Text Bulletin 0700 hrs
JUNE 13, 2017
Prime Minister and Saudi King have discussed the emerging situation in the Gulf countries.
Planning Minister says infrastructure projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will open new avenues for development.
Pakistan and China have reiterated their resolve to further enhance bilateral defence cooperation.
A US appeals court has upheld a decision blocking President Trump's revised travel ban on six Muslim nations
Pakistan have qualified for the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy, defeating Sri Lanka by three wickets at Cardiff on Monday night.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has expressed the hope that the current impasse in the Gulf countries will be resolved soon in the best interest of Muslim Ummah.
He was talking to Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Jeddah.
The two leaders discussed the emerging situation in the Gulf countries.
The Prime Minister reaffirmed the strong commitment of the people and government of Pakistan to territorial integrity and sovereignty of Saudi Arabia and safety of Harmain al Sharifain.
While expressing solidarity with Saudi Arabia, the Prime Minister said the Kingdom has a very special place in the hearts of Pakistanis.
King Salman thanked the Prime Minister for his visit and appreciated the exceptional success of Pakistan against extremism and terrorism.
He also reiterated strong commitment and support of the Kingdom for all issues of interest for Pakistan, including matters of its national security.
The Prime Minister who was accompanied by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has now returned home.
Meanwhile, Qatar has supported Kuwait's efforts to mediate between Doha and Arab states.
The support was declared by Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani while talking to newsmen in Paris after meeting his French counterpart.
He said Qatar wants to resolve the issue through dialogue.
Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch says Pakistan holds good relations with all Islamic countries, including Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
In an interview, he said Pakistan will play neutral role in the current situation.
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says completion of infrastructure projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will open new avenues for development in Pakistan as well as the whole region.
He was chairing a meeting in Islamabad, to review progress on the projects being completed under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Expressing satisfaction over the CPEC projects, the Minister said several projects are expected to be completed this year.
The Minister directed to speed up work on Gwadar International Airport and other projects in the city. He said with completion of Gwadar Master Plan, the city will emerge as a modern urban centre.
He said every effort will be made to ensure security and safety of Chinese citizens working in Pakistan.
Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir says PML-N respects the judiciary and believes in rule of law.
In an interview, he said the party demands a transparent and justice-based investigation by Joint Investigation Team in the Panama Papers case.
To a question, the Minister said production orders for MNA Jamshed Dasti have been issued by the Speaker National Assembly, enabling the lawmaker to participate in the session.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's decision to appear before the Joint Investigation Team in Panama Papers' case will strengthen democracy in Pakistan.
In an interview, she said the Prime Minister has taken this decision for the trust, the people of Pakistan have reposed in him.
The Minister of State said Nawaz Sharif's appearance before JIT will vindicate his belief in the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law.
The National Assembly will resume its session at the Parliament House in Islamabad on Tuesday at three in the afternoon.
According to the agenda, the House will consider the recommendations made by Senate.
Finance Minister will also wind up general discussion on the budget for next fiscal year.
Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat at Joint Staff Headquarters in Rawalpindi and discussed with him matters related to defence and security.
Both sides reiterated the resolve to further strengthen this special relationship.
The Ambassador commended the professionalism of Pakistan Armed Forces and acknowledged sacrifices made by Pakistan in war against terrorism.
China says Pakistan is its all-weather strategic partner and Beijing enjoys long and deep relationship with Islamabad.
This was stated by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang during regular press briefing in Beijing.
The spokesperson said President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif held friendly and productive talks on the sidelines of recent Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Kazakhstan.
Corps Commander Peshawar Lt Gen Nazir Ahmed Butt visited forward areas of Kurram and Khyber Agencies.
During the visit, he was given detailed briefing on the prevailing security situation in the area.
The Corps Commander interacted with the troops deployed on the forward posts and lauded their state of morale and operational preparedness.
IGFC North Major General Shaheen Mazhar Mahmood also accompanied the Corps Commander.
India has released eleven Pakistani prisoners and handed them over to authorities at Wagah border.
These Pakistani nationals were released after completing their respective prison terms.
Six people were killed and twelve others injured when a bus collided head-on with a truck on Lahore road near Burewala on Monday night.
The bus was on its way from Lahore to Karachi.
United Nations has accused Israel of not brining perpetrators of alleged war crimes to justice.
A report published by the world body urged Israel to conduct prompt, impartial and independent investigations of all alleged violations of international human rights law and international crimes.
A US appeals court has upheld a decision blocking President Donald Trump's revised travel ban on people from six Muslim nations.
Ruling on a case brought by the state of Hawaii, the appeal judges found that the executive order violated existing immigration legislation.
Reacting to the latest ruling, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the president's executive order to protect the US is fully lawful and ultimately will be upheld by the Supreme Court.
The European Union will decide on Tuesday to open legal cases against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic for failing to take in asylum seekers.
Poland and Hungary have refused to take in a single person under a plan agreed in 2015 to relocate 160,000 asylum-seekers from Italy and Greece.
Pakistan qualified for the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy, defeating Sri Lanka by three wickets at Cardiff on Monday night.
A 75-run partnership between Captain Sarfraz Ahmed and pace bowler Mohammad Amir led Pakistan to an incredible victory.
Earlier, Sri Lanka set a victory target of 236.
Pakistan achieved the target in 44.5 overs for the loss of seven wickets.
Pakistan will face England in the first semi-finals at Cardiff on Wednesday.
President Mamnoon Hussain has congratulated the national cricket team over victory against Sri Lanka in the important match of Champions Trophy.
The President, in a message from Makkah, hoped that the national team would bring laurels to the country.
Pakistan will play its first match against Netherlands in the hockey world cup qualifying round in London on Thursday.
The qualifying round will be played from 15th to 25th of this month.
Green Shirts have been placed in pool B, which comprises Canada, India, Holland and Scotland.
Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, rain-thunderstorm is likely at a few places in Sargodha, Faisalabad, D.G. Khan, Malakand divisions, Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas.
Temperature of some major cities recorded on Tuesday morning:-
Islamabad twenty-three degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-eight, Karachi thirty, Peshawar twenty-seven, Quetta twenty one, Gilgit fifteen, Murree eighteen and Muzaffarabad nineteen degree centigrade.