Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
Prime Minister says government has achieved significant success in steering the country out of challenges.
Senate has been informed that Pakistan will upgrade its defence capabilities without entering arms race.
Japan will provide 59 million dollars to Pakistan for eradication of polio.
Pakistan says establishment of peace in Afghanistan is a collective responsibility of international community.
Sixty-six people were killed when an Egyptian plane crashed in Mediterranean sea today.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says China Pakistan Economic Corridor project will put the country on the path of sustainable development.
He was addressing ground breaking ceremony of Pakistan-China Optical Fiber Cable project in Gilgit today.
The Prime Minister said the mega project will not only bring economic benefits to the people, but also help address the issue of extremism by creating job opportunities for the youth.
Nawaz Sharif said the federal government is determined to steer the country out of all challenges and has also achieved significant success in this regard.
Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated Gilgit Baltistan CPEC Patrolling Police in Gilgit.
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif also launched website for Diamir Bhasha Dam.
Later, addressing a ceremony after administering oath to newly elected members of Gilgit-Baltitan Council, the Prime Minister said construction work on Diamer Basha Dam will soon be started to meet the growing energy requirements of the country.
Chairing annual meeting of Gilgit-Baltistan Council, Nawaz Sharif directed for launching Prime Minister Youth Loan Program in Gilgit-Baltistan.
The meeting approved Council's annual budget of over 831 million rupees for 2015-2016. Policies for tourism promotion and protection of forests were also approved.
The National Assembly today unanimously passed "The Constitution (Twenty-second Amendment) Bill, 2016".
It was moved by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid.
The bill envisages procedure for appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and members of the Election Commission of Pakistan.
Two hundred thirty-six members cast their votes in favour of the bill and none against.
The House adopted a motion authorizing the Speaker to constitute a Parliamentary Committee to prepare Terms of Reference to probe Panama Papers issue.
The committee will submit its report to Parliament within two weeks.
The House will now meet tomorrow morning at 10:30
Pakistan has expressed serious concern over nuclearization of Indian Ocean by India and declared that it will take all necessary measures to augment its defence capabilities.
Making a statement in the Senate today, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan is not oblivious to its defence needs and would upgrade its defence capabilities through suitable technologies without entering into arms race.
Referring to India's recent interceptor missile test and submarine-launched K-4 nuclear capable missile test, the Advisor said these developments are part of a massive conventional, nuclear and missile development programme pursued by India, leading to nuclearization of Indian Ocean.
He pointed out that introduction of these systems in Indian Ocean will not only upset strategic balance in South Asia but also affect maritime security of all 32 littoral states around Indian Ocean.
The House will now meet tomorrow morning at ten.
Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid says majority of the people having offshore companies belong to PTI.
In a statement, he said Imran Khan himself owns an offshore company, and his criticism and protest about it seem ridiculous.
He said PTI Chief is creating history by holding most unsuccessful and failed public rallies.
JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said demanding resignation from the elected leadership of the country is absurd.
Addressing a party convention in Quetta today, he said government has accepted all demands of the opposition about Panama Papers investigation.
Japan will provide about 59 million dollars as soft loan to Pakistan for eradication of polio.
A Memorandum of Understanding to this effect was signed between Pakistan and the Japan International Cooperation Agency in Islamabad this evening.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan and representative of JICA were also present on the occasion.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says sovereign and peaceful Afghanistan is imperative not only for Pakistan but the entire region.
He was talking to US permanent representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olsan in Islamabad today.
The Minister said dialogue is the only solution to Afghan issue.
Richard Olson also called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar .
On the occasion, Finance Minister said US Exim Bank's planned financing for 3,600 megawatts of LNG-based power projects will open new avenues of bilateral cooperation.
The visiting US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan also held a meeting with Army Chief General Raheel Sharif in Rawalpindi today.
They discussed overall regional security situation with particular reference to Afghanistan.
Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan is pursuing ‘Look Africa’ policy to strengthen its relations with African countries.
He said this while talking to Sudanese Ambassador Abdul Ghani Enaim on the conclusion of 4th round of Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Sudan in Islamabad today.
Sartaj Aziz said the look Africa policy envisions strong close and cooperative relations by enhancing trade, investment and defence cooperation, establishing joint ventures and public-private partnership.
National Security Adviser Nasir Janjua has said establishment of peace in Afghanistan is collective responsibility of the international community.
Addressing a conference in Islamabad today, he said Pakistan wants peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Pakistan says it has taken all necessary measures to complete China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project successfully.
This was stated by the Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria at the weekly briefing in Islamabad today.
He said CPEC is a development and connectivity project meant for the welfare of the entire region.
The spokesman said normalization of relations between Pakistan and India would require sincere efforts, good faith and commitment from both the countries.
He said we have already conveyed that the dialogue process will not be a concession from one side to the other.
Commander of Peoples Liberation Army of China Navy Admiral Wu Shengli was conferred upon Pakistan’s highest Military Award Nishan-e-Imtiaz Military during an impressive ceremony in Karachi today.
The award was conferred by Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Quadir Baloch. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was also present on the occasion.
An Egypt Air flight crashed into the Mediterranean Sea today, killing all sixty-six people on board.
The plane was on its way from Paris to Cairo.
There were no immediate reports of the discovery of any debris in the sea between the Greek islands and the Egyptian coast where the plane vanished from radar screens.
In Afghanistan, nine Afghan policemen were killed by a colleague who turned his gun on them at a checkpoint in Zabul province today.
Syrian government forces and its allies have seized a strategic town of Deir al-Asafir from militants.
Reports say rebels are being driven out of the town.
In Iraq, military says it has retaken the remote western town of Rutba from so-called Islamic State.
Mainly very hot and dry weather is expected over most parts of the country during the next twenty four hours.
However, very hot weather conditions would continue over plain areas of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Sibi and Kakran divisions.