Text Bulletin 2000hrs
AUGUST 12, 2017
The convoy of former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has arrived in Shahdara en-route to Lahore.
Prime Minister says law enforcement agencies have restored law and order in Karachi.
Finance Minister has reiterated government's firm commitment to sustainable economic growth.
Chinese Vice Premier arrives in Islamabad tomorrow for talks on further augmenting bilateral relations in a host of fields.
Preparations are in full swing across the country to celebrate 70th Independence Anniversary with Azadi Train leaving Islamabad for countrywide journey.
Turkey has shown keen interest to enhance collaborative ties with Pakistan in diverse fields.
In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed today against the Indian plan to change demography of the held territory through constitutional amendment.
France has warned against escalation of tension over North Korea's nuclear programme.
In Syria, government forces took full control of Sukhneh city in Homs province from Islamic States fighters today.
The convoy of former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is near Shahdara en-route to Lahore.
Several party leaders, including Mushahidullah Khan, Marvi Memon, and Talal Chaudhry are accompanying the former Prime Minister.
Several reception camps have been set up alongside G.T. Road to warmly welcome Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
Nawaz Sharif is expected to address the rally participants at Shahdara.
Earlier, addressing a large public rally in Muridke, Nawaz Sharif said PML-N government is taking concrete measures to improve economy, overcome power shortage, and eliminate terrorism from the country.
Nawaz Sharif said under his leadership, the country was making speedy progress in all sectors.
The convoy of the former prime minister today left Gujranwala for Lahore.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says the country cannot progress without strong economy as only a strong economy can lead the country on the road of progress and prosperity.
He was talking to a representative delegation of Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Pakistan Business Council in Karachi this afternoon.
The prime minister called for efforts to ensure the promotion of economic activities in Karachi.
He said the government will continue to pursue the policies of former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. Members of new cabinet are working hard to achieve the goals and objectives of PML(N).
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that as a result of concerted efforts of PML(N) government and sacrifices of security forces, law and order has been restored in Karachi.
Our Karachi representative says that the Governor State Bank of Pakistan Tariq Bajwa and Chairman FBR Tariq Mehmood Pasha also called on the Prime Minister and briefed him about the performance of their respective institutions.
During the meeting, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair were also present on the occasion.
Chairing a meeting on law and order in Karachi, the Prime Minister said the federal government is concerned over the recent surge in street crimes in Karachi.
The meeting was briefed on overall security situation in the province in general and Karachi in particular.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi stressed the need for activating all intelligence resources to arrest that alarming trend.
The meeting reaffirmed that peace and tranquility in Karachi would be maintained at all costs.
Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Federal Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal, Corps Commander Karachi, Chief Secretary Sindh, DG Rangers Sindh, IG Sindh and other senior government officials were present during the meeting.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah also called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Karachi this afternoon.
They discussed the prevailing political situation in the province and relations between the Federal and provincial governments.
The Prime Minister reiterated his resolve that the federal government will continue to play its role in completion of the ongoing development projects in Sindh.
Earlier, talking to Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair in Karachi, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the federal government will extend all out support for development in Sindh province.
The Governor briefed the Prime Minister on the initiatives taken for the development and confidence of business community.
The Prime Minister also 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.
A delegation of MQM Pakistan led by Farooq Sattar also called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Karachi today.
The current situation in Karachi was discussed in the meeting.
It was agreed in the meeting that all the political parties should combine their efforts to further improve security and business atmosphere in Karachi.
The Prime Minister said all the political parties should join hands to ensure peace and security in the city.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says the government is committed to ensure inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
Chairing a ceremony at FBR in Islamabad today, he said that revenue collection has boosted up to 3362 billion rupees due to the prudent policies of the government.
Ishaq Dar said that Pakistan Customs has played an important role in enhancing revenue collection.
Minister for Water Resources Syed Javed Ali Shah has said that all-out efforts will be made to evolve consensus among provinces on Kalabagh Dam.
Talking to the media in Multan today, he said that reservations of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh will be addressed.
The minister said that many new dams are under construction in the country and thousands of megawatts of electricity would be added to national grid after their completion.
About water issue between Pakistan and India, he said that Islamabad will take up the issue at the United Nations and the International Court of Justice.
He said that the neighboring country had no right to stop Pakistani water. The minister said Pakistan will restore its rivers at all costs.
President has summoned the Senate session at Parliament House in Islamabad on 21st of this month at three in the afternoon.
The House will discuss important national issue besides legislative business.
China's Vice Premier Wang Yang will arrive in Islamabad tomorrow on a two-day visit.
According to Foreign Office spokesperson, the Vice Premier is undertaking the visit on the directions of President Xi Jinping as a special gesture to participate in the 70th Independence Anniversary Celebrations of Pakistan.
The special visit of Vice Premier Wang underscores the close brotherly and cooperative ties between Pakistan and China and Beijing's strong political support for Islamabad.
During his visit, he will attend the flag-hoisting ceremony on 14th August as a special guest, and call on the President.
He will also held meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
Preparations are in full swing across the country to celebrate the 70th independence anniversary in a befitting manner.
Special Azadi train has started its countrywide journey from Islamabad as part of 70th Independence anniversary celebrations.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb inaugurated the special train at Margalla Railway Station in Islamabad today.
In her address on the occasion, Marriyum Aurangzeb said the train portraying the historical and cultural ethos of Pakistan is a reflection of the dreams and aspirations of the people of Pakistan.
