Text Bulletin 2000 Hrs
Prime Minister says Pakistan is pursuing a policy of peaceful neighbourhood and wishes to amicably resolve all problems with neighbouring countries.
President has promulgated Hindu Marriage Act to protect family rights of Hindu community.
The government is going to table two bills in the National Assembly tomorrow to extend tenure of Military Courts for two years.
Three-day anti-polio drive begins in different parts of the country tomorrow.
Two-day meeting on Indus Water Treaty between Pakistan and India begins in Islamabad tomorrow.
In Occupied Kashmir, APHC Chairman has strongly condemned restrictions against pro-freedom leaders ahead of sham Indian parliamentary elections.
In Syria, fierce clashes have broken out between government forces and rebel fighters on the eastern fringes of capital Damascus.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan is pursuing a policy of peaceful neighborhood and wishes to resolve all outstanding issues with its neighbors peacefully through dialogue.
He was talking to President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, who called on him in Islamabad today.
The Prime Minister reiterated the resolve to establish a strong partnership between Pakistan and Russia in all fields to promote peace and stability in the region.
He said that longstanding bilateral relations between the two countries are manifestation of a common desire to explore possibilities for enhancing bilateral cooperation.
He said Pakistan's partnership with the Russian Federation and with its Muslim regions, including the Republic of Tatarstan, will witness significant progress in all areas of mutual interest.
The Prime Minister said cooperation should be boosted in all sectors, including Banking, Halal food, production of cement, automotive industry, pharmaceuticals, technology, culture and education.
The visiting dignitary thanked the Prime Minister for according warm welcome to him and his delegation in Pakistan.
President Mamnoon Hussain has promulgated the Hindu Marriage Act.
The President signed the bill today on the advice of the prime minister.
The Act will protect Hindu marriages and family rights.
In a statement on the occasion of promulgation of the bill, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that all minorities living in Pakistan are enjoying equal rights.
He said the law will provide the Hindu community protection in marriage and family rights.
He said the government will appoint registrars for registering Hindu marriages.
Nawaz Sharif said the government has always given equal priority to all people of Pakistan, including minorities.
He said all the minorities are equally patriot.
Under the law, members of Hindus community will be able to solemnize marriages in accordance with their customary rites and rituals.
The Law also provides for procedures relating to restitution of conjugal rights, judicial separation, financial security of wife and children, alternate relief in termination of marriage and termination of marriage by mutual consent.
All offences under this Law shall be triable by Court of First Class Magistrate.
The government is going to table two bills in the National Assembly tomorrow to extend tenure of Military Courts for two years.
Political consensus to this effect was evolved after intensive consultations among the political parties after the expiry of military courts' tenure in January this year.
After passage from the National Assembly, the bill will be tabled in Senate.
In a statement, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said today that further amendments have been made in the Constitutional Amendment Bill and Army Act Amendment Bill, which have already been lodged in the National Assembly in light of the consensus arrived in the recent Parliamentary leaders meeting.
He said that the house will discuss the consensus Bills tomorrow and the same will be put to vote on Tuesday.
The Minister said that in the meeting of Parliamentary leaders, it was also agreed to set up a Parliamentary Committee on National Security with Parliamentary leaders of National Assembly and Senate as its members.
He said that a resolution in this regard will also be moved in the National Assembly tomorrow.
In this backdrop, the Parliamentary Party meeting of PML-N members, which was earlier scheduled for tomorrow will now be held on Tuesday, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
The Senate and National Assembly will resume their sessions at Parliament House in Islamabad tomorrow afternoon after two days break.
The Senate will resume its session at 3:00 p.m while National Assembly at 4:00 p.m.
Both the houses will discuss important national issues besides carrying out legislative business.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that instead of hurling unfounded allegations against others, PTI chief should give answer of his corruption to NAB.
In a statement today, she said that nation is well aware of the concocted stories and cannot be betrayed.
Commerce Minister Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan says government is committed to completely eliminate terrorism, extremism, loadshedding and price hike.
Addressing a function in Gujranwala today, he said prudent government policies are yielding positive results and national economy is strengthening day by day.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhary Barjees Tahir says the PML-N government has controlled all challenges of the country, including energy crisis and security situation.
