Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
Prime Minister says federal government will implement robust development agenda in Sindh to address miseries of people.
Nawaz Sharif has reaffirmed commitment to realize full potential of CPEC with support of China.
Parliamentary Committee on National Security has been constituted to review security-related matters.
Pakistan rejects Indian statement terming death sentence to Kulbhushan Yadav "a premeditated murder".
Massive demonstrations were held in Occupied Kashmir today to condemn the Indian brutalities against civilians.
North Korea warns of launching a pre-emptive strike against the United States in case of any military aggression.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says the federal government will implement a robust development agenda in Sindh to ensure provision of basic facilities to people.
Addressing a public gathering at Jacobabad this evening, he said peace has been attained in Karachi and other parts of the province, and now the mega development projects, which could not be completed by the provincial government, will be taken up by the federal government.
The Prime Minister announced one billion rupees development package for Jacobabad District.
He also announced gas supply schemes in the district, launch of Prime Minister's Health Card Programme, a modern vocational training centre for women, one hundred transformers, passport office and PASSCO office in Jacobabad.
Nawaz Sharif said a number of projects are being executed in infrastructure, energy, and communication sectors.
He said the ongoing power projects will help overcome loadshedding by next year.
Addressing the launching ceremony of Urdu edition of President Xi Jinping's book "Governance in China" in Islamabad today, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan endeavours to foster a culture of peace and explore all avenues of cooperation with neighbours.
He said China's concept of peaceful development envisages secure prosperous and friendly neighbourhood.
The Prime Minister said that together with China, we are implementing its flagship mega project, China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
He said Pakistanis developing into a connective mode for multiple neighborhoods.
He said we are determined to realize the full potential of this miracle with the staunch support of trusted ally and partner China.
Talking to Director of State Council Information Office of China Jiang Jianguo in Islamabad today, the Prime Minister said Pakistan deeply appreciates China's commitment to the realization of CPEC.
Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan and China are iron brothers and relations between the two countries have been raised to an even higher level of “All-Weather Cooperative Strategic Partnership.
Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, in consultation with the Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani, has constituted a thirty three-member Parliamentary Committee on National Security.
The committee will work under Chairmanship of the Speaker National Assembly.
The committee will discuss issues relating to national security of urgent nature, periodically review, monitor and oversee implementation of the National Action Plan with a view to ensuring its expeditious implementation.
It will also present periodical reports to both Houses of the Parliament.
The Senate was informed today that the government has adopted a national strategy towards strengthening of early disaster warning systems.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad told the House during question hour that the approach includes expansion of telemetric network and monitoring as well as database for timely flood broadcasts.
Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani expressed serious concerns over the absence of Ministers from the House and non-receipt of answers.
Federal Minister for Law Zahid Hamid clarified that the government accords full respect to the House and has no intention to undermine its constitutional status.
Later, the chair adjourned the session sine die.
The National Assembly was informed today that the government has devised a comprehensive recruitment policy and mechanism to ensure merit and transparency in the recruitment process at all levels.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad told the House during question hour that recruitment mechanism and initial screening will be conducted by a testing agency to be hired by the concerned Ministries and Divisions.
Replying to a question, Parliamentary Secretary for Information Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha told the House that the government is making strenuous efforts to make Pakistan Railways a profitable organization.
He said Pakistan Railways will introduce new passenger trains soon which will run between Rawalpindi and Kohat, Sibi and Harnai and Karachi to Mirpurkhas.
The House will now meet on Monday afternoon at four.
Pakistan has asked India to act responsibly over the issue of Kulbhushan Yadav and refrain from issuing statements that could aggravate people-to-people hostility.
Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz while briefing newsmen in Islamabad today said there is a need to arrest the growing crisis in Pakistan-India relations before it becomes serious.
The Advisor emphasized that all political parties of Pakistan are unanimous that award of death penalty against a foreign spy, who carried out subversive activities is a correct decision.
Sartaj Aziz said Yadav was tried under the law of the land in a fairly transparent manner and awarded punishment on the basis of credible and specific evidence of his involvement in financing terrorism and carrying out subversive activities in Pakistan.
He said rhetoric about 'pre-meditated murder' and 'unrest in Balochistan' will only result in escalation, serving no useful purpose.
Indian High Commissioner, Gautam Bambawale, called on the Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua in Islamabad today and discussed the issue of Indian serving Naval Officer and RAW agent Kulbhushan Yadev.
According to statement issued by foreign office, the Foreign Secretary said that during the period of trial, due judicial process was followed and Yadev was provided a lawyer in accordance with relevant laws and the constitution of Pakistan.
She underscored that Pakistanis incarcerated in Indian prisons have not been provided consular access for years, despite repeated requests and follow-up by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.
Tehmina Janjua said that the rhetoric in the Indian Parliament was un-warranted and only added to fueling hatred against Pakistan which is not conducive for promoting cordial ties between the two countries.
Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal says Pakistan will be recognized as a leading exporting nation in the next five years.
Chairing a meeting on "cluster development based agriculture transformation plan of Vision 2025" in Islamabad today, he said a thriving agricultural sector can help Pakistan become a leading export oriented economy.
In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities sealed Badgam today by deploying Indian troops and police personnel in strength to prevent people from converging in the town.
The joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had called for a march towards Badgam today to pay tributes to the martyrs.
Despite heavy deployment of occupational forces people staged massive anti-India demonstrations in Badgam.
Indian troops and police subjected protesters to brute force in Srinagar and Sopore areas triggering severe clashes between the demonstrators and the forces' personnel.
China has called for resuming dialogue leading to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi talking to reporters in Beijing today called on all parties to refrain from provoking and threatening each other and not let the situation get to an irreversible stage.
Meanwhile, North Korean vice foreign minister Han Song Ryol told the Associated Press in an interview today that if US shows any sign of reckless military aggression, Pyongyang is ready to launch a pre-emptive strike of its own.
He said North Korea will keep building up its nuclear arsenal in "quality and quantity.
Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.