Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
Prime Minister says more than eight thousand megawatt electricity will be added to national grid by June next year eliminating load shedding for good.
Indian spy Kulbushan Yadav has been awarded death sentence for carrying out espionage and sabotage activities in Pakistan.
Senators vow to safeguard country's constitution as national responsibility.
In Occupied Kashmir, Indian forces martyred another four youths in continuing state terrorism today.
United Nations Children's Fund has sought release of Rohingya children detained in a Myanmar army crackdown.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has reaffirmed the resolve to eliminate electricity load-shedding from the country in the shortest possible time.
Presiding over a meeting of the cabinet committee on energy in Islamabad today, he said more than 8,000 megawatt electricity will be added to the national grid before June next year.
Prime Minister directed early completion of power projects without compromising on efficiency and quality of work.
The meeting was informed that a total of 5,710 Megawatts will be added to the system by the end of this year.
The Committee approved new LNG-based gas connections for domestic, industrial and commercial consumers.
Indian RAW agent and Naval Officer Kulbushan Sudhir Yadav alias Hussain Mubarak Patel has been awarded death sentence for carrying out espionage and sabotage activities in Pakistan.
According to DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor, the spy has been tried by a Field General Court Martial under Pakistan Army Act and official Secret Act.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has also confirmed his death sentence.
Kulbushan Sudhir Yadav was arrested on 3rd of March last year through a Counter Intelligence Operation from Mashkel, Balochistan.
The court found the agent of Indian intelligence agency guilty of all the charges. He had also confessed that he was tasked by RAW to plan, coordinate and organise espionage and sabotage activities to destabilise and wage war against Pakistan.
Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that the death sentence of Kulbhushan Yadav is according to law.
In an interview today, he said the sentence of the Indian spy is a warning for all forces who are conspiring against Pakistan.
He said Indian government is behind the activities of Kulbhushan Yadav.
Defence Minister rejected the Indian stance of terming death sentence to the Indian spy a premeditated murder. He said Kalbuhsan Yadav was involved in carrying out terrorist activities in Pakistan and all legal formalities were met during his trial.
Khawaja Muhammad Asif made it clear that the law will take its course if anyone poses a threat to the security and integrity of Pakistan. He said India is habitual in leveling baseless and unfounded allegations against Pakistan.
He said India has not fulfilled its legal and moral obligations in brining perpetrators of Samjhota Express train blasts and massacre of minorities, especially Muslims, in Gujarat to justice.
The Senators have vowed to uphold supremacy of the constitution and described it imperative for development and prosperity of the country and the responsibility of all of us to safeguard the constitution.
They were taking part in a discussion in connection with the Constitution Day, observed today.
Initiating the discussion, Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar congratulated Senate and the chairman for celebrating the Constitution Day.
Farhatullah Babar said the constitution is supreme and should be honoured across the board as no one is above the Constitution.
Jahanzeb Jamaldini stressed the need of implementation of the Constitution in its true spirit.
Kalsoom Parveen said that the Pakistan's Constitution safeguards the rights of the all segments of society.
The House will now meet tomorrow at three in the afternoon.
Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has expressed the resolve to fight for the strengthening of democracy in the country.
He was addressing Constitution Day ceremony in Islamabad this evening.
The Speaker said electoral reforms process will be completed in few days, which will strengthen democracy in the country.
He vowed to work for strengthening of democracy and stability of the parliament.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani it was an irony that democratic system witnessed derailment after every ten years, despite enforcement of the Constitution.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has vowed to complete the house and population census process at all costs.
He said this while visiting the population census center in Rawalpindi today.
Army Chief lauded the performance of the support center of the census center.
A group of senior journalists from Bangladesh called on the Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua in Islamabad today.
Speaking on the occasion, Foreign Secretary emphasized the importance of strengthening bilateral relations in the fields of trade, education, culture and enhancing people to people contacts.
The delegation reciprocated warm sentiments that the people of Bangladesh have towards Pakistan.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed for compressive measures to ensure the security of journalists and media workers.
She was participating in a dialogue on "Safety, Security and Welfare of Journalists Bill" at National Press Club in Islamabad today.
She said a Journalists Council will be constituted after the approval of bill in order to ensure full implementation of the law.
Radio Pakistan has replaced ten-kilowatt medium wave transmitter with a new hundred-kilowatt transmitter in Larkana enabling listeners to get clearer transmission.
The project was completed at a cost of 63.150 million rupees.
Radio Azad Kashmir Mirpur is also airing its broadcast through one hundred kilowatt medium wave transmitter to counter the Indian propaganda.
Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Dr Yousaf Ahmad Al-Othaimeen has said that Kashmir issue is on top of the OIC agenda.
Addressing a joint news conference along with the Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad today, he said OIC will continue to work with Pakistan on all major issues.
He said the OIC has been urging India to provide access to Occupied Kashmir but unfortunately it has declined to accede to the request.
On this occasion, Sartaj Aziz said the matters related to Islamophobia and discriminatory policies of different countries towards Muslims also came under discussion during the meeting.
In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed across the territory today against the martyrdom of eight civilians and injuries to over one hundred protestors by Indian forces in Badgam and Ganderbal districts yesterday.
Call for the two-day strike and protest was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
Meanwhile, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred four more youth during a violent military operation in Keran area of Kupwara district, today.
United Nations Children's Fund has sought the release of Rohingya children detained in a Myanmar army crackdown.
UNICEF representative to Myanmar Bertrand Bainvel in a statement said the issue has recently been discussed in meetings with Myanmar leader Suu Kyi and army chief Min Aung Hlaing.
Children as young as ten were among hundreds of Rohingyas detained on charges of association with insurgents.
The meeting of Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations is in progress in Lucca city of Italy.
Member countries are trying to hammer out a unified approach to the Syria conflict,
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says the group is discussing imposing new sanctions on Syrian military figures and Russian military individuals.
The third and final One Day International between Pakistan and West Indies will be played at Providence in Guyana tomorrow.
The series is levelled one-one.
Mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.