Text Bulletin 1300 Hrs
Prime Minister has urged religious scholars to present a counter narrative against extremist mindset.
All arrangements have been completed for the nation-wide census drive, beginning from Wednesday.
A Kyrgyz Parliamentary delegation will arrive in Pakistan on Monday to enhance bilateral parliamentary cooperation.
In Occupied Kashmir, Chairman Hurriyet Forum says India wants to resolve the Kashmir dispute through military might.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged religious scholars to present a counter narrative against extremist mindset to realize the dream of peace in the country.
Addressing a seminar at Jamia Naeemia in Lahore today he said this narrative should be taught to youth at educational institutions.
He said religious scholars should promote true teachings of Islam and stand up against those who are sowing seeds of discord and disunity.
The Prime Minister said his government initiated strong and indiscriminate action against terrorists across the country after coming in power and now backbone of terrorists has been broken.
He said though isolated incidents of terror are still occurring but the government is committed to trace out remnants of terrorists and their facilitators.
He asked religious scholars to come forward to take this war to its logical conclusion.
Nawaz Sharif said Islam teaches unity, harmony and brotherhood and there is a dire need for adopting these principles for prosperous Islamic world.
He said the sacrifices of Dr. Sarfraz Naeemi, the nation and personnel of security forces will not go in vain in war on terror.
Nawaz Sharif said that extremism is the base of terrorism and terrorists have tainted the sacred concept of Jihad through their heinous acts.
The seminar was held in connection with eighth Urs and death anniversary of renowned scholar, Maulana Dr. Sarfaraz Hussain Naeemi Shaheed.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif inaugurated IT Initiatives and Police Station Reception Desks at the office of Inspector General Punjab Police in Lahore today.
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.
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.
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.
A Parliamentary delegation of Kyrgyzstan will arrive in Pakistan on Monday for a three day visit.
The Speaker of Kyrgyz Parliament Chynybay A. Tursunbekov will lead the delegation.
The visit is being made on invitation of Speaker National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for promotion of bilateral parliamentary exchanges and supplementing government-to-government interaction.
The two sides will sign MoUs and will also deliberate upon ways to enhance cooperation between the two Parliaments.
Close cooperation in energy, trade and exploring and utilizing of economic dividends of central Asian states will also come under discussion during the visit.
Japan has awarded MEXT Research Scholarships for Masters/Doctorate degrees for Year-2017 to seven postgraduate students of Pakistan.
The Embassy of Japan organized a pre-departure orientation for Pakistani students by the Government of Japan.
Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Takashi Kurai also hosted a send-off reception at his residence to say his good wishes to the scholarship grantees of Year-2017.
The Ambassador congratulated the scholarship recipients and also expressed his hope that they would come back to Pakistan to utilize the knowledge and expertise.
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.