Talking to media in Nankana Sahib today, he said the government is focusing on development of backward areas and huge amounts have been allocated for the purpose.
The Minister said billions of rupees are being spent on constructing highways and motorways. He said that PML-N will win the general elections next year on the bases of its performance.
JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman has urged the need of legislation on the basis of Islamic principles.
He was addressing the Ulema Convention in Faisalabad today.
Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman said sectarianism is the only hurdle in the way of our progress and it is promoting anarchy in the country.
The first phase of population and household count under the 6th nation wide census is underway in sixty-three districts across the country.
The first block of the first phase includes sixteen districts in Punjab, eight in Sindh, fourteen in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, fifteen in Balochistan and five each in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
The drive in the first block will continue till 27th of this month while the homeless people will be counted on 28th of this month.
Brisk preparations are underway to celebrate Pakistan Day on Thursday.
Troops and organizers are busy round the clock in rehearsals of Pakistan Day Parade to be held at Shakarparian parade ground Islamabad.
Special feature of the parade this year will be participation of Peoples Liberation Army of China's Tri Services and Saudi Special Force's contingents and Turkish Jannisary Military band.
Meanwhile, rehearsal of Pakistan Day parade was held at Shakarparian Parade Ground today.
Foot columns of Army, Navy, Pakistan Air Force, Frontier Corps, Northern Light Infantry, Mujahid Force and other services participated the event.
Similarly, scores of PAF fighter jets, Pakistan Navy and Army Aviation helicopters also took part in the rehearsed flypast for the final day.
Pakistan National Council of the Arts is organizing a week-long Cultural Week in connection with Pakistan Day celebrations from tomorrow to 26th of this month.
Work on the construction of Dasu Dam in district Kohistan will be started in next two months.
Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that the contract has been awarded to a Chinese firm.
World Bank has agreed to finance the project.
The project will be completed at a cost of more than four billion dollars by the end of 2021.
On completion it will generate two thousand one hundred and sixty megawatt electricity.
The Government is planning to establish Science and Technology Institutes in different disciplines for rapid socio economic development of the country.
For this purpose, Ministry of Science and Technology has devised a National Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy.
After approval of the strategy, Science and Technology Institutes would be established across the country, particularly in backward areas within ten years.
Government has taken a number of steps for the protection of human rights.
According to official sources, Action Plan for Human Rights approved by the Prime Minister last year is being implemented with particular focus on protection of rights of women, children minorities and marginalized groups.
The Action Plan provides monitoring mechanism in order to ensure the protection of human rights in the country.
The Government has also established an empowered Commission on Human Rights to take action against any human rights violations.
Similarly, National Institute of Human Rights has been set up for free legal aid to the victims of human rights violations.
A helpline1099 has also been launched for legal advice and addressing the grievances of victims.
Governor Punjab Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana says the government attaches top priority to provision of best medical facilities to the masses.
Addressing the 24th National Neurology Conference in Lahore today, he said ample attention is being paid for provision of medical facilities to the people at their doorsteps.
He said that service structure of the doctors should be improved, but insisted that the protest of doctors should not affect patients.
Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair says Pakistan’s future is associated with its youth and we must activate them to ensure steady and strong economy.
He was talking to a delegation of United Nation Association of Pakistan in Karachi today.
The Governor said it is our foremost responsibility to empower our youth with standard education and opportunities to express themselves.
The UNAP delegation informed the Governor about the initiatives of the organization taken in the fields of health and education.
Governor Sindh has promulgated the Sindh Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill 2015 with immediate effect.
The Act prohibits corporal punishment or any type of humiliating or degrading treatment to children at workplace, educational institution, religious, government, non-government organization or child-care centers.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah visited different areas of the province and reviewed census process.
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Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak says Greater Peshawar Circular Railway Project will be presented in the Beijing Road Show next month.
Presiding over a meeting on China Pakistan Economic Corridor in Peshawar today, he said the two hundred and two kilometers long railway project will be completed at a cost of one point nine billion dollars.
Pervez Khattak said that seventeen special economic zones besides eighty other projects will also be presented in the road show.
