Text Bulletin 1800 hrs
Islamabad has urged the United States to address concerns regarding use of Afghanistan's soil for terrorist activities against Pakistan.
Five terrorists have been killed in exchange of fire between Pakistan Army and militants at Pak-Afghan border.
Deputy Inspector General Police Hamid Shakeel and two other police personnel were martyred in a bomb attack on their vehicle in Quetta today.
Prime Minister says despite constraints, the incumbent government has overcome the energy crisis and laid foundation for sustainable development.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian army and police have launched massive cordon and search operations in Shopian and Bandipora districts.
US President has sought support of China and Russia in resolving the issue of North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.
In the Four-Nation Hockey tournament in Melbourne today, Japan beat Pakistan by 3-1 goals.
Pakistan says it will not let anti Pakistan elements active in Afghanistan succeed in their nefarious designs.
This was stated by Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal during his weekly news briefing in Islamabad today.
The Spokesperson said there are multiple actors active in Afghanistan and the nexus between RAW and the terrorist groups in that country is involved in subversive activities against Pakistan.
He said Pakistan has forcefully taken up the issue of martyrdom of its consulate staff member Nayyer Iqbal Rana with Afghanistan and the Afghan side has assured Pakistan of thorough investigation into the shocking incident.
To a question regarding anti Pakistan posters in London and earlier in Geneva, he said the posters were removed and the countries assured us that these acts will not be repeated.
He said Pakistan is fully aware of the sinister hands behind these acts and will not let them succeed.
Replying to a question about some reports in Indian media regarding Pakistan, he said those reports have quoted Indian External Affairs Ministry and this proves that India is wrongly feeding its media for political gains.
To another question, Dr Muhammad Faisal said Pakistan has in line with its own national resolve against terrorism conducted successful anti terrorism operations rendering innumerable sacrifices which have yielded positive results and now there are no terrorist networks anywhere across the country.
He said the NATO forces should focus on the ungoverned territories in Afghanistan as Taliban operate from there causing instability in Pakistan.
The Spokesperson said Pakistan expects United States to address its concerns regarding expansion of ungoverned spaces and terrorist sanctuaries in Afghanistan being used against Pakistan.
He said extremism has permeated in societies across the world and collective international efforts are required to curb this menace.
Five terrorists have been killed whereas a Spoy of Pak Army embraced martyrdom in exchange of fire between Pakistan Army and militants at Pak Afghan border.
According to ISPR, exploiting absence of any control in Afghan border areas, the terrorists opened fired on newly established Pakistan posts in Rajgal valley in Khyber Agency.
Pakistan Army troops responded effectively, killing five terrorists and injuring four others.
In Quetta, Deputy Inspector General Police Hamid Shakeel ASI Muhammad Ramzan and his Driver were martyred in a bomb attack on their vehicle at Airport Road today.
SP Security Quetta Police, Javaid Iqbal told our correspondent Aftab Sherazi that the DIG was on his way from his home to office when the bomb blast occurred.
Five police personnel who were also injured in the attack were shifted to CMH for treatment.
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi have strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Quetta.
In their separate statements, they said such dastardly acts are reflective of the defeated mentality.
Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai visited CMH Quetta and inquired after the health condition of Police Personnel and civilian wounded in the suicide bomb attack.
He also instructed the concerned medical officials to provide all possible medical facilities to the people wounded in the incident.
The House offered fateha for the departed souls of police officials martyred in today's blast in Quetta.
Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Balighur Rehman led the fateha.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that despite constraints, foundation of sustainable development has been laid in the country.
He was addressing Engineers Convention organized by Pakistan Engineering Council in Islamabad today.
He said infrastructure projects that included power plants and highways and motorways have been completed over the last four years keeping in view the future requirements of the country.
In his remarks on the occasion, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal said stability and continuity of policies are imperative for development of the country. He said the investments made in the energy and road infrastructure projects over the last few years will help promote the overall growth of the country.
He said the world leading financial institutions are now appreciating the strides made by the country on the economic front.
The Senate was informed today that complete transparency is being ensured in awarding tenders in the National Highway Authority.
Minister for Communication Hafiz Abdul Kareem informed the House during the questions hour that no contract was awarded to any blacklist contractor.
To another question, Hafiz Abdul Kareem said that work quality on Hassanabdal Havelian Motorway is being observed as per international standards and all construction activities are being supervised independent team of consultants.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian army, police and Central Reserve Police Force have launched massive cordon and search operations in Shopian and Bandipora districts, causing huge inconvenience to the people.
The troops cordoned off dozens of villages by sealing all entry and exit points and conducting searches in the two districts.
The Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, paying glowing tributes to the martyred youth, Waseem Ahmad, said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri people had centre-staged the Kashmir dispute at the global level.
Waseem Ahmed was martyred along with two associates by Indian troops during a search operation in Pulwama on Monday night.
US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ in Rawalpindi today.
During the meeting, bilateral and regional security issues were discussed.
Commander Royal Jordanian Air Force Major General Yousef Ahmed Al-Hnaity also called on Chief of Army Staff in Rawalpindi.
According to ISPR, the Commander appreciated Pakistan Army's professionalism and achievements in the war against terrorism.
During the meeting, matters of mutual interest were also discussed.
The 140th birth anniversary of philosopher poet and the conceiver of idea of Pakistan Allama Muhammad Iqbal was observed today with national spirit.
Literary, educational, political, social and cultural organizations arranged special programs across the country to pay homage to the national poet and highlight different aspects of his life and teachings.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has reiterated its full support to the people of Kashmir in their legitimate struggle for fundamental right to self-determination.
This was stated by OIC Secretary General Dr Yousaf Bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen at a seminar and Photo Exhibition on Kashmir in Jeddah.
The Secretary General called on the Indian Government to stop using force against the Kashmiri people.
In his welcoming remarks, Consul General Shehryar Akbar Khan urged the international community to support the people of Kashmir in their legitimate struggle against Indian occupation.
U.S. President Donald Trump has pressed China to do more to rein in North Korea.
Trump was speaking with Xi in Beijing on the occasion to announce the signing of about 250 billion dollar in commercial deals between U.S. and Chinese firms.
On North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, Trump said China can fix this problem quickly and easily, urging Beijing to cut financial links with North Korea and also calling on Russia to help.
Mainly dry weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country during the next twenty four hours.
However, dense foggy and smoggy conditions are expected in Punjab and foggy over Dera lsmail Khan, Peshawar and Sukkur divisions during night and morning hours.
Japan beat Pakistan by 3-1 in the Four-Nation Hockey tournament in Melbourne today.