Text Bulletin 2000 Hrs
Prime Minister has reaffirmed the resolve to protect environment and conserve natural resources of the country.
Minister of State for Information says political elements trying to disrupt government's development agenda will fail in their designs.
Security forces arrested thirty-three suspected terrorists in two separate operations in Balochistan on Saturday .
Sindh cabinet has approved extension in Rangers' special powers for the next three months.
All designated bank branches will continue to receive Hajj applications on closed holiday tomorrow.
Repatriation of TDPs of North Waziristan agency from Afghanistan has begun.
Pakistan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a military base in Afghanistan killing one hundred and forty soldiers.
In France, people will vote in presidential elections on Sunday.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has reaffirmed the resolve to protect environment and conserve natural resources in collaboration with provincial governments.
In his message, on the occasion of World Earth Day on Saturday , he stressed the need for increasing green cover and protecting biodiversity in the country.
Prime Minister expressed confidence that Green Pakistan Programme will help fast track achievement of the core objectives.
Nawaz Sharif said that it is the duty of every Pakistani to preserve our natural endowments for our coming generations.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Climate Change Ministry in a statement has said that the day provides an opportunity to all of us to jointly raise public awareness about the well-being of the endangered planet.
Prime Minister has taken notice of arrest of three players chanting anti-government slogans during the closing ceremony of Pakistan Railways Sports Championship in Lahore on Saturday.
The Prime Minister directed the concerned authorities to release them immediately.
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 bright future as envisioned by the founding fathers of the country.
He was addressing the book fair organized by National Book Foundation in Islamabad on Saturday .
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.
Referring to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the President said 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.
Over one hundred book publishers and sellers are participating in the three-day event.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says One belt One road vision of Chinese President will benefit half of world's population.
Talking to his Chinese counterpart in Washington on Saturday , he said Pakistan will play its due role to carry forward this vision.
The Minister said Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is also a great initiative of China and Pakistan has always been its supporter.
The Chinese Finance Minister congratulated Ishaq Dar on putting Pakistan economy on robust growth track.
Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal says optimistic approach is must to turn the dreams of progress into reality.
Addressing a prize distribution ceremony at a school in Lahore on Saturday , he said political stability and hard work will make Pakistan one of the top twenty-five economies of the world by 2025.
The Minister said that new advancements are taking place in education and teachers should groom minds which in future could emerge as scientists.
He said the government is utilizing all available resources to equip new generation with modern knowledge.
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 on Saturday , 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.
She said the politics of defaming institutions and trying to bring them under pressure must be abandoned.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said the Prime Minister himself had suggested formation of a commission to probe the Panama Papers case.
Thirty-three suspects having links with banned outfits were arrested during search operations by security forces in different areas of Balochistan on Saturday .
According to ISPR, 30 suspects were arrested in Punjgur and three in adjoining areas of Quetta while three camps of terrorists were also destroyed.
Huge cache of ammunition and number of communication devices were also recovered.
Sindh cabinet has approved extension in Rangers' policing powers for the next ninety days.
The approval was accorded at a meeting of the provincial cabinet with Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in the chair in Karachi on Saturday .
The meeting reviewed the prevailing law and order in the province with focus on Karachi and decided to further enhance capacity of Police force.
The policing powers have been extended as per anti-terrorism act and under the act, Sindh Rangers can arrest the terrorists, extortionists, target killers and other criminals.
Addressing the meeting Sindh chief minister Murad Ali Shah appreciated the role played by Sindh Rangers in combating criminals and assisting the police in restoring peace and tranquility in Karachi.
The designated braches of commercial banks will continue to receive Hajj applications under the government scheme tomorrow.
The State Bank of Pakistan has announced that all banks will receive Hajj forms on closed holiday to facilitate the intending pilgrims.
Last date for submission of Hajj applications is 26 April whlie draw will be held on 28 of April.
Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has said that PML-N government will not only end load-shedding this year but surplus electricity will be available from the next year.
Talking to media persons in Faisalabad on Saturday , he said that the energy projects after completion will expedite national progress and bring prosperity in the country.
Responding to a question, the state minister said that
various development projects have been launched which will improve the life standard of the masses.
Commerce Minister Khurram Dastigr has said that Punjab government has spent a huge amount to improve education system in the province.
Addressing a function at government college for women in Gujranwala on Saturday , he said provision of scholarships to brilliant and deserving students has encouraged the youth.
The Minister said improvement of infrastructure including roads, bridges and communication network is important for progress.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says China is contributing in the development of Pakistan through China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project.
Talking to member of Central Committee of Communist Party of China Lu Xinshe in Lahore on Saturday , he said new era of economic relations between Pakistan and China has ushered in.
Later addressing Punjab-Jiangxi Business Forum in Lahore on Saturday , the Punjab Chief Minister said the Chinese leadership has assured Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of their full support for socio-economic development of Pakistan.
Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects will bring revolutionary changes in the national economy.
He was addressing a ceremony of Marketing Association of Pakistan in Karachi on Saturday .
Governor said that good skills and professional expertise play an important role in economic activities.
He urged the participants to prepare themselves to take advantage from CPEC projects.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah reviewed ongoing development schemes of district Mirpurkhas on Saturday .
National Commission for Human Development has established various non formal education centers to bring all out-of-school children to schools across the country.
Chairperson of the National Commission for Human Development Razina Alam Khan said this while addressing a function in Sarghoda on Saturday .
She said besides imparting education, the Commission is also providing skills training to students.
