Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Election Commission has finalized all arrangements for NA-120 Lahore by-election being held tomorrow.
Interior Minister has underscored that internal stability is imperative to meet external challenges.
Turkish Prime Minister in a meeting with Punjab Chief Minster in Istanbul has reaffirmed to further augmenting bilateral economic ties.
Saudi Arabia has lauded Pakistan Navy's role in maritime security in the region.
In Indian held Kashmir Hurriyet leadership has emphasized on resolving Kashmir dispute through dialogue between Pakistan, India and the Kashmiri leadership.
Bangladesh has accused Myanmar of violating its air space.
President will represent Pakistan at Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games beginning in Turkmenistan capital Ashgabat tomorrow.
International Cricket Council has appreciated Pakistan for successfully holding Independence Cup event.
Pakistan Junior Hockey Team has won the five-match series against Oman by 3-0 in Muscat.
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.
Begum Kalsoom Nawaz from Pakistan Muslim League (N), Faisal Mir from Pakistan People's Party and Dr. Yasmeen Rashid from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf are the main candidates contesting the election.
The ECP said that the constituency has a total of 3,21,786 registered voters, out of which 1,79,642 are male while 1,42,144 are female voters.
Two hundred and twenty polling stations, including 103 for male, 98 for female and 19 combined, have been set up for bye-election.
Two hundred and twenty Presiding Officer, 573 Assistant Presiding Officers and 573 Polling Officers would discharge their duties on the polling day.
The election commission has also set up seven monitoring teams with 20 officials from Islamabad and the four provinces to maintain the code of conduct and monitor biometric machines.
The Election Commission will also use 100 biometric voting machines on trial basis in 39 polling stations of the constituency.
The decision of using the machines will ensure transparency in the election process while the commission would also examine problems in this system.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission, Punjab has issued the list of twenty-nine thousand six hundred and seven voters of the constituency with missing thumb impressions in the civil registry database of the NADRA, following the Lahore High Court’s order.
The list has been put on display in the office of Returning Officer of NA-120, ECP Punjab office and office of the District Election Commissioner officer.
All necessary administrative and security arrangements have been finalized to hold free, fair and impartial by-election in the constituency.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has stressed the need for internal stability in order to face external challenges.
Addressing a news conference in Lahore today, he said internal stability has a critical role in any country's development process.
The Minister said that peace has been restored in Karachi and Balochistan due to prudent policies of the government.
He said that today's Pakistan is more secure, peaceful, and economically stable as compared to the past and incidents of terrorism have declined by eighty to ninety percent as compared to 2013.
The Minister said the ambits of state institutions are clearly defined in the Constitution and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has full respect for the judiciary.
He said under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif ,Pakistan has made visible progress as motorways are being
constructed, electricity loadshedding is being overcome,
terrorism eliminated and foreign reserves doubled in four
Ahsan Iqbal said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is
underway and during the current fiscal year, high domestic
tourism has witnessed in the country.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif called on Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Bin Ali Yildirim in Istanbul, Turkey today.
On this occasion, Bin Ali Yildirim assured his government's full support to Punjab government in various sectors, including transport, health and housing units for low-income families.
He said that Turkish government is working closely with the Pakistani leadership to form a solid economic partnership.
He said that Pakistan has made numerous sacrifices in the war against terrorism and no country has the right to criticize Pakistan in this regard.
Speaking on the occasion Shahbaz Sharif said that Pakistan and Turkey share identical views on regional and international issues.
He said that Turkish government, its leadership and people have always stood with Pakistan in every natural calamity.
He said that Pakistan is tackling the challenges of terrorism and extremism with unity and collective efforts.
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.
Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Ayeesh also visited Air Headquarters in Islamabad today.
On his arrival at the Air Headquarters, he was received by Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman.
They discussed matters of professional and mutual interest.
The Saudi Assistant Defence Minister lauded PAF's role in fighting the war against terrorism and reiterated his country's resolve to stand by Pakistan in any hour of need.
Speaking on the occasion, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman said that both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoyed cordial and brotherly relations and reiterated PAF's resolve to support and extend cooperation in the field of aviation and military training to Royal Saudi Air Force.
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry has said that Pakistan and US should continue to work together to overcome common challenges in the days ahead.
This he stated while speaking at a briefing arranged by him for members of the World Affairs Council Washington DC at the Embassy.
Ambassador briefed the World Affairs Council members on the latest political and security situation in Pakistan.
