President and Saudi King at a meeting in Makkahtul Mukarma have discussed the latest developments in South Asia and the Gulf region.

Federal government has released thirty point two billion rupees as net hydel profit to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Pakistani companies will for the first time participate in 'Select USA Investment Summit' beginning in Washington today.

The United Nations has announced to initiate fresh peace talks among Syrian factions early next month.

Final of ICC Champions Trophy will be played between Pakistan and India at Oval this afternoon.



President Mamnoon Hussain has held a meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz in Makkah-tul Mukarrama.

They discussed matters pertaining to bilateral relations, mutual interest and the situation in South Asia and Middle East.

The President appreciated the Saudi government for excellent arrangements for the Umra pilgrims during Ramazan.

President of Yemen Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and Speaker National Assembly of Kuwait Marzooq bin Ali Al-Ghanim also held meetings with President Mamnoon Hussain. 

Matters of mutual interest figured in the meetings.

The President has been in Saudi Arabia for performing Umra.


Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi says Pakistan will continue to play a proactive role for peace in the region and Muslim unity.

She was talking to Ambassadors of various Muslim countries at an Iftar dinner in New York.

Afghan Ambassador to the United Nations Mahmoud Saikal hosted the dinner, which was attended by a large number of diplomats from Muslim states.


Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique says all passenger trains will be upgraded within two years.     

Chairing a meeting in Lahore, he said all trains will be converted into modern trains after up-gradation of Shalimar Express, Jafer Express and Pakistan Express trains.   

The Minister said up-gradation work of Awam Express train is in progress while Karakoram Express, Karachi Express and Business Express trains have already been equipped with additional facilities.    

He directed the committee concerned to speed up re-structuring work of the Railways employees.     

In another meeting, the minister was given briefing about performance of new American locomotives and training of drivers.


Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says reservations of the Sharif family regarding Joint Investigation Team presented to the apex court are constitutional, and the Supreme Court should address them on priority basis.  

Talking to newsmen in Islamabad, she said any decision by the joint investigation team without addressing the reservations of Sharif family by the Supreme Court, will be incomplete. 

She said that the Sharif family, notwithstanding their reservations, adopted a legal course as it firmly believes in upholding the sanctity of law and the constitution.

Meanwhile, the Minister of State, in a statement, has severely condemned the tirade unleashed by Imran Khan against the prime minister and his family.

She said people have rejected those who attacked the parliament and the constitutional institutions and practiced politics of insult.                 

Marriyum Aurangzeb pointed out that Imran Khan has again started hurling threats at the media houses and constitutional institutions, therefore, the Suprme Court must also take suo moto notice of it.


Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will not resign on the desire of anyone.

Addressing a function in Lahore, he said PML-N believes in rule of law and respects the state institutions.

He said no one can become prime minister on the basis of his whims, but one has to win public support to become prime minister of the country.    


Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhary says PML-N government has tremendously served people and put the country on the track of development.

In an interview, he said incumbent government will continue its efforts for the welfare of masses.

Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said some people, with their undue criticism, want to create hurdle in government’s journey to development.

To a question, he asked the opposition to come forward to strengthen democratic process in the country.


Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar says the Punjab government has taken several steps to empower women. 

Distributing cows and buffaloes to forty-four poor and disabled women through a draw, she said the government has taken a revolutionary step, which provided respectful means of livelihood to poor women.

The minister said unprecedented development has taken place in the country and PML-N will win the next general elections with majority.


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak says the federal government has released thirty point two billion rupees as net hydel profit to the province.

Talking to newsmen in Nowshera, he said the net hydel profit volume has been increased to eighteen billion rupees annually. 

To a question, the Chief Minister said embankments are being constructed along the Kabul River at a cost of fifteen billion rupees to protect Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera from floods.


International Fathers' Day is being celebrated today.

The objective of the day is to recognize the contribution and services of fathers for their children.


Seven leading Pakistani companies from a range of industries will participate in the three-day 'Select USA Investment Summit' beginning in Washington today.

In a statement, US ambassador to Pakistan David Hale said this is the first time that world class Pakistani companies will take part in the summit which provides a forum for deepening economic ties between the two countries.

Besides Pakistan, representatives of all American states and territories and more than sixty five international markets will also participate in the summit.                    



In Afghanistan, at least seven US troops were injured in a firing by an Afghan soldier at a military base near Mazar-e-Sharif city.

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said one Afghan soldier was also killed and another injured in the incident.

A spokesman for the US military command in Kabul denied earlier comments by an Afghan official that Americans had been killed, but confirmed that an unspecified number of soldiers had been wounded.


The United Nations has announced to initiate fresh peace talks among Syrian factions early next month.  

In a statement, the UN Special Envoy for Syria said the talks would focus on various issues, including constitution, governance, elections, and fight against terrorism.

He said the United Nations intends to convene further rounds of talks in August and in September this year. 

Meanwhile, the United States has welcomed the Syrian Army's decision to halt combat operations in the southern city of Daraa. 

In a statement, US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert urged the Syrian opposition groups to halt attacks to allow humanitarian aid to reach those in need.


The final of the ICC Champions Trophy will be played between Pakistan and arch-rivals India at the Oval this afternoon.

A total of 128 One-day Internationals have so far been played between the two countries.  Pakistan won 72 matches, while India got victory 52 times. Four matches concluded without any result. 

Pakistan have qualified first time for the final of the ICC Champions Trophy, while India won two titles of the tournament.

The match will start at 1430 hours Pakistan Standard Time.


Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur says a well-thought strategy has been prepared to defeat India in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Talking to reporters along with captain Sarfaraz Ahmed in London, he said fast bowler Mohammad Amir is physically fit and would play the final.

In his remarks, Captain Sarfaraz Ahmad said Pakistani team will play attacking and positive cricket to mount pressure on India.

The skipper also expressed satisfaction with Pakistan's middle-order batting line-up, which, he said, is in best form after defeating England in the semi-final.


In the Hockey World League Qualifiers, Pakistan will play against India while England will take on Argentine at London this evening.


Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours. 

However, rain dust-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, D.G.Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, Faisalabad, Lahore, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Zhob, FATA, D I Khan, Hazara divisions and Kashmir.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was:-

Islamabad and Lahore twenty-six degree centigrade, Karachi thirty, Peshawar twenty-nine, Quetta twenty-five, Gilgit seventeen, Murree eighteen and Muzaffarabad twenty-three degree centigrade.

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