Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Prime Minister says controversial JIT report is a bundle of baseless allegations.
Punjab Chief Minister has directed for expediting combing operation against criminals in the province.
Twenty new small dams will be constructed in different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Pakistan and Indonesia have agreed to continue strengthening bilateral relations in diverse fields.
In Occupied Kashmir, joint resistance leadership has warned authorities of serious consequences if they continued to suppress the legitimate struggle of Kashmiris.
Saudi Arabia says it stands by Iraq in its efforts to combat terrorism in all its form in the region.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that he believes in rule of law, independence of judiciary and democracy.
This he stated while presiding over the Parliamentary Party meeting of PML (N) in Islamabad on Friday.
Nawaz Sharif vowed that he will continue to fight for the people of Pakistan till the last point.
He said the controversial report of JIT is a bundle of baseless allegations of our opponents.
The prime minister said the Sharif family has been targeted over its business matters spanning over sixty-two years with assumptions and allegations. He said there is no single sentence in the report which points out corruption committed by Nawaz Sharif.
Nawaz Sharif said hundreds of development projects initiated during his tenure are untainted and transparent without any mark of corruption.
He said stock market after touching 54000 points benchmark is now witnessing a downward trend due to an uncertain situation created in the country.
Nawaz Sharif said operation was launched against terrorists with the consultation of armed forces and backbone of terrorists has been broken.
He said that the economy of the country is progressing and if there is no negative politics, hopefully, a growth rate of six and seven percent and even beyond can be achieved.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the Cabinet Committee for Law and Order to take all possible steps to protect lives and properties of people.
In a statement on Friday, he directed the police and other concerned officials to perform their duty with efficiency. The entry and exit points of the province will be vigilantly monitored.
He directed that special attention should be paid for the security of mosques and other religious places. He also directed to speed up the combing and search operation in the province.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is spending more than seven billion rupees for uplift of irrigation system in the province during the current financial year.
Official sources told our Peshawar correspondent, that the amount will be spent on one hundred and ninety-two ongoing and seventeen new projects.
The sources told, twenty new small dams will be constructed in different parts of the province.
Security forces have killed five terrorists in an exchange of firing in Quetta and Khyber Agency.
According to ISPR, two suicide bombers were killed by security forces while foiling terrorists attack on border post in Khyber Agency.
The terrorists were killed in repulsive attack as they were attempting fire raid and targeting Misthara post, on Pak-Afg Border.
Two soldiers also got injured in exchange of fire with terrorists.
Meanwhile, three terrorists have been killed during exchange of fire with security forces at Esa Nagri area of Quetta.
Security Forces also carried out an operation in Dera Ghazi Khan area and apprehended two groups of terrorist facilitators.
According to the ISPR, the operation was carried out on a tip off and a huge cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered from them.
In the meantime, Karachi Police, during raids in different areas of the city arrested twelve suspects.
An Iranian delegation led by Director General South East Railway Company Majid Arjooni held a meeting with Secretary Ministry of Railways Parveen Agha in Islamabad on Friday.
Iranian side mentioned that Quetta Taftan section is an important section in Islamabad, Tehran and Istanbul Container Train Corridor. All technical and mechanical issues of this section must be resolved as soon as possible.
Iranian side also highlighted the issue of container train’s doors welded instead of sealed.
Pakistan and Indonesia have reaffirmed commitment to continue strengthening bilateral relations in diverse fields.
The resolve came during the first meeting of Bilateral Consultative Forum between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan held in Jakarta.
Pakistani delegation was led by Additional Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Asia Pacific) Syed Zulfiqar Gardezi and the Indonesian side was led by Director General for Asia Pacific and African Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Desra Percaya.
The meeting reviewed the entire spectrum of bilateral relations including political, defence, security, economy and consular matters.
Both sides agreed to hold the second round meeting of Bilateral Consultative Forum in Pakistan next year.
Pakistan says efforts are being made to resolve regional and international issues through peaceful means.
This was stated by Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi during meeting with Ambassador of El Salvador Ruben Ignacio Zamora in New York.
Maleeha Lodhi also apprised him about human rights violations in occupied Kashmir and peace efforts of Pakistan to resolve the lingering issue through dialogue.
Earlier, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi had a meeting with Permanent Representative of Guyuna Rudolph Michael and discussed with him matters pertaining to common interest.
National Disaster Management Authority Operations Member Brig Mukhtar Ahmed has assured that all the concerned departments have been directed to remain alert for the upcoming series of heavy rains.
In an interview, he said that the government has issued various precautionary directions to people regarding floods in the coming days.
He said that the PDMA had already been put on high alert about the pre-monsoon rains.
Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan, Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman has directed all concerned departments to keep in high alert position for timely help of people to cope with any eventuality during monsoon season.
In a statement, he directed the concerned departments to make quick measures for repair and maintenance of roads and highways affected by the rains.
He also directed the districts administration to take cogent measures for discharge of water from highways and roads besides addressing people's problems.
A Cell has been established at the office of Pakistan Commissioner for Indus Waters to obtain advance information from India on rains and floods and pass it on to all concerned.
According to Pakistan Commissioner for Indus Waters Mirza Asif Baig his Indian counterpart agreed to provide the advance flood information in monsoon in line with arrangements made during last year.
As per agreement with the Indian Commissioner, the information regarding the flood flows will also be broadcast by Jammu Radio Stations at 0900 hours, 1430 hours and 2240 hours Pakistan Standard Time.
India will also provide information on flood flows about Sutlej at Rupar and Ravi at Madhopur.
According to the arrangement, releases from Bhakra reservoir on River Sutlej, Pong reservoir on Beas River and Thein reservoir on River Ravi are also to be supplied to Pakistan daily.
In Occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has warned the puppet authorities of serious consequences if they continued to suppress the legitimate political aspirations the Kashmiris.
In a joint statement, they said that true heirs of the martyrs of 13th July 1931 were arrested by the puppet authorities and disallowed to go to the Martyrs’ Graveyard in Srinagar to pay homage to them.
The resistance leaders said that the pro-India parties continued to be on the mission of subverting Islam and sacrifice the interests of Kashmiri people for their power and chair.
Saudi Arabia has hailed the Iraq government's recapture of Mosul city from Islamic State group militants.
Saudi foreign ministry in a statement said Riyadh stands by Iraq and its efforts to combat extremism and terrorism in all its form, as well as its financing.
Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its national hook-up on Friday at 1605 hours a special discussion titled "Jamhori Idare Aur Qanoon Sazi" under the discussion series in connection with "70 year of Independence Celebrations of Pakistan".