Prime Minister says the government is focusing on overcoming poverty.


Government vows to bring FATA at par with developed areas of the country.


Millions of faithful have started moving from Mina to Arafat.


[0700]: 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 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 staging 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.



Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch has said that FATA will be brought at par with the developed areas of the country before its integration with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

In an interview with PTV, he said 110 billion rupees will be spent in FATA every year for its development. 

The Minister said 30 percent of this amount will be directly utilized by the local governments in FATA and elections for local government in FATA will be held next year.

He said the remaining amount will be used for rehabilitation and reconstruction in FATA. Abdul Qadir Baloch said that FATA will be integrated with KPK within five years.



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.



Millions of faithful from across the world, including Pakistan, are arriving in Arafat for Hajj ritual of Waqoof-e-Arafa.

Earlier, Hujjaj spent whole night in open sky in tent city of Mina.

Radio Pakistan's correspondent Muhammad Akram Khan reports that Hujjaj will listen to "Hajj Khutba" and offer Zohar and offer Asr prayers together at Masjid Nimra in Maidan-e-Arafat.

They will stay in Arafat till sunset spending the day in prayers.

Waqoof-e-Arafat on 9th of Zil Hijjah is the main ritual of Hajj.




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 levelled 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 Hafeez ur Rehman congratulated Mir Saleem.



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. 



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



In Syria, one hundred people have been killed in air strikes in Idlib and Aleppo provinces.

Sixty people were killed in an air strike on a market in Idlib while up to 45 died in strikes on Aleppo province.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on all sides to respect US-Russia deal 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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