Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri has been injured in a bomb explosion in Mastung on Friday.
Senate has been informed that Dawn leaks issue was handled and resolved prudently.
Prime Minister has reached China to attend two-day Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation beginning in Beijing from Sunday.
Utility Stores Corporation will provide over one billion rupees subsidy on food items in the holy month of Ramazan-ul-Mubarik.
On the third day of last cricket Test against Pakistan in Dominica, West Indies will resume their first innings at overnight score of 14 for no loss on Friday evening.
At least nine people were martyred while and about fifty others including Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri injured in a suicide bomb attack in Mastung on Friday afternoon.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad has said that amicable solution to the issue of Dawn leaks has strengthened democracy in the country.
He was responding to a motion moved by Leader of the Opposition and others regarding Dawn leaks in Senate on Friday.
The minister said some forces wanted to destabilize democratic system over the issue of Dawn leaks but the matter was handled and resolved prudently.
He urged all the political parties and the media to end debate on Dawn leaks in the best interest of Pakistan, for stability of democracy and supremacy of the constitution.
The House offered Fateha for the martyrs of 12th May, 2007 in Karachi.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has reached China to attend the two-day Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation beginning in Beijing on Sunday.
He is accompanied by a high level delegation including the four chief ministers and Federal Ministers Ishaq Dar, Saad Rafique, Khurram Dastgir, Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of State Anusha Rehman and Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.
The prime minister will attend the inaugural session of the summit and the plenary meeting of high-level dialogue and the state banquet.
He will also attend the leaders' roundtable sessions on second day of the forum.
Nawaz Sharif will also hold meetings with President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Kaqiang to further promote bilateral relations between the two friendly countries.
Many agreements are expected to be signed in connection with China Pakistan Economic Corridor during the visit.
The Prime Minister is also expected to meet world leaders on the sidelines of Belt and Road Forum. He will participate in an investment conference and meet with business and corporate leaders.
The Prime Minister will also visit Hangzhou and Hong Kong.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has rejected reports that the recent visit of Indian entrepreneur Sajjan Jindal came under discussion during a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
In a statement, she said Sajjan Jindal is friend of the prime minister and he met him in his personal capacity.
People from various segment of society have welcomed the decision of removal of no objection certificate condition from foreign tourists visiting Gilgit Baltistan.
Governor GB Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan said the decision will encourage tourism industry in the region.
Senior Minister Gilgit Baltistan assembly Akbar Taban said the decision will increase tourist flow and generate economic activities.
Information Minister Iqbal Hassan said Federal Government is taking interest to promote tourism and removal of NOC condition is proof of it.
Utility Stores Corporation has evolved comprehensive strategy to ensure quality and standard for sale and purchase of products during the holy month of Ramazan.
According to spokesman of Utility Stores Corporation, Wajid Ali Khan Swati, the corporation would announce over one billion rupees as subsidy during holy month of Ramazan to facilitate customers.
He said the USC would also provide 10 to 15 % concession on 1500 items of food and beverage in the holy month to give relief to common man.
Wajid Ali Khan Swati said that monitoring and evaluation teams would also be sent in during Ramazan to verify the complaints about products. A centre has also been established for this purpose.
He said we are committed to maintain transparency and accountability in the corporation and will provide quality items to the customers in Ramazan.
The reconstruction of one hundred and ten schools affected due to terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been completed.
Sources of Provincial Reconstruction and Settlement Authority told radio Pakistan that these schools were completed at a cost of more than two point five billion rupees with the collaboration of USAID.
The sources said that work on sixty three more schools affected due to floods and terrorist activities in different parts of the province is in progress.
Sindh Rangers has arrested eight accused including target killers and extortionists during raid in various parts of Karachi.
Weapons and narcotics have been recovered from them.
Federal Investigation Agency in a raid at Murree arrested four member group including a woman involved in illegal kidney transplantation.
Polling for By-elections against vacant seats of Local Bodies in thirteen districts of Balochistan is in progress smoothly.
The Provincial Election Commissioner Mohammad Naeem Majeed Jaffar told our correspondent in Quetta on Friday that polling will continue till four pm without any break.
Inauguration of Border Outpost Construction Project was held at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Friday.
The project is being implemented in collaboration with the United States.
The project which completed in three years consists of five Company Headquarters of FC, 33 Border Out-Posts and renovation of 54 Security Posts.
The United States will also provide equipment, including bulletproof vests, helmets and bomb protection suits to the FC to help improve safety of troops and extend the reach of the FC in FATA and along the Pak-Afghan border.
Pakistan says expansion in UNSC's non-permanent seat only way to ensure regional representation.
Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told a U.N. panel, that the Council needs to be expanded in a manner that gives a greater chance of representation to the regional groups.
In her remarks, she said that the countries in the permanent category were "nominated" in the UN Charter and they do not represent any region.
International Nurses Day is being observed on Friday.
12 May is the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
The International Council of Nurses commemorates this day each year.
The 18th death anniversary of famous Urdu poet, Baba-e-Zarafat, Syed Zameer Jafri is being observed on Friday.
Zameer Jafri wrote humorous columns in the newspapers and periodicals besides writing many books.
“Zameeryiat” is full collection of his poetry. He has a wide readership across the globe.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the United States' decision to arm the Syrian Kurdish rebels is contrary to its relationship with Turkey.
Addressing a news conference in Ankara on Friday before leaving for China, he hoped that talks with the President Donald Trump during his upcoming visit to the US next week will lead to a breaking point in the Washington decision to arm Syrian Kurdish rebels.
He said that his visit would also be a sign of a new beginning in relations between the two countries.
Erdogan said he would also pursue the issue of the extradition of the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen in his visit.
Australia is considering a NATO request for sending more troops to Afghanistan.
Talking to reporters in Sydney, on Friday Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said it is very important that we continue with our other allies in the efforts in Afghanistan and work together.
Currently, Australia has nearly 300 troops stationed in Afghanistan for training of the Afghan forces.
On the third day of third and last cricket test against Pakistan in Dominica, West Indies will resume their first innings at overnight score of 14 for no loss on Friday evening.
Kieran Powell with 9 and Kraigg Brathwaite 5 are on the crease.
Earlier, Pakistan in their first innings scored 376 runs.
Radio Pakistan in its national Hook-up at 1605 hours on Friday will broadcast, a special feature program in connection with the death anniversary of famous poet Zameer Jafri.