Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Prime Minister says PML-N government firmly believes in making Pakistan a developed state providing all facilities to the people.
The President has refuted allegations regarding changes in western route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Interior Minister says strenuous efforts of the government to uproot terrorism have helped significantly in reducing terror attacks.
Punjab government says it is making all-out efforts for early completion of 3600-megawatts of gas-fired power projects in the province.
Pakistan has reiterated its unwavering solidarity to the brotherly people of Turkey for bravely facing terrorism.
Turkey has honoured Pakistan's national poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal with "Dost Award" for his services to Islam.
Pakistan has been unanimously elected as President of UN Conventional Weapons Review Conference.
In occupied Kashmir, three Indian troops were killed as their convoy was ambushed in Pampore today.
United Nations has strongly criticized Myanmar government for its inhuman treatment of Rohingya Muslims.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says PML-N government firmly believes in making Pakistan a developed state providing all facilities to the people.
He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore this evening.
Prime Minister said various power projects are being completed speedily, as sufficient electricity is key to industrial development.
He said that development work and network of motorways and highways is being expanded in all parts of country, including Balochistan.
Nawaz Sharif said these development projects are removing the sense of deprivation in Balochistan and will bring a revolution in the lives of people.
He said that Gwadar will be made a city of international standard with the provision of all world call facilities to the people./ He said as a result of the construction of highways, the people of Gwadar can travel to Quetta far easier than the past.
He said that the highway network will connect Balochistan to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Central Asian States and China.
Prime Minister said that due to concrete measures taken by the government, the power crisis will be solved during the present tenure and cheaper electricity will be provided to people
He said the present government inherited the challenges of power crisis and terrorism when it came into power.
The Prime Minister said that terrorism is being eliminated through bold steps.
He said that a network of motorways is being expanded from Lahore to Karachi speedily in different phases.
He praised the efforts of Punjab Chief Minister and his team who worked speedily on the Greater Iqbal Park Project.
Earlier, in his address, the Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that this park will provide great recreational facilities to public.
Briefing the participants,Director General of Parks and Horticulture Authority, Shakeel Ahmad told that park has been completed at a cost of eleven hundred eighty six million rupees in thirteen months.
He said the park has features of Mughal art of construction as well as dancing fountains, children play areas and it will provide recreational facilities to people and tourists.
He said flowers will be planted for the beauty of this park on a large portion of ikts land.
He further said a national heritage museum is also being set up in this park.
Earlier, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the Greater Iqbal Park. He went round various parts of the park and appreciated the high standard of the work.
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.
Meanwhile, addressing the inaugural ceremony of Chinese gifted chandelier at mausoleum of Qauid-i-Azam in Karachi today, President Mamnoon Hussain said China and Pakistan are all weather friends and both have been supporting each other through hard times.
He said Pak-China friendship will flourish in future whatever circumstances and both countries will continue to work together in various sectors.
He said China's gift of chandelier is the symbol of Pakistan China friendship and bilateral relation.
Speaking at the ceremony, Chinese ambassador Sun Weidong said China desires to enhance bilateral relations and cooperation in diverse fields for development and prosperity in the region.
He said gifted chandelier is manifestation of love of Chinese nation for Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He said Pak-China friendship has entered a golden phase in the form of CPEC.
He also read the message of Chinese president Xi Jinping on this occasion.
Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has said that the Interior Ministry should not be blamed for every terrorist incident in the country.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad today he said the Commission of Supreme Court did not include the government's stance in its report.
He said that the commission had asked five questions through a letter and he replied to all of them as per realities.
The Minister said he neither met any delegation of Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat nor did he allow any outfit to hold a public meeting.
He said a delegation of Difa-e-Pakistan Council did meet him on its request to resolve the issue of CNIC verification.
Chaudhry Nisar informed newsmen that he will present his stance about the judicial report before the Supreme Court, Parliament and the entire nation.
He said the government has taken bold steps to eliminate the scourge of terrorism from the country.
He said due to strenuous efforts of the government, terror incidents have declined significantly during the last three and half years.
Minister of State for Capital Administration Tariq Fazal Chaudhry while rejecting allegations of Pakistan People's Party against Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has said that entire nation appreciates his services in the fight against terrorism.
In a statement today, he said the Interior Minister eliminated corruption from his Ministry and its subsidiary organizations and promoted the transparency and merit.
He said verification of SIMs and CNICs across Pakistan to ensure peace in the country is also his great achievement.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar presided over a meeting in Islamabad today to review matters related to the Economic Affairs Division.
He was briefed on implementation status of the ongoing projects.
The Minister on this occasion directed that "progress" of disbursement of foreign grants and loans for infrastructure and energy projects should be timely and transparent so that the people can benefit from these projects at the earliest.
He urged the Division to ensure efficient utilization of the funds.
Punjab government is strenuously endeavouring to complete 3600-megawatts of gas-fired 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 and Balloki gas power projects.
Chief Minister said these projects, upon their completion will provide cheap electricity to consumers.
Governor Punjab Malik Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana says, federal and Provincial governments are working for the development and improvement of education system in the country especially Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has focused his full attention to provide batter education facilities to the women of province.
He said this while addressing the first convocation of the Women University Multan today.
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Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said that all out efforts are being made to incalcate the highest professional standards among the medicos.
He was addressing an international conference on ENT, head and neck surgery in Peshawar today.
The Governor said such conferences are of great importance as they help in improving the quality of medical care.
