Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Myanmar ambassador was summoned to Foreign Office today to lodge Pakistan's strong protest over violence against Rohingya Muslims.
President has called for establishing air and road links between Pakistan and Kazakhstan to enhance bilateral trade volume.
Pakistan and China have agreed to work together for defence and regional security.
Security forces have recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition in Mohmand Agency and Upper Dir.
Twelve people were drowned in sea during picnic at Hawks Bay in Karachi today.
In Occupied Kashmir Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism have martyred a Kashmiri youth in Sopore.
In Syria US-backed fighters have launched a new offensive against Daesh' militants in eastern Deir Ezzor province.
In southeast Turkey, security forces have killed ninety-nine Kurdish militants in Sirnak and Hakkari provinces.
Pakistan Cricket Board has announced schedule for series against Sri Lanka in UAE beginning this month.
Ambassador of Myanmar was summoned at Foreign Office in Islamabad today and conveyed a strong protest of the Government and people of Pakistan at the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims.
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on this occasion stressed for effective measures to prevent the recurrence of such violence, providing security to Rohingya Muslims and upholding their rights to live and move without fear and discriminations.
She asked Myanmar government for urgent investigations into the recent violence against Rohingya Muslims and holding accountable those involved in these serious crimes.
Tehmina Janjua also emphasized the swift implementation of the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission for the durable settlement of the problem.
Ambassador U. Win Myint assured the Foreign Secretary to convey the concerns of the Government and people of Pakistan to the Myanmar Government.
Central President of Awami National Party Asfandyar Wali Khan has strongly condemned the brutalities being perpetrated on Muslims in Myanmar.
In a statement in Peshawar this afternoon, he demanded the international community to take practical steps for protecting the life and property of Muslims in Myanmar.
He termed atrocities on the Muslims in Myanmar as the worst kind of terrorism.
The U.N. refugee agency says the number of Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar has now risen to 290,000.
UNHCR spokeswoman Vivian Tan said the number of people arriving continues to grow.
The U.N. has asked Bangladesh authorities to make more land available so they can build new relief camps.
Thousands of people are still trying to cross mountains, dense bush and rice fields to reach Bangladesh and displaced people have been stranded or left without food for weeks.
Meanwhile, the Red Cross organizations are scaling up operations in Myanmar’s violence-riven northwest.
The U.N. and other INGOs have not been very welcome in Rakhine and they are not able to operate and ensure the safety and security of their staff and volunteers.
New York-based international human rights group has called on UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting on Myanmar's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.
The Human Rights Watch South Asia director Meenakshi Ganguly said its initial findings of the situation in the Maungdaw area of Rakhine were indicative of an ethnic cleansing campaign.
Meenakshi Ganguly urged UN Security Council to warn Myanmar's government that it will face severe sanctions unless the campaign against Rohingya Muslims is halted.
She said UN and concerned governments need to press Burma right now to end these horrific abuses against the Rohingya.
Pakistan and Kazakhstan have agreed to execute joint projects in the fields of defence, energy and communication to widen bilateral cooperation.
The agreement was reached during a meeting between President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev in Astana today.
Mamnoon Hussain emphasised that the bilateral ties should be developed into multiple partnership and called for enhancing bilateral trade and relaxation of visa policy.
The president thanked Kazakh government for opting a just stance on the issue of the membership of the nuclear suppliers group.
He said that Pakistan desired enhancing bilateral engagements in the fields of oil and gas and Pakistani firms could invest in diverse sectors of Kazakhstan.
Mamnoon Hussain also called for establishing the air and road links between the two countries to enhance the trade volume.
The president said there is a need for quadrilateral framework for regional economic stability comprising Pakistan, China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
He also suggested the exchange of delegations between the two countries in the fields of industry, trade, culture and education which was accepted by the Kazakh prime minister.
In his remarks, the Kazakh prime minister said after its inclusion in Shanghai Cooperation Organization as a member, Pakistan ties in the region will improve.
He also thanked Pakistan for supporting Kazakhstan for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council.
He expressed the Kazakhstan desire for extending cooperation with Pakistan in the fields of minerals, mining, transport and communications.
The Kazakh premier said Kazakhstan also desired to be part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor and also proposed interaction among the experts from both the sides.
Earlier, President arrived in Astana today on a four-day official visit to attend the first summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on science and technology.
On his arrival at Astana Nazarbayev International Airport, the president and First Lady Begum Mehmooda Mamnoon Hussain were warmly received by Kazakh Minister for Defence and Aero Space Industry Beibit Atamkulov.
The heads of state and government from around twenty-two Muslim states and delegates from around fifty-seven states will attend the summit. The president is one of the eight Islamic world leaders to deliver their statements at the inaugural session of the summit.
Besides attending the OIC Summit he will also attend the closing ceremony of Astana Expo 2017 on Future Energy.
