Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
Nation celebrated birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah today with renewed pledge to follow his motto of unity, faith and discipline.
Christian community celebrated Christmas with religious zeal and festivities today.
President has appealed to the nation to offer special prayers (Nimaz-e-Istisqa) for rain tomorrow.
Hurriyet leaders have vowed not to let Indian authorities to change demography of Occupied Kashmir.
Pakistan has expressed deep grief and sorrow over Russian plane crash in which ninety two people were killed.
Second cricket test between Pakistan and Australia is to be played in Melbourne from tomorrow.
The nation celebrated birthday of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah with national zeal and enthusiasm today.
The national flag was hoisted atop all public and private buildings.
Various events, including seminars, debates, exhibitions, and shows of performing arts were held to highlight various aspects of personality of the founding father, his teachings and achievements.
Radio Pakistan and Pakistan television are broadcasting and telecasting special programmes in connection with the birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says by following teachings of Quaid-e-Azam, Pakistan will be made prosperous and developed country.
She was addressing concluding ceremony of the week-long celebrations in connection with the birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Islamabad today.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said Quaid had always reiterated for unity, faith and discipline and we should make pledge that we will work together to make Pakistan, Quaid's Pakistan in true sense.
The ceremony was attended by Secretary Information and Broadcasting Saba Mohsin, Director General Radio Pakistan Khursheed Malik, parliamentarians and people belonging to all walks of life.
Speaking at a function in connection with Quaid's birthday at PTV this evening, Minister of State for Information said terrorist incidents have been significantly reduced in the country due to bold steps of the government.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said economy of the country has been strengthened as a result of prudent economic policies besides reducing power load shedding significantly.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary Information Saba Mohsin urged to follow Quaid's teachings of unity, faith and discipline to move forward.
Christian community celebrated Christmas with religious zeal and festivities across the world today.
In this connection, special prayer services were held at almost all Churches in Pakistan. Special prayers were offered for progress and prosperity of the country.
Railways Minister Saad Rafiq says Pakistan Railways arranged the first ever Christmas Peace Train with the aim to share joys of Christian community on eve of Christmas.
He was talking to newsmen at Lahore Railway Station after visiting special Christmas Peace Train today.
Saad Rafiq said government is taking various concrete measures to overcome challenges like terrorism and power shortage.
Speaking on the occasion, Speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said Christian community is playing a great role in development of Pakistan.
Finance Minister Ishaq has directed Chairman Federal Board of Revenue to take all measures that would facilitate voluntary tax payers and filers.
He said this while chairing a meeting held to review measures taken by Federal Board of Revenue on increasing direct collection of taxes in Islamabad today.
Finance Minister also directed to prepare a comprehensive plan that may be implemented through the next Finance Bill.
Chairman FBR, Nisar Muhammad Khan briefed the Minister on the different models adopted by countries around the world to increase the direct collection of taxes.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan has said China Pakistan Economic Corridor will change destiny of the nation and open new era of development.
Addressing a public meeting in Swabi today, he said CPEC is the biggest development project launched in the country.
He stressed the need for giving due share to all the federating units in this vital project.
Referring to China-Pakistan relations, he said China is the most trustworthy friend of Pakistan and it has always supported us in critical hours.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb while reacting to a statement of PTI Chairman about China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has categorically said the mega project is not meant for a particular province but it will benefit the entire country.
In a statement, she said Imran Khan after having failed to find any issue is now trying to create hatred in three provinces against Punjab and has started politics on the basis of ethnicity.
President Awami National Party Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amir Haider Khan Hoti has criticized the performance of PTI government in the province.
Addressing a public meeting in Mardan, he said the province is facing financial crisis due to wrong policies of the provincial government.
ANP leader Amir Haider Khan Hoti said that instead of doing work for public welfare PTI leadership has wasted national resources on holding protests.
President Mamnoon Hussain has made an appeal to the nation to seek Allah Almighty's blessings and hold country wide special prayers for rain tomorrow.
President asked Ulema to lead the prayers across the country and pray to Almighty Allah for a rain of blessings to end the drought.
Major General Asif Ghafoor has assumed the charge as Director General Inter Services Public Relations.
A commander of banned out-fit Hairo Alias Shojaz along with eleven fararies has surrendered arms to FC’s Commandant Brigadier Amjad Ali in Dera Murad Jamali District of Balochistan this evening.
On this occasion, Shojaz and his companions vowed to abandon subversive activities and remain loyal to the state.
Pakistan released two hundred and twenty Indian fishermen from Malir District Jail Karachi as a good will gesture today.
In occupied Kashmir, senior Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have said India and its puppet authorities are making efforts at every level to change the disputed status as well as the demography of Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing a Seerat conference in Srinagar, today the leaders vowed to oppose all Indian designs aimed at distorting the Muslim identity of Jammu and Kashmir.
They said that the Indian Supreme Court’s verdict affecting the separate identity of the territory and issuance of domicile certificates to non-Kashmiris were part of anti-Kashmiri agenda of New Delhi and its local collaborators.
A Russian military plane today with ninety-two people on board crashed over Black Sea.
Pakistan has expressed deep grief and sorrow over Russian plane crash.
Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria in a statement said leadership and people of Pakistan are deeply saddened on the crash of aircraft and convey heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and Government of the Russian Federation.
Pope Francis has called for an end to the fighting in Syria in his Christmas address at the Vatican city today.
He said that too much blood has been spilled in the Syrian conflict so far and emphasized the international community to actively seek a negotiated solution to the five-year war.
He also urged Palestinians and Israelis to abandon hate and revenge.
An earthquake measuring seven point seven magnitude on Richter scale jolted southern part of Chile today.
US Geological survey says the quake struck about forty kilometer south-west of Puerto Montt with a depth of 15 kilometer.
Chilean officials have declared a prevent Tsunami alert.
However, there were no immediate reports of damages.
Second cricket test between Pakistan and Australia begins in Melbourne from tomorrow.
Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty-four hours.
However, foggy conditions are likely to prevail over plain areas of Punjab and upper Sindh.