Text Bulletin 0700 Hrs
Pakistan has expressed desire to work closely with new US administration of President-elect Donald Trump.
The Government has decided to maintain wheat support price at thirteen hundred rupees per forty kilograms for next year.
National Assembly meets in Islamabad this afternoon to discuss important national issues.
Civil war has come to an end in the Syrian city of Aleppo after a truce between government forces and rebels.
The first Cricket Test between Pakistan and Australia will be played at Brisbane tomorrow.
Dense fog is prevailing at different sections of Motorway and National Highway.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi has said Pakistan will work closely with new US administration led by President-elect Donald Trump.
In an interview with a US newspaper "the Washington Times", he said Pakistan believes that Trump's business background and strong interest in economic ties match the vision and policies of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
Tariq Fatemi said the volatility that plagued Pak-US relations under previous regimes in Pakistan has subsided.
To a question, he rejected reports of pending major weapons sales between Russia and Pakistan but said Islamabad is exploring all options from all countries to arm its military.
He said diplomatic outreach to Russia also is focused on burgeoning economic and political relationships.
Tariq Fatemi said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's goal is to establish mutually beneficial economic ties with all countries.
He said Pakistan is weighing Russian participation in the creation of oil pipeline from Karachi to Lahore and construction of power plant.
Tariq Fatemi rejected reports that Pakistan's emerging military relationship with Russia is in response to India's closer military ties with Washington.
On counter-terrorism, operations, he said Donald Trump's views align with those of Pakistan's leadership.
Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet has decided to maintain wheat support price at thirteen hundred rupees per 40 Kg for crop for next year.
The Committee which met in Islamabad with Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar in the chair approved lifting of withholding tax on Crop Loan Insurance Scheme and Livestock Insurance Scheme.
ECC also approved extension in the export of wheat date by the end of this month.
It was also approved that same rate of rebate would be given on export of wheat products like Suji, Maida and wheat flour fine (Aata) as available on per Kg wheat export.
The Committee also approved relending China Eximbank Loans to Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission for Chashma Nuclear Power Project 3 and 4.
The Ministry of Petroleum apprised the ECC regarding increase in natural gas production as well as demand and supply of gas.
The ECC approved the proposal for allocation of the additional gas up to 84 MMCFD produced from Nashpa field to SNGPL to cope with demand-supply imbalance on its system.
Meanwhile, presiding over a meeting to review the progress on Islamic Banking, Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar said the government is taking structured policy actions to promote Islamic Banking in the country.
On this occasion, he constituted four Sub-Committees for the promotion and facilitation of Islamic Banking in the country.
Speaking at another meeting on matters related to Finance Division, the Minister urged Finance Secretary to ensure that all efforts are made to meet the budgetary targets.
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will bring socio-economic uplift in the country.
In an interview, he said various projects of roads linkage, establishment of new hospitals and educational institutions are underway in less developed areas of Balochistan.
The Minister said various road projects are also in progress in Gilgit-Baltistan as part of CPEC which will enhance road connectivity.
He said eying the importance of CPEC, many countries of the region are aspirant to become part of the mega project.
Ahsan Iqbal said the incumbent government is going to establish public universities at district level to ensure access of the students in higher education.
The National Assembly meets in Islamabad this afternoon at four.
The House will take up legislative business besides important issues for discussion.
Minister of State for Privatization Muhammad Zubair has welcomed decision of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf to return to Parliament as it is the only forum of resolving matters.
In an interview, he said there is no contradiction in the statements of the Prime Minister which he had given in the Parliament and in his address to the nation.
To a question, he said the government is ready to sit with Pakistan Peoples Party to discuss their four demands.
Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhary has regretted that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf is promoting the culture of leveling baseless allegations on others.
In an interview, he said PTI is trying to remain alive in politics and adopting different ways of agitations.
Punjab government has accorded approval to set up Drug Regulatory Authority in the province.
The approval was made at a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in Lahore.
The meeting reviewed steps taken for public health reforms programme especially elimination of spurious and substandard medicines.
Addressing the meeting, Chief Minister said zero tolerance policy will be adopted against the persons involved in manufacturing and sale of spurious medicines.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Muard Ali Shah has said success of Apex Committee in restoring peace in Karachi is strategic partnership of Pakistan Army, Ranger and police.
Presiding over a special meeting of Apex Committee in Karachi, he said this strategic partnership worked well because of being on the same page in implementing National Action Plan and this operation will continue till elimination of last terrorist.
Chief Minister said now things have improved considerably, and business activities have started flourishing.
In Syrian city of Aleppo, civil war has ended after a truce between government forces and rebels paving the way for evacuation of rebels and civilians from the besieged areas.
Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin has said an arrangement has been made for rebel fighters to leave the area from this morning.
The rebels have confirmed the deal and said civilians may also be allowed to leave.
Meanwhile,a coalition drone strike has killed three Islamic State leaders including two men in Raqqa province of Syria who helped facilitate last year's attacks in Paris.
In a statement, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said militants were working together to plot and facilitate attacks against Western targets at the time of the strike.
Human Rights Watch has urged Myanmar's government to allow aid agencies and media to help Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.
In a statement, New York-based rights body said at least 1,500 buildings have been destroyed since October 2015 in Rakhine.
First Cricket Test of three match series between Pakistan and Australia will begin at Brisbane tomorrow.
The first T-20 of the three match series between United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan will be played in Dubai today.
Dense fog is prevailing at different sections of Motorway and National Highway.
According to Motorway Police, M-2 form Lillah interchange to Lahore and M-3 from Faisalabad to Pindi Bhaittian is closed for all types of traffic.
Similarly, M-4 from Faisalabad to Gojra is also closed while dense fog is prevailing at National Highway from Kharian to Lahore.
Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country today.
Foggy conditions are likely to prevail over plain areas of Punjab and upper Sindh during night and morning hours.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:
Islamabad four degree centigrade, Lahore ten, Karachi nineteen, Peshawar seven, Quetta and Gilgit one, Murree two and Muzaffarabad five degree centigrade.