Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
Prime Minister says PML-N Government is fully committed to bring neglected parts of Balochistan at par with developed areas of the country.
National Assembly has been informed that steps are being taken to reinvigorate textile and other sectors to strengthen economy.
Army Chief says the operation against terrorism will continue until elimination of last terrorist.
Pakistan has successfully conducted test of enhanced version of indigenously developed Babur Cruise Missile.
First cricket Test of three-match series between Pakistan and Australia begins at Brisbane tomorrow.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Balochistan remained neglected in the past but the PML-N Government is fully committed to bring it at par with other province.
He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Hoshab-Panjgur-Sorab road in Turbat today.
The Prime Minister said development activities are visible in nook and cranny of the country and a number of motorways, highways and other infrastructure projects are being undertaken in different areas.
He said the road will also provide shortest link to Afghanistan and Central Asian Republics from Gwadar.
The Prime Minister said completion of this vital project would create enormous economic and commercial activities and help overcome the challenges of poverty, backwardness, ignorance and unemployment in Pakistan and the entire region.
He said Balochistan has been bestowed with immense natural resources, exploitation of which can not only change fate of the province but also of the country.
President Mamnoon Hussain has said Pakistan is desirous of further promoting friendly relations with all countries particularly the neighbours for peace, stability and prosperity in the region.
He was talking to envoys-designate of Yemen, Kuwait, Romania, Mali, Colombia, Mauritania and Albania who separately presented their credentials to him at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad today.
Mamnoon Hussain informed them that Operation Zarb-e-Azb is progressing successfully, which has greatly overcome the menace of terrorism and the operation will continue till elimination of the last terrorist.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has directed Board of Investment to formulate a long-term investment plan for the country.
Chairing a meeting in Islamabad today, he said the plan should focus on sectors, which have potential to absorb maximum investment and create more job opportunities.
The Minister asked Board of Investment to take input from the private sector to make the plan more inclusive and beneficial.
The National Assembly was informed today that the government has taken various steps to strengthen textile and other sectors in the country.
Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan told the House during question hour that sales tax of five export oriented sectors has been made part of zero rated tax regime from July this year.
He said technology upgradation fund scheme for the textile sector is also available and the facility of duty free import of textile machinery is continuing.
Khurram Dastgir Khan said twenty billion rupees will be spent on development of export sector. He said uninterrupted power supply is being ensured to the industrial sector for the increase of Pakistan's exports.
On a point of order, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah said that PPP always played a pivotal role in strengthening and protecting the Parliament and democracy in Pakistan.
He said parliament is a sacred institution and it is responsibility of all of us to uphold its sanctity. He said sanctity of institutions should not be undermined in any way.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says PTI is unaware of rules, regulations and norms of parliament.
Talking to media outside the Parliament House in Islamabd tonight, she said that PTI's politics is based on baseless allegations and U-turns.
She said PTI stayed out of parliament for major time period and had attended sessions only to sabotage its proceedings.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the opposition leader did not mention in his speech that where was contradictions in the Prime Minister's statements.
Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique speaking on this occasion said the government is ready to discuss Panama Papers issue in the Parliament if demanded by the opposition.
He said the government is also ready to discuss the issue in the speaker's chamber.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa says the operation against terrorism will continue until the elimination of last terrorist.
He said this while speaking during his visits to Corps Headquarters and Rangers Headquarters in Karachi today.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa appreciated the improvement in the law and order situation in Karachi and said that Pak Army, Rangers and other law enforcement agencies have played an important role in this regard.
Pakistan today conducted a successful test of an enhanced version of the indigenously developed Babur Cruise Missile.
Babur Weapon System version-2 incorporates advanced aerodynamics and avionics that can strike targets both at land and sea with high accuracy, at a range of 700 kilometers.
The President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan have congratulated the scientists and engineers on successful conduct of today’s missile test.
Pakistan has said no improvement in relations with India is expected until it changes its negative attitude and stops persecution of defenseless Kashmiri people.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya stated this in an exclusive interview with Radio Pakistan's News and Current Affairs Channel.
He regretted that the Indian side has missed many opportunties of normalization of relations with Pakistan due to its negative attitude.
The spokesperson said the ongoing movement in Occupied Kashmir cannot be with linked terrorism as it is the just struggle of local people for their right to self-determination.
Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control has passed a resolution condemning the Indian Home Minister's statement regarding dismemberment of Pakistan.
The committee met in Islamabad today under the chairmanship of Senator Abdul Rehman Malik.
The resolution urged the international community and United Nations to take notice of Indian outbursts.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two Kashmiri youth in Anantnag-Islamabad and Baramulla districts, today.
Meanwhile, APHC leaders in their separate statements denounced the killing of youth by Indian troops and continued illegal detention of woman Hurriyet leaders Aasiya Andrabi and Fehmida Sofi.
On the other hand, the International Federation of Journalists in a resolution adopted at its meeting in Kathmandu strongly condemned the attacks and restrictions on media reporting in Jammu and Kashmir.
In India, Congress Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi says Prime Minister Narendra Modi is involved in corruption.
Addressing a news conference in New Delhi today, he said he will present this information in the Parliament.
Rahul Gandhi said Prime Minister Modi is scared for the information he possesses regarding his corruption. He said for this reason, the government is hampering Lok Sabha's proceedings.
However, ruling BJP spokesman has rejected Rahul Gandhi's allegation as baseless.
First Cricket Test of three match series between Pakistan and Australia will begin at Brisbane tomorrow.
Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty-four hours.
Dense foggy conditions are likely to continue over plain areas of Punjab, upper Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkwa during night and morning hours.