Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
> Counting of votes is in progress in NA-120- Lahore by-election held on Sunday.
> Prime Minister says National Security Committee has responded to US President's policy statement on South Asia.
> Foreign Minister has said the United States is pursuing a strategy in Afghanistan that has already failed and emphasized that use of force will not solve any problem.
> President has invited Tajikistan to become part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
> Six people including five Levies personnel were martyred in a roadside bomb blast in Bajaur Agency on Sunday.
> Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference has urged the United Nations to appoint War Crime Tribunal on human rights abuses in occupied territory.
> United Nation has renewed its call for immediately halting military operation against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
> In Iraq eight paramilitary personnel were killed in an explosion at a military training facility near Mosul on Sunday.
> Russia and Iraq have restored commercial airline services after thirteen years.
> Balochistan Polo Tournament begins in Quetta on Monday.
Polling for bye-election in NA-120 Lahore was held in a peaceful and disciplined manner and counting of votes is underway.
Polling started at 8:00 am in the morning and continued till 5:00 p.m without any break.
In all forty-four candidates, including 32 independent and 12 from different political parties are in the run.
Begum Kalsoom Nawaz of Pakistan Muslim League (N), Faisal Mir of Pakistan People's Party and Dr. Yasmeen Rashid from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf are the main contestants.
Under a pilot project, one hundred biometric verification machines were used on trial basis in 39 polling stations of the constituency.
There are 3,21633 registered voters including 1,79505 male and 1,42128 female voers in NA-120.
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.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says the National Security Committee has responded befittingly to US President Donald Trump's new policy regarding South Asia.
Talking to media persons in London on Sunday, he said government and the NSC are on the same page regarding US policy.
He said government will continue to serve the masses despite conspiracies.
Prime Minister said challenges are met politically.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said he exchanged views with ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif on party affairs.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said the Trump administration's "militaristic approach" in Afghanistan represents a failed policy and talks with the Taliban should be held to bring peace to the war-torn country.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he said peace talks with the Taliban could be arranged if Washington work with countries in the region that have influence over the militant group.
Khawaja Asif said he would tell UN members that use of force is not the solution to the Afghan conflict.
He said a four-country group including Pakistan, China, the US and Afghanistan could be expanded to include other countries with influence over the Taliban.
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.
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.
Anti-polio drive begins 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-Pakhtunkhaw and FATA, over six point six million children will be vaccinated against the crippling disease.
In Balochistan, the three-day anti-polio drive 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.
In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, total of 7,48,948 children will be administered anti polio and Vitamin A drops.
Sources of Health Department told our Muzaffarabad correspondent Mubashar Naqvi that total of 2103 mobile teams, 410 fixed centers and 140 transit points have been set up across the state for the purpose.
The AJK Minister for Health Dr. Najeeb Naqi said all out efforts are being made to provide better health facilities to masses in the state.
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.
Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122 will start modern motorbike ambulance service very soon in Bahawalpur.
More details from our Bahawalpur Correspondent (Live Report)
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.
The filing of nomination papers for by election in NA- 4 Peshawar begins on Monday.
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.
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.
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Co-Chairman Pakistan People Party Asif Ali Zardari has also condemned the terrorist atackt in Bajaur Agency.
Addressing a news conference in Peshawar this evening, he expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for the departed souls. =================
Meanwhile, the Nimaz-e-Janaza of levies personnel martyred in Bajaur Agency bomb blast was offered in Bajaur Agency this evening.
People belonging to different walks of life attended the janaza.
Rahat Faiq Jamali of PML-N was sworn in as provincial minister in Quetta.
Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai administered the oath.
Her portfolio will be announced later.
Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri, provincial ministers, members’ provincial assembly and other high ranking officials attended the oath taking ceremony. =================
Gilgit Baltistan government is taking all necessary steps to provide clean drinking water to the residents.
Our Gilgit correspondent with more details in this regard.
A high level meeting chaired by Prime Minister, Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan in Muzaffarabad on Sunday decided to increase the amount of compensation for affected people of Indian unprovoked firing at Line of Control.
The meeting also reviewed latest situation at Line of Control.
It was decided that official burial would also be given to the LOC martyrs.
Speaking on the occasion, the AJK Prime Minister directed the concerned authorities to ensure availability of doctors and paramedical staff in the Rural Health Centers adjacent to Line of Control.
