Prime Minister says country's exports and industrial growth will be enhanced to minimize current account deficit.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has concluded his four-day journey from Islamabad to Lahore with an address to a big public gathering in Lahore. 

Army Chief says Quetta-like terrorist attacks cannot weaken our resolve in the fight against terrorism.

Chinese Vice Premier arrives in Islamabad on Sunday to participate in Pakistan's 70th Independence Anniversary celebrations as a special guest.

The United Nations has urged Myanmar to respect human rights of Rohingya Muslims.

Pakistan Cricket Board has called back national players in foreign countries to play domestic cricket.



Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says the federal government will spend thirty billion rupees for infrastructural uplift of Karachi and Hyderabad.

Talking to newsmen in Karachi, he said as committed by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, twenty-five billion rupees will be spent for development projects in Karachi and five billion rupees in Hyderabad.

The Prime Minister said during his meeting with Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair he discussed in detail the development projects, including construction of roads, improvement of traffic system and water supply schemes.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the PML-N government made all-out efforts for the revival of peace in Karachi.

He said it was decided in the meeting that the Rangers will keep up their task and the federal government will extend its full support to them to achieve the desired results.

The Prime Minister said pursuing the policies of Nawaz Sharif, the government will strive to enhance the country's exports and industrial growth to minimize the current account deficit.



Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says he will continue his struggle till the destiny of the nation is changed.

Addressing a mammoth public meeting at Data Darbar on conclusion of his four-day journey from Islamabad to Lahore, he said record development projects have been completed by PML-N government during the last four years.

Nawaz Sharif said law and order has also been restored in all parts of the country.

He said if he was able to complete his stipulated term, Pakistan would have been among the top developing nations



Fifteen people, including eight security personnel, have been martyred in a suicide blast near Pishin Stop area of Quetta.

Twenty-five others, including ten security personnel, were also injured in the attack.  

According to ISPR, the terrorist targeted a military vehicle on duty. The suicide bomber was riding a motorcycle with about twenty-five kilogram of explosive material.

Health Minister Rehmat Saleh Baloch has announced emergency in hospitals.

President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai have strongly condemned the bomb blast in Quetta. They have also expressed condolence with the bereave families.

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa also condemned the terrorist attack saying that it was an attempt to mar Independence Day festivity in the country.

He said our resolve to fight the menace of terrorism will not succumb to any challenge.



Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal on the directives of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, has gone to Quetta in wake of the terror attack on security personnel and civilians.

During his visit to Quetta, the interior minister will review security situation along with the provincial government and later brief the prime minister.



The 70th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan will be celebrated across the country 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 flag hoisting ceremony at Parliament House premises. President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yong will jointly unfurl the national flag at the ceremony.

The President will address the nation on the occasion.

Radio Pakistan will broadcast a special day-long transmission on the Independence Day.



The Pakistan Air Force jets have rehearsed breathtaking manoeuvers in Islamabad.

The rehearsal was carried out in connection with the preparations for the largest ever air show by Pakistan Air Force in the history of Pakistan to mark its 70th birth anniversary.

The air show will be held in Fatima Jinnah Park F-9, Islamabad and Sea View, Karachi tomorrow.

The special appearance of Turkish Air Force team “Solo Turk” and the internationally acclaimed “Saudi Hawks” of Royal Saudi Air Force alongside Pakistan Air Force aircraft added colours to the mega event.

Another salient feature of the show is the Tri-Services free fall display of Special Services personnel.



Army Museum in Rawalpindi will be open for general public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Independence Day.

According to ISPR, people can visit and see the history preserved by Pakistan Army.



China's Vice Premier Wang Yang arrives in Islamabad today on a two-day visit to Pakistan.     

The Vice Premier is undertaking the visit on the directions of President Xi Jinping as a special gesture to participate in the 70th Independence Anniversary Celebrations of Pakistan. 

The special visit of Vice Premier Wang underscores the close brotherly and cooperative ties between Pakistan and China and Beijing's strong political support for Islamabad.

Wang Yong will call on President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and discuss promotion of bilateral relations.



The special Azadi train will leave Peshawar for Karachi on Sunday.

A large number of people turned up in Peshawar to watch the beautiful cultural and historical models displayed in the five galleries and six floats of the train.      



Five people were killed and two others injured when a van caught fire in Garden area of Karachi this morning.

According to Rescue sources, the fire was caused by bursting of cylinder in the van.



The United Nations has urged Myanmar to ensure respect for human rights while addressing the security situation in Rakhine state. 

In a statement, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights situation in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said Myanmar government must ensure that security forces exercise restraint in all circumstances.

He expressed alarm over reports that more troops have been sent to Rakhine state, amid fears of another wave of crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.



The United States and France have pledged to work to denuclearize North Korea.

The agreement came during telephonic talks between US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

A White House statement said the two leaders discussed the increasingly dangerous situation arising out of North Korea's escalating behaviour.

Donald Trump again invoked the grim possibility of military measures if other steps fail.



In the US state of Virginia, three people have been killed and thirty five others injured in violent protests by white nationalist demonstrators and counter-protesters in Charlottesville city.

The white nationalists were protesting plans to remove the statue of a Confederate general.



Pakistan Cricket Board has called back the national players,  playing cricket outside the country, to play domestic cricket.

Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board, Najam Sethi said that in every country, priority is given to domestic cricket.



Mainly hot and humid weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.

Rain-thunderstorm with few heavy falls and gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, upper Punjab, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Zhob division, FATA, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. 

Light rain is also expected at a few coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning

Islamabad twenty-seven, Lahore thirty-one, Karachi twenty-eight, Peshawar twenty-nine, Quetta and Muzaffarabad twenty-four, Gilgit twenty-six and Murree eighteen degree centigrade.



On the second day of the third cricket test against Sri Lanka at Kandy, India resume their first innings at overnight score of 329 for six today (Sunday).

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