Text Bulletin 1300 hrs
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's convoy has left Gujranwala for Lahore.
Prime Minister has assured to extend all-out support for development projects in Sindh.
Special Azadi train has begun its countrywide journey from Islamabad as part of 70th Independence Anniversary celebrations.
The United Nations has expressed deep concern over deteriorating human rights conditions in Gaza.
The caravan of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has left Gujranwala for Lahore.
Senior PML-N leaders and a large number of supporters are accompanying Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in his journey he began from Islamabad on Wednesday.
PML-N supporters have made preparations to extend a warm welcome to Nawaz Sharif in Lahore.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says the federal government will extend its allout support for development in Sindh province.
He was talking to Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair in Karachi today.
The governor briefed the prime minister on the initiatives taken for the development and the confidence of business community.
Earlier, the Prime Minister paid a visit to the mausoleum of Quaid-a-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
He laid floral wreath at the mausoleum and offered Fateha to pay homage and respect to father of the nation. He also recorded his impressions in the visitor's book.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will chair a meeting on law and order situation in Karachi and meet the business community.
Special Azadi train has begun its countrywide journey from Islamabad as part of 70th Independence anniversary celebrations.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb inaugurated the special train today.
Pakistan will mark its Independence Day at the United Nations with a concert in the General Assembly hall on August 14.
Organized by the Pakistan Mission to the United Nations, the concert will feature acclaimed Sachal Jazz Ensemble, which is a blend of the traditional and the modern music.
The concert titled 'Music Beyond Borders', is aimed at spreading the message of international peace and harmony at the world stage.
The concert is expected to be attended by diplomats, UN officials, and representatives of civil society, media and members of the Pakistani diaspora. The event has already generated much interest and enthusiasm.
Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN, Dr Maleeha Lodhi, said the concert is an effort to project Pakistan's soft image and present the country's rich culture.
She said public diplomacy is the most effective way to win hearts and minds, and this aims to do just that.
A cycle race was held in Karachi today from Karachi University to Mazar-e-Quaid to mark the Independence Day.
Owais Ali won the race, which was participated by fifty cyclists. Sindh Rangers had organized the event.
The route of the race was decorated with national flags and a number of people had turned up to appreciate the cyclists.
Meanwhile, a rally was also held by students of private schools in the city in connection with the celebrations.
The federal government is spending over one billion rupees on improvement of power supply system in tribal areas.
Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that old transmission lines and transformers in all seven tribal agencies are being replaced.
The sources said production of Marble City Mohmand will increase with installation of new transmission lines and transformers.
In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed, today, against Indian plans to abrogate Article 35A 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 and supported by traders.
All shops, business establishments and educational institutions are closed while traffic is off the road.
The puppet authorities have deployed Indian troops and police personnel in strength across the Kashmir Valley to prevent people from staging anti-India demonstration.The authorities have also suspended train services in the Valley.
The United Nations human rights office has expressed deep concern over the steadily deteriorating human rights conditions in Gaza.
A spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights told the media briefing in Geneva that this has a grave impact on the provision of essential health, water and sanitation services and well-being of vulnerable groups, particularly those needing urgent medical care.
The spokesperson said the lack of transparency in the use of resources, and the continuing suppression of freedom of speech and assembly by the authorities raise further concerns for the protection of fundamental rights of the population in the occupied Palestinian enclave.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the United States President Donald Trump to avoid "words and deeds" that would exacerbate the already-tense situation on the Korean Peninsula in a phone call.
In a statement, Xi also called on "relevant parties to maintain restraint" and to "persist in the general direction of dialogue, negotiations and a political settlement.