Text Bulletin 0700 Hours
Prime Minister embarks upon a three-day visit to Maldives today.
Minister of State for Information says all state institutions are on same page in war against terrorism.
Central Development Working Party has approved several projects worth ninety billions rupees in various sectors.
In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed today against illegal arrest of Hurriyet leaders.
The United Nations has warned of escalating dangers if solution is not found to standoff at Al-Aqsa mosque.
Pakistan's Junior Squash Team will participate in the Open Junior Squash Championship beginning in Yokohama, Japan today.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif leaves for Maldives today on a three-day visit to that country at the invitation of President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.
He will be Chief Guest at the celebrations of 52nd Independence Day of Maldives being celebrated tomorrow.
The Prime Minister will also hold official talks with Maldivian President.
A number of MoUs and agreements will be signed during the visit for cooperation between the two countries in various fields.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Marriyum Aurangzeb says all provinces and state institutions are on one-page in the fight against terrorism.
Speaking at a panel discussion on a private TV channel, she said major initiatives against terrorism, including National Action Plan, Operation Zarb-e-Azb, Raddul Fasaad and Khyber-IV, have achieved tremendous success.
The Minister of State said the present government had an unfaltering resolve to deal with terrorism, which led to ultimate action against terrorist outfits and their sympathizers.
Responding to a question, Marriyum Aurangzeb rejected the rumors about resignation of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
She said Chaudhry Nisar is very much functional as Interior Minister and was also in contact with security agencies about the terrorist attack in Lahore.
The Minister of State said the cabinet has a unanimous position on Panama Papers case and related developments.
Prime Minister' spokesman Dr Musadik Malik says the entire nation is united to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country.
In an interview, he urged political parties to avoid doing politics on national issues including terrorism.
Musadik Malik said the whole nation and valiant armed forces have rendered supreme sacrifices in war against terrorism.
Four terrorists belonging to a banned organization have been killed in an encounter with police in Sachal area of Karachi.
SSP Malir Rao Anwar said those killed include commander of a banned organization, Mulla Akbar Sawati, who was planning to carry out a big terrorist act.
In another incident, a traffic police personnel was martyred and two others injured when terrorists opened fire on them at Abul Hassan Isphahani Road in Karachi last night.
The injured personnel have been shifted to Jinnah Hospital.
Funeral prayers of police personnel, who embraced martyrdom in Lahore blast yesterday, was offered in Lahore last night.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Corps Commander Lahore, DG Rangers Punjab, IG Punjab, other high officials and a large number of people attended the funeral prayer.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has emphasized the importance of effective budget implementation to ensure passing on benefits of economic development to the general public.
Chairing a meeting on matters related to the Federal Board of Revenue in Islamabad, he said further broadening of the tax base will contribute to strong tax revenue collections.
He said it will in turn play an important role in achieving higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
The Finance Minister said Pakistan's economy is ready for take-off but some elements are conspiring to halt the national progress.
Chairman FBR briefed the Finance Minister on implementation of budget measures for fiscal year 2017-18 and steps being undertaken to further broaden the tax base.
It was decided at the meeting that in line with the tradition of the last three years, the government will publish the Taxpayers' Directory of Parliamentarians this year as well.
Central Development Working Party has approved several projects worth billions of rupees in various sectors.
The approval was given at a meeting in Islamabad with Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal in the chair.
The meeting approved two projects in health sector, costing four point seven billion rupees. They include building of Gilgit Institute of Nuclear Medicine, Oncology and Radiotherapy and Gujranwala Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy.
The meeting also approved Greater Karachi Sewerage Plan worth 36.117 billion rupees and Water Distribution Network for Rawalpindi and Chaklala Cantonments worth 880.50 million rupees.
In transport sector, approval was given to four projects worth forty-three point eight billion rupees.
The CDWP also approved Sustainable Development Goals Unit in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, institutional Strengthening and Efficiency Enhancement of Planning Commission, and Monitoring of PSDP Financed Project.
In the Higher Education sector, the meeting approved Science Talent Farming Scheme for Undergraduate program.
Federal government has released five billion rupees as first installment for launching of first ever regional grid station in Gilgit-Baltistan.
This was stated by Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez-Ur-Rehman while talking to a private TV channel in Gilgit.
He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is taking keen interest to make Gilgit-Baltistan a hydropower corridor.
The Chief Minister said the federal government has approved two energy projects for the area, having a cumulative capacity of one hundred eighty megawatt, which will be set up under the CPEC.
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry says Islamabad and Washington are enjoying an exceptional relationship for the last seven decades.
Addressing a gathering Pakistani-Americans in Chicago, he said these relations are not only limited to government level but also encompass robust people-to-people ties.
Aizaz Chaudhry said Pakistan is emerging as a fast developing and modern republic in South Asia.
He urged Pakistani-American businessmen to avail immense business potential in Pakistan.
US Congressman Danny K Davis also attended the event and greatly appreciated the role of Pakistani-American community in strengthening robust ties between the two countries.
In occupied Kashmir, complete shut down is being observed today against illegal arrest of a number of Hurriyet leaders.
Call for the strike has been given by Joint resistance leadership, comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
Indian authorities arrested seven Hurriyet leaders in Srinagar, yesterday, after implicating them in false cases.
Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami Occupied Kashmir has said that the forcible closure of Srinagar Jamia Masjid by the Indian forces has deprived thousands of Muslims from attending Friday prayers, which is a grave violation of the fundamental right of the people.
United Nations has warned that dangers will escalate if no solution is found to current tense situation of Al-Aqsa mosque by Friday.
UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov said this while briefing media after U.N. Security Council meeting behind closed doors.
Israel installed metal detectors at entry points to Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem which triggered the bloodiest clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in years.
Meanwhile, the staff of Israel's embassy in Jordan returned to Israel from Amman after an incident in which Israeli security guard killed two Jordanians by firing.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Qatar's ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani held talks in Doha reviewing have reviewed the regional developments on Gulf crisis and efforts to resolve it through diplomatic means in talks.
President Erdogan is presently on a visit to the Gulf region to help resolve standoff between Qatar and other Arab countries.
Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj will hold talks with the powerful military commander Khalifa Haftar in Paris today.
President Emmanuel Macron is hosting the talks to support the U.N-backed efforts to stabilize the country.
Pakistan's Junior Squash Team participates in the Open Junior Squash Championship beginning in Yokohama city today.
The team includes Khushal Riaz Khan, Uzair Shaukat, Rashid Dolat, Bilal Ahmed Khan and Asadullah Khan.
Rain-thunderstorm is expected at scattered places in Mirpurkhas, Sukkur, Bahawalpur divisions, while at isolated places in Hyderabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, D.G. Khan, Hazara, Kohat, Zhob divisions, Islamabad and Kashmir during the next twelve hours.
Hot and humid weather is expected elsewhere in the country.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:
Islamabad twenty-six degree centigrade, Lahore twenty seven, Karachi and Peshawar twenty-eight, Quetta twenty-two, Gilgit twenty, Murree seventeen and Muzaffarabad twenty-three degree centigrade.