Text Bulletin 0800 Hrs
Pakistan has urged international community to force India to grant right to self determination to Kashmiris.
A complete shutdown will be observed in Occupied Kashmir today against the killing of eight civilians by Indian forces.
The Senate, in collaboration with four federating units, is celebrating Constitution Day today.
Parliamentary delegation of Belarus arrives in Islamabad today for talks on enhancing economic cooperation with Pakistan.
Egypt has declared three-month emergency following twin bombings.
Pakistan beat West Indies by seventy four runs in the second One Day International in Guyana last night.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has strongly condemned the brutal killing of eight youths by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.
In a statement, he urged the international community to force India to put an immediate end to the ongoing bloodshed of innocent Kashmiris and hold a transparent, free and fair plebiscite under the auspices of UN to ascertain the wishes of Kashmiris.
He said India continued to deny fundamental human rights to the people of occupied Kashmir with scant respect for life.
Sartaj Aziz said the continuing Indian brutalities and unprecedented violence by Indian occupation forces in the held valley are crimes against humanity.
The advisor said despite Indian state terrorism and repression the steadfast resolve displayed by Kashmiris sends a clear message to India that they remain undeterred in their goal for realisation of the right to self determination.
In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown will be observed today and tomorrow against killing of eight civilians by Indian forces in Budgam district.
Call for the shut down has been given by All Parties Hurriyet Conference and resistance leaders.
The Senate, in collaboration with the four federating units is celebrating “Constitution Day” today.
This year’s theme of commemoration is enhancement of role and powers of Senate to protect the rights of the federating units.
The Constitution of Pakistan was passed by the National Assembly on 10 Apri 1973 and received the Presidential assent on 12 April, 1973.
The President has already summoned the Senate session at three this afternoon.
Meanwhile, the National Assembly will start its new session at Parliament House in Islamabad on Wednesday afternoon at three.
Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has said that the Constitution of the country provides equal opportunities to all the provinces and communities for propagation of their culture.
He was addressing a special ceremony held in connection with the Constitution Day in Islamabad.
Raza Rabbani said all the provinces are interconnected through strong bonds of culture and we all have to work together to strengthen our social and cultural values.
In his message on the eve of "Constitution Day" today, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said supremacy of Constitution is our ultimate destination that guarantees democracy, fundamental rights and security for every citizen.
He said the sanctity of this sacred document must be upheld at any cost.
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said commemorating this historic day reiterates our pledge to protect, preserve and defend each and every word of this sacred document that unites us as a nation with liberty, social justice and equality.
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says CPEC has changed world narrative about Pakistan.
Speaking to party workers and youth delegations from Baluchistan in Islamabad Ahsan Iqbal said the fifty billion dollars project has emerged as a leading project of regional cooperation, which is paving way for peace, prosperity and development of Pakistan and whole Asia.
He said the Gwadar will be enlisted as a center of modern education soon with completion of an international standard university in this port city.
He said that government will protect the social, economic and legal rights of the people of Balochistan.
Ahsan Iqbal said that Federal and provincial governments are working jointly to ensure speedy implantation of CPEC projects.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak says the government has taken drastic measures for rapid industrialization in the province.
Addressing a public meeting near Nowshera, he said industrialists have been exempted from obtaining no objection certificate for establishment of new industrial units in the province.
He said an industrial estate spreading on forty thousand kanal land is being established near Mardan with the assistance of China.
Police has arrested twenty-three suspects including proclaimed offenders during search operation in Hafizabad district.
Chairman of the House of Representatives of Belarus Vladimir Andreinchenko along with a Parliamentary Delegation will arrive in Islamabad today on four days visit to Pakistan.
During this visit, the delegation will call on the Prime Minister, the President, Chairman Senate, Speaker National Assembly and Federal Ministers.
Matters pertaining to enhance economic cooperation between the two countries will be discussed.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will honour Pakistani education activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai as the UN "Messenger of Peace," today.
In this connection, a ceremony will be held at U.N. headquarters in New York today, followed by a conversation between Antonio Guterres, Mala Yousafzai and other youth representatives from around the world on the theme of girls' education.
Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, will also host a reception at the UN to celebrate Malala's designation as the world body's Messenger of Peace.
In Egypt, a three-month state of emergency has been declared after yesterday's bombings in Alexandria and Tanta that killed dozens of people.
The emergency law expands police powers of arrest, surveillance and seizures and can limit freedom of movement.
UN Security Council has condemned the twin bombings in Egypt, urging all member states to cooperate with Egyptian government in bringing perpetrators of the attacks to justice.
In a statement, the Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.
United Nations has called on Myanmar government to release the Rohingya children detained as part of crackdown on the minority group in Rakhine State.
The plea was made by UNICEF deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth at the end of a brief trip to Myanmar.
A two-day annual summit of Foreign Ministers from Group-7 industrialized nations begins in Tuscany, Italy today.
They will prepare the way for a leaders' summit in Sicily at the end of May.
Leaders of southern European nations meet in Madrid today to back greater EU integration after Britain began the process of leaving the bloc.
The summit will be attended by leaders of Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Malta.
The leaders will also discuss the issue of immigration, economic, social and defence policies and Syria crisis.
Pakistan beat West Indies by 74 runs in the second One Day International at Guyana last night, leveling the three match series 1-1.
Bating first, Pakistan scored 282 for the loss of five wickets in stipulated fifty overs.
In reply, West Indies were all out for 208, in 44.5 overs.
Babar Azam, who scored unbeaten 125 runs was declared player of the match.
The third and final One Day International will be played at the same venue tomorrow.
Mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was:-
Islamabad ten degree centigrade, Lahore eighteen, Karachi twenty-four, Peshawar twelve, Quetta and Murree eight, Gilgit four and Muzaffarabad nine degree centigrade.