Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Millions of Muslims from across the world performed main hajj ritual of Waqoof-e-Arafat today praying for collective good of the Ummah.
Imam-e-Kaaba says Islam is a religion of peace having no connection whatsoever with terrorism.
Preparations to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha have reached their peak across the country with people thronging cattle markets to buy sacrificial animals.
Nation observed 68th death anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam with the pledge to transform the country according to his vision.
Azadi Train has reached Jand in District Attock.
The government has decided to set up a national gas transmission company and four distribution companies to improve supply of gas.
The Acting President has urged international community to check worsening human rights situation in Occupied Kashmir.
In occupied Kashmir, the death toll in ongoing "Intefada" has risen to 96 as Indian troops martyred five more youth today.
China and Russia begin eight-day naval drills in the South China Sea from tomorrow.
Millions of Hujjaj from across the world, including one hundred and forty-three thousand from Pakistan are performed main ritual of Hajj 'Waqoof-e-Arafat' today.
In his Khutba-e-Hajj from Masjid Nimra, Imam-e-Kaaba Abdur Rehman Al-Sudais has urged the Muslims to set aside their petty differences for peace and stability in Muslim world.
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 and terrorists have no religion.
He said Ulema have a key role to play to keep the youth from terrorism and achieve unity and harmony among the Muslim Ummah.
Imam-e-Kaaba said teachings of Islam are based on justice and equality.
He said the Muslims in Palestine and Syria have been suffering, and their difficulties could be lessened through collective efforts by Muslims.
Shaikh Abdur Rehman Al-Sudais said Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) gave the manifesto of Islam in his last sermon saying that all human beings are equal, and it is Taqwa i.e. fear of God that heightens a person's stature before Allah. He said the commandments of Allah have to prevail in the world.
The preparations for celebrating Eid-ul-Azha have intensified across the country with a lot of activity being witnessed in cattle markets.
The administration of major cities has designated specific places for animal markets where faithful in large number are buying animals for sacrificing on Eidul 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 large number of personnel of law enforcement agencies will be deployed around all the mosques, imambargahs and eidgahs provide security during Eid prayers.
The 68th death anniversary of the Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is being observed today with due solemnity and reverence.
In this connection, Quran Khwani and Fateha were held at the Quaid’s Mazar.
Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad and Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah alongwith cabinet members visited the Mazar-e-Quaid. They laid floral wreath and offered fateha.
Later, talking to media, Sindh Chief Minister pledged to follow the guiding principles of the Quaid-e-Azam.
Radio Pakistan and PTV are airing special programs to pay homage to the Father of the Nation.
In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, special functions and programmes were held by various political social and cultural organizations to pay homage to the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah
All the three stations of Azad Kashmir Radio are broadcasting special programmes to mark the day.
Azadi Special Train has reached Jand in District Attock.
Radio Pakistan correspondent Muhammad Waqas onboard the train has recorded comments of people regarding Azadi Train on various stations during its journey.
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says five to seven economic zones will be established across the country under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
In an interview tonight, he said every province and region, including Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir, will get at least one economic zone.
The Minister said all the provincial governments have been asked to identify the economically-feasible and attractive places for building economic zones.
To a question, he said Balochistan will prove as a trade corridor for the region its people will get the maximum benefits by having employment opportunities and economic growth.
To another question, Ahsan Iqbal said all the stakeholders are supporting CPEC. He said the work on the western route of the corridor is under way on priority basis.
Punjab government is giving special attention to the projects of education, health, water supply, sewerage and the rule of law.
This was stated by Governor Punjab Malik Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana while talking to peole belonging to different walks of life in Multan today.
He says fruits of development projects have started reaching arrive the doorsteps of the people.
He said people should discourage those elements who want to create dissension and anarchy in the country.
Chief Minister Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri says that promotion of quality education is the vision of his government.
Talking to a delegation Loralai he said a hefty amount has been earmarked for education sector in the current budget to complete all ongoing schemes.
He said the institutions playing a vital role in imparting quality education to the students in far flung areas will be encouraged and facilitated.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah says tht stand of Sindh province has been forcefully presented at the National Finance Commission Award meeting for next year.
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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak says provincial government has made efforts to ensure good governance, eliminate of corruption and ensure merit.
He was talking to a delegation of National Management College, with called on him in Peshawar today.
The Chief Minister informed the delegation about major development projects launched by the government during past three years.
The meeting also exchanged views on different matters including governance, reforms and other initiatives taken by the provincial government for welfare of people of the province.
PML(N) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa leader Arbab Wasim Hayat said the entire nation is united under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Addressing a protest demonstration in front of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Peshawar today, he said Pakistan Tehrik-Insaaf bagged the vote in the name of change, but its government has failed to deliver.
