Millions of Muslims from across the world performed main hajj ritual of Waqoof-e-Arafat today praying for collective good of the Ummah.

Preparations to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha have reached their peak across the country with people thronging cattle markets to buy sacrificial animals.

Planning Minister says five to seven economic zones will be established across the country under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Nation observed 68th death anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam with the pledge to transform the country according to his vision.

In occupied Kashmir, the death toll in ongoing "Intefada" has risen to 96 as Indian troops martyred five more youth today.

The 15th anniversary of attacks on World Trade Center in New York is being observed today.



Millions of Hujjaj from across the world, including one hundred and forty-three thousand from Pakistan performed main ritual of Hajj 'Waqoof-e-Arafat' today.


Radio Pakistan's correspondent Muhammad Akram Khan reports that after listening Hajj sermon at Masjid Nimra and offering Zohar and Asr prayers together, the Hujjaj prayed for the glory of Muslim Ummah, wellbeing of the Muslims, forgiveness of their sins and establishment of peace and stability in Muslim world.


After sunset, the Hujjaj left for Muzdalfa, where they will offer Maghrib and Isha prayers together.


After staying there for night and collecting pebbles, they will leave for Mina after Fajar prayers tomorrow morning.




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 diffcult 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.



Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says five to seven economic zones will be estalished 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.




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.  




The 68th death anniversary of the Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was 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 and 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 aired special programs to pay homage to the Father of the Nation.




Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari held a meeting with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein in Geneva today.


He briefed him about the ongoing critical human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.


The Special Envoy demanded for the withdrawal of the Indian forces from Held territory that has unleashed a terror on Kashmiris.


The Human Rights High Commissioner assured the Special Envoy that his Office is carefully observing the situation in the area and is in contact with both India and Pakistan in this regard.



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 injured during an encounter in Poonch district of Jammu region.




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.



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.




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.




In the National T-20 Cup in Multan, Lahore Blues beat Rawalpindi  by four wickets today.


Lahore Blues achieved the target of 128 in 19.2 overs for the loss of six wickets.




Hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty four hours.

However, rain and dust-thunderstorm with gusty winds are expected at isolated places of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Gujranwala and Lahore divisions, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.


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