Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Army troops have captured strategic mountain peak in Khyber Agency killing a number of terrorists and destroying their hideouts.
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States has urged the US business leaders to benefit from investment friendly policies in the country.
State Bank keeps interest rate unchanged at 5.75 percent for next two months.
AJK President says Mansehra, Muzaffarabad, Mirpur and Mangla will be linked through an Expressway under CPEC.
Orange Line Metro Train Project will be completed by the end of this year.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has appreciated Pakistan's efforts for registering undocumented Afghan refugees.
In Occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leadership has condemned the ongoing genocide of the Kashmiris by Indian troops.
UN Secretary General has called for investigating the killing of three Palestinians by Israeli security forces in occupied Jerusalem.
Final of ICC Women's World Cup will be played between England and India in London tomorrow.
Security forces have successfully cleared the height and craggiest mountain top Brekh Muhammad Kandao near Pak-Afghan border during Operation Khyber IV.
According to ISPR, this mountain top was being used by terrorists as main observation point and its base as transit and storage point.
Many terrorists were killed while few others fled to Afghanistan.
During the operation, the hideouts of terrorists were dismantled and a cache of IEDs, arms and ammunition recovered.
The forces have now established posts on over 12,000 feet high mountain riddled with thick forestation.
The Final phase of repatriation of temporarily displaced persons from South Waziristan begins on Tuesday.
In an interview, a spokesman for FATA Disaster Management Authority said about three thousand five hundred families belonging to different areas of South Waziristan will return to their home. The repatriation process will continue till 5th of next month.
To a question, he said those, who do not return in this phase, will not be considered as IDPs and will not be entitled to receive any relief.
The spokesman said that all the remaining IDPs should contact the political administration in Tank for their registration.
Pakistan's Ambassador to United States Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry has urged the US multinational firms to explore the countless investment opportunities in Pakistan by taking advantage of favourable investment climate.
He was talking to the representatives of the US multinational firms during a luncheon reception hosted in his honour by the Potomac Exchange, in Washington DC.
The Ambassador said that the security situation in Pakistan has improved considerably. The terrorists are on the run and their infrastructure has been dismantled during counter terrorism operations.
Aizaz Chaudhry said, the improved security situation is having a dynamic effect on our economy and Pakistan is attracting foreign investment from all over the world. He said all the economic indicators are projecting upward trend in various sectors of the economy.
Narrating the salient features of Pakistan China Economic Corridor project, he said that CPEC would benefit not only Pakistan but the entire region.
President of the Potomac Exchange Mrs. Katherine Moss said that the US business community is delighted to know about the improvement in the economic and security situation in Pakistan, and looking forward to benefit from new investment opportunities in the country.
State Bank of Pakistan has announced to announced to keep in the interest rate of 5.75 percent unchanged for the next two months for the next two months.
This was stated by Governor State Bank Tariq Bajwa while announcing monetary policy in Karachi today.
Tariq Bajwa said that construction sector has witnessed outstanding improvement, while growth rate of big industries remained at five point seven percent.
The Governor said the services sector experienced six percent improvement and further improvement is expected in it.
He said inflation rate is expected to remain between 4.56 percent and five point five percent during next two months.
Tariq Bajwa said national economy is moving towards stability owing to government's prudent policies.
National Vocational and Technical Training Commission has decided to provide training to one hundred thousand individuals under Phase-IV of Prime Minister Youth Skill Development Programme.
According to official sources, the training would be provided in best of the best institutes in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Peshawar through Pakistan-Italian Debt Swap Agreement.
The aim of the training is to give the people socio-economic empowerment through provision of market-able hands-on-skills.
The sources said other plans include skill development training of two hundred individuals belonging to oil and gas producing districts with collaboration of OGDCL.
NAVTTC has also established a National Skills Information System to consolidate demand and supply related information of Technical Vocational Education and Training graduates at local and international level.
A two days international training concluded in Islamabad today on Project Monitoring and Evaluation working in different national and international organizations.
