Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
JUNE 20, 2017
Prime Minister has announced to give cash prize of ten million rupees each to members of cricket team winning ICC Champions Trophy.
Interior Minister says improved security situation has restored confidence of business community and investors in the country.
China says CPEC is one of the best performing projects of 'Belt and Road Initiative.
Pakistan has started fencing entire Pak-Afghan border and building new posts to check infiltration.
Kashmiri representatives have urged UN Human Rights Council to send fact-finding mission to ascertain ground realities in occupied Kashmir.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has announced to give ten million rupees to each member of the winning cricket team.
In a statement, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said the prime minister announced the prize money to acknowledge players' efforts in winning the ICC Championship.
She said the national cricket team presented outstanding game in all fields in the final.
Pakistan Cricket Board has also announced one million rupees each for the winning team members.
The Senate Chairman has invited the team to witness Senate proceedings.
Members of Pakistan Cricket Team received heroes' welcome on their return to the country.
Hassan Ali, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf and Ahmad Shahzad, were warmly welcomed at Lahore airport by provincial ministers and a large number of cricket fans.
Captain Sarfaraz Ahmad and Rumman Raees were warmly received by Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair and Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar along with a large number of cricket lovers at Karachi airport.
Junaid Khan, Amad Waseem and Shadab Khan were accorded a warm welcome at Islamabad airport by a large number of fans and Mayor Islamabad Sheikh Ansar Aziz.
Fakhar Zaman who scored maiden century in the final of the ICC Champion Trophy got hero's welcome on his arrival at Bacha Khan Airport in Peshawar.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says confidence of the business community and investors has been restored due to improved security situation in the country.
He was talking to a delegation of Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by its President Amir Iqbal in Islamabad today.
The Minister said an ideal atmosphere has been created for strengthening of economy and promotion of business in the country.
Deputy Chief of Mission at Chinese Embassy in Pakistan Zhao Lijian says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project is one of the best performing projects of his country's Belt and Road Initiative.
He was speaking at a conference on 'Belt and Road Initiative and CPEC' in Islamabad today.
The Chinese diplomat said the multi-billion dollar CPEC project, which is being jointly undertaken by Pakistan and China, prioritizes development of Gwadar, energy projects, transport infrastructure and industrial cooperation.
Supreme Court has rejected the plea of Prime Minister's son Hussain Nawaz for stopping JIT probing Panama Papers case from video-recording of the proceedings.
In his petition, Hussain Nawaz had also prayed the court to form a commission to investigate the leak of his photo, while he was sitting in the investigation room.
In its detailed judgment announced today, the three-member bench headed by Justice Ijaz Afzal said video recordings are only used to prepare transcript of the statements.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says fruits of the mega projects completed at cost of billions of rupees are now reaching the people.
He was talking to Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique in Lahore today.
The Chief Minister said transparency, high standards and speed of completion of mega projects in the present tenure are being praised even by the foreign world.
Benazir Income Support Programme Chairperson Marvi Memon says the programme is all set to devise a poverty alleviation model to help people come out of poverty.
Chairing a meeting in Islamabad today, she said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is immensely interested in making BISP beneficiaries self-sufficient.
She said under directions of the Prime Minister, BISP is studying various models in order to select the finest.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was awarded the Legion of Merit in Ankara today in recognition of his services for promotion of Pakistan-Turkey defence ties.
Speaking on the occasion, General Bajwa dedicated the award to the martyrs of both Pakistani and Turkish armed forces.
Later, the Army Chief held a meeting with his Turkish counterpart General Hulusi Akar and discussed matters related to regional security.
The two leaders agreed to further enhance defence cooperation.
Turkish military leadership was greatly appreciative of the role Pakistan Army played in war against terrorism and in peacekeeping operations and as a factor of stability in a very volatile region.
Earlier, General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Ataturk Mausoleum and laid wreath at the grave to pay homage to the father of the Turkish nation and penned down his respects in the visitor’s book.
Pakistan has started fencing the entire Pak-Afghan border to check infiltration.
According to ISPR, the fencing will be carried out in phases.
In the first phase, high infiltration prone border areas in Bajaur, Mohmand and Khyber agencies are being fenced.
Fencing of the remaining border areas, including Balochistan, will be executed in the second phase.
Keel laying ceremony of another 32-ton Bollard Pull Tug, being built for Pakistan Navy, was held at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works in Karachi today.
Speaking on the occasion, Defence Secretary Syed Muhammad Owais said construction of 32-ton Tug will help Pakistan become self-reliant in shipbuilding.
In occupied Kashmir, the unabated Indian state terrorism during the last twenty eight years has forced over thirty five thousand Kashmiris to live outside the territory as refugees.
A report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of World Refugee Day, today, revealed that over two million Kashmiri refugees are living in camps in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan and European countries since beginning of struggle for Kashmiris' birth right in 1947.
Kashmiri representative, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, while addressing the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, urged the Council to send a fact-finding mission to occupied Kashmir to bring forth the real situation on ground in the territory.
In Palestine, Israel has started construction of new settlement in the occupied West Bank in spite of oppostion by the inernational community.
In his tweet message today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said work on the ground has begun as be had promised to establish a new settlement for the Amona settlers.
Rain and dust-thundershower with isolated heavyfalls and gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad divisions and Kashmir, while at isolated places in southern Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan and Zhob division during the next twelve hours.
Light rain and drizzle are expected at few places along Sindh coast.
Hot and humid weather will prevail elsewhere in the country.