Text Bulletin 0800 Hrs
The government has set a GDP growth target of six percent for the next fiscal year.
Defence Minister says International Court of Justice has not accepted India's stance on its spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Kashmiris will protest against Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir today.
In Libya, eighty six people have been killed in a clash between rival forces in Misrata.
The second round of World Heavy Weight Wrestling is being held in Lahore today.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says the targeted GDP growth rate will be six percent for the next fiscal year.
He was chairing a meeting to review budget preparations in Islamabad.
He directed Federal Board of Revenue to expeditiously complete homework regarding the upcoming budget.
The Minister said current year's economic growth rate of 5.25 percent is the highest one in the last decade.
Ishaq Dar said tax receipts significantly increased due to prudent polices of the government, which played an important role in achieving targets for economic growth and development.
Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said International Court of Justice has not accepted India’s stance on its spy Kulbhushan Jadhav case.
Talking to a news channel, he said Kulbhushan Jadhav is an issue of Pakistan’s national security.
The Minister said Jadhav was involved in terrorism activities in Pakistan.
Khawaja Muhammad Asif urged political parties to avoid politics on national security issues.
Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said Pakistan’s counsel had courageously presented Pakistan’s stance in International Court of Justice on Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhev.
Talking to a news channel, he said Pakistan would form a new team of lawyers to present Pakistan’s stance vigorously in the case.
Sartaj Aziz said the ICJ had given its point of view on the case to get counselor access.
He said Pakistan’s security is very important to us and we have to maintain it as our fundamental sovereign right.
Punjab Chief Minister's e-Rozgaar Program will be formally launched at University of Gujrat today.
Under the programme, Punjab Information Technology Board will open five centers in Gujrat, Lahore, Taxila, Wah Cantt and Faisalabad in the first phase this month.
It will help the youth generate self-sustainable income through online freelancing for various sites around the globe in technical, non-technical and creative areas.
The training will enable the youth to generate income from 40,000 to 80,000 rupees per month while working from home.
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat visited Air Headquarters, where he was given a detailed briefing on the organization, role and functioning of Pakistan Air Force.
The CJCSC expressed his confidence in operational preparedness of the PAF.
Sindh Rangers arrested six criminals including target killers, extortionist, drug peddlers and terrorists in Karachi.
A spokesman of Sindh Rangers said, the arrested criminals belong to militant wing of MQM London, band out fit and criminal gang.
The sub-committee of the parliament on electoral reforms has completed review of twenty-seven electoral reforms.
This was stated by Law Minister Zahid Hamid while chairing meeting of the Committee in Islamabad.
He said that the committee has fixed number of voters on polling booths and polling stations. He said maximum of 1,200 voters will be listed with a polling stations in Punjab, whereas 300 voters can cast their votes at a polling booth.
Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael has emphasized promotion of religious harmony in the country.
Addressing a ceremony in Lahore, he said it was our collective responsibility to quell elements promoting hate and disharmony in the society.
China has called for solution of Kashmir through dialogue between Pakistan and India.
Addressing a regular press briefing in Beijing, a spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry, Hua Chunying said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will not change China's position on the Kashmir issue.
She said CPEC will help enhance regional connectivity and promote common development and prosperity for regional countries.
Peaceful protests will be held in the occupied Kashmir today, against the slapping of draconian law, Public Safety Act on Aasiya Andrabi and Fehmeeda Sofi by the Indian authorities.
Call for the protests has been given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
Meanwhile, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, the Mirwaiz-led Hurriyet forum, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and the Jamaat-e-Islami have strongly condemned the Indian forces’ massive crackdowns in Wokai, Kulgam, and Heff-Shirmal, Shopian.
More than 100 persons including women were injured due to the use of force by Indian police and troops during peaceful protests and house to house searches.
In Iran, twelfth presidential election is being held today.
Four candidates including incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, Seyyed Mostafa Hashemi-Taba, Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi and Seyyed Mostafa Mirsalim are in the run.
Over fifty million Iranians will cast their votes.
The warring sides in Syria have agreed to set up expert committees to discuss "constitutional issues."
The agreement came during the sixth round of UN-backed peace negotiations in Geneva.
UN mediator Staffan de Mistura's office declared the development as a first tangible step to the intra-Syrian talks."
In Syria, several people have been killed in the United States airstrikes on a convoy of Syrian government Army near the border with Jordan.
In Libya, at least eighty six people have been killed as rival forces clashed at a Brak Al-Shati air base of Misrata.
European Union has agreed to formally launch its new Military Headquarter in Brussels within coming days.
Talking to media after a meeting of European Union defense ministers in Brussels, foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said all twenty eight member states have removed the remaining differences and agreed to set up the Military Planning and Conduct Capability facility.
She said the military headquarters will assume responsibilities at the strategic level for the operational planning and conduct of the EU's non-executive military missions.
North Korea and Russia have started passenger ferry service aiming to develop links and boost economic cooperation despite United Nations sanctions.
North Korean passenger ferry docked in Russia's port city of Vladivostok for the first time.
The vessel will sail once a week to the port city and will also carry cargo.
The second session of World Heavy Weight Pro-Wrestling Competition is being held at Al-Hamra Complex Lahore today.
Twenty international wrestlers, including former WWE stars Wade Barrett and Carlito are taking part in the competition.
The third event of the competition will be held in Islamabad on Sunday.
Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, light rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at a few places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Multan, D.G.Khan, D.I.Khan, Hazara divisions and Kashmir.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:
Islamabad twenty two degree centigrade, Lahore twenty six, Karachi twenty eight, Peshawar twenty four, Quetta and Gilgit fifteen, Murree seventeen and Muzaffarabad nineteen degree centigrade.