Text Bulletin 2000 Hrs
Pakistan and China have renewed their determination to further cement bilateral relations by enhancing cooperation in multiple spheres.
Prime Minister has reaffirmed government's commitment for timely completion of Early Harvest Projects under CPEC.
Bank of China has announced to open its branches in Pakistan.
Interior Minister says politics of agitation is halting development process.
Lahore High Court has announced to establish Alternate Dispute Resolution Centre in all districts of Punjab.
A high level meeting in Quetta today reviewed law and order situation in Balochistan as eight labourers were martyred in a terrorist attack in Gwadar.
India once again resorted to unprovoked firing at Line of Control today injuring three civilians.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation has warned that Somalia is on the brink of a catastrophic famine.
Pakistan and China have renewed their determination to further cement bilateral relations by enhancing cooperation in multiple spheres.
The resolve was expressed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a meeting in Beijing today.
All the four chief ministers were present during the talks.
President Xi said that the two countries had more potential to strengthen bilateral cooperation regarding implementation of CPEC and other regional connectivity projects.
He expressed satisfaction over the pace of growing bilateral ties.
In his remarks, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan stands with China for promotion of Chinese initiative of One Belt and One Road.
Nawaz Sharif said CPEC is a core component of the visionary initiative of the One belt-One Road.
The Prime Minister said strenuous efforts are being made for speedy implementation of CPEC Projects .
Nawaz Sharif congratulated President Xi on the holding of the Belt and Road Forum saying the participation of a large number of world leaders is a testimony of China's growing stature in the international community.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also held a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang in Beijing.
Nawaz Sharif reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment for timely completion of early harvest projects under
He informed the Chinese premier that Pakistani delegation that will attend the One Belt One Road forum also includes all the four chief ministers.
The Prime Minister said this reflects that the entire Pakistani nation has a united stance on CPEC.
Pakistan and China today signed a series of agreements in Beijing today for cooperation in different sectors.
The first MoU related to cooperation within the framework of Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st century Maritime Silk Road initiative.
An MoU was also signed on upgradation of main railway line track ML-I and establishment of Havelian Dry Port.
Three agreements were pertaining to economic and technical cooperation worth three point four billion Yuan for Gwadar port and East Bay expressway.
The signing ceremony was also witnessed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Chinese premier Li Keqiang.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the development of North Indus Cascade is the major focus of his government for addressing the issue of water shortage.
Addressing the Chinese power sector companies in Beijing today, he said construction of Diamer-Basha Dam is the single most important initiative to this effect.
Nawaz Sharif said water and food security is of paramount importance for Pakistan, keeping in view the challenges posed by climate change.
The Prime Minister acknowledged the fast-track implementation of Early Harvest Projects will be critical to eliminate power outages by the middle of next year.
He viewed President Xi's visionary initiative of "One Belt-One Road" would stimulate inclusive socio-economic development, help in eradicating poverty, and promote peace and prosperity in the region and beyond.
The Bank of China will open its branches in Pakistan.
This was announced by Chairman of the Bank Tian Guoli in his meeting with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Beijing today.
Speaking on the occasion, Ishaq Dar said that first branch of the Bank will be opened in Karachi soon.
He invited the Chairman of Bank to visit Pakistan.
The Chairman of Bank of China appreciated Pakistan's macroeconomic stability and improved economic indicators during the last three years.
State Bank of Pakistan has already issued banking license to the Bank of China.
The Bank of China aims to provide differential and specialized banking services to effectively serve the financing needs of China Pakistan Economic Corridor related projects.
The Bank of China is the second Chinese bank entering Pakistan and its entry represents growing confidence of international investors in the country's banking sector and stable economic outlook.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says mostly Muslims are the victims of terrorism in the world.
Addressing public meetings at different places in Rawalpindi this evening, he said terrorism and extremism has no link with Islam.
Interior Minister said national interest will always be protected at every level.
He said politics of agitation is halting development process in the country.
He said people have rejected the politics of agitation and false claims as it has harmed democracy.
