Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
President says completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will enhance Pakistan's stature among comity of nations.
Prime Minister will inaugurate Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore this evening.
Punjab government is strenuously working for early completion of 3600-megawatts of electricity gas power projects.
Pakistan has urged India to honour Indus Water Treaty in letter and spirit.
In Turkey, thirteen soldiers were killed in a bus blast in Kayseri city today.
In Syria, a new deal has been reached to complete evacuation of rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo.
President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan's sea and water routes are generating new economic opportunties 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.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate the Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore this evening.
The park, besides providing entertainment to the citizens, will also become a new landmark of Pakistan's culture.
Along with renovation of the Minar-i-Pakistan, the project features expansion of the Iqbal Park by including it in the stretch of Circular Road between the park and Lahore Fort.
The 125-acre green oasis is surrounded almost entirely by the old city of Lahore.
Visitors can lounge on rolling lawns and have the panoramic view of the symbolic Minar-e-Pakistan, the majestic Lahore Fort, the iconic Azadi Interchange and the historic Badshahi Mosque that also shelters the tomb of Allama Iqbal.
Beautiful dancing fountains with colourful lights have also
been installed at the Greater Iqbal Park.
Punjab Governor Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana says federal and Punjab governments are taking measures to improve education system.
Addressing convocation of Women University Multan today, he said women are being provided with special educational facilities, and they should benefit of them for becoming useful citizens of the society.
Punjab government is strenuously working to complete 3600-megawatts of electriicty gas power projects in the province at the earliest.
In a statement, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said federal and provincial governments are setting up these projects by utilizing their own resources.
He said one hundred and twelve billion rupees have been saved in implementation of Bhikki, Haveli Bahadur Shah Jhang, Shiekhupura and Balloki gas power projects.
The Chief Minister said these projects, on their completion, will provide cheap electricity to consumers.
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.
Various mega projcts of transport, water supply and sewerage are being implemented in Karachi to provide better civic facilities to people.
Official sources told Radio Pakistan Karachi correspondent Altaf Pirzada that over 49.7 billion rupees have been allocated during the current fiscal year for the projects.
They said work on some of the five Bus Rapid Transit projects, incluidng Yellow Line, Green Line, Orange Line, Red Line and Blue Line, is already underway.
The Mega projects also include Greater Karachi Bulk Water Supply system K-IV and Karachi Sewerage Project S-III, which too already have been commenced.
An anti-terrorism court in Karachi today handed over MQM MPA Kamran Farooqui to police on physical remand for two days in a case of possessing illegal weapons.
He was arrested by law enforcement agencies some days ago, as he was wanted to police in many cases.
Turkey has honoured Allama Muhammad Iqbal with award of "Dost Award" for his Service to Islam.
The Award was received by Iqbal's grandson Walid Iqbal from Turkish Minister for Culture and Tourism Nabi Avci at a ceremony held in Konya Turkey today.
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.
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.
The 49th death anniversary of renowned Kashmiri leader, Raees-ul-Ahrar Chaudhary Ghulam Abbas will be observed throughout Azad Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow.
In this connection functions and seminars will be held to pay homage to the political services rendered by the great Kashmiri leader for liberation of Jammu and Kashmir.
In Turkey, thirteen soldiers were killed and forty-eight wounded when an explosion hit a bus in Kayseri city today.
In a statement the military said the bus was transporting off duty personnel when the incident occurred.
In Syria, a new deal has been reached to complete the evacuation of rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo.
The deal had been stalled over demands from pro-government forces that two villages besieged by rebels must also be evacuated.
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.
The UN Security Council has extended mandate of its peacekeeping mission in South Sudan for another year.
The council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution that extends the mandate of the 14,000-strong UNMISS
force to December next year.
The resolution also threatens sanctions against those who undermine South Sudan's stability and warns that the council will consider "appropriate measures" including an arms embargo "to address the evolving situation."
On the third day of the first cricket test at Brisbane against Australia, Pakistan in their scond inning were 67 for 2 a short while ago.
Earlier, Australia declared its second innings at 202 for five.