Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
A high level meeting in Islamabad today reviewed problems confronted by Overseas Pakistanis.
China has expressed the hope for early completion of projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
UN observers' team monitored the process of census in Attock district today.
An OIC delegation arrives in Islamabad tomorrow to ascertain facts about Kashmir dispute.
In Occupied Kashmir, Indian police and para-military forces have arrested hundreds of youth ahead of sham parliamentary elections in the territory.
Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar says overseas Pakistanis are keen to take advantage of investment opportunities in the country and government will facilitate them in all possible ways.
He was chairing a meeting of Capital Administration and Development Division and Capital Development Authority in Islamabad today.
The meeting took stock of the proposed housing sector for overseas Pakistanis.
The meeting was briefed about CDA's plans for development of new sectors and commercial areas.
The Minister said that prioritization of different options for development of new sectors should be made after detailed technical assessments.
He said that proposed sector for overseas Pakistanis will afford them an opportunity of safe and secure investment besides providing them quality residential facility with all amenities.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that the government is committed to eliminate terrorism in line with the vision of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
In a statement today, she said that Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has taken practical steps to purge the country from terrorists.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said that opponents instead of levelling baseless allegations, should return the looted money to national exchequer.
Minister for Defense Production Rana Tanveer Hussain has said that government has frustrated all internal and external conspiracies against China- Pakistan Economic Corridor project.
Addressing a ceremony in Sheikhupura today, he said CPEC projects will change the fate of the entire country.
He said faces of those politicians have been exposed who are creating hurdles in national development.
China has reiterated that it attaches priority to its relations with Pakistan and bilateral relations will be further enhanced.
Speaking at a function in Beijing, Chinese Transport Minister, Li Xiaopeng said economic cooperation between China and Pakistan is a model for other nations.
He said an early harvest is expected for projects involving transportation, infrastructure and energy in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said mega projects are being completed speedily under CPEC across the country.
He stated this while talking to the planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal in Lahore today.
Shahbaz Sharif CPEC is a game changer which would change the fate of entire region.
Chief Minister said fast pace construction work is underway at the Sahiwal Coal Power Plant and this project will be completed before its stipulated time frame in December 2017.
Chief Minister Balochistan Sardar Sanaullah Khan Zehri has said Balochistan is changing and no one can stop its development and prosperity process.
Speaking at a function in Gwadar this evening, he said following launching of different mega development projects including Gwadar port under CPEC, Balochistan
has become a very attractive place to local and foreign investors.
The Government has started the second phase of Prime Minister's Youth Training Program.
During this phase, fifty thousand internships will be awarded to youth who have completed sixteen years of education.
The internees will be paid twelve thousand rupees per month as a stipend during the one year long internship.
The internees will be placed in federal and provincial government departments, educational institutions and private sector entities for enhancing their skills and employability.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will visit Hyderabad tomorrow.
PML-N leader Senator Rahila Magsi told our Hyderabad correspondent that the Prime Minister will hold meetings with party leaders and workers besides addressing a public meeting.
She said Prime Minister is expected to announce establishment of a University, commencement of flights from Hyderabad airport, establishment of one thousand-bed hospital and special development package for Hyderabad.
The United Nations Population Fund observer team led by Uzoma Okoye visited Hassanabdal today to monitor the standard of enumeration process of sixth national census being carried out in sixty three districts in the first phase.
They were briefed about the process of enumeration and various initiatives to ensure the process as per international standard.
Talking to newsmen on the occasion, Uzoma Okoye said the process is underway smoothly and the arrangements made for data collection are satisfactory.
Frontier Corps Balochistan defused a landmine on Dasht-Turbat Road today.
According to ISPR, the landmine was planted to target staff conducting census in the area.
A delegation of the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission will arrive in Islamabad tomorrow to ascertain facts about Kashmir problem.
The eight-member delegation will hold meetings with Prime Minister, Adviser on Foreign Affairs and Minister for Kashmir Affairs.
It will also visit Azad Kashmir to ascertain facts and have understanding on Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
The OIC Human Rights Commission had also requested the Indian authorities for access to Occupied Kashmir to assess the human rights situation but India did not respond.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria has said that India is promoting and financing terrorism in Pakistan in order to destabilize it.
In an interview, he said nefarious ambitions are hidden behind India's persistent violation of Line of Control.
The Spokesperson said New Delhi has been attempting to divert the world's attention from Kashmir issue but it will not succeed in its coward attempts.
Nafees Zakaria said India cannot suppress freedom struggle in Occupied Kashmir by employing brutal tactics.
Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan has been raising its voice on all national and international forums against this barbaric treatment meted out to Kashmiris seeking their just right to self-determination.
In Occupied Kashmir, Indian police and paramilitary forces have arrested hundreds of youth during their massive crackdown operations ahead of farcical parliamentary elections in Srinagar and Islamabad-Anantnag districts next month.
These youth were arrested during raids in Srinagar, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam districts.
All Parties Hurriyet Conference has denounced the arrest of the youth.
In a statement in Srinagar today, APHC said India and its local stooges want to create an atmosphere of threat and intimidation to force people to vote in the election drama.
In Iraq, sixty-one bodies have been recovered from a collapsed building in west Mosul that was used by the Islamic State militants.
In a statement today, Iraqi military claimed the building was booby trapped and the militants had used residents inside basements as human shields.
One person was killed and fourteen others injured in a shooting incident at a nightclub in Ohio, United States today.
The first T-20 of four-match series between Pakistan and West Indies is being played at Bridgetown tonight.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to filed.
The match will start at 2130 hours Pakistan standard time.
Mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, light rain-thunderstorm is expected at few places of Quetta, Malakand divisions and Upper FATA.