Text Bulletin 0700 hrs
DATED: 13 April, 2017
Pakistan says Kulbhushan Yadev was given a fair trial and he has the right to appeal or seek mercy.
The United Nations has urged Pakistan and India to resolve their outstanding disputes through dialogue.
Executive Committee of National Economic Council has approved development projects worth over 239 billion rupees.
China has expressed readiness to work for an inclusive reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution seeking investigation into alleged chemical attack in Idlib province of Syria.
Pakistan has sufficient evidence of espionage and sabotage activities in Balochistan and Karachi against Indian agent Kulbhushan Yadev.
This was stated by High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit in an interview with a Indian TV Channel last night.
Abdul Basit said Pakistan has shared the evidence with Indian government as well. He said Kulbhushan has been given a fair trial and assured that he will be given the right to appeal or seek mercy.
The High Commissioner to India said the Indian National has been visiting Pakistan since 2003 using an original Indian passport but with a fake name.
High Commissioner said the charges against Yadev were such that he could not be tried in a civil court.
Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says death sentence to Kulbhushan Yadev was given according to the Constitution and in fulfillment of all legal requirments.
In an interview, he said that the Indian spy was not only involved in espionage but he was fanning terrorism to destabilize Pakistan.
The Advisor said India is promoting terrorism and involved in the killing of innocent Kashmiris in occupied valley.
He urged the international community to take notice of human right violations in Occupied Kashmir by the Indian forces.
The United Nations has called for a dialogue between Pakistan and India to resolve their disputes.
In a briefing in New York, UN Secretary-General's spokesman, Stephane Dujarric said the world body will continue to underline the need for both sides to hold dialogue to find peaceful solution to their issues.
The spokesman declined to comment on a question about death sentence handed down to the Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadev in Pakistan.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will prove as a game and fate changers for the entire region.
In a statement in Islamabad, she said Chinese economy is rapidly emerging in the world and Pakistan will get benefits from it.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said Pakistan and China are enjoying time tested cultural, historical and traditional relations and these ties are expanding day by day.
Meanwhile, a delegation of State Council Information Office of China, led by its director Jiang Jianguo, has arrived in Islamabad last night.
The delegation will hold talks with Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb and other officials today.
Commerce Minister Engineer Khurram Dastgir says all political parties are united to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country.
In an interview, he said operation Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasaad showed seriousness of Pakistan against terrorism.
Khurram Dastgir said Pakistan wants peace in the region but will not compromise on its defence.
Minister for States and Frontier Regions, Lt. General (Retd), Abdul Qadir Baloch says under the 18th Amendment, provincial governments are responsible to ensure law and order.
In an interview with PTV, he said a handsome amount has been given to the temporarily displaced people to return to their homes with honour.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has assured technical support to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police to eliminate terrorism and other crimes in the province.
The assurance was given by a delegation of UNODC during a meeting with the Inspector General Police Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Salahuddin Khan Mehsud in Peshawar.
The delegation handed over one hundred and sixty bullet proof jackets to the IGP.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council has approved projects worth 239.411billion rupees in transport, communication, energy and water sector across the country.
The ECNEC committee gave the approval in its meeting in Islamabad chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
The ECNEC approved Acquisition of 3,139.5 acres Land for Faisalabad-Abdul Hakeem Motorway M-4 138 km at a revised cost of 4,220.872 million rupees.
It also approved Improvement and Construction project of 71.05 km long Jalkhad-Chilas Road at revised total cost of Rs. 7,605.205 million. The scope of work also includes construction of 11 bridges, 95 culverts, 28 causeways, slope protection and drainage works.
It approved the project for Dualization and Improvement of existing Yarik - Sagu - Zhob including N-5 highway Bypass 210 km at a total cost of Rs. 76,486.231 million.
The proposal for Construction of 2-Lanes Highway from Basima to Khuzdar with Length 106 km was approved at a cost of Rs. 19,188.435 million.
The Committee also accorded approval for Rehabilitation of NHA Highway (N-35) between Thakot - Raikot, Green Line Bus Rapid Transit System Karachi, Dualization of Indus Highway N-55 Sarai Gambila to Kohat Section, Compensation to affectees of Mirani Dam, construction of infrastructure and allied works for Metro Bus Services Peshawar Morr - New Islamabad Airport and other projects.
In occupied Kashmir, resistance leaders have announced to hold public meetings in Badgam on Friday to express solidarity with families of those martyred by Indian troops in the area on Sunday.
The announcement was made by the joint resistance leadership, comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement in Srinagar.
China says it is ready to work with all parties for an inclusive political reconciliation process in Afghanistan that is "Afghan-led and Afghan-owned."
Addressing a press conference in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang confirmed that China will participate in the international conference on Afghanistan to be hosted by Russia in Moscow this month.
Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to condemn and investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in Idlib province of Syria.
Ten countries voted in favour of the resolution while Bolivia joined Russia in voting no.
China, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan abstained from the vote.
The vote came after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that trust between Moscow and Washington has plunged to a "low level" amid rising tensions over the war in Syria.
US President Donald Trump has called on NATO allies to work together to resolve the disaster in the war-wracked Syria.
Talking to reporters alongwith NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Washington, he said it is time to end the brutal civil war in Syria, defeat terrorists and allow refugees to return home.
In Lebanon, President Michel Aoun has suspended parliament to prevent it from extending its own term for third time in less than four years.
The parliament was due to meet today to vote on the extension.
In a televised speech, Michel Aoun announced to postpone the House of Representatives meeting for a month amid deadlock over a new electoral law.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has named Achim Steiner as the new administrator of United Nations Development Programme.
Achim Steiner belongs to Germany who previously served at the UN Environment Programme and headed the UN office in Kenya.
Mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
Hot and dry weather is likely in South Punjab, Sindh and South Balochistan.
However, light rain-thunderstorm drizzle is expected at a few places in Malakand division, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir. Dust-thunderstorm is also expected at isolated places in D.I. Khan and Multan divisions.
Temperature of some major cities recorded on Thursday morning was:-
Islamabad thirteen degree centigrade, Lahore twenty, Karachi twenty-six, Peshawar eighteen, Quetta and Murree twelve Gilgit eight and Muzaffarabad eleven degree centigrade.