Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
AUGUST 16, 2017
National Security Committee chaired by Prime Minister has reviewed internal and external security situation and foreign policy imperatives.
Prime Minister says laws relating to establishment of Special Economic Zones have been enacted for attracting investment with freedom of transferring dividends and movement of capital.
Interior Minister has vowed that no one would be allowed to disturb peace in Karachi.
US Army Central Command says military-to-military exchanges between United States and Pakistan allow them to build relationships necessary to advance counterterrorism efforts in the region
Election Commission has given another opportunity to PTI to provide details of party funding by the 7th of next month.
Joint resistant leadership in occupied Kashmir says pro-freedom leaders are being subjected to psychological torture.
China says it will not hold talks with India over border dispute until New Delhi withdraws its troops from Chinese territory.
The 20th death anniversary of legendary "Qawaal'' Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was observed today.
Four-day car rally in Shigher area of Gilgit Baltistan begins tomorrow.
National Security Committee has reiterated that regional peace and progress is directly linked to resolution of all outstanding issues, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
Its meeting was held in Islamabad today with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair.
The meeting reviewed internal and external security situation and the foreign policy imperatives in regional and global context.
The Committee expressed grave concern over frequent incidents of cross-border firing by Indian forces over the Line of Control and strongly condemned the grave violations of human rights inflicted upon innocent people of occupied Kashmir.
The National Security Committee reaffirmed its continued commitment to pursue peace and stability in Afghanistan through an Afghan owned and Afghan-led peace process.
The forum resolved to work at all levels with the people and Government of Afghanistan for removal of all irritants in Afghanistan for terrorist incidents in Pakistan.
The Committee expressed satisfaction over the gains of anti-terrorism operations particularly Radd-ul-Fasaad and Khyber-IV and resolved to continue with these operations till elimination of the last trace of terrorist elements.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says Pakistan's economy is stable and moving towards growth.
Talking to a delegation of Pakistan Business Council led by Vice Chairman Towfiq Chinoy in Islamabad today, he said the country is poised to become a major player in the regional economy.
The Prime Minister said major policy reforms have been initiated to facilitate the business community.
He said laws relating to establishment of Special Economic Zones have also been formulated to attract investment in the country with complete freedom of transferring dividends and movement of capital.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the government has also improved security ambiance, particularly in Karachi to help business community conduct trade in a peaceful environment.
Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad today.
The Minister briefed the Prime Minister on working of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and discussed development schemes in Mansehra.
Prsident Mamnoon Husssain says the pace of economic development in the country will increase after elimination of terrorism.
Talking to outgoing UAE Ambassador Essa Abdulla Al Basha Al Noaimi in Islamabad today, he said Pakistan has been the biggest target of terrorism in the region.
Meanwhile, President of Aga Khan Council for Pakistan Hafiz Sherali called on the President in Islamabad today and handed him over a letter from Prince Karim Aga Khan.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said multiple projects being implemented by Aga Khan Development Network are making a visible difference in the lives of people.
He appreciated the role of Aga Khan Development Network, Aga Khan Foundation and Aga Khan Health Services in promoting social sector development, especially in northern areas of Pakistan.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal says the enemy of the country will be dealt with iron hands.
He was chairing a meeting on Karachi law and order in Islamabad today.
The Minister said no one will be allowed to disturb peace in Karachi.
He said Karachi is the backbone of Pakistan's economy.
Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to strengthen institutional cooperation to effectively combat terrorism.
The understanding came at a meeting between Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai in Kabul.
Speaking on the occasion, the Foreign Secretary underlined the need for strengthening border management and early repatriation of Afghan refugees.
She reiterated Pakistan’s desire to expedite transit facilitation and infrastructure connectivity projects between the two countries.
A six-member US delegation of United States Army Central Command led by Lieutenant General Michael Garrett is on a three-day visit to Pakistan this week.
