Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Prime Minister says government's prudent policies have turned around the deteriorated economy.
The nation celebrates Independence Day tomorrow with renewed pledge to safeguard the motherland against any threat.
President confers military awards on Armed Forces personnel on the eve of Independence Day.
Six-member crew of Punjab government helicopter that crash-landed in Afghanistan safely returned today.
Joint Session of AJK Legislative Assembly and Council has been summoned on Tuesday to elect new Azad Kashmir President.
Islamic State has freed hundreds of civilians used as human shields while retreating in northern Syria.
The United States has urged Ukraine and Russia to avoid escalating bilateral tensions.
The 16th death anniversary of renowned Pakistani pop singer Nazia Hassan was observed today.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says the government believes in politics of service instead of chanting hollow slogans.
He was addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of Shorkot -Khanewal section of Motorway, M-4 in Shorkot today.
Prime Minister said the government is constructing a network of Motorways and Highways to provide better communication facilities to the people across the country.
He said the projects would usher in a new era of progress and prosperity in every nook and corner of the country.
Nawaz Sharif said work on a number of communication projects, costing over eight hundred fifty billion rupees, has been initiated by the government over the last one and half years.
He said the government has turned around the national economy due to its effective economic policies.
He said a number of power projects are also being constructed with the help of China to overcome the energy crisis.
The Prime Minister said there would be no loadshedding by the end of 2018.
He said world financial institutions are appreciating our performance and rupee is at stable position while the foreign exchange reserves today stand at record high level.
Nawaz Sharif said the government is serving all segments of the society including the farmers, industrialists and the common man.
Nawaz Sharif Said the prices of fertilizers have been cut and in future, these will be brought further down to provide relief to peasants.
He said people stand behind the politics of progress and development and have rejected the negative politics of some elements.
Nawaz Sharif said the people have become politically mature and dismissed the foul language and non serious container politics by the opponents of development.
Earlier, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of Shorkot-Khanewal Section of M-4 in Shorekot.
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 nation celebrates Independence Day tomorrow with a renewed pledge to safeguard the motherland against any threat and make it a true 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 in the provincial capitals.
Special prayers will be offered for the prosperity, integrity and solidarity of the country, unity of the Muslim Ummah and 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.
Azadi Train formally started its one month journey from Peshawar yesterday and reached Rawalpindi.
The train displaying different aspects of Pakistan movement as well as culture and traditions of the country will stay in Rawalpindi for two days. The general public can visit the train without any ticket.
Radio Pakistan will broadcast a special full day transmission on the Independence Day.
President Mamnoon Hussain has granted Military awards to officers and men of Pakistan Army, Navy and Air Force on the occasion of Independence Day.
Major Ali Jawad Khan Shaheed was awarded with Tamgha-i-Jur’at while 04 Soldiers and Officers were granted Sitara-e-Bisalat, 76 Tamgha-i-Basalat, 48 Imtiazi Asnad, 231 COAS Commendation Cards, 19 Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military), 85 Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) and 112 Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Military).
US Air Force Chief, General David L. Goldfein called on Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman in Islamabad today.
During the meeting they discussed matters of professional interest.
Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman shared the successes of Pakistan Air Force during Operation Zarb-e-Azb in the country.
General David appreciated the leading role of Pakistan Air force in war against terrorism.
He also laid floral wreath on Yadgar-e-Shuhada.
Social networking website, Twitter has issued special Emoji in connection with 70th Independence Day of Pakistan.
Emoji shows Green crescent, star and Minar-e-Pakistan to highlight the importance of Pakistan Independence Day.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says all the countries in the SAARC region have a lot of potential develop together while utilizing each other's potentials and energies.
He made remarks while chairing a review meeting on the upcoming SAARC Finance Minster's conference to be held in Islamabad on 25th and 26th of this month.
Ishaq Dar said the cooperation is necessary for improving living standard of peoples in the SAARC region.
The World Bank's Country Director for Pakistan Patchamuthu Illangovan called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad today.
Talking to him, Ishaq Dar said the government has successfully implemented economic reforms during last three years and the process will continue in future.
The World Bank Director congratulated the Finance Minister on completing the International Monetary Fund program successfully.
Chairing a meeting in Islamabad to review status of external financing of the budget operations, Finance Minister said Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves are at a comfortable level.
He expressed satisfaction on the overall state of foreign financing during the current year.
The Minister directed Finance Division to focus on sources of financing, keeping in view the improved economic outlook of the country.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has approved project of construction of additional classrooms in schools throughout the province under Khadim e Punjab Schools Program.
Chairing a meeting in Lahore today, he said thousands of additional classrooms will be constructed in the schools at a cost of fifteen billion rupees.
The Chief Minister directed for ensuring best quality while using advanced technology in the project.
The six-member crew of Punjab government helicopter that crash landed in Afghanistan on 4th of this month safely returned to Pakistan today.
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 the crew was released in an inter-tribe exchange on the Pakistan-Afghan border in FATA from where they have been brought to Islamabad.
Punjab Chief Minister has felicitated the family members of the copter crew.
In a statement, he also thanked the concerned persons for their efforts to make the return of crew possible.
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 provincial senior minister Inayatullah Khan in Peshawar today.
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.
