Text Bulletin 2100 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.
> President has invited Tajikistan to become part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
> 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.
> Pakistan has qualified for Group-I of Davis Cup Asia-Oceania beating Thailand 3-2 in the final of group II in Islamabad.
Polling for bye-election in NA-120 Lahore was held in a peaceful and disciplined manner and counting of votes is underway.
Polling started at8:00 am in the morning and continued till 5:00 pm without any break.
In the constituency forty-four candidates, including 32 independent and 12 from different political parties were 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 use of right to franchise is the Constitutional responsibility of every voter.
The Minister of State termed 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.
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. =================
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Iraq, eight personnel of a paramilitary unit were killed and thirteen others injured in an explosion in a military training school near Mosul on Sunday.
Pakistan has qualified for Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group-I, beating Thailand 3-2 in the final of Group-II in Islamabad on Sunday.
In the final reverse singles, Aqeel Khan outplayed Kittiphong 3-2 and clinch victory for Pakistan.
Balochistan Polo Tournament organized by Quetta Polo Club in collaboration with Pakistan Army will begin at Polo and Saddle Club Quetta on Monday.
The tournament is aimed at promoting National Harmony and Peace, with the motto "Polo for Peace".
Eight top teams from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta and Pakistan Army's will participate in the tournament.
The tournament will also include tent pegging competitions.
Students of different educational institutions have also been invited to promote the game.
The event will continue till 24th of this month.
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 just after this news bulletin .
Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most part of the country during the next twenty four hours.