Text Bulletin 0700 hrs
Prime Minister has directed Ministry of Water Resources to ensure timely completion of all ongoing development projects.
The convoy of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will resume its journey towards Lahore from Gujranwala on Saturday.
Chairman Senate says unity and harmony among all state institutions is imperative to face internal and external threats.
Army Chief has vowed to restore peace and rule of law at all costs.
Azadi train will begin its countrywide journey from Islamabad on Saturday .
In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed today against Indian plans to change demography of the territory.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has directed the Ministry of Water Resources to ensure timely completion of all the ongoing development projects.
Presiding over a meeting to discuss the affairs of WAPDA in Islamabad, he directed to control the cost escalation in these projects without compromising their quality.
Chairman WAPDA, Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) told the meeting that work on Kacchi Canal having capacity of irrigating 72,000 acres of land in Dera Bugti has been completed and would be inaugurated very soon.
He said that first unit of 1,410 MW Tarbela IV Extension would be ready for power generation by February 2018, second by April, 2018 and the third by May, 2018.
The caravan of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will resume its journey towards Lahore from Gujranwala on Saturday .
Earlier, the rally received tumultuous response on its arrival at Gujranwala.
Addressing a big public gathering in Gujranwala, Nawaz Sharif said it is an irony that no elected Prime Minister was allowed to complete his constitutional term.
He said not a shred of corruption has been proved against him.
Nawaz Sharif said no one can oust him from people's hearts.
The former Prime Minister said his love for the people of Pakistan is unprecedented.
Minister of State for Ports and Shipping Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal has said the government will keep on implementing the vision of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for development and prosperity of the country.
In a statement, he said the mammoth rally of the former premier has proved that the popularity graph of Nawaz Sharif is increasing significantly.
Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal said PML-N government will overcome the menace of terrorism, load-shedding and unemployment.
Minister of State and PML-N leader, Talal Chaudhry has said that reforms in system are imperative to ensure respect for public mandate.
Talking to a private TV channel, he said people, who participated in the rally of Nawaz Sharif, have given their opinion to protect mandate given to the government for alleviating poverty and development and progress of the country.
Talal Chaudhry said PML-N wants to strengthen the institutions for smooth flow of system.
Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani says unity and harmony amongst all state institutions is imperative to face internal and external threats.
Addressing a two-day conference in Islamabad to commemorate the celebration of 70 Years of the Parliament, he said that democratic system is gradually strengthening day by day.
Raza Rabbani said any attempt to undermine constitution will cause irreparable loss to the country.
He once again underlined the need for intra-institutional dialogue among three state pillars including Parliament, Judiciary and Executive.
The Chairman Senate also lauded the great resilience of the nation for facing the menace of terrorism boldly.
He urged the youth to realize their responsibilities and play active role in national development.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and his wife visited family of Major Ali Salman in Lahore, who embraced martyrdom during an intelligence based operation in Dir on Wednesday.
According to ISPR, the army chief acknowledged supreme sacrifice of Major Ali Salman and said that he has made the country proud.
He said peace and rule of law will be restored at the cost of any sacrifice.
The Army Chief said no threat can deter resolve of a nation which is united, resilient and honours its heroes.
Later, General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited family of Brigadier Muhammad Hasnain, who lost his life enroute to operational area in South Waziristan in a road accident.
The security forces have seized huge cache of arms and ammunition during intelligence based operations in North Waziristan Agency.
According to an ISPR, the operations were carried out in Ghulam Khan, Lakki Midan, Lppi, Spalga, Khareseen and Roucha areas of the Agency.
Huge cache of arms and ammunition, including heavy machine guns, improvised explosive devices, rockets and ammunition were recovered.
Sindh Rangers have arrested six accused involved in different crimes during raids in various parts of Karachi.
According to Rangers' spokesman, the raids were conducted in Zaman town, Sohrab Goth and Lyari areas.
Huge quantity of arms and ammunition, snatched valuables and narcotics were also recovered from them.
Azadi train will begin its countrywide journey from Margalla Station, Islamabad today at 12 30 pm.
According to the schedule by Railways Ministry, the train will reach Peshawar Cantt at 4 30 in the evening.
The train will leave for Rawalpindi from Peshawar Cantt tomorrow and reach Rawalpindi in the afternoon, where it will stay for the whole day on Monday.
The Special Azadi Train will leave for Lahore at 10 00 pm on 15th of this month.
Train will have a two day stopover in Lahore and will leave for Karachi.
The journey will come to an end at Karachi Cantt on 25th of this month.
The Punjab government is launching a project worth one point two billion rupees to provide latest field machinery to farmers on affordable price.
A spokesperson of Punjab Agriculture Information Department told our Multan correspondent that the project would be initiated in 36 districts of the province with collaboration of the Bank of Punjab.
He said initially, the government is establishing one centre each in 36 districts which would be expanded to tehsils level.
The spokesperson said the initiative will help the farmers to attain hi tech machinery for progressive farming.
In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown will be observed today against Indian plans to abrogate Article 35-A of Indian constitution to convert Muslim majority of the territory into minority.
Call for the strike has been given by the joint resistance leadership, comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
The strike is also aimed at registering protest against the arrest of Hurriyat leaders by Delhi-based National Investigation Agency and Enforcement Directorate.
Uhuru Kenyatta has been re-elected as President of Kenya.
He secured 54.3 per cent votes while his rival Raila Odinga got 44.7 per cent.
The opposition has rejected the results.
In Egypt, the death toll in a collision between two trains in Alexandria city has risen to forty-two.
One hundred and thirty-three people were injured in the incident.
US President Donald Trump has threatened military intervention in Venezuela.
Talking to reporters, Donald Trump said the people are suffering and dying and US has many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary.
The third cricket Test between Sri Lanka and India is being played at Kandy, Sri Lanka on Saturday .
India is leading the series two-nil.
Mainly hot and humid weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, rain with thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Bannu, Zhob divisions, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.
Light rain/drizzle is also expected at a few places in Sindh coast.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning
Islamabad twenty-four, Lahore thirty-one, Karachi twenty-eight, Peshawar twenty-six, Quetta twenty-one, Gilgit nineteen, Murree eighteen and Muzaffarabad twenty-two degree centigrade.