Text Bulletin 0800 hrs
Pakistan says fencing on Afghan border will help stop terrorists from entering the country.
Finance Minister has said agreement will be revised to get information access to accounts of Pakistanis at Swiss banks.
A prominent London based magazine The Economist says Pakistan is returning to stability.
Minister of State for Information says the government has improved health and education sectors to achieve sustainable Development Goals.
The United Nations says world faces largest humanitarian crisis since the world body was founded.
Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakria has urged international community to play role for stopping Indian human rights violations in Occupied Jammu Kashmir.
In an interview, he said we condemned the brutal activities committed by India against the innocent people living in Occupied Kashmir.
He said that Kashmir was an internationally recognized dispute between the two states and should be resolved according to United Nations Resolutions.
Nafees Zakria said there were reports that India is involved in terror financing and supporting the elements holding hideouts in Afghanistan to sabotage peace in Pakistan.
He said that India had failed to isolate Pakistan in the comity of nations and Islamabad policies is focused on peaceful relations with neighboring countries.
The spokesman said that Pakistan had apprised the world about the Indian terrorist activities in this country.
To a question regarding border fencing, he said that border fencing on Afghan border would help stop terrorist elements from entering the country.
He said that a special interest was given to strengthen relations with Central Asian States.
The spokesperson urged the Afghan Government to take action against the elements who want to destabilize Pakistan.
Pakistan has summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner to Foreign Office and expressed its concern over the acquittal of Swami Aseemanand in Ajmer Sharif blast case.
In a statement, Foreign Office said Swami Aseemanand had publicly confessed that he was the 'mastermind' of Samjhauta Express terrorist attack.
It is said the Government of Pakistan expects India to take steps to bring to justice all those involved in the heinous act of Samjhauta Express terrorist attack.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says future of the country is re-shaping as revolutionary measures had been taken by the government to bring economic development.
In an interview, he said when Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz government came into power in 2013, the country's economy was almost declared bankrupt but with the efforts of the government, economic situation was entirely different today.
He said significant development had been made in that connection and the government would sign a revised agreement on 21th of this month with Swiss government.
Ishaq Dar said new agreement would enable the government of Pakistan to get information about the accounts opened in Swiss banks.
Pakistan seems to be returning to a more stable and prosperous state.
This was stated in an article appeared in London based magazine the Economist.
The article said the broadly indicative is that Pakistan’s stock market has risen faster than any other in Asia over the past twelve months, by a heady 50%.
It is said poverty has fallen and the urban middle class is growing.
It said big investments in power infrastructure mean that power cuts are now down to a more manageable 6-8 hours a day. The government hopes to eliminate them entirely in time for national elections next year.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says the government is striving to improve quality of life of its citizens and becoming an important member of international community.
She stated this on the eve of a dinner hosted in honor of diplomats from various missions in Pakistan.
She said the government took several initiatives to improve the health and education sector and empowered women, aligned with our commitment as articulated in the sustainable Development Goals.
A seminar on "Enhancement of powers of Senate for stronger federation" will be held at the Parliament House in Islamabad today at 10 am under the auspices of Senate of Pakistan.
The event is being organized on eve of completion of the parliamentary year of the Senate of Pakistan.
Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Chief Ministers of all the four provinces will speak on the occasion.
The fire that has engulfed a textile factory in Landhi area of Karachi is still blazing and efforts are continued to control it.
According to fire brigade sources, twelve fire tenders and a snorkel is busy in tending the fire with water and foam which has spread to all three floors.
All the resources are being utilized to control the fire.
There are no reports of any casualty.
Pakistan Naval Ships NASR and SAIF are arriving at Colombo Port for a four-day goodwill visit to Sri Lanka tomorrow.
The ships have taken part in a large number of the multinational exercises.
The PNS NASR also extensively participated in tsunami relief operations in 2004.
A number of professional training activities are planned between the two navies during the visit.
The port call is part of the strong traditional, professional and brotherly relationship between the Navies of Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
The 29th death anniversary of veteran leader of Kashmir freedom struggle and ex- president of Azad Jammu and Kashmir K. H. Khurshid is being observed today.
Main ceremony will be held in Muzaffarabad.
US President Donald Trump has invited Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas to visit the White House to discuss ways to resume Palestinian-Israeli political process.
The official Palestinian news agency Wafa said the invitation was offered during their first phone call since Trump's inauguration in January this year.
A leading American newspaper has warned President, Donald Trump against sending more troops to Afghanistan to fight the growing insurgency there.
The paper said such reinforcements in the past had failed or fell well short of their aims.
The New York Times said in an editorial, 'Afghanistan is now Trump's war.'
Turkey says it will cooperate in military spheres with Russia on Syria.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said this after his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow is cautiously optimistic on the chances for a peace deal in Syria.
Iraqi Ambassador to UN Mohamed Ali Alhakim has said there is no evidence that Islamic State had used chemical weapons in Mosul in its fight against US-backed Iraqi forces.
Speaking to officials in Baghdad, he said there was really no evidence that Daesh has used this chemical weapon.
The United Nations Humanitarian Chief Stephen O'Brien says world faces largest humanitarian crisis since the United Nations was founded in 1945.
He told the United Nations Security Council that 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria are facing starvation and famine.
Stephen O'Brien said without collective and coordinated global efforts people will simply starve to death many more will suffer and die from diseases.
Rain-thunderstorm with snowfall over the hills associated with gusty winds is expected at isolated places of Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Malakand and Hazara divisions during the next twelve hours.
The rain may also occur at scattered places in Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.
However cold and dry weather with dust-raising winds are likely to blow in Sindh and Balochistan.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:
Islamabad and Gilgit six degree centigrade, Lahore and Peshawar eight, Karachi twenty-one, Quetta two, Murree one and Muzaffarabad five degree centigrade.
Sindh Rangers have arrested five criminals from different areas of Karachi.
The arrested criminals belong to a militant wing of a political party, a banned outfit and drug peddlers.
Arms, ammunitions and narcotics were also recovered from them.