Text Bulletin 1800 hrs
President has arrived in Ashgabat on a three-day official visit to Turkmenistan.
Interior Minister says terrorist incidents have declined by eighty to ninety percent due to prudent policies of the government.
Saudi Arabia has lauded the role of Pakistan Navy in maritime security, peace and stability in the region.
AJK President and Prime Minister have urged international community to use its influence to stop use of pallet guns in occupied Kashmir.
International Cricket Council has appreciated Pakistan for successfully staging the Independence Cup against World XI in Lahore.
President Mamnoon Hussain has arrived in Ashgabat on a three-day official visit to Turkmenistan. The President will attend the opening ceremony of 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games tomorrow.
Pakistan's ambassador to Turkmenistan Murad Ashraf Jamal told APP that the visit is a source of encouragement for the one hundred thirty--member contingent from Pakistan which is participating in different categories in the games.
He mentioned that the participation of a thirteen-year old Pakistani swimmer Jahan Ara Nabi, the youngest amongst the five thousand five hundred athletes from sixty-two countries is a moment of pride for the country.
The Ambassador said the relations between Pakistan and Turkmenistan are important in view of the geo-political and economic situation of the region.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that peace has been restored in Karachi and Balochistan due to prudent policies of the government.
Addressing a news conference in Lahore today, he said today's Pakistan is more secure, peaceful, and economically stable as compared to the past.
The Minister said development projects worth billions of rupees are underway in Balochistan.
He said incidents of terrorism have also declined by eighty to ninety percent as compared to 2013.
Saudi Arabia's Assistant Minister for Defence Mohammad Abdullah Alayeesh visited Naval Headquarters Islamabad today.
Upon arrival at Naval Headquarters, the visiting dignitary was received by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah.
A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Navy presented him Guard of Honour.
Later, during his meeting with Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, matters of mutual interest came under discussion. The Naval Chief highlighted Pakistan’s performance in fight against terrorism including participation of Pakistan Navy in Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan and Counter Piracy Operations.
The Saudi Minister lauded Pakistan Navy’s role and focused commitment in support of maritime security for peace and stability in the region.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says three hundred megawatt Bahawalpur Solar Power Project being constructed by Turkish investors will be completed in November this year.
Addressing different delegations of Turkish investors in Istanbul today he said he is grateful to the Turkish leadership for their cooperation in various fields.
The Chief Minister said Bahawalpur Solar Power Project will be the first to provide low cost electricity to the people.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to construct CPEC City on Islamabad-Peshawar-Motorway near Swabi.
Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that the city will be constructed on eighty thousand kanal land at a cost of over four billion dollars under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
The CPEC City will consist of education and commercial zones, public buildings, apartments, Golf Course, Theme Park and sports facilities.
Election Commission of Pakistan has finalized all arrangements to hold bye-election in NA-120 Lahore in a free, fair, transparent and peaceful manner tomorrow.
Forty-four candidates, including 32 independent and 12 from different political parties, are taking part in the bye-election.
For more details Imran Hassan joined us on telephone line.
Imran please share detail of candidate and the arrangements.
AJK President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan and Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan have urged the international community to use its influence to stop the use of pallet gun in occupied Kashmir.
In a meeting in Muzaffarabad today, both the leaders welcomed the report of Amnesty International in which it demanded India to stop use of lethal weapon like pallet gun against peaceful protestors in held valley.
They also expressed grave concern over the deteriorating human rights situation in occupied Kashmir and Indian conspiracy to change the demography of the held valley.
In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership has said that Kashmir is not a territorial dispute but a human and political issue, which can only be settled through dialogue among Pakistan, India and the genuine Kashmiri leadership.
The resistance leaders, including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued after a meeting in Srinagar, deplored that instead of creating conducive environment for such a process, India is focused on enhancing military power against the Kashmiri people.
They said that this military approach is resulting in continued killings, blinding and injuring of people while political activists have been jailed.
Meanwhile, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two Kashmiri youth in Kupwara district, today.
In Syria, US-backed militias in Deir al-zor province came under air strikes allegedly carried out by government forces or Russian jets today.
Commander of Syrian Democratic Forces Ahmed Abu Khawla said the strikes injured six fighters.
The US-backed forces and the Syrian government troops, supported by Russia have been converging on Islamic State in separate offensives in Deir al-Zor.
Bangladesh has accused Myanmar of repeatedly violating its air space and warned that any more provocative acts could have unwarranted consequences.
The top official of Myanmar embassy in Dhaka was called by the Bangladeshi authorities and told that Naypyidaw drones and helicopters have violated its air space three times during the current month.
In Congo, at least 18 Burundian refugees have been killed in a firing incident attributed to the security forces.
The coordinator of the UN Communications Group in Congo confirmed that fifty others people were wounded in the incident.
The International Cricket Council has congratulated Pakistan for successfully staging the Independence Cup against World XI in Lahore.
In a Press Release, ICC Director, Giles Clarke, and Chief Executive David Richardson also thanked the people of Pakistan for embracing the World XI players.
They said these are small steps of Pakistan towards the safe and steady revival of bilateral international cricket.
Players of World Eleven cricket team have left for Dubai after their historic visit to Pakistan.
They were warmly seen-off by the PCB officials at the Lahore airport.
Pakistan's junior hockey team has won the five match series against Oman by 3-0 played in Muscat.
The other two matches ended in a draw.
Thailands Sanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana outclassed Pakistan's Muhammad Abid and Shahzad Khan in the doubles of Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group-II final in Islamabad today.
The Thailand team won the game by 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 and 6-1.
Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty four hours.
However, rain-thunderstorm (with gusty winds) is likely at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara division, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.