Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
MAY 20, 2017
Pakistan says International Court of Justice has not given any order to give consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Interior Minister says twenty-nine new security forces wings are being created to effectively counter terrorism.
Prime Minister is leaving for Saudi Arabia tomorrow to attend US-Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh.
Rehabilitation works on Rawalpindi-Kohat railway track will be completed in next four months.
In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown will be observed tomorrow to mark the martyrdom anniversaries of two leaders.
Hassan Rouhani has been re-elected as President of Iran.
The United States and Saudi Arabia signed defence agreements worth one hundred ten billion dollars today.
Sixth round of talks between Syrian government and opposition ended in Geneva today without any progress.
Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaz Aziz says India will never succeed in his nefarious designs to hide subversive activities of Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan.
Talking to editors and senior anchor persons in Islamabad today, he said that Pakistan has strong position based on merit over the case of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.
He said that Jadhav was convicted as per law and constitution of Pakistan and our stance against the Indian spy is based on reality.
The Advisor said that Kulbhushan Jadhav was using fake passport in Pakistan and was involved in numerous subversive activities to destabilize the country.
He said we will try for early hearing of this case in International Court of Justice and will present our stance with full preparation.
The adviser said the International Court of Justice has not given any order regarding consular access to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.
He said the government had decided to go in the International Court of Justice after due consultation.
Sartaj Aziz said that Jadhav was sentenced according to the laws of Pakistan and after he admitted his involvement in terror activities in the country.
He said that the International Court of Justice asked Pakistan to halt the execution of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav until a final decision in the proceedings.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said Kulbushan Yadav was involved in henious crimes against Pakistan and convicted as per the country's law.
Talking to media persons in Peshawar today, he said the matter of Kulbushan Yadav will be taken to logical conclusion in accordance with the country's law and constitution.
The Interior Minister said Pakistan desires cordial relations with Afghanistan but will not accept Afghan leadership to speak the language of our enemy India.
Earlier, addressing passing out parade of FC in Warsak today, Chaudhary Nisar said the fight against terrorism will be taken to its logical conclusion with unity and harmony in our ranks.
He said certain elements are on the payroll of our enemies and receiving funds from them to stoke anarchy and unrest in the country.
The Minister said these handful elements have distorted the image of Islam through their sordid acts but we will eliminate them with full force.
He said over the last three years, eighty billion rupees have been spent on the capacity building of civil armed forces.
Chaudhary Nisar said that the whole nation is united on national security issues and urged the misguided elements to avoid making security issue controversial.
He said the government will take necessary steps for the betterment of the security forces and twenty-nine new wings would be established in next three months.
About Pakistan-Iran ties, he said both countries are tied in Islamic brotherhood and they will address problems with mutual understandings.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan held a meeting with Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra in Peshawar today.
They discussed matters concerning of law and the issue of order situation in FATA and issue of restoration of blocked CNICs.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said more than one lakh seventy-four thousand CNICs have been verified while one lakh seventy-nine thousand have been restored.
Iqbal Zafar Jhagra briefed the Interior Minister about development activities in FATA.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is leaving for Saudi Arabia tomorrow on a two-day visit to attend US-Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh.
He is attending the moot on the invitation of Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud.
In addition to US President Donald Trump, fifty-five leaders of Islamic world as well as the Secretary Generals of OIC, Arab League and Gulf Cooperation Council will attend the moot.
The conference will provide an opportunity for the participating countries to discuss how to overcome the menace of terrorism and extremism across the world.
It is expected to delink ‘terrorism’ from any particular religion, culture, civilization or region.
Nawaz Sharif will also join the world leaders to attend the inauguration ceremony of the World Center Against Extremism, a counter-radicalization initiative by Saudi Arabia.
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says several international investors are eager to invest in the country due to sound economic policies of the government.
Addressing National Excellency Awards distribution ceremony in Lahore today he said conspiracies against the country had been foiled.