A cheque distribution ceremony among affectees of houses during operation Rah-e-Nijat in South Waziristan was held in Dera Ismail Khan today.
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Sixty six thousand kanals land has been acquired for construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam.
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Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah says the government is trying its best to improve health sector in the province.
Talking to newsmen in Karachi, he said that K-4 project is being inaugurated to meet the water needs of the city.
The Chief Minister said ten billion rupees special development package has been given to Karachi.
He said initially 260 million gallon water will be provided to the city under the project.
Police arrested nine terrorists during combing operation in different areas of Karachi East today.
SSP Karachi East, Pir Muhammad Shah told media that huge quantity of arms, ammunition including hand grenades, explosive materials and sophisticated weapons were also recovered during the operation.
Minister of State for Water and Power, Abid Sher Ali says the government and army are on the same page for elimination of terrorism from the country.
He was addressing special prayer ceremony in connection with martyrdom of Quetta tragedy, arranged by the Faisalabad Bar Association in Faisalabad today.
Abid Sher Ali said the government is making all out efforts to maintain law and order situation in the country.
He was of the view that the country has achieved successes due to implementation of National Action Plan and operation Zarb-e-Azb.
Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani has asked national leadership to demonstrate unity and integrity.
Talking to newsmen in Quetta, he urged politician to give up blame game over the National Action Plan and the Parliament should be assigned the task of monitoring the NAP.
Raza Rabbani met office bearers of Quetta High Court Bar Association and condoled with them over martyrdom of lawyers in a horrible bomb attack on Monday.
Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam Chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman has urged the government to take the entire political leadership into confidence on all national issues, including terrorism and national security.
He was talking to media persons in Quetta today.
He said some forces do not want restoration of peace in Balochistan.
He expressed sympathies with the families of the martyred as well as he injured.
In Balochistan, seven terrorists were killed in two separate incidents in Quetta and Kohlu districts.
According to Frontier Corps, a search operation was conducted in Sariab area upon information about presence of several terrorists there. During the combing operation, terrorists opened fire on FC personnel, injuring one official. In retaliatory firing, three terrorists were killed.
In another encounter at Kahan in Kohlu district, four terrorists were killed.
A large quantity of arms and ammunition was also seized during the operations.
Officials said those killed belonged to outlawed militant organizations.
First Hajj flight from Multan carrying 190 intending pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia today.
Minister for Food Security Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan accorded warm send off to the pilgrims.
A total of 9756 pilgrims will fly for Hajj from Multan.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan says objective of his march is to make the country free from corruption.
Talking to media in Islamabad, he said he will continue the movement till the acceptance of their demands.
Imran Khan said today's march from Rawalpindi to Islamabad is the second phase of the movement that started from Peshawar last week.
Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid says PTI Chief Imran Khan is trying to divide the nation on the national day, which stands for national unity.
In a statement, he said Imran Khan gives the enemy an opportunity to mock at by staging protest on the Independence Day every year.
He said it is a fact that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's name is not among those who possess offshore companies, whereas Imran Khan and his cronies possess offshore companies.
Pervaiz Rashid said Imran Khan is doing the politics of baseless allegations, which will serve neither him nor the country.
AJK President has summoned the joint session of Legislative Assembly and AJK Council on Tuesday at 10 AM in Muzaffarabad.
The members of Legislative Assembly and Council will elect the new AJK President.
In occupied Kashmir, hundreds of people were injured when Indian troops used brute force to prevent people from staging demonstrations and conducting "Referendum March" towards Srinagar's Lal Chowk, today.
Call for the march was jointly given by the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, and Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, as part of protest programs against India's illegal occupation and the killing spree unleashed by Indian forces' personnel in the Valley.
The authorities continued to impose strict curfew and other restrictions across the Kashmir Valley on the 36th consecutive day, today, to prevent people from conducting the march.
Defying curfew and restrictions, people took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Kangan, Sopore, Baramulla, Pulwama, Islamabad, Bijbihara, Kulgam, Shopian, Bandipora and other areas.
They shouted high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.
Indian police and troops fired pellets, bullets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters, injuring hundreds of people.
The authorities continued to put all Hurriyet leaders under detention to prevent them from leading the march.
All roads leading to the Lal Chowk were sealed while mobile and internet services remained suspended in the territory.
The Islamic State has freed hundreds of civilians used by the militants as human shields while retreating in northern Syria.
US-backed forces said today that some of the civilians were able to escape while others were freed.
Earlier, 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 sweeping operations are underway.
Germany has called to start an air bridge to drop humanitarian aid in desperately needed besieged Syrian city of Aleppo.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in an interview in Berlin today said that if both parts of Aleppo continue not to receive sufficient humanitarian supplies, we should also consider the possibility of assistance by air, especially medical goods.
The Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov will meet his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, to discuss the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.
Russia's Foreign Ministry in a statement said today, the meeting follows Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Russia this week where he discussed the Syrian conflict with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Meanwhile, the United States urged Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to avoid escalating tensions with Russia.
US 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.
On the other hand, the Russian military had delivered most advanced air defence system to Crimea.
South Sudan is softening its rejection of a regional protection force a day after the U.N. Security Council voted to deploy 4,000 additional peacekeepers.
A government spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said in Juba neighboring Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya cannot take part in the force.