Text Bulletin 1300 hrs
Minister for Foreign Affairs says cowardly acts of terrorists cannot shake our unflinching resolve against the menace of terrorism.
Ministry of Religious Affairs has made elaborate arrangements at Jeddah airport to fully facilitate the pilgrims arriving from Pakistan.
The 70th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan is being celebrated on Monday with a renewed pledge to safeguard the motherland against any threat.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three more youth in Shopian district, on Sunday.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif says terrorists will not succeed in their nefarious designs as the whole nation stands united against terrorism.
Strongly condemning the terrorist attack in Quetta at Pishin Stop, he said such cowardly acts of terrorism cannot shake our unflinching resolve against this menace.
Khawaja Asif said the sacrifices rendered by the nation and security forces will not go in vain.
He expressed heartiest condolences with the bereaved families of those martyred in attack in Quetta and prayed for early recovery of the injured.
Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri and Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal visited the CMH Quetta.
They inquired after the health condition of injured security forces personnel in suicide bomb attack at Pishin Bus Stop.
On this occasion, they prayed for early recovery of the injured saying that the nation is proud of sacrifices being rendered by the security forces for the protection of motherland.
Talking to media, after inquiring about health of those who injured in the blast, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal appealed to all political parties to shun political differences for securing future of Pakistan.
He said that we are fighting a war against terrorism and we have to ensure internal unity in our ranks.
Ministry of Religious Affairs has made elaborate arrangements at Jeddah airport to fully facilitate and guide the intending pilgrims arriving from Pakistan.
Talking to our correspondent Zahid Hameed at the airport, Incharge Jeddah Hajj Terminal Inam-ul Haq said as per the understanding reached between the governments of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, a fast track system has been established under which the hujjaj are sent to Makkah within forty to forty five minutes after going through the necessary documents verification.
Inam-ul-Haq said that this year the ministry of religious affairs has arranged VIP buses for the pilgrims.
Inam-ul-Haq said that a medical mission has also been set up at the airport where doctors and paramedical staff remain present round the clock to provide timely treatment and free medicines to any pilgrims.
Responding to a question, the Incharge of Jeddah Hajj terminal said so far about forty four thousand five hundred and thirty seven hujjaj have landed at Jeddah airport.
He said the pilgrims under the private scheme are also equally treated.
The 70th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan is being celebrated across the country on Monday 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 special Azadi train left Peshawar for Rawalpindi on Sunday morning.
Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Asad Qaiser, Deputy Commissioner Peshawar Saqib Raza Aslam, Divisional Superintendent Pakistan Railway Hanif Gul and a large number of people saw off the train.
Speaking on the occasion, the speaker appreciated efforts of Pakistan Railway for displaying historic pictures in the train.
Referring to China Pakistan Economic Corridor, the speaker said it will usher new era of development and prosperity.
Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent reports that the Azadi train will reach Karachi on 25th of this month after passing through different cities.
In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three more youth in Shopian district, on Sunday.
The youth were martyred by the troops during a siege and search operation in Awneera area of the district.
The troops blasted a mosque and four residential houses during the operation in the area.
Earlier, two Indian army personnel were killed and several others injured in an attack on the forces during joint operation in Awneera.
The violent operation by Indian troops led to forceful protests in the area. Many civilians were injured when troops resorted to pellet firing on the protesters.
In Kenya, eleven people have been killed by police in a crackdown on protests against the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the western city of Kisumu.
Meanwhile, former UN head Kofi Annan who mediated during that crisis, warned Kenya's leaders to be careful with their rhetoric and actions in this tense atmosphere.
The Asian Cricket Council has decided to shift the Under-19 Asia Cup tournament from Bangalore to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur after the Pakistan Cricket Board's refusal to send its team to India.
Talking to media, PCB chairman Najam Sethi said that the matter of shifting the tournament to Malaysia is amicably agreed by all participants.