Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
Pakistan says International Court of Justice's decision has not changed status of Indian Spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's case in any manner.
Minister of State for Information has said Pakistan will vigorously fight Kulbhushan case without compromising on its national security.
Army Chief vows to defeat enemies of Pakistan who are waging a sustained hybrid war against the country from multiple directions.
Pakistan and Turkey at their talks in Islamabad have discussed ways to strengthen institutional exchanges between the two countries.
Massive demonstrations were held in occupied Kashmir today to condemn crackdown by Indian forces against students inside their educational institutions.
Boxer Amir Khan announces to start Super Boxing League in Pakistan soon.
The Attorney General Office has said that the International Court of Justice's decision today has not changed the status of Indian Spy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav's case in any manner.
In a statement, it said in today’s interim order, ICJ has stated that by way of provisional measures, the status quo be maintained in the case of Commander Jadhav. The Court has clearly underscored that the provisional measures are without prejudice to the final determination of the merits and jurisdiction of the case.
The statement said the provisional measures are a procedural process only to enable the Court to have full consideration at a later hearing.
The Attorney General office said that Pakistan attended the hearing out of its utmost respect for the Court and pursuant to the established jurisprudence that the challenge to jurisdiction can be made via appearance and not by abstaining from the process.
The statement said we are confident that India would not be able to hide the subversive activities it is trying to carry out through its agents like Commander Jadhav.
It said Pakistan is determined to pursue this case to its logical end.
Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said issuing of stay by the International Court of Justice in interim case of Indian spy Kulbushan Jhadav is not something extraordinary.
In an interview, he said courts sometimes grant such orders which do not have any bearing on long-term running of the case.
Sartaj Aziz said the matter of consular access was not included in operational order of the court. Advisor to Prime Minister said our stance is that security reasons are also very important.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said any reporting on the interim order of International Court of Justice on Kulbhushan Jhadav case should be done responsibly.
She was speaking at the anniversary of a private TV channel in Islamabad this evening.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said sensationalizing this issue by media will not serve the national cause.
She said Pakistan will vigorously fight this case without compromising on its national security.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has vowed that fight against terrorism will be continued with support of all organs of the state and people.
He was addressing a seminar in Rawalpindi today.
The army chief said Pakistan's enemies are actively pursuing divisive tendencies in the society. The enemies are waging the biggest and most sustained hybrid war against us from multiple directions and using multiple ways.
He said Indian Leadership has made no secret of their active involvement in proxy struggle in erstwhile East Pakistan and now in Balochistan.
He said we have defeated terrorism together and we will go after extremism too and root it out with our values, mental faculties and physical energies.
Referring to the sacrifices rendered by the armed forces and the nation against terrorism, the Army Chief said Pakistan stands at the most critical phase in the war on terror.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa said it is unfair and dangerous to associate extremism with Islam. Referring to the rising extremism in India, the army chief said it has given in to extremism and hate has been mainstreamed there.
He said the Hindutva extremism of the RSS, deprivation of Palestinians, the burning and desecration of mosques or gurdwaras in western capitals, the rise of hyper nationalists and the monster of racism, are all manifestations of extremism.
Pakistan says India's fastest growing nuclear programme will have serious implications on strategic stability in South Asia.
This was stated by Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria at weekly news briefing in Islamabad today, while responding to latest reports that India has material to make 2,600 nuclear weapons.
He urged Nuclear Suppliers Group members to consider risks involved in transfer of nuclear material to India and its NSG membership bid.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has congratulated the newly elected representative body of Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors.
He extended his deepest congratulations to Zia Shahid on being elected as President, Mr. Ijaz Ul Haq as Secretary and other office bearers on their election.
The Prime Minister said that the government would extend all possible assistance and support for the promotion of free press and development of vibrant media in the country.
The first session of Pakistan-Turkey regional consultations at Directors-General level between the Foreign Ministries of Pakistan and Turkey was held in Islamabad today.
The Turkish side was led by Ambassador Fazli Corman, Director General South Asia while Director General Afghanistan, Iran & Turkey Mansoor Ahmad Khan represented Pakistan side.
The two sides held in-depth discussions on regional developments. These discussions were held as part of the on-going process to strengthen institutional exchanges between the two brotherly countries.
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is really a game-changer but some foreign powers are trying to scandalise it.
He was addressing the 14th CEO Summit Asia 2017 and the book launch of 100 performing CEOs, leaders and companies of Pakistan in Lahore today.
Ahsan Iqbal said the government is focusing on infrastructure
and energy in the Annual Development programme 2017-18.
Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that the government is spending all available resources on the development and modernization of Pakistan Railways.
He was talking to newsmen in Lahore this afternoon.
The minister said that a modern signal system will be installed and fence will be placed along with the Railways tracks near the populated areas to avert accidents.
The power shortfall today recorded at 2824 MW as the total generation stood at 16166 MW against demand of 18990 MW.
According to data provided by the ministry of water and power, the hydel share remained 4760 MW, Genco's 2516 MW and Independent Power Producers 8890 MW.
It is said there is no un-scheduled load-shedding in any part of the country.
In occupied Kashmir, several people mostly students injured when Indian police used brute force on protesters staging forceful anti-India demonstrations in Kulgam, Islamabad and Shopian today.
The protestors held massive demonstrations against the arrest of students inside the colleges' premises and raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.
Indian police and troops fired pellets and teargas shells to disperse the protesting students.
In Syria, fifty people including twelve Syrian Army troops have been killed in Islamic State militants attack on government-held villages in Hama province.
Boxer Amir Khan has announced to start Super Boxing League in Pakistan soon.
Speaking during his visit to Amir Khan Academy in Islamabad today, he said Pakistani boxing players will be trained by bringing English trainers to Pakistan as there is a problem in getting British visas for Pakistan players. He said boys of his academy got eight gold medals in domestic games.
Amir Khan said that he is constructing a big complex and orphanage in Sohawa.
Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, light rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at a few places in Hazara division, Gilgit-Baltistan, upper FATA & Kashmir.