The government has completed residential arrangements for Hujjaj under government scheme.

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee says Indian intelligence agency is operating from Afghanistan to stoke unrest and instability in Pakistan.

Polling for by-election in NA-260 Quetta-cum-Chaghi constituency is underway.

In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred three youth in Tral today.

Turkey has signed an agreement with France and Italy to develop its national missile defence systems.




Ministry of Religious Affairs has completed residential arrangements for Hujjaj performing pilgrimage this year under the government scheme.

A spokesperson of the ministry told Radio Pakistan Islamabad correspondent that every effort will be made to facilitate the pilgrims.

Under the government scheme, 107, 526 people will perform Hajj this year while 71,000 citizens will go for pilgrimage through arrangements made by private Hajj operators.

Meanwhile, Hajj flight operation will begin from 24th of this month, which will continue till 26th of next month. The intending pilgrims can check their flight schedule on Ministry's website www.hajiinfo.org



Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has expressed reservations on the report submitted by JIT to the Supreme Court on Panama Leaks.

Talking to the media in Islamabad today, he said the legal team is examining the report and will present their stance before the apex court.

The Minister said the politics of allegations is not serving the interests of the country. He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants to take the country forward but Chairman PTI Imran Khan is creating hurdles in his way.

He said our enemies do not want a strong and stable Pakistan.



Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says the government is strenuously working to overcome energy crisis.

Talking to MNA Rao Muhammad Ajmal in Lahore today, he said negative politics affects development process.

The Chief Minister said certain political elements are trying to secure personal gains at the cost of benefits of people.



JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman says Pakistan cannot afford political instability at this juncture.

Talking to the media persons in Karachi today, he said Panama Papers has nothing to do with eradication of corruption but is aimed at pushing the country towards instability.

He was confident that the Supreme Court will dispense justice in Panama Papers case.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman recounted the achievements made by the present government on the economic front.

Responding to a question, the JUI-F chief said Pakistan and China have transformed their 70 years long friendship into a strong economic partnership.



Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mahmoud Hayat has said Pakistan is fully aware of the designs of hostile agencies especially RAW against the country.

Addressing passing out parade of cadets at Pakistan Naval Academy in Karachi today, he said the Indian intelligence agency is operating from Afghanistan to stoke unrest and instability in the country and sabotage the multi billion dollars CPEC project. 

The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee said we are committed to tackle these threats through synergetic efforts. He categorically stated that the country is capable to beat back the designs of the enemies.

General Zubair said Pakistan is vital to regional solutions. Attempts to coerce and isolate it have failed in the past and also meet the same fate in future.

He said Pakistan seeks peaceful coexistence with all its neighbours. Peace and stability in Afghanistan is fundamental to peace in Pakistan.   

About anti-terror operations, the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee said Pakistan is determined to wipe out the curse of terrorism.

Referring to the role of Pakistan Navy, General Zubair said the nation is proud of its sea defenders, which has played pivotal role in the defence of the country and anti-terror and anti-piracy operations.



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has finalized arrangements for establishment of a special force for protection of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that recruitment of personnel for the force will be stared next month.

The force will comprise three thousand and eight hundred personnel.

Over one billion rupees have been allocated for this purpose.

The force will provide security to CPEC-related projects, engineers and technicians working on these projects.



Construction work on Dera Ismail Khan-Hakla Motorway has been expedited on the directives of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent Matiullah said the project will be completed at a cost of one hundred and forty-two billion rupees by the end of next year.

Two hundred and eighty-five kilometers long Dera Ismail Khan-Hakla Motorway, which is part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, will boost trade and business activities in the country.



Polling for by-election in NA-260 Quetta-cum-Chaghi constituency is underway.

It will continue till 5 00 pm without any break.

The seat fell vacant due to death of MNA Abdul Rahim Khan Mandokhail of Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party.



Irrigation system in Sindh is being upgraded on modern lines keeping in view global environmental degradation and rapidly growing water needs.

Radio Pakistan's Karachi correspondent Altaf Pirzado reports that fourteen billion rupees were spent during the last financial year on strengthening of canal banks, re-sectioning of canals, and construction of bridges.

Meanwhile, a project costing over eight billion rupees has also been worked out in cooperation with World Bank for strengthening embankments to control floods and construction of small dams in the province.

Sources concerned informed Radio Pakistan that a plan has also been chalked out to deal with global warning and meet the shortage of water in the province.



The World Bank has released funds of five hundred and twenty million rupees to Municipal Corporation Multan under City Improvement Project.

According to Mayor Multan Naveed Arain, the amount will be spent on WASA projects, improvement of roads, and infrastructure development of Multan city during the current fiscal year.

He said World Bank funding is helping the civic body to improve infrastructure to ensure better facilities for poeple.



15th National Engineering and Robotics Contest was held in Islamabad today.

Over one hundred and sixty teams from engineering and technology institutes participated in the contest.

The undergraduate students showed their skills in programming robots while the university level students exhibited unmanned vehicles they had developed for performing multiple functions, including defence related tasks.             

The event is organized annually by National University of Science and Technology to promote students learning in robotics technology.



Two persons died and two others were injured when a chairlift fell into a river in Ashuran area of Kalam today.



World Youth Skill Day is being observed today to raise awareness about growing needs of employment for youth and issues of their learning.



In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred three Kashmiri youth in Tral town, today.

The troops killed the youth during a violent siege and search operation in Watyun area of the town.



Meanwhile, the Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said the resolution passed in the UN be implemented in letter and spirit as ninety-five percent population in Jammu and Kashmir wants freedom from the Indian occupation.

In a statement in Srinagar, he said India should withdraw its forces from the held valley.

He said war was neither option nor a solution to the Kashmir dispute.



Turkey has signed an agreement with fellow NATO members France and Italy to develop its national missile defense systems.

Speaking during a reception in Ankara, Turkish defense minister said Turkish companies would work with Italian-French consortium Eurosam.



Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its national hookup at 1605 hours today a special programme titled "Noujawanoon  Ka Sayasi Kirdar" Aaj aur Kal" under the series of "Dar Khula Khushali Ka".



In the ICC Women's World Cup match, between Pakistan and Sri Lanka has been delayed due to rain at Leicester England..

The match was scheduled to start at 2 30 pm Pakistan Standard Time.

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