The Interior Minister said development schemes worth billion of rupees initiated during the last four years are a testimony of the Government's commitment towards the well being of people.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that all suspicious accounts on social media are being strictly monitored.
In a statement, she said action will be taken against elements involved in negative propaganda on social media in accordance with cyber laws.
A high-level security coordination conference held at Southern Command Headquarters in Quetta today reviewed security situation in Balochistan.
It was attended among others by Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Aamer Riaz, Provincial home Minister Sarfraz Bugti and high Police officials.
The Participants discussed the confronting challenges regarding peace and stability in the province.
The meeting expressed the resolve to bring enduring peace and stability in the province through a comprehensive and coordinated joint response.
Fatiha was also offered for the shahadas of Mastung and Gwadar attacks.
Eight labourers were martyred in a terrorist attack in Gwadar district today.
Our Quetta correspondent Aftab Sherazi reports that the terrorists opened fire on labourers when they were busy in work on a road project.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned the attack and expressed deep grief over the loss of precious lives in the attack.
He vowed to take all possible measures for restoration of peace in Balochistan.
Chief Minister Balochistan Sanaullah Khan Zehri also condemned the killing of innocent workers.
In a message he said the conspiracy of creating obstacles in the way of progress and prosperity in Balochistan will be foiled at all costs.
Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that Pakistan is emerging as a fast developing economy and CPEC is the foundation of prosperity.
Addressing a public meeting in Havelian this evening, he said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz will emerge a major political force in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif held a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of One Belt, One Road Forum in Beijing today.
Matters of mutual interest and promotion of cooperation in different sectors were discussed during the meeting.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says more than eight thousand megawatt energy projects are underway in the country.
Talking to a delegation of National Energy Admiration in Beijing today, he said the thirteen hundred and twenty megawatt Sahiwal Coal Power project has already been completed.
Shahbaz Sharif said the government has created conducive environment for investment in the country.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar has stressed the need for efforts to restore the credibility of judicial system by improving its service delivery and expeditious dispensation of justice.
He said this at a meeting of National Judicial Policy Making Committee and the governing body of Access to Justice Development Fund in Islamabad today.
The Chief Justice ordered establishment of special cells in the Supreme Court and High Courts to receive complaints of overseas Pakistanis for redressal of their grievances.
Chief Justice Lahore High Court Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah has approved a plan to extend the scope of Alternate Dispute Resolution Centres across Punjab to provide inexpensive and speedy justice to the people.
The approval was given at a meeting in Lahore today.
Addressing the meeting, the Chief Justice said two centers will be set up in each district of the Province.
He said seventy-four judges are being imparted training about mediation at Punjab Judicial Academy Lahore for the purpose.
Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair says cultural relations between Pakistan and Italy are important for both of countries and the region.
Addressing a ceremony on the occasion of National Independence Day of Italy in Karachi today, he said with the restoration of law and order in Karachi, socio-economic, cultural and literary activities are increasing day by day.
In his address, the Consul-General of Italy said various projects are designed and exhibited according to their original spirit to promote art and culture of Italy in Pakistan.
Member of National Assembly’s Standing Committee for Information and Broadcasting, Begum Parveen Masood Bhatti says government’s top priority is to provide quality education at post graduate level to female students of South Punjab.
She was addressing a function held in connection with Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme at Bahawalpur.
A special campaign in underway in FATA for enrollment of students to enhance literacy rate in the area.
It will continue till 31st of the current month.
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President Mamnoon Hussain has summoned the Session of the National Assembly to meet on Monday at 5 p.m.
Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf Chief Imran Khan says proposals for the electoral reforms will be submitted at a meeting of the Electoral Reforms Committee of the Parliament on Tuesday.
He said this after a party meeting in Islamabad today.
Imran Khan said PTI has decided to hold intra-party elections on 11th of next month.
According to ISPR, three more civilians including two women were injured in the result of unprovoked Indian firing in Baroh sector at Line of Control today.
