Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Petroleum Minister says energy crisis in the country will be overcome soon.
Pakistan Railways plans to make its tracks from Karachi to Peshawar gate and signal-free under next phase of CPEC.
The government says there are no restrictions on organizing peaceful political gatherings in the country.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have vowed to continue fighting terrorism and reinforce mechanism to contain extremism.
Minister for Capital Administration says one hundred thousand youth will be imparted technical training in various trades next year.
JUI-F chief has demanded early introduction of reforms in FATA.
Weeklong celebrations marking birth anniversary of Founder of the Nation begin across the country tomorrow.
Twelfth Session of the Governing Council of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology begins in Islamabad tomorrow.
Saudi King and US Secretary of State have discussed Yemen conflict in Riyadh today.
Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that energy crisis in the country will be overcome soon.
In an interview, he said performance of the incumbent government is far better than previous government in all spheres of life.
Replying to a question, he said parliament is the right forum to discuss all matters of national importance instead of threatening agitation for acceptance of demands.
Shahid Khaqan said the people are best judge and they would vote analysing the performance of political parties in 2018 general elections.
The Government has taken various steps to eliminate load-shedding in the country by the year 2018.
According to official sources, the Government is focusing on exploring, acquiring and utilizing affordable, sustainable and modern energy resources.
Under China Pakistan Economic Corridor, electricity generation projects having total capacity of 17045 MW are being implemented. These include Wind, Solar, Hydro and Coal generation projects.
Due to sincere and hectic efforts of the present Government, duration of load-shedding is decreasing gradually, despite continuously increasing electricity demand in the country.
Power loadshedding for industries has been eliminated which helped in enhancing the industrial production.
Railway tracks from Karachi to Peshawar would be made gate and signal-free under the next phase of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Official sources says, a fence would be built around the tracks, similar to Motorway, and an underpass or overhead bridge would be built at every gate on the tracks.
Work on the project would be initiated from next month. The first phase of the project would focus on railway tracks between Rawalpindi and Peshawar.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Railways is also preparing a feasibility report for linking Federally Administered Tribal Areas with Peshawar and Torkham through a railway line.
This will serve as alternative to Chaman-Spin Boldak route to approach Afghanistan and Central Asia. The completion of the project will boost Pakistan's trade with Afghanistan and Cental Asia.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says there is no restriction on organizing political and public gatherings in the country.
In a statement, she said provision of conducive environment for political activities is a big achievement of the Pakistan Muslim League-N government.
The state minister said PPP was afraid of holding public rallies in its own rule, but now everyone is free to organize public meetings.
She said PPP Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari should demonstrate political maturity while making public statements.
She said the PPP Chief must know that Panama Papers contain the name of Bhutto family and there is no mention of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's name in these revelations.
Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan has said the entire nation is committed and united to eliminate terrorism and extremism.
Addressing a ceremony in Gujranwala, he said that terrorists have no religion and the nation has rendered huge sacrifices for restoring peace.
He said that government is taking various steps for the welfare of minorities including Christian community.
The Senate will begin its 257th session at Parliament House in Islamabad tomorrow at 2:00 P.M.
The Upper House will transact private members business.
Meanwhile, the National Assembly will resume its session in Islamabad tomorrow afternoon at 2;00 P.M.
Both the Houses will discuss important national issues besides carrying out legislative business.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have vowed to continue fighting terrorism and reinforce the mechanism to rollback extremism with even greater vigour.
This understanding was reached during a meeting between Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud in Riyadh today.
They said that both the countries share great history of cordial relations and deep spirit of brotherhood, which has transformed into an enduring partnership.
It was also acknowledged that both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are vital players in regional stability with significant responsibility towards the entire Muslim ummah.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa who is on an official visit to Saudi Arabia, also met Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister of the Kingdom Muhammad bin Salman to discuss matters related to mutual interests and bilateral security cooperation.
The Defence Minster reassured the Pakistan Army Chief that the kingdom supports peace and stability in Pakistan.
The Army Chief reiterated Pakistan's commitment to the security and protection of two Holy Mosques as well as the territorial integrity of the kingdom.
Later General Qamar Javed Bajwa met Chief of General Staff of Saudi Forces Gen Abdul Rehman bin Saleh Al Bunyan. They discussed military to military relations, defence cooperation and regional security situation.
A three-day anti-polio vaccination campaign will begin in Punjab, Balochistan and Gilgit from tomorrow.
In Punjab, eighteen point four million children below the age of five years would be administered polio drop.
Forty-four thousand six hundred and fifty-four teams have been constituted to achieve the target.
Nearly two point five million children in Balochistan while more than forty thousand children in Gilgit would be administered anti polio drops.
Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhary has said that one hundred thousand youth will be imparted technical training next year.
Addressing a function of National Vocational and Technical Training in Islamabad today, he said that technical training is the best way to utilize the energies and skills of the youth.
The Minister of State said that the government will provide all possible assistance to the training institutes in this regard.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) Chief Maulana Fazal ur Rehman has stressed the need for early introduction of reforms in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
Addressing a tribal jirga in Peshawar today, he said Frontier Crimes Regulation should be abolished so that tribal people could get justice.
He said the parliamentary committee headed by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz has finalized its report for introduction of reforms in tribal belt.
Maulana Fazal ur Rehman said nationwide strike will be observed on 23th of this month against the massacre of Muslims in Myanmar and problems faced by civilian population in Aleppo, Syria.
Pakistan People's Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that former President Asif Ali Zardari is reaching Pakistan on 23rd of this month.
Talking to media in Karachi today, he said that the health of former president is better now and the doctors have allowed him to travel.