The Chief Minister said that website about CPEC projects will be launched in Chinese and English languages on 31st of this month.
Three-day anti-polio drive begins in twenty nine districts of Balochistan, six districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA tomorrow.
In Balochistan, more than two point four million children up to five years of age would be administered anti-polio drops during the campaign.
In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the campaign will be carried out in Peshawar, Kohistan, Shangla, Battagram, Abbottabad and Mansehra districts.
More than two million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops.
Special security measures have been chalked out to ensure security of polio teams.
A three-day campaign against polio will also begin in Gilgit and Diamer tomorrow.
Health department has completed all arrangements to administer anti-polio drops to the children in both districts.
Health Minister Punjab Khwaja Salman Rafiq has said that the process of kidney transplantation will be started very soon in Bahawalpur.
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The two-day meeting on Indus Water Treaty between Pakistan and India begins in Islamabad tomorrow.
A ten-member Indian delegation led by Indus Water Commissioner PK Saxena, has already arrived in Lahore via Wagah border today to attend the meeting.
The Indus Water Commission, which is mandated to meet at least once every year, alternately in Pakistan and India, comprises Indus Commissioners from both sides and discusses technical matters related to the implementation of the Indus Water treaty.
India has fast-tracked the construction of hydropower projects worth 15 billion dollars in Occupied Kashmir and is disrupting water supplies to Pakistan.
However, the issue of construction of controversial dams by India is not included in the agenda of two-day dialogue.
Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan says Kashmir Liberation Movement, good governance and sustainable development in the territory are the priorities of his government.
Talking to a group of Journalists in Muzaffarabad today, he said under Prime Minister community infrastructure program, two thousand eight hundred development schemes in Education, health and communication sector are being completed in the state.
The AJK Prime Minister said an online monitoring system had been introduced to ensure transparency in these projects and completion within stipulated time by June this year.
In occupied Kashmir, Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference Syed Ali Gilani has criticized the Indian authorities for restricting and arresting pro-freedom leaders ahead of sham Indian parliamentary elections in the territory.
In a statement in Srinagar, he said the holding of elections amidst presence of one million forces' personnel had been reduced to mere a drama enacted by the Indian government to mislead the world.
The APHC Chairman urged to decide the political future of Jammu and Kashmir through plebiscite to be held under the supervision of the international community.
Meanwhile, electronic and print media journalists staged a protest at Press Enclave in Srinagar against the Indian Police attack on photojournalists in Hyderpora.
Kashmiri representative Altaf Hussain Wani speaking at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva expressed serious concern over continued threat to journalists and rights defenders in Occupied Kashmir.
In Syria, fierce clashes have broken out on the eastern side of Damascus following an assault by rebels on regime forces .
Rebels detonated two large car bombs today close to the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus. Government warplanes responded with a number of raids around the areas of the clashes.
Jobar is one of three pockets in the Syrian capital still in opposition hands. It is besieged by government forces.
In Iraq, army troops are moving steadily on the ground towards Strategic Al- Nuri Mosque in Mosul.
Residents mostly women and children have already fled from the area.
The battle to recapture Islamic State's last stronghold in Iraq has now entered its sixth month. Iraqi government forces, backed by U.S artillery and air support, have already cleared the east and half of western Mosul.
In Afghanistan, twelve militants including two of their commanders, have been killed in separate incidents in Paktika and Paktia provinces.
Two commanders were killed in drone attacks in Barmal district of Paktika province while 10 insurgents were killed in airstrikes in neighboring Paktia province.
In Bangladesh, the Supreme Court today dismissed a appeal for scrapping death sentence of the former head of a banned militant group, Mufti Hannan .
Mufti Hannan and his accomplices were found guilty in 2008 of orchestrating attack against British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury in Sylhet in 2004.
He was also sentenced to death for another attack in 2001 in which ten people were killed during a New Year's celebration.
Germany has rejected the claim that it owes NATO and the United States vast sums of money for its defense.
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen in a statement in Berlin criticized the target of NATO for member states to spend two percent of their economic output on defence by 2024.
She urged NATO to adopt modern security concepts.