Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
JUNE 25, 2017
The nation celebrates Eidul Fitr tomorrow with religious zeal and enthusiasm.
One hundred and thirty eight people were burned alive as petrol spilling out of an oil tanker caught fire in Ahmadpur Sharqia today.
Prime Minister is returning home tonight cutting short his visit to the UK after Ahmadpur Sharqia oil tanker tragedy.
Pakistan, China, and Afghanistan have agreed to hold Foreign Minister-level talks to discuss all aspects of Pak-Afghan relations.
Pakistan says it is opposed to nuclear arms race in South Asia.
In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two more Kashmiri youth in Srinagar today.
Nation celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr with religious zeal and fervor tomorrow.
Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Muneebur Rahman announced the sighting of Shawwal moon after a meeting of the committee in Islamabad this evening.
The day will dawn with special prayers after Fajr prayers in mosques for the well being of the Muslim ummah, progress and prosperity of Pakistan, and pledge to make the country a citadel of Islam.
After sunrise, the faithful will throng mosques, eidgahs and open places to offer eid prayers.
After offering eid prayers, the faithful will meet one another and exchange eid greetings.
In the Federal Capital, main Eid congregation will be held at Faisal Mosque.
However, this year's eid celebrations have been eclipsed by the Ahmadpur Sharqia oil tanker incident, which claimed 138 lives and injured over 150 others. The incident has saddened the entire nation. Details from our correspondent:
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa says we will overcome the challenges by staying united and steadfast as a nation.
While sharing grief of bereaved fellow Pakistanis on Eid, he said Pakistan Army stands shoulder to shoulder with victims of terrorism and fire.
Congratulating the nation on Eid-ul-Fitr, he said that we will celebrate Eid with simplicity to express solidarity with the bereaved families of the recent incidents.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is returning home tonight cutting short his visit to the UK after Ahmadpur Sharqia oil tanker tragedy.
This was announced by PM office today.
Meanwhile,talking to media after offering Eid Prayer in London today, he expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the incident and termed it a national tragedy.
Prime Minister said he has issued directions to Punjab Chief Minister to personally visit the victims and take speedy measures for providing all possible assistance to those injured in the incident.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has announced a grant of two million rupees for family of each deceased and one million rupees for each injured person.
He was talking to newsmen after chairing high level meeting at Bahawalpur today.
He also announced to hold inquiry to know the exact cause of the incident.
Rescue and relief operations at the site of oil tanker tragedy in Ahmadpur Sharqia have been completed.
According ISPR, the incident site has been cleared and traffic restored on national highway.
Fifty one seriously burnt victims have been shifted to Multan through Army helicopters.
Pakistan International Airlines has announced free travel for those, who suffered injuries in Ahmadpur Sharqia incident, from Bahawalpur and Multan to Karachi for treatment.
PIA also offered 50 per cent concession to the one accompanying the injured to Karachi.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says the incident of oil tanker fire in Ahmadpur Sharqia has saddened the nation a day before Eid.
Talking to PTV today, she said all government institutions played their due role in relief and rescue operations.
Meanwhile, in a statement, the Minister of State appealed to media to remain careful in covering and broadcasting news and footages of the incident.
Pakistan and China have agreed to strengthen mutual cooperation and coordination in dealing with the common challenges to peace and security.
This was stated by Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaz Aziz while addressing a joint press conference along with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Islamabad today.
Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan has consistently stated that peace and stability in Afghanistan is in our interest and a stable Afghanistan would help us promote our shared agenda of economic development and regional connectivity.
He said Pakistan's relations with China are the cornerstone of our foreign policy.
Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan, Afghanistan and China have agreed to conduct Foreign Minister-level dialogue to discuss all aspects of Pak-Afghan relations with special focus on economic cooperation.
He said Afghanistan, Pakistan and China have also agreed to revive the Quadrilateral Coordination Group process in order to create a conducive environment for talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria has said that Pakistan opposes nuclear arms race in the region.
In an interview with Radio Pakistan Islamabad's correspondent he said Pakistan believes in peaceful use of nuclear energy.
Speaking on the occasion, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Pakistan is playing a vital role in ensuring peace and stability in the region.
He said Pakistan has rendered unprecedented sacrifices in war on terror and the world should appreciate and acknowledge these efforts.
Chinese Foreign Minister said Pakistan is also playing a crucial role in completing the projects under the umbrella of China Pakistan Economic Corridor as a part of One Belt One Road vision.
China has acknowledged Pakistan Army's sacrifices and contributions towards peace and stability in the region.
Talking to Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi today, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that Pakistan Army is also playing a prospective role towards regional economic development.
Speaking on the occasion the Army Chief said Pakistan will continue to positively contribute towards regional peace and stability.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan says the day is not far off when the people on both sides of the Line of Control will celebrate Eid together after liberation of Occupied Kashmir from India.
In his message on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr he said Muslim Ummah should not forget sacrifices of the people of Jammu and Kashmir on this auspicious occasion.
Sardar Masood Khan said sacrifices of Kashmiri people will never go waste and surly crown with success in near future.
In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two Kashmiri youth in Srinagar, today.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the troops killed the youth inside a school building during a violent cordon operation in Pantha Chhoke area of Srinagar. The troops also resorted to heavy mortar shelling during the operation that continued for over seventeen hours. Three Indian soldiers including a Captain also sustained injuries during the operation.
Meanwhile, the illegally detained Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that India had converted occupied Kashmir into a killing field and a big prison.
President Donald Trump has accused his predecessor Barack Obama of inaction over alleged Russian interference in the US election in 2016.
Trump said Obama had learned well before the 8 November poll about the accusations, but he did nothing.
His comments followed an article in the Washington Post which said that Obama learned last August of President Vladimir Putin's direct involvement.
Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty-four hours.
However, rain thundershower with gusty winds may occur at isolated places of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Zhob, Kalat, Makran, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Kashmir.