AUGUST 13, 2016            


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

Minister for Planning and Development has directed that all educational reforms must be completed by the next year.

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

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

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.

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



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will perform the ground-breaking of Shorkot-Khanewal Section of M-4 today.

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 today.

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 the next year.

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



Defence Minister Khwaja 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.



Adviser to the Prime Minister for National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui says the elements doing politics of hatred are the enemies of progress and development.

He was addressing a Mehfil-e-Mushaira held in connection with the Independence Day celebrations under the auspices of Pakistan Academy of Letters in Islamabad.

The Advisor said the government has put the country on the path of progress and development.



Commander Southern Command, Lt-General Aamir Riaz says arrest of RAW agent, Kalboshan Yadew 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.



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

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

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.



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.



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

The young legend Pakistani singer was born on April 3, 1965.

Her award winning song "Aap Jaisa Koi"made her a legend and pop icon in Pakistan.

Nazia Hassan and her brother Zohaib Hassan dominated the Pakistan music arena during the 1980s and 90s.

She came into limelight with the PTV's programme 'Sung Sung and her music led to a redefinition of pop music in the country.

She popularized pop music in Pakistan and her album 'Disco Deewany' became highly popular.

The government of Pakistan has conferred upon Nazia Hassan the highest civilian award Pride of Performance.

The famous pop-singer died at the age of 35 in London after a prolonged lung cancer on this day in 2000.



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 today.

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 today.  

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 this 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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