Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
IMF says Pakistan will achieve six percent GDP growth due to investment in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.
Deputy Speaker National Assembly says the federal government will provide resources for welfare of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A five-member bench of Election Commission heard contempt of court case against PTI Chairman in Islamabad on Monday.
OIC Secretary General has strongly condemned Indian brutalities in Occupied Kashmir.
European Union has extended sanctions against Russia for one year over Ukraine conflict.
A nine-member expedition team left Skardu for Askoli on Monday to attempt world's 2nd highest peak K-2.
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.
Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi says the federal government will provide resources for welfare of people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Addressing a ceremony in connection with Prime Minister's National Health Programme in Abbottabad on Monday he said over thirty thousand families of the district will get health cards for free treatment under the programme.
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 on Monday.
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 participate in the process.
Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair says completion of mega projects, including Green Line, Lyari Expressway and M-9 will provide better transport facilities to the people of Karachi.
He said this during a visit of Lyari Expressway in Karachi on Monday.
The Governor said north track will be completed by October this year.
He said federal government is a partner with the Sindh Government in the mega projects of K-IV and Lyari Expressway.
The Governor said the Prime Minister will announce a development package for Karachi shortly.
The State Bank has directed all micro finance banks to install bio-metric system in all their branches till 31st December this year for scrutiny and verification of customers
In a statement in Karachi on Monday, the bank said the move will also help check money laundering and terror financing.
SBP also directed banks to install Treasury Management System before June 30 next year.
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.
Law Enforcement Agencies, including Rangers, Police and FC conducted search operation in central Jail Karachi and recovered a large number of mobile phones from the barracks.
The operation was conducted in the background of escape of prisoners belonging to banned outfits, Lyari Gang war and other criminal groups from the jail.
Sixty suspects were arrested in Mardan on Monday.
Arms and ammunition were also recovered from them.
Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor in a tweet said that international football team will arrive in Pakistan on 6-8 of next month.
He said that Pakistan will warmly welcome Ronaldinho Gaúcho and his team.
DG ISPR said that Pakistan is a peace and sports loving country.
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, a protest rally was held against killing of civilians by Indian troops in Shopian on Monday. Thousands of people participated in the rally.
Meanwhile, shutdown was observed in Islamabad town on Monday to commemorate the death anniversary of the founder of Ummat-e-Islami Qazi Nisar who was martyred in 1994.
European Union has extended sanctions against Russia for one year over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.
The sanctions include ban on import of products from Crimea and Sevastopol and export of some goods and technologies that could be used for transport, telecommunications and the energy sector.
Foreign Ministers of BRICS group comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa held talks in Beijing on Monday 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.
Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines launched maritime patrols on Monday to intensify their fight against militants who have laid siege to a southern Philippine city.
Defense ministers and military chiefs of the three countries launched the patrols in Indonesia's Borneo state just across the border from Sabah, Malaysia.
Indonesia's military chief, Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo said Maritime Command Centers have also been opened in the cities of Tawau in Malaysia and Bongao in the Philippines.
Oil prices dipped on Monday following US decision to maintain high global supplies despite an OPEC-led initiative to cut production to tighten the market.
Brent crude futures were down 13 cents, at 47.24 dollar per barrel and West Texas Intermediate crude futures were down 15 cents, at 44.59 dollars per barrel.
A nine-member expedition team left Skardu on Monday for Askoli to attempt world's 2nd highest peak K-2.
The team will try to scale three peaks, including Nanga Parbat, K-2 and Broad Peak.
The team includes American, British and Chinese climbers.
Radio Pakistan in its National Hook-up at 1530 hours on Monday will broadcast the 2nd Seminar entitled "Al Furqan" under seminar series "Asmaa-ul-Quran" in connection with "Jashan-e-Nazool-e-Quran".
In another hook-up at 1605 hours, a Special Feature Programme in connection with the death anniversary of Renowned Classical Singer "Ustad Barkat Ali Khan" will also be broadcast.