Meanwhile, member Pakistan People’s Party Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly from Chitral, Sardar Hussain says the agitational politics of Imran Khan has development process in the prvince as well as the country.
Talking to Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent Ghazanfar Aziz, he said entire development funds have been accumulated to only four particular districts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while other districts are being ignored intentionally.
The PPP MPA said they would lodge protest inside and outside the assembly over this discriminatory attitude of the provincial government.
The government has decided to set up a national gas transmission and four distribution companies to smothern gas supply.
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 all 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.
Denmark says it will extend all possible support to Pakistan in meeting the energy shortage.
Addressing a seminar in Lahore, Ambassador of Denmark to Pakistan, Ole Thonke said 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.
At least five people were killed and ten others injured when a passenger van collided with a truck near Haripur today.
Acting President Mian Raza Rabbani has urged international community to take steps for stopping the worsening human rights situation in Indian held Kashmir.
He was talking to newsmen after laying floral wreath at mausoleum of Quaid Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and offering fateha, in Karachi today.
Raza Rabbani says democracy will become more stable with the strengthening of national institutions and strictly following the Constitution.
The AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan met President Sardar Masood Khan at Kashmir House in Islamabad.
Both the leaders discussed latest situation of occupied Jammu and Kashmir and upcoming session of OIC in the context of Indian atrocities there.
AJK President and Prime Minister expressed grave concern over the deteriorating human rights situation in the held valley.
They also condemned the imposition of curfew, target killings of youth, harassment of women and children and arrest of Hurriyat leaders in Occupied Kashmir.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism martyred five more youth today, raising the death toll from ongoing Intefada to 96.
According to Kashmir Media Service, four youth were martyred during a siege and search operation in Handwara while another succumbed to his injuries in a hospital in Srinagar.
In another incident, an Indian policeman was killed and three Indian army soldiers were injured during an encounter in Poonch district of Jammu region.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people were injured in firing of pellets and bullets by Indian troops on participants of anti-India rallies in Kulgam, Pulwama, Badgam, Islamabad and other districts of the Kashmir Valley.
The authorities continued to impose declared and undeclared curfew in the Valley on the 65th consecutive day, today.
However, thousands of people flouting curfew and restrictions took out huge pro-freedom rallies in South, Central and North Kashmir.
The participants chanted pro-freedom and anti-India slogans as they marched on the streets. Pakistani flags were also hoisted on the occasion.
The 15th anniversary of attacks on World Trade Center in New York is being observed through out the United States and other parts of the world today.
In the United States, services are being held across the country to mark 15th anniversary of the attacks.
Saudi Arabia has launched a Persian-language television channel tht covers Hajj rituals as well as prayers in the Grand Mosque in Makkah.
Saudi Minister of Information and Culture Adel al-Turaifi said in Makkah today tht the 24-hours satellite channel aims to broadcast the message of Hajj, eternal meanings of Islam and information about the facilities being provided by the kingdom during Hajj.
In Syria, twenty Islamic State militants have been killed in air strikes by Turkish warplanes in northern part of the country.
Turkish army said in a statement that the warplanes struck three buildings of the militant group.
Meanwhile, in a videotaped message today, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his government's commitment to eliminate the militants in Syria who pose a threat to Turkey.
In Turkey, the government has replaced twenty eight municipal and district mayors suspected of colluding with terrorist organizations.
In a statement today, the Turkish Interior Ministry said that 24 of the officials removed from their posts are suspected of ties with Kurdish militants. The other four are accused of having links with the movement responsible for an attempted coup in July.
Iran has welcomed a U.S.-Russian agreement on a cease-fire in Syria.
In a statement, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi said Iran has always welcomed a cease-fire and peace in Syria.
The ceasefire deal will come into effect from tomorrow night.
In Yemen, seven police personnel were killed and fifteen injured in a suicide car bomb attack on a police compound at Al Wadea district of Abyan province today.
Official sources say the suicide bomber managed to enter the compound using a vehicle similar to those used by the police.
China and Russia will hold eight days of joint naval drills in the South China Sea off China's Guangdong province from tomorrow.
In a statement today, the Chinese navy said the "Joint Sea-2016" exercise will feature surface ships, submarines, fixed-wing aircraft, ship-borne helicopters and marines.
The two countries will carry out defense, rescue and anti-submarine operations, as well as "island seizing" and other activities.
It is the largest exercise ever taken together by the two countries' navies.
North Korea has vowed to continue strengthening its nuclear power to protect the country against threats of nuclear war.
In a statement today, North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said strengthening the nuclear power in quality and quantity will continue.
He said the threats of further sanctions against the country following its fifth and largest nuclear test, are what he called "laughable".