Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
President says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will give a new strategic dimension to regional and global scenario.
Pakistan and France have signed 100 million euros agreement for revamping energy sector.
The defence exports of Pakistan have registered a considerable increase in recent years.
The government has decided to streamline visa issuance process to Chinese nationals to ensure their maximum security in Pakistan.
Chief Election Commissioner has said the next general elections will be held on basis of current delimitations if census data is not provided to ECP on time.
Sindh Government will distribute free wheat among drought-hit families of Tharparkar from Saturday.
Foreign Office spokesperson says world institutions are describing ceasefire violations on Line of Control by India as dangerous for regional peace.
Romanian Prime Minister has been forced to step down by his own party in a no-confidence vote in parliament.
President Mamnoon Hussain says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will give a new strategic dimension to the regional and global scenario.
He was addressing 17th Convocation of National Security and War Course at the National Defence University in Islamabad today.
The President said the vision of "One Belt, One Road" has laid the foundation of far-reaching changes in the world.
He said the valor shown by the nation and the national institutions have helped overcome terrorism and other challenges.
Mamnoon Hussain said Operations Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasaad will ensure stability and make Pakistan a citadel of peace.
He said participation of friendly countries in the "War and Security Course" will help further promote Pakistan's relations with them.
Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastagir says the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has put the country on the path to rapid economic growth and prosperity.
Addressing a function of Pakistan Tobacco Board in Peshawar today, he said in 2013 the country was facing terrorism, load-shedding and economic instability, but today the situation is better due to prudent policies of the PML-N government.
The Minister said the government is taking concrete steps to enhance tobacco production in Malakand Division and Bajaur Agency.
He said tobacco growers are provided latest technology to increase per acre yield.
Khurram Dastgir said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will usher a new era of progress and prosperity in the region.
The federal minister announced forty-five to sixty percent increase in salaries of Pakistan Tobacco Board employees.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has accorded approval to a new distinct category of civil awards for environment.
This was stated by Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid in a statement issued in Islamabad today.
The Minister said creation of the civil award in environment category will help recognize efforts of the recipient individuals and organisations towards addressing environmental and climate change issues in Pakistan.
He said land degradation, massive air, water and land pollution, loss of wildlife habitats and biodiversity are the country’s major environmental issues.
Pakistan and France have signed 100 million Euros Credit Facility Agreement to revamp energy sector in the country.
Secretary Economic Affairs Division Tariq Mahmood Pasha, Chargé d'Affaire Embassy of France René Consolo and Country Director of French Agency for Development Jacky Amprou signed the agreement in Islamabad today.
The Asian Development Bank has also approved 300 million dollars in co-financing of the program.
The objective of the program is to revamp the energy sector to make it more affordable, reliable and sustainable, supporting the country's economic growth.
Welcoming the agreement, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said the agreement will help expand economic cooperation between Pakistan and France.
Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairperson Nuzhat Sadiq says Pakistan desires to further expand ties with Sri Lanka in different spheres.
She was talking to a four-member parliamentary delegation led by former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Islamabad today.
Nuzhat Sadiq said Sri Lanka and Pakistan are faced with common challenges and share similarity of views on regional and global issues.
She said both the nations have stood by each other in testing times.
Mahinda Rajapaksa appreciated Pakistan's cooperation to Sri Lanka in various fields. He said we want to learn from parliamentary experience of Pakistan as Sri Lanka is also considering various constitutional reforms.
Senate Standing Committee on Defence Production has been informed that defence exports have shown considerable increase during the recent years.
The committee met in Islamabad today with its Chairman Khawaja Suhail Mansoor in the chair.
The meeting was briefed that the volume of defence exports during 2006-07 was over sixty-three million dollars, which increased to over ninety-eight million dollars during the current fiscal year.
The committee hoped that defence exports will further improve after execution of export agreements of Mashahak aircraft and their spares with friendly countries.
Newly appointed Chairman of Pakistan Ordnance Factories Lieutenant General Umar Farooq Durrani called on Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain today.
Talking to the new chairman, the Minister hoped that the department will grow further under his chairmanship.
The government has decided to streamline and regulate the entire process of visa issuance to Chinese nationals to ensure their maximum security in Pakistan.
