Text Bulletin 1200 hrs
OCTOBER 25, 2016
Prime Minister has postponed all of his engagements in Islamabad and decided to pay a visit to Quetta.
Interior Minister appreciates law enforcement agencies for rendering huge sacrifices for stability of the nation.
International Monetary Fund has reiterated its full support to Pakistan to address economic challenges and realize its superb potential.
The 53rd Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union General Assembly has pledged to devote substantial and increased radio and television airtime.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has postponed all of his engagements in Islamabad and decided to pay a visit to Quetta.
During his visit, he will inquire about the health of those wounded in Quetta terrorist attack.
The Prime Minister will also chair a high-level meeting with regards to law and order situation.
Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has arrived in Quetta.
He is accompanied by Director General ISI and Director General Military Intelligence.
Sixty law enforcement agencies' personnel have been martyred and about hundred and ten injured in a terrorist attack on Police Training Centre in Quetta.
This was informed by Home Minister Balochistan Mir Sarfraz Bugti while talking to media in Quetta.
He said three suicide attackers broke into the training centre, of whom two blew themselves up while the third was shot dead by police.
Sarfraz Bugti said the exact number of casualties could not be ascertained yet.
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the Police Training Center.
The President directed the authorities concerned to ensure provision of best medical care to the injured.
The Prime Minister directed the federal and provincial authorities to bring the perpetrators to task as soon as possible.
Information Minister Pervez Rashid has also denounced the Quetta attack.
A police constable who was injured in a bomb blast on Charsadda Road Peshawar this morning has succumbed to his injuries.
Meanwhile, police defused an explosive device in Daudzai area. Two suspects have been arrested from the spot.
Managing Director International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde has reiterated full support to Pakistan in its endeavors to address economic challenges and realize its superb potential.
She was addressing a news conference along with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad today.
Christine Lagarde felicitated Pakistan on having successfully completed IMF supported economic reforms package.
She pointed out that as a result of better economic performance, the country has significantly improved social protection spendings.
She also expressed satisfaction over gradual reduction in power outages and better financial discipline of the power sector.
Christine Lagarde said Pakistan has achieved a lot over the last few years but much more also needs to be done in the next phase to address the remaining challenges to ensure higher standards of living for their people.
She said structured reforms are required in different sectors including power besides there is need to plug losses in public enterprises.
Speaking on the occassion, Finance Minister, Ishaq Dar said besides consolidating gains of the last three years, the Government would focus for next two years on growth, creation of job opportunities, poverty reduction and creating space for social sector spending.
He said development spending has been increased from 300 billion rupees three years back to 800 billion rupees this year.
Ishaq Dar expressed pleasure that for the first time the country completed an IMF programme and embarked upon comprehensive economic and financial reforms.
The Finance Minister said the battle against terrorism has entered into its last round and incidents like one in Quetta are blow back.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says law enforcement agencies are rendering huge sacrifices for stability of the nation.
Addressing passing out parade of police officers in Islamabad today, he said fight against terrorism will be taken to its logical conclusion.
Interior Minister said terrorist are operating from across the border and they will be defeated at all costs.
He emphasized the need for greater coordination amongst law enforcemeng agencies to foil evil designs of the enemies.
A meeting of Senior officials of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation is underway in Islamabad.
The main agenda of the meeting is 'Linking Connectivity with Economic Transformation in CAREC'.
The meeting is focusing on four priority sectors of CAREC including transport, energy, trade facilitation and trade policy.
The meeting will finalise Report for the 15th Ministerial Conference on Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation to be held tomorrow.
The 53rd Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union General Assembly has pledged to devote substantial and increased radio and television airtime to celebrate and embrace all forms of multi-culturism and diversity.
After meeting in Bali, it adopted a declaration committing to make an effort to work alongside other stakeholders to produce research driven programming.
It urged member states to avoid negative stereotyping and unrealistic portrayal of society and negative images of minorities.
The ABU members recognized their role as broadcasters to improve lives of people throughout the region with knowledge and information.
Meanwhile, speaking at the Conference, Pakistan's Secretary Information and Broadcasting Mrs Saba Mohsin Raza emphasized on collective efforts to enhance the capasity of broadcasters among the member countries to face the challenges.
She said Pakistan was the coutry which experienced several severe desasters and our broadcasters extended remarkable services to help affected people.
Secretary Information said Pakistan is ready to share sound experience of its broadcasters with other member countries.
Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing on Line of Control and working boundary at Bhimber and Chhaprar sectors today.
According to ISPR, Pakistani troops are befittingly responding to the Indian firing.
According to latest reports, exchange of firing is continuing.