Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Prime Minister says regional connectivity and economic integration are key pillars of Pakistan's foreign policy.
President has said China Pakistan Economic Corridor will create immense economic opportunities for the country.
Minister of State for Water and Power says government is working hard to improve power production.
Fourteen newly-appointed additional judges of Lahore High Court took oath of their offices in Lahore on Saturday.
All Parties Hurriyet Conference says India is escalating tension on LoC to divert world attention from ongoing uprising in occupied Kashmir.
South Sudan government has agreed to accept deployment of UN-mandated regional force in Juba.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said regional connectivity and economic integration are key pillars of Pakistan's foreign policy.
He was addressing the two day International Conference on Sustainable Transport in Ashkhabat on Saturday. He said in the newly emerging global and regional environment Pakistan is happy to play its role as gateway to Central Asia.
The Prime Minister said peaceful neighborhood has remained norm of Pakistan`s foreign policy and no development policies can yield fruit without peace and security.
Highlighting role of Pakistan in different inter-governmental developmental transport agreements, he said Pakistan is signatory of a number of bilateral, regional and international agreements on traffic and transit.
He said we are working on integrated Transit Trade Management System.
Nawaz Sharif said under Inter governmental Agreement on Trans-Asian Railways Network, Pakistan Railways has taken concrete steps to facilitate rail traffic in segments passing through its territory.
He said under the Inter Governmental Agreement on Asian Highway Network, work on highways within our territory is going on expeditiously.
The Prime Minister said China Pakistan Economic Corridor will go a long way in transforming Pakistan into a hub of economic and regional activity.
Nawaz Sharif said through projects like CPEC and One Belt One Road, Pakistan has converted its geo strategic location into a geo economic advantage.
He said CPEC is a package of multiple infrastructure and development projects and will boost connectivity within the region and integrate China, Central Asia, South Asia and Middle East.
Prime Minister announced Pakistan`s joining of Ashkhabat Agreement and Lapis Lazuli Corridor.
He hoped the agreement will prove milestone in achieving the dream of peaceful co-existence through integration of economies, markets and cultures in South Asia, Central Asia and beyond.
Addressing the conference, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said modern transport is helpful in stabilizing global relations at regional and international levels.
He said Turkmenistan is pursuing effective policy for developing the transport system and has presented two drafts in the General Assembly.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in his address said modern transportation is imperative for bolstering international relations and overall progress of the global community.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held one-on-one meeting on the sidelines of international Sustainable Transport conference in Ashgabat on Saturday.
Bilateral relations between the two countries and regional issues came up in the meeting.
Earlier talking to newsmen the Prime Minister said one political party is doing politics to take the country backward instead of taking forward.
He regretted some political parties are doing politics of 1990s.
He said PML-N accepted results of elections even during the rule of Pervaiz Musharraf.
Prime Minister said despite majority we let the National Party to form its government in Balochistan for the sake of country.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif paid visit to independence monument of Turkmenistan in Ashgabat.
He along with other international leaders and UN Secretary General laid floral wreath at the monument.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has returned home after a two day visit to Turkmenistation.
President Mamnoon Hussain has said China Pakistan Economic Corridor project will create immense economic opportunities for the country.
He was addressing the convocation of Riphah International University in Islamabad on Saturday. He said several projects under CPEC are already in completion phase. The President said Gwadar port has been opertionalized and trade convoys have started playing on the corridor project.
He said several other countries including Russia and Central Asian States have expressed interest in joining this project which clearly shows significance of this mega project.
Mamnoon Hussain urged the youth to equip themselves with the latest knowledge and training skills.
He said CPEC also envisages several power projects of nuclear, coal, solar and wind energy. He said efforts are also being made to make Diamer Basha Dam part of the corridor project which will help the country meet the water shortages.
The President said certain countries are involved in hatching conspiracies against Pakistan but with the blessings of God Almighty, they themselves will become victim of those plots. He said Pakistan has always desired to have friendly relations with India but the country has never reciprocrated to the goodwill gestures.
Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has said the government is working hard to improve power production.
Talking to media in Faisalabad on Saturday, he said one hundred and twenty transformers will be added in Faisalabad Electric Supply Company soon. He said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has failed in delivering any benefits to the people of province.
Chairman Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore on Saturday.
They discussed matters related to mutual interests and present situation in occupied Kashmir.
Both leaders condemned Indian atrocities against the innocent Kashmiris in the occupied valley.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif paid a farewell visit to Naval Headquarters in Islamabad on Saturday.
On arrival, he was received by Naval Chief Admiral Zaka Ullah.
Talking to the Naval Chief, the chief of army staff appreicated services of Pakistan Navy for maritime security.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says developmental process has been started in FATA with special focus on health, communication, and education sectors.
Addressing the visiting participants of National Security Workshop in Peshawar on Saturday, he said sacrifices of security forces and people of FATA have restored peace in the tribal areas.
Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said reforms in FATA will be implemented according to wishes of the people to bring them into national mainstream.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Maryiam Aurangzeb has said Pakistan Television has always remained an icon of national culture and heritage.
Addressing a ceremony in connection with the 52nd anniversary of Pakistan Television in Islamabad on Saturday, she said the organization has always maintained its identity by producing programs for awareness and guidance of masses.
Fourteen newly-appointed additional judges of the Lahore High Court took oath of their office's in Lahore on Saturday.
Chief Justice Lahore High Court Syed Mansoor Ali Shah administered the oath.
Sindh Blood Transfusions Authority has closed 450 illegal and substandard Blood Banks in an action across the province.
Official of the Authority told Radio Pakistan that Blood Banks were closed during the raids in Larkana, Dadu, Qambar Shahdadkot, Karachi and other cities as well.
In occupied Kashmir, Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference Syed Ali Gilani, has said India is escalating tension on the Line of Control to divert world attention from the ongoing uprising in the territory.
In a statement in Srinagar, he expressed deep concern over the loss of precious lives in the recent Indian shelling on the LoC.
He said attacking the common people, passenger buses and ambulances by the Indian forces is the most cowardice act.
The South Sudan government has agreed to accept the deployment of a UN-mandated regional force in Juba.
Deputy Information Minister Akol Paul Kordit in a statement said cabinet has resolved unanimously to allow the deployment of regional protection force anytime from now.
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90 in Havana.
He had been in poor health for many years.
He remained president of the Caribbean island for more than 30 years.