Text Bulletin 1200 hrs
Prime Minister leaves for Saudi Arabia today to hold talk with Saudi leaders on latest situation in the Middle East.
Two civilian were martyred in unprovoked Indian firing at Jandrot and Hot Spring Sector on Line of Control today.
China has agreed to provide financial and technical support for construction Havelian Dry Port.
UAE and Saudi Arabia have signaled of easing tensions with Qatar.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today.
He will hold talks with the Saudi leadership on the latest situation developing amongst the GCC countries.
President of Pakistan Muslim League (N) Nawaz Sharif has ordered cancellation of party membership of Nihal Hashmi.
He has taken the decision on unanimous recommendation of the committee formed to investigate the objectionable statement of Senator Nihal Hashmi.
The committee in its recommendations noted that Nihal Hashmi violated the party policy and discipline by churning out a controversial statement. Therefore, he should be ousted from the PML (N).
Two civilians were martyred and three others injured due to unprovoked firing and shelling of Indian forcesat Jandrot and Hot Spring sectors of the line of control today.
According to ISPR, Indian troops targeted civil population with heavy weapons.
Pakistan Army effectively responded to the firing. There are reports of casualties and damages inflicted on the Indian posts in the firing.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Sahiwal Coal Power project is the first initiative completed under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in a record short time.
He stated this while talking to Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal in Lahore today.
The Chief Minister said that CPEC is a game-changer and once completed it will change the destiny of entire region.
He said that China is making an historic investment of fifty-five billion dollars under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in Pakistan.
Feasibility study for the establishment of a dry port at Havelian in Hazara division has been completed and practical work on the project will be initiated soon.
Official sources told our Peshawar correspondent that China has agreed to provide financial and technical assistance for the construction of the dry port.
An agreement to this effect was signed during visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to China last month.
The dry port will handle all goods to be imported and exported via China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has expedited construction of 130 bomb proof check posts in the districts bordering tribal belt to check militants’ infiltration from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
The project will be completed in August this year at a cost of 800 million rupees.
Twelve check posts featuring basements, bunkers and bomb and rocket proof walls have already been completed.
According to the government, these check posts would be converted into full fledged police stations after the merger of FATA in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri has instructed the concerned officials to ensure transparent utilization of government funds.
He was addressing a meeting to review on-going developmental programs in the province.
Sanaullah Zehri warned that lapse of funds allocated for developmental schemes will not be tolerated.
The Chief Minister said he would personally monitor progress of developmental projects and transparent use of funds.
Frontier Corps Balochistan and Balochistan Police during a joint search operation have arrested twenty-seven suspects in Quetta city.
The operation was carried out after target killing of three police personnel in the city.
The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have given signals of easing tensions with Qatar after a week of growing diplomatic row with Doha.
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Bin Saud directed the officials to show leniency to Qatari-Emirati and Qatari-Saudi families on humanitarian grounds.
Earlier, Kuwait had said that Qatar is ready to listen to the concerns of Gulf Arab states, which have severed diplomatic and economic ties with Doha.
In the ICC Champions Trophy, Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka at Cardiff at 2:30 p.m. today.