Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
President has urged investors to invest in Pakistan as it offers best investor friendly policies.
Pakistan has categorically ruled out any compromise on its nuclear programme.
Over twelve thousand Megawatts of electricity will be added to the national grid by 2018 to meet power shortages.
Senior Hurriyet leaders have urged Kashmiris to foil Indian conspiracies of changing demography of Occupied Kashmir.
In Yemen, two suspected Al-Qaeda members were killed in a US drone attack on Monday.
On the last day of the third cricket test against England at Leeds, Sri Lanka resumes their second innings at the overnight score of 32 runs on Monday.
President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan offers best investor friendly policies and urged investors to avail them by investing in Pakistan.
He said this while in a meeting with a delegation of Telenor Group in Islamabad on Monday.
President Mamnoon said the Government encourages the development of information technology, telecommunication and digital services in the country.
The President said further penetration of mobile broadband technology is vital for economic growth and development of Pakistan in different social sectors.
He appreciated the achievement of Ministry of Information Technology in curbing the grey traffic, which was adversely affecting the telecom industry.
Speaking on the occasion, CEO of Telenor Group Mr Sigve Brekke apprised President Mamnoon Hussain about various services being offered by Telenor Group in the banking, education, health and agriculture sectors in Pakistan.
Pakistan has categorically stated that no compromise will be made on its nuclear programme.
This was stated by Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on defence and foreign affairs in Islamabad on Monday.
He said Angoor Adda has not been handed over to Afghanistan; however, Pakistan Army constructed a gate for the Kabul government in Afghan area as a gift.
The foreign secretary said Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan and a peaceful solution to the Afghan issue will have to be found out.
He said Pakistan hosted millions of Afghan refugees despite difficulties. He said terrorists from Afghanistan take shelter in the camps of the Afghan refugees.
The foreign secretary said Pakistan will not allow its soil to be used against any other country.
He said terrorism is the major issue for Pakistan as over five thousand Pakistani soldiers have so far sacrificed their lives in war on terror.
Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Balighur Rehman says twenty-two additional wings of Civil Armed Forces will be raised to ensure security of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project.
Responding to a call attention notice moved by Abdul Qayyum, in the Senate on Monday, he said a total of seventeen thousand two hundred eighty personnel will be hired for this purpose. Over three thousand personnel have already been hired.
The Minister of State pointed out the civil armed forces are playing a pivotal role to meet border management challenges and security threats.
Later, the House resumed discussion on the next year's budget.
Taking part in the debate, Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh proposed 25 percent increase in salaries to address the problems faced by the employees. He said the ratio of indirect taxes should be reduced to provide relief to the common man.
Saleh Shah said the amount allocated in the budget for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of tribal areas is not sufficient and the government should review these allocations to honour the sacrifices rendered by the tribal people for peace and security of the country.
Robina Khalid said the government has failed to deliver on its promises.
The National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad on Monday afternoon with Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi in the chair.
Punjab Budget for next fiscal year will be presented in Provincial Assembly on Monday afternoon.
Provincial Finance Minister Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha will present the budget.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government would present provincial budget with a total outlay of over four hundred eighty-eight billion rupees for next fiscal year on Tuesday.
Provincial Finance Minister Muzaffar Said told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that efforts have been made to give relief to the common man in the budget.
To a question, he said funds have been allocated for construction of schools, roads and hospitals in the budget.
Over 12,568 Megawatts of electricity would be added to the national grid after completion of a number of power generation projects by 2018.
According to Ministry of Water and Power, under a long term plan, the country would have an additional generation capacity of 30,948 MW by the year 2022 through Neelum Jhelum, Chashma nuclear, wind, hydel, LNG and Jamshoro Coal power projects.
Around 8,630 MW would be generated under China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects in the same period.
Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz has conveyed good wishes for Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
In his message, he expressed wish for speedy recovery and good health to the Prime Minister and hoped that he would soon be able to resume office with full vigour.
Election Commission has issued schedule for local government by-Election to fill in the vacant general seats in territorial wards of district, town and Village Councils in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Polling is scheduled for eighteenth of next month while the nomination papers can be submitted by candidates till sixteenth of this month.
Final list of candidates along with their respective symbols will be published on fourth of next month.
Six facilitators of a banned outfit surrendered themselves before Frontier Corps Balochistan in District Nushki on Monday and pledged to lead peaceful life.
The spokesman of FC told Radio Pakistan Quetta correspondent that surrendered facilitators were involved in terrorist activities in different areas of Balochistan.
In occupied Kashmir, senior Hurriyet leaders have asked people to be ready to foil conspiracies aimed at changing demography of Jammu and Kashmir.
This was stated during a seminar jointly organized by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front in Srinagar.
Addressing the seminar, veteran Hurriyet leader Syed Ali Gilani said New Delhi wants to make Jammu and Ladakh its own entity.
He said people should realize the grave situation and boycott election rallies of pro-India politicians.
Senior leader of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Bashir Ahmad Butt, urged unity to foil Indian conspiracies of changing demography of held territory.
In Yemen two suspected Al-Qaeda members were killed and their driver wounded in a US drone attack in southern part of the country on Monday.
The United Nations has said it will try to resettle a record 170,000 refugees urgently in need of a new home next year.
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees in a report noted an increase of nearly 30,000 people compared with this year.
However, it is still less than 15 percent of the 1.19 million refugees worldwide who will be "in need of resettlement" in 2017.
In Iraq, five security forces were killed and eleven wounded in a suicide attack carried out by Islamic State group fighters in the city of Ramadi on Monday.
According to sources, the attackers targeted an army base in Ramadi with several explosives-laden vehicles driven by suicide bombers and gunmen who fired on soldiers.
The forces killed all the attackers and destroyed all the car bombs
Earlier this year, Iraqi army regained control of Ramadi and in recent weeks has been battling to retake Fallujah, another city in the province, from IS jihadists.
On the last day of the third cricket test against England at Lords, Sri Lanka will resume their second innings 32 runs at stumps on Monday.
England 416 & 233/7d
Sri Lanka 288 & 32/0
The fourth death anniversary King of Ghazal Mehdi Hassan is being observed on Monday.
More details from Radio Pakistan Islamabad correspondent.
Radio Pakistan in its National Hook-up at 1530 hours will broadcast a Special feature in connection with the Death Anniversary of Renowned Naat-Khawan and Poet "HAFEEZ TAIB".
In another Hook-up at 1605 hours will broadcast, a Special musical feature Programme in connection with Death Anniversary of Renowned Singer "MEHDI HASAN".