Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
Prime Minister has directed power distribution companies to prepare a comprehensive plan to improve system efficiency for meeting growing electricity demand.
Four people were killed in a US drone attack in Kurram Agency along the Pak-Afghan border this afternoon.
Foreign Office says pleadings received from International Court of Justice as submitted by India in the Jadhav spying case are being reviewed.
Amnesty International India chapter says there has been deliberate denial of justice in Occupied Kashmir.
Pakistan have set a victory target of 184 runs for World-XI in the third and final T-20 match of Independence Cup in Lahore.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has directed Ministry of Power and the heads of the power distribution companies to come up with a comprehensive plan to meet increased demand and supply situation in the country.
This he stated during a briefing on the performance of various DISCOs across the country in Islamabad today.
Heads of various distribution companies briefed the Prime Minister about overall performance of their respective organizations focusing on load management profile in their areas and the measures being taken to reduce line losses and improve recoveries.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said achieving balanced energy mix and reduction in the basket price of electricity remains the foremost priority of the government.
He directed the heads of the distribution companies to carry out a detailed diagnostic analysis of the technical and administrative issues of the existing system and come up with workable solutions for their redressal.
Prime Minister said transmission and distribution losses, along with slippage in recoveries of billed amount were causing a huge drain in national finance.
Taking notice of various issues highlighted by the parliamentarians, he directed heads of distribution companies to adopt proactive approach with regards to implementation of projects being undertaken under Sustainable Development Goals.
The Prime Minister also directed DISCO chiefs to put in place a robust complaint management system in their respective organizations and to be more responsive towards public representatives.
Power demand and supply situation in the country was also reviewed during the meeting.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will lead Pakistan delegation to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York from Monday.
Foreign Office in a statement in Islamabad today said the Prime Minister will hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders and the Secretary General of the United Nations on the sidelines of the General Assembly Session.
It said the Prime Minister will address the Council on Foreign Relations and will interact with the United States Pakistan Business Council.
The Prime Minister will also have extensive interaction with the international media.
There will also be a meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.
A bill has been introduced in the National Assembly to extend the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and Islamabad High Court to Tribal Areas.
The bill was moved in the House today by Law Minister Zahid Hamid.
The House was informed today that the government has taken a number of steps to achieve the objectives for Climate Change during the last five years.
Responding to a question during the Question Hour, Parliamentary Secretary for Cabinet Secretariat, Raja Muhammad Javed Ikhlas informed the House that the government ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in November last year.
He said under the Prime Minister's Green Pakistan Programme over three billion rupees have been allocated for revival of forestry resources and conservation of biodiversity.
He said more than one billion rupees have also been allocated for wildlife conservation.
The House has been adjourned to meet again on Monday at 03:00 pm.
The Senate today resumed discussion on President's address to the joint sitting of Parliament.
Taking part in the debate, Senators termed President's address as balanced one and urged the government to ponder upon the shortcomings mentioned by the President.
They said all the indicators have improved due to prudent policies of the government as the country got GSP-Plus status, membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organization and recognition on other world forums.
Senators also called for good neighborly relations with Afghanistan and India.
They said that tribal areas should be mainstreamed in light of the FATA reforms.
Later, the House was adjourned to meet again on Monday afternoon.
Four people were killed in a US drone attack in Kurram Agency along the Pak-Afghan border today.
According to Political Administration of Kurram Agency, the drone targeted a house in Khormanak village of the Agency.
Corps Commander Rawalpindi, Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza, today visited sectors along Line of Control where Indian troops targeted innocent civilians yesterday.
He said that troops along LoC shall continue to give befitting response to Indian brutality against innocent citizens.
Pakistan has received the Memorial (written pleadings) from the International Court of Justice, submitted by India in the Commander Jadhav case.
According to Foreign Office, the Memorial is under consideration by a team of lawyers and experts, led by the Attorney General of Pakistan.
National Security Advisor Nasser Khan Janjua says Pakistan attaches great importance to cordial and cooperative relations with Uzbekistan.
He was talking to Uzbek Ambassador Furqat Sidiqov in Islamabad today.
The Advisor said both countries have immense potential to expand the spectrum of bilateral relations.
Ambassador of Uzbekistan said that his government is keen to further strengthen ties with Pakistan through extending cooperation in multiple areas.
AJK President Masood Khan says India has intensified its malicious efforts to change demographic composition of Occupied Kashmir.
Speaking at the Central Press Club in Muzaffarabad today, he said despite India's escalating aggression in the held valley, Kashmiris are determined to frustrate New Delhi designs in order to attain their basic right of self- determination.
In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities imposed stringent restrictions in Srinagar today, to prevent people from staging protests against killing of two youth by Indian troops.
The youth were martyred by troops during a military operation in Nawgam area of Srinagar, yesterday.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front staged a protest in Maisuma area of Srinagar today, against the raids and arrests by India’s National Investigation Agency.
In an interview, the Amnesty International India-chapter Chief, Aakar Patel said that the deliberate denial of justice happened only in occupied Kashmir.
Russia, Iran and Turkey have agreed to jointly police a fourth safe zone around Syria's Idlib province to ease the conflict.
In a joint statement after two days of talks in Kazakhstan the three countries agreed to allocate their forces to patrol the zone covering rebel-held Idlib province and parts of neighbouring Latakia, Hama and Aleppo regions.
Myanmar army has burnt over sixty villages and destroyed more than nine hundred buildings of Rohingya Muslims in the western parts of the country.
An international organisation for human rights urged United Nations and member countries to take urgent measures to stop these atrocities.
Rain-thunderstorm (with gusty winds) is expected at scattered places in Malakand, Peshawar, Kohat divisions, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan, while at isolated places in Zhob, D.I khan, D.G khan, Multan, Rawalpindi divisions, Islamabad and Kashmir.
Hot and humid weather is expected elsewhere in the country during the next twenty four hours.
In the third and final T-20 match of independence cup at Qaddafi Stadium Lahore, against Pakistan, World-XI chasing the target of 184 were 29 for 1 in 3.2 overs a short while ago.
Earlier Pakistan scored 183 for the loss of four wickets in stipulated twenty overs.
For Pakistan, Ahmed Shahzad remained top scorer with 89 and Babar Azam scored 48.
The three match series is levelled at 1-1.