Text Bulletin 1200 Hrs
Prime Minister has called upon religious scholars to contribute towards peace and prosperity of the country.
All arrangements have been completed for the nation-wide census drive, beginning from Wednesday.
In Sindh, over thirty schemes are being carried out at a cost of five billion rupees to boost agriculture sector.
In Occupied Kashmir, Chairman Hurriyet Forum says India wants to resolve the Kashmir dispute through military might.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says Islam teaches unity, harmony and brotherhood and there is a dire need for adopting these principles for prosperous Islamic world.
He was addressing a seminar in Lahore today.
The Prime Minister called upon religious scholars to contribute towards peace and prosperity of Pakistan by playing a role in eliminating extremism and terrorism and by promoting tolerance and inter-faith harmony.
All arrangements have been completed for the month long census drive across the country, beginning from Wednesday.
According to official sources, the national population census is to begin with a house listing operation.
About two hundred thousand personnel of Pakistan Army and ninety- one civilian enumerators will participate in the drive.
During the census drive, special attention will be given to internally displaced persons.
Pakistan Bureau of Statistics has made arrangements to obtain the required data relating to IDPs from NADRA and FATA secretariat.
A seminar on Enhancement of powers of Senate for Stronger Federation is in progress at parliament house in Islamabad.
The event is being organized on the eve of completion of the parliamentary year of the Senate of Pakistan.
In his remarks, Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Asad Qaisar said that strong parliament is imperative for a strong Pakistan.
The Government has chalked out a comprehensive strategy for protection of wildlife and natural habitats of the country.
This was stated by Secretary Ministry of Climate Change Syed Abu Ahmad Akif in an interview with our correspondent Freeha Hassan.
He said a seven hundred and fifty million rupees program has been launched for capacity building and strengthening of institutions engaged in wildlife protection at federal and provincial levels.
He said National Council for Conservation of Wildlife has been revived for regulating and implementing the steps taken by government for curtailing illegal trade of wildlife species.
The Secretary said funds worth two hundred and fifty million rupees have been earmarked for management of Houbara Bustard and migratory birds alone.
In Sindh, over thirty schemes are being carried out to increase per acre crop production and boost agriculture sector in the province.
Our Karachi correspondent Altaf Pirzado reports that these schemes will be completed at a cost of five billion rupees.
Under the plan, solar pumps are being provided to farmers on fifty percent subsidy, whereas training and research facilities are also being modernized.
The plan also include establishment of Export Processing Zones in Karachi, Hyderabad, Badin, Mirpurkhas, Shaheed Benazirabad, Naushero Feroz, Khairpur and Ghotki to facilitate the farmers and growers.
Balochisan Minister for Revenue Jaffer Khan Mandokhail has said that under CPEC, a new highway passing through Koh-i-Suleman and Niazi Kot will be constructed soon.
Talking to newsmen in Zhob today he said work on three other routes connecting Zhob with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab has already been launched which are likely to be completed by end of this year.
The return of Temporarily Displaced Persons of South Waziristan Agency resume on Tuesday and will be completed by 18th of next month.
Sources of FATA Secretariat told our Peshawar correspondent that about twenty five thousand families will go back to their native areas during this period.
Each returning family will be provided thirty five thousand rupees, ration for six months, a tent and utensils.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to construct five international standard sports complexes in different districts of the province.
Sources of Sports Directorate told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that these sports complexes will be constructed in Peshawar, Kohat, Mardan, Swat and Swabi.
This project will be completed at a cost of about two billion rupees by the end of next year.
Chairman Hurriyet Forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, says India is consolidating its military control in occupied Kashmir by grabbing more and more land for its military upkeep and infrastructure.
He was commenting on a news report published in a local newspaper that the puppet administration has allotted 480,000 kanals of land to Indian Army at Mandalthang and Shayok area of Ladakh for using as a firing range.
In a statement in Srinagar Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “Consolidating military control in the disputed territory reflects India's occupational mindset. He said it wants to resolve a political dispute through military might.