Text Bulletin 0700 hrs
Pakistan says it supports efforts for lasting peace in Afghanistan.
The government has decided to deal elements involved in circulation of blasphemous content on social media with iron hands.
World Bank says Pakistan's economy will continue to grow at five point two percent in 2017.
Pakistan and Oman have agreed to enhance bilateral understanding and people to people contacts.
The United States has warned North Korea against further missile tests.
Pakistan greatly values its relations with the United States and looks forward to further enhance these ties in different spheres particularly economy and trade.
This was stated by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar while talking to the Acting US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ms Laurel Miller in Islamabad.
He said Pakistan supported all efforts for lasting peace and prosperity in Afghanistan as it is imperative for peace in the region.
Ms Laurel Miller appreciated the macroeconomic stability that Pakistan has achieved under the leadership of Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif.
Pakistan Bureau of Statistics says special arrangements have been made for counting of every house of the country during the census.
In a statement, the spokesperson of the Bureau said general public can contact PBS on toll free no. 0800-57574 up to 20th of this month if any house remains un-counted.
Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan says non-consensus among committee members has delayed report on Dawn Leak.
In a statement, he said Justice Amir Raza had agreed to lead committee on condition of consensus on findings.
The government is working to prevent blasphemous materials on social media.
In an interview, Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Baleeghur Rehman has said elements involved in circulation of blasphemous and sacrilegious contents on social media will be dealt with iron hands.
He said preparation of national education curriculum is under process and lessens of tolerance are also being included in the curriculum.
The government has formed a committee to sort out viable solution to issues of employees of National Library of Pakistan.
World Bank says Pakistan's economy would continue to grow at five point two percent in 2017.
In a report, the Bank said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor has supported construction activity, which is expected to stimulate industrial sector growth.
The report said that South Asia remains the fastest-growing region in the world.
It said that advanced economies were recovering and could see faster growth that will likely increase demand for South Asian products. The report said this could create a substantial number of jobs for new entrants to the labor force.
Pakistan and Oman can enhance bilateral understanding and people to people contacts through exchange of journalists and members of civil society.
This was stated by Omani Minister for Information Dr. Abdulmonam Mansoor Al-Hasani during a meeting with Ambassador of Pakistan to Oman Ali Javed in Muscat.
Both sides undertook the comprehensive review of bilateral relations.
The Minister expressed admiration for the services rendered by Pakistani community and educational institutions in Oman.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on successful referendum in the country.
The Prime Minister telephoned him and felicitated him on behalf of his government and the people of Pakistan.
Turkish President invited Nawaz Sharif to visit Turkey, which was accepted by the Prime Minister.
Responding to a point of public importance, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal told the Senate that Prime Minister has relaxed moratorium on gas schemes and announced ninety-seven new schemes including seventy-seven in Punjab depending upon the priority of the representatives of those areas.
He said under Public Sector Development Programme, some representatives demand roads and electricity projects while some give priority to gas schemes and same has happened in this case.
By-election for P.P-23 Chakwal-IV is being held today.
The seat fell vacant due to death of Malik Muhammad Zahoor Anwar Awan member Punjab Assembly.
Director General Inter Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor says former commander of banned TTP, Ehsanullah Ehsan, who had joined Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has surrendered before security forces.
He made this announcement while addressing a press conference in Rawalpindi.
DG ISPR said surrender of commander of a banned terrorist
outfit speaks volume about successes of ongoing operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.
Meanwhile, Director General Inter Services Public Relations divulged details about recovery of a young medical student Noreen Leghari from Lahore.
He said Noreen Leghari went missing from Hyderabad and intends to detonate herself at some church during the Easter celebrations on April 15.
Therefore an intelligence based operation, the girl was recovered to avoid possible attack on the church, successfully averting a massive disaster.
In light of this incident, Major General Asif Ghafoor advised parents to be vigilant about activities of their children, especially while using information technology.
Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says people and Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as FATA will continue to support self-determination and freedom struggle of the people of Kashmir.
He expressed these views while talking to President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan in Peshawar.
The AJK president lauded the role of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA for the liberation of Kashmir and hoped that they will continue to support their Kashmiri brothers in their struggle for self-determination.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is to arrive in Saudi Arabia today on first leg of his Middle East visit aimed at strengthening ties with the regional countries.
He will discuss cooperative efforts to defeat terrorist organizations.
The US Defense Secretary will also visit Israel, Qatar and Djibouti during the weeklong tour.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has denounced the criticism of European election monitors on his country's referendum, dubbing it a crusader mentality.
Addressing a crowd at Ankara airport, the Turkish President said his country has carried out the most democratic elections, not seen anywhere in the West.
Tayyip Erdogan said it was not important if the European Union suspended Turkish accession talks to the EU.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump called Tayyip Erdogan and congratulated him on winning the referendum.
United States has warned North Korea not to test its resolve.
Speaking alongside South Korea's acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn in Seoul, US Vice President Mike Pence said the world had witnessed President Trump's resolve in the past two weeks by s US missile attack on a Syrian airfield and the dropping of a powerful bomb on Islamic State in Afghanistan.
Pence and Hwang Kyo-ahn said they would proceed with the early deployment of the US THAAD missile-defense system in South Korea.
Meanwhile, North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol has said that his country would continue testing missiles on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.
An earthquake of 5.5 magnitude jolted various parts of the country inclduing Rawalpindi, Islamabad, and adjoining areas early this morning.
According to National Seismic Monitoring Centre, its epicenter was in Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan.
There have been no reports of casualty or damage so far.
Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
Very hot weather is likely in plains of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sukkur, Shaheed Benazirabad, Larkana, Hyderabad, Naseerabad, Makran and Sibbi divisions.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:
Islamabad eighteen degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-six, Karachi twenty-seven, Peshawar twenty-two, Quetta fourteen, Gilgit thirteen, Murree sixteen and Muzaffarabad seventeen degree centigrade.