Text Bulletin 1200 hrs
IMF says investors' confidence in Pakistan is growing as the country's economy has stabilized.
A bench of Election Commission heard contempt of court case against PTI chief.
OIC Secretary General has strongly condemned Indian brutalities in Occupied Kashmir.
BRICS Foreign Ministers held talks in Beijing today to discuss issues pertaining to climate change, trade and terrorism.
International Monetary Fund has termed Pakistan's economic outlook as "favorable" with improved availability of energy, and growth-supporting structural reforms.
According to the latest report released by IMF, confidence of investors in Pakistan is growing as its economy has stabilized after completing a bailout program.
It cited Chinese infrastructure investments as one of the reasons for economic development.
The report pointed out that hopes are pinned on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor initiative, which will link the China's Xinjiang region with the Arabian Sea through Pakistan.
IMF report predicts six per cent GDP over the medium term due to stepped-up China Pakistan Economic Corridor investments in Pakistan.
The report urges Islamabad to allow greater exchange rate flexibility as the country's foreign exchange reserves have declined in the context of a stable rupee-dollar exchange rate.
Twenty suspects have been apprehended during an operation of the security forces in surrounding areas of Kharian and Sarai Alamgir.
According to the ISPR, Pakistan Rangers Punjab alongwith Counter Terrorism Department, police and intelligence agencies took part in the operation.
Illegal weapons and ammunition were also recovered from their possession.
A five member bench of the Election Commission headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan heard contempt of court case against PTI Chairman Imran Khan in Islamabad today.
PTI chairman again failed to produce his reply in the case. The Election Commission asked the counsel of the PTI to submit the reply on the next hearing on 4th of next month.
Talking to media, PML (N) leader Daniyal Aziz said his party has always respected the institutions but Imran Khan is ridiculing them.
He said PML (N) leaders have presented themselves for accountability but the PTI chairman is trying to escape accountability.
Founding member of PTI Akbar S Babar said PTI Chairman has failed to submit replies in any of the cases before the Election Commission.
He said Imran Khan, the so-called flag bearer of justice, is trampling down the requirements of justice.
Commenting o recently held PTI intra party polls, he said the party workers have rejected it as a large number of them did not particate in the process.
OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen has strongly condemned continued violence by Indian forces against innocent Kashmiris in the held valley.
In a statement, he said the Kashmiris remain victims of denial of their inalienable rights to self-determination and have been suffering from the non-implementation of the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.
He called upon India to immediately stop human rights violations of the Kashmiri people.
In occupied Kashmir, APHC chairman Syed Ali Gillani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other leaders have congratulated Pakistani cricket team and the nation on defeating India in the final match of ICC Champions Trophy in London.
Quoting leadership, Hurriyat spokesman said that we congratulate the Pakistani nation at this moment of celebration on the brilliant victory of Pakistani team.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also addressed hundreds of youth at Nigeen residence just after Pakistani team victory.
Foreign Ministers of BRICS group comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa held talks in Beijing today discussing issues pertaining to climate change, trade and terrorism.
Addressing the meeting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China looks forward its broad and wide-ranging cooperation among the member states in trade and commerce and investment.
South African Foreign Minister called for effort to reverse the effects of climate change.
Five Thai soldiers were killed and four others injured in a blast in Pattani Province of Thailand today.
No one has claimed responsibility for the blast.
Pattani, along with Yala and Narathiwat, are the three southernmost provinces of Thailand being targetted by explosions and other attacks.