Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
> Prime Minister has urged the investors to benefit from huge potential existing in oil and gas sector of the country.
> Interior Minister says government will implement National Action Plan effectively and protect young minds from extremism.
> Indian troops again resorted to unprovoked shelling in Phuklian Sector along Working Boundary on Wednesday, martyring a civilian.
> Senate has been informed that Pakistan will provide humanitarian assistance to Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
> Amnesty International has urged India to immediately ban the use of pellet guns in occupied Kashmir.
> Pakistan have set a victory target of 175 runs for World XI in the second T-20 being played in Lahore.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says the government is committed to provide every possible facility to investors to explore and benefit from the huge potential existing in oil and gas sector.
He made these remarks at a Memorandum of understanding signing ceremony between Oil and Gas Development Company Limited and MOL Group in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The prime minister also welcomed the desire of MOL Pakistan to extend its operation and undertake business ventures in Balochistan.
Talking to Ambassador European Union Jean-Francois Cautain in Islamabad, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said GSP Plus scheme provided a constructive framework for the betterment of Pakistan's economy and promotion of its economic agenda.
He said that Pakistan-EU relations were based on a commitment to continued engagement.
The prime minister said EU is one of Pakistan's largest trading partner and biggest market for its exports.
He also highlighted Pakistan's remarkable successes and achievements in the fight against terrorism.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the government's National Action Plan provided the basis for addressing the challenges of extremism and terrorism in a comprehensive manner.
On the occasion, the Ambassador highlighted the strong and longstanding partnership between the EU and Pakistan.
He reiterated EU's commitment to further strengthening cooperation towards the development of Pakistan.
The first Phase of Kachhi Canal project in Balochistan has been completed at a cost of eighty billion rupees and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will formally inaugurate the project tomorrow in Dera Bugti.
Kachhi Canal project will irrigate 72 thousand acre of land in Dera Bugti.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal says government will implement National Action Plan effectively and protect young minds from extremism.
He made these remarks at a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control which was held in Islamabad under the chairmanship of Senator Abdul Rehman Malik.
Meanwhile, talking to newsmen in Islamabad, he said the government will soon impose ban on Ansar-ul Sharia, a terrorist group involved in attack on Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan leader in Karachi.
He said the mastermind of the attack had been arrested and other culprits will be arrested shortly as the law enforcement agencies are following them.
Ahsan Iqbal said that it was a major breakthrough and the government is committed to break entire network of the group.
Indian troops initiated unprovoked firing in Phuklian Sector along Working Boundary on Wednesday.
According to ISPR, Pakistan Rangers troops effectively responded and targeted Indian posts firing on civil population.
An innocent citizen Muhammad Zahoor, resident of village Dewra, embraced shahadat due to Indian unprovoked firing.
In a reaction to Indian unprovoked firing, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that Indian deliberate targeting of civilians along working boundary is condemnable.
In his tweet on Wednesday, he said Indian actions are detrimental to peace in the region.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa says enhanced defence ties between Pakistan and Australia will help boost their bilateral cooperation, in education, investment, regional connectivity and trade fields.
The Army Chief, who is on an official visit to Australia, said this during his meetings with representatives of Australian civil and military leadership.
Both civil and military leadership of Australia appreciated Pakistan's contributions and achievements in the war against terror and acknowledged sacrifices of Pakistani nation and its Army in this connection.
Minister for Law Zahid Hamid says Pakistan is committed to provide humanitarian assistance to Rohingya Muslims to alleviate their sufferings.
He was concluding discussion on the persecution, massacre and genocide of Rohingya Muslims and their forced exile from their homeland.
He said the plight of Rohingya Muslims continues to be a challenge to the conscience of the International community.
He said the cabinet has adopted a resolution against violence on Rohingya Muslims.
Zahid Hamid said the Ambassador of Myanmar was called to the Foreign Office to convey our concerns and register a strong protest about the ongoing discrimination against the Rohingya Muslims.
Concluding discussion on a Motion regarding situation arising out of the visit by the Indian Prime Minister to United States and signing of a number of defence agreements between the two countries, Minister for Law said resolution of Kashmir issue is imperative for durable peace in South Asia.
He said Pakistan is committed to resolve all outstanding issues with India through composite dialogue process.
The minister said that Pakistan will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris in their just struggle for their right to self-determination in line with the United Nations Security Council resolutions.
He said any attempt to link indigenous struggle of Kashmiris with terrorism is totally unacceptable.
The House will now meet tomorrow at three in the afternoon.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has emphasized on concerted efforts for broadening the tax base to achieve overall targets for the current fiscal year.
He was chairing a high level meeting of Federal Board of Revenue in Islamabad on Wednesday to review progress of revenue collection in the current fiscal year.
He said people must be provided proper facilitation to contribute their due share to national exchequer.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says government is committed to protect rights of journalists and provide them safety and security.
Addressing a media workers convention at Rawalpindi Press Club on Wednesday, she said the government has passion for welfare of journalists.
She said media has played a pivotal role in strengthening democracy and elimination of the menace of terrorism.
Amnesty International has asked India to immediately ban the use of pellet guns against oppressed Kashmiris by its forces in Occupied Kashmir.
In a statement, the human rights group also criticized Indian authorities for failing to support those who have been injured and disabled by the weapons.
In the second T-20 of Independence Cup against Pakistan in Lahore, World-XI were 44 in 5 overs, a short while ago.
Earlier, Pakistan scored 174 runs for the loss of six wickets in stipulated twenty overs.
For Pakistan, Babar Azam with 45 was the highest scorer while Ahmed Shahzad and Shoaib Malik made 43 and 39 runs respectively.
For World-XI Samuel Badree and Thisara Perera took two wickets each.
Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty four hours.
However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at scattered places in Faisalabad, Sargodha, Multan, Kohat, Bannu, D.I.Khan, D.G Khan, Zhob divisions and FATA while at isolated places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Multan, Bahawalpur, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan divisions, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.