Work on construction of defensive embankments on both sides of Kabul River is in progress in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
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In Sindh, record of police has been computerized and reporting center will be established at all police stations till June next year.
Inspector General A.D. Khwaja addressing a ceremony in Karachi today said law and order situation has improved in the province including Karachi.
He said for the betterment of institution, we should follow the policy of right man for right job.
Ahmed Iqbal, the son of Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal, has been elected as chairman of Zila Council Narowal unopposed.
Earlier, his rival candidates Arshad Manj of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and others withdrew their nomination papers.
Talking to media persons, Ahmed Iqbal vowed to make all-out efforts to serve the local people without any indiscrimination.
Pakistan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Turkey in which thirteen personnel of armed forces lost their lives.
Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in a statement today extended heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Turkey on behalf of the Government and the people of Pakistan and prayed for the speedy recovery of wounded people.
Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan reiterates unwavering solidarity and reaffirms strong belief that the brotherly people of Turkey will be successful in their resolute fight against the scourge of terrorism.
He said that there is no doubt that the collective will and determination of the people of Turkey would defeat any evil design against the country's peace, stability, prosperity and internal harmony.
It may be added that thirteen soldiers were killed and fifty five wounded in a suicide bomb explosion on a bus in Kayseri city today.
In a statement the military said the bus was transporting off duty personnel when the incident occurred.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Meanwhile, Turkish Chief of Staff Hulusi Akars peaking at a news conference after the blast vowed to continue the fight against terrorists inside and outside the country.
Turkey has honoured Pakistan's national poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal with "Dost Award" for his services to Islam.
The Award was received by Iqbal's grandson Walid Iqbal at a ceremony held in Turkish city of Konya today.
Speaking on this occasion, Turkish Minister for Culture Nabi Avci paid rich tributes to philosopher poet for his great services to the cause of Muslim political philosophy.
Pakistan has reiterated its commitment to actively support decisions dealing with use of conventional and lethal weapons against humanity.
Pakistan's Permanent Representative to Geneva, Tehmina Janjua while presiding over Fifth Review Conference of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in Geneva said participants have taken important and far-reaching decisions dealing with different substantive contemporary issues.
The week-long Conference discussed complex issues including incendiary weapons, use of conventional weapons in highly populated areas and lethal autonomous weapon systems.
The discussions focused on the military utility and humanitarian concerns rising from the use of these weapons.
Pakistan's unanimous election as the President of this important Conference is recognition of the country's strong credentials in multilateral diplomacy as well as in international arms control related issues.
President Azad Kashmir Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan has urged the students to highlight Indian atrocities against Kashmiris through social media.
Addressing the 14th convocation of AJK University in Muzaffarabad today, he asked the graduating students to prepare themselves for future challenges.
The AJK President said Indian forces are engaged in massacring Kashmiris for demanding their right to self-determination.
Sardar Masood Khan lamented the apathy and lukewarm attitude of international community towards the plights of hapless people of Jammu and Kashmir.
In occupied Kashmir, three Indian soldiers were killed in an attack on an Army convoy in Pampore, today.
Indian media reported that the army convoy was attacked on Srinagar-Jammu Highway in Kadlabal area of Pampore.
The reports said that Indian police and troops have launched a massive house to house search operation in the area to nab the attackers.
On the other hand, the puppet authorities are not releasing the ailing Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi, even after the quashing of her illegal detention under black law, Public Safety Act, by the High Court.
Meanwhile, people staged a forceful demonstration in Sopore, today, to protest against the injuring of a nine-year-old boy due by Indian troops , yesterday. The protesters raised high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
A Delhi-based civil society group, the Concerned Citizens’ Collective Committee, in a statement in New Delhi expressed serious concern over the use of brute force including the pellet guns by Indian forces on peaceful protesters in occupied Kashmir.
It said the high proportion of injuries on the face and above the waist demonstrated intentional move, not to disperse the protestors but to kill or permanently disable them.
The United Nations has strongly criticised Myanmar government for its inhuman treatment of the minority Rohingya Muslim population.
Accorinding to the UN Human Rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein, reports of rapes, killings and other abuses are being received daily.
He called Myanmar's government's approach to deal with the situation callous.
Iran has called for a joint commission meeting on the nuclear deal over the extension of U.S. sanctions against Tehran.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reuquested this in a letter to the European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini .
Earlier, US lawmakers voted to extend some sanctions against Iran for another 10 years and although President Barack Obama declined to sign the act, it still became law.
Meanwhile, Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has strongly criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May's recent comments about Iran posing a threat to the region.
In remarks published on his website today, Khamenei called the U.K a source of evil and misery for the peoples of the region" for the past two centuries.
In Syria, a new ceasefire deal to evacuate tens of thousands of rebels and civilians from the remaining rebel-held pockets of eastern Aleppo has been reached.
The announcement came after previous agreements brokered by Turkey and Russia fell apart, with the Syrian government and opposition groups exchanging blame.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the evacuation of some 4,000 people, including wounded, from the villages of Foua and Kfarya is expected to start later today.
In northern Syria, twenty Islamic State militants have been killed in the latest Turkish warplanes strikes.
The military in a statement in Ankara today said , 206 Islamic State targets were hit by artillery and other weaponry in its latest operations in northern Syria.
In Poland, protesters have blockaded the parliament in Warsaw against restricting press reporting.
Poland's government wants to limit the number of reporters allowed to cover parliament.
A very strong 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea today.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a threat of a tsunami in Papua New Guinea and nearby areas.