DATED: AUGUST 13, 2016



Prime Minister will perform ground-breaking of Shorkot-Khanewal Section of M-4 on Saturday.

Defence Minister says most of components of National Action Plan have been implemented successfully.

Nation will celebrate 70th Independence Day in a befitting manner on Sunday.

The government has decided to make all out efforts to control polio virus transmission by the end of this year.

US-backed Kurdish and Arab forces have taken full control of the Syrian city of Manbij city.

Pakistan resume their first innings at overnight score of 340 for six on the third day of Oval Test match against England on Saturday.



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will perform the groundbreaking of Shorkot-Khanewal Section of M-4 on Saturday.


The project will be completed at a cost of around twenty-two billion rupees in two years.


After completion, the project will improve the country’s vital north-south road network and promote economic growth, create jobs  and ensure regional connectivity.


The Motorway M-4 Faisalabad-Multan 240 kilometers is divided into four sections. Faisalabad-Gojra and Khanewal-Multan sections have already been completed, while work is underway on Gojra-Shorkot section. Work on the fourth section of Shorkot-Khanewal will begin on Saturday.



The M-4 is also a step towards positioning Pakistan to act as a transit artery for goods moving between the port city of Karachi and Gwadar in the south to Torkham on the northern border with Afghanistan. It will eventually link the ports with the land-locked regions of Central Asia.




Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal says the government is committed to revolutionize education system in the country.


He was chairing a high-level meeting with officials of Ministry of Capital Administration and Development, Education and Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education in Islamabad.


The Minister directed that all educational reforms projects must be completed by 2017.


He stressed the need to reform the whole system of examination.


The minister was briefed about the progress of Vision 2025 education sector projects.




Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif says law and order situation in the country has improved considerably as a result of operation Zarb-e-Azb and National Action Plan.


In an interview with Radio Pakistan's News and Current Affairs Channel, he stressed the need for more coordination among different institutions involved in the implementation of National Action Plan, to achieve the desired results.


He said most of the components of the National Action Plan have been implemented successfully while the remaining will also be implemented within stipulated time period.




Spokesman to the Prime Minister Dr. Musadik Malik says civil and military leadership has agreed to further expedite implementation of National Action Plan.


Speaking in a private news channel program he said the Prime Minister holds frequent meetings on this matter and has also constituted a committee to overcome hurdles in effective implementation of the plan.


Expressing satisfaction on implementation of the Plan, he said more measures are being taken to focus on the areas identified during recent meetings between civil and military leadership.




Commander Southern Command, Lt-General Aamir Riaz says arrest of RAW agent, Kulbhushan Yadav proves that India is involved in an informal attack on Pakistan.


Addressing a ceremony at Quetta Press Club he said after arrest, the Indian serving agent had provided evidences which proved India's involvement in attacks in Pakistan.


He said we will not spare our enemies whether they are trying to damage our country's interests from inside or they are foreign agents.


Aamir Riaz said we will render every sacrifice in making our country's defense strong.




Brisk preparations are afoot to mark the 70th Independence Day in a befitting manner accross the country.


With substantial improvement in the law and order situation there seems a great deal of enthusiasm to celebrate the `Youm-e-Azadi" in a big way. 


Various organizations and institutions have chalked out elaborate programmes in connection with the Independence Day celebrations.




The special Azadi train continuing  its month long country-wide journey from Peshawar has now arrived at Rawalpindi Railway Station.


The Azadi train will leave Rawalpindi for Karachi on Monday.


Meanwhile, Pakistan Railways has decided to increase time and area of travelling of Azadi Special train to entertain maximum people.


Presiding over a meeting in Lahore, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique directed the authorities to include Faisalabad and Sargodha section in the route of the train.


He also directed to ensure a good entertainment and security of the people at those railway stations where the Azadi train is to be stopped.




Under the directions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, a meeting was held in Islamabad to ensure all necessary measures for fully eradicating polio virus from the country.


Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar, Prime Minister's Focal Person for Polio Eradication Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq and representatives from all provinces including FATA attended the meeting.   


The meeting unanimously agreed to make all out efforts to stop polio virus transmission by the end of this year.


It was agreed that strict oversight and accountability for optimal implementation of National Emergency Action Plan on Polio 2016-17 will be ensured.




In Syria, US.-backed Kurdish and Arab forces have seized full control of the northern city of Manbij near the Turkish border from Islamic State.


A spokesman for Syria Democratic Forces said the city is now fully under our control but we are undertaking sweeping operations.


Roads to Aleppo and to the IS capital Raqqa, pass through the town.


Meanwhile, 18 people including children and staff have been killed in airstrikes on a hospital and a market in northern Aleppo province. 




The United Nations Security Council has approved a resolution granting expanded powers to peacekeepers in South Sudan for protection of UN personnel and installations.


The US drafted resolution also gives powers to take proactive measures to protect civilians from threats.


The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has been criticized for failing to protect civilians when UN sites came under attack last month.




16th death anniversary of renowned pop singer Nazia Hassan is being observed on Saturday.



On the third day of fourth cricket test against England at Oval, Pakistan will resume their first innings at the overnight score of 340 for the loss of six wickets on Saturday.


England in their first innings had made 328 runs.



In Rio Olympics, the United States is leading on medal table with 44 medals including 16 gold, 12 silver and 16 bronze followed by China with 37 medals including 13 gold, 10 silver and 14 bronze.


Great Britain is standing with third position securing 21 medals including 7 gold, 8 silver and 6  bronze medals.






Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country on Saturday.  


However, rain-thunderstorm is likely at isolated places in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Malakand and Hazara divisions, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.


Temperature of some major cities recorded on Saturday morning:


Islamabad twenty-six degree centigrade, Lahore and Peshawar twenty-eight, Karachi twenty-nine, Quetta twenty-one, Gilgit twenty-two, Murree seventeen and Muzaffarabad twenty-three degree centigrade. 

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