Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Federal Cabinet has reposed full confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister, endorsing his decision not to step down.
Planning Minister says political stability is critical for sustainable development in the country.
The government is upgrading Pakistan Railways network at a cost of 870 billion rupees.
Sindh Chief Minister says his government will provide solar tubewells to small farmers in the province.
Four policemen, including a Superintendent of Police, were martyred in a terrorist attack in Quetta on Thursday.
Pakistan says India's belligerence is posing threat to regional peace and security.
Amnesty International has demanded an end to human rights abuses in Occupied Kashmir.
Israel has suspended a plan to allow construction of Palestinian homes in West Bank.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has categorically stated that he will not resign on the demand of a group of conspirators.
He made this announcement while addressing the federal cabinet in Islamabad on Thursday.
The cabinet, which reposed full confidence in the leadership of the Prime Minister, endorsed his decision not to step down.
The Prime Minister said his family earned nothing in politics but has lost much. He said PML-N bagged more votes in general elections than the aggregates of those demanding his resignation.
Nawaz Sharif reaffirmed that the journey of progress will not be allowed to derail as the country has already paid a huge price due to political crisis in the past.
The Prime Minister said projects worth billions of rupees are being executed, but no evidence of any corruption has been found.
The cabinet approved proposals of a number of agreements and memoranda of understanding for cooperation with different countries.
It approved start of negotiations for draft MoU with Maldives for opening up of Defence Credit Line of ten million dollars and an MoU for cooperation in the field of tourism.
The cabinet approved start of negotiations on air series agreements with Azerbaijan, Serbia, Vietnam and Brazil.
Approval was given to signing of MoUs for promotion of trade with Azerbaijan and Tajikistan.
The meeting approved signing of defence cooperation agreements with Indonesia, Turkey and Poland. It also accorded approval to signing of MoUs with Russia for cooperation in education, finance and banking sectors.
Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Thursday.
Overall political situation in the country came under discussion during the meeting.
PML-N leaders say the party respects judiciary and believes in rule of law.
Talking to media persons in Islamabad on Thursday, Hanif Abbasi Daniyal Aziz and Talal Chaudhry said PTI Chief Imran Khan has been levelling false allegations against PML-N leaders.
Daniyal Aziz said Imran Khan has failed to present his money trail of billions of rupees.
Talal Chaudhry said Imran Khan's sister is owner of three offshore companies.
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says political stability is critical for sustainable development in the country.
He was addressing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor International Logistic Forum in Islamabad on Thursday under the auspices of National Logistics Cell.
The Minister said fast development also need consistency in policies.
He said Pakistan has paid a heavy price for political instability in the past.
Ahsan Iqbal said Gwadar port project remained suspended due to political instability, and the incumbent government has revived the project.
He said the PML-N government has completed a number of infrastructure projects to ensure swift and durable progress in all parts of the country. He said an important highway linking Gwadar with Quetta has already been completed.
The Minister said Pakistan Railways has been revived.
He said work on Karachi-Peshawar motorway is underway and Multan-Sukkur section of the motorway under CPEC will be completed by the end of next year.
He said nine special economic zones under CPEC are being established in consultations with provinces.
The 9th meeting of the Working Group ECO Container Train on Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul route was held in Islamabad on Thursday.
The meeting discussed infrastructure improvement and possibility of a "Corridor Management Mechanism."
Pakistan Railways is going to upgrade its network in the country at a cost of 870 billion rupees.
This was stated by Railways' senior official Muhammad Ashfaq Khattak while talking to newsmen in Lahore on Thursday.
He said upgradation work of railway lines from Lahore to Multan, Nawabshah to Rohri and Peshawar to Rawalpindi will be started soon.
Canada has appreciated Pakistan's efforts for peace and stability in the region.
The appreciation was made by Canadian High Commissioner Perry Calderwood at a meeting with Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi on Thursday.
Matters of mutual interest and regional security were discussed in the meeting.
The Senate Chairman has summoned session of the Upper House in Islamabad on Monday at four in the afternoon.
The House will discuss important national issues besides transacting legislative business.
Pakistan will continue to uphold principles of human dignity, equality and non-discrimination.
