Prime Minister says the government is focusing on overcoming poverty.

Millions of faithful will move from Mina to Arafat after a short while.

The 68th death anniversary of the founder of the country Quaid-e- Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is being observed today.

Pakistan says it has never closed transit route to Afghanistan.

In Belarus, the general election is being held today.


Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says his government is simultaneously targeting poverty and diseases as combination of these two results in a havoc for poor people.
In a letter to provincial governments and governments of AJK and Gilgit-Baltiststan, he asked for early allocation of land for the construction of forty-six hospitals announced by him so as these could be completed within the tenure of his government.
The Federal government will provide funds for the establishment of these state-of-the-art hospitals.
Five hospitals of 500 beds and eight of 250 beds will be constructed in Punjab while three each of 500 and 250 beds will be established in Sindh province.
In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, land will be allocated for 500 bedded hospitals in Haripur and Charsadda; for 250 bedded hospitals in Batgram, Hangu, FATA and Chitral, and for 100 beds hospitals in Garhi Habibullah and Kaghan.
In Balochistan, 100 bed-hospitals will be constructed in Hub, Noshki, Chaman and Punjgur; 250-bed hospitals in Khuzdar, Loralai and Sibi and 500 bedded hospital in Quetta.
In Gilgit-Baltistan, 250-bed hospitals will be constructed in Skardu and Gilgit; 100-bed hospital in Karimabad Hunza and 50-bed hospital in Ghanche.
A 250-bed hospital will be constructed in Muzaffarabad, 100-bed hospitals in Rawlakot, Kotli and Athmuqam and 50-bed hospital at Leepa in AJK.
Land will also be allocated for three hospitals in the Federal Capital.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has taken strict notice of turtle smuggling from Karachi.
In a statement, he directed all concerned departments to take immediate steps for well being of confiscated turtles.
The Prime Minister also issued directions to take strict legal action against the culprits involved in this illegal act.
Earlier, Sindh Wildlife Department foiled smuggling bid of 900 black turtles from Karachi and arrested 14 people.

Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhary Barjees Tahir says the journey of development of the country will continue despite the sit-ins and protests.
Addressing a gathering in Nankana Sahib, he said PTI chief wants to create hurdles in the way of progress of the country by stating long marches and protest demonstrations on non-issues.
Chaudhery Barjees Tahir said the government is committed to completely eliminate power and gas load-shedding by 2018.
He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will effectively present the stance of Pakistan on Kashmir issue in the UN General Assembly upcoming session.

Commerce Minister Khuram Dastgir Khan says the PML-N government has overcome energy crisis and terrorism.
Addressing a gathering of teachers and parents in Gujranwala, he said the government is committed to eliminate illiteracy, inflation, unemployment and taking practical measures to improve national economy.
The Commerce Minister said national economy has improved to a great extant and after completion, CPEC would change fate of the country.
He said all available resources have been diverted toward promotion of education.

Millions of Muslims from across the world who had gathered in Mina for Hajj rituals yesterday will move to Arafat after sunrise this morning.
Radio Pakistan's correspondent Muhammad Akram Khan reports from Mina that Hujjaj will offer Zohar and Asr prayers together and listen to "Hajj Khutba" at Masjid Nimra.
They will stay in Arafat till sunset spending the day in prayers.
Waqoof-e-Arafat on 9th of Zil Hajjah is the main ritual of Hajj.
A large number of Pakistani pilgrims are performing Hajj this year.

Countrywide crackdown is underway against the NADRA employees who facilitated issuance of fake Computerized National Identity Cards during the present or the previous governments.
These elements had been identified during the campaign of verification of CNICs continuing for three months.
Cases have been registered against eighteen persons, eight officials have been arrested, and raids are being conducted to apprehend ten other accused.

Azadi Train will leave Kundhian for Mianwali at 1000 this morning.
A large number of people belonging to all walks of life visited train's various floats and picture galleries at Kundhian Railways station.

Pakistan has clarified that it has never closed transit route to Afghanistan.
Reacting to the allegation leveled by Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani that Islamabad has closed the transit routes during fruit season, Foreign Office spokesperson said all transit routes are open for the neighbouring country.

PML-N candidate Mir Saleem Khan won by-election in Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly GBLA-6 from Hunza defeating an independent candidate Ubaidullah Baig.
According to unofficial and unconfirmed results, Mir Saleem Khan secured 4684 votes while his rival candidate Ubaidullah Baig grabbed 3939 votes.
Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Hafeezur Rehman congratulated Mir Saleem.

Eight terrorists were killed while a security personnel embraced martyrdom during a combing operation in Gayandari, bordering area of Balochistan and Punjab.
According to ISPR, the security forces also apprehended a number of Fararies, besides recovering a huge cache of arms and ammunition from their possession.

The 68th death anniversary of the Father of Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is being observed today with due solemnity and reverence.
Different organisations and educational institutions have chalked out special seminars and ceremonies to pay great homage to the Quaid for rendering valuable services for the Muslims of the sub-continent.

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of brother of senior journalist Abdul Wadood Qureshi.
In a message, he prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss with fortitude.

In Belarus, general elections for the 110-member parliament are being held today.

In Syria, forty people have been killed in air strikes at a market-place in Idlib province.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 30 people were also killed in air strike in Aleppo province.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on all sides to respect US-Russia for ceasefire in Syria.
He said the deal requires unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to all of the besieged and hard-to-reach areas, including Aleppo.

In Tanzania, thirteen people have been killed and several injured in an earthquake that hit Bukoba town.

Two persons were killed when two airplanes crashed into each other in Saxony state of Germany.
The accident took place during a local airport festival.

In the National T-20 tournament at Multan, Lahore Whites beat Peshawar Region by six runs last night.
Chasing the target of 160 runs, Peshawar Region team were all out for 153.
Umer Akmal of Lahore Whites was declared Man of the match.

In the final of US Open Tennis in New York, Angelique Kerber of Germany beat Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic by 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and grabbed second position in the ranking of World Tennis Association.
In Men's final, Novak Djokovic of Serbia will take on Swiss Stan Wawrinka today.


Hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, rain with dust-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at isolated places of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan divisions, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was:

Islamabad twenty-five degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-eight, Karachi twenty-six, Peshawar twenty-nine, Quetta eighteen, Gilgit seventeen, Murree sixteen and Muzaffarabad twenty-three degree centigrade.

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