Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Millions of Hujjaj from across the world are performing main ritual of Hajj 'Waqoof-e-Arafat' on Sunday.
In his Khutba-e-Hajj, the Imam-e-Kaaba has called upon the Muslim Ummah to demonstrate unity in its ranks to successfully face the current challenges.
The 68th death anniversary of founder of the country Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is being observed on Sunday.
Prime Minister says backbone of terrorists has been broken and they are on the run.
The government will set up national gas transmission and distribution companies to enhance gas supply.
In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred four youth in Kupwara district on Sunday.
Millions of Hujjaj from across the world, including one hundred and forty-three thousand from Pakistan are performing main ritual of Hajj 'Waqoof-e-Arafat' on Sunday.
In his Khutba-e-Hajj from Masjid Nimra, Imam-e-Kaaba Abdur Rehman al-Sudais called upon the Muslim Ummah to demonstrate unity in its ranks to face the present day challenges.
He said Muslim Ummah is passing through a difficult time and they can overcome these difficulties only through unity.
He said Muslim rulers will have to address the collective problems realising their responsibilities.
The Imam said terrorism is the biggest problem. He said Islam has no link with terrorism. He said terrorists have no religion.
He said teachings of Islam based on justice and adl.
Earlier, the annual ceremony of changing the Ghilaf-e-Kaaba was held on Sunday morning.
The covering cloth of the Kaaba, known as Kiswa, is changed on 9th Zilhaj every year after Fajr prayer on the day of Arafat.
The new cover has been prepared with estimated 150kg pure gold and 670kg silk fibre. It is fourteen metre long and ninety five centimetre wide.
It has been prepared at a cost of two hundred and twenty million Saudi Riyyals.
The 68th death anniversary of the Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is being observed on Sunday with due solemnity and reverence.
In this connection, Quran Khwani and Fateha was held at the Quaid’s Mazar.
Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad and Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah along with cabinet members visited the Mazar-e-Quaid. They laid floral wreath and offered fateha.
Later, talking to media men, Sindh Chief Minister pledged to follow the guiding principles of Quaid-e-Azam.
Radio Pakistan and PTV also airing special programs to pay homage to the Father of the Nation.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says it is the firm resolve of the democratic government that we would leave no stone unturned to make Pakistan the Quaid's Pakistan in the real sense.
In his message on the death anniversary of the Father of Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, he said the nation is fully aware of the fact that we are poised at critical juncture of our history.
The Prime Minister said we have achieved many milestones by acting upon the ideals of our Quaid. The Law and Order situation in the country is much improved and the backbone of extremist elements has been broken.
He said the government is striving day and night to eliminate load-shedding that remained biggest hurdle in the economic growth. He said completion of China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects will turn around the economic outlook of the whole region.
Acting President Mian Raza Rabbani says democracy will become more stable with the strengthening of national institutions and strictly following the constitution.
He was talking to newsmen after laying floral wreath at mausoleum of Quaid Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and offering fateha, in Karachi on Sunday.
Raza Rabbani condemned the atrocities by the Indian forces against innocent Kashmiris in Occupied Kashmir.
The Acting President urged international community to take steps for stopping the worsening human rights situation in Indian held Kashmir.
Punjab Chief Minister has ordered a crackdown against the organized crimes in major cities of the province, including Lahore.
He was chairing a high level meeting on law and order in Lahore.
Shahbaz Sharif directed to take in discriminatory action against the persons involved in these crimes.
Meanwhile, chairing another meeting the Chief Minister directed to take adequate security arrangements throughout the province on Eid-ul-Azha.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has chalked out a security plan for the provincial capital Peshawar on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
Under the plan, over four thousand police personnel will be deputed at sensitive places, mosques and cattle markets besides entry and exit points of the city.
Large contingents of security forces will also be deputed on the main Eidgah located on the Charsadda Road Peshawar.
A Danish energy company working in Rajanpur district of Punjab would add two hundred and fifty megawatt wind electricity to the national grid before 2018.
This was stated by Ambassador of Denmark to Pakistan, Ole Thonke while addressing a seminar in Lahore.
The envoy said his country would extend all possible support to Pakistan in meeting the energy shortage.
Chief Minister Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri has said that promotion of quality education is the vision of his government.
Talking to a two member delegation of BRC Loralai he said a hefty amount has been earmarked for education sector in the current budget to complete all ongoing schemes.
Azadi Special Train has reached Daud-Khel where it was welcomed by people from various walks of life. Floats of Pakistani culture and picture galleries in the train are open for the people.
The government has decided to set up a national gas transmission company and four distribution companies to enhance gas transmission and rein in losses.
The transmission company will only run as a gas transportation vehicle with no tolling fee and will not be engaged in buying or selling of gas.
The four distribution companies will be set up by splitting the two existing public utilities Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited and Sui Southern Gas Company.
The purpose of this division is to efficiently serve each of the four provinces by a separate distribution company.
Official sources say the Government has set deadline of July next year for these companies to be operational.
Buying of sacrificial animals has picked pace across the country as only two days left in Eid ul Azha.
In this connection, a lot of activity is being witnessed in animal markets.
District administrations of major cities have designated specific places for animal markets where faithful in large number are buying animals for sacrificing on Eid-ul-Azha in accordance with Sunnat-e-Ibrahimi.
People especially children are showing great interest in getting the animals of their choice.
The government has taken strict security measures across the country to avoid any untoward incident.
A one day free eye camp was held at Dogra Hospital of Bara Tehsil in Khyber agency on Sunday.
The camp organized by the Directorate of Health Services FATA examined over five hundred patients and distributed free medicines among them.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred four youth at Nowgam in Kupwara district on Sunday.
Meanwhile, undeclared curfew and restrictions continued in the entire Kashmir Valley on the 65th consecutive day, on Sunday. As many as one hundred people were injured in firing of pellets and bullets by Indian troops on protesters in Karimabad area of Pulwama district. The protests were triggered by forces’ raids in the village early on Sunday morning.
Radio Pakistan in its national hook-up at 1530 hours on Sunday will broadcast a discussion programme titled "Iqtasadi Rahdari aur Manfi Propaganda" under the discussion series of "Shahrah-e-Khushhali".
In another hook-up at 1605 hours it will also broadcast a special feature titled "Hayat-e-Qaid Ka Akhari Baras" and soon after this, another discussion programme titled "Quaid-e-Azam aur Jamhoori Pakistan" in connection with the death anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.