Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Pakistan and Russia have agreed to transform their cordial political relations into substantive economic partnership.
The Army Chief says Pakistan is capable to defeat all threats on any front.
Government has allocated over four hundred billion rupees in the new budget for development of power sector.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, have martyred six more youth in Baramulla district.
In Philippine, thirteen government troops have been killed in fierce fighting with militants in Marawi city.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has returned home, after concluding his two-day official visit to Kazakhstan.
During his stay in Astana, the Prime Minister participated in 17th meeting of the Heads of State Council of Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
On the sidelines of the SCO Summit, he also held bilateral meetings with Presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan and the UN Secretary General.
During his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the two leaders reaffirmed their desire to further enhance bilateral relations.
They 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.
Before his departure for Islamabad, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif visited Pakistan's stall at international specialized exhibition 'Expo 2017' in Astana.
He took keen interest in the items displayed at the stall and was briefed about the traditional arts items and wind and solar technologies gadgets.
Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir, Minister of State for Petroleum Jam Kamal and Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, also accompanied the Prime Minister.
Expo-2017 will continue upto the 10th of September. It is dedicated to development of alternative energy sources, green technologies and preservation of ecology system.
Over one hundred countries and twenty two international organizations are participating in the exhibition.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa says Pakistan is capable to defeat all threats irrespective of the front.
He was interacting with troops during his visit to Line of Control near Muzaffarabad, where he was given a detailed briefing on Indian ceasefire violations and response by Pakistani troops.
The Army Chief appreciated the operational readiness of troops and their exemplary high morale and motivation for fulfillment of assigned mission.
General Bajwa also hailed Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control for their determination against Indian brutalities and assured Pakistan's support to them.
On the occasion, the troops shared with the army chief their feelings about Indian ceasefire violations, targeting innocent civilians. They pledged that no Indian misadventure shall go without a befitting response.
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.
The government is endeavouring to provide potable water facility to maximum number of people in backward areas of Balochistan.
According to official sources, a project of lying new water supply pipelines and up-gradation of the existing ones is being implemented in district Kharan at a cost of thirty million rupees.
Furthermore, hand pumps are being installed in twenty union councils of Pishin district at a cost of forty five million rupees.
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.
Pakistan has expressed its commitment to work closely with international community for improving health of oceans.
The commitment was expressed by Pakistan`s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi while addressing the concluding ceremony of a conference on Oceans in New York.
Maleeha Lodhi said Pakistan will play an active role in the efforts to reverse the decline of oceans' health, resulting from irresponsible human activity.
She called for effective implementation of Paris Agreement to cope with the global issue of climate change.
The Ambassador said Pakistan is undertaking a number of steps to strengthen its national capacity to undertake Marine Scientific Research to increasing oceanographic knowledge.
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.
In Afghanistan, three policemen were killed and two others wounded in friendly fire by an American military aircraft during an operation in Helmand Province.
In Philippine, at leat thirteen marines have been killed in fierce fighting with militants who have laid siege to southern Marawi city.
Military spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo says it's the biggest single-day loss for government troops since they began fighting militants who seized Marawi on May 13 and are still occupying parts of the city.
Pakistan Meteorological Department says northern half of the country is expected to receive more downpour than the southern half in the current month.
According to seasonal forecast of the Department, around three more spells of thunderstorm-rain and isolated hailstorms associated with windstorm are likely to affect upper Punjab, Azad Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and adjoining areas of Gilgit-Baltistan.
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