Lt. Gen. Michael Garrett and the members of delegation met Pakistan Army's Chief of General Staff, the Director General of Military Training and the Director General of Military Operations at the Army General Headquarters.
He also met Director General of Joint Staff and Director General of Joint Warfare and Training to discuss operations, training, and other areas of military cooperation between the United States and Pakistan.
Lt. Gen. Garrett also visited the National Counter Terrorism Training Centre in Pabbi where he was briefed on Pakistani efforts to train soldiers to fight terrorist groups.
The US General said it is my distinct honour to visit Pakistan. This visit is significant in continuing to build the relationship between our two militaries and countries.
U.S. Army Central Command engages with Pakistan’s military leadership and organizations primarily through military-to-military information exchanges, regional symposia, and multilateral and bilateral exercises.
These events allow both countries to build relationships necessary to advance counterterrorism efforts in the region.
Election Commission has given another opportunity to PTI to provide details of party funding by the 7th of next month.
At its hearing in Islamabad today, the Commission rejected plea of PTI for halting proceedings of the case.
The Commission said this will be the last opportunity for PTI to submit details of party funding.
Later talking to newsmen, petitioner Akbar S Babar said PTI Chief Imran Khan is fleeing accountability.
He said Imran Khan is pursuing the agenda of confrontation among state institutions for his vested interests.
Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique says change in Pakistan will come only through vote.
Talking to newsmen after visiting Azadi Train at Lahore Railways Station today, he said the future of Pakistan lies in democracy.
The Minister said Railways has achieved its target of forty billion rupees and it will earn another ten billion rupees next year. He said the journey of development will continue.
The Minister said plying of freight trains has stabilized Railways economically.
Azadi Train received an enthusiastic response from the general public on the second day of its stay at Lahore Railway Station today.
The local people, including youngsters, students, senior citizens and families took keen interest in the galleries and cultural floats of all four provinces including Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir.
The local people are visiting Railway Station in a large number to welcome the beautifully illuminated Azadi Train, which is plying across the country as part of 70th Independence Anniversary celebrations.
The Azad Train will leave for Multan tomorrow morning.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says kidney transplantation facility will soon be started at Kidney Centre Multan.
Addressing a ceremony in Multan today, he said the government will ensure availability of free of cost necessary medicines to patients in hospitals.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed for completion of the first phase of extension project of 250-bed Recept Tayyip Erdogan hospital in Muzaffargarh by January 15, next year.
He was speaking at a briefing during visit to the under-construction hospital in Muzaffargarh today.
Shahbaz Sharif said the hospital will be expanded upto 500 beds. He said on completion the hospital will be given the status of a medical college.
Punjab Provincial Development Working Party has approved two development schemes worth over fifty one million rupees.
The approval was given at a meeting of the party chaired by its chairman Jahanzeb Khan in Lahore today.
Health Service Week continued across Punjab on second day today for provision of better healthcare facilities to people.
Talking to Radio Pakistan correspondent Shazia Mushtaq, spokesman for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Akhlaq Ali Khan said medical camps are being set up at Tehsil Headquarters hospitals, Rural Health Centers and Basic Health Units during the week.
Doctors and paramedical staff are conducting medical tests of patients and providing them medicines.
Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri says significant improvement in law and order situation has taken place in the province.
Talking to a delegation of senior journalists in Quetta today, he said people of Balochistan have demonstrated extraordinary spirit of patriotism and enthusiasm on 70th Independence Anniversary celebrations.
Advisor to Prime Minister Amir Muqam says PML-N agenda of development will continue to bring the country at par with developed nations of the world.
Chairing a meeting about developmental projects in Mardan today, he said Malakand-Swat sui gas transmission line will solve the issue of low pressure of gas supply to Malakand region and district Mardan.
Amir Muqam issued directives to the concerned quarters for speedy completion of Sui gas projects across the province.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has directed that a proper mechanism should be developed to ensure transparency in financial matters of educational institutions.