Three-day Pak Plas International Exhibition 2017 of Plastic Machinery, Equipment, Raw Material and Technology is underway at Expo Center in Karachi.
The National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance Chairman Qaiser Ahmad Shaikh, Senator Haseeb Khan and Deputy Mayor Karachi Arshad Wohra visited the exhibition on Saturday .
Talking to the newsmen , Chairman of Finance Committee Qaiser Ahmad Shaikh said Plastic Manufactures Association has taken a good step to unite all industrialists at a single platform.
Eighty national and international leading brands and companies are participating in the exhibition .
The repatriation of Temporarily Displaced People of North Waziristan agency from Afghanistan has begun.
Sources of Political administration told our Peshawar correspondent that so far two hundred families have arrived at Bakahakhel camp near Bannu.
Sources said eight hundred displaced families will return by 29th of this month from Afghanistan.
They had fled to Afghanistan after the start of Operation Zarb-e-Azab in 2014.
Karakorum highway has been blocked for all types of traffic between Gilgit and Rawalpindi.
The Highway was hit by landslides caused by torrential rains in Jijal and Loter Nallah in Kohistan.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to start computer training programme in government schools.
Five people died and ten injured when roofs of several houses caved in due to heavy rains in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA on Saturday .
According to details, two persons died and three injured in Model Town area of Dera Ismail khan.
Similarly, one person each died in Nowshehra, Bajaur and Lower Dir due to heavy rains.
Maldives Foreign Minister Dr. Mohamed Asim arrives in Islamabad tomorrow on a four day visit.
He 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 Pakistan and Maldives.
In Afghanistan,the death toll in yesterday's attack on a military headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif has risen to 140.
Afghan defence ministry in a statement said that more than one hundred soldiers have been wounded in the attack.
Pakistan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a military base in Balkh province of Afghanistan which resulted in the loss of many precious human lives.
In a statement, Foreign Office spokesman extended heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences to the government and people of Afghanistan as well as to the bereaved families.
He also reaffirmed Pakistan's continued commitment to work closely with the Afghan government and the international community in the fight against the scourge of terrorism.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has also condemned the terrorist attack at Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan.
In his message, he expressed deep grief on loss of innocent lives and expressed solidarity with Afghan security forces and brotherly resilient Afghan nation.
Army Chief said that terrorists are our common enemy and we shall defeat them.
Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has said Indian troops are destroying the rich culture in occupied Kashmir through use of brute force.
Addressing to Board of Directors of Kashmir Cultural Academy in Muzaffarabad on Saturday ,he said comprehensive strategy is being evolved to protect Kashmiri culture, social values and languages.
Azad Kashmir Information Minister Mushtaq Ahmed Minhas has said that federal government is extending full cooperation for development of the state.
Addressing a function in Bagh on Saturday , he said upcoming AJK budget would be people-friendly and reflective of the aspirations of the common man.
In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman Syed Ali Gilani and other Hurriyet leaders have strongly condemned the threatening statements of BJP leaders against the Kashmiri people.
The BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav, had complimented an Indian Army officer for tying a youth to an army jeep's bonnet as a human shield while the puppet Minister for Industries Chander Prakash Ganga said Kashmiri youth should be dealt with bullets.
The Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah and Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi in their statements said that India has declared a war against the innocent Kashmiris.
They appealed to the UN and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to take cognizance of Indian brutalities.
Meanwhile, protest shutdown was observed in Bijbehara area of Islamabad district, on Saturday , against the severe thrashing of a boy by Indian Army personnel last evening.
In India, at least 330 million people in 256 districts are badly affected by severe drought.
The drought is taking place as a heat wave extends across much of India with rising temperatures.
Schools have been shut in the eastern state of Orissa and more than 100 deaths due to heatstroke have been reported from across the country, including from the southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
The western state of Maharashtra, one of the worst affected by the drought, shifted out 13 Indian Premier League cricket matches due to be played next month because of the severe water shortage.
In Syria,at least four civilians were killed and 25 injured mostly women and children in airstrikes on northern Aleppo province on Saturday .
According to a pro-opposition Syrian civil defense official regime warplanes carried out 11 airstrikes on Darat Izza town in the province.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says denuclearization of the Korean peninsula can still be achieved peacefully.
He was speaking at a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney on Saturday .
Mike Pence said the United States would honor a controversial refugee deal with Australia, under which the United States would resettle up to 1,250 asylum seekers.
In Iraq, government forces have retaken al-Thaura and al-Saha districts in the west of Mosul from the Islamic State.
Hundreds of people fled the city on Saturday and were taken to camps housing more than 410,000 people displaced since the offensive to retake Mosul began in October last year.
Iraqi forces had retaken much of eastern districts of Mosul from the militants in June 2014 and now making advances in the west.
In France, polling for presidential election will be held on Sunday.
The voting will be followed by a runoff on seventh of next month between the top two candidates.
The four front running candidates are centrist Emmanuel Macron, far-right Marine Le Pen, conservative Francois Fillon and far left Jean-Luc Melenchon.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for increasing investments in preventative measures to address fragility before it turns into conflict.
Speaking at a World Bank-European Union event in Washington DC,he said a key trigger common to nearly all conflicts is the element of fragility of States, of institutions, or of societies.
The UN Secretary General said the traditional forms of development aid are not enough and new approaches are needed to create the conditions for investments in building resilience of communities .
In Russia ,two members of the Islamic State Militants were kiled in a shoot out with Police in the Stavropol region, south of Moscow on Saturday .