Text Bulletin 1300 Hrs
Prime Minister says Pakistan will continue to support all initiatives for regional peace and stability.
Planning Minister laid the foundation stone of two coal based power plants at Hub area in Balochistan today.
Talks between Indus Water Commissioners of Pakistan and India are underway in Islamabad for the second day today.
Egyptian President has vowed to raise the issue of Palestinian statehood in his meeting with President Trump.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan will continue to support all initiatives for regional peace and stability.
He said this while talking to Home Secretary of the United Kingdom Amber Rudd who called on him in Islamabad today.
Nawaz Sharif reaffirmed Pakistan`s commitment to facilitate and support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.
He emphasized the need for enhancing cooperation in trade and investment between Pakistan and United Kingdom.
The UK Home Secretary said that UK will continue extending all possible support and assistance to efforts made for regional peace.
Meanwhile, talking to the outgoing Saudi Arabian Ambassador Abdullah Marzouq Al-Zahrani in Islamabad today the Prime Minister said deep relationship exists between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
He said both the countries have common stand on global and regional issues. He said both the countries stand shoulder to shoulder with each other in difficult times.
The Prime Minister conveyed his good wishes for the custodian of the two Holy Mosques Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud as well as for progress and prosperity of the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Ambassador thanked the Prime Minister for the warmth and hospitality extended to him during his stay in Pakistan.
The Parliamentary Party meeting of PML-N with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in the chair is underway in Islamabad.
The meeting is reviewing overall political situation in the country.
The meeting is being attended by PML(N) members of National Assembly and the Senate.
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal laid the foundation stone of two coal based power plants of 1300 MW capacity at Hub area in Balochistan today.
The plants will be completed within two and half years at the cost of two billion dollars.
A jetty is also being constructed for import of the coal for these plants.
First state-of-the-art Information Technology Park is to be set up in Islamabad as part of Prime Minister's vision of Digital Pakistan.
An agreement to this effect was signed in Islamabad today between Ministry of Information Technology and Korea Exim Bank for ten billion rupee loan.
Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, who witnessed the signing ceremony, said the government has a clear programme to digital and financially inclusive Pakistan.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Mariyum Aurangzeb says the Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz is working for the development and prosperity of Pakistan as evisioned by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
She was inaugurating an exhibition in connection with Pakistan Day in Islamabad today.
The Minister of State said as a result of measures taken by the Government, Pakistan soon will become economically developed, free of terrorism and respectful country. She said Pakistan has achieved many successes in war on terror in the last three years.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says Provincial government is fully facilitating foreign investors.
He was talking to a delegation of the Japanese investors, led by President of the Morinaga Milk Industries Mr. Michio Miyahara, in Lahore today.
During the meeting, the Japanese delegation expressed willingness to invest in Punjab.
Indus Water Commissioners of Pakistan and India are continuing their discussion on water issues for the second day today in Islamabad.
The Pakistani delegation is headed by Mirza Asif Saeed while P K Saxena is leading the Indian delegation.
In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has strongly condemned the continued house arrest of its and imposition of curbs on his social, political and religious activities.
In a statement issued in Srinagar today, the forum said that the puppet administration has adopted an aggressive approach towards the resistance leadership.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has promised to raise the issue of Palestinian statehood with U.S. President Donald Trump during his scheduled visit to Washington next month.
He made these assertions in a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo.