Text Bulletin 1300 hrs
The National Assembly today passed a resolution urging the government to take strict action against murderers of Mashal Khan at Wali Khan University in Mardan.
National Security Advisor says monitoring of the borders has been strengthened to beef up security.
Hurriyat leadership has expressed deep concern over mysterious killings in Pulwama district.
Turkey has announced to dispatch over 1,000 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid to Syria.
The National Assembly today passed a resolution condemning the cold blooded murder of Mashal Khan at Wali Khan University in Mardan.
The resolution moved by Federal Minister Rana Tanvir Hussain demanded the federal and provincial governments to take strict action against the perpetrators and facilitators of this heinous act including those making hate speeches.
The resolution expressed the resolve to ensure that strong safeguards are inserted into the blasphemy law to prevent its abuse. It condemned all those who take law into their hands that resulted into the loss of innocent lives.
Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah has said that political parties have rendered great sacrifices for the restoration of democracy in the country.
Speaking on a point of order in the National Assembly today, he said we want continuation of the democratic system and strengthen the parliament.
Khurshid Shah said opposition wants strong institutions including the judiciary.
He said the government does not appear to be serious in addressing the problems being faced by the people.
Khurshid Shah expressed concerns over power outages and water shortage in the country.
He asked the government to address problems of the nation.
Pakistan People's Party staged a walk out from the house over the disappearance of party's workers.
Responding to the points of the opposition leader, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab said the government believes in a strong democratic set up. He said like the opposition, we also hold the parliament very sacred.
The house has been adjourned due to lack of quorum to meet again tomorrow morning at 10:30.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa says Pakistan itself is a victim of state-sponsored terrorism and strongly rejects allegations of employing proxies from its soil.
Giving details of his meeting with US National Security Advisor General H.R McMaster, ISPR said the Army Chief highlighted that distinguished feature of Pakistan's counter terrorism effort is focused against terrorists of all hue and colour.
The US National Security Advisor acknowledged Pakistan Army's efforts in eliminating terrorists and their infrastructure.
He assured the United States support to bring peace and stability to the region and the globe.
National Security Advisor Nasser Khan Janjua says political stability is a guarantee of national security.
Addressing a function in Islamabad today, he said national security is closely related to good governance, human resource development, food security and provision of health facilities.
Nasser Khan Janjua said national security should also be seen in regional and global perspective.
The National Security Advisor said monitoring and vigilance of the international borders of the country has been strengthened as part of the strategy to beef up national security.
He said protection of cyber information is also necessary to ensure national security.
Karachi Police has arrested twenty three culprits during different raids in various areas of the city.
The search operation was carried out in Gulberg, Tipu Sultan and Kiamari areas.
Arms were also recovered from their possession.
Meanwhile, Karachi Police arrested a target killer Yaqoob alias foji from PIB colony.
SSP East, Faisal Abdullah told that the target killer belongs to dervish Afridi group and was involved in killing of Qari Mohammad Rahim and Zaman in 2014.
Arms were also recovered from his possession.
All Parties Hurriyet conference leaders Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have expressed deep concern over mysterious killings in Pulwama district of the occupied Kashmir.
In a statement issued in Srinagar, they said it is unfair and against humanity to kill a person for his specific ideology or political affiliations.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said India has waged a war against the Kashmiri people.
Turkey’s Humanitarian Relief Foundation has announced to dispatch over 1,000 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid to Syrians.
Media adviser of the foundation Selim Tosun told media that we have sent thousands of tons of humanitarian aid, including basic foodstuff to different parts of Syria so far.
The aid organization has sent over 12,000 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid to Syria since the civil war started in the country.