He said the country's economy is growing speedily and the GDP growth has reached at 5.3 per cent this year which is the highest in last ten years.
The minister said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved internship for 20,000 engineers and 100,000 youths will be trained in the information technology.
He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a practical picture of Pak-China friendship. Participation of sixty-five countries in One Belt One Road Conference was an example of success of the project.
The minister said the biggest investment of history was being made in the energy sector in Pakistan and an 10,000 megawatt electricity will be added to the national grid till 2018.
Ahsan Iqbal said land had been purchased at a cost of one billion US dollar for Diamir Bhasha Dam. It is planned that 30,000 to 40,000 megawatt electricity will be produced from projects at the Indus River with the help of China.
He said the Lahore-Karachi Motorway project would be completed in 2018 which work on roads and highways are in full swing in Balochistan.
Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq has said that steps are being taken to convert Pakistan Railways into a dignified and impressive institution of the country.
Addressing a meeting at Railways Headquarters in Lahore today, he said the government will materialize the dream of modern railway by spending one thousand billion rupees under China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
He said that momentous changes are being made in rail services between Mirpur Khas and Hyderabad and it will be extended to Karachi.
He said that rehabilitation of railway track between Kohat and Rawalpindi and Kohat Railways Station will be completed in next four months.
Ambassador of Pakistan to United States, Aizaz Chaudhry says Pakistan is defeating the forces of terrorism and achieving great strides in the economic prosperity.
He stated this while addressing a function of Pakistan-American Council of USA in Edison, New Jersey.
The ambassador urged the Pakistani Diaspora to continue to play the role of a bridge between Pakistan and United States.
In their remarks, New Jersey State Senators Sam Thompson (Republican), Senator Ray Lezniak (Democrats) and Assembly Woman Ms. Nancy Pinkin appreciated the role of Pakistani Diaspora in promoting harmony among communities and contributing to the development of US.
Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair has said that Pakistan has achieved unprecedented success in the field of economy and China Pakistan Economic Corridor is the game changer for the whole region.
He was addressing the press conference in Karachi this evening.
The governor said the confidence of investors has increased as a result of sound policies of the government through incentives are being provided for new investment.
Addressing an international conference on Management, Mohammad Zubair stressed the need for public-private partnership for promoting quality and research based education in the country.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says modern and cheap treatment facilities are being provided to hepatitis patients in the province.
He stated this during visit to Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute in Lahore today.
He said, the government has provided special facilities for the treatment of Hepatitis B and C.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak today approved constitution of Investment Protection Force for security of foreign investors in the province.
Presiding over a meeting in Peshawar today, he said the force consisting of four thousand personnel will give foolproof security to the investors.
The Chief Minister directed Inspector General of police to provide details of technical equipment and other requirements for the force.
The security forces recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunitions in Quetta today.
According to ISPR, the arms include five hundred three grenades, five IEDs, one RPG-7, two rifles and other ammunition.
National Accountability Bureau has arrested five accused, including three officials of Karachi Development Authority.
In a statement, NAB said the accused persons were involved in many corruption cases, including China cutting and illegal allotment of land, which caused over one billion rupees loss to public exchequer.
The member of Nation Assembly Abdul Rahim Mandokhel died today at the Chest Hospital in Quetta today.
He was eighty.
He had been elected on the ticket of Pashtun Khawa Milli Awami Party from Quetta Chagi NA-260.
Abdul Rahim Mandokhel had been twice elected as MNA and once as Senator.
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have expressed deep grief over the sad demise of MNA Abdul Raheem Mandokhel.
In their condolence messages, they prayed for the departed soul and commiserated with the bereaved family.
They said that unprecedented services of Abdul Raheem Mandokhel for stability of democracy in country will always be remembered.
Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabani, Deputy Chairman Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Leader of the house in the Senate Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, Leader of the Opposition Atizaz Ahsan have also expressed their deep grief over the sad demise of MNA Abdul Raheem Mandokhel.
