Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Prime Minister says he has presented himself for accountability despite committing no corruption as he believes in supremacy of law and constitution.
Maryam Nawaz says Prime Minister has created history by appearing before the JIT and others should also follow suit.
Pakistan says it welcomes mediation offer by Russian President to resolve tension between Islamabad and New Delhi.
In Afghanistan, so-called Islamic State group has claimed capturing Tora Bora Mountain, which once had been the hideout of Osama Bin Ladin.
The second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy is being played between India and Bangladesh at Edgbaston.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says his appearance before Joint Investigation Team is a milestone for rule of law and supremacy of the Constitution.
He was talking to media in Islamabad on Thursday afternoon after over two and a half hours appearance before the JIT probing allegations into Panama Papers.
The Prime Minister said never before in the history of the country, three generations of a family were held accountable the way his family is being done. The Prime Minister said the present process of accountability has been extended to period beyond his birth.
Mian Nawaz Sharif said he and his family have repeatedly been subjected to merciless accountability but no allegation of corruption had ever been proved. He expressed the confidence that the outcome of the ongoing inquiry would not be different as he and his family have done nothing wrong.
The Prime Minister pointed out that first accountability of his family began in 1972 when their assets were nationalized. Then PPP Government pursued policy of victimization of his family but could not find anything wrong.
Mian Nawaz Sharif said had there been any evidence of corruption against him or his family then Musharraf would not have instituted a false case of plane hijacking against him.
Referring to the on-going investigations, the Prime Minister said all documents relating to his own assets and those of his family are already with the Supreme Court and on Thursday he once again handed them over to the JIT.
Mian Nawaz Sharif emphatically stated that what is going on has nothing to do with corruption or bungling of government resources. He said purely personal and family matters and businesses are being complicated and politicized.
He said JIT report and the Supreme Court verdict in the case would come soon but we must remember that there would be a people's JIT next year. He said we all will have to present ourselves before JIT of 200 million people of Pakistan. He said above all, we will have to appear before the court of Almighty Allah Who is not dependent on any JIT.
Maryam Nawaz says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has created history by appearing before the JIT.
In a tweet, she said that others should also follow suit.
Pakistan welcomes mediation offer by Russian President to ease tension between Islamabad and New Delhi.
This was stated by Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria during weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.
He pointed out that showing complete disrespect to the Holy month of Ramazan, Indian forces martyred more than 25 Kashmiris and injured over 200 using brute force and pellet guns in Occupied Kashmir.
The spokesperson said one of the worst sufferers of the Indian brutalities are the Kashmiri children. They have not only suffered direct injuries with bullets and pellet guns but have also been witness to all the gory incidents that have occurred in Kashmir. Hundreds of children have been blinded during this year alone. He said Pakistan's offer to get their eyes treated in any country in Europe still exists.
He said Pakistan has broached this issue with UN Human Right officials in Geneva. Pakistan has also effectively taken up violations of Kashmiris' rights and Indian atrocities at the ongoing 35th session of Human Rights Council in Geneva.
The spokesperson said occupation forces beat people, broke into shops and looted goods to punish Kashmiris celebrating Pakistan's cricket victory.
He said Indian agencies in collaboration of terrorist organizations like RSS and Abhinav Bharat have staged terrorist attacks and blamed them on others to use as an excuse to justify use of brute force against innocent people.
Nafees Zakaria reiterated that people and Government of Pakistan will continue to extend their unflinching moral, political and diplomatic support to them in their struggle.
He described grant of permanent membership of SCO to Pakistan as a milestone and significant achievement in the foreign policy.
To another question, the spokesman said Pakistan wants lasting peace in Afghanistan, as it is in our best interest.
To a question, Nafees Zakaria said that growing activities of terrorist organizations are a matter of concerns not only for Pakistan, but for the entire world. He said the world should join hands to cope with this challenge.
Responding to a question, Nafees Zakaria regretted that Indian authorities did not permit Sikh pilgrims having valid visas to travel to Pakistan for "Jor Mela".
To a question, he said Pakistan's relations with Russia are on a positive trajectory and Russian President Vladimir Putin will be warmly welcomed in Pakistan once he takes a decision in this regard.
Sindh government has launched "Universal Accidental Insurance Scheme" in the province.
An official of Sindh Insurance Limited told Radio Pakistan Karachi correspondent the provincial government will pay one hundred thousand rupees to the family in case of accidental death of a person.
He said the claim shall be valid only if accidental death takes place within the province.
He said heirs of martyrs of Sehwan Sharif blast were awarded one hundred thousand rupees under this scheme.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir tax free budget for the fiscal year 2017-18 amounting to over 94 billion and 41 Crore rupees was presented in the AJK legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad on Thursday.
In the budget 23 billion rupees have been allocated for the development which show a hundred per cent increase.
Special Communication Organization has started 3G and 4G internet service on trial basis in Gilgit.
A spokesman of the organization told our Gilgit correspondent the SCO will provide internet, multimedia and data service to the subscribers of S.COM mobile service free of costs for next fifteen days.
Formal service will be launched after approval of the Federal Government.
In Afghanistan, so-called Islamic State group has claimed capturing Tora Bora Mountain in Nangarhar province, which once had been the hideout of Osama Bin Ladin.
A message broadcast by Islamic State's "Radio Khilafat" in Pashto language said they have taken over several districts in eastern parts of Afghanistan and urged villagers to return to their homes and stay indoors.
However, Afghan officials say the fighting between IS and Taliban, who controlled Tora Bora, had started on Tuesday but they cannot confirm its capture by IS.
World Elder Abuse Awareness day is being observed on Thursday.
Its objective is to highlight and stop physical, emotional and financial abuse of elders.
The theme of this year is "Understand and End Financial Abuse of Older People; A Human Rights Issue".
Global Wind Day is being observed on Thursday.
The objective of the day is to raise awareness about the role of wind power in reshaping global energy systems, decarbonising economies, boosting growth and increasing job opportunities.
The theme of the day this year is "discover the power of wind energy".
Pakistan hockey team is playing its first match of the World Cup qualifying round against Holland in London on Thursday evening.
During the qualifying round, Pakistan will play four matches.
Ten teams are participating in the qualifying round and five top teams will play in the World Cup to be played in India next year.