He issued this directive while presiding a meeting in Peshawar today.
The registration process of unregistered Afghan refugees started across the country today.
Sources at Afghan embassy told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent Falak Niaz that twenty-one registration centres have been established for the purpose.
These include eleven centres in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa five in Balochistan, two Punjab, two in Islamabad and one in Karachi.
According to an estimate over one million Afghan refugees will be registered during the process.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak says the provincial government’s economic plan and industrial policy will make the province economically stable.
Talking to a delegation of Labour Federation in Peshawar today, he said labourers are the backbone of economic development of a country.
Presiding over another meeting, the Chief Minister appreciated the role of monitoring and evaluation department for transparency in developmental projects.
The elders of Salarzai tribe in Bajaur Agency handed over five alleged perpetrators of killing of two personnel of Levies force to the authorities.
The elders handed over the alleged assailants to Assistant Political Agent Khar Sub-division Arif Khan Yousafazai during a jirga in Khar today.
Rangers have arrested ten suspects in Karachi.
According to Rangers spokesperson, the arrested suspects belong to armed wing of a political party and Lyari gang war, and they were involved in the crimes of target killing, extortion and street crimes.
Tarbela Dam has reached its maximum conservation level.
National Disaster Management Authority has warned population downstream the dam to remain vigilant for any unexpected water discharge.
The 20th death anniversary of the legendary “Qawaal’’ Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan is being observed today.
The 56th death anniversary of Baba-i-Urdu Maulvi Abdul Haq was observed today
A seminar to remember his services was held in Karachi today.
Village Coordination Council headed by Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan has approved projects costing two billion rupees.
In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership has said that the Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders arrested by New Delhi-based National Investigation Agency and Enforcement Directorate are being subjected to psychological torture in jails and detention centers.
The leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned the solitary confinement of the leaders.
They said that Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Altaf Shah, Merajud Din Kalwal, Peer Saifullah and Nayeem Ahmed Khan were being subjected to inhuman treatment.
The leadership expressed concern over denial of Shabbir Shah’s access to medicines and his lodging with notorious criminals at Tihar Jail in New Delhi.
The resistance leaders also denounced the ill-treatment meted out to Aasiya Andrabi, Fahmeeda Sofi, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Masarrat Alam Butt, Moulana Sarjan Barkati and other detainees.
Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed at Aaripanthan in Beerwah area of Badgam district today, to mourn the brutal killing of four youth in indiscriminate firing by Indian troops on this day, last year.
All shops and other business establishments were closed while public transport was off the roads in the area.
China has once again reiterated that it would not hold talk with India over border dispute until withdrawal of Indian border guards from the Chinese territory.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson,Hua Chunying during her regular press briefing in Beijing said Chinese side was committed to peace and stability of the China-India order and the Chinese troops always patrolled along the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control.
She urged the Indian side abide by the LAC and relevant conventions between the two sides and upholds peace and stability of China-India border.
She said the skirmish in Ladakh has nothing to
do with Doklam standoff between China and India.
Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has arrived in Kuwait to discuss Gulf crisis.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain had severed diplomatic relations with Qatar in June, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.
The four states have also imposed a sea, land and air embargo on Qatar and presented a list of demands for Doha or face further sanctions.
The US President Donald Trump has praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a decision not to fire missiles towards the U.S. territory of Guam.
In a twitter message, he said North Korean leader made a very wise and well reasoned decision. He said alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable.
The comments appear to be in relation to Kim Jong-un's decision to postpone a plan to fire four missiles at the US territory of Guam.
The United States and Japan have conducted air drills in wake of current situation in Korean peninsula.
The U.S. Air Force in a statement said , these training flights with Japan are aimed at to preserve peace and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific .
The exercises have been conducted in the East China Sea.
In Philippine, at least 32 people have been killed during anti-drug operations in a province north of the capital, Manila.