Text Bulletin 2100 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.
Twelve picnickers drowned in sea at Hawks Bay in Karachi today.
In Syria, US-backed fighters have launched a new offensive against Daesh' militants in eastern Deir Ezzor province.
Pakistan Cricket Board has announced schedule for series against Sri Lanka in UAE beginning this month.
Ambassador of Myanmar U. Win Myint was summoned at Foreign Office in Islamabad today and a strong protest was lodged on behalf of the Government and people of Pakistan over the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims.
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on this occasion stressed the need to take 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 discrimination.
She asked Myanmar government to conduct an urgent investigations into the recent violence against Rohingya Muslims and holding accountable those involved in these serious crimes.
Ambassador U. Win Myint assured the Foreign Secretary to convey concerns of the Government and people of Pakistan to the Myanmar Government.
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 Bangladeshi 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 U.N. and other INGOs have not been very welcome in Rakhine and they are unable to operate and ensure 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.
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 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.
In his remarks, the Kazakh prime minister said after its inclusion in Shanghai Cooperation Organization as a member, Pakistan's ties in the region would improve.
The Kazakh premier also expressed his country's desire to be part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
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 the 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.
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.
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 Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said both the 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, he 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.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has appreciated 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.
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 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.
Twelve-picnickers drowned in sea 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.
Meanwhile, ten persons also died in a collision between a trailer and a passenger Van on Layyiya Chauck Azam road near Hayat Canal in District Layyia this evening.
Several persons have also been injured in the incident.
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.
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.
All administrative and security measures are being finalized to successfully organize T-20 cricket series between Pakistan XI and World XI in Lahore.
The matches are to be held on 12th, 13th and 15th of this month.
Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty four hours.
However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at scattered places in Peshawar, Hazara, Kohat, Sargodha, Malakand, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad divisions, Islamabad, FATA, Kashmir, while at isolated places in Gujranwala, Lahore divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan.