Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Prime Minister urges Ulema to come out with a counter narrative to defeat the extremist mindset.
Pakistan says it wants peaceful relations with all its neighbours including India and Afghanistan.
Army Chief reiterates determination to provide fool proof security to CPEC to make it a success.
The United States is to provide eighty one million dollars for construction of Kurram Tangi Dam in North Waziristan.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has signed an MoU with a Hong Kong company to enhance oil production.
In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama today against the killing of civilians.
Turkish president has denounced Dutch move of not allowing Turkish Foreign Minister to land into their country.
In Syria, forty four people were killed in twin suicide bomb attacks in Damascus today.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged religious scholars to present a counter narrative against extremist mindset to realize the dream of peace and harmony in the country.
Addressing a seminar at Jamia Naeemia in Lahore today he said this narrative should be taught to youth at educational institutions.
The Prime Minister said his government initiated strong and indiscriminate action against terrorists across the country after coming in power and backbone of terrorists has now been broken.
He said the government will foil all conspiracies against the country and forge unity in the society.
He resolved that the PML-N government, with the support of Ulema will discard elements of hatred and disunity.
Nawaz Sharif 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.
Prime Minister lauded the role played by Jamia Naeemia in promoting religious education.
He also paid tribute to late Mufti Naeemi for his services to religion and society.
Later, addressing a ceremony in Lahore in connection with digitization of police stations, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif expressed firm resolve to provide people an efficient and public-friendly police force to face modern day challenges.
He said reforms are the key to better functioning of institutions and departments.
He said that his government had inherited broken roads network, crippling load shedding durations, besides, institutions suffering from malice of inefficiency.
Prime Minister said through proper attention, institutions should be modernized and made to function in better manner.
He appreciated the IT Initiatives and Police Reception Desks introduced in Punjab Police.
Nawaz Sharif said that the front desks of all police stations will be linked with the centralized system for better functioning and proper monitoring.
He said provision of justice to every citizen could be streamlined with improvements in the criminal justice system including the filing of First Investigation Report and investigation process.
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.
Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that Pakistan has always expressed its desire to establish peaceful ties with all its neighbours including Afghanistan and India.
Addressing a function of District Bar Association in Sialkot, he said no one should construe our desire of peace as weakness.
The Minister said establishment of military courts has become demand of the day and is vital to cope with terrorism.
He said the country is passing through an extra ordinary circumstances and was in dire need of making extra ordinary measures to tackle internal and external challenges.
Khawaja Asif said the government is committed to weed out terrorism from the country and our security forces have broken the nexus of terrorism.
The Minister also saluted the armed forces, law enforcing agencies and the masses for battling against terrorism.
All is set to launch a country-wide drive for fresh census 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 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.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says the hard work by all stakeholders during the last four years has resulted in the economic turnaround which is globally acknowledged now.
He was speaking during a meeting with a delegation of Pakistan Stock Exchange led by its Chairman Muneer Kamal in Islamabad today.
The Minister assured the delegation that the process of reforms will continue and all the positive suggestions for improvement of the regulatory regime and taxation structure would be considered for implementation.
The delegation expressed keen interest in partnering with the government to expand the outreach of the Fund.
Members of the delegation lauded the progress made by the government in the economic and security environment and stated that both domestic and foreign investors are now keen to expand their investments in the country.
Minister for Railways Khawja Saad Rafique has said that drastic changes are being made to improve the service of department and to keep it abreast with the modern world technologies.
He was talking to Chief Executive Officer Telenor Micro Finance Bank who called on him in Lahore today.
He said that Pakistan Railways' passenger count has surged up to fifty million which is increasing every day.
During the meeting, the CEO Telenor offered services of 75,000 outlets of easy paisa as ticketing facilitation centers for people who have no access to banks or Railways reservation offices.
Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani says strong and stable federating units guarantee a strong federation.
Addressing a seminar on "Enhancement of powers of Senate for Stronger Federation" in Islamabad today, he said that the Senate is the representative of the federating units and safeguards their rights along with strengthening the federation.
Chairman said any increase in powers of the Senate will increase the powers of the provinces.
Speaking on the occasion, Leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafar-ul-Haq said the Senate of Pakistan is promoting positive trends of democracy in the country.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has reiterated Pakistan Army's commitment to ensure security for China Pakistan Economic Corridor and the work force involved.
He was speaking during his visit to Headquarters of Special Security Division today.
Army Chief emphasized upon the value that Pakistan attaches to the Chinese help and assistance extended in making this project a success.
He appreciated SSD for their state of preparedness and arrangements for execution of the assigned mission and tasks.
The Chief of Army Staff was given a detailed briefing on Integrated Security Mechanism led by the Special Security Division.
Pakistan and Belarus have expressed the desire to enhance existing trade relations and cooperation in diverse sectors.
The sentiments were expressed at the 3rd session of Pakistan-Belarus Joint Business Council meeting held in Karachi today.
In his welcome speech acting president of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Aamer Ata Bajwa emphasized the need to enhance business relations.
He said that Belarus is a gateway to the huge market of Russia and Central Asian States.
Belarus minister for Industry Vataly Vovk emphasized the need to boost cooperation between the two countries and appreciated the role of FPCCI and TDAP for strengthening trade ties.
Member National Assembly Sardar Awais Khan Leghari has said that development projects worth one hundred and seventy three billion rupees are being completed in South Punjab which will bring prosperity in the area.
Talking to APP, he said Punjab government is carrying out unprecedented development projects in south Punjab.
He said the completion of Metro Bus project in Multan is a gift for the people of south Punjab.
Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana has said that the government has taken effective steps for improvement in education and health sectors.
He was addressing the convocation of Fatima Jinnah Medical University in Lahore today.
Governor said that youth are our future and comprehensive programs have been initiated to provide them opportunities.
The United States has agreed to provide a grant of eighty one million dollars for the construction of Kurram Tangi Dam in North Waziristan Agency.
According to official sources, an agreement for this purpose has already been signed between the US Agency for International Development and WAPDA.
The Kurram Tangi Dam on completion will produce eighty-three point four megawatts electricity.
It will also irrigate three hundred and sixty-two thousand acres land in North Waziristan and Bannu.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the production of crude oil has reached to fifty thousand barrels per day.
Official sources told our Peshawar correspondent that oil is being produced from wells in Karak, Kohat and Hangu districts.
Meanwhile, the provincial government has signed a memorandum of understanding with a company from Hong Kong to further enhance production of oil.
The company will also construct oil refinery in Karak.
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (F) Chief Maulana Fazl-ur- Rehman has said that the tribal people should be taken into confidence about introduction of reforms in FATA.
Addressing a tribal jirga in Peshawar today, he said instead of merger with Khyber Pakhtunkwa, FATA should be given the status of a separate province.
He said trade and business activities should be promoted in FATA.
Minister for State and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch called on Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair in Karachi today.
They discussed political situation and ongoing Operation Raad-ul-Fasaad in the country.
Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that provincial government fully supports operation Radd-ul-Fasaad till it logical conclusion.
Talking to news persons in Islamabad today, he said that law and order situation in Sindh has improved due to better coordination among the state institutions.
Chief Minister said that terrorism is not a provincial issue but the entire country is facing this menace.
He said that Sindh government will provide all possible assistance to the teams deployed for national census.
The return of Temporarily Displaced Persons of South Waziristan Agency will resume on Tuesday.
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The Government has chalked out a comprehensive strategy for the 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 at federal and provincial levels engaged in wildlife protection.
The Secretary said funds worth two hundred and fifty million rupees have been earmarked for management of Houbara Bustard and migratory birds alone.
Commander Rawalpindi Corps Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza and Commander Bahawalpur Corps Lieutenant General Sher Afgan laid flower wreath at the grave of Lieutenant Khawar Shahab Shaheed at Khuiratta today.
They offered fateha for the Shaheed and later visited the aggrieved family.
They also paid rich tributes to the Shaheed Khawar for his supreme sacrifice in fight against terrorists in FR Bannu.
AJK President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan has appealed to the United Nations to take notice of deteriorating human rights situation in Occupied Kashmir.
He was talking to the trainee officers of different countries in Muzaffarabad today.
Sardar Masood said international community should play its due role in resolution of long standing Kashmir dispute.
He said Kashmiri people are determined to achieve their internationally recognized right to self determination.
AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has said that a strong Pakistan is a guarantee for the success of Kashmir freedom movement.
Addressing a public gathering on the eve of death anniversary of renowned Kashmiri leader K.H. Khurshid in Muzaffarabad today, he said the Kashmir issue has become a flashpoint in the world due to effective foreign policy of the present government.
He said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has highlighted the Kashmir issue at all international fora and he is also taking keen interest in the development of Azad Kashmir.
The AJK Prime Minster strongly condemned the human rights abuses by Indian troops in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown, marked by forceful-anti-India demonstrations, was observed in Pulwama on the third consecutive day, today, against the killing of four civilians by Indian troops.
According to Kashmir Media Service, all shops and commercial establishments remained closed in Pulwama town while public transport was off the roads.
People took to the streets shouting high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans despite heavy deployment of police and troops by the puppet authorities to thwart demonstrations against the killings,.
Police fired teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators, triggering clashes between the protesters and the police personnel.
On the other hand, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement in Srinagar said that the killing of innocent youth in Pulwama showed that the puppet authorities were implementing the Indian Army Chief’s threatening instructions against Kashmiri civilian population.
Meanwhile, the leaders and activists of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party along with a large number of people held a demonstration at Lal Chowk in Srinagar against the inhuman treatment meted out to the illegally detained Kashmiris languishing in various jails. The protesters demanded release of all Kashmiri prisoners.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced the Dutch move of not allowing Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to land into their country.
Addressing a ceremony in Istanbul today, Tayyip Erdogan said a tit for tat reaction could come from Ankara.
Meanwhile, Turkish government also summoned the charge d'affaires of the Netherlands to the Turkish Foreign Ministry in the capital.
Turkish Foreign Minister was scheduled to address the Turkish community in the Dutch city of Rotterdam later today to elicit support for next month's referendum on presidential powers.
In Afghanistan, at least eight members of the security forces were killed by two policemen in southern Zabul province today.
According to reports, both attackers fled the area after attacking their colleagues, taking all the weapons and ammunition from the checkpost.
In Syria, forty-four people were killed and dozens injured in two suicide bomb attacks in capital Damascus today.
According to agency reports the attackers targeted buses transporting pilgrims to Bab al-Saghir cemetery in the old city.
UN secretary general Antonio Guterres is seeking 320 additional police for the U.N peacekeeping mission in Congo.
A UN statement to this effect came after the Congo government announced delay in elections which caused violence to spread in the country.
The statement said additional police for the peacekeeping mission will help keep the political process on track.
In the Indian state of Chhatisgarh, twelve security personnel were killed and three injured in an attack by Maoist rebels in the Sukma district today.