Earlier, Indian forces resorted to ceasefire violations in Nikial sector in the morning injuring three civilians.
According to latest reports exchange of fire continues and Pakistani troops have befittingly responded to Indian firing on civilians.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Nikial sector along the Line of Control today.
He met the troops there and appreciated their high state of operational preparedness, effective response to Indian ceasefire violations and high morale.
The Army Chief also visited parents of Shaheed Lieutenant Khawar who embraced martyrdom during an operation at Bannu.
He hailed supreme sacrifice of the officer and his family for the motherland.
Pakistan has urged the United Nations to take notice of Indian attempts to bring demographic changes to occupied Kashmir.
The Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in a letter to the UN Secretary General Antonio Gueterres has specifically pointed out the issuance of permanent residence certificates to non-residents, allotment of land to retired Indian army personnel and issuance of land to non-Kashmiris in occupied territory.
The Advise said implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions is only way to end the immense sufferings of millions of Kashmiris in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and bring peace and stability to South Asia.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has appealed to the United Nations and the International Community to take serious notice of India's unprovoked firing at the Line of Control.
Talking to newsmen in Muzaffarabad today, he said by targeting civilian population at Line of Control, India is trying to divert world attention from the deteriorating human rights situation in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The AJK Prime Minister strongly condemned the unprovoked Indian firing and shelling at Khuiratta, Charhoi and Samahni sectors today.
In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association has strongly condemned the continued illegal detention of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi, and her associate Fehmeeda Sofi.
In a statement in Srinagar, a spokesman of the Association demanded immediate release of both the detainees owing to their ill health.
He said Aasiya Andrabi was arrested last month from her residence and lodged in Rambagh police station in Srinagar on the basis of a fake case registered against her at Soura police station.
The spokesman also condemned the slapping of draconian law, Public Safety Act on senior APHC leader, Masarrat Aalam Butt for 35th time.
Masarrat Aalam Butt has not been released despite the fact that he has been granted bail in all the forty-six cases registered against him by the police.
Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Shopian on the third consecutive day today against the disappearance of a local youth in police custody.
All shops and business establishments remained closed while traffic was off the road in the town.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation has urged the international community to increase assistance for the hunger-stricken people of Somalia.
In a statement, OIC Secretary-General Yousef Al-Othaimeen warned that Somalia is on the brink of a catastrophic famine caused by acute drought conditions due to years of poor rainfall.
He said more than six million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in the country.
Turkey has urged European countries to extradite the fugitives, involved in terrorist activities in the country.
Talking to reporters in Ankara, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson said whatever may be the affiliation of these fugitives, his country expects them to be returned.
He specifically hit out at Greece refusing to return ex-soldiers implicated in last year’s failed coup and Germany granting asylum to members of Fetullah Organization, which is blamed for the coup bid last year.
In Turkey, twenty three people were killed and eleven others injured when a bus plunged off a road near the sea resort of Marmaris today.
The bus was carrying local tourists.
In Syria, Kurdish-led forces are closing in on Raqqa, to dislodge the Islamic State group from its de facto capital, Raqqa.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in Syria said today that the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are backed by U.S-led coalition airstrikes.
They have launched a multi-pronged offensive northeast and northwest of the city.
Turkey strongly objects to Kurdish-led forces leading the campaign, calling it an extension of PKK terrorist group.
The G-7 countries have called for taking steps to make the global economy work for everyone.
The call was made in a statement issued at end of the two-day summit of G-7 foreign ministers in Bari, Italy today.
The group, consisting of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, and U.K, also called for a renewed common effort against cybercrime.
The agreements, presented in the form of a final statement, are not legally binding but they represent the leaders' political commitment to follow through.
European Union has called for a comprehensive international investigation to identify the culprits involved in the cyberattacks across the world.
In a statement in the Hague today, EU's law enforcement agency, Europol said the wave of cyberattacks wreaking havoc across the globe is at an unprecedented level.
The statement said Europol is working with countries and companies hit by the attacks to mitigate the threat and assist victims.