Governor Balochistan Mohammad Khan Achakzai and Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri has also expressed deep grief and sorrow over the death of Abdul Rahim Khan Mandokhel.
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AJK President Masood Khan has expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for increasing the development budget of the state.
Talking to different public delegations in Islamabad today, he welcomed the decision of National Economic Coordination Council to significantly increase the development budget of Azad Kashmir.
The President said the government of Pakistan under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is keen to develop Azad Kashmir on modern lines.
It is to mention here that National Economic Coordination Council in its meeting accorded approval to the increase of development budget of AJK from nine billion to twenty-two billion rupees.
Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has said the government is taking practical steps for the welfare of deserving and destitute people.
Presiding over a meeting of PML-N AJK in Islamabad today, he said a number of projects have been launched for provision of basic necessities of life to the common man.
The AJK Prime Minister said expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for enhancing the development budget of Azad Kashmir from nine billion to twenty two billion rupees.
In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown will be observed tomorrow to mark the martyrdom anniversaries of prominent liberation leaders, Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone.
A march towards the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Eidgah in Srinagar will also be conducted to pay tributes to the martyrs.
Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Srinagar on 21st May 1990.
At least seventy mourners were also killed in Hawal area of the city when Indian troops fired upon the funeral procession of the martyred.
On the same day in 2002, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone was killed by unknown assailants .
Indian police arrested several workers of Jammu and Kashmir Awami Action Committee, headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in Srinagar, today when they tried to hold a rally in connection with the Martyrdom Week.
The puppet authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions in downtown Srinagar while all roads leading to the office of Awami Action Committee were sealed.
Senior APHC leader, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, addressing a gathering in Badgam, said the world community could not turn away its eyes from Kashmiris’ legitimate struggle for right to self-determination for long.
The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, in a press release, urged India to restore access to social media platforms in occupied Kashmir.
Hassan Rouhani has been re-elected as Iran's President after winning the twelfth presidential election with a thumping majority.
In a statement, Iranian Ministry of Interior said Rouhani secured 56.88 percent votes, while his opponent Ebrahim Raisi took 38.55 percent of the vote.
The ministry said overall turnout in the election remained above 70 percent.
Hassan Rouhani will serve another four years in the post.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has congratulated Iranian President Dr. Hassan Rouhani on his re-election for a second term.
In a message of felicitation, the Prime Minister said that the Iranian people have chosen President Rouhani to guide the country with his visionary and astute leadership.
He said the relations between Pakistan and Iran are rooted in shared bonds of history, culture, traditions and faith.
The Prime Minister reiterated his desire to work together with the Iranian President on continued endeavours to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in diverse fields.
The United States has signed arms deals with Saudi Arabia worth 110 billion dollars, besides another 350 billion dollars agreement over the next 10 years.
In this connection, President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman signed a series of joint vision agreement at the Saudi Royal Court today.
A White House official said in Riyadh today this package of defence equipment and services will support the long-term
security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region.
It will also bolster the Saudi Arabia ability to contribute to
counter-terrorism operations across the region, reducing the burden on the US military to conduct those operations.
Sixth round of talks between the Syrian government and opposition to seek political solution to the ongoing conflict ended in Geneva today without any progress.
UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said at a news conference that date of the next round of talks is likely to be announced in mid of next month.
Turkey has expressed the resolve to fight Kurdish militants in Syria and Iraq.
Turkey's official news agency reported that the country has stepped up training of the Free Syrian Army, which has fought alongside Turkish forces against the Islamic State group and the US-backed Kurdish rebels.
Iraqi president Fuad Masum has expressed the hope that Mosul will be freed from Islamic State in the next few days.
Speaking at the opening session of the World Economic Forum's regional gathering in Jordan today,he said Iraq has achieved a decisive victory over terrorism, and a complete liberation of Mosul could be achieved in the next few days.
The World Economic Forum's regional gathering is looking at
ways to transform stagnant economies of the troubled Middle East and North Africa.