Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
Pakistan and Maldives have formed Joint Business Council and Joint Working Group to enhance cooperation in trade and economy.
Prime Minister who is in Maldives has said India has harmed the SAARC and undermined the spirit of the regional forum.
Army Chief says regional actors and hostile intelligence agencies are fully involved to use terror as policy tool against Pakistan.
The government has decided to cancel visas of all foreigners, associated with A.R.K Infotech company.
Complete shut-down has been observed in India held Kashmir against arrest of pro freedom leaders in trumped up cases.
A ceremony was held in Islamabad today in honor of mountaineer Abdul Jabbar Bhatti, the fourth Pakistani who scaled world highest peak Mount Everest.
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 Maldivien over ongoing brutal represssion 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. For the purpose, several Memoranda of Understanding were signed today.
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.
He announced to establish a medical college for the people of Maldives.
Addressing the press conference, the President of Maldives expressed his gratitude to Pakistan for extending cooperation in capacity building of Maldives National Defence Force.
Earlier, Pakistan and Maldives signed several Memoranda of Understanding to enhance cooperation in diverse fields.
The signing ceremony, which was also witnessed by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, was held in Male today.
The MoUs were inked in trade, human resource development, tourism, higher education, climate change and foreign and civil services.
On arrival in Male, a formal welcoming ceremony in honor of the Prime Minister was held at President's office, where the Maldivian President greeted him.
A smartly turned out contingent of the armed forces of Maldives presented guard of honor to the Prime Minister.
Seven gun solute was also offered to greet him.
Nawaz Sharif inspected the Guard of Honor and national anthems of the two countries were played.
Nawaz Sharif will be chief guest at the celebrations of 52nd Independence Day of Maldives being held tomorrow.
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 proposal to extend Tenor and Grace Period in respect of Term Finance Facility of 82 billion rupees for Power Holding Private Limited.
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 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 council underscored the need to bring perpetrators to justice and to cooperate actively with Pakistani government and all other relevant authorities in this regard.
National Assembly's Standing Committee on Defence Production has been informed that export potential of defence industry has grown substantially.
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 international buyers.
The Committee asked all relevant departments to play their role in enhancing defence exports of the country.
The government has decided to cancel visas of all foreigners, who are linked with A.R.K Infotech, and deport them.
The decision was taken by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan after reviewing the JIT report on abduction of Chinese nationals from Quetta.
He also decided to immediately cancel registration of such companies.
The Interior Minister also directed the officials to investigate how A.R.K Infotech Company was performing its illegal activities against the country's interest and violating visa laws under the cover of Urdu Academy.
Meanwhile, SECP will also conduct audit of all foreign companies.
Liver patients in Pakistan will have liver transplant facility in selected Turkish hospitals.
Decision to this effect was made at a meeting of a Turkish delegation led by Director General Health Dr. Onor Gonor with Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar in Islamabad today.
Over fifteen hundred Pakistanis have to undergo liver transplant every year for which Turkey has offered special package.
The United States has recognized sacrifices of the people and armed forces of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism and extremism.
This was stated by US National Security Advisor Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster in a telephonic conversation with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar this evening.
General McMaster expressed his condolences to the people and government of Pakistan on the deaths in the suicide blast in Lahore yesterday.
The two leaders discussed matters of bilateral interest.
The Finance Minister said Pakistan is strongly committed to defeating the menace of terrorism.
He stressed that the civil and military leadership is committed to not allowing Pakistan's soil to be used against any other country.
Several Chinese companies have shown interest to invest in solid waste management program of Punjab Government.
The offer was made in a road show jointly organized by the Punjab Government and Pakistan Embassy in Beijing.
In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed today to protest against the arrest of Hurriyat leaders by Indian authorities.
All shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed while traffic was off the road.
The 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.
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 in Ankara, Erdogan said we will continue our efforts for the stability and peace of the region with increasing determination.
Meanwhile, Turkish President said Israel will pay a price for a dispute over security measures it imposed at the entrance to Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.
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.
A ceremony in honor of Pakistani mountaineer Abdul Jabbar Bhatti was held in Islamabad today.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada said Abdul Jabbar Bhatti is the fourth Pakistani to scale the world's highest peak Mount Everest.
He said the government is striving for promotion of sports in the country.
Rain-thunderstorm is expected at scattered places in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Hazara divisions, Islamabad, Kashmir, while at isolated places in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Lahore, Sargodha, D.G Khan, Sibbi, Nasirabad, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur divisions, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan.
However, hot and humid weather is expected elsewhere in the country during the next twenty four hours..