Text Bulletin 1300 hrs
President says Pakistan will achieve economic stability after operationalization of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Punjab and Chinese province Jiangxi have agreed to enhance cooperation in economy and trade.
Pakistan has strongly condemned terrorist attack on a military base in Afghanistan.
US daily Washington Post says Indian democracy will face a crushing blow if brutalities of its forces in Occupied Kashmir continue.
President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan will achieve economic stability after operationalization of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of three-day book fair in Islamabad today, he said the projects being implemented under CPEC will bring about a revolution in the country.
The President said the world has been facing big challenges of extremism and terrorism. He said answers to the questions about the causes of growing extremism trends in the country will have to be found.
He said learning about history will help the societies address the challenges of extremism and terrorism.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says political elements trying to disrupt government's development agenda through politics of allegations and agitation will fail in their designs.
Talking to newsmen in Rawalpindi today, she said people will not support the political leaders who are trying to create chaos in the country.
The Minister of State said the PTI Chief levelled baseless allegations against every institution and national figure of the country. The politics of defaming institutions and trying to bring them under pressure must be abandoned.
She said PTI has done nothing except protest since 2013, and people will hold accountable all the political parties in 2018 keeping in view their performance.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said the Prime Minister himself had suggested formation of a commission to probe the Panama Papers case. She said the prime minister presented himself up to his three generations for accountability.
The Minister of State said the Prime Minister is bringing peace and stability to the country. The historic mega project China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is being implemened, and economic indicators are improving.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says China is contributing in the process of development of Pakistan through China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project.
He was talking to member of Central Committee of Communist Party of China Lu Xinshe in Lahore today.
They discussed matters pertaining to promotion in economic and trade cooperation between Punjab and Chinese province Jiangxi.
On the occasion, Shahbaz Sharif said new era of economic relations between Pakistan and China has started in the tenure of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Lu Xinshe said a number of milestones have been achieved in Punjab under the leadership of the Chief Minister.
Later addressing Punjab-Jiangxi Business Forum in Lahore today, the Punjab Chief Minister said the Chinese leadership has assured Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of their full support for socio-economic development of Pakistan.
He said China is making an historic investment of sixty billion dollars under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in Pakistan.
Pakistan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a military base in Balkh province in Afghanistan, which resulted in the loss of precious lives.
In a statement, the Forign Office reiterated strong condemnation of terrorism in all forms and manifestations.
The statement reaffirmed Pakistan`s commitment to work closely with the Afghan Government and the international community in the fight against the scourge of terrorism.
It extended heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences to the government and the people of Afghanistan as well as to the bereaved families.
Meanwhile, death toll in attack on military base in Mazar-e-Sharif city of Balakh province has risen to one hundred and forty.
An Afghan military base, officials said Taliban fighters, dressed up in Afghan army uniforms and used rocket-propelled grenades and rifles during the attack.
US daily The Washington Post says the Indian democracy will face a crushing blow if brutalities of Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir continue.
In its editorial, the newspaper said the occupation forces have reached unprecedented levels of human rights abuses in Occupied Kashmir.
The newspaper said brutal military tactics will feed more despair and militancy. It will not only perish the dream of peace in the held territory but Indian democracy will also lose its credibility.
World Earth Day is being observed today.
The theme of this year is "Environmental and Climate Literacy".
The day is observed with the aim to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance.
On the second day of the first cricket Test against Pakistan at Kingston, West Indies will resume play at an overnight score of 244 for seven today.
Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and elected to field.