Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
President says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would give a new strategic dimension to the regional and global scenario
In Punjab, one hundred and forty billion rupees have been earmarked for agriculture sector and its allied departments during next fiscal year to boost agriculture produce.
Sindh Government will distribute free wheat among drought-hit families of Tharparkar district.
Chairman Hurriyet forum has urged India to shun its policy of delay and obduracy towards the resolution of Kashmir dispute.
Saudi King has appointed Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as Crown Prince of the kingdom.
President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed the confidence that operations Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasaad would yield positive results soon to make Pakistan a citadel of peace.
He was addressing 17th Convocation of National Security and War Course at the National Defence University in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The President said challenges facing the country multiplied mainly due to extremism and terrorism but Pakistani nation and state institutions emerged victorious in fighting the war of survival.
He said the Government and state institutions are courageously implementing the National Action Plan and have taught a bitter lesson to the enemy.
Mamnoon Hussain said Pakistan came into being to play a positive and constructive role for regional and global peace and stability.
He said there have been impediments in realization of these cherished objectives but the country has moved forward.
Referring to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor the President said it would give a new strategic dimension to the regional and global scenario.
He said a new Strategic Doctrine would emerge and hoped that institutions like National Defence University would take stock of the emerging changes.
The President said the participation of friendly countries in the War and Security Course will help further promote Pakistan's relations with them.
Recognizing the role being played by the National Defense University as a think tank, Mamnoon Hussain expressed the confidence that the institution will further improve its performance in the days to come.
Newly appointed Chairman of Pakistan Ordnance Factories Lieutenant General Umar Farooq Durrani called on Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain on Wednesday.
Talking to him, the Minister hoped that the institution will grow further under his chairmanship.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in collaboration with Pakistan Army has established a special safety cell in Peshawar to counter organized crimes and protect lives and properties of general public.
A spokesman of the provincial government told our Peshawar correspondent that the cell is working round the clock to help people of the province and tribal areas.
Public can seek help from the cell on helpline number 1425. They can also send messages and whatsapp on mobile number 0333-3331425 in case of any emergency.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says the government has taken concrete measures for development of agriculture sector which plays a key role in growth of national economy.
In a statement in Lahore on Wednesday, he said one hundred and forty billion rupees have been earmarked for agriculture, irrigation, livestock, forests, fishing and food departments for the next financial year.
The Chief Minister hoped the Kisan Package will have a revolutionary impact on prosperity of farmers.
He said the government will continue to provide subsidy on fertilizers in the next fiscal year.
Shahbaz Sharif said interest free loans are being given to farmers in Punjab to boost the agriculture sector.
Sindh Government says it has increased its wheat procurement target from 1.2 to 1.4 million tons for this year.
Chairman Food Standing Committee Dr. Mahesh Kumar Malani told Radio Pakistan Hyderabad correspondent that Sindh Government will distribute free wheat among two lac eighty seven thousand drought-hit families of Tharparkar district.
The process will start from Saturday.
He said each registered family will get 100 kilogram of wheat.
In Sindh over five hundred nineteen kilometers new roads have been built while five hundred forty kilometer existing roads improved costing billions of rupees during the outgoing financial year.
Our Karachi correspondent reports that allocation of funds for the road sector has been increased in the Annual Developmental Programme for the next financial year.
Forty one important road schemes in the province will be completed by December this year.
The 64th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is being observed on Wednesday.
Gilgit-Baltistan Government is launching a comprehensive program with financial assistance of International Fund for Agriculture Development to bring a positive change in life standard of people of rural areas.
The project would be completed at a cost of twelve billion rupees in seven years.
Official sources said in the first phase fifty thousand acre barren land will be converted into cultivable land.
In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two more Kashmiri youth in Baramulla district, on Wednesday.
The troops gunned down the youth identified as Gulzar Ahmed and Basit Ahmed during a siege and search operation in Rafiabad area of the district.
Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik while condemning Indian forces for thrashing civilians and arresting youth has said that victimization of common people is aimed at intimidating people into submission in occupied territory.
In a statement in Srinagar, he said terrorists in uniform have no respect for holy month of Ramadan, women and children as they kill, maim, blind and humiliate whosoever comes their way.
He warned Indian occupational forces and their masters to remember that terrorism against common people could never force the Kashmiris into submission.
Meanwhile, Chairman Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has termed the unresolved Kashmir dispute as the main cause of strained relationship between Pakistan and India.
Addressing a public gathering at Sara-i-Bala area of Srinagar he urged India to shun its policy of delay and obduracy towards the resolution of the lingering dispute and come up with positive initiatives to address it.
Saudi King, Salman bin Abdul Aziz has appointed deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as Crown Prince of the kingdom.
This was stated in a royal decree issued by the Saudi King in Riyadh on Wednesday.
Al Arabiya television reported that his promotion was approved by the kingdom's Allegiance Council.
The Saudi King has called for a public pledging of loyalty to Mohammed bin Salman in Mecca on Wednesday evening.
Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah has welcomed the appointment of new crown prince in Saudi Arabia.
According to a statement carried by Kuwait's state-run news agency the Emir of Kuwait sent a message of congratulation to King Salman on Wednesday over appointment of his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince of the Kingdom.
Australia says it will resume soon air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria which were suspended following US fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane this week.
Australian Defense Force Chief Mark Binskin told media in Canberra that their warplanes suspended operations in Syria just after shot down of Syrian warplane but it has been decided to restart the operation.
He said that Australian warplanes had also been supporting Iraqi security forces in retaking the city of Mosul.
Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its national hook-up at 1530 hours on Wednesday the 4th Seminar titled Al Majeed under seminar series Assma-ul-Quran, in connection with "Jashan-e-Nazool-e-Quran".
In another hook-up at 1605 hours a special feature programme will be broadcast in connection with "World Music Day".