Text Bulletin 1800 hrs
Prime Minister says consumers will get inexpensive electricity after completion of ongoing powers projects.
Security forces killed four terrorists on the border of Balochistan and Punjab today.
Hundreds of thousands of faithful thronged Mina as Hajj rituals began today.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian forces in their unabated state terrorism have martyred two more youths.
Afghan forces are said to be preparing for a new offensive to clear the capital of Uruzgan province from Taliban.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says the government is pursuing its development agenda with emphasis on speeding up economic activities and generating employment opportunities.
He was talking to Leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafar-ul-Haq in Islamabad today.
The Prime Minister said the ultimate aim of the government's endeavours in energy, economy and infrastructure sectors is to raise living standards of people.
He said the government is making all out efforts to resolve power and gas shortage in the country and the objective will be achieved before expiry of its term.
Nawaz Sharif said the government has invested billions of rupees in energy sector and with completion of ongoing projects, it would provide electricity to consumers at lower cost.
The Prime Minister hoped that the completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would not only prove to be a game changer for the country but also for the region.
He said the country's law and order situation has significantly improved and its impact is already being grasped by the business community.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the confidence of the international financial markets in Pakistan's positive economic outlook is a proof of successful march towards attaining long term economic stability.
A meeting of the Monetary and Fiscal Policies Coordination Board chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was held in Islamabad today.
Briefing the meeting on the economic situation, Secretary Finance Waqar Masood said economic indicators are showing good signs and the economy is moving in right direction.
He said the growth momentum in large scale manufacturing is continuing, mainly supported by better energy supplies, lower commodity prices and accommodative polices.
However, the meeting showed concern on falling exports.
Addressing the meeting, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said the government has initiated a number of measures to boost the country's exports.
He said the Board of Investment should monitor flow of foreign direct investment regularly.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has invited Finance Ministers of Central Asian and Regional countries to attend the 15th Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Ministerial Conference.
The conference is scheduled to be held in Islamabad on 25th-26th of next month.
The theme of this year's Conference is “Linking connectivity with economic transformation in CAREC”. An Energy Investment Forum has also been planned on the 24th of next month.
The Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation brings together ten regional countries, including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Krygyzistan, Turkemenistan, Uzbekitan, Mongolia, China and Pakistan for economic and development cooperation.
Security forces killed four terrorists during a combing operation at Gayandari on the border of Balochistan and Punjab today.
According to ISPR, one security forces personnel embraced martyrdom during the operation.
A number of terrorists and insurgents along with cache of arms and ammunition have also been apprehended.
Hundreds of thousands of Muslims from across the world thronged Mina from Makkah as Hajj rituals began today.
Radio Pakistan's correspondent Muhammad Akram Khan reports from Mina that a city of tents has been set up to house the pilgrims.
Hujjaj will offer their Zuhar, Asr, Maghrib, Isha and Fajar prayers at Mina and move to Arafat after sunrise tomorrow.
They will offer Zohar and Asar prayers together and listen to "Hajj Khutba at Nimra Masjid.
They will stay in Arafat till sunset spending the day in prayers and repenting on their sins. The stay at Arafat on 9th of Zil Hijjah is the main ritual of Hajj.
A large number of Pakistani pilgrims are performing Hajj this year.
Saudi Government has made elaborate arrangements like provision of cold drinking water and establishment of a large number of toilets and ablution centres for the pilgrims.
President Mamnoon Hussain, Religious Affairs Minister Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, and other dignitaries have also arrived in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj.
The 68th death anniversary of the Father of Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah will be observed tomorrow with due solemnity and reverence.
Different organisations and educational institutions have planned special seminars and ceremonies to pay great homage to the Quaid for rendering valuable services for the Muslims of the sub-continent.
The AJK Prime Minister, Raja Farooq Haider has appealed to the international community to take serious notice of Indian state terrorism in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Talking to Australian High Commissioner Ms. Margret Admson in Muzaffarabad today, he urged the peace-loving nations of the world to play their effective role in granting Kashmiris their internationally recognized right to self-determination.
Speaking on the occasion, Australian High Commissioner said that human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir should be stopped and India should settle the issue through dialogue.
She said that Australia would also play its role fair treatment with Pakistan regarding membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group.
In occupied Kashmir, two more youth were martyred and scores of others injured in unabated state terrorism by Indian forces in different areas of the Kashmir Valley today.
According to Kashmir Media Service, thousands of people took to streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Baramulla, Handwara, Sopore, Bandipora, Anantnag-Islamabad, Qazigund and other areas and staged forceful demonstrations against the killing spree unleashed by Indian forces in the Valley.
With these martyrdoms, the death toll in the ongoing Kashmir Intifada has risen to ninety five.
Meanwhile, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has invited the Chairman of Hurriyet Forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to attend the meeting of its Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir to be held in New York later this month.
Afghan forces are preparing for a new offensive to clear the capital of Uruzgan province from Taliban.
Provincial governor's spokesman Dost Mohammed Nayab said street to street fighting in Tarin Kot has subsided as the frontline has moved 15 to 20 km away.
He said a massive operation will be launched in three or four days.
Meanwhile, the U.S. warplanes conducted at least three air strikes in Uruzgan, alongside strikes by the Afghan air force.
In Iraq, two car bomb blasts outside a shopping mall in central Baghdad have killed ten people and wounded twenty five.