Text Bulletin 1200 Hours
Pakistan and Russia have reaffirmed to further enhance bilateral relations.
Government has allocated over four hundred billion rupees for development of power sector during the new fiscal year.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, have martyred six more youth in Baramulla district.
In Philippines, government forces have launched operation with help of U.S. special forces, to drive out militants from Marawi town.
Pakistan and Russian have reaffirmed their desire to further enhance bilateral relations.
The desire was expressed at a meeting between Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the sidelines of SCO summit in Astana.
The two leaders took a comprehensive review of bilateral relations and agreed that there is a healthy growth in relations between two countries.
They noted that the high-level interactions and cordial political relations between the two countries have set the stage for translating political goodwill into a substantive economic partnership.
They also agreed to work on concrete proposals for the next session of Pakistan-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, and Technical Cooperation which will take place in Moscow in December this year.
It was also agreed to fast-track the implementation of North-South Gas Pipeline, the agreement for which was signed in October 2015 between two sides.
The two sides also reviewed defence relations during recent years.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the Pakistani stall at Expo-2017 in Astana, today.
He has now left Astana for Islamabad after completing his official visit.
Government has allocated over four hundred billion rupees for development of power sector during the next fiscal year.
According to official sources, a new program called 'Energy for All' is being introduced with an initial outlay of 12.5 billion rupees.
Funds to the tune of 76.5 billion rupees have been allocated for the LNG based Balloki and Haveli Bahadur Shah power plants. These projects will be completed this year and produce twenty four hundred mega watts of electricity.
Similarly, fifty four billion rupees have been earmarked for Dasu Hydro power project.
19.6 billion rupees have been apportioned for the completion of Neelum Jhelum hydro power project, which will add nine hundred and sixty nine mega watts of electricity.
Furthermore, 1200 mega watt coal fired power plants will be installed in Jamshoro at allocated cost of 16.2 billion rupees.
In Gilgit-Baltistan, over four hundred development schemes would be completed by the end of current month under Annual Development Program.
A spokesman of Public Works Department told APP that these schemes are being implemented in ten districts of Gilgit Baltistan at a cost of more than eleven billion rupees.
He said these schemes are related to administration, law enforcement, energy sector, Natural Resource Management, Social Work and PSDP sector.
Work on the construction of improving and widening of forty five kilometer long Mohmand-Bajaur highway is in progress.
Official sources told our Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent Falak Niaz that the project will be completed at a cost of four point six billion rupees by the end of this year.
The project also includes construction of nine bridges and one kilometer long Tunnel.
In occupied Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyat Conference has said that India wants to kill its Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, without taking blame.
In a statement in Srinagar, APHC spokesman said continued house detention is taking a heavy toll on the health of the APHC Chairman. He said that Syed Ali Gilani was barred from offering Friday prayers even in the month of Ramadan.
Condemning the arbitrary measures by India, the Spokesman said illogical and unjustified restrictions illustrated the Indian state terrorism in the occupied territory.
Meanwhile, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, have martyred six more Kashmiri youth in Baramulla district.
The youth were killed by Indian troops during continued military operation in Uri area of the district.
U.S. special forces are helping Armed Forces of Philippines, to end a siege of the southern town Marawi by militants allied to Islamic State.
U.S. Embassy spokesperson said for security reasons, specific technical details of U.S. support for ongoing operations can not be discussed.