The President is expected to hold meeting with Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, presidents of Turkey, Bangladesh and Bosnia during the visit.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has appreciated the high morale of the aerial defenders of the country and fighting menace of terrorism. He also expressed satisfaction on the operational readiness of Pakistan Air Force.
He was interacting with the combat Air and Ground crew of the squadron at Operational Air Base of Pakistan Air Force in Sargodha today.
During his visit, the Prime Minister also flew an exercise training mission in F-16 aircraft of the elite No 9 multirole squadron. The Air Chief, sitting in another F-16 aircraft also participated in the training mission.
It was the first time in the history of Pakistan that a Prime Minister participated in a flying mission sitting in the rear cockpit of a fighter jet.
The Prime Minister also visited newly established Airpower Center of Excellence and attended a briefing on the ongoing exercise.
He was also informed that the first ever multinational exercise is going to be held in October this year which would be participated by the personnel from 19 air forces.
The Prime Minister took keen interest in the Aviation City project, which has been established in Kamra to bring in an innovative approach in the field of aviation.
Pakistan and China have agreed to work together for defence and regional security.
The understanding came during wide-ranging talks between Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing .
Later, at a joint news conference Pakistani Foreign Minister said the two countries agreed that Afghan problem can only be resolved politically as there is no military solution to the conflict.
Referring to the US policy on Afghanistan and South Asia, Khawaja Asif said peace and stability in Afghanistan remains critical for peace and security of the region.
The Minister said Pakistan and China have close counter terrorism cooperation and Pakistan shares Beijing's strong position on three evils of terrorism, extremism and separatism.
Pakistan Air Force has dispatched JF-17 Thunder fighter jets and early warning aircraft to join Pak-China air forces joint ongoing training exercise 'Shaheen VI.'
According to the spokesman for People's Liberation Army Air Force Shen Jinke, Chinese J-11 fighters, JH-7 fighter-bombers, KJ-200 AWACS aircraft and ground forces are taking part in the exercise.
The air forces of China and Pakistan began joint training exercises in China on Thursday, which will continue till 27th of this month.
The "Shaheen" joint training was launched by the Chinese and Pakistani air forces in March 2011.
Interior Minister says the government is taking bold measures to provided higher education for all.
He was addressing a ceremony of Gujarat University Campus in Narowal this afternoon.
He said that the quality education is the fundamental right of every youth of the country and the government is responsible to provide them education at their doorstep.
The Minister announced to establish an independent University for Narowal. He said the Narowal Medical College will start its service in education next year.
He said that government has provided a conducive atmosphere for higher education.
Pakistan Railways is planning to launch joint ventures with local universities for capacity building of its academies imparting technical training to railway staff.
An official in the Ministry of Railways told APP, that the railway is working on a number of steps to improve performance and capacity building of its staff aims at ensuring safe and smooth operations of the national fleet.
The security forces conducted search operations in Autto Khel area of Mohmand Agency and Wari Tehsil of Upper Dir, recovering a huge quantity of arms and ammunition.
According to ISPR, these include heavy machine guns, motors, rocket launchers, grenades, explosives and communication equipment.
Director General Pakistan Rangers, Sindh Major General Muhammad Saeed has said that Ansar-ul-Shareea target killing team has been identified and its founder belongs to Al-Qaeda.
Talking to media in Karachi today, the Director General Sindh Rangers said that law enforcement agencies are investigating the attack on MQM Pakistan leader Khwaja Izhar-ul-Hassan and have got important clues.
He said that operation against Ansar-ul-Shareea is going on and information regarding it cannot be disclosed at this juncture but after completion of the operation details will be shared with media.
Major General Muhammad Saeed said that University of Karachi students' record have not been asked by Rangers or other agencies.
He appealed the parents to closely watch their children activities.
At least twelve-picnickers were drowned in sea during picnic at Hawks Bay in Karachi today.
According to Rescue organization dead bodies of ten-picnickers have been recovered. and search operation for retrieving others is underway. Recovered bodies have been shifted to Civil Hospital.
Edhi foundation told Radio Pakistan that all victims belong to Nazimabad area of Karachi.
Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair has said that federal government is working under the vision of equal development of every part of the country.
This he said in a consultative meeting with various political parties and stack holders of the province at governor house in Karachi today.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says electricity load shedding has largely been overcome as a result of the projects implemented by the present government.
Talking to newsmen in London today, he regretted that the previous governments did not pay attention to this critical issue.
PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif has said that the results of NA-120 by-poll will be a reflection of aspirations of Pakistani people.
Addressing Traders Convention in Lahore this evening, She said that people will give their verdict on the former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif's review petition against his disqualification by casting their votes to the PML-N candidate on 17th of this month.
Maryam Nawaz Sharif said that the law and order situation in the country has improved and electricity load-shedding is now being eliminated.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak says the provincial government believes in merit, justice and transparency in running the affairs of the government.