He said that presence of former president will further strengthen the party and we will make the government accept our four demands.
Replying to a question, he denied that his mother's name was present in Panama papers adding that he is in favour that anyone mentioned in the Panama papers must be investigated.
Vice Minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Zheng Xiaosong called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore today.
The Director General of the Bureau International Department of the Communist Party of China, Yuan Zhibing was also present on the occasion.
Besides matters of mutual interest and boosting relations between Pakistan and China, they also discussed to improve relations between Pakistan Muslim League (N) and the Communist Party of China.
Talking to them, the chief minister said that the execution of the CPEC projects will help increase exports in the region.
He said that CPEC will change the stream of history in the region. He expressed hope that the CPEC will create new jobs and also help curb terrorism.
The Chinese Vice Minister said that there are good relations between the Communist Party of China and the PML(N).
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police and an international Non-governmental organization have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure human resource and technical development in anti-terrorism efforts.
The MoU was signed between KP Police’s School of Explosives Handling and the organization during a ceremony in Peshawar today.
The non-governmental organization will also give specialized first aid training to personnel of Bomb Disposal Unit.
The Federal Government has started distribution of compensation amount to those people of Kurram Agency whose houses have been damaged in terrorism related incidents.
Sindh Government is carrying out a program to develop the fisheries and bring it at par with international standards.
The official sources informed our Karachi representative that the government is spending above 686 million rupees on the ongoing and new schemes of the Fisheries Department.
Pakistan International Airline operated a C-130 flight for passengers between Islamabad and Gilgit today.
Official sources told our Gilgit correspondent that the C-130 flight will continue its operation from Islamabad to Gilgit till completion of checking of ATR Plane.
Five people were killed and three injured in a road accident near Bakolo area of district Abbottabad today.
According to police, the accident occurred when a passenger van fell in a deep ravine.
International Migrants Day is being observed today to recognize the efforts, contributions, and rights of migrants worldwide.
The weeklong celebrations marking the birth anniversary of Founder of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah begin tomorrow.
The Quaid-e-Azam week will be celebrated till 25th of this month, the date of Quaid`s birth.
Special programmes highlighting different aspects of Quaid`s personality and undaunted and historic struggle will be the hallmark of these celebrations.
Radio Pakistan has prepared week-long special programmes titled "Quaid Ka Pakistan" to celebrate birth anniversary of Quaid -e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Radio stations all over the country have arranged "Quaid Quiz" among boy and girl students of colleges and universities.
Twelfth Session of the Governing Council of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology begins in Islamabad tomorrow.
An international conference is also part of three-day GC Session to discuss the role of public policies in facilitating innovation and effective partnerships for sustainable development.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain will inaugurate the GC and the International Conference on Innovation Strategies for Sustainable Development.
The Governing Council comprises fourteen members States including China, Fiji, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Korea, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.
The 49th death anniversary of renowned Kashmiri leader Chaudhary Ghulam Abbas was observed throughout Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan today.
Special prayers were offered in mosques in the morning for the departed soul of great Kashmiri leader, early liberation of Jammu and Kashmir, and progress and prosperity of Pakistan.
Various political, social and cultural organizations had arranged different functions to mark the anniversary throughout the state.
The main function was held at Faizabad in Rawalpindi in which AJK President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan, Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan, Former Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan and others paid rich tributes to the political services rendered by him for the cause of Kashmir liberation struggle.
In Occupied Kashmir, Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Muhammad Yasin Malik and High Court Bar Association have said that Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally accepted dispute, which has been even acknowledged by the Indian Parliament and its leaders.
According to Kashmir Media Service, they were reacting to the Indian Supreme Court’s verdict in which it had said that Kashmiris are citizens of India and that Jammu Kashmir has no vestige of sovereignty outside the constitution of India.
Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement said no parliament or court can change the disputed status of the territory by passing any law or verdict.
The High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir at its executive committee meeting in Srinagar also expressed its serious concern over the judgment of the Indian Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, prominent feminist and human rights defender in Mumbai, Angela Davis has called upon Indian President Pranab Mukherjee to repeal the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act , the law that is in force in occupied Kashmir to quell the struggle for right to self-determination in the territory.
Speaking at a “meet the press” Davis said, in addition to being an instrument of oppression on the people, AFSPA is a symbol of state power and militarization that one is increasingly witnessing in different parts of the world.”
US Secretary of State John Kerry held a meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh today.
The two leaders discussed regional issues including war in Yemen and peace efforts to end the conflict.
In Yemen, forty eight soldiers were killed and sixty injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a military base in Aden today.
According to officials, the soldiers were queued up to collect salaries.
In Jordan, at least five people were killed and several wounded during a clash between armed gunmen and security forces near Karak city today.
In the Iraqi city of Mosul, more than one hundred thousand people have so far been displaced as a result of the massive operation of the government to recapture the city form Islamic State.
The International Organisation for Migration said today that since October 17 after the beginning of war vast majority of Nineveh province has been displaced.
Aid organisations have warned that a million or more people could be displaced by the Mosul operation.
Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch has said that militia backed by the government has killed imprisoned Islamic State fighters captured during fight in Mosul province.
In a report, the human rights organization said today that Hashed al-Jabour militia killed four men it had captured in a village north of Mosul last month.
In Indonesia, thirteen people were killed when a military transport plane crashed due to bad weather in Papua province today.
Officials said Hercules C-130 plane was carrying twelve tons of food supplies and cement when it crashed just minutes before its scheduled landing.
In the Russian Republic of Chechnya, Police claimed to have killed four militants near capital Grozny.
Chechnya's regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov said a group of gunmen who attempted to launch attacks on police have been killed in a clash.