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Prime Minister says membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organization will help advance government's policy of peaceful neighborhood.
Minister for Human Rights has said the government is committed to promote interfaith harmony and communal peace in the country.
In the United Kingdom, Conservative Party has decided to form coalition government with the support of Democratic Unionists Party.
European Union has warned Israel against new settlements in the Occupied West Bank.
England will take on Australia in the ICC Champions Trophy at Birmingham today.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says Shanghai Cooperation Organization's membership will help advance government's policy of peaceful neighborhood.
He made these remarks while talking to the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres who called on him on the sidelines of the Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan believes in building cooperative and stronger relationships with international community.
Nawaz Sharif urged the United Nations to play its due role in addressing longstanding issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
The UN Secretary General congratulated Pakistan on getting full membership of the SCO.
He also lauded Pakistan's role in the United Nations.
Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan says full membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organization will open new avenues of trade, development and prosperity for Pakistan.
Talking to a TV channel, the Minister termed it an important day for the diplomacy of Pakistan.
Khurram Dastagir said the Central Asian countries are also part of the organization, which add to its importance.
Renowned defence analysts have welcomed the entry of Pakistan as full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Talking to APP, analyst Lt Gen (Retd) Talat Masood said the move will help strengthen Pakistan’s economy through economic integration and cooperation with regional countries.
Brig (R) Mahmood Shah said Pakistan has made great achievements by getting SCO membership as it will benefit the country in many ways.
Federal Minister for Human Rights, Senator Kamran Michal says the government is determined to promote interfaith harmony and communal peace in the country.
He was addressing a seminar titled ‘‘Human Rights Sensitization on promotion of peace and tolerance through Inter-Faith Harmony’’ in Lahore.
He said we have to take collective endeavors for the promotion of brotherhood, tolerance and love amongst the citizens.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says the government is working on a production and broadcasting policy to revive and strengthen Pakistan's film industry.
She said this during a meeting with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
She said objective of the policy is to promote national heritage, screen tourism, culture, literature, narrative of tolerance and entertainment opportunities .
The Finance Minister said that the government accords due importance to promoting Pakistan's arts, culture and national heritage.
Ishaq Dar said PML(N) government has also defended and promoted the media’s right to freedom of expression, and it will continue to do so in the future.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister Dr Asif Kirmani says Nawaz Sharif has presented his family for accountability as he wants completion of probe into Panama Papers case so that truth could come out.
Talking to media in Islamabad, he urged PTI Chief to respect mandate of the people and refrain from creating obstacles in the way of development.
Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria says Pakistan is working to confirm authenticity of the reports of killing of two abducted Chinese nationals.
In a statement in Islamabad he said Chinese living in Pakistan are our honored guests and brothers, and we will continue to take all measures to ensure their safety.
The spokesperson said Pakistan remains committed to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
He said dastardly acts of terrorism cannot weaken our resolve to eliminate this menace. APP/Ali-Monitoring
Governor Sindh, Muhammad Zubair says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will enhance significance of ports of Pakistan.
He said this while talking to the Chairman of the Port Qasim Authority, Agha Jan Akhtar in Karachi.
The Governor directed that steps be initiated on priority basis for expansion of Muhammad Bin Qasim Port and infrastructure development.
Agha Jan Akhtar informed the Governor that new terminals will be constructed at the port with collaboration of private sector to increase its capacity for handling cargo.
Pakistan Railways has announced a Special Eid Package for passengers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Under the package, five special trains will be run from 23rd to 28th of this month while fares will also be reduced by 33 percent for two days.
Additional coaches will also be added to existing trains for the convenience of passengers.
The first special train will leave Karachi for Peshawar on 23rd of this month while second train will leave Quetta for Rawalpindi the next day.
Third train will leave Karachi for Lahore and two special trains will be run between Rawalpindi and Multan.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has decided to form coalition government with the support of the Democratic Unionists Party.
Speaking after visiting Buckingham Palace, she said only her party has the legitimacy to govern.
Conservative Party of Prime Minister Theresa May has emerged as the single largest party in general election, though it could not win overall majority.
According to election results so far, Conservative party secured 318 seats, Labor party 262, the Scottish National Party 35, Liberal Democrat 12 seats and Demcratic Unionist Party bagged 10 seats.
The European Union has warned Israel about its plan for setting up new settlement units in the West Bank.
In a statement, the EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said Israel's continued policy of settlement expansion is illegal under international law and further complicates the prospects for viable two-state solution.
She reiterated support for a negotiated two-state solution in the region saying it is the only way to fulfill the legitimate aspirations of both parties and achieve just and lasting peace.
Israel has approved construction of approximately 1,800 new settlements in the West Bank.
The United Nations has expressed deep concern over widespread unrest in Central African Republic.
In a report, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that he is concerned by the widespread instability and repeated violations of human rights in the Central African Republic.
He voiced concern over the attacks on United Nations peacekeeping forces in the southeast of the country.
Six UN peacekeepers were killed last month in the border city of Bangassou.
In Brazil, top electoral court has dismissed a case to unseat President Michel Temer for allegedly receiving illegal funds in the 2014 election campaign.
In Bulgaria, pilot was killed and two other crew members injured when a military helicopter crashed into the Black Sea.
According to military sources, the helicopter crashed during the military exercises near north of the port of Varna.
In the ICC Champions Trophy, Bangladesh beat New Zealand by five wickets at Cardiff last night.
Batting first, New Zealand scored 265 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in allotted 50 overs.
Bangladesh achieved the target in 47.2 overs.
In today's match, England will take on Australia at Birmingham.
Rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Bannu, Kohat, divisions, FATA, and Kashmir during the next twelve hours.
Hot and dry weather is likely to prevail in rest of the country.