Talking to a delegation of district Battagram in Peshawar today, he said affecties of China Pakistan Economic Corridor Project will be paid dues of the lands as per market rates.
He directed the concerned authorities to present a comprehensive report in this regard.
Construction work on Sharmai hydro-power project in Upper Dir District is in progress.
Sources at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent Falak Niaz that the project will be completed in five years at a cost of forty-five billion rupees.
Balochistan government has decided to upgrade Agriculture College Quetta into Balochistan Agricultural University to provide higher agricultural education to the youth of the province.
Official sources told Radio Pakistan Quetta correspondent that for this purpose more than 4.5 billion rupees have been allocated in the current fiscal year.
The provincial government has approved over two billion rupees for the newly formed district of Duki.
According to official sources, this amount will be spent on construction of roads in Duki city, upgradation of tehsil hospital to district level, completion of judicial complex and administrative offices.
In Hunza , three MW hydel power project at Misgher in upper Hunza will be commissioned next month.
This was stated by a spokesman of Power Department while giving a briefing to Governor Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan in Misgar valley.
The project is being completed at a cost of 329 million rupees will provide electricity to upper and central Hunza.
Chinese Company working on Kohala Hydro power project in AJK is going to arrange technical training for Kashmiris enabling them to avail opportunities under CPEC projects.
Official sources told our Muzaffarabad correspondent that 1124 MW Kohala Hydro power project will provide vast job opportunities to local youth besides overcoming power crises in the country.
Pakistan has offered condolences over loss of life and damage caused by earthquake in Mexico.
In a statement today the Foreign Office Spokesperson said that the Government and people of Pakistan express their deepest sympathies over the loss of precious lives due to the powerful earthquake registered at the southern coast of Mexico.
He said that we stand with the people of Mexico in their hour of grief and pray for speedy recovery of the injured.
AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan held a meeting with Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique in Lahore today.
Matters related to mutual interest, over all situation of the country and aggravating human rights situation in occupied Kashmir were discussed.
Both the leaders strongly condemned the Indian atrocities against innocent Kashmiris in the held valley and asked UN to fulfil its promise of giving right to self-determination to the Kashmiris.
They also demanded that the violence against Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar should be stopped immediately.
The Railways Minister said that Pakistan Railways (PR) has completed a feasibility study for connecting Muzaffarabad with the main railway network of the country.
AJK President Sardar Masood Khan says India’s negative propaganda badly failed when China announced a strong position on supporting Pakistan in counter-terrorism drive.
In a statement, he said Beijing acknowledges sacrifices of Pakistan in the war against terror and no one can deny the fact.
He said India wants to create instability in Pakistan.
Sardar Masood said ground reality in occupied Kashmir is totally different from what Indian media propagates. Scores of youths were brutally killed by Indian troops and other deprived of their sights in the last one and a half year.
In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities have detained senior resistance leaders, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to prevent the march of the joint resistance leadership (JRL) to the headquarters of India’s National Investigation Agency in Delhi.
The leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had announced to court arrest at the NIA headquarters in protest against its cruel policies regarding the people of Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one Kashmiri youth in Sopore, today.
The troops killed the youth during a violent siege and search operation in Reban area of Sopore.
In India, police put noted human rights activist, Professor Syed Abdur Rehman Gilani, under house arrest in New Delhi today.
The police placed him under house detention at his residence as he was presumably coming to airport to receive senior resistance leaders, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
Saudi government is implementing a big project to expand Masjid-e-Nabvi to ensure maximum facilities to pilgrims.
Radio Pakistan correspondent Zahid Hameed reports from Madina that the expansion project includes construction of new minarets and extension in eastern part of the mosque on an area of one hundred thousand square meters.
Installation of mobile and fixed glass domes that allow natural ventilation and lighting are also part of the project.
The expansion project is being implemented in three phases.
US-backed fighters launched a new offensive today to oust the Daesh' militants from eastern Deir Ezzor province.
According to reports, the forces had also begun fighting to push Daesh' group out of remaining territory in Hasakeh province.
Russia-backed Syrian regime forces are also waging a separate offensive to oust Daesh' from Deir Ezzor city.
In southeast Turkey, security forces have killed ninety-nine Kurdish militants in operations in provinces of Sirnak and Hakkari near Iraqi border.
Security forces also targeted outposts and caves used by the militants for shelter and storage during operations over the last two weeks.
Hurricane Irma has weakened slightly today as it battered Cuba’s northern coast while millions residents were told to evacuate in Florida.
According to U.S. National Hurricane Center, Irma moved along the Camaguey Archipelago with 155 mph (250 kph) winds early today.
The storms is expected to hit Florida tomorrow, causing major damage due to high winds and flooding to the fourth-largest U.S. state by population.
Irma smashed homes, shops, roads, schools, knocked out power, water and telephone service and trapped thousands of tourists so far.