Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Prime Minister, who is in Maldives, has said India has harmed the SAARC and undermined the spirit of the regional forum.
Pakistan and Maldives have signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance trade, bolster cooperation in education and climate change.
Economic Coordination Committee has approved issuance of sovereign guarantees for four projects worth 110 billion rupees for private power holding companies.
Army Chief says regional actors and hostile intelligence agencies are fully involved to use terror as policy tool against Pakistan.
UN Security Council has strongly condemned yesterday's deadly terrorist attack in Lahore.
Election Commission has reserved judgment in contempt case against PTI Chief Imran Khan.
Turkey has offered liver transplant facility to over fifteen hundred patients from Pakistan every year in Turkish hospitals.
Complete shut down has been observed in India held Kashmir against arrest of pro freedom leaders in trumped up cases.
United Nations has expressed concern over plight of Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says India has harmed South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and undermined the spirit of the regional forum.
Addressing a joint news conference along with Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom in Male today, he said both the countries share common views to make SAARC a vibrant organization for regional development.
The Prime Minister said he also exchanged views with the Maldivian President over ongoing brutal repression by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.
He said Pakistan is ready to extend all possible cooperation to Maldives for welfare and development of its people.
He said the two countries have agreed to enhance cooperation in diverse areas, including trade, education, defence, tourism, and people to people contacts, and several Memoranda of Understanding were signed for the purpose.
The Prime Minister said four joint working committees have been set up to oversee implementation of the MoUs. He said Pakistan-Maldives Joint Business Council and Joint Working Group have been established.
Several Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) were signed between Pakistan and Maldives in Maley today.
These MoUs include cooperation in various sectors like trade and development of human resources, tourism, higher education, climate change and foreign, Civil services.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Maldivian President Abdullah Yamin Abdul Qayaum were also present on the occasion.
The Economic Coordination Committee has approved issuance of sovereign guarantees for four projects of worth 110 billion rupees for Power Holding Private Limited to set off and adjust existing facilities.
The approval was granted during the Committee meeting held in Islamabad today with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair.
The ECC also approved another proposal to extend Tenor and Grace Period in respect of Term Finance Facility of 82 billion rupees for Power Holding Private Limited.
It also accorded approval of Standard Implementation Agreement under Policy Framework for Private Sector Transmission Line Projects, 2015 and Project Specific Transmission Services Agreement.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa says cowardly incidents of terrorism cannot lower national resolve to eliminate militancy from its roots in the country.
Chairing a security meeting in Lahore today, he said we are making gains in breaking connectivity between terror masterminds, their facilitators and executors.
The Army Chief said the Army fully supports and stands with police and other law enforcement agencies towards performance of their role as first responders.
He said regional actors and hostile intelligence agencies are fully involved to use terror as policy tool.
He said concurrent blasts at Kabul and Lahore are testimony of our stance that both Pakistan and Afghanistan are victims of terrorism and will continue to suffer if these actors are able to use Afghan territory with impunity.
He reiterated that Pakistan is ready to help Afghanistan to eliminate terrorist safe havens in their border areas as we have done on our side.
Later, the Army Chief visited injured of the blast at General Hospital, Lahore.
UN Security Council has strongly condemned yesterday's deadly terrorist attack in Lahore .
In a press statement, the 15-member council underscored the need to bring perpetrators to justice and to cooperate actively with Pakistani government and all other relevant authorities in this regard.
Earlier, UN Secretary-General also strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Lahore.
In a statement, the world body chief said that he supports the efforts of government of Pakistan to fight terrorism and violent extremism with full respect for international human rights norms and obligations.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation has expressed solidarity with Pakistan in its fight against terrorism.
In a statement, Secretary-General of the Organization Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen strongly condemned terrorist attack in Lahore and called for bringing perpetrators of the crime to justice.
National Assembly's Standing Committee on Defence Production has been informed that export potential of defence industry has grown substantially and playing an important role towards economic performance of the country.
The Committee, led by its Chairman Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, visited Defence Export Promotion Organization in Islamabad today.
Director-General of the organization Major-General Ahmad Mahmood Hayat told the Committee that these industries are capable to export their competitive defence equipment to perspective international buyers.
The Committee asked all relevant departments to play their role in enhancing defence exports of the country.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Chaudhry Muhammad Barjees Tahir has said economic and political stability is inevitable for development and prosperity of the country.
In a statement, he said that people have full confidence in Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and they will again repose their confidence in him in 2018 general elections.
Chaudhry Barjees Tahir said the Prime Minister will continue his endeavors to make Pakistan a developed country.
Election Commission of Pakistan has reserved judgement in contempt case against PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
The Commission will announce the verdict on 10th of next month.
Talking to the media outside Election Commission, founding member of PTI Akbar S Babar said Imran Khan has no respect for the institutions.
PML-N leaders have said PTI Chief Imran Khan is creating hurdles in the way of development and attempting to plunge the country into darkness.
Talking to media in Islamabad today, Daniyal Aziz said Imran Khan has confessed accepting money from Israel and India.
He vowed to expose the PTI Chief in courts and other legal forums.
Talal Chaudhry said Imran Khan has failed to prove money trail of his assets.
Haneef Abbasi said the PTI Chief has no interest in the country's development.
Pakistani liver patients will have liver transplant facility in selected Turkish hospitals.
The decision was made at a meeting of high level Turkish delegation led by Director General Health Dr. Onor Gonor with Minister of State for National Health Services Regulation and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar in Islamabad today.
Over fifteen hundred Pakistanis have to undergo liver transplant every year for which Turkey has offered special package.
Ministry of Railways has clarified that postings and transfers in the department has nothing to do with the strike of train drivers.
