Text Bulletin 1300 hrs
Prime Minister says the government is constructing a net work of Motorways and Highways to provide better communication facilities to people.
Nation celebrates Independence Day tomorrow with traditional zeal and zest.
Crew members of Punjab Government`s Mi 17 helicopter that had crash landed in Afghanistan have safely returned to Islamabad.
In the Oval test against England Pakistan resume their first innings at overnight score of 340 for six on Saturday.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says the government is constructing a net work of Motorways and Highways from Karachi to Gwadar to provide better communication facilities to the people.
He was addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of Shorkot -Khanewal section of Motorway, M-4 in Shorkot on Saturday.
The Prime Minister said these projects would usher in a new era of progress and prosperity in every nook and corner of the country.
Nawaz Sharif said his government believes in politics of service instead off raising hollow slogans.
He said work on a number of communication projects, costing over eight hundred fifty billion rupees has been initiated by his government over the last and one and half years.
The Prime Minister said the government has turned around the national economy due to its effective economic policies.
The nation celebrates Independence Day tomorrow with traditional zeal and a renewed pledge to safeguard the country against any threat and make it a truly Islamic welfare state as envisioned by founding father Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The day will dawn with thirty one gun salute in the federal and twenty one gun salute at the provincial capitals.
Special prayers will be offered for the prosperity, integrity and solidarity of the country, unity of the Muslim Ummah and for the success of the long drawn struggle of Kashmiris after Fajr prayers.
The main event of the day will be a flag hoisting ceremony at Convention Center in Islamabad where President Mamnoon Hussain will be the chief guest. He will address the nation on the occasion.
In Karachi, the change of guard ceremony will be held at Mazaare-e-Quaid in the morning. A contigent of Pakistan navy will take the command of the Mazaar.
Meanwhile, all the major public and private buildings, roads and avenues have been decorated with illuminations, national flags and portraits of the national leaders, banners and buntings to give a festive look.
The six member crew of Punjab government helicopter that went missing in Afghanistan on 4th of this month has been safely recovered and arrived in Islamabad on Saturday.
According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs the crew members included Crew Chief Muhammad Kausar, Chief pilot Capt Safdar Hussain, First Officer Capt Muhammad Shafiq-ur-Rehman, Flight Engineer Nasir Mahmood, Capt Safdar Ashraf and a Russian navigator Sergei Sevastianov.
The Ministry says that the crew was released in an inter-tribe exchange on the Pakistan -Afghan border in FATA from where they have been brought to Islamabad.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says the federal government is in contact with Saudi authorities to solve problems of Pakistani workers in Saudi Arabia.
This he stated while talking to senior minister for Local Government Inayatullah Khan in Peshawar on Saturday.
The Governor said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is personally monitoring the situation to facilitate the workers.
He hoped that the issue will soon be settled through diplomatic channels.
Sixty six thousand kanals land has been acquired for construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam.
WAPDA sources told our Peshawar correspondent that owners of the land have been paid forty five billion rupees.
The dam will be completed at a cost of fourteen billion dollars by 2020 and it will generate four thousand five hundred megawatt electricity.
The sources said widening of Karakoram Highway is in progress to facilitate shifting of heavy machinery to site of the dam.
Three terrorists of a banned outfit have been killed in an encounter with Frontier Corps Balochistan in Hazar Ganji area of Quetta.
According to an FC spokesman, the raid was conducted on a hideout of terrorists on a tip. One FC personnel was also injured during exchange of fire.
Arms and ammunition were also recovered from them.
United States urges Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to avoid escalating tensions with Russia.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in a statement said United States has urged the Russian side to do the same.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine of trying to provoke a conflict over Crimea, which Moscow seized and annexed in 2014.
In the Oval test against England Pakistan will resume their first innings at overnight score of 340 for six wickets on the third day on Saturday.
England in their first innings had made 328 runs.