This was stated by Human Rights Minister Kamran Michael at a meeting about implementation of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights held in Geneva.
The Minister reaffirmed the government's commitment to give further impetus to implement the provisions of the Convention in accordance with Pakistan's international human rights obligations.
Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhry says police personnel are being trained on modern lines in collaboration with international institutions.
Addressing a passing out parade at Punjab Police College Sihala on Thursday, he said the police culture has been changed in Punjab and other parts of the country through various initiatives.
He said introduction of information technology in policing has improved efficiency of department besides providing relief to the common man.
The government has initiated numerous projects to achieve targets in health sector in connection with Sustainable Development Goals.
Benazir Income Support Programme Chairperson Marvi Memon says different "poverty graduation models" are being studied to make beneficiaries of the programme self-reliant.
Speaking at a seminar in Islamabad on Thursday, she said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has keen interest in self-reliance of BISP beneficiaries.
MNA Ijaz-ul Haq called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore on Thursday.
Overall political situation of the country was discussed during the meeting.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said some political opponents are scared of development projects being completed at a fast pace across the country. He said their negative politics have always been rejected by people.
He said that PML-N government has achieved great success in every sector during the last four years under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah says his government plans to provide solar tubewells to small farmers in the province.
Chairing a joint meeting of Irrigation and Agriculture departments in Karachi on Thursday, he said one thousand million rupees will be spent on the project.
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri called on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra in Peshawar on Thursday.
They discussed matters of mutual interest.
The two leaders lauded the sacrifices of security forces for elimination of terrorism from the country.
PTI Chief Imran Khan says investment on education will bring Pakistan at par with developed countries of the world.
Addressing a prize distribution ceremony of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Boards in Peshawar on Thursday, he said the provincial government has allocated sufficient funds for education, which will bring positive changes in this sector.
Later, the PTI chief inaugurated online admission system in government colleges of the province.
Speaking on the occasion, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said forty-five thousand teachers have been recruited to overcome shortage of staff in schools.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government is spending over three billion rupees on development of agriculture sector during the current fiscal year.
Seventeen people have died and scores of others injured in rain-caused incidents in different parts of the country.
Deaths have been reported in Islamabad, Gujranwala, Sahiwal, Karachi, Haripur, Buner, Swabi and Mardan.
Meanwhile, Karakorum Highway has been re-opened for all kind of traffic.
Landsliding had blocked the road at Tattapani.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed departments concerned to remain vigilant to cope with any eventuality due to torrential rains and floods.
Presiding over a cabinet committee meeting in Lahore on Thursday, he asked the irrigation department to complete repair work of embankments of rivers as early as possible.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Thursday dispatched relief goods to rain- affected areas of Malakand Division.
According to Provincial Disaster Management Authority, one hundred fifty tents, three hundred twenty-seven blankets, three hundred quilts, three hundred kitchen sets, and one hundred fifty gas cylinders have been sent to Malakand, Shangla and Lower Dir districts.
These relief goods will be distributed among people whose houses have been damaged due to heavy rains.
By-election to National Assembly from constituency NA-260 Quetta-cum-Chagai-cum-Nushki will be held on Saturday.
The seat had fallen vacant due to death of MNA Abdul Rahim Mandokhail.
Four policemen, including Superintendent of Police Mubarak Shah were martyred in a firing incident in Quetta on Thursday.
Police sources told Radio Pakistan Quetta correspondent that terrorists riding a motorbike opened indiscriminate fire on the vehicle of the SP.
President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Chief Ministers Balochistan and Punjab have strongly condemned the terrorist attack.
Funeral prayers of the four police personnel, who were martyred in Quetta on Thursday, were offered at Police Lines Quetta on Thursday.
Balochistan Police Inspector General, Frontier Corps Inspector General, and high ranking civil and military officials attended the funeral prayers.
Later, the dead bodies of the martyrs were dispatched to their native towns.
Rangers have arrested thirteen suspected criminals, including target killers in Karachi.
Weapons were also recovered from them.
Pakistan says India's belligerence is posing threat to regional peace and security.
At the weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria expressed serious concerns over frequent ceasefire violations by Indian forces on the Line of Control and the Working Boundary.