The training was organized by Higher Education Commission in collaboration with Islamic Research and Training Institute, Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah.
Participants from Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Tunisia and Maldives also attended the training.
The training sessions covered various topics related to monitoring and evaluation including project risk analysis and mitigation strategies in addition to some case studies of Islamic Development Bank projects.
AJK President Masood Khan says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will be made sustainable both economically and environmentally in the state.
Addressing a ceremony in Mirpur today, he said after completion CPEC will bring progress and prosperity in Pakistan as well as in the region.
He said an Industrial Zone will be established in Mirpur under China Pakistan Economic Corridor which will help the youth in achieving their economic goals.
He said other projects to be completed under CPEC are Kohala and Karot Hydropower project and Quadruple Expressway from Mansehra to Muzaffarabad-to Mirpur to Mangla.
The AJK President said CPEC is not only an opportunity for infrastructural development, energy and industry but also a catalyst for promoting ecotourism and establishing biological and wildlife corridors.
He underscored the need for considering the environmental challenges that would follow the industrial and vehicular emissions as a result of construction and industrial development.
Masood Khan said all available resources are being utilized to make Azad Kashmir environment friendly.
Orange Line Metro Train Project will be completed by December this year.
This was stated by Adviser to the Chief Minister and Orange line Metro Train Steering Committee Chairman, Khawaja Ahmad Hassan while speaking at a briefing by NESPAK officials in Lahore.
He said seventy two percent construction work of the project has so far been completed.
The meeting was informed that contract of twelve stations of package-1 while fifteen stations of package-II have been assigned to a Chinese company CR Norinko.
The estimated cost of the project is one point six billion dollars.
The metro train is expected to transport up to two hundred fifty thousand passengers a day.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says those who are indulged in negative politics to create hurdles in the way of development of the country will not succeed in their wicked designs.
In a statement issued in Lahore today, he said the sit-in trend setters have used every tactic to dent the process of national development but the people have foiled their negative designs by remaining indifferent to their protest politics.
The University of Sargodha and the School of Army Strategic Forces have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to impart strategic and military knowledge to students.
Under the agreement, both the institutions will educate students in various disciplines while the University of Sargodha will start a Military Science and Management programme.
German Ambassador Tilo Klinner called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in Karachi today.
Matters pertaining to bilateral relations and development projects in various fields, including energy and infrastructure, in Sindh were discussed in the meeting.
Funeral prayers for the police personnel martyred in an armed ambush last evening was offered in Karachi today.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, DG Rangers Major General Mohammad Saeed, IG Police AD Khwaja and other officials attended the funeral prayers.
Meanwhile, Sindh government has announced compensation and jobs for the heirs of the martyred police personnel.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has directed all the relevant departments to take stern legal action against those individuals and organizations involved in the collection of illegal donations from general public.
An official handout issued in Peshawar says only those organizations can collect donations, which have been registered with the federal or provincial government and have submitted audit reports of their income and expenditures.
The organizations which have been banned under Counter Terrorism Act 1997 cannot collect donations under any circumstances.
Turkey has shown keen interest to invest in energy, tourism and other sectors in Gilgit-Baltistan.
This was stated by Turkish Ambassador at a meeting with Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman in Gilgit today.
The Ambassador said his country also wants to open Turkish language centre at Karakoram International University Gilgit.
The Chief Minister praised the Turkish government's contribution for uplift of education sector.
Balochistan government has allocated thirty-five billion rupees for promotion of education with an aim to increase literacy rate in far flung areas of the Province.
An official of Bureau of Curriculum told our correspondent in Quetta today, that Balochistan Education Endowment Fund has been enhanced from six to eight billion rupees to provide stipends to fourteen thousand outstanding students for getting higher education at home and abroad.
He said more than three hundred fifty-two million rupees are being utilized to provide furniture, scientific equipment and sports goods at schools across the province.
A forest park is being established on one hundred and forty acres of land costing four hundred million rupees at Karachi By-pass near Bahawalpur.
