Text Bulletin 1800 hrs
> Counting of votes in NA-120 Lahore by-election is underway.
> Minister of State for Information has lauded peaceful and disciplined conduct of by-election in NA-120 Lahore.
> President has invited Tajikistan to benefit from the trade route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
> Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference has urged United Nations to appoint War Crime Tribunal for Jammu and Kashmir to identify culprits of human rights abuses in occupied territory.
> United Nation has renewed call for immediate halt to military operation against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
> Russia and Iraq have restored commercial airline services after thirteen years.
Counting of votes in NA-120 Lahore by-election is underway.
The polling for by-election in NA-120 Lahore-III was held on Sunday in a peaceful and disciplined manner and counting of votes is now underway.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said participation in the election process is the only way to strengthen democracy in the country.
In an interview with PTV, she said right to franchise is the Constitutional responsibility of every voter.
The Minister of State said peaceful conduct of poll in NA-120 Lahore is commendable.
She also lauded the media for its balance reporting of on Sunday's by-election.
The filing of nomination papers for by election in NA- 4 Peshawar begins tomorrow.
According to Provincial Election Commission Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the nomination papers can be filed till Wednesday.
Scrutiny of the nomination papers will be held from 21st to 23rd of this month.
Polling will be held on 26th of next month.
The seat fell vacant due to the death of PTI MNA Gulzar Khan.
President Mamnoon Hussain says land, road, air and rail connectivity between Pakistan and Tajikistan will help enhance trade between the two countries.
He made these remarks at a meeting with his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon, in Ashgabat on Sunday.
The President said both the countries have identical views on regional and global issues and there are enormous opportunities to boost trade.
He also invited Tajikistan to benefit from the trade route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
The president said Pakistan gives high importance to the timely completion of CASA-1000 project.
Tajik President assured that Tajikistan will take steps to restore direct air connectivity with Pakistan.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says enhanced cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey has opened new opportunities and avenues for investors.
He was talking to Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Rajab Akdghan in Istanbul.
Shahbaz Sharif said Punjab government is starting Motorbikes Ambulance service in nine cities of the province in collaboration with the Turkish health ministry.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister said it is our responsibility to help our brothers in Pakistan in the hour of difficulty.
The Chief Minister has returned to Lahore after completing his visit.
Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique says Pakistan railways made unprecedented progress during the last four years due to strenuous efforts of its employees.
He was addressing a ceremony held in the honor of recently retired railway employees in Lahore.
The Minister said it was the commitment and hard work of employees that revolutionized railways network across the country and their efforts will always be remembered.
The Federal Government has approved construction of two expressways to connect Malakand Division with China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
In an exclusive interview with our Peshawar correspondent, Adviser to the Prime Minister Engineer Amir Muqam said one expressway will connect Chakdara in Lower Dir to Khawaza Khela in Swat District while the other will connect Khawaza Khela with Bisham in Shangla district.
Engineer Amir Muqam said six billion rupees have been allocated for this purpose in the current budget.
Anti-polio drive will begin in different parts of the country on Monday.
In Punjab, four-day anti polio campaign will be started in Sarghoda, Multan, Lodhran, Vehari Khanewal, Hafizabad, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar and Rajanpur districts.
In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, over six point six million children will be vaccinated against the crippling disease.
In Balochistan, the three-day anti-polio drive was kicked off in Quetta on Sunday. More than 2.4 million children less than the age of five years will be administered anti-polio drops.
In Gilgit Baltistan, over two hundred forty three thousand children will be administered anti polio drops during the campaign.
Strict security arrangements are being made to avoid any untoward incident.
Six people including Tehsildar Fawad Ali and five Levies personnel embraced martyrdom in a roadside blast in Tangi Gari Kal area of Bajaur Agency on Sunday.
According to official source, several people were also injured in the blast.
The Levies personnel were patrolling in the area when their vehicle was targeted with a remote control device.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has strongly condemned Bajour blast and expressed profound grief over loss of precious lives
In Occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has sought the intervention of the United Nations for a peaceful settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
In a letter to UN Secretary General, he said Jammu and Kashmir is waiting for the final dispensation in accordance with the agreed UN resolutions.
He demanded the world body to appoint a War Crime Tribunal for Jammu and Kashmir to identify the culprits of human rights abuses in the occupied territory.
He urged the UN Chief to exert pressure on Indian government to give free access to global human rights watchdogs for taking on spot stock of the situation with regard to human rights abuses in the occupied valley.
United Nation has urged Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi to immediately halt military operation against Rohingya Muslims.
In an interview with BBC, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said if Aung San Suu Kyi does not reverse the situation now, then the tragedy will be absolutely horrible.
He warned the offensive could amount to ethnic cleansing.
The UN chief reiterated that the Rohingya Muslims should be allowed to return home.
Russia and Iraq restored scheduled commercial airline services on Sunday for the first time after thirteen years.
A spokesman for Russia's Civil Aviation Authority said it is a sign of stability returning to the war-torn country.
Kuwait has decided to expel North Korean ambassador and four other diplomats from the country.
The decision has been taken to limit Pyongyang's ability to earn money for its nuclear program from its labourers working in the Gulf States.
The United States has increased pressure on its allies to cut ties with North Korea after Pyongyang conducted Hydrogen bomb test and launched ballistic missiles over Japan.
Thousands of North Korean labourers are working in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.
In Iraq, eight personnel of a paramilitary unit were killed and thirteen other injured in an explosion in a military training school near Mosul on Sunday.
Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most part of the country during the next twenty four hours.