Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
PML-N says conspiracy being hatched against government will fail with its characters to be exposed soon.
Election Commission has urged electoral reforms committee to finalize its recommendations at the earliest for enactment of Election Act-2017.
Pakistan Railways is working on a master plan to upgrade its three main arteries.
WAPDA Chairman says 969-MW Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower project will start full generation by March next year.
Ministry of Religious Affairs has launched electronic monitoring system for instantly resolving complaints of pilgrims during Hajj days.
Army Chief says CPEC will bring increasing economic integration among regional economies and reduce development gap within Pakistan.
Kashmiris on both sides of Line of Control and the world over will observe Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir on Thursday with a renewed pledge to accomplish the mission of martyrs.
Saudi Arabia and the United States have agreed to make joint efforts to eliminate terrorism.
PML-N says the conspiracy being hatched against the government will fail and those involved in this act will be exposed soon.
This was stated by Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb while addressing a news conference along with PML-N leader Daniyal Aziz in Islamabad on Wednesday evening.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said attempts are being made for another sit-in, which too will meet the same fate.
She said the JIT report is based on speculations and probabilities.
The Minister said PML-N will challenge the report in the Supreme Court on point to point basis. She expressed the confidence that the apex court will do justice with them, and reject the JIT report.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said the entire nation is supporting the Prime Minister.
She said there is no question of resignation of the Prime Minister. She said Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will remain Prime Minister of Pakistan with support of people of the country.
Speaking on the occasion, MNA Daniyal Aziz said the opponents should first read the report before demanding resignation of the Prime Minister.
He said there are a number of loopholes in the JIT report.
He said unverified sources have been used for compilation of the report.
Daniyal Aziz said huge funds were allocated for the investigation but the report is still incomplete.
The AJK Cabinet has expressed full confidence in the leadership of Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif terming him a symbol of federation.
In an emergency meeting in Muzaffarabad on Wednesday, the cabinet expressed concern over the political instability in Pakistan and said some international players want to sabotage CPEC project.
Election Commissioner of Pakistan has called for expediting enactment of the Election Act 2017 so that arrangement for the forthcoming general elections can be made accordingly.
This was stated in a letter written to heads of all the political parties having representation in the parliamentary committee on electoral reforms, by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan.
He urged the electoral reforms committee to finalize its recommendations and lay the bill before the parliament for making necessary legislation and enact the Election Act-2017 as early as possible.
Under the new proposed law, the Election Commission is required to make necessary arrangements for printing of new forms, envelopes and other related material.
President Mamnoon Hussain has underscored the need for ethical and moral reformation of prisoners to help control crime rate and to make them an effective part of the society.
He was speaking on the occasion of presentation of a report prepared by Prison Reforms Committee under the auspices of Federal Ombudsman Secretariat in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The President said the basic purpose of punishment is to change their mindset through better treatment and training.
He commended the efforts of the well-off segments of society for ameliorating the condition of prisoners and said that such charity will promote goodwill in society.
On the occasion, the Federal Ombudsman presented a report of reforms in prisons to the President and briefed him on important features of the report.
Talking to Chairman World Federation of Neurology Dr Muhammad Wasay in Islamabad on Wednesday, the President said people can be prevented from contracting fatal diseases by raising awareness among them about the principles of hygiene.
He said relevant government departments and medical organizations can play an important role in this regard.
He said awareness campaigns should be launched with the cooperation of professional organizations of doctors.
Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has urged Islamic Development Bank and ECO Trade and Development Bank to promote investment in railways to improve connectivity among ECO states.
He was addressing the 9th high level Working Group meeting of ECO Container Train on Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul route, in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The Minister said Pakistan government has already arranged about eight billion dollars financing to upgrade the main line ML1. The arrangement of financing to link Gwadar with railways network is also underway.
Saad Rafique said maximizing connectivity, mobility and accessibility by making major communications corridors commercially viable and accessible will benefit the regional nations.
He said Pakistan Railway is working on a master plan to upgrade its three main arteries; ML1 from Peshawar to Karachi, ML2 from Attack to Kotri and ML3 from Quetta to Taftan and from Iran and Turkey.
Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan says the government is fully committed to ensure safe and healthy food to its citizens.
Addressing a consultative workshop on "National Food Security Policy" in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said immense achievement has been made in this regard.
The Minister said the policy is a beacon of light to achieve objectives with regard to food security as it will address issues regarding food.