He said the Indian side is deliberately heightening tension to divert world attention from its atrocities in Occupied Kashmir.
The spokesperson said Indian forces committed five hundred and forty two ceasefire violations this year, martyring eighteen civilians.
He said Pakistan believes in resolution of all issues through dialogue.
Responding to a question, the spokesperson said Pakistan is considering the Indian request for issuing visa to the mother of RAW agent Kulbhushan Yadav.
He regretted that India has imposed strict restrictions on the grant of visa to Pakistani patients.
To a question, Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan believes that there is no military solution to the Afghan situation and the issue should be resolved politically.
AJK President Sardar Masood Khan says durable peace in South Asia is not possible without resolving the Kashmir dispute.
Addressing a seminar at German Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin on Thursday, he said peace in South Asia requires engagement, but India is blocking all channels for dialogue on Kashmir.
Masood Khan said India should stop human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir and grant Kashmiris their right to self-determination.
Amnesty International says military solution to the Kashmir dispute is not possible.
Talking to AJK President Masood Khan in Berlin on Thursday, Amnesty International representative Dr Michael Gottlob said Occupied Kashmir is being treated like a colony.
He said massive human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir should come to an end.
Dr Gottlob said the space for human rights and human rights defenders is shrinking in India as Indian authorities are denying visas to block fact-finding missions' visit to Kashmir.
AJK acting President and Speaker Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Shah Ghulam Qadir says that Indian forces are treating unarmed Kashmiris like terrorist.
Talking to radio Pakistan Mirpur correspondent on Thursday, he urged the United Nations to take practical steps for stopping Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir.
He said Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir was observed with renewed pledge that Kashmiris will continue their freedom struggle until they achieve the right to self-determination.
Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over observed Kashmir Martyrs’ Day on Thursday with renewed pledge to continue the mission of these martyrs till the achievement right to self-determination.
Shutdown marked by curfew in Srinagar, Badgam and Shopian districts and strict restrictions in all other major towns and cities was also observed across the territory.
Police and paramilitary forces were deployed in strength to prevent a march towards Naqshband Sahib in Srinagar. Call for the march was given by joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
All shops and business establishments were closed, while traffic was off the road in the valley.
The authorities arrested dozens of Hurriyet leaders, activists and youth in different areas of the territory to prevent protests.
In their statements, Hurriyet leaders Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi and other Hurriyet leaders paid tributes to the July 13 martyrs.
In Azad Kashmir, the main function in connection with Kashmir Martyrs Day was held in Muzaffarabad.
Addressing a ceremony in connection with Kashmir Martyrs’ Day on Thursday in Mirpur, speakers paid great homage to the Kashmiri martyrs.
They said these sacrifices will not go waste and bear fruit in the near future.
The speakers strongly condemned the fresh wave of state terrorism by Indian forces against the innocent people of occupied Kashmir.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation will hold a forum in London from Saturday to explore mechanisms for countering Islamophobia.
According to an OIC Press Release, the forum is being co-organized with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and hosted by the Islamic Cultural Center in London.
The forum will look at the role of the media and civil society in countering Islamophobia from a legal and human rights perspective.
The two-day event will conclude with recommendations and some possible projects for implementation.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left Qatar on Thursday, but made no comment on whether any progress had been made in resolving the Gulf crisis.
Tillerson did not answers questions of media person, after meeting Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, to discuss Doha's feud with four Arab states.
Israel has frozen a plan to allow construction of thousands of Palestinian homes in a West Bank city
According to report, Israel's security cabinet took the decision in a meeting despite the plan was previously approved.
Palestinians are facing great difficulties in gaining construction permits in the West Bank city.
The British government on Thursday published a draft law that would formally put an end to Britain's membership of the European Union.
In a statement, Brexit Secretary David Davis said the new bill will repeal the 1972 law in which Britain became an EU member and convert an estimated 12,000 existing EU regulations into British law.
France and Germany have agreed to develop a European fighter jet system that will replace their current fleets.
This was announced by French presidency.
It is said that the two sides will finalize a joint roadmap in this regard by mid-2018.
In Cameroon, at least fourteen people have been killed and thirty injured in two suicide attacks in Waza region near the Nigerian border.