More details from our Bahawalpur Correspondent
Eighty seven people have died and one hundred and nineteen injured in rain related incidents across the country during the monsoon this year.
According to NDMA, thirty people died in Punjab, twenty-six in Baluchistan, thirteen in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, eight in FATA, three in Islamabad and one in Azad Kashmir during a month.
During the rain related incidents one hundred and twenty houses have also been damaged.
AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is taking keen interest in the development of AJK and enhanced the development budget hundred percent.
He was talking to PML-N workers and different delegations in Muzaffarabad today.
He said the AJK government is focusing on communication, education and health sectors. Under a well thought policy, main roads are being upgraded followed by link roads in next phase.
Raja Farooq Haider Khan said reforms have been introduced in education. Teachers are being recruited through NTS and Lecturers through Public Service Commission.
He said Free Medical Emergency Services has been launched in the District Headquarters Hospitals.
In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Beerwah town and Budgam district today to protest against the killing of a youth in Indian Army’s firing.
The youth, Tanveer Ahmad Wani, was shot dead by army personnel during protests in Beerwah town yesterday.
The occupation authorities had imposed strict restrictions and sealed all entry and exit points of Beerwah town to prevent people from staging demonstrations.
Complete strike was also observed in Zirpora area of Bijbehara – the home town of puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti.
Meanwhile, senior resistance leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in their statements strongly denounced the cold-blooded murder of Tanveer Ahmed in Beerwah.
They deplored that India has given a free hand to its troops and police personnel who are carrying out Kashmiris’ genocide to suppress their ongoing freedom movement.
The Chairman Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a tweet message said that Indian Army does not spare even those who aid state oppression in the territory.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has appreciated the efforts of Pakistan to register undocumented Afghan refugees.
Spokesperson for UNHCR Duniya Aslam Khan told news persons in Geneva that a new pilot project will allow up to one million people to have legal status.
She said this significant step will help regularize the stay for many Afghans at a time when return to their home country may not be possible.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over escalation and recent incidents of violence in old city of Jerusalem.
In a statement, his spokesperson said that the Secretary-General
has deeply deplored the killing of three Palestinians in clashes
with the Israeli security forces.
The world body chief has also called for investigation into these incidents.
Arab Union has called on the international community to warn Israel to stop use of brute force against defenceless Palestinians.
In a statement, the Union also urged world community to pressure Tel Aviv to respect the international decisions regarding the status of Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, Egypt has also said that it is extremely worried about the disproportionate use of force by police against Palestinians in Jerusalem and around Al-Aqsa Mosque.
United States has pressed Myanmar to cease military ties with North Korea.
The message was conveyed by US special envoy for North Korea during his visit to Myanmar.
He however, declined to specify what kind of military cooperation had continued between North Korea and Myanmar.
In Syria, the government warplanes destroyed several bases and vehicles of Islamic State militants in air strikes in east of Raqqa today.
Agency reports say that the warplanes targeted the town of Maadan and village of Bir al-Sabkhawi.
Meanwhile,Russian Defense Ministry said today that an agreement was reached with the Syrian opposition on the boundaries for a de-escalation zone near capital Damascus.
The agreement includes the zone's borders as well as routes for delivery of humanitarian aid and free movement of civilians.
In Egypt, a court has sentenced 28 people to death for their involvement in assassination of prosecutor general in 2015.
The sentences are subject to appeal.
The Philippine Congress voted today overwhelmingly to extend martial law in the southern island Mindanao until the end of the year.
The vote came as troops continued their two-month long fight to wrest back the southern city of Marawi from militants.
Maritime rescue service of Spain has saved 57 migrants from two boats trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea.
A maritime rescue ship intercepted a boat with 53 migrants and another small boat with four people near the island of Alboran.
World Brain Day is being observed today.
The theme of this year is: "Stroke is a brain attack, prevent it and treat it."
In his message on the occasion, President Mamnoon Hussain has emphasized the need for raising awareness among public about the fatal disease of stroke.