Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
All arrangements have been finalized to hold by-election in NA-120 in Lahore tomorrow.
Prime Minister says continuity of policies is imperative for strengthening democracy in the country.
President has called for launching of joint oil and gas projects between Pakistan and Turkmenistan.
In 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.
Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games are beginning in Ashgabat tomorrow
Election Commission of Pakistan has finalized all arrangements to hold by-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 will also use 100 biometric voting machines on trial basis in 39 polling stations of the constituency.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says continuity of policies is imperative for strengthening democracy in the country.
In an interview with a private TV channel tonight, he said the changing in the government should only be made through the vote of the public.
To a question, he said PMLN has accepted the decision of the apex Court regarding Panama Papers case and implemented it immediately despite reservations on the disqualification of the former Prime Minister.
He said PML-N will assist the proceedings of the NAB Court and if the court issues any arrest order of former PM, it will be implemented.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the political decisions should be made in the field of politics and not in the courts and the vote of the nation should be given due respect.
President Mamnoon Hussain has called for launching of joint oil and gas projects between Pakistan and Turkmenistan.
He was talking to Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Ashgabat today.
The president called for augmenting bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the fields of trade, energy, agriculture and education.
Mamnoon Hussain said both the countries should also boost bilateral cooperation in science, technology, and infrastructure.
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 Turkish government is working closely with Pakistani leadership to form a solid economic partnership.
He said 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 Pakistan and Turkey share identical views on regional and international issues.
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.
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry has said 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.
Ameer Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman has said 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.
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.
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 the 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 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 the 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.
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.
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.
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.