The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in Islambad today.
Now business visas and visa on arrival to Chinese nationals will only be granted after production of invitation and assignment letter duly certified and endorsed by the recognized Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the country along with letter from commercial attachés.
NADRA will help industry, chambers and FIA in putting in place an electronic system for sharing of information between the chambers and the immigration authorities.
The process of issuance of work visas to the Chinese nationals who intend to visit Pakistan for various governments approved and sponsored projects will be rationalized.
Speaking on the occasion, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan directed to plug in all loopholes in the issuance of visas especially to the Chinese.
He also asked NADRA to expedite consolidation of data of Chinese nationals present in Pakistan so that it could be shared with security agencies of the country for ensuring maximum security arrangements.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says the 70th Independence Day of Pakistan will be observed with great zeal and fervor.
She was chairing a meeting to review preparations of the Independence Day celebrations in Islamabad today.
She called upon all the departments to integrate their programmes to highlight Pakistani art, culture and heritage. She said all available resources should be utilized to make the celebrations historic.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said Pakistan's victory in the champions' trophy will add new colors to the celebrations of the 14th August this year.
She said the victory has united the people and the victory was celebrated in every nook and cranny of the country.
Chief Census Commissoiner Asif Bajwa says final report of the national census will be published by April next year while provisional data can be provided by next month.
He was briefing a meeting of the Election Commission chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan in Islamabad today.
The Census Commissioner said the data entry of the census is underway.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Election Commissioner said the ECP will be unable to start de-limitation process until final and verified census data is provided.
He said at least seven months are required for completion of the delimitation process.
The Chief Election Commissioner said under such circumstances, ECP will be compelled to hold next general elections on the basis of existing delimitations.
Pakistan Railways has issued security plan for railway stations and trains during Eid-ul-Fitr across the country.
According to Railways' spokesperson, under the special directions of Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, all SPs are directed to take strict security measures and deployement of additional security personnel and install walk through gates on entrance and exit points of every station.
He said that it is also directed to watch and monitor the suspesiouse elements and they should not be allowed to enter any station's jurisdiction.
Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair says the federal government is developing communication infrastructure to improve national economy and promote business activities.
Talking to a delegation of inter-city bus, goods and oil tanker owners in Karachi today, he said the result of the Prime Minister’s policies are visible in the country, especially Karachi.
He said the completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects will benefit Sindh more than other areas of the country being a port city.
He assured the delegation that problems of the transporters will be resolved on priority basis.
Iranian Consul General Muhammad Husain Bani Asadi paid a farewell call on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore today.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said Pakistan and Iran have historical relationship and are tied in bonds of Islamic brotherhood.
The Consul General said he will not forget the cooperation rendered by the Punjab Chief Minister during his tenure.
Sindh Government will distribute free wheat among two hundred and eighty-seven thousand drought-hit families of Tharparkar district from Saturday.
This was stated by Chairman Food Standing Committee Dr. Mahesh Kumar Malani while talking to Radio Pakistan Hyderabad correspondent.
He said each registered family will get one hundred kilogram of wheat.
Dr. Mahesh Kumar said the provincial government has increased its wheat procurement target from 1.2 to 1.4 million tons for this year.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in collaboration with the Army has established a special safety cell in Peshawar to check organized crimes.
A spokesman of the provincial government told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that the cell is working round the clock to help people of the province and the tribal areas.
People can seek help from the cell using helpline 1425 or sending message at 0333-3331425 in case of any emergency.
ANP Parliamentary Leader in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Hussain Babak has criticized performance of the PTI government in the province.
Addressing party workers in Peshawar today, he said the provincial government has increased problems of the general public through widespread corruption and nepotism.
Sardar Hussain Babak said the PTI government is spending a huge amount on publicity campaign to conceal its failures.
He said people will reject PTI in the next general elections.
A special monitoring desk has been setup at FESCO headquarters for ensuring uninterrupted electricity during Eid-ul-Fitar.
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AJK Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad continued general debate on budget proposals for the fiscal year 2017-18 on the fifth consecutive day today.
Gilgit-Baltistan Government plans to launch a comprehensive agriculture development program to improve living standards of people in rural areas.
