Text Bulletin 0700 hrs
Quaid-e- Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's birthday is being celebrated with zeal and zest today.
President and Prime Minister have urged the nation to adhere to Quaid's teachings for making Pakistan a peaceful and developed country.
Interior Minister says a database of criminals is being prepared to curb crimes.
The United States has approved night vision infrared target sight system for Pakistan.
The Christmas is being celebrated today.
The motorway M-2, M-3 and M-4 are closed for traffic due to poor visibility.
The nation celebrates 141st birthday of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah with national zeal and zest today.
The national flag is being hoisted atop all public and private buildings.
The day will dawn with Qur'an Khwani at the Quaid's mausolum in Karachi. A change of guards ceremony will also be held at Mazar-e-Quaid.
The government announced weeklong celebrations in connection with the birth anniversary of the founding father from Monday to educate the youth about the Quaid’s vision and Pakistan’s ideology.
Various events, including seminars, debates, exhibitions, and shows of performing arts are being held to highlight teachings of the Quaid-e-Azam.
In this connection, the grand ceremony will be held at Liaquat Gymnasium, Sports Complex, Islamabad, today.
A large number of school children will participate in the event, being organized by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in collaboration with Capital Administration and Development Division.
Radio Pakistan is broadcasting special programmes in connection with the birth anniversary of the Quaid-e-Azam.
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif say the entire nation remembers the founder of the nation with utmost reverence and great admiration.
In his message on the birth anniversary of the Quaid-e-Azam, the President said the best tribute to founder of the nation is to dedicate all our capabilities for national development while adhering to his teachings and thoughts.
He called for preparing the nation, particularly the new generation, to take the country to the destination of
progress and prosperity following the guiding principles of the Quaid-e-Azam.
In his message, the Prime Minister said we can pay real homage to the memory of Quaid-e-Azam by reaffirming our abiding faith in his teachings.
We need to forge unity in our ranks to defeat the forces of extremism and uphold the principles of democracy, peaceful coexistence and rule of law.
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said the Quaid's principles of Unity, Faith and Discipline must be the guiding principles for all of us as a nation. We should pledge for national unity and a prosperous and developed Pakistan.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says the government is actively working to enact a sound legislative and regulatory framework to curb money laundering and ensure transparency in fiscal governance.
He was talking to World Bank Country Director for Pakistan Patchamuthu Illangovan in Islamabad.
The World Bank Country Director briefed the Minister regarding international best practices on anti-money laundering, corporate governance sector, global registry and relating to banking financial institutions.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says better results have started appearing in the areas of economy, energy, and law and order due to hard work by the government.
Talking to newsmen in Islamabad, he said media is monitoring the government's performance and people will give their verdict in elections.
To a question, the Interior Minister said there was no data of fourth schedulers and he prepared the record of proscribed organizations. He said at present, there are sixty-one proscribed organizations.
He said the government took steps to stop funding to these organizations. More than four thousand bank accounts have been closed.
The Interior Minister said more than two hundred thousand identity cards have been blocked and thousands cancelled. He said a database of criminals is being prepared to curb crime.
The federal government is not considering any suggestion to end official weekly off of Saturday.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said this while
talking to journalists in Islamabad.
The Punjab government will start Motorbike Ambulance Service in the province with cooperation of Turkey.
This was stated by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif while talking to a delegation of Turkish Ministry of Health led by Expert Doctor Selami Kilic in Lahore.
The Chief Minister said Motorbike Ambulance Service will start in nine divisional headquarters. He said the staff of Rescue 1122, including nurses, will get training in Turkey in this regard.
The United States has approved night vision infrared target sight system for Pakistan.
According to a statement issued by the US Defense Department, American arms giant Lockheed Martin Corp, under a 151 million dollars contract deal, will support the Target Sight System on US and Pakistan AH 1Z Cobra attack helicopters.
The TSS is third generation forward looking infrared sensor with a laser designator turret that provides target sighting in day, night, or adverse weather conditions.
It provides the capability to identify and laser designate targets at maximum weapon range, significantly enhancing platform survivability and lethality.
Cobra helicopter has proved a lethal weapon in Pakistan’s efforts to wipe out terrorists’ dens, especially in rugged mountainous areas.
The work will be performed at two facilities in the state of Florida and is expected to be completed by January 2022.
The Christian community is celebrating Christmas across the world today to mark the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ (AS).
The Christians in Pakistan will also celebrate their religious festival with traditional enthusiasm.
Special services will be held in churches across the country, and prayers will be offered for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan.
This year, a special Christmas Peace Train has been launched by Railways Ministry to express solidarity with the Christian community.
There will be zero loadshedding today in the country for Christmas festivities on the instructions of Prime Minister Muhamamd Nawaz Sharif.
In their message on the occasion of Christmas, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif say the government is striving to promote interfaith harmony amongst all religions and discourage discrimination on the basis of religion.
The President said the role of Christian community in the progress and prosperity of the country is unforgettable and their patriotism is appreciated.
In his message, the Prime Minister said the government treats all minority citizens as equal citizens of Pakistan and undertakes to empower them to use their abilities socially, economically and politically for national development.
The President and the Prime Minister extended heartiest felicitations and wished Merry Christmas to the Christian brethren in Pakistan and all over the world.
Minister for Human Rights and Minority Affairs Kamran Michael welcomed the Christmas Peace Train at Lahore Railway Station last night.
Talking to newsmen, the Minister said Peace Train is a joint initiative of Pakistan Railways and Ministry of Human Rights with an objective to promote tolerance, peace and equality in the society.
Pope Francis has urged Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus by thinking about the plight of today's children, bemoaning how some must escape bombs or flee in migrant boats.
He has also demanded Europe in particular to do more to welcome refugees.
Russian jets have stepped up strikes on several towns in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province and rural Aleppo two days after the evacuation of rebels.
According to local residents at least eight strikes targeted main towns in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib. There were reports of several casualties, mainly among civilians.
Sixteen people have wounded in a grenade explosion outside a Catholic church during a Christmas eve mass in Philippines.
One police officer was also wounded.There were reports that another grenade or improvised bomb was also left in the area. Bomb experts were still at the site.No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The second test between Pakistan and Australia will be played in Melbourne tomorrow.
The motorway M-2, M-3 and M-4 are closed for traffic due to dense fog.
Motorway control room officials told Radio Pakistan this morning that M-2 is closed from Balkaser to Lahore while M-3 is closed from Pindi Bhattian to Faisalabad and M-4 is closed from Faisalabad to Gojra.
Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty four hours.
Defense foggy conditions are likely to prevail over plain areas of Punjab and upper Sindh during morning hours.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:
Islamabad three degree centigrade, Lahore eight, Karachi eighteen, Peshawar four, Quetta minus one, Gilgit minus three, Murree two and Muzaffarabad six degree centigrade.