Text Bulletin 0800 hrs
President says Pakistan will soon emerge as a strong economic power due to effective economic reforms of the government.
Prime Minister has directed to expand National Health Programme to the entire country to provide free treatment to deserving people.
Advisor on Foreign Affairs has said membership of SCO will enable Pakistan to occupy center stage of massive trade activities.
In Afghanistan, three US troops have been killed by an Afghan soldier in Achin district of Nangarhar province.
The United States has urged Gulf countries to ease blockade on Qatar for strengthening counter-terrorism fight.
England beat Australia by forty runs in the ICC Champions Trophy at Birmingham last night.
President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan will emerge as a strong economic power in the next five years due to the government's effective economic reforms.
Talking to newspersons in Madina Munawara, he said reforms have been introduced in every sector, which will yield sustainable impact.
The President said the government is working for the wellbeing of people and development of the country.
He said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy close and brotherly relations.
Earlier, the President offered prayers at Roza-e-Rasool (SAWW) and prayed for the security and stability of Pakistan
Over twenty-six thousand patients have been treated so far at hospitals under Prime Minister's National Health Prgoramme in twenty-six districts across the country.
According to the third party verification conducted by NADRA, the programme enjoys ninety-three percent patient satisfactory rate.
National Health Programme is also designed to provide quality heathcare services to women, and so far, fifteen thousand women have been treated for various ailments.
The Prime Minister has directed to expand the programme to the reamaining districts of the country to provide free treatment to maximum deserving people.
Minister for Law and Climate Change Zahid Hamid has announced establishment of a 250-bed hospital at Tharo Mandi in Pasrur tehsil.
Talking to newsmen in Pasrur, he said the Punjab government will spend 1.5 billion rupees on the project.
The minister said construction and dualisation of Sialkot-Pasrur and Daska-Pasrur roads will soon be launched at an estimated cost of 3.4 billion rupees.
Pakistan Railways in collaboration with Punjab Government will develop green belt along both sides of the railway track from Shahdarra to Raiwind in Lahore.
This was stated by Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique while chairing a meeting in Lahore.
The Minister said various facilities, including gym, jogging tracks, cafeteria, children park, and cycling track will be provided at these green corridors.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says mega development projects have been launched in southern Punjab.
Talking to parliamentarians belonging to southern Punjab, he said he is personally monitoring the progress of these projects.
The Chief Minister said the provincial government has earmarked record funds for new projects in next financial year budget for southern Punjab.
He said all available resources will be utilized to ensure the people of southern Punjab, get their due right.
Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair says the federal government has expedited development activities in backward areas to bring them at par with developed areas of the country.
Talking to a delegation of Pakistan Muslim Alliance in Karachi, he said that steps will be taken to resolve the problems of Bengalis living in Sindh province.
Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Political Affairs Asif Kirmani says the Supreme Court should investigate the issue of leakage of Hussain Nawaz's picture.
In an interview, he said accountability of Sharif family was held during the regime of Gen (retired) Pervez Musharraf and nothing was proved against them.
Asif Kirmani said PML-N is cooperating with Joint Investigation Team. He hoped that JIT will do justice with PML-N in accordance with the law and the constitution.
Senator Mushahidullah Khan says PTI chief Imran Khan is shielding corrupt elements in his party to cover his own corruption.
In an interview, he said Imran Khan and his party leaders Jahangir Tareen and Aleem Khan owned offshore companies, which should also be investigated.
Mushahidullah Khan said the PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has made the provincial accountability institution dysfunctional for last two years.
He said though the name of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is not mentioned in the Panama Papers, yet he presented himself for accountability.
Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan will soon be at the center stage of massive trade activities after attaining full membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
In an interview in Islamabad, he said Pakistan enjoys multi-dimensional ties with SCO countries, and after becoming its full member, the opportunities in multilateral cooperation, land and connectivity and trade activities will get a spur.
The Advisor termed the meetings of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with Russian and Afghan Presidents in Kazakhstan very constructive.
He said Pakistan and Russia have developed deep defence cooperation in recent times, which will be strengthened in the coming years.
He said efforts are being made to address issues of visa and customs regulations with Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.
The Advisor said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Karakorum Highway will serve the main linkage between the land-locked Central Asian countries and the rest of the world.
Prime Minister's Spokesman Musadik Malik says Pakistan is pursuing a neutral and balanced foreign policy.
Talking to PTV, he said the central point of the country's foreign policy is to maintain friendly relations with all the countries keeping in view economic and security interests.
Musadik Malik said national interest is always supreme and Pakistan has old and long-lasting relations with Muslim countries.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria says India's continuous ceasefire violations on the Line of Control are posing threat to regional peace.
In a statment, he said killing of innocent civilians by the Indian forces on the Line of Control is a condemnable act.
Death anniversary of renowned film actor Syed Moosa Raza known as Santosh Kumar is being observed on Sunday.
In Afghanistan, three American soldiers were killed and one was wounded when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them in Achin district of southern Nangarhar province.
The United States has urged the Gulf countries to ease the blockade on Qatar.
In a statement, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said blockade is causing unintended humanitarian consequences and affecting the US-led fight against the Islamic State militants.
The United States has offered technical and security assistance to the Philippines in fighting the Islamic State militants.
The Philippines military's spokesperson said the United States is providing the assistance to end the siege of Marawi City by fighters allied to Islamic State Group.
In Kosovo, parliamentary election are being held on Sunday after collapse of the government in no-confidence motion last month.
According to reports, nearly two million voters will use their right to franchise to elect new government.
England beat Australia by forty runs under Duckworth–Lewis method in the ICC Champions Trophy in Birmingham last night.
Batting first, Australia scored 277 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in allotted fifty overs.
In reply, England were 240 for the loss of 4 wickets in 40.2 overs when the match was stopped due to rain. The target was revised to 201 and England were declared winnter.
Ben Stokes of England, who scored 102 runs, was declared man of the match
In on Sunday's match, India will take on South Africa at The Oval, while Pakistan will play their third match against Sri Lanka tomorrow.
Hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Lahore,Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, Sargodha, Bannu, Kohat, D.I.Khan, Hazara, D.G.Khan, Bahawalpur divisions, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:-
Islamabad twenty degree centigrade, Lahore tweny-one Karachi thirty, Peshawar twenty-four, Quetta twenty-one, Gilgit thirteen, Murree fourteen and Muzaffarabad seventeen degree centigrade.