Text Bulletin 1200 Hrs
President says Pakistan's sea and water routes are generating new economic opportunities for the whole region.
Commerce Minister has said government is executing various development projects to uplift living standard of people.
Pakistan has categorically stated that it will not accept any modifications to Indus Water Treaty.
In Afghanistan, six persons were killed by unknown gunmen at Kandahar airport today.
President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan's sea and water routes are generating new economic opportunities not only for the country but the whole region.
He was addressing the passing out parade of cadets at Marine Academy in Karachi today.
The President said completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will enhance Pakistan's stature among comity of nations.
He rejected the impression about change in western route of CPEC and said all segments of the society should play their role for successful implementation of the project.
Appreciating the sacrifices of armed forces in the war on terror, the President said Pakistan's efforts are bringing peace and stability to the region.
Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan says the government is executing various development projects across the country to uplift living standard of people.
Speaking after inaugurating a development scheme in Gujranwala, he said the mega project of Aziz Cross Flyover on Gujranwala G.T. Road will be completed soon at a cost of 6.5 billion rupees.
Khurram Dastgir said PTI has failed to present any proof against Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to the Supreme Court in the Panama leaks case, and Imran Khan is doing politics of blame only to grab power.
Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited would set up over 60 LPG-air mix plants in selected areas of the country.
According to official sources, the plants would be established at an estimated cost of 1353.29 million rupees.
Besides, they said, the companies would set up 30 more air mix plants each on their respective transmission network in the areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Chitral, Gilgit-Baltistan and backward areas of Balochistan.
The setting up of the LPG-air mix plants would save these areas from the rapid deforestation.
Work on construction of defensive embankments on both sides of Kabul River is in progress in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
According to official sources, the project will be completed at a cost of thirteen billion rupees.
On completion, it will protect areas of Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera from floods devastation in future.
Pakistan has made it clear that it will not accept any modifications or changes to Indus Water Treaty.
In an interview in Washington, Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi said Pakistan's position is based on the principles enshrined in the treaty. He said the treaty must be honored in letter and spirit.
The treaty signed in 1960, gives India control over the three eastern rivers of the Indus basin while Pakistan the three western rivers. However, the Indian side is repeatedly threatening to revoke the treaty and stop the flow of waters to Pakistan.
Namaz-e-Jinaza of Pashto film star Umer Daraz was offered in Peshawar today.
Besides artists, people belonging to different walks of life also attended the funeral prayer.
In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities have shifted the illegally detained Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi, from Baramulla jail to Women’s Police Station Rambagh in Srinagar.
The High Court of the occupied territory had quashed the unlawful detention of Aasiya Andrabi under black law, Public Safety Act.
Meanwhile, the General Secretary of Muslim Deeni Mahaz, Muhammad Maqbool Butt, in a statement condemned the re-arrest of Aasiya Andrabi.
In Afghanistan, five female security staff and their driver were killed by unknown gunmen at Kandhar airport today.
A spokesperson for the Kandahar governor said they were travelling to work at the airport when two attackers riding a motorcycle opened fire on their minivan.
On the third day of the first cricket test at Brisbane against Pakistan, Australia in their second inning were 172 for 3 wickets a short while ago.