A spokeman of the Ministry of Railways in a statement said that the decision about the postings of the officers was taken at a meeting chaired by Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Saturday.
The spokesman said notification to this effect could not be issued on the same day due to holiday. However, it was issued on Monday.
The spokesman said linking transfers with the strike of drivers is mere speculation.
Chairperson Benazir Income Support Program Marvi Memon has said that hundred percent coverage of entire Pakistan will be ensured in the ongoing BISP survey.
She said this during her visit to Mohmand Agency today to check the ongoing survey for National Socio Economic Registry.
Around 200 heads and representatives of Chinese companies have shown keen interest in investment opportunities offered by Punjab government in solid waste management program in urban and rural areas of the province.
The offer was made in a road show jointly organized by the Punjab government and Pakistan Embassy in Beijing.
Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Minister for Local Government, Khawaja Manshaullah Butt invited the Chinese entrepreneurs to come forward and take advantage of investment friendly policies and peaceful environment in Punjab province.
The federal government is spending over twenty-six billion rupees on supply of natural gas to different districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Sources of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited told our Peshawar correspondent that work is in progress on supply of natural gas to Kohat, Swabi, Mardan, Malakand and Lower Dir Districts.
Final phase of repatriation process of temporarily displaced persons of South Waziristan Agency began in Tank today and will continue till 5th of next month.
Political administration of SWA told our correspondent that about 3500 families from different areas of the Agency will be repatriated in this phase.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said the government is taking concrete steps for uplift of socio-economic condition of tribal people.
Presiding over a meeting in Peshawar today, he said the government has introduced reforms to bring tribal areas in the mainstream of national development.
On this occasion, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra approved establishment of Khyber Public School and College in Khyber Agency.
Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair has said minorities have played an important role in development and prosperity of the country.
He was talking to a delegation of New Apostolic Church which called on him under the leadership of Rev John Qadir in Karachi today.
The Governor informed the delegation that Prime Minister is taking keen interest in the development of the Sindh.
He said funds have also been released for the development of Jacobabad, Hyderabad and Thatta. He said Karachi development package is also being prepared to develop the city.
The Sindh Assembly resumed its session in Karachi today.
Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri says education sector has made outstanding progress in the province.
He was addressing a ceremony in connection with distribution of laptops among students of Turbat, Gwadar, Lasbella and Loralai Universities in Quetta today.
The Chief Minister said ten thousand laptops would be distributed among students and 500 million rupees have been allocated in the current fiscal budget for the purpose.
Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly has paid rich tribute to Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for presenting himself and his family members in the court in Panama Papers case.
The tribute was paid in a resolution adopted by the Assembly in Gilgit today.
The resolutioin termed it a good example for supremacy of the rule of law and constitution.
The House also approved another resolution strongly condemning terrorist attacks in Parachinar, Sindh, Quetta, Peshawar and Lahore and demanded Government to arrest the terrorists and award stern punishment to them.
Later, the speaker adjourned the session till an indefinite period.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan says tangible measures are being taken for promotion of quality education in the state.
Talking to PML (N) District Poonch President Sardar Ijaz Yousaf in Muzaffarabad today, AJK president said the government gives priority to quality education to ensure human resource development in line with modern requirements.
AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan says India has miserably failed to suppress indigenous Kashmir liberation movement in held valley.
Talking to a delegation of Kashmiri refugees in Muzaffarabad today, he said Kashmiris would, soon see the dawn of freedom of their motherland.
The AJK Prime Minister said that peaceful resistance movement has psychologically defeated India in held valley and that is main reason of its aggression at Line of Control.
In occupied Kashmir, Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has strongly denounced arrest of pro-freedom leaders by Indian National Investigation Agency.
The NIA arrested Hurriyat leaders including Altaf Ahmad Shah, Merajuddin Kalwal, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar and Shahid-ul-Islam in Srinagar, yesterday, after implicating them in false cases.
Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed, today, in the held valley to protest against the arrest of Hurriyat leaders by Indian authorities.
According to Kashmir Media Service, call for the shutdown was given by joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to register protest against revengeful, arbitrary and illegal arrest of Hurriyat leaders.
All shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed while traffic was off the road.
In India, sixteen people have been killed in heavy monsoon rains that have lashed western parts of the country during this week.
A government official said that more than 24,000 villagers have been evacuated to higher ground.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has described his trip to Gulf to deal with the Qatar crisis as productive and successful.
Talking to lawmakers from his ruling AK Party at a parliamentary meeting, Erdogan said we will continue our efforts for the stability and peace of the region with increasing determination.
Meanwhile, Turkish President said Israel would pay a price for a dispute over security measures it imposed at the entrance to Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.
Erdogan said he spoke to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and told him that Muslims going to al-Aqsa mosque could not be treated as terrorists.
A United Nations rights experts, Yanghee Lee has accused Myanmar government for worsening security and human rights situation.
In a statement, Yanghee Lee raised concerns over ongoing humanitarian crisis for the Rohingya Muslims and other minorities forced from their homes.
Israel has begun dismantling metal detectors it installed at the gates of at Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem city.
Decision in this regard was taken in cabinet meeting chaired by prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The removal is meant to defuse escalating tensions between Israel and the Muslim world.
Syria says U.S. halting aid to rebels is step toward ending war.
In an interview, national reconciliation minister, Ali Haidar said that all these steps are the start to solving the Syrian crisis, and without that there is no solution.
Britain's Brexit minister, David Davis says progress has been made in talks on the rights of citizens living in each other's nations once the country leaves the European Union.
After meeting Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek today, Davis said his government wants a quick deal on the rights of citizens of both countries to give them some certainty in the future.
In Indonesia, seven people were killed and twelve others went missing after a speedboat capsized off the town of Tarakan, in North Kalimantan today.