Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
The Prime Minister says PML-N government firmly believes in making Pakistan a developed state providing all facilities to the people.
Interior Minister says strenuous efforts of the government to uproot terrorism have helped significantly in reducing terror attacks.
Chief of Army Staff has arrived in Riyadh on three day official visit to Saudi Arabia.
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 and proper supply of 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 will be instrumental in 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 class facilities to the people./ He said as a result of the construction of highways today, 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 resolved during the tenure of present Government and cheaper electricity will be provided to people
He said the incumbent government inherited the challenges of power crisis and terrorism when it assumed 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.
Earlier, in his address, the Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said this park will provide great recreational facilities to the general public.
Briefing the participants, Director General of Parks and Horticulture Authority, Shakeel Ahmad said
this park has been completed at a cost of eleven hundred eighty six million rupees in thirteen months.
He said the park has features similar to Mughal art of construction as well as dancing fountains, children play areas and it will provide recreational facilities to people and tourists.
President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan's sea and water routes are generating new economic opportunities not only for the country but the entire 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.
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.
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.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has reached in Riyadh on three-day official visit to Saudi Arabia.
He was warmly received by Assistant Defence Minister, Muhammad bin Abdullah al-ayesh.
During the visit, he will hold meetings with civil and military leadership of Saudi Arabia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In northern Syria, twenty Islamic State militants have been killed in the latest Turkish warplanes strikes.
On the third day of Brisbane test against Australia, Pakistan in their second innings chasing a big target of 490 runs were 70 for 2 at the stumps today.
Australia: 429 and 202 for five declared.
Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty four hours.
However, foggy conditions are likely to continue over plain areas of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and upper Sindh during night and morning hours.