Raja Farooq Haider Khan said India has miserably failed to suppress indigenous Kashmir liberation movement despite genocide of Kashmiris, use of lethal weapons like pallet guns and unprovoked firing at Line of Control.
Speaker Balochistan Assembly, Chief Commissioner Pakistan Boys Scout Association Raheela Hameed Durrani called on Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan in Muzaffarabad on Sunday.
Speaking on the occasion, Raja Farooq Haider Khan said scouting plays a pivotal role in training and character building of youth enrolled in schools, colleges and universities.
He announced that state government would provide land and funds for the construction of Scout Headquarter in Azad Kashmir.
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 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.
The joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement condemned repeated imposition of curfew and other restrictions and lockdown in historical Jamia Masjid in Srinagar.
Meanwhile, Palestinian human rights activist Rania Madi and UN expert Alfred de Zayas during a seminar in Geneva said the world will have to listen to the people of Kashmir one day.
While ignoring the warnings from environment groups, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated country's controversial dam on the Narmada River in Gujarat state on Sunday.
Construction work on the project was started in 1987, however, it was suspended in 1996 following a stay order by the Supreme Court.
The Narmada Bachao Andolan, led by social activist Medha Patkar, has been protesting against the project saying that hundreds of thousands of people will lose their livelihoods if the dam is constructed.
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.
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.
Thousand 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.
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.
In Palestine, Hamas has accepted reconciliation conditions offered by President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah party.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Hamas also agreed to dissolve its administration in Gaza Strip and hold general elections.
The statement of Hamas came after negotiations between its officials and a delegation sent by President Mahmoud Abbas held last week in Cairo.
Meanwhile, President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party has welcomed the pledge by Hamas to accept key conditions for ending a decade-old Palestinian political and territorial split.
Radio Pakistan will broadcast a Special drama titled "Khushbo Nay Chera Saaz" in connection with the "70-years of Independence Celebrations of Pakistan" in its national hock-up at 2110 hours.
Talking to the media, after his arrival to Lahore from Turkey Shahbaz Sharif expressed hope that his recent visit to Turkey will give an impetus to the cooperation between both countries in different sectors.
He said, he held meetings with Turkish President and other high level officials.
Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122 will start modern motorbike ambulance service in Bahawalpur soon.
An official of Rescue 1122 told our Radio Pakistan Bahawalpur that the government is providing fifty motorbikes for this service which have been specially designed on the pattern of motorbikes used in Scotland.
He said that these motorbikes can be used in those places where due to heavy traffic or encroachment or any other reason ambulance van could not be reached.
Pakistan Marine Academy has installed state of the art full Mission Bridge and Engine Room Simulators first time in the history of the country.
An official of PMA told Karachi correspondent it purpose is Merchant Mariner will get training of International Maritime Organization courses in Pakistan.
Earlier, the Mariner had to go abroad to receive its training.
These simulators have been replaced with Bridge and Engine simulators installed by JICA in 1988.
Prominent artist Iftikhar Qaisar passed away in Peshawar this morning after protracted illness.
He was about sixty.
Iftikhar Qaisar acted in Urdu, Pashto and Hindko plays of Pakistan Television for more than forty years.
He had received the President's Pride of Performance Award for his outstanding performance.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the demise of renowned actor and poet Iftikhar Qasiar.
Three persons were killed and one other injured in a road accident at Tarnab Farm area near Peshawar this afternoon.
This was stated by Balochistan Secretary education for schools Abdul Fateh Bhangar while addressing the district education officers of Zhob division in Loralai on Sunday.
In Balochistan, over 19 million rupees have been allocated for purchase of books and other stationery for student in Loralai district to relieve their difficulties. He said all necessary facilities will be provided to the schools. The Secretary also warned strict action will be taken against the teaching staff who will not perform their duties with devotion.
In Balochistan, a three-day anti-polio drive will begin from on Monday. The campaign has already kicked off in Quetta on Sunday.
More than 2.4 million children less that the age of five years would be administered anti polio drive while 9489 polio teams would take part in this campaign.
Strict security arrangements would be made to avoid any untowards incident.
Rahat Faiq Jamali has sworn in as provincial minister during a ceremony held at Governor House in Quetta.
Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai administered the oath.
She belongs to Pakistan Muslim League (N) while her portfolio will be announced later.
Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri, provincial ministers, members’ provincial assembly and other high ranking officials attended the oath taking ceremony.
A Four-day polio eradication campaign will begin throughout Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.
Official sources told our Muzaffarabad representative that total 7,48,948 children below five years of age are being administered anti polio drops.
Vitamin A drops are also being administered to the children.
Sources said that 2103 mobile teams, 410 fixed centers and 140 transit points have been set up for this purpose in all over Azad Kashmir.
Polio Control Rooms have been setup at Deputy Commissioner and Provincial Program Managers’ offices at all ten districts of the state.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the campaign in Muzaffarabad, AJK Minister for Health, Finance and Planning Dr. Najeeb Naqi said all out efforts are being made to provide better health facilities to masses in the state.
A high level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan, decided to increase the amount of compensation for affectees of Indian unprovoked firing at Line of Control.
The meeting was held in Muzaffarabad on Sunday to review to latest situation at Line of Control.
It was decided in the meeting that relevant law would be amended to increase compensation for martyrs and injured by Indian firing at LOC. Official burial would also be given to LOC Martyrs.
AJK Prime Minister directed the concerned authorities to ensure availability of doctors and paramedical staff in the Rural Health Centers adjacent to Line of Control.
4th round anti Polio campaign begins, Gilgit-Baltistan on Monday, which will continue till Thursday.
During the campaign, over two lac forty three thousand children up to five years would be administered anti polio drops.
One thousand and seventy teams will take part in the drive besides 62 transit points.
Control rooms have been set up in all districts Deputy Commissioner Offices to monitor the campaign.
Gilgit-Baltistan government is taking all necessary steps to provide Clean drinking water to the residents.
This was stated by Minister Works Dr, Muhammad Iqbal talking to our Gilgit correspondent on Sunday.
He said work on a potable water project costing two hundred and seventy million rupees is in progress in Jutial , Gilgit.
He said a water supply project is also being implementing in Danyore.
Minister said both the ongoing water project would be completed in two years will help to remove water shortage from Jutial and Danyore villages.
Despite several challenges, the prudent policies adopted by the government are helping in achievement of macroeconomic stability.
According to Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, exports have witnessed a growth of 12.8 percent last month.
The total foreign reserves stand at 20.5 billion Dollars including 14.7 billion Dollars held by State Bank of Pakistan and 5.8 billion Dollars by commercial banks.
The annual Consumer Prices Index based inflation rate also remained in single digit at 3.4 percent in August.
In Financial Year 2016-17 the share of direct taxes has reached 40 percent and it has become the single largest tax collected by FBR.
The target was achieved because the government focused on further increasing the share of direct taxes through various policy and administrative reforms including broadening of tax base.
The number of income tax return filers which was around 0.76 million for the tax year 2012 has risen to 1.26 million in the tax year 2016.
The Large Scale Manufacturing Industries in the country has also witnessed an impressive 5.6 percent growth during the fiscal year 2016-17 as compared to output of last year.
National Selection Committee of Pakistan Cricket Board has selected 18 players to attend the training camp for upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka.
18 players selected for the camp are Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Ahmed Shehzad, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Sarfraz Ahmed (Captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas and Wahab Riaz.
The players will assemble at National Cricket Academy Lahore on Monday evening.
While the camp will conclude on 23rd of this month and the Test team will be announced later.
Team Pakistan has ranked second in the latest ICC rankings issued for T20I.
Meanwhile, All rounder Imad Wasim has retained top spot among bowlers and Middle order batsman Babar Azam has moved up to sixth position in T20I rankings.
Two-day final trials to select team for Hockey Asia Cup will begin in Karachi from Tuesday.
The team for Asia Cup will be announced on 21st of this month.
The Hockey Asia Cup will be staged in Dhaka from 11th of the next month.
The World Snooker Under-16 Championship will begin in St. Petersburg, Russia on 8th of the next month.
Three Pakistani cueists including Muhammad Naseem Akhtar, Shaikh Muhammad Mudassir and Muhammad Umar Khan will represent the country in the championship.
Australian Test leg-spinner Bob Holland died on Sunday following a battle with brain cancer.
Holland made his Test debut in 1984 at the age of 38 and spun Australia to victory with 10 wickets against the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground in early 1985.
He appeared in 11 Tests, taking 34 wickets, and in 95 first-class matches, most of them for New South Wales, and was still playing state cricket into his forties.