Pakistani nominee Khalid Mehboob has been elected as chairperson of Food and Agriculture Organization Council in UN.
In the first round of voting, Khalid Mehboob secured 64 votes. The candidate from Slovakia got 32, Cyprus 26, and Indonesia 19 votes.
Before the second round of voting, Indonesia, Slovakia and Cyprus withdrew in favor of Pakistan and Khalid Mehboob was declared as elected.
Pakistan lastly held this position in 1955.
WAPDA Chairman Muzammil Hussain says 969-MW Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project will start full generation by March next year.
He was informing Public Accounts Committee, which met in Islamabad on Wednesday with its Chairman Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah in the chair. The committee reviewed audit paras of WAPDA for year 2015-16 and 2016-17.
The WAPDA chairman said filling of the dam will be started in October. Dry test of the turbine will be conducted in January while first unit will start generation in February.
He said excavation of sixty-eight kilometer tunnels have already been completed one month ahead of its schedule completion.
Regarding Kicchi Canal, the WAPDA chairman informed the committee that 57 billion rupees have been spent on the project and 45 billion rupees more are required for completion of its first phase.
He assured the committee that the canal will start irrigating 72000 acres of Dera Bugti by the December.
The Committee directed to complete Noulang and Dadu dams and Kicchi Canal on priority.
Work on the construction of Kurram-Tangi Dam in North Waziristan Agency is in full-swing.
Moody's Investors Service has affirmed Pakistan's B3 ratings and maintained a stable outlook.
According to Moody's credit analysis, Pakistan's medium-term growth outlook is strong, supported by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.
It says the outlook for growth has strengthened as a result of increased macro-economic stability due to reforms and following the launch of the CPEC project in 2015.
In the fiscal year ended June 2016, real GDP growth reached 4.5 per cent, up from 4.1 per cent in both fiscal year 2015 and fiscal year 2014.
Moody's expects that real GDP growth will rise towards 6 per cent over the next few years, as the economic benefits of the CPEC gradually materialize and past policy reforms continue to support economic potential.
Ministry of Religious Affairs has launched electronic monitoring system for instantly resolving complaints of pilgrims during Hajj days.
According to official sources, the system is a comprehensive portal designed to cater to specific needs of the pilgrims.
The first feature is a helpline accessible both online and through an Android application named "Pak Hajj Moavin".
It allows users to register queries, complaints and suggestions in an effective manner. An SMS service has been developed to disseminate important information.
In addition, pro forma based feedback, introduced last year, will be obtained from pilgrims of both government and private Hajj schemes at the time of their return to Pakistan.
PIA has decided to abolish discretionary powers to allot business class seats to the favorite or influential passengers during Hajj flights as these seats will be allotted to senior citizens and aged-pilgrims.
The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Advisor on Aviation Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme Marvi Memon says ongoing BISP survey is apolitical.
Chairing a meeting in Charsadda on Wednesday, she said utmost efforts have been made to ensure hundred percent accurate data in National Socio Economic Registry survey.
The Chairperson said the identified areas will be resurveyed so that no deserving is left out.
Minister for SAFRON Abdul Qadir Baloch called on Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra in Peshawar on Wednesday.
They discussed matters pertaining to the well-being of the people of FATA.
Earlier, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra visited the residence of SSP Sajid Mohmand who was martyred in a suicide blast occurred in Chaman area of Balochistan.
Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair says the government has almost overcome the energy crisis.
He was talking to the delegation of Mitsubishi Energy Group in Karachi on Wednesday.
The two sides discussed matters relating to Pak-Japan cooperation in investment, trade, economy and other fields.
Meanwhile, a delegation of Lala-Musa Press Club also called on the Governor on Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said the government believes in freedom of expression. He said steps are being taken for security of journalists.
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri says law and order situation in the province has been improved due to efforts of law enforcement agencies and people of Balochistan.
He was talking to Inspector General Frontier Corps Balochistan Major General Nadeem Anjum in Quetta on Wednesday.
They expressed satisfaction that youth are focusing on education and taking part in the progress and prosperity of the country.
Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai has stressed the need to maintain international standard in construction of roads and bridges under CPEC.
Speaking at a briefing on the western route of CPEC in Quetta on Wednesday, he said all phases of the route should be completed on time.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is truly a harbinger of economic development, peace, and prosperity in the region.