He said our economy is on an upward trajectory and there has been a remarkable improvement in the law and order situation which has renewed investors'confidence in the country.
Ambassador highlighted that during the last 70 years, both countries have achieved significant gains that were mutually beneficial.
Ameer Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman has said that tribal people should be taken into confidence before introducing reforms in FATA.
Addressing a press conference in Peshawar this afternoon, he said consultations at national level should continue to find a lasting solution to the problems of tribal people.
Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman said no one will be allowed to impose his own decision regarding merger of FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Criticizing the performance of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman said education policy of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is detrimental to teachers' rights.
He said the provincial government has weakened education department by harassing teachers.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak says the province is becoming a hub of economic and business activities due to China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Addressing a public gathering in Nowshera today, he said an Industrial State will be established on Motorway near Nowshera over forty thousand kanals of area.
Pervez Khattak said Halal Industries will be set up at Ghazi with the cooperation of Malaysian government.
He said a national park is also being constructed in Nowshera in collaboration with Pakistan Air Force.
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.
Balochistan Assembly held its session in Quetta this afternoon with Shahida Rauf in the chair.
During the session Provincial Finance Minister Sardar Aslam Bizenjo presented Audit Report of financial year 2016-17 in the House.
A resolution demanding the Federal government to made effective legislation over moon sighting issue, so that both Eids and Ramzan could be celebrated on same day across the country, was tabled by Sardar Raza Muhammad Barech.
The House passed the resolution unanimously.
Expressing a call attention notice raised by Health Minister Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch regarding occupation on government lands in Panjgur, the Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri said that stern action will be taken against occupants of government lands across the province.
In Gilgit-Baltistan, preparation of feasibility report is in progress to set up an economic zone under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Official sources told our Gilgit correspondent that the government has acquired two hundred and fifty acres of land at Maqpoon Das, Gilgit for the project.
The sources said the government has also acquired one hundred and sixty acres of land in Minawar, Gilgit for establishment of Industrial zone.
A ceremony was held at Sea View in Karachi today to mark the internal Coastal Cleanup Day .
Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan was the chief guest on the occasion.
The Minister also led a walk arranged on the occasion to create awareness among people about keeping the coastal area clean.
Speaking on the occasion, he said efforts are afoot to make the sea and lakes pollution free.
A six-day anti-polio drive was kicked off in all 188 union councils of Karachi today.
During the campaign polio drops are being administrated to over two million children up to the age of five years.
Meanwhile, an awareness anti-polio rally was taken out in Khairpur today.
Similarly four-day Polio Eradication campaign also started in Mirpur Azad Kashmir today.
A four Day Anti Polio Campaign will also be started in Multan, Lodhran, Vehari Khanewala and Rajanpur districts from Monday.
In Balochistan, a three-day anti-polio drive would be kicked off in Quetta tomorrow while in rest of the Balochistan from Monday.
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.
The troops killed the youth during a military operation in Machil area of the district.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front-R has expressed concern over the plight of Kashmiri political detainees languishing in different jails of India and the occupied territory.
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 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.
Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Ubayd Bin Daghir has said that his government is making concrete efforts to eradicate terrorist groups from the country.
This he stated during a visit of Siouen city Hadramout province today.
Ben Daghr called on the elements who are tempted to return to the right path and to give priority to the interests of the country.
In Egypt,a court upheld twenty-five years life imprisonment against the ousted President Mohamed Morsi over charges of spying for Qatar today.
Another court sentenced seven people to death over links to the Islamic State group in Libya.
Muslim World League is organizing a two-day international conference in New York from today to highlight values of Islamic civilization.
Representatives of Islamic institutions from all over the world and their American counterparts as well as prominent figures from various parts of the world are attending the event.
Secretary General of the League Sheikh Muhammad Bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa has said that the conference aims at opening up to other civilizations.
There will be dialogue sessions between Muslim and American students on the sidelines of the conference.
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.
In Germany, police recovered fifty-one migrants, including seventeen children, squeezed inside a truck near Muellrose town and Polish border today.
Police said some of the people inside were dehydrated and all were thirsty and hungry.
According to first findings, most of the people are from Iraq.
In the United States, Trump administration is quietly allowing energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
According to documents obtained by The Washington Post, it would lay the groundwork for drilling.
However, environmental groups are likely to challenge any decision to conduct seismic work in the refuge in federal court.