Text Bulletin 2100 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.
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.
China says it will not hold talks with India over border dispute until New Delhi withdraws its troops from Chinese territory.
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 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.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal says the enemy of the country will be dealt with iron hands.
He was chairing a meeting over the law and order in Karachi.
Ahsan Iqbal said nobody would be allowed to sabotage peace in Karachi.
He said Karachi is the backbone for the progress of economy and no leniency would be shown towards anti-state elements.
The minister appreciated the abilities and services of Rangers and said that due to efforts of Rangers, crime rate was considerably reduced in Karachi.
The minister was given a briefing by Director General Rangers Sindh in the meeting attended by high level officials of interior ministry.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif says Kashmiris' struggle to rid of Indian occupation has received new momentum after the martyrdom of Burhan Wani.
In an interview, he said New Delhi will not succeed in strangulating the voice of Kashmiris through coercive means.
He said Pakistan will ensure its security at all costs and is fully capable to respond to any subversive activity from any quarter.
To a question, he said peace in Pakistan is linked to stability in Afghanistan.
He said Pakistan attaches great importance with Russia and China. He said he will soon visit Moscow to further strengthen these relations.
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.
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.
Minister for Climate Change, Mushahidullah Khan has pledged to boost efforts for protection of wildlife from worsening impacts of global warming-induced climate change.
He stated this during a meeting with Regional Director of International Union for Conservation of Nature Aban Marker Kabraji in Islamabad today.
He said human-caused climate change has become today a major threat to the survival of the wildlife species and their habitats.
Pakistan Rangers Punjab along with police and intelligence agencies have areetded twenty Afghan suspects during Intelligence Based Operations in Attock, Dera Ghazi Khan and Lahore.
According to an Inter Services Public Relations, huge quantity of explosive, illegal weapons and ammunition were also them.
They are affiliated with banned TTP. The explosive and weapons were likely to be used for terrorist activities in major cities of Punjab.
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.
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.
In a statement, the leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik condemned the solitary confinement of the leaders.
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 road 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.
At a regular press briefing in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying 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 uphold peace and stability of China-India border.
Four day long Desert Car Rally begins in Shigher area of Gilgit-Baltistan from tomorrow.
The event which has been organized in collaboration with Pak- Wheels, will continue till Sunday.
Over one hundred Car drivers are expected to participate in the Rally.
Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at few places in Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.