The Minister of state said stable and peaceful Pakistan we live in today is a translation of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah`s vision.
The train consists of five galleries and six floats.
The train will stay at every station to provide an opportunity to the people of those areas to see the beautiful cultural and historical models displayed in the five galleries and six floats of the train.
In connection with the 70th Independence Day of Pakistan, a massive Pakistan-Zindabad rally was held in Muzaffarabad city today.
The rally took a round of the city and concluded at Bank Road. It consisted of hundreds of motorcycles, pedestrians and vehicles.
Vehicles and motorbikes in rally were beautifully decorated with Pakistani and state flags. National anthem and other national songs were played through heavy sound system throughout the route of the rally.
The jubilant participants of the rally raised the slogans of Pakistan Zindabad and Kashmir Ban-e-Ga Pakistan.
Army Museum in Rawalpindi will be open for general public from 9 am to 4 pm on independence day.
According to ISPR, people can visit and see the history preserved by Pakistan Army.
Turkey has shown keen interest to enhance collaboration with Pakistan in diverse fields including textiles, transportation, housing and tourism sectors.
This was expressed by Turkish Deputy Economy Minister Fatih Metin while addressing a ceremony in Istanbul today.
He said both the countries want to enhance bilateral trade to five billion dollars through a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement.
In his address, Charge d' Affaires of Pakistan in Turkey Syed Ali Asad Gilani said that the multi-faceted relationship between Pakistan and Turkey is flourishing in diverse fields.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says those who have put hurdles in the way of country's bright future have been rejected by people in elections.
In a statement in Lahore today, he said the goal of a self-reliant, prosperous and economically sound Pakistan will be achieved despite all hurdles being put by opponents.
He said we will continue our journey started under the leadership of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
Sector commander of Pakistan Army North Command Brig Amir Kiani says Bajaur agency will soon be cleared of militants and anti social elements.
This he said while talking to elders of Charmang tribe during his visit to Sarkari Qala in Bajaur agency to offer condolences over the martyrs in bomb explosion.
The sector commander said that exemplary peace and normalcy has been restored in almost all areas of the agency after the successful joint efforts of forces and local people.
He asked the elders to keep close watch over the miscreants to thwart their anti-peace activities in the agency.
The elders on the occasion assured of their full support against the militants and their supporters.
Balochistan government is making all out efforts to provide modern means of communications to the masses in backward areas of province.
Gilgit-Baltistan Development Working Party approved nine development projects costing 3.8 billion rupees.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan says Indian plan to repeal Article 35-A of its constitution is an attempt to change the demographic composition of occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Speaking at a PTV programme today, he urged international community to take notice of Indian’s nefarious designs.
Farooq Haider Khan said Kashmiris have already decided their fate through a historical Accession to Pakistan resolution on 19th July 1947 in Srinagar.
He said people of Jammu and Kashmir are well aware of the evil plans of India and are fully capable to foil them.
In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed, today, against the Indian plans to abrogate Article 35-A of its Constitution to convert Muslim majority of the territory into minority.
Call for the strike was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik and supported by traders of the occupied territory.
The strike was also aimed at condemning the ongoing killing spree by Indian forces and the arrest of Hurriyat leaders by Delhi-based National Investigation Agency and Enforcement Directorate.
All shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed in the occupied valley while traffic was off the road.
Strike was also observed in Bhadarwah, Doda, Kishtwar, Gandoh and Thathri areas of Jammu region.
In a statement in Srinagar, Chairman Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq warned that the people of occupied Kashmir will hit the streets if Article 35A was abrogated.
Members of Kashmir civil society at a round-table conference in Srinagar decided to send a memorandum to the UN Secretary General, all permanent members of the UN Security Council and member states of OIC to apprise them about the anti-Kashmir nefarious designs of India.
France has warned against escalation of tensions over North Korea's nuclear programme amid a growing war of words between Washington and Pyongyang.
In a statement in Paris today, French President Emmanuel Macron said the international community should work to get Pyongyang resume the path of dialogue without conditions.
He also voiced his concern at the ballistic and nuclear threat from North Korea.
The European Union's Political Security Committee will hold an extraordinary meeting on Monday to discuss the situation in North Korea.
The European External Action Service said in a brief statement that EU Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will chair the meeting.
On the other hand, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in a tweet, said that his country is working with the United States and its partners in the region to find a diplomatic solution to the North Korea crisis.
In Syria, government forces took full control of Sukhneh city today, driving out the Islamic State militants from their last stronghold in Homs province.
According to SANA news agency, several militants were killed and many of their weaponry destroyed in the offensive.
In Kenya, eleven people have been killed in crack down on protests against re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta as President.
Meanwhile, a government official said nine people were killed in Nairobi's Mathare slum during anti-looting operations by police.
In the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, at least sixty children have died due to oxygen shortages at a government hospital in Gorakhpur district over the last five days.
In Nepal, twenty-five people have been killed in floods and landslides caused by torrential monsoon rains across the country.
Heavy rains have hit more than a dozen districts in the country's far eastern region and some areas in the west since yesterday morning.
A government spokesman said details of the losses are still being collected.
In China, one hundred seventy-one tourist sites were closed and two hundred seventy-eight flights disrupted today due to heavy rain in Beijing.
Meanwhile, more than seven hundred residents of a village were evecuated in Yueyang County of Hunan Province today, as a dam above it breached during heavy rain and landslides.