Text Bulletin 0700 Hours
Prime Minister says record funds have been disbursed to the provinces in the tenure of PML-N government.
Pakistan and Afghanistan held a high level meeting in Kabul discussing ways to enhance mutual confidence.
Islamabad has reaffirmed that friendship with China is cornerstone of its foreign policy.
FC has busted a terrorist network in Bara Tehsil of Khyber Agency.
Twenty-seven people were killed when three female suicide bombers blew themselves up in Borno state of Nigeria.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says record funds have been disbursed to the federating units under the PML-N government.
Chairing a meeting of the Cabinet in Islamabad, the Prime Minister said all development and energy security initiatives had either been completed or are in completion phase, which speaks volumes of the development and energy security endeavors bearing fruit during the PML-N government.
The Prime Minister apprised the cabinet about his recent visit to Karachi saying that during the visit he announced 25 billion rupees for Karachi and 5 billion rupees for Hyderabad under a comprehensive package to be implemented by the federal government with fixed time lines and costs.
He said under the package, one hospital and medical college would be set up in Karachi, extension of green line metro to other areas of the city would be ensured while additional resources would be provided for new water projects.
About Hyderabad package, he said a university and a medical college would be established in Hyderabad while additional grant will be provided for Hyderabad Municipal Corporation besides upgrading infrastructure in all industrial states.
Secretary Interior briefs the Cabinet on laws relating to arms licenses.
The Prime Minister constituted a Committee to collate proposals of Cabinet members.
The Prime Minister directed Interior Ministry to revalidate data regarding licenses issued, adding that 90 days grace period should be given to all license holders of Prohibited Weapons for registration with NADRA.
Approval was given to Ratification of Agreement between Pakistan and Hong Kong for Avoidance of Double Taxation.
The Prime Minister also directed to hold Cabinet meeting every Tuesday.
Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique says PML-N will continue its public contact and program of former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif's visits and activities would be finalized in a few days.
Talking to media after the PML-N consultative meeting in Lahore, he said the election campaign in NA-120 had been started and Begum Kalsoom Nawaz would be the PML-N candidate.
Khawaja Saad Rafique said the meeting also focused on party's reorganization.
He said PML-N will chalk out a strategy to absorb youth into its fold as unprecedented response from this energetic segment was witnessed during Nawaz Sharif Sahib's rally from Islamabad to Lahore.
Senator Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qayyum says the government has launched many energy projects during the last four years, which have started giving dividends and power loadshedding has reduced to a great extent.
Talking to PTV, he said economic development and successful war against terrorism are achievements of the PML-N government.
He said the government has also worked on electoral, judicial reforms and conducted census in the country.
Abdul Qayyum said the government has taken the parliament into confidence on all important issues considering it the appropriate forum.
The senator said all political parties had their own manifesto and they should work on it for betterment of the country.
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Jenjua called on Afghan President Dr Ashraf Ghani in Kabul.
They discussed bilateral relations and overall geo-strategic situation in the region. The two sides also held delegation-level talks.
Tehmina Jenjua led the Pakistani side while Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister represented his country.
The delegations discussed ways and means to enhance the level of mutual trust.
Pakistan Ambassador's to China Masood Khalid says the change of leadership in Pakistan will not affect China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Pak-China relations.
In an interview in Beijing, he said there is no change in policy of the country.
The Ambassador said the friendship with China is the cornerstone of Pakistan's foreign policy.
Chairman Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed says CPEC is a consensus based national project.
In an interview with Current Affairs Channel of Radio Pakistan in Islamabad, he said all stakeholders in the country are committed to ensure timely completion of CPEC projects.
Mushahid Hussain Syed said eleven energy projects are being implemented under CPEC, which will add 10,000 megawatts of electricity to the national grid.
He said several projects, including Port Qasim Power Plant, Thar Coal, Sukkar-Multan Motorway, Gwadar Port and upgradation of railway track will be completed before their stipulated time.
Mushahid Hussain said over fifty thousand youth are employed in various CPEC related projects in the country.
Frontier Corps conducted Intelligence Based Operation in Bara, Khyber Agency against terrorist network.
According to an Inter Services Public Relations statement, terrorist network involved in planting and facilitating improvised explosive devices was apprehended.
Election Commission has fixed August 30 as last date for receipt of applications for postal ballot papers bye-election in NA-120, Lahore-III.
According to ECP, this facility has been extended only to the persons in government service, members of armed forces, holders of public offices, their wives and their children.
Lahore High Court, hearing a petition against Pakistan Awami Tehreek's proposed sit-in at The Mall Lahore on Wednesday, directed the party to act in accordance with the law and abide by commitment made by its counsel.
The petition had been filed by Naeem Mir, Secretary General, The Mall Traders Association against PAT's plan to stage
sit-in at The Mall.
The court has sought reply from the PAT till on Wednesday.
The United States has vowed to resolve North Korea's missiles tests issue through dialogue for easing the tension on Korean peninsula.
Talking to reporters in Washington, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said our doors are open and it was up to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to decide if he wants to talk to the United States.
The United Nations has condemned racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia prevailing in modern societies.
In his message, Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia are poisoning our societies and we must stand up against them.
His statement came after violence erupted between left- and right-wing groups in Virginia following a white supremacist rally.
In Nigeria, twenty-seven people were killed and eighty-three injured in three suicide attacks outside a refugee camp near Maiduguri in Borno state.
According to the officials, three female suicide bombers carried out the attacks. He said the first bomber blew herself up near the camp, triggering panic. People were trying to close their shops when two other female bombers triggered their explosives, causing most of the casualties.
In Syria, the rebels have claimed shooting down of a Syrian jet and capturing its pilot in Sweida province near the border with Jordan.
In India, Dhamra Port in Odisha state has stopped operations after violence erupted inside the complex following the death of three workers.
Local people ransacked the port offices, damaged furniture and computers and torched vehicles. The workers were killed when a heap of coal collapsed on top of them.
Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country on Wednesday.
However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at a few places in Malakand divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Temperature of some major cities recorded on Wednesday morning:
Islamabad twenty-three degree centigrade, Lahore and Karachi twenty-eight, Peshawar twenty-six, Quetta sixteen, Gilgit fourteen, Murree sixteen and Muzaffarabad twenty two degree centigrade.