar Border in Sindh.
Taking part in the discussion, the members strressed the need for taking practical steps to curb corruption.
They said the Parliamentarians should play their role for across the board accountability.
Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman says the government attaches great importance to higher education and research.
Addressing a convocation of FAST university in Islamabad today, he said the government has doubled the budget for higher education from 41 to 100 billion rupees.
He said new curriculum for pre-primary to class-V has been finalized while upto class 12 will be developed by the end of this year.
Afghan Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal had a meeting with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad today.
He proposed holding of meeting of Pak-Afghan Joint Ecoomic Commission.
The Finance Minister said date of the meeting would be fixed through mutual consultations.
Secretary Railways Parveen Agha today visited Carriage Factory Islamabad in order to check the making of Azadi Train.
She also visited Margalla Station to check the arrangements for inauguration of Azadi Train.
The train will start its journey from Islamabad on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Railways has announced schedule of the special Aazadi Train, to be run on the occasion of country's 70th independence anniversary.
In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, preparations are in full swing to celebrate 70th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan with national zeal and enthusiasm.
District administrations of all ten districts of AJK have chalked out plans to celebrate the day in a befitting manner.
Sports events in all schools will start from 12th August and conclude on 14th August.
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.
Sindh Minister for Commerce and Industries Manzoor Hussain Wassan has directed for timely completion of the ongoing development work in all four industrial zones of Karachi.
This he said while presiding over a meeting of Sindh Industrial Board in Karachi today.
The minister was briefed that the infrastructure rehabilitation work in Korangi, F.B Area, Landhi and North Karachi will be completed soon.
Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman has said the government is taking concrete steps for rehabilitation of floods affectees.
In a statement issued in Gilgit today, he directed the concerned authorities to pay six lac rupees as compensation to each head of family and five lac to owner of land died during the recent floods.
The Chief Minister also announced giving government job to each heir of those died in the floods.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Masood Khan has asked the Pakistani and Kashmiri community in the United States to maintain close liaison with members of American politicians.
He was talking to a visiting delegation led by leader of Justice and Freedom Party Sardar Imtiaz Gharralvi in Islamabad today.
AJK President said the issue of Kashmir could be raised through US politicians and Congressmen effectively.
He said that Indian community in US and Europe used to misguide the international community through their negative propaganda.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops martyred three more Kashmiri youth in Tral area of Pulwama district, today.
People took to the streets in the area and staged protest demonstrations against the operation. Indian troops fired bullets and pellets to disperse the protesters.
The joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for a complete shutdown on Saturday to protest against the Indian plan to change the state subject law in valley.
The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Yasin Malik described the investigations of National Investigation Agency as revengeful politics being played by India.
Meanwhile, an Indian court has sent the APHC Secretary General, Shabbir Ahmad Shah to New Delhi’s infamous Tihar Jail on judicial custody for 14 Days.
In Afghanistan, Taliban have released the two hundred thrity five villagers held hostage by them after capturing a village in province of Sar-e Pol.
Meanwhile, one person was killed in a suicide attack at a security check post in Kabul.
The lower portion of the Holy Kaaba’s kiswa was raised by approximately three meters.
The raised part is covered with a white cotton fabric of about two meters on the four sides. The covering of the Kaaba is raised each year as a sign of the beginning of the month of the Hajj.
The kiswa will resume its normal position once the Haj season is over.
At least four Palestinians have been injured after Israel carried out air attacks in Gaza.
In Iraq, nine militia fighters of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces killed in a Daesh attack near the Syrian border.
Meanwhile, eleven Daesh militants were also killed during clashes with militia fighters.
North Korea says it is considering plans for missile strikes on the US Pacific territory of Guam.
North Korean official military statement came after President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury".
Meanwhile, Germany has called on China and Russia to prevent Pyongyang from pursuing policies that would lead to a military escalation.
In France, six army personell injured after a car rammed into a group of soldiers at Parisian suburb in a suspected terrorist attack.
Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly called it a cowardly act and said counter-terrorism investigators had been assigned to the case.