Text Bulletin 0700 hrs
Minister of State for Information says the JIT report has not proved a single case of corruption against the government.
Five LNG terminals are being installed in the country.
Heavy monsoon rains are lashing different parts of the country.
Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over are observing Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir on Thursday.
In Syria, twelve people have been killed in a suicide car bomb explosion near the rebel-held city of Idlib.
Australia beat India by eight wickets in the ICC Women's World Cup, at Bristol.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says the JIT report is based on prejudice and it had vindicated reservations and lack of trust expressed by the Sharif family right from the beginning.
Addressing a press conference along with Member National Assembly, Danyal Aziz in Islamabad, she said the 256-page report, could not point out a single corruption case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
She said the report rather had corroborated the fact that Nawaz Sharif had neither indulged in any corruption nor had taken any kickbacks during his stints as prime minister and chief minister Punjab.
The minister expressed hope that the Supreme Court would itself reject the fabricated lies of the joint investigation report when it would be challenged by the legal team of Sharif family, which is examining it threadbare.
Marriyum said that if the words like apprehensions, possibility and misgivings are removed, the report would be reduced to mere a collection of fables.
She said that investigative reports are not based on conjectures and assumptions, but on concrete and irrefutable evidence which is nowhere visible in the JIT report.
The minister said the JIT report is only a report on the businesses of the Sharif family and the team had failed to answer or focus on the question asked by the Supreme Court.
Addressing the press conference, Daniyal Aziz, referring to the noise being raised by the opposition, said why are they clamouring about a report, which is incomplete and inconclusive.
Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says a conspiracy is being hatched against the government to impede economic progress and development.
In an interview, he said the political parties hatching conspiracy against the country should wait for next general elections in 2018.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said due to investment friendly policies of the government, five top companies of the world are coming to Pakistan for installing of LNG terminals.
Veteran politician Makhdoom Javed Hashmi says the country could no more afford political instability.
Addressing a press conference in Multan, he stressed that the political system should continue and constitution should reign supreme in the country so that democracy could strengthen further.
Expressing views on the Panama Papers case, he stressed on across the board accountability of all involved in corrupt practices.
With full backing of the nation, we are making progress in making Pakistan a terrorism and extremism-free country.
This was stated by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa while addressing a seminar on China Pakistan Economic Corridor in Rawalpindi.
The Chief of Army Staff said Pakistan is much safer than before. Peace has been restored in FATA and adjoining areas.
He said normalcy is returning to Pakistan’s economic hub of Karachi, where business community and common people have started to benefit from it.
Similarly, he said, law and order situation in Balochistan has improved significantly and there is a much bigger focus on socio-economic development in the province.
He made it clear that Army and law enforcement agencies are vigilant and are determined to provide foolproof security to CPEC and no one should have any doubt about our commitment to the project.
General Bajwa said we take immense pride in our relationship with China that has always remained on an ascending trajectory and now encompass almost every sphere of our life.
He said the lasting imprint of this brotherly partnership is visible in state-to-state, military-to-military, business to business and people-to-people contacts.
The Army Chief said that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s grand vision of One Belt One Road has opened up a whole new world of opportunities for the countries of the region and beyond.
Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah says his government has embarked upon a plan to provide solar energy based tube wells to small growers to improve irrigation sector in the province.
He was presiding over a joint meeting of Irrigation and Agriculture department in Karachi.
The Chief Minister said the scheme is being carried out at a costs of 1000 million rupees.
Heavy monsoon downpour are lashing different parts of the country.
According to Met Office, Islamabad has so far received 91 milimeter rain while Rawalpindi received 77 milimeter since early on Thursday morning.
The ongoing spell has spread almost all over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, South Punjab, Zhob and Qalat divisions of Balochistan, besides Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
The rains have inundated low lying areas and flooded streams and nullahs in different parts of the country.
Provincial Disaster Management Authority Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has issued high alert about heavy rains in Malakand and Hazara Divisions.
The rains can cause flash floods and land sliding in these areas.
The administration of the concerned districts have been directed to take all precautionary measures to protect life and property of general public.
Rain-thunderstorm with isolated heavy to very heavy falls is expected at a number of places in upper Punjab, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore, Faisalabad divisions, FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Kashmir during next twelve hours.
Rain thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls is also likely at scattered places in southern Punjab, D.G. Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, Quetta, Zhob, Kalat divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Light rain/drizzle is also expected at a few places along Sindh coast.
Temperature of some major cities recorded on Thursday morning was:-
Islamabad twenty-six degree centigrade, Lahore and Peshawar twenty-four, Karachi twenty-nine, Quetta twenty-five, Gilgit twenty, Murree seventeen and Muzaffarabad twenty-one degree centigrade.
Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over observe Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir on Thursday with a renewed pledge to accomplish the mission of martyrs till achievement of the goal of liberation from Indian bondage.
According to Kashmir Media Service, complete strike will be observed across the held territory on Thursday as part the week-long protest calendar.
Call for the strike has been given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
In Azad Kashmir, the main function in connection with Youm-e- Shuhada-e-Kashmir will be held in Muzaffarabad with AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider in the chair.
In Turkey, President Tayyip Erdogan has ruled out an immediate end to the year-old state of emergency in the country imposed after a failed coup.
Addressing a function in Ankara, he said the emergency rule will not be lifted untill Turkey needs to fight against terrorism.
However, he said lifting of the emergency rule is possible in the near future.
In Syria, twelve people have been killed and several others injured in a suicide car bomb explosion near the rebel-held city of Idlib.
According to reports, the suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a gathering of the rebels.
The United Nations has warned that the conflict in Yemen is intensifying daily, urging all parties to act for the sake of peace.
The U.N. special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told Security Council that the opportunity to reach peace in Yemen is not yet lost.
He said Yemen is facing worst cholera epidemic in the world while fourteen million people in the country are in desperate need of food.
He said terrorist groups are also expanding in the country due to the conflict.
Australia beat India by eight wickets in the ICC Women's World Cup, at Bristol, on Wednesday night.
Bating, first India Women scored 226 runs for the loss of seven wickets in stipulated fifty overs.
In reply, Australia Women achieved the target in 45.1 overs for the loss of only two wickets.
In another match of the tournament, England Women defeated New Zealand Women by seventy five runs at Derby.