Text Bulletin 2100 Hrs
Prime Minister says nearly nine thousand megawatt electricity will be added to national grid by June next year.
National Assembly has been told that power load-shedding situation will start improving from tomorrow.
Interior Ministry has extended tenure of Rangers in the Punjab for two months.
Supreme Court will announce verdict in Panama papers case tomorrow afternoon.
Chief of Army Staff has endorsed death sentence awarded to thirty terrorists by military courts.
US President has ordered a review of the Iran nuclear deal.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has lauded the completion of Bhikki power project in record period of just eighteen months, which is the beginning new culture of work.
He was addressing the LNG-fuelled Plant with a total generation capacity of 1180-MW at Sheikhupura on Wednesday.
He said Balloki Power Project will be completed at a total cost of eighty-four billion rupees with saving of fifty-two billion rupees.
He said Haveli Bahadur Shah project will be completed at a cost of ninety billion rupees with a saving of forty-nine billion rupees.
Prime Minister said a total of 8946 megawatt electricity will be added to the national grid by June next year because of speedy completion of Power projects.
He said Sahiwal Coal Power Project of 660 MW will start power generation in June this year. Similarly, Port Qasim Power project of 660-MW will start generation by the end of this year.
Nawaz Sharif said 1410-MW power from Tarbela hydro project four will be added to the national grid in February next year while Bhasha and Dasu Power projects will be completed after 2018.
Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif has announced that the current power crisis will be overcome in the next eight to ten days.
Responding to a calling attention notice in the National Assembly on Wednesday on prolonged power outages, he said the situation will gradually start improving from tomorrow.
Khawaja Asif said some power plants of 2200 megawatt capacity are closed for maintenance purpose. He said there will be no unannounced load shedding after the 1st of next month.
The Minister said currently the country is facing power shortfall of 5200 megawatt while 6400 megawatt of power will be added to national grid by the end of this year.
The House will now meet tomorrow at 10.30 a.m.
The Senate was informed today that the Pakistan Railways has retrieved 3573 acres of land worth over nine billion rupees by conducting anti-encroachment operation across the country.
Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Balighur Rehman told the House during question hour that at present, 4196 acres of Railway land is either encroached by private or government departments throughout the country.
He said the campaign is still continuing against the encroachers.
The House will now meet tomorrow morning at ten.
President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan can benefit from experiences of South Korea to further strengthen its agriculture sector.
He was talking to Ambassador designate to South Korea Rahim Hayat Qureshi in Islamabad on Wednesday.
President pointed out that Pakistan can attract tourists from South Korea by introducing to them the religious sites of Buddhism and other picturseque places.
The President also emphasized the need for further promoting trade relations between the two countries.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that Imran Khan's politics is a hindrance in the way of country's development.
In an interview, she said that the people of Pakistan have once again reposed trust in PML-N in recently held by-elections in Chakwal.
She urged political parties to play a role in political stability in the country.
The state minister said that PML-N government has established power plants in last three years more than anyone else in the country. She said loadshedding will certainly be overcome by 2018.
The Interior Ministry has approved extension of Rangers' powers in Punjab for another sixty days.
The Ministry has issued a notification on the request of Punjab Government three days prior to expiry of Rangers powers in the province.
Rangers powers have been extended under Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says Federation will consider alternate legal options if Sindh Government does not extend Rangers powers in public interest.
In a statement, he said it is unfortunate that Rangers' performance and sacrifices are made controversial after every three months.
The Minister said residents of Karachi are fully satisfied with Rangers' performance and trust it a lot.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has endorsed death sentences of thirty terrorists involved in different terrorist attacks.
According to ISPR, the death sentences were given by military Courts.
The terrorists were involved in attacks on Saidu Sharif Airport, APS Peshawar, Security Personnel and other citizens.
Supreme Court will announce its verdict in the Panama papers case on Thursday 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.
Tajik Ambassador Sher Ali Jonono says strenuous efforts are underway to enhance trade between Tajikistan and Pakistan.
Talking to APP in Sialkot today, he said there is wide scope for establishing joint ventures in various trade fields in Pakistan and certain proposals are under consideration of Tajikistan government.
He invited Pakistani business community to consider investment in Tajikistan.
Pakistan has expressed grief and sorrow over the tragic helicopter crash in which twelve Saudi crew members lost their life.
In a statement, Foreign Office said the Government and people of Pakistan condole with Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and pray for victims of the crash.
In occupied Kashmir, the entire territory was rocked by pro-freedom and anti-India protests by student community on the fifth consecutive day on Wednesday.
Clashes broke out at various places in northern and central Kashmir between Indian troops and students, who are demonstrating against use of force in different colleges across the Valley.
In a statement, Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference Syed Ali Gilani said educational institutions have been turned into battlefields and youth are subjected to worst form of state terrorism.
US President Donald Trump has ordered a review of the Iran nuclear deal.
This has been disclosed in a letter to Congress by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
He acknowledged the Iranians had met the terms of the 2015 deal, but raised concerns about the country as a "state sponsor of terrorism".
Donald Trump has described the landmark agreement as the worst deal ever.
Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali khan has directed Islamabad administration for ensuring foolproof security of the Supreme Court and the adjoining areas by Rangers on Thursday.
In a statement, he said only those persons will be allowed to enter the Supreme Court premises who have passes or security cards issued by Registrar of Supreme Court.
The Interior Minister directed that permission should not be given for any political gathering or any kind of activity in the area.
He also directed Rangers to assist police in ensuring fool proof security.
Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, dust-thunderstorm with rain is likely at a few places in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Rawalpindi divisions, Islamabad, upper FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Very hot weather is expected in central and southern Punjab, Sindh and southern Balochistan.