Text Bulletin 1500 Hrs
Prime Minister has urged Ulema to stand up against those sowing seeds of discord and disunity, by promoting true teachings of Islam.
Chairman Senate says upper House of parliament is strengthening the federation by safeguarding rights of its units.
All arrangements have been completed for the countrywide census drive, beginning from Wednesday.
Chairman Hurriyet Forum says India is grabbing more and more lands in occupied Kashmir to consolidate its military control in the valley.
In the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, Maoist rebels killed eleven soldiers in an attack today.
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 death anniversary of renowned scholar, Maulana Dr. Sarfaraz Hussain Naeemi Shaheed.
Later, addressing the inaugural ceremony of IT Initiatives and Police Station Reception Desks in Lahore, the Prime Minister stressed the need to continue capacity building and modernization of institutions.
He said institutions could become stronger only if there is no hurdle in the way of introducing reforms.
The Prime Minister appreciated the IT Initiatives and Police Receptions Desks introduced in Punjab Police.
However, he said a lot is still needed to improve the working of Police Stations to facilitate public.
He said provision of swift justice to the people is government's primary responsibility and every measure is being taken in this regard.
Addressing the ceremony, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif appreciated the reforms introduced in Police system, to eliminate Thana culture.
He paid rich tributes to police personnel who presented sacrifices in war against terrorism.
Shahbaz Sharif said the Prime Minister's package for the families of martyred police personnel is being implemented successfully.
He said Counter Terrorism Department was established in 2013 under the Prime Minister's vision, which has played effective role in countering terrorism.
The Chief Minister also appreciated the efforts of Punjab Police for holding final of PSL in Lahore in a peaceful manner.
Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani says strong and stable federating units guarantee a strong federation.
He was addressing a seminar on "Enhancement of powers of Senate for Stronger Federation" in Islamabad today, that was held in connection with completion of parliamentary year of the Upper House.
Raza Rabbani said the Senate as upper House of Parliament is representative of federating units and safeguards their rights along with strengthening the federation.
He said any increase in powers of Senate increases powers of provinces.
In his remarks, Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Asad Qaisar said strong parliament is imperative for a strong Pakistan.
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 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.
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.
Twelve suspects including five facilitators of terrorists were arrested in Ghari Kapura area of Mardan district today.
Arms and ammunition were recovered from them.
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.
In India, eleven Indian security forces personnel have been killed and three others injured in an attack by Maoist rebels in the central state of Chhattisgarh today.
A police official said the incident took place in the Sukma district when the personnel of the para-military Central Reserve Police Force were on a road opening exercise. Armed rebels opened fire at the forces.
Turkey says all deals with the European Union, including an agreement on stemming the flow of migrants, will be jeopardized if the bloc failed to implement promised visa liberalization for Turks.
Speaking to CNN,Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey would present a final text to the bloc "and either it will all be cancelled or it will all be implemented."
Turkey and the EU last year agreed a deal to stem a record flow of migrants to Europe in exchange for billions of euros in aid to Turkey.
In Yemen, at least twenty two people have been killed and dozens wounded when a Saudi-led coalition air strike hit a market in western area of the country.