Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Prime Minister says work on creating an enabling environment for the merger of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is being done on fast track basis.
DG ISPR has said armed forces have successfully eliminated sanctuaries of terrorists across the country.
Minister of State for Information has said a bill for welfare and protection of journalists will be presented before the cabinet for approval next week.
Election Commission of Pakistan has issued non-bailable arrest warrant against PTI Chairman.
Turkey and the United States have agreed to resolve diplomatic dispute through dialogue.
The first One Day International of five match series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played in Dubai on Friday.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has reiterated commitment for merger of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He was talking to Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra in Islamabad on Thursday.
The Prime Minister said that work on creating an enabling environment and taking required legal and administrative measures for the purpose was being done on fast track basis.
Overall situation in the province and steps being taken for mainstreaming of FATA were discussed during the meeting.
Developmental projects in the province also came under discussion.
DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor has said that there are no safe havens in the country as our armed forces have successfully eliminated their sanctuaries.
Addressing at Karachi University on Thursday, he said fundamentalism even exist in west and India as it has various forms.
DG ISPR said that geographically global economy is linked with Pakistan.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that a bill for welfare and protection of journalists will be presented before the cabinet for approval next week.
She was speaking at the meeting of Senate's Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting chaired by Senator Kamil Ali Agha in Islamabad on Thursday.
The Minister of State said that the bill envisages the establishment of a welfare fund for the journalists in which government and the media owners will equally contribute.
She said proposed bill has been prepared in consultation with the relevant stakeholders.
Members of the standing committee appreciated the effort put in by the Minister of State for framing of the proposed bill for journalists.
Election Commission of Pakistan has issued non-bailable arrest warrant against PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
Announcing its decision in contempt of court case against Imran Khan, the Commission directed that the PTI Chairman should be produced before it on 26th of this month.
Pakistan and the European Union have agreed to further expand their relations in diverse sectors.
The understanding reached at the 8th meeting of EU-Pakistan joint commission in Brussels.
The EU side reaffirmed its strong support for democratic institutions, electoral reforms, rule of law, human rights, economic development and poverty reduction in Pakistan.
They also recognized the challenges faced by Pakistan in hosting the second largest concentration of refugees.
The Pakistan side underscored the need for sustained international assistance for voluntary return of Afghan refugees with safety and dignity.
Pakistan's first ever Women Resource Centre is being established at National Library in Islamabad to inculcate the habit of reading among women folk.
An agreement to this effect was signed in Islamabad on Thursday between the National Commission for Status of Women and National Library.
Speaking on the occasion, Advisor to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui said equipping women with education and keeping them abreast of modern social issues is a key to progress, prosperity and reformation of the society.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that provincial government is completing record development schemes in less-developed areas of Southern Punjab.
He was addressing a public gathering after the inauguration of Speedo Bus Service in Multan on Thursday.
Chief Minister said Multan is third city after Lahore and Rawalpindi where Metro Bus Project has been completed.
He further said that farmers have been given subsidized fertilizers and small farmers are getting interest-free loans.
Shahbaz Sharif said people of Southern Punjab will also be provided clean drinking water from next year and for this purpose 24 billion rupees have been earmarked.
Minister for Privatization Daniyal Aziz has said that accountability of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family is being conducted despite presence of 450 other names in Panama Papers.
Talking to newsmen outside Accountability Court in Islamabad on Thursday, he said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz always surrendered itself before the courts.
The Minister said PTI Chief Imran Khan is running away from judicial proceedings and not appearing before the courts.
The Supreme Court has adjourned hearing of the disqualification case against PTI leader Jehangir Tareen till Tuesday next.
Defendant's counsel Sikandar Bashir continued his arguments before a three member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Mr. Justice Saqib Nisar.
Counsel for the petitioner Akram Sheikh objected to the land lease agreements submitted by Tareen and pointed out that these are not registered.
Pakistan rangers Sindh have arrested eight accused during an action in various parts of Karachi.
Weapons have also been recovered from them.
Meanwhile, counter terrorism department of Sindh police have arrested two target killers belonging to a political party in Karachi.
The target killers were involved in many incidents of target killing.
All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman Syed Ali Gilani has said that India is trampling fundamental rights of the people in the held valley.
In a statement issued in Srinagar, he said security forces personnel during their raids resort to loot and humiliate women and elderly.
Meanwhile, spokesman of Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Omer Farooq in a statement has condemned the continued detention and house arrest of its leader.
Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah have reached a deal over political reconciliation.
Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement on Thursday that both groups reached an agreement upon a mediation by Egypt.
A Hamas official told Reuters that details are expected to be released at a news conference in Cairo.
Egypt has helped the two movements to form a power-sharing unity government in Gaza and the West Bank.
Turkey and the United States have agreed to resolve diplomatic dispute between the two countries through dialogue.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said in an interview in Ankara on Thursday that earlier talks between their foreign ministers were constructive.
Bozdag said a U.S. consulate employee arrested in Turkey had not demanded lawyer access and the U.S. mission can apply to send a lawyer to see him.
China has urged European Union to abide by World Trade Organization's rules regarding its imports.
At a regular briefing in Beijing, Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Gao Feng said that the European Union’s new trade requirements lack awareness of WTO rules.
Russia has accused the United States that its military presence in Baltic states is contradictory to the Russia-NATO agreement
In a statement, Russian Defence Ministry said Washington has deployed a division of its forces in the Baltic states near Russian borders.
Meanwhile, Moscow has also protested over the stolen Russian flags from its consulate in San Francisco.
The first day and night One Day International of five match series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played in Dubai on Friday.
The match will begin at 4:00 p.m PST.
In the 10th Asia Cup Hockey tournament, two match are being played on Thursday.
The first Pool-B match will be played between Malaysia and China while in the second match South Korea will take on Oman.
Pakistan will play their second match against Japan on Friday.