Text Bulletin 0700 Hrs
Supreme Court will announce verdict in Panama Papers case tomorrow.
Minister for Water and Power says all out efforts are being made to complete under construction power projects to overcome power shortage.
Government is working on a policy framework for development of E-Commerce in the country.
Pakistan and the United States have agreed to work together on expediting reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
Turkish President and his Russian counterpart have emphasized the need to strengthen the ceasefire in Syria.
The Supreme Court will announce its verdict in the Panama papers Case tomorrow afternoon.
The verdict was reserved by the Apex court on 23rd February this year.
The case was heard by a 5-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.
Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that all out efforts are being made to complete the under construction power projects to meet the growing demand in the country.
In an interview, he said loadshedding issue will be resolved soon.
The Minister said that demand of electricity is increasing due to high temperature and there is a shortfall of 5200 megawatt.
To a question he said that promises made by the government regarding energy will be fulfilled.
He said there was no loadshedding in the industrial sector.
Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir has said that the government is working on a policy framework for development of E-Commerce in the country.
Talking to President of Alibaba group Michael Evans in Islamabad, he said digital platforms have not only enabled micro, small and medium enterprises to connect with customers and suppliers around the world but also promoted inclusive economic growth.
Khurram Dastgir said that E-Commerce may surpass one billion dollars in 2020 due to exponential growth in mobile broadband access.
President of Alibaba group Michael Evans said that the group is interested in starting its operations in Pakistan and to tap in to this high potential Market.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says Pakistan and Afghanistan need to cooperate with each other to eradicate the menace of militancy.
This he stated while talking to Afghan Ambassador Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal who called on him in Islamabad.
During the meeting, current state of Pak-Afghan economic cooperation and trade activities came under discussion.
Finance Minster said that Pakistan strongly believes in and pursues the policy of good neighbourly relations and was a staunch supporter of regional connectivity and cooperation.
The Minister said peace and security will ultimately promote economic prosperity for the people in the region.
Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal said Afghanistan will extend all possible assistance to achieve a peaceful environment to facilitate development of cordial bilateral ties.
Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan and the United States will explore ways for addressing regional problems.
Talking to PTV, he said the United States has appreciated Pakistan's efforts in the war against terrorism.
Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan will share suggestions with the United States in days to come to address the regional problems.
He said new US administration also wants resolution of the Kashmir dispute through talks.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Laurel Miller called on National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua in Islamabad.
Matters pertaining to peace process in Afghanistan, counter-terrorism and Pakistan-India relations were discussed during the meeting.
The two sides agreed to explore ways to work together for expediting the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair has expressed the determination to take the ongoing operation in Karachi to its logical end.
In an telephonic conversation with Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, he also expressed concern over deadlock on Rangers policing powers.
The governor urged that these matters should be resolved with consensus as soon as possible to ensure public interest and security.
Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf has said that the government is committed to ensure protecting the fundamental rights of all minorities living in the country.
Addressing a function in connection with Easter in Islamabad, he lauded the contributions of the Christian community in national development.
The process of submission of Hajj Applications continues across the country under government Hajj scheme.
Over one hundred thousand applications have so far been received at scheduled banks branches during the last two days.
The registration process will continue till 26th of this month whereas the draw will be held on 28th.
Successful applicants will be informed through letters and SMS.
Results of the balloting for successful candidates will also be available at www.mora.gov.pk and www.hajjinfo.org
A two-day conference on Promotion of Peace and Tolerance in educational institutions begins in Lahore today.
Chairman Punjab Higher Education Commission Dr. Mohammad Nizamuddin will inaugurate the conference.
A two-day meeting on Sanitation and Water for All begins in Washington today.
Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid will represent Pakistan at the meeting.
During the meeting, issues of water, sanitation and hygiene will be discussed and participants will have the opportunity to engage in debate for improving access to sanitation and drinking water for all.
Security forces and the political authorities in a joint operation have seized a huge quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives in Kurram Agency.
The seized arms and ammunitions include seven rocket launchers, 24 rocket shells, two anti-aircraft guns, 50 hand grenades, 400 mortal shells and explosive material.
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said China has not changed its stance on Kashmir issue.
Talking to newsmen in Beijing, he said China is playing an important role in development of regional countries through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman Democratic Freedom Party , Shabbir Ahmad Shah has said that India and its local collaborators are trying to set stage for war between people and local police.
In a statement, he said a recent provocative advisory to police personnel is part of a well-devised conspiracy.
He asked the officers and personnel of local police to reject such advisories.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have emphasized the need to strengthen the Syrian ceasefire.
During a telephonic conversation, both leaders pointed out that an impartial international investigation into the alleged chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province was important.
Putin congratulated Erdogan on successfully conducting the constitutional referendum.
The United States says North Korea missile launch was a provocation.
In a statement, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said the test was a reckless move and the US was working closely with China to engage North Korea.
On the other hand, Pyongyang said it may test missiles on a weekly basis, and warned of all-out war if the US takes military action.
In Yemen, twelve Saudi soldiers have died in a helicopter crash in Marib province.
The Yemen defence ministry says the helicopter had misread the air defence system, which resulted in its destruction before landing.
Meanwhile Saudi Arabia has said it is too early to say what caused the crash and it is still investigating.
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 twenty degree centigrade, Lahore eighteen, Karachi twenty-seven, Peshawar twenty-four, Quetta fifteen, Gilgit sixteen, Murree eighteen and Muzaffarabad nineteen degree centigrade.