Addressing a function on CPEC Logistics in Rawalpindi on Wednesday, he said CPEC is also affirmation of Pakistan's efforts for a peaceful and prosperous region.
He said unlike some other countries of South Asia, we believe in focusing our energies on peace and inclusiveness, rather than divisive competition.
The Army Chief said CPEC will bring increasing economic integration among regional economies and reduce the development gap within various regions of Pakistan.
He said Chinese investment in various fields, including energy, infrastructure, Gwadar Port and special economic zones can lay the foundation of a fast development of Pakistan, if the opportunity is optimally utilized.
Commenting on prevailing security situation in Pakistan, the Army Chief said the country is much safer on Wednesday than before as peace has been restored in FATA and the adjoining areas.
He said normalcy is returning to Pakistan's economic hub of Karachi. Similarly, the law and order situation has improved significantly in Balochistan and there is great focus on socio-economic development in the province.
The Army Chief said Pakistan is making steady, but sure-footed progress to get rid of the menace of terrorism and extremism.
French Ambassador Martine Dorance called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi on Wednesday.
They discussed the evolving regional security matrix and other issues of mutual interest.
The Sindh government has approved ninety days extension in the special powers of Pakistan Rangers in Karachi.
The extension will be valid from July 15 to October 12.
A joint delegation of Chinese National Development Reforms Commission and investors visited the site of economic zone in Rashakai near Mardan on Wednesday.
Project Director CPEC Economic Zone Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ghulam Dastgir briefed the delegation about the economic zone.
The economic zone, which is being constructed under CPEC, will generate over three hundred thousand jobs directly and indirectly.
China has expressed willingness to play a constructive role in improving tense relations between Pakistan and India.
Addressing a press briefing in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said ongoing tension along the Line of Control in Kashmir is posing threat to peace and stability of the region.
He urged both Islamabad and New Delhi to start a meaningful dialogue for the settlement of their bilateral disputes and promote peace in the region.
Replying to a question about current border standoff between China and India in Sikkim, he asked the Indian side to withdraw its troops from the Chinese territory and properly settle this dispute at the earliest.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan says Indian troops are targeting innocent civilians along the Line of Control with heavy and light weapons.
Talking to Chairman Coordination Group of OIC and other members at Ivory Coast, he said unprovoked Indian firing has become routine, in which civilian population particularly women and children, are being killed intentionally. He said Indian troops have blocked mosques, depriving people to offer prayers.
The AJK Prime Minister urged the international community to play its due role by exerting pressure on India to stop massive human rights violations in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over would observe Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir on Thursday with a renewed pledge to accomplish the mission of martyrs till achievement of the goal of liberation from Indian bondage.
According to Kashmir Media Service, complete strike will be observed across the held territory on Thursday as part the week-long protest calendar, call for which has been given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
On 13th July 1931, the troops of Dogra Maharaja had killed 22 Kashmiris, one after the other, outside Central Jail in Srinagar during the court's proceedings against one Abdul Qadeer who had asked Kashmiri people to defy the Dogra rule.
In Azad Kashmir, the main function in connection with Youm-e- Shuhada-e-Kashmir will be held in Muzaffarabad with AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider in the chair.
Meanwhile, the joint resistance leadership wrote a petition to the member states of the United Nations, international organizations and human rights defenders and bodies and urged them to play their role in finding out a just settlement of the Kashmir dispute.
Meanwhile, the Indian troops during violent crackdown operation martyred three Kashmiri youth in Budgam district on Wednesday.
The United States and Saudi Arabia have agreed to make joint efforts to eliminate terrorism and extremist rhetoric.
An understanding to this effect came during US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's separate meetings with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir in Jeddah on Wednesday.
According to Saudi Press Agency, they discussed latest regional developments, global counter-terrorism efforts, and ongoing crisis in the Gulf region.
China has dispatched military personnel to set up its first-ever overseas base in Djibouti.
Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Commander Shen Jinlong said the base will ensure China's performance of missions, such as escorting, peace-keeping and humanitarian aid in Africa and West Asia.
He said the base will also perform other functions, including military cooperation, joint exercises, evacuating and protecting overseas Chinese and emergency rescue.
In Syria, at least ten people were killed when security forces shelled opposition-held areas in northwestern Latakia province.
According to reports, three persons were also injured in the shelling, which targeted the Jabal al-Turkman region.
In Nigeria, at least 17 people have been killed and 21 others injured in a suicide attack in northeast city of Maiduguri.