Text Bulletin 1800 hrs
AUGUST 13, 2017
Interior Minister has stressed the need for stronger unity of the nation to completely efface the menace of terrorism.
Army Chief vows to continue war against terrorism till restoration of durable peace and stability in the country.
Chinese Vice Premier arrived in Islamabad today to hold talks with Pakistani leadership on a host of issues.
The Nation celebrates the 70th Independence Anniversary tomorrow with zest and zeal.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three more youth in Shopian district today.
Iranian Parliament has approved over half a billion-dollar funding for missile programme and foreign operations of Revolutionary Guards.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has stressed the need to further strengthen unity among all ranks of the nation to completely efface the menace of terrorism.
Talking to news persons in Quetta today, he said significant achievements have been made in war against terrorism and remnants of terrorists are on the run.
The Minister urged the need for showing complete solidarity and unity to fight the war against terrorism and called upon the opposition parties to join hands to defeat the enemies of the
He also assured full cooperation of the federal government to tackle this menace.
Condemning the terrorist attack in Quetta, he said the country is successfully stepping ahead with strong agenda to defeat the menace of terrorism.
Earlier, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal along with Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri visited the CMH Quetta and inquired after the health of injured people of Quetta blast.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa participated the funeral prayer of Army personnel martyred in a suicide bomb blast in Quetta last night.
According to ISPR, Governor and Chief Minister Balochistan, Interior Minister and Commander Southern Command also attended the funeral.
The Army Chief also visited CMH hospital Quetta and inquired after the health of injured.
Speaking on the occasion, General Qamar Javed Bajwa vowed to continue war against terrorism till restoration of durable peace and stability in the country.
He stressed the need for coordinated efforts among all state institutions to completely root out the menace of terrorism.
Army Chief said our martyrs have scarified their lives for peaceful and prosperous Pakistan.
Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang along with a high powered delegation arrived in Islamabad on a two-day official visit to Pakistan.
According to the Foreign Office, Vice Premier Wang Yang is undertaking the visit on the directions of President Xi Jinping as a special gesture to participate in 70th Independence Anniversary celebrations of Pakistan.
During his visit, he will attend the flag- hoisting ceremony tomorrow s a special guest.
Wang Yong will call on President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and will participate in the inaugural ceremony of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects, besides witnessing the signing of agreements between the two countries.
The Nation will celebrate the 70th Independence Anniversary of motherland tomorrow with a renewed pledge to safeguard the country against any threat and make it a true Islamic welfare state as envisioned by the 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.
After the Fajar prayers, special prayers will be offered for the prosperity, integrity and solidarity of the country and success of the long drawn struggle of Kashmiris.
The main event of the day will be flag-hoisting ceremony at Parliament House.
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 this nation on the occasion.
Flag-hosting ceremonies will also be held at provincial capitals, district headquarters and important national institutions.
Radio Pakistan will broadcast a special day-long transmission on the Independence Anniversary.
Special Azadi Train is continuing its country-wide journey in connection with the 70th Independence Anniversary celebrations of the country.
The train departed for other destinations after overnight stay at cant Railways Station in Peshawar this morning.
Azadi Train galleries and cultural floats attracted a large number of people at Peshawar cant Railway Station.
Aerobatic teams from Turkey and Saudi Arabia will perform along with Pakistan Air Force in Islamabad tomorrow to mark 70th Independence anniversary of Pakistan
The special appearance of "Solo Turk", the famous Turkish aerobatic team of Turkish Air Force and the internationally acclaimed "Saudi Hawks" of Royal Saudi Air Force alongside PAF aircraft will add colours to the mega event.
Besides the two teams from brotherly countries, JF-17 Thunder will also perform.
Another salient feature of the show is the Tri-Services free fall display of Special Services personnel.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Barjees Tahir has said that the prudent policies of the government have put the country on the path of development.
In a statement in Islamabad today, he said that freedom is a blessing of Allah Almighty and people of occupied Kashmir will soon celebrate the Independence Day along with their brethren in Pakistan.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three more youth in Shopian district, today.
The youth were martyred by troops during a siege and search operation in Awneera area of the district. The troops blasted a mosque and four residential houses during the violent military operation that began yesterday.
The killings led to forceful protests in the area. Many civilians were injured when troops resorted to pellet firing on the protesters.
Earlier, two Indian soldiers were killed and several others injured in an attack on the forces’ personnel, who were part of the operation.
All trains running between Badgam and Srinagar and Islamabad and Banihal remained suspended for the second day today.
Meanwhile, the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a joint statement in Srinagar, said that any attempt to at undermine the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir or chang its demographic character would be opposed tooth and nail.
Iran's parliament has overwhelmingly approved more than half a billion dollars in funding for the country's missile programme and foreign operations of the elite Revolutionary Guards. The Parliament took the step in response to United States sanctions.
A total of 240 parliamentarians out of 244 present voted for the bill.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said the bill doesn't violate the nuclear deal.
The move follows a spike in tensions between Tehran and Washington since US President Donald Trump took office with a vow to get tough on Iran.
In Syria, twenty-five Islamic State millitants have been killed in commando operation backed by Russian warplanes and helicopters in central area of the country.
In Iraq, government forces have killed twelve Islamic State militants after fierce clashes in Salahudin province.
The clashes erupted before dawn when dozens of IS militants attacked bases of the security forces after heavy mortar barrage and machine gunfire in Zuwiyah area, north of the Baghdad.
In India, six people were killed when two buses were swept away by a massive landslide in Himachal Pradesh state today.
The buses were stationed on the highway for refreshments when the disaster occurred.
Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during next twelve hours.
However, rain-thunderstorm with few heavy falls with gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Rawalpindi,Islamabad, upper Punjab, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad divisions, KP, Zhob divisions, FATA, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Light rain/drizzle is also expected at a few places in Sindh and Balochistan coast.
On the second day of third cricket test against India at Pallekele, after follow on Sri Lanka in their second innings were 19 for one at stumps today.
Earlier, Sri Lanka in their first innings scored 135. While India in their first innings scored 487 runs.