Government has increased budget allocation for BISP to 121 billion rupees for welfare of the poor.

Army Chief has confirmed death sentences of another four hardcore terrorists.

Finance Ministry says economy has made visible improvement in the last four years due to government's comprehensive programme for economic revival.

Citizens Foundation of Pakistan has won UNESCO's Confucius Prize for Literacy-2017.

Saudi Arabia has rejected prospects for dialogue with Qatar.



Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says the government is committed towards poverty alleviation and enabling poor earn their livelihood.

He expressed these views during a briefing about the performance of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) in Islamabad.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi appreciated the progress made by BISP during the last four years.

However, he stressed the need for enhancing transparency and operational efficiency of the program.

Chairperson BISP said the programme had resulted in poverty reduction by 7% and enrollment of children of BISP beneficiaries in primary schools increased by 10%.

Marvi Memon apprised the Prime Minister that the budget allocation for BISP has been increased to 121 billion rupees.

She said quarterly stipend has been enhanced from 3000 rupees per quarter in 2013 to 4834 rupees per quarter.

She said over 354,847 BISP households have been enrolled in Prime Minister's National Health Program.

Earlier, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chairing a high-level meeting of National Committee on the Implementation of FATA Reforms in Islamabad directed the Minister for Law and Justice to fast track legislative and administrative measures for mainstreaming of FATA in rest of the country.

The Prime Minister said the basic purpose of these reforms was to improve the living standard of FATA people.

The committee took a number of decisions to expedite the process of its implementation.

The committee approved the fast-track recruitment of police.

It was also decided to put in place an appropriate administrative mechanism and to create a position of chief operating officer during the transition period.

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa briefed the committee on the successes achieved in establishing writ of the state throughout FATA and on the steps taken to strengthen security, border infrastructure and the development efforts during the last few years.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says regional connectivity is extremely important for member countries of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation.

He said this during a meeting with President ADB Takehiko Nakao in Islamabad.

Ishaq Dar appreciated CAREC's initiative in bringing the member countries closer through cooperation in areas like trade and transportation.

Takehiko Nakao thanked Ishaq Dar for his continued encouragement for ADB supported initiatives in Pakistan.

He assured to further enhance the level of cooperation in the years to come.

Ministry of Finance's spokesman says Pakistan has seen a visible economic improvement during the last four years, due to successful implementation of a comprehensive programme of economic revival.

In a statement, he said PTI leaders presented a very bleak picture of country's economy and deliberately ignored many important milestones achieved during the last four and half years even acknowledged internationally.

He said PTI's views on economy are an attempt to sensationalize the public by presenting a very bleak picture of the economy which merely reflects their negative approach to things.

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has confirmed death sentences of another four hardcore terrorists.

According to ISPR, the death sentences were given by military courts.

The convicts were involved in offences of terrorism, including killing of innocent civilians, attacking law enforcement agencies and armed forces of Pakistan.

Twenty-three other convicts were also given imprisonment of various duration by the military courts.


Pakistan's Ambassador to United States, Aizaz Chaudhry says his country has been fighting war on terrorism with

Talking to PTV, he said Pakistan has rendered matchless sacrifices in war against terrorism.

He alleged that US was trying to put his failure in Afghanistan on Pakistan.

The Ambassador said Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan.


Country Director UNESCO in Pakistan Vibeke Jensen says the prudent policies of the government has resulted in reducing dropout rate of children from the schools.

In an exclusive interview with Radio Pakistan special correspondent Javed Khan Jadoon on World's Literacy Day he said Pakistan is ambitious in attaining 90 per cent literacy target under its vision 2025.

On his part, Deputy Chief Advisor JICA Abid Ali Gill said that attaining an optimum level of literacy rate is a key to attain other SDGs in the country.

Advisor National Commission for Human Development Arshad Saeed Khan said that Article-26 of UN-Universal Declaration of Human Rights stated it clearly that attaining education is a fundamental right of all the individuals in the world.

The Citizens Foundation of Pakistan's "Aagahi Literacy Programme for Women and Out of School Girls" has won UNESCO's Confucius Prize for Literacy-2017.

Director General UNESCO Irina Bokova gave away the prestigious prize to Executive Advisor Amna Wahid Khalid and CEO of the Citizens Foundation Assad Ayub Ahmad at a ceremony in Paris.

Saudi Arabia has rejected any dialogue with Qatar, accusing Doha of distorting facts.

The Saudi official news agency made the announcement an hour after reporting a phone call between leaders of the two countries in an attempt to resolve the dispute between Qatar and the quartet of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani had telephoned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and expressed his desire for initiating talks.

The Emir of Qatar expressed his interest to discuss the demands of the four countries, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt towards ensuring the best interest of all states involved.

The United States has asked Myanmar to respect rule of law and human rights in dealing with the situation in Rakhine state.

Talking to reporters in Washington, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia, Patrick Murphy said Myanmar should also respond responsibly to attacks on security forces in the country's Rakhine State.

He said Washington sees shortcomings on the part of the security forces and the government in dealing with the situation in Rakhine and is pushing it for urgent restoration of access for humanitarian assistance and journalists there.

The US State Department has approved arms sales packages worth more than 3.8 billion dollars to Bahrain.

A statement issued by Pentagon in Washington said the packages include upgrades of F-16 fighter jets, anti-tank missiles and patrol boats with machine guns.

Jean-Julien Rojer of Netherlands and Romania's Horia Tecau won the US Open Tennis men's doubles crown and captured their second Grand Slam title.

The 12th-seeded duo defeated Spanish 11th seeds Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez by 6-4, 6-3.
Meanwhile, Kevin Anderson of South Africa reached final of the US Open men's single after beating Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain by 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 in New York.

The 31-year-old Kevin Anderson will face winner of other semifinal to be played between world number one Rafael Nadal of Spain and 24th seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina.

Final of the tournament will be played on Sunday.




Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.

However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at a few places in Kashmir.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning

Islamabad twenty four degree centigrade, Lahore and Peshawar twenty-seven, Karachi twenty-eight, Quetta eighteen, Gilgit thirteen, Muree sixteen and Muzaffarabad twenty degree centigrade.


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