Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
President has underlined need for addressing causes of extremism and terrorism for attaining peace in the world.
Planning Minister says political stability will lead Pakistan to join top twenty-five economies of the world by 2025.
Minister of State for Information has called for abandoning politics of defaming institutions.
Pakistan has strongly condemned terrorist attack on a military base in Afghanistan.
US daily Washington Post says Indian forces have reached unprecedented levels of human rights abuses in Occupied Kashmir.
President Mamnoon Hussain has underlined the need for promoting the culture of book reading amongst the young lot in order to realize the dream of a safe and secured future as envisioned by the founding fathers of the country.
He was addressing the country's biggest ever book fair organized by National Book Foundation in Islamabad today.
The President pointed out that the world is currently faced with multiple challenges, including terrorism and extremism. He said these challenges can only be tackled after looking into their social, economic, political and historical factors.
The President expressed the confidence that the book fair will prove to be a healthy activity in order to spread the message of hope, brotherhood and harmony across the country and beyond.
Referring to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the President was confident that Pakistan will achieve economic stability after the operationlization of the project.
Speaking on the occasion, Adviser on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui highlighted the steps taken for the promotion of literary and cultural activities in the country.
He said the promotion of such healthy activities is imperative in order to address the problems of intolerance, extremism and terrorism.
Over one hundred book publishers and sellers are participating in the three-day event.
People belonging to different walks of life are thronging the fair showing their great interest in a variety of books.
First Lady Mahmooda Mamnoon Hussain has emphasized the need for providing employment opportunities to the disabled victims of natural calamities.
She was addressing the inaugural ceremony of a free medical camp in Islamabad today for spinal cord injury patients of 2005 earthquake.
The camp has been set up by Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences and National Institute of Rehabilitative Medicine.
Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal says political stability and hard work will make Pakistan one of the top twenty-five economies of the world by 2025.
Addressing a prize distribution ceremony at a girls school in Lahore today, he said Pakistan is rich in natural resources, which can be explored through proper planning.
The Minister said the government is utilizing all available resources to equip new generation with modern knowledge.
He said the youth are the real asset, and they should play an important role in socio-economic development of the country.
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.
Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali says the government will complete its constitutional term.
Talking to nesmen in Faisalabad today, he said people are giving illogical arguments on the verdict of Supreme Court in Panama Papers case.
The Miniter of State said those who are leveling baseless allegations against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are known for corruption. He said PPP is trying to halt the ongoing development projects, but it will not succeed.
Political leaders and opinion leaders have welcomed the Supreme Court verdict in Panama Papers case.
Talking to Radio Pakistan Multan correspondent, legal expert Waqas Ismail said the Supreme Court has rejected the PTI plea to disqualify the Prime Minister without thorough investigation in to the Panama leaks allegations.
Political Analyst Professor Dr. Pervaiz Ahmad said the Joint Investigation Team will investigate the matter and then a new bench will decide the case.
In her Impressions, MPA Sultana Shaheen said PML-N has accepted the Apex Court decision. She said the opposition should join hands with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the sake of coury’s development.
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.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has directed the elected representatives to personally monitor developmental schemes in their areas to ensure timely completion of the schemes.
He was chairing a meeting in Karachi today to review development projects being carried out across the province under Annual Development Program.
Maldives Foreign Minister Dr. Mohamed Asim arrives in Islamabad tomorrow on a four day visit.
The visiting dignitary will hold meetings with Pakistani leadership, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on bilateral relations and matters of mutual interest.
The visit will help strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
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.
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.
Sixth death anniversary of renowned actor and comedian Moin Akhtar is being observed today.
He was also a writer, singer, film director and a producer.
Moin Akhtar was awarded Pride of Performance and Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the government of Pakistan.
Moin Akhtar died on April 22, 2011 in Karachi of cardiac arrest.
Israel has reopened its border crossing to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula shut over a week ago over intelligence warnings of possible attacks.
Israel shut the border a day after militants in Egypt bombed two churches earlier this month.
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.
The country's biggest ever book fair begins in Islamabad today.
President Mamnoon Hussain is expected to inaugurate the event.
It has organised by the National Book Foundation under the supervision of National History and Literary Heritage Division.
Different segments of the society including writers, intellectuals and students will attend the fair. It has been arranged to promote reading habits amongst the young generation.
The theme of this year fair is "Book: Life, Hope and Light". Over one hundred book sellers and publishers have set up their stalls at the fair.
The United States has confirmed it will be going through with a migrant resettlement plan made with Australia.
Visiting Vice President Mike Pence was speaking at a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney.
The agreement allows for up to twelve thousand and fifty asylum seekers to Australia to resettle in the US.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to start computer training programme at government schools
Sources at Provincial Education Department told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that initially, the programme will be started in fourteen districts of the province.
Later, it will be extended to the whole province.
International standard training will be provided to the students on computer programming and software designing.
In Karachi, son of DIG Peshawar Shahab Mazhar has been killed in defence area of the city.
According to the SP Asad Ejaz, the DIG Peshawar’s son was killed by a police guard, and case is being investigated.
In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has strongly denounced the continued house arrest of its Chairman.
The forum in a statement in Srinagar said that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was barred from offering obligatory Juma prayers at Srinagar’s central Jamia Masjid for the 7th consecutive Friday.
The statement said that this anti-Muslim and anti-human act of the puppet administration and violation of the fundamental religious rights of the Mirwaiz and of all other political and religious leaders, activists and common people whom the puppet authorities treated in the similar way were condemnable.
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.