Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Prime Minister has directed provincial governments to allocate land for the construction of forty-six new hospitals.
Security forces have killed four terrorists on the border of Balochistan and Punjab.
Hundreds of thousands of faithful thronged Mina as Hajj rituals began today.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Ehtesab Commissioner has expressed deep concerns over recent amendments made by PTI government in Ehtesab Commission Act.
The 68th death anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah will be observed tomorrow with solemnity.
Azadi Train on its month long journey has reached Rajanpur.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian forces in their unabated state terrorism martyred two more youth today.
Afghan forces are said to be preparing for a new offensive to clear the capital of Uruzgan province from Taliban.
In Iraq, two car bombings outside a shopping mall in Baghdad left ten people dead today.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed all provincial governments to allocate land for the construction of forty-six new hospitals.
On the directions of Prime Minister, the Federal Government has written letters to the Chief Secretaries of the four Provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Islamabad Capital Territory Administration in this regard.
These hospitals will be fully funded federal hospitals with state of the art facilities and will be designed by international consultants.
The proposed sites in Punjab for 500 bed hospitals are Rajanpur, Jhang, Bhakkar, Sadiqabad and Rawalpindi while 250 bed hospitals will be constructed in Burewala, Ahmedpur East, Kot Addu, Taunsa, Sahiwal ,Sargodha, Pasroor and Layyah.
In Sindh, 500 bed hospitals will be constructed in Jacobabad, Mirpur Khas and Badin while 250 bed hospitals will be established in Islam Kot, Nausharo Feroze and Meher districts.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, land will be allocated for 500 bed hospitals in Haripur and Charsadda; 250 bed hospitals in Batgram, Hangu and Chitral, while 100 bed hospitals will be constructed in Garhi Habibullah and Kaghan. Similar, a 250-bed hospital will be set up in FATA.
In Balochistan, 100 bed hospitals will be constructed in Hub, Noshki, Chaman and Punjgur; 250 bed hospitals in Khuzdar, Loralai and Sibi while land for 500 bed hospital will be allocated in Quetta.
In Gilgit-Baltistan, 250 bed hospitals will be constructed in Skardu and Gilgit; 100 bed hospital in Karimabad Hunza while 50 bed hospital will be constructed at Ghanche.
A 250-bed hospital will be constructed in Muzaffarabad, 100-bed hospitals in Rawlakot, Kotli and Athmuqam while land will be allocated for 50 bed hospital at Leepa in AJK.
Land will also be allocated for three hospitals in the Federal Capital.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed to complete these 46 hospitals before the end of tenure of the present government to realize his dream of the social corridor across the length and breadth of the country.
Talking to Leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafar-ul-Haq in Islamabad today, the Prime Minister said the government is pursuing its development agenda with emphasis on speeding up economic activities and generating employment opportunities.
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, Kazakhastan, 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 Asr 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.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said NADRA will be purged of those who sold the nationality of Pakistan, and no hurdle will be tolerated in this regard.
In a statement, he said civil society and the media played a commendable role re verification campaign of CINC.
About seventeen hundred people returned their fake identity cards under the legal pressure for the first time in the country's history.
Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rahman says the government is committed to eliminate terrorism, load shedding, unemployment, ignorance and disease from the country.
Addressing a ceremony in Rawalpindi today, she said all parts of the country including Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, would be connected through 3G technology next year.
Anusha Rehman said due to extra-ordinary capabilities of youth, the government is planning to introduce Microsoft Information Technology in Pakistan Baitul Maal's one hundred and fifty centers.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says an improved healthcare system is essential to create a healthy society.
This he stated while chairing a high level meeting in Lahore today.
The Chief Minister said that access to quality facilities is a basic right of every citizen and he himself is monitoring availability of medical facilities in the government hospitals.
Meanwhile, addressing a high level meeting to review matters related to Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute project, the Chief Minister said the state-of-the-art facilities will be provided to the kidney and liver patients after the completion of this project.
The Chief Minister directed concerned officials to collect authentic data of hepatitis patients through a survey.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Safe City Project is an important step towards achieving the goal of a peaceful and secure province.
He stated this while presiding over a high level meeting in Lahore today to review the progress on the implementation of the project in five major cities of Punjab.
He said the Dolphin Force and Police Response Unit will also be part of Safe City Project.
The Chief Ehtesab Commissioner and Ehtesab Commissioners of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa have expressed deep concerns over the recent amendments, made by the PTI government in the Ehtesab Commission Act.
According to APP, the Chief Ehtesab Commissioner in a letter to the Chief Minister KP urged him to withdraw the new amendments in public interest.
They expressed reservations over withdrawal of powers regarding probing of Rs 50 million corruption cases and procedure of appointment of Director General Ehtesab Commission.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has introduced a number of reforms and initiatives to ensure access to quality health services.
Our correspondent gives more details: ( Tape)
The government has started the process of awarding thirty-two new oil and gas exploration blocks to exploration companies.
According to official sources, the Ministry of Petroleum and natural resources is encouraging investment in oil and gas exploration sector.
Exploration activities have picked up momentum in recent times and some important discoveries are expected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in near future.
A total of eighty-two discoveries of oil and gas have been made over the last three years.
The production has already stated from forty-five out of the total discoveries while necessary work is in progress over thirty-seven discoveries.
In Sindh, Mari Petroleum Company has discovered new gas reserves in Ghotki.
More details from our correspondent. ( Tape)
Director News and Current Affairs Radio Pakistan Rao Sadiq Ali visited Radio Pakistan Faisalabad this evening.
On the occasion, he said news department carries much importance in Radio Pakistan.
The Director News said Radio Pakistan is playing vital role in giving credible news and information to the masses.
Earlier, Director News and Current Affairs Rao Sadiq Ali visited PBC News Sargodha today.
He listened to problems being faced by news section and assured to resolve the issues.
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 ceremonies and events to pay homage to the Quaid for getting a separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent.
Further details from our correspondent. ( Tape)
Azadi Train continues its journey towards Islamabad. The train reached Kalorkot from Kundian where it was received by a large number of people belonging from various sections of society. The people visited various floats and picture gallery.
Our correspondent has prepared a report regarding how people will celebrate their Eid on Azadi train
The British Home Ministry has replied to the reference filed by Interior Ministry against MQM Founder Altaf Hussain.
The British Home Office strongly condemned the violent acts in Karachi on 22nd of the last month.
It said that Pakistan's reference has been sent to the metropolitan police where evidences will be investigated thoroughly.
It said that Pakistani government will be contacted in case of need of more evidences.
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 stae 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.
Police and medical sources say one explosion came from a parked car and the other was caused by an explosives-laden vehicle driven by a suicide bomber.
Israeli aircraft struck Syrian army positions after a rocket from there hit the Golan Heights today.
Israeli military in a statement said the rocket caused no injuries or damages.
The incident comes after Russia and the United States announced a deal on a new Syrian ceasefire, set to come into force on Monday.
A UN report has found that the economy of the occupied Palestinian territories would be at least twice as large if Israeli occupation was lifted.
The report by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development says occupation imposes a heavy cost on the economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
It adds that the separation of the Palestinian market from international markets, the blockade on Gaza, expansion of illegal Israeli settlements and the construction of the separation wall on Palestinian land, are causes for the underdeveloped state of the Palestinian economy.
President Barrack Obama has pledged that U.S. will stay relentless against terrorism by al-Qaida and the Islamic State group.
In his weekly radio and internet address on the eve of the 15th anniversary of September 11attacks, Obama said the terrorists' goal is to frighten Americans into changing how they live, but Americans will never give in to fear.
Nearly three thousand people were killed in New York City, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon when hijacked commercial airliners were slammed into all three locations in attacks.
In the US, Marine Corps is weighing criminal charges against twenty personnel at a recruit training centre following the death of a Muslim trainee.
Investigators opened a probe into the death in March of twenty year old Pakistani-American Raheel Siddiqui who reportedly fell from three stories and died at the military centre in Parris Island, California.
According to the Wall Street Journal, investigations suggest Raheel Siddiqui jumped from a third-story balcony after a drill instructor slapped him in the face.
Zimbabwe's government has said it will fire up to twenty five thousand civil servants in an attempt to rein in government spending.
Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said the government is struggling to pay civil servants, because their salaries eat up to ninety six percent of the annual budget.
In West African country Mali, three soldiers have been killed and two seriously injured in an attack by unidentified gunmen near the central town of Boni.
A defense ministry statement says ambush occurred on the road linking Douentza and Gao in the central Mopti region.