The project to be financed by International Fund for Agriculture Development will be completed at a cost of twelve billion rupees in seven years.
Official sources said in the first phase fifty thousand acres of barren land will be brought under cultivation.
NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry says the bureau is committed to eradicate corruption.
Chairing a meeting in Islamabad today, he said NAB since its inception conducted 7587 inquiries, 3846 investigations, and filed 2808 corruption references in respective accountability courts.
The NAB Chairman said overall conviction rate is about seventy-six percent.
The 64th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed was observed today.
In this connection, special programs were held in different parts of the country to highlight the services of the martyred leader.
Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and other PPP leaders visited the mausoleum of Benazir Bhutto, and offered Fateha.
Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to bolster their cooperation in the fields of security, defence production and human resource training.
The understanding came at a meeting between Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Turkish Defence Minister Mr Fikri ISIK in Turkey today.
Matters related to regional situation and bilateral security cooperation were discussed.
The army chief warmly appreciated the indigenous technical prowess achieved by Turkey. He said Pakistan has great technological and industrial potential, which opens the scope for very meaningful defence cooperation between the two countries.
Earlier the army chief visited Turkish Aerospace Industries where he was briefed about the projects being undertaken by TAI in both military and civil aviation industry.
TAI has developed particular expertise in helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles. He visited the facility and took an introductory flight in T129 attack helicopter.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakria says India cannot suppress the freedom movement by committing atrocities against unarmed people in occupied Kashmir.
In an interview today, he said voices are being raised even within India against human rights violations in the held territory.
The Spokesman said the international media is highlighting the brutalities of Indian troops.
He said the world institutions are also terming the ceasefire violations on Line of Control by India as dangerous for regional peace.
Nafees Zakaria urged India to give the Kashmiri people their right to self-determination as promised under the UNSC's resolutions.
Pakistan's High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit has hoped that bilateral talks between Islamabad and New Delhi will resume in the near future.
In an interview with Indian daily, The Hindu, he said talks and preconditions cannot go together. He said both countries must think of a formal structured dialogue for the resolution of issues.
Abdul Basit said no solution to Kashmir dispute is acceptable unless it is acceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He emphasized that Kashmir issue should be resolved according to UN resolution and as per aspirations of Kashmiris.
To a question he said that sports and politics should be kept separate, and added that Pakistan has been proposing between the two cricketing ties countries should be strengthened.
In occupied Kashmir, APHC General Secretary and the Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party , Shabbir Ahmad Shah has said that stubbornness being exhibited by Indian leadership on Kashmir is pushing the South Asian region towards war.
Referring to the statement of Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj , he said that running away from talks on Kashmir and implementation of the UN resolutions is acknowledgement of an open defeat by New Delhi.
APHC leader advised the Indian leadership to shun the negative mindset and bear in mind that Jammu Kashmir is not its property .
Shabbir Ahmad Shah strongly condemned the Indian forces barbarism across the Kashmir Valley.
In India, the Supreme Court has handed down six-month imprisonment to former judge of Kolkata High Court.
The sentence has been awarded after retirement of Kolkota High Court judge C.S. Karnan.
A row had been continuing between Justice Karnan and Supreme Court judges when he was in service.
Justice Karnan said he was punished for being a Dalit.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has refused to grant interim bail to Justice Karnan.
Karnan is the first ever judge of a higher court in judicial history to be sentenced to jail term.
The US chief Middle East adviser, Jared Kushner, has arrived in Jerusalem for a daylong visit aimed at restarting long-dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
During his visit , he will have meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the issue.
Russia and Uganda have signed a framework agreement on the use of atomic energy in the east African country.
The agreement was signed between Uganda and the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation in Moscow.
The statement said this is the first step towards bilateral cooperation in area of peaceful uses of atomic energy by both countries.
Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has been forced to step down by his own party, in a no-confidence vote in parliament.
He has been accused of failing to carry out necessary economic reforms in the country.
Grindeanu lost the censure motion by 241 votes to 10.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has said her government would win the Brexit deal.
In a speech to the parliament, she said measures will be taken to strengthen the union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
She said the government will support the aerospace industry in Wales, protect access to British waters and